Friday, June 21, 2013

Blog Ring of Power Presents: CP Bialois

Getting out the Friday dance shoes! Come, let's samba!  

Okay, now that we have that working in our system, let's bring up our next author of the week.
I want to welcome CP Bialois to the Realm.  I met him on FaceBook through Author Karma.  I've been stalking his posts for quite some time now, and figured it's about time I get to know him even more.  Now, clever me is going to share it with all of you.

Don't forget to check out all of the interview!

Part 1 with ME!  - Friday, June 21st

Now, on with the show~

Section #1: About You

BRoP:  How long have you been writing?

CP:  Overall, I’ve been writing off and on since I was about eight.

BRoP:  When and why did you begin writing?

CP: I liked to replay episodes of my favorite cartoons and movies with my toys and at some point I had the urge to write about it. When I asked my mom if I could, she told me to go for it and it lasted until about sixth grade.

BRoP:  Tell us about your early works—what was the first thing you ever wrote?

CP: One of my first stories started a collaboration with my best friend. We loved Rambo and since I had the toys, we decided to do a serial. We alternated the stories and mine had to do with Rambo facing off against S.A.V.A.G.E where Rambo saved the day.

BRoP:  When did you first consider yourself a professional writer?

CP:  In 2010 I lost my job and prospects were slim to none at that time. Since I built up a small fan base with some short stories around where I lived, a friend said I should try writing for a living, so I rolled the dice and here we are.

BRoP:  What books have most influenced your life?

CP:  I’d have to say the classics like Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, and Tom Sawyer. The one that proved the greatest influence of all was Stephen King’s On Writing. For years I had people telling me I was doing it wrong by not using a detailed outline. I felt like a freak until I read his book and found out he has the same process as me. To say it was inspiring is an understatement.

BRoP:  What genre do you write?

CP: Everything in general, but mostly Epic Fantasy.

BRoP:  What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?

CP:  I love writing horror, but epic fantasy gives me the opportunity to create a world that wouldn’t exist otherwise and I think that’s exciting.

BRoP: If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?

CP: If I had any musical talent I’d say rock star, but since I don’t I’ll go with sports star.

Eron Lightheart has always been a dreamer. While thievery is the preferred and respected way of life for a Halfling to embark on, Eron has other plans. Facing a determined sister and mother wishing him to follow the path of his people, the young boy is determined to become a brave warrior.

Reinhart, a warrior with a painful past, is embarrassed to have been caught unaware by a young boy while napping. He takes it upon himself to see the child gets home safely, having no idea he’s about to enter a town inhabited by Halflings.

Will this stranger be able to help Eron fulfill his dream?

Twitter: @CPBialois
Is your book in print, ebook or both? All are in both except for Stranger Passing

Friday, June 14, 2013

Blog Ring of Power Presents: D.C. Farmer

It's Friday! Whoot. The best part, the sun is out in good ole' New England.  That and I'm starting the Blog Ring of Power interviews this week.  So sit back, drink that wonderful mug of coffee or some hardier drink and take a look.

Don't forget to visit my buddies next week for the rest of the interview.  hint, hint, nudge, nudge.

Part 1 @ Right here, right now! - Friday, June 14th

Welcome DC Farmer to the Realm.  
 Once a successful doctor of medicine, DC Farmer now works two days a week for the NHS and, thanks to the wonders of Krudian physics, the other nine days a week for Hipposync Enterprises, as a scribe.

Hipposync was established in the early fourteenth century as a purveyor and publisher of rare books, the sort of stuff you are not able to get elsewhere and which contains information as varied as how to guard your castle against the Hordes of Maltasub using Harpie blood and tar, and how to change a beetle into a useful toothpick.

Of course, you will have gathered from all of this that Hipposync is, in fact, just a cover.  What lurks beneath that thin veneer of respectability (yeah, right) is much, much more interesting. Hiding behind an office on the banks of the canal in Jericho, Oxford is the Department of Fimmigration (as in Fae immigration). Hey, there has to be one, otherwise just anyone could walk in, right?

DC’s role in documenting the work of the Fimmigration Service  has, over the years, led to the realization that the world needs to know. Moreover, if he doesn’t tell someone soon he is going to burst. So, we begin with The 400 Lb Gorilla– which will soon be published in its totality by Spence City once appropriate clearance from the ‘authorities’ has been obtained.

Some people say that this is contemporary fantasy fiction. Believe me, it’s real enough on planet hipposync.
DC Farmer is alive and well in darkest West Wales.

 Okay, let's move on to the interview of doom, I mean, glory.

Section #1: About You

BRoP: How long have you been writing?

DC: twenty five years or more.

BRoP: When and why did you begin writing? 

DC: Always wanted to, but suppressed the urge to qualify as a doctor of medicine. Once that final professional exam was obtained, I was off to the races.

BRoP: Tell us about your early works—what was the first thing you ever wrote? 

DC: I was always fascinated by writing and my parents bought me an Olivetti typerwiter when I was in my teens (in the days before laptops and word-processors . With that I wrote a story about a child communicating with nature, called Verdance. Sheesh.

BRoP: When did you first consider yourself a professional writer? 

DC: When I got a parcel from my publisher with that squeaky clean book inside.

BRoP: What genre do you write? 

DC: Previously adult thrillers. Now MG science fantasy and Adult contemporary urban fantasy

BRoP: What is your favorite theme/genre to write about? 

DC: Urban fantasy. It gives you so much scope to take a sideways look at all sorts of contemporary themes, unconstrained by reality.

BRoP: If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be? 

DC: What I do nine to five. A doctor of medicine.

The 400 Lb Gorilla

Matt Danmore thinks he’s lucky. Not many people get to survive a near death accident with nothing more than a bout of amnesia, a touch of clumsiness and the conviction that the technician that did the MRI had grey skin and hooves.

Still,  It takes time to recover from trauma like that, especially when the girl that was in the accident with you has disappeared into thin air, and especially when the shrinks keep telling you she’s just a figment of your imagination.

So when she turns up a year later looking like a million dollars and wanting to carry on where they left off, Matt’s troubled life starts looking up.  But he hasn’t bargained for the baggage that comes with Silvy, like the fact she isn’t really an English language student, or even a girl.

Underneath her traffic stopping exterior is something else altogether, something that involves raving fanatics bent on human sacrifice,  Thames tsunamis, dimensionally challenged baked bean tins, a vulture with a penchant for profanity, and a security agent  for the Dept of Fimmigration (that’s Fae immigration for those of you not in the know) called Kylah with the most amazing gold-flecked eyes…

The 400 Lb Gorilla is a  caustically witty, vampire-free introduction to the Hipposync Archives: Contemporary fantasy at its sparkling best.

Website (But a re-design is in the offing)
Twitter  @hipposync.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

There are no Short Cuts

Short Cuts: To save time or effort.

In writing: There are no Short Cuts

I saw that quote a week or two ago, and it's been bouncing in my mind since.  Sorry to whoever said it first to relay it to writing.  I can't remember where I saw it, so whoever you were/are, you are a genius!

This is so true.  I've been procrastinating in writing.  It's my form of writers block.  It's not that I have nothing to say, it's that I wish I could say it right the first time and not go over it with my editor's eye.  However, just writing and skipping that oh so pesky self editor is like building a bridge and stopping before it's done.  Even if the writer finishes the MS, short story, or whatever else they are writing; in order to be done and happy with what we are working on, we must finish without skipping steps.

From Daily Mail  London Bridge. Aren't you glad they finished it. 

If we are to write but save our effort, we will end up with a work of art that is less then what it could be.  What writer wants that?

When I finally realized that's what I was doing, the words started to flow again.  I know I'll have to go over them again and again, but now I have hope that they wont be as bad.

I'm learning the tricks, albeit slowly, but I am learning them.  I just need to keep pushing on.

Thanks for everyone's support in this.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Blog Ring of Power Presents: Heidi C. Vlach

Welcome to Heidi C. Vlach, this week’s Blog Ring of Power guest. Heidi is a Canadian chef graduate who didn’t care much for the high-stress kitchen life. Her knowledge of food and culture is now used for home cooking, being an overqualified waitress and fantasy world-building. Heidi currently shares an apartment with her (male) best friend, two cats and far too many video games.

Part 1 @ Terri- June 5
Part 2 @ T.W. - June 6
Part 4 @ Sandra - June 8
Part 5 @ Dean - June 9

Section #3: The Creative Process

BRoP:  Where do you get your story ideas?

HCV:  I almost always think, "I've never seen _____ before in fantasy prose. It's a great idea/angle, why isn't it being explored? I bet I could do something cool with that."

BRoP:  How do you deal with writer’s block?

HCV:  I don't think writer's block is an actual problem: it's more like a symptom. Writer's block is the consequence of not knowing what to write, or feeling reluctant to write. If I'm not writing, it's because I'm tired or distracted. So I'll either put the writing aside until I'm mentally fresh, or I write some wandering, experimental scenes (and don't beat myself up if they're not the best thing I've ever written).

BRoP:  How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?

HCV:  No formula here! I figure out a basic scenario of characters and outcomes, and I develop the characters one event at a time.

BRoP:  Are you a “plotter” or a “pantser” (do you plan/outline the story ahead of time or write “by the seat of your pants”)?

HCV:  Both, really. I write an outline, and I feel free to ignore it if I get a better idea in the heat of writing. Then I go over the draft, make notes about what to change, and I impulsively throw some of those out the window, too. I can't write confidently unless I have some goal in mind, but some of my best ideas are the ones I've tripped over.

BRoP:  Do you use critique partners or beta readers? Why or why not?

HCV:  I tried a lot of critique partners and beta readers with my first book, Remedy, just to get a broad sample of how people react to my story and why. I think I learned a lot from that. For the novelette Ravel and now for Render, I've been digesting my findings and going mostly with my gut. Analysis can be valuable, but too much can be crippling.

I had a few beta readers give feedback on Render's first half, mostly to check that information was introduced at an appropriate pace. I did all the copy editing myself — with lots of continuity notes and multiple editing passes, including one where I read the entire novel out loud. Typos always seem like flashing neon signs when I'm reading text out loud.

BRoP:  How much time do you spend on research? What type of research do you do?

HCV:  I spend a lot of time reading articles online and wandering around on Wikipedia. Learning little bits of random trivia is something I've always enjoyed.  And I often research specific things while I'm writing. Biochemistry, metallurgy, the growing conditions a certain plant need — the kind of details that might jar the reader if I get them wrong. I don't want to be one of those fantasy authors who "just makes up" things I'm too lazy to learn about.

BRoP: Is there anything you find particularly challenging to write?

HCV:  I dislike children, personally, so I find it challenging to write characters who want little versions of themselves. My aemet race values large families and passing on the family name, so they often prompt me to stretch as a writer.

What format is your book(s) available in (print, e-book, audio book, etc.)? 
My books are available in ebook and print-on-demand paperback. All the buying options are listed on the Books section of my blog:
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