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Blog Tour – Full Blooded September 4, 2012

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I’m pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Full Blooded and to have Amanda Carlson on the blog. You can see my review for  Blooded,the novella here and Full Blooded,the second book here.

 1. What catapulted you into writing urban fantasy versus the other fantasy genres?

I actually began writing romance, took classes, joined my local writing chapters and started a manuscript (I even emailed Susan Elizabeth Phillips for advice, LOL! My only excuse was I was eager and new to the computer). From there I went to non-fiction, writing cute stories about my kids. It wasn’t until about four years ago when I picked up a YA urban fantasy that I became hooked in the genre. I’d always loved Anne Rice and the occasional fantasy, but after I finished that YA, I knew there was more out there. I found urban fantasy, jumped in, and a few years later I was itching to write the story I wanted to read. Three years after THAT, here I am!

2. If you had to write another genre, what would it be and why?

I did love writing romance, so an easy jump would be steamy PNR. But I’d also love to try my hand at Steampunk. I’m riveted by that sub genre. The world building must be amazing to write. My fingers are twitching! I’m so in love with fantasy, I don’t think I could write any “regular” stuff at the moment. The excitement keeps me going.

3. If you could sit down with your favorite author who would it be? What would you say?

Dead or alive?? Dead, I’d love to sit and have tea with Georgette Heyer. I LOVE her work. Alive, it would have to be Charlaine Harris. I saw her speak at the RT Convention last year and she was a hoot. Very engaging and totally funny. That would be awesome.

4. What’s your writing process?

I write best in the morning. I’m a total pantser (no plotting, just running with the story), so I write linear, all the way through and then go back and fix it all. So far, it’s working great.

5. Who was your inspiration for Jessica McClain?

Nobody in particular! I have found that I’m not very visual when it comes to my stories. I don’t focus on the face or features, it’s more of a combination of who she is, her voice, her actions, her movements. She came screaming into my head and that was it. I had to know the story. But she came all on her own.

6. If Jessica had a favorite band, who would it be?

At the moment Kings of Leon. She’d think they were young, but she loves how they rock.

Thanks so much for hosting me on my tour! I’m so excited to launch the series and introduce Jessica McClain to the world. Thanks for helping me do just that.


Thanks to Amanda Carlson for the interview! 

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Short Stories Blog Tour June 29, 2012

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I’m pleased to have Michael K. Rose on the Akamai Reader today. He agreed to do an interview for his Short Stories Blog Tour, which is available now.

1. Was there a catalyst or single event that led you to your writing career?

I can’t say that there was. I’ve always enjoyed writing and it’s always been something I’ve wanted to do. But about two and a half years ago, I decided to get serious about it, began working on some novels and submitting short stories to the science fiction magazines.

2. If you had a chance to sit down with your favorite author, who would it be? What would you say?

If a poet counts, I would choose Walt Whitman. He’s the historical person I would most like to meet. His overall outlook on life is something I have tried to model. I have no idea what I’d say. I’d rather just sit and listen to him talk.

3. Did you always know you would write Sci-Fi?

Yes and no. It’s always been something I’ve liked writing but I never made a consciousdecision that I was going to be a science fiction writer. And I have an interest in writing in other genres as well. I suppose, however, that because it is what I have written and released first, I will be considered primarily a science fiction author, which I do not mind at all.

4. What are the challenges of writing short stories versus full-length novels?

Short stories are actually easier for me. I write with a great deal of brevity and 3,000 to 5,000 words feels like a natural length for me in which to tell a story. My new release, Short Stories, is a testament to this. But writing longer works is forcing me to learn new skills as a writer to keep the reader’s interest while also expanding my story-telling to cover much more than I would in a short story.

5. Who would you say majorly influenced your work?

In science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov, without a doubt. Overall, I would also include Henry James, Arthur Conan Doyle, HP Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and Stephen King. However, I don’t think all of those influences haven’t been revealed in my writing just yet.

6. What would you say are the major advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing?

Advantage: complete artistic control. Disadvantage: complete artistic control. What I mean by this is that there is no one to decide for you that the decision you’ve made is right or wrong. Friends and readers can give you advice, but it is ultimately up to you. There is no editor or publisher to see when you’ve become enamored with an idea that may not necessarily be a good idea. On the flip side, you have the ability to bring your vision to fruition in exactly the way you want. This is highly fulfilling from a creative standpoint.

7. What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

Before you even think about publishing, get established on Facebook, Twitter, start writing a blog. If you interact with other authors and readers in your genre for a few months first, they will be much more receptive to you if they already have an idea of who you are. Get them reading your blog, write interesting articles and occasionally mention the book you’re working on. Read and review the work of writers in your genre. Interview them on your blog. Make the connections, and by the time you’re ready to release, you will have a built-in audience and group of people willing to help you out.

Thanks for the interview, Michael!

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