1. Quickly, give us a 30-word or less tagline:
2. How, and when, did you discover that you wanted to be a writer?
3. How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
4. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
5. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
6. How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
7. If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
8. Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
- I have a habit of sneaking in geek references from TV series and media I enjoy like Doctor Who andGame of Thrones. For example, in the prequel novella, there’s a big reference to Jo Graham’s Numinous World books, which I adore, as well as River Song.
- Names usually mean something, there’s often a root or a particular meaning. I blame my love of religious studies and world mythology.
- I have two spreadsheets, the first contains fifty stories/books/tales and whatnot all set in the Ashteraiverse. This also includes an urban sci fi series, an urban fantasy series and an epic fantasy quintet. If you look carefully, you’ll see cameos or references scattered across my stories which confirm everything actually takes place in one massive multiverse. This is my ten year plan.
9. What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?
10. Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
11. How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
12. What can we expect from you in the future?
13. What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
- Read my books (buy them/borrow them/pledge for them) and review, review, review!
- If you like shiny things and can afford to, please pledge to my Kickstarter. Want a book? Get it signed from me with the added kudos of instant membership of Team Parting. Come over to the fun side.
- Tell your friends, tell everyone …
- I mentioned the reviewing right?
- Email/tweet me; I might be an introvert but I do like communicating with my readers.
- I wholeheartedly endorse fan fiction. Go nuts.
14. Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
- Write. Finish. Edit. Publish. Repeat.
- Indie publishing done well is just as validating as being traditionally published. I stole most of my team from Hugh Howey so if that doesn’t prove you can self-publish and do it as well as if you have an advance, except you get to keep control. I’m a proud member of the Michael Bunker School of Indie Publishing and I will go that extra mile if it means my books are just as nice to own as they are to read.
- You get what you pay for in life; make sure you get a good editor or use people on another person’s recommendation (see the sidebar on my website to see my Indie Toolkit). Unless (and even if) you have a background in publishing/editing/journalism/writing, no one can edit their own work unless they wait a year. Get an editor, pay them well and it will serve you better than my guide dog does as my eyes.
- A publisher doesn’t mean success, hell it doesn’t even mean an advance these days. Also: You don’t have to sign a boilerplate contract and it doesn’t matter how ‘nice’ people are, most people want to use you. If you go with the traditional route, think it though. Kameron Hurley has some excellent blog posts but I recommend this one.
- Sometimes it’s quality over quantity.
- Write. Finish. Edit. Publish. Repeat.
15. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
16. And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:
And what in the universe do those things have in common? No, Hugh is not a nanozombie (yet), but he IS a completely awesome author and homonid :)
First of all let me introduce you to Hugh Howey:
Sorry, wrong pic.
That’s Saint Hugh of Self-Publishing.
Here he is:
I haven’t met him in person (he’s still serving hard time in some galactic prison), but I hear tell of his greatness, his kindness, and his ability to regenerate limbs and grow into a tree-ball of love, or so I’ve heard.
I first discovered Hugh-Groot on youtube (say that 5x fast) almost 2 yrs ago when I was beginning to seriously consider writing as a career/dream. You can watch the video here on self publish vs big publish.
He talked about his book Wool that thrust him into the stars (and a galactic prison), and there was something about what he said, and how he said it that resonated with me. I later realized it was a genuine humanity that emanated from him, and also the fact that he wrote just for the love of it. Not for money, not for fame, purely for the joy of it and that he wanted to share something with others.
It took him many years and many books before he reached the stars, as is the case for most hopeful authors (like moi), and that’s probably exactly what drew me to this author. We all love the underdog. We all feel like the underdog. We all strive for what gives us joy and purpose, thus we all root for the Groot in ourselves and in others.
So I wrote, and I wrote, and I drank wine, and I wrote some more, and now I have achieved the sun (in my opinion)! A close star, but still a star. I have published a novel, a novella, a few cartoon books, and recently won a big sci-fi competition at Booktrack.com, and even more recently got picked up by Ravenswood/GMTA publishing!
Needless to say, my most used phrase as of late has been, “Holy Sh#t!!!”
But the thing that has given me the most inspiration, the deepest feeling of affirmation and motivation to continue pursuing my writing dreams, is a personal email I received from Hugh.
It wasn’t long, it wasn’t wordy, but it said exactly the right words.
“Keep doing what you’re doing. You’ve got real talent.”
Those were just a few of the words from the email, but they meant more to me than a thousand dollars, more than a publishing contract, more than I can convey in words.
And that is the mark of a true writer, and tree….thing: genuine humanity.
But, then again, he is a tree-ball of love.
And now, for some shameless marketing for my sci-fi novel, Azimuth! :D
But only because if I was rich enough I’d spend it all on my friends and family and those in need, including tigers!
Available here for pre-order – Only .99¢! Holy Sh#t!
Basically the theme song to Azimuth: Corazon De La Manzana by Human Experience
“Men have become the tools of their tools.” -Henry David Thoreau
Hundreds of years in the future humankind has perfected nanotechnology to such an extent that environmental disaster, poverty, illness, and even death seem to have been eradicated. However, in all their ingenuity, life has been prolonged but not conquered, and nanobots have become both the salvation and devastation of civilization.
The first mysterious nanocide wiped out more than half the world’s population, the second wiped out all but fifty-seven. Now only one man stands between humanity’s last hope, the Azimuth, a modern age Noah’s ark with the ability to resurrect everyone in its database, and those trying to destroy it. But he is not alone.
A horde of five thousand corpses reanimated by their nanobots are following him, and he doesn’t know why.
I just had to share this because it was hilarious and spot on ;)
Not to say corporate jobs are “evil” or anything. Many people are quite happy with working at “Joe’s Roastery,” and power to them. But if you’re unhappy, or doing something just to worship the all mighty dollar, then maybe you should consider backpacking through Nepal. Remember….life is short! Only because nanobots haven’t been inserted into our bodies yet :/