Sometimes

Sometimes there’s rain,
At times it’ll pour.
Sometimes there’s pain,
I can hear the sounds of war.

Sometimes there’s thunder,
It fills me up inside.
Sometimes there’s a struggle,
Between humbleness and pride.

I can’t tell who’s winning,
Maybe I’ll never know.
I can feel my heart thinning,
And the emptiness grow.

Sometimes there’s fire,
It’s eating me alive.
Sometimes there’s desire,
But the kind that kills with a lie.

Sometimes there’s hunger,
It gnaws at my flesh.
Sometimes there’s surrender,
The kind that steals your last breath.

And I can’t tell if you’re with me,
There’s a loneliness in my soul.
I yearn to be free,
But the darkness tells me no.

I feel like I’m losing,
Like my soul is ice.
I feel like I’m choosing,
To run away with the night.

Yet despite my weakness,
Of giving in to this world;
I feel your hands upon me,
And I’m not so scared anymore.

Sometimes there’s light,
I taste it on my tongue.
Sometimes there’s home,
When there’s no place left to run.

Sometimes there’s quiet,
When the storm rages in my mind.
Sometimes there’s a riot,
But the kind that brings new life.

Author, Dancer, Choreographer…Is There Anything That John Robert Mack Can’t Do?

I met Author John Robert Mack on…wait for it…Facebook! You know that part of the Internet that’s pretty much a black-hole for a creative person. Why? Well because it just sucks you in and before you know it you’ve traveled in time and it’s time to either go to bed, work or you know…feed your kids.

Meeting John was one of the pleasant experiences of that dark and dangerous land of The Web. He’s a true sweetheart and after interviewing him I found that I was smiling. You’ll see why!

John Robert Mack

John Robert Mack

John studied writing in college, published the short story “Jonny Hates Jazz” in a literary journal, wrote a column “Dancing The Rainbow” for two years in the regional Texas dance periodical The Dancer’s Guide and has written and produced five plays (one on commission). His play Talking with Jacob won statewide recognition in Wisconsin and landed John’s face on the cover of three magazines. He produced an adaptation of the Ray Bradbury story, “The Better Part of Wisdom” with the author’s input and blessing. He also self-published (before it was cool and edgy) a book called KEEP BREATHING: Zen and the Art of Social Dance.  Choreographer

For the past twenty years, John as worked as a dance teacher. He has choreographed musicals like West Side Story and Jesus Christ Superstar and helped create and coach the original Radio Disney dance team in San Antonio, TX.

Now, John has moved to Virginia in semi-retirement to focus on his writing. He has taught workshops for the Hampton Roads Writers and is on staff at the Muse writing center in Norfolk, VA. He has a total of twelve completed novel manuscripts, six plays, and ten screenplays. As a dance teacher, he has been featured twice in the international education periodical Quality in Action.

Books by JRM

Books by JRM

Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author? When I was about nine years old and first read The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien’s descriptive writing enthralled me. To me, writing novels was how adults played games of make believe. Then in high school I discovered Kurt Vonnegut, who taught me that “literature” (which you have to say with a snooty accent) could also be vulgar. I was hooked.

 

In what genre do you write? I like the broad term “speculative fiction.” I’ve written sci fi, fantasy, supernatural, horror, paranormal, steampunk, thriller, mystery, adventure, super hero, Arthurian. I love crossing genres and trying to find a fresh spin on genre clichés. I wrote several episodes for an indie sci fi/paranormal internet series that died before it was born. I have written a number of plays actually set in the real world, and a bunch of “inspirational” stuff for dancers, including a column for a Texas dance magazine and several operational manuals for dance studios and teacher training programs.

 

Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to? You know, I’ve tried to write romance a couple of times. I have a friend who edits for a romance press who wanted to publish me, but I just couldn’t get it to work. On the business side, there’s a bit of money to be made in romance and all its various permutations. Maybe I need a writing partner for that?

 

What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen? Gonna work backward on this one. I use both paper and computer. I have a tablet for when I need to get away from the house, but there are times I just need to grab a notebook and sit under a tree. To be honest, the more I try to create a professional routine, the less I use notebook and pen. Transcribing always takes longer than cutting and pasting. As for process, I don’t trust outlines for novels. I paid for college as a debate judge and graduated with an English/philosophy major. In an outline, for me, every A needs a B and a C, and that can lead to very predictable stories. I use what I call “sketches.” I brainstorm into the computer with bits of story and snippets of dialog. With all the playwriting I’ve done, scenes often find their shape in dialog. I let myself freestyle the novel this way, following the advice of Alma Katsu: whenever I find myself stuck for the next plot point, I ask myself, “What’s the worst thing that could happen to my character?” I reject that and ask, “What’s even worse?” I reject that, too. When I figure out what’s even worse than that, then I start sketching again. On a side note, a lot of my writing is done in my head on long walks or staring at a tree. Once I have a scene sketched out, I play it over and over in my head until I know exactly how I want it to run, dialog included. Of course, once I actually start writing I often surprise myself.

 

Who are you(r) writing inspirations, famous or not? My friends inspire me. I have been amazingly fortunate to have some of the most amazing friends on the planet, far more than anyone else I know. I consider them my family. These are people for I’d take a bullet for (and end a sentence with a preposition for). My main goal as a writer is to share these amazing relationships with the world. So, when it comes down to it, I guess I’m still playing make believe games with my besties. They just don’t always know it. Bwa ha ha.

 

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)? Ha. Ha ha ha. Bwa ha ha ha ha ha. Oh dear gods. TONS! I’m revising an apocalyptic sci fi novel about the return of Jesus (it’s not what you think). I realized I was doing too much research when I decided to take my King James Bible with me to the coffee shop to study because it was by far the smallest book I had. I’m also working on a steampunk novel set in an alternate history where the Civil War lasted twenty years and the industrial revolution never happened. I took my nephews to the library yesterday and was browsing DVD’s. “Holy crap!” I exclaimed. “This is awesome!” Of course they wanted to know what amazing movie I’d found for us to watch. “It’s a biography of Nicolai Tesla! Oh my God, they have two!!” Sigh. The challenge is taking all that intense research and then rendering it invisible. No one cares but the author, but I like to think that it creates an authenticity the readers sense, even if they don’t know it. Also, I want to make sure I know my crap when I’m interviewed by Jon Stewart. Ha ha.

 

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to? Writing and revising always. Editing not so much. Every novel has a different sound track. A Consequence of Folly favors Mumford and Sons. Third Testament likes Sneaker Pimps. Tango with a Twist worked well with Korean Pop artists like Boa.

 

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun? That’s a funny question. I moved out to Virginia Beach two years ago on a sort of sabbatical from teaching dance to work on my novels. I have an amazing opportunity to live out here rent free, so I’ve been trying to spend as much time as possible writing so as not to waste the generosity of the friends who invited me. I’ve gained fifty pounds as a result! So now I’m trying to find more of a balance, getting outside more, hitting the beach, running, swimming and dancing.

 

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career? The phone call I received from Ray Bradbury! I’d adapted his short story “The Better Part of Wisdom” into a stage play and had written to him for permission to produce it. I corresponded with his agent a few times and sent a copy of the play. A few weeks later, the phone rang and this deep voice said, “Hello. This is Ray Bradbury.” He sounded exactly the way he’d introduced his TV show and I looked up at the row of his books lining the shelf in front of me. He liked the adaptation and offered a few suggestions, as well as asking if I’d consider a production with one of his own plays, since the script was a fairly short one. Best. day. ever. Unfortunately, the night of auditions was the worst snowstorm of the decade, so no one showed up. Then my personal life interrupted everything and the production never happened. I’ll always think of it as “the one that got away,” but that phone call was exhilarating.

 

Who created your amazing cover art? Me. Thanks! I do all my own design work, and most of my own photography.

 

Is there an artist, book blogger, editor or anyone else that you want to give a shout out to? I always need to thank Ryan and Hope Rooyakkers, who let me live here for free and make all this possible. I should also mention my editor Lauran Strait. Woot! Oh, and Rhea Gropper Petit just painted a wonderful portrait for the cover of “Consequence.” Google her and check out her stuff!

Tango with a Twist by John Robert Mack

Tango with a Twist by John Robert Mack

 

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel. Okay. Brief. Well, the series I’ve just started publishing is the Tango Triptych. The first novel is Tango with a Twist (available for FREE on my website ( http://johnrobertmack.com/?page_id=16) It has dancing, romance, bromance, a gay single dad, witchcraft and a devil bunny rabbit. Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Glee. No. Really. Two other projects are racing to be the next published. Third Testament: The Book of John is affectionately known as the “Jesus Clone book” and is being considered by a publisher!!! (So stoked.) It’s an apocalyptic sci fi/paranormal novel set in a future where Jesus makes a comeback, but isn’t what anyone expected. A Consequence of Folly is a steampunk novel where aliens invade Earth to enslave the human race and the only ones who can save the planet are a gay pirate and the First Lady. Hold onto your goggles and pack a clockwork monkey, the dirigible leaves at dawn!

 

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life? Terry Pratchett. You have no idea. He is the only author I can read again and again. I actually wrote the entire steampunk novel (A Consequence of Folly) just to enter an alternative history contest he sponsored, only to find out I can only enter if I’m a British citizen. Always read the fine print!

 

Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why? How about series? The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. I’ve read all of them at least 3 or 4 times, and I’m not one to do that sort of thing. His language is so interesting that each and every sentence is a joy to read. Many editors claim that the goal of a writer is to keep the narrator/narration as invisible as possible, but Mr. Pratchett proves (to me anyway) that’s just silly. Why write all those words just to keep them inconspicuous? Also, he manages to write fun, fanciful tales while also creating brilliant satire. (By the way, don’t start with book 1 in the series. It took him a couple of novels to really figure out his style. I recommend Equal Rites as a good entry point. Another good place is The Wee Free Men, a recent YA novel in the same universe, but it exists as a standalone.)

 

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone? Books should never be left alone. They get lonely. They deserve all the attention they can get. I like the new trend (especially since The Lord of the Rings) to remain as faithful as possible to the original. Other than my own books (all of which I’d love to see on the big screen or the small) I’d have to say Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling. Forrest Gump the movie should NEVER have been made. The book was brilliant, the movie appalling. Don’t even get me started.

 

As a reader, what about a book turns you away? Bad grammar. Get an editor people! Oh, also getting twenty pages into a novel and A) nothing has happened or B) I already know how it’s going to end.

 

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it? Oh good Lord, put it down and don’t look back. There are too many novels out there who deserve our time and attention to waste it on books that need revision and editing. If you can’t grab me in 20 pages, it’s not worth my time. Isn’t that what we’re all told as writers? Novels by friends are a different story. Those I will trudge through. I often go to the library and grab ten books from the new arrivals section to keep up with what’s getting published. (There’s that research thing again.)  Most of it is crap, and I can’t get through it. Mind you, there are a number of amazingly successful books (Twilight and 50 Shades come to mind) that I forced myself to finish (while cutting myself with razor blades) in my ongoing effort to understand what sells. If you ever figure it out, please tell me. No. Really.

 

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around? I’m a whore. I’ll read any style of writing. I look for characters and relationships. Give me a group of friends battling together (or against one another) to overcome adversity and I’m hooked. Doesn’t matter if “adversity” means an alien horde or paying the rent on time.

 

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both? Both. I’m old enough to love the smell and feel of a good book, but I’ve moved around a lot in the past several years and understand that 1,000 novels are much easier to transport across the country on my e-reader.

 

Random Questions

Favorite movie? Room with a View. Go figure.

 

Favorite TV show? Okay, massive guilty pleasure. Beastmaster. New Zealand scenery, constant eye candy in a loincloth, and the best bromance in TV history. I can’t help myself.

 

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be? Anything with curry.

 

What’s your favorite candy/dessert? Carrot cake with way too much cream cheese frosting.

 

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sneaker Pimps, Peter Gabriel, Debussy, Danny Elfman, Bitter:Sweet, Pink Martini, oh hell, I could go on and on.

What’s your hidden talent? If I tell you, it’s no longer hidden is it?

 

What is your dream vacation? Me and a few close friends on our own private island in the tropics. Naked.

 

Thank you  John for taking the time to join me here on my little ‘ol blog! I really hope all of you enjoyed this funny and fantastic interview! Also, remember to get in contact with John!

 

Do you want to get in contact with John? Well here’s how!

 

Contact Information:

Author Name: John Robert Mack

Blog: http://johnrobertmack.com/?cat=2

Facebook:www.facebook.com/johnrobertmack

Twitter: Twitter shall be the downfall of the American Empire.

Goodreads: I suck. Still making this happen.

Book Links: http://johnrobertmack.com/?page_id=16 FREE!!

Email: john@johnrobertmack.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tennessee Valley Author Event

This past weekend, I had the privilege to attend the Tennessee Valley Author event in Knoxville. I had so much fun. When we arrived in Knoxville Friday, Katja and I were so hungry. So we decided to eat at the Cheesecake Factory again, just like we did in Birmingham. After we ate we ended up going to the mall just next door and walked around for a while. We found out that there was a movie theater in the mall so we stopped by it and took a look. There was a giant camera in there, it was so cool. I loved the theme of the Theater!

Giant Camera in the theater in the mall in knoxvilleIMG_43032759895223 After we got back to the Hotel room we decided to check out the gym downstairs. We worked out for about an hour and worked off the food from the Cheesecake Factory. Took showers and we were ready for bed.

The next morning we woke up ready for the day. When we got to the event, there were already people sitting in chairs outside the door to get in. There were going to be a lot of people there especially since it was only nine o’clock in the morning and it opened at twelve. After Katja and I set up the table we were ready. I walked around and met some of the other authors there and talked with them for a while. At twelve o’clock the doors opened and people swarmed in. We were the very first table when you walked in so we saw everyone. So many people stopped and we sold lots of books.

me sitting at the set up in knoxville for the Tennessee valley author event

For some people this was their first Author Event and they were so excited. One woman walked in, her name was Traci, and she just had the biggest smile on her face. You could tell she was so happy, and luckily I was the first table she came to.
IMG_42999468546223 Later that night we went to the after party and ran into Traci and Liz and ended up sitting with them at a table along with a couple of other people. We had a ball. I was laughing so hard my cheeks started hurting. I am so glad I got to meet these ladies.

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Overall the Weekend was so amazing, that night  we ate at Crackle Barrel and headed back to the hotel room. The next morning we ate at The Cheesecake Factory again and actually tried the cheesecake. Then sadly started back to Alabama. I want to thank Kathy Womack for letting us come this year and I hope we will get to come back next year. You did an amazing job putting everything together and you were so nice and perfect for being the host of this event. Awesome Job Kathy! Also I couldn’t have done it without my amazing assistant Katja.

Nexus; Where the Paranormal and Sci-Fi Collide

After reading Brian Weimer’s Paranormal/Sci-Fi (yes you read that correctly) novel, Nexus, I was thrilled that he agreed to be interviewed by me. I was fortunate enough to have met Brian at the Alabama Phoenix Festival in Birmingham back in April. There we learned that we shared many of the same interests and even wrote in similar genres.

After the interview keep reading. I have posted my review of Nexus.

Brian Weimer

Brian Weimer

Brian Weimer is an author, and digital artist from Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Southeastern Bible College with a degree in theology. Brian has recently released his first novel, Nexus, a supernatural, sci-fi thriller currently available on Amazon.com. He is a regular writer for The Examiner, covering such topics as entertainment, pop culture, health and nutrition, and a range of other topics. He is currently working on his second novel, The Citadel, a horror story, as well as a follow up to Nexus.

Author Questions  

When did you realize you wanted to be an author? 

I knew I wanted to write a book when I was about 14, and although I’ve written a novel, I’m still not sure I’m an author.

What is your writing process? Such as outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen? 

This depends on the project. I used to write everything down on paper, but now, it’s all done on computer. I normally write a story out in short, script form first, then expand it into full novelization. At least, that’s worked for me so far.

Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not? 

Not sure if i have any inspirations, as in writers, but just collecting books and visiting so many bookstores over the years has inspired me.

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)? 

For Nexus, it took around ten years from initial conception until completion. Research wise, there wasn’t much required, other than knowing some basics about electronics and police work.

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to? 

I do listen to music while writing. For Nexus, I put together a ‘soundtrack’, compiling various electronic music that reminded me of that world, such as the Halo soundtracks, and would listen to that all that time during the writing process. As for artists, I listen to electronic artists such as BT, Chicane and Andy Hunter.

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun? 

For fun, I’m usually working out, shopping, thrifting, watching Dr Who, being lazy or eating.

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

The most exciting experience is just people buying my book, reading it, and hearing positive things about it. Nothing can beat that!

Who created your amazing cover art? 

Well, I actually designed the cover. Conceptually, I knew what I wanted years before the novel was released. Thankfully, i know just enough about photoshop and digital design to be dangerous.

Is there an artist, book blogger, editor or anyone else that you want to give a shout out to?

Does my mom count?


Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life? 

Probably Terrance Dicks, who novelized the vast majority of the original Doctor Who stories back in the 70’s and 80’s.

As a reader, what about a book turns you away? 

The main thing that turns me away is having a main character that I can’t relate to, and isn’t interesting.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it? 

It depends on the type of investment I have with it. If the book is written by someone I know, I will likely finish it. Thankfully, the only books I’ve lost interest in so far were written by people I’ve never met.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I like to read a lot of different genres. Outside of sci-fi and horror, i enjoy biographies and non-fiction.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

To me, nothing can beat actually holding a paperback in hand, smelling the paper, and feeling it. I guess I’m old school, and I’m a book collector.


Random Questions

Favorite movie?

So many, but Tron Legacy is up there.

Favorite TV show?

Classic Dr Who, hands down!

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?  

Either Mexican food or pizza. Tough choice.

Have a sweet tooth? What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Homemade ice cream, cookie dough, or the best of both worlds … Cookie dough ice cream!

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one. 

Anberlin, BT, Tangerine Dream, and Skillet … Just to name a few.

What’s your hidden talent? 

I’m pretty good with cutting hair, although that could just be on myself. I’ve been doing it since i was twelve.

What is your dream vacation?

To have 3 months to travel around the country, from east coast to west coast, staying in nice hotels, buying tons of souvenirs, and eating in awesome restaurants. Yep, that about covers it!

~My Review~

Nexus

Nexus

Nexus is an excellent book for new author, Brian Weimer. The story is both supernatural and sci-fi with an original plot, which I truly enjoyed. The characters were well developed, the dialogue was smart and the flow of the story was gripping and smooth.
The three main characters, Josh, Daniel and Nicole, are people from different walks of life who are brought together through fate, tragedy and divine design. Josh is a private investigator that works cases a little outside the norm. Nicole is attacked and nearly killed by a dark entity, the same dark force that Josh is investigating. Daniel is a college student with many supernatural abilities. Together they discover an evil organization is bent on unleashing demonic forces on their city and they must work together to stop them.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys supernatural stories with a dash of Sci-Fi. In addition, this book is laced with Christian elements that I found refreshing and could be read by those of the same faith. It a great debut novel!

Contact Information:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Nexus-Brian-Weimer/dp/149602091X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404784138&sr=1-1&keywords=nexus+brian+weimer

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8289647.Brian_Weimer

From the mind of Alan Lewis; Steampunk, Pulp and Fantasy

Alan Lewis is the author of Steampunk and Pulp fiction. He was gracious enough to let me interview him. I must say that my questions range from standard to strange so I was thrilled he was willing to participate! Ha! Before we get into the interview, please get to know Alan a bit more.

Author Alan Lewis

Author Alan Lewis

In 1965, an object fell from space, somewhere near Kecksburg, PA. This was the same year that Alan was born. To date, no connection has been made between the two events but that hasn’t stopped the conspiracy theorists from speculating.

D. Alan Lewis is an ‘alleged’ native of Chattanooga, Tennessee who now resides in Nashville with his children. In 2006, Alan took the reins of the NWMG’s Novelist Group where he works with new and aspiring writers, leads writing and publishing workshops, and has worked to publish their 4 anthologies.

Alan’s debut novel, a fantasy murder mystery, The Blood in Snowflake Garden was a finalist for the 2010 Claymore Award. Alan’s other books include, The Lightning Bolts of Zeus from Dark Oak and The Bishop of Port Victoria. He is also editor of 3 anthologies for Dark Oak Press, Luna’s Children: Full Moon Mayhem, Luna’s Children: Stranger Worlds, and Capes & Clockwork.

He also has short stories in a number of anthologies, including Dreams of Steam 4-Gizmos, Black Pulp, Nashville Noir, Beyond the Skyline, Comfort Foods, and Midnight Movie Creature Feature Vol.2.

Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

I’ve always been a storyteller, in one form or fashion. I toyed with the idea of writing when I was in my 20’s and again in my 30’s, but never really got started. There wasn’t any real support from family when I talked about the idea. However, after a divorce in my 41 year, I jumped into writing my first novel and haven’t look back since.

What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

The process depends on what I’m writing. The more complex the story, the more I outline. Some short stories are not outlined at all. Everything I write is on my computer. When I start, picture the characters first and piece together their personalities. From there, I start putting the story together.

Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?

Douglas Adams, author of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ has always been my biggest inspiration. There are plenty of other authors that I’m a fan of, but Adams holds the top spot. Alex Bledsoe would be in the second spot. I met him years back and have been an avid fan since then.

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

Again, it depends on the story. I try to do some degree of research for everything I work on. My story, ‘Anne Bonny’s Revenge’ in Pro Se Press’s ‘Tall Pulp’ required more research then many of my other stories and novels combined.

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

I love listening to movie scores while working. The type of music, a fast or slow-paced work, depends on the scene I’m working on.

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

Hiking, canoeing, playing video games, hanging with my kids. All the usual stuff.

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

Exciting? I guess going to various SF&F conventions. My first con was in 1977 and I’m still not used to being a guest. So it is interesting sitting on panels and talking, as well as having folks walking up to you asking for you to sign their books.

Who created your amazing cover art?

Depends on the book. ‘The Blood in Snowflake Garden’ cover is a photo taken by the staff of the original publisher. The cover art for ‘The Lightning Bolts of Zeus’ was printed by the great Mitch Foust. ‘The Bishop of Port Victoria’ cover art was created by Jeffrey Hayes.

Is there an artist, book blogger, editor or anyone else that you want to give a shout out to?

Jeffrey Hayes and Mitch Foust are great artist and I’d encourage everyone to check out their work.

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

Since I started writing and have been going to cons where many great writers hang out, I’ve met many talented folks. But to name a few that I’ve not met yet: Anne Rice, Max Brooks, Jim Butcher, and Dan Brown.

As a reader, what about a book turns you away?

Any number of things. Poor writing or editing. An unappealing topic. Flat or uninteresting characters. Huge plot holes.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?

It depends on if I know the author. If I do, then I try to finish it.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I am all over the place when it comes to my choices in reading.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

Both

Random Questions

Favorite movie?

Serenity (major Firefly fan) but The Di Vinci Code is a close second.

Favorite TV show?

The Daily Show.

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Godfather’s Pizza

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Sugar-free blackberry cobbler

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Don Fagan, Pink Floyd, Evanescence

What is your dream vacation?

I’ve always wanted to go to London.

 

I can’t thank Alan enough for being a part of my blog! If you want to know more about him and stay in contact, you can do so at one of the following sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-D-Alan-Lewis/141282752579697

Blog: http://www.snowflakegarden.com/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/D.-Alan-Lewis/e/B006DA9P2U/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_16?qid=1404484795&sr=1-16

Writing Process Blog Tour

There are not enough hours in the day. I’ve said and hear this a lot. While it holds a lot of truth it can also be an excuse. That is why I was so glad when Author Alan Lewis asked me to be a part of this amazing Blog Tour. For one, it allowed me to share with others what my writing process is and gave me a kick in the butt to keep up with my blog!

Thanks to the Query Faerie for the challenge to all of us authors. Please check out her blog!

http://thequeryfaerie.wordpress.com/author/thequeryfaerie/

If you don’t know anything about Alan then you should get to know him! He’s an amazing author from Tennessee and writes Steampunk and Pulp stories. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Alabama Phoenix Festival this year. Check him out here:

Blog: http://www.snowflakegarden.com/

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What am I working on?

Currently, I’m working on book three of The Darkness Trilogy, my YA Paranormal Thriller. It is yet to be publicly named, but I have a pretty good idea of the title. Funnily enough, I have the ending already mapped out and have even started on the opening. However, I’m not sure how I’m going to get from point A to point B. I’m sure it will all come together as my writing usually does. This is the first time that I’ve started from the ending though. It’s been quite the experience!

When I need a bit of a break from book 3 I am working on a novella from one of the characters from The Darkness Trilogy. I can’t say which character that is yet, but I will say that it is a female. Her voice was one that I wanted to capture into an entire novel. To me, her character needs and deserves her own story and more room to grow. I’m not saying that it will be a continuation of the original story, but it will have similar elements.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

There are so many YA Paranormal books out there it’s hard to keep up with what’s what. However, I would hope that my series can stand out for numerous reasons. For starters, the lead character is a young girl of faith. I didn’t write the books to be targeted to a Christian audience only, but I wanted her to be someone who depends a lot of her faith. I am someone of faith and know that there are many things I have gone threw that would have been impossible without God. My series isn’t preachy, it’s more like speculative Christian. I’ve had several readers who are of other faiths or with no religious beliefs at all that have enjoyed the series. I believe that is because people pick up on the biggest point of the book, hope.

Why do I write what I do?

I’ve always said that if I didn’t write I would go insane. There are so many voices in my head, characters waiting to be born, that if I ignored them I’d lose my mind. The bottom line is, I love it. There isn’t anything better to me then to sit down and create an entire new life  with words. Investing in my characters and their worlds is therapeutic, my escape from reality. The world throws so much at us. We are beat up from work, people and so much more. For me, I want to wrap myself up in my work for just a moment. It’s rejuvenating!

How does your writing process work?

One of the main reasons I wanted to do this Blog Tour is because I really don’t have a writing process per se. There are very analytical writers out there and I applaud them. They outline plot points, character development, and much more. I can’t work that way and I believe it’s because my thought process is just too scattered. The most I have ever done is write out who the characters are and what they might look like. Other than that, I free hand their stories into my journal. I love having a pen or pencil in my hand and just write. Sometimes I just sit down with a fresh piece of paper and start writing. I’ll have no idea what I’m going to say or who I’ll create. That is the fun part! When the story is ready that is when I’ll transcribe it to a Word document and go from there.

Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know me a bit more. If you get a chance, go check out these next authors that will be the next to tackle the four questions above:

Jeremy Hicks: 

Jeremy Hicks

Jeremy Hicks

After nearly dying at birth, Jeremy Hicks gave up his ghost during the sorrowful autumn of his twelfth year. The outsider that occupied his body from that point onward did the best it could to imitate him. However, this being’s bizarre sense of humor and inability to fully mimic human emotions kept it an outsider. After many unhappy years of trying to assimilate to this plane of existence and its daily doldrums, he turned to the cadre of demons in his life for other options.

He teamed up with one of them inhabiting a ginger known as Barry Hayes and together they turned their nightmares into fiction. The writing team of Hicks & Hayes created an original horror-fantasy environment (Faltyr™), wrote a screenplay (The Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers) to introduce it, and then adapted it into a novelization of the same name. As a result, their first novel was published by Dark Oak Press in August 2013.

Jeremy co-owns Broke Guys Productions and served as Associate Producer on the independent horror film, “Curse of the Rougarou.” He is also a poet and short story writer.

Brian Weimer:

Brian Weimer

Brian Weimer

Brian Weimer is an author, and digital artist from Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Southeastern Bible College with a degree in theology. Brian has recently released his first novel, Nexus, a supernatural, sci-fi thriller currently available on Amazon.com. He is a regular writer for The Examiner, covering such topics as entertainment, pop culture, health and nutrition, and a range of other topics. He is currently working on his second novel, The Citadel, a horror story, as well as a follow up to Nexus.

 

 

Alabama Phoenix Festival

Alabama Phoenix Festival

 

 

Well everyone it’s almost here, The Alabama Phoenix Festival. I can not tell you how excited I am. There will be so many authors that I will get to meet. There will be a costume contest, for the book characters. The Alabama Ghostbusters, and the Millennium Falcon’s from Stars Wars will be there.There will also be a real life Tardis from Dr. Who.

I can not wait till the Alabama Phoenix Festival. I have been waiting for this for a couple weeks. I am so happy that I will get to be part of this event. It is a wonderful opportunity that I get to go. It will be May 30th- June 1st. I can’t wait to see everyone, and I hope that I have a great turnout!

Gadsden Public Library

I had decided to go to the Local Author Event in Gadsden, Alabama on Saturday May 19th. I didn’t know how it was going to turn out since it was raining, and it looked horrid outside.The sun was not shinning and the clouds were dark and grey. I was thinking that now one was going to want to get out of bed and drive in that weather.

I figured that I would sell only a couple books, but by eleven o’clock I had sold more than I thought I was going to sell the whole day. I had so many people interested in my book. Explaining the book to them, making them want to read the book and buy it made me so happy.

Me getting geared up!

Me getting geared up!

During the day I had seen some of my old friends that I have not seen in years. There was a wonderful author and an amazing women who I had shared a table with name Taomi Ray. I was so lucky to have met her. She was definitely someone I could connect and Share my experiences with as well as she sharing hers.

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Later that day I had gotten to do an interview on a radio station. That was a really good experience. Talking about my book on air was really fun and I hope to do it again. While I had stepped away for the interview my wonderful assistant Katja had sat in my place. I was told she did an excellent job and I definitely believe it.

 

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By the end of the day, the sun was shining and I had a great outcome. I met so many awesome people, and authors. Everyone was so friendly and it was such a great experience. I can’t wait till next year when I get to do it again, and if you are a local author you should come out and participate. It is a wonderful opportunity not just to get your book out there and sell it, but to meet new people and friends. I am so glad I went to the Gadsden Public Library.

 

Me and Katja!

Me and Katja!