Joining us today on our countdown to the Poems, Lyrics, Psalmos Book Launch Event is Author Kurt Chambers. He graciously agreed to talk about his book Truth Tellerwhich is available right now for free. Make certain to check out the interview, then head to the event and join in the giveaway below!
When did you first decide you wanted to write?
I have to confess, I’m not one of these authors who wanted to write the moment they were old enough to pick up a crayon. I was in my late thirties when I decided I wanted to write children’s novels. I worked as a volunteer at the time, helping to run a Brownie pack as a member of Girl Guiding UK. Anyone who works with children will know what an inspiration they are.
What is your favorite genre to read and/or write?
I’m a big fantasy fan. I started reading high fantasy novels at about the age of twelve and became hooked straight away. But I wasn’t that great at reading and sometimes struggled with some of the hard core fantasy novels. When I started writing my first fantasy series, I wrote it in a way I would have wanted to read it when I was a child.
Do you have a favorite author?
Yes, Terry Brooks is my all-time favourite author. I have read most of what he has written. I admire him as an author. He is just so great at what he does. The Sword of Shannara series was an inspiration for me to write fantasy.
That is a good question! Truth Teller was the first novel I wrote, and I was amazed at what a roller coaster journey it is to write a novel. Well, it was for me, anyway. You put so much of yourself into a novel. It affects your every emotion. Before I ever wrote a novel, I assumed you just write a story, but there is so much more involved than that. You become close with the characters you’ve created, experience all their experiences, the good and the bad. They become part of your real life. To you as an author, they have to be real or you could never convince a reader they are.
Is there something you want to write about, that you haven’t yet?
I have considered a few times about writing an adult horror story. I like to think I am a descriptive writer and think I could do this very well. At the moment, I only write children’s stories because I love the inner child in me. I love the innocence of children, their most endearing quality. I love showing this side of myself as an author. But if I wrote horror, I would have to show my messed up dark side to a reader. I think I will stick to writing middle grade. It’s way more fun. There is enough horrible stuff in the world without me adding to it.
What is one silly fact about you?
I am a massive Sponge Bob Square Pants fan! I love the childish sense of humour. My wife thinks that’s pretty silly. How can you not love Sponge Bob? He’s the funniest sponge ever! I was on holiday once visiting a Sea Life centre with my kids. There was a man who had some star fish in a bucket. He invited me and my daughter to touch it while he told us star fish facts. He explained that star fish don’t have brains. I replied, “Is that why Patrick on Sponge Bob Square Pants is so stupid?” He thought for a moment and said, “I guess so. I never really thought about it.” My wife just rolled her eyes and walked away.
Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
I absolutely love my two main characters in Truth Teller, Charlotte, a ten-year-old girl, and Elderfield, a teenage elf. But I have a special fondness for one of my rogue characters, Blaine, a dwarf Entertainer. He only makes a short appearance in book one, but he has a much bigger part in the second book, The Wrath of Siren. He just makes me laugh. I would have to pick him.
Is your writing influenced by people in your life?
Yes, I think this is the case for all authors, even if not directly. One of my characters is a real person. The rest are made up fictional characters, but I am sure they all have traits from real life people you meet in the real world. People are a big influence in everybody’s life.
Anything you want to say to the readers of my blog?
I would just like to say thank you for taking the time to visit and read this interview. The first book I have been talking about, Truth Teller, is free to download on any reading device. Even if you are not a big fantasy fan, I’m sure you would love this heart-warming all action story. Despite being a children’s novel, it has been enjoyed by all age groups from eight to eighty. Who knows, I might even convert you to a fantasy fan.
We’re still celebrating the book launch for Poems, Lyrics, Psalmos and the countdown to the giveaway – make sure to check out the event and the giveaway below!
Today, joining us in the countdown is Author Joseph Eastwood ^.^ He graciously agreed to be interviewed for the blog – check it out below ^.^
How long have you been writing?
Forever. I guess my earliest memory was around 7 or 8 when I used to buy these 55p jotters (notepads, but I remember them being these thick square yellow pads of paper called “jotter” and I used to save up for them). In these I would write and draw small comics, some were similar to the Captain Underpants page flickers.
What made you decide to become a writer?
It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, I can’t say there was a definite defining moment when I wanted to, I just have.
What’s your next project?
Well, my current project is Dead Girls, it’s a thriller, my debut thriller as I’ve usually always written fantasy and young adult, so I’m nervous and excited.
Well, Night Falls is a fantasy of mine, it’s the first in the Night Falls series. It’s something that I wrote, and then rewrote, and it was really cathartic in some ways because it was first person.
Name 5 favorite movies. Why?
Immediately, I think of ‘Covenant’ I watched it when I was about 14 and I loved it. It had fantasy, a storyline, and it was everything to me. I even bought the DVD, and I never buy DVDs. Pitch Perfect, because music. All of the Harry Potter films; and books, for some very obvious I heart fantasy reasons! American Hustle, it has Jennifer Lawrence in, and it’s a good film. The Departed, I think that’s what it’s called, there’s just something about plot twist films that I love.
What’s your favorite love story? (movie or book)
My love for writing – it’s a true story, based on fiction. Ha!
What’s your favorite line from any movie?
“Thank god for me” from American Hustle, it was spoken by Jennifer Lawrence.
If we Googled your name what would we see?
Maybe a whole lot of selfies.
You were just given a yacht. What would you name it?
Kali; something I love about the name. Although I hear it’s the name of a goddess and means “dark female” so maybe not the best name for a yacht.
If you could have been told one thing that you weren’t told when you were a teenager, what would you like to have heard?
Your real parents are multi-millionaires. Ha!
You’ve just been hired to a promotions position at Kellog Co. What would you put in a new breakfast cereal box as a gimmick?
A selfie. Who doesn’t want a selfie?
If you were attending a Halloween party, what would your costume be and why?
Cat! I love cats. But then also maybe something to do with blood.
Are you a morning or night person?
I can be both, but I like the night, but then I also like to sleep and wake up early.
If I wasn’t afraid I would _________ (What?)
Go to the gym!
Someday, I want to _________ (What?)
Be an underwear model, I mean, who doesn’t want to be an underwear model.
If you could be a pair of jeans what style would you be? Why?
They’d be those tight jeans that you have to squeeze yourself into because you love them so much.
You have multiple personalities, describe some of them.
My multiple personalities are actually my characters; there’s Brandon, he’s the ‘I want answers’ and ‘this family is crazy, let me leave’ guy. There’s Grayson, ‘overachiever’ and ‘I promise I won’t let you down, give me one more shot, I will do everything’. Wren, he’s quiet, he’s thoughtful, he can be quite emotional at times, but he’s most powerful when he’s thinking. Daniel, is definitely the immature side, he’s somewhat drunk with power.
What is the best thing you have done in your life?
Being born. No, uhm, publishing, and taking that plunge to publish.
What are your favorite hobbies?
Swiping on Tinder. Anything that involves my iPad really. HA! I get addicted to games online A LOT.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Or, love at first swipe wink
Does Prince Charming exist?
List five adjectives to describe yourself.
I’m very ambitious, I believe I’m funny, friendly, and for the most part I’m happy, but of all, I’m humble.
What are your pet peeves or interesting things about you that you dislike?
People who chew with their mouth open. YUCK.
Name one of your favorite things about someone in your family.
They’re related to me. Ha!
Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.
I can lipsync the house DOWN.
If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?
A mix. I like rom-com, fantasy, it would be a new breed.
If I could be anybody besides myself, I would be…
I can’t choose. Probably Colton Haynes, or Dylan O’Brien, trying to think my age bracket and hot.
Would you eat vegetables on a veggie table?
Nope. Can’t remember when I last ate veg.
Have you ever had the feeling you were being watched?
All the time. I hate that my computer has a webcam, it makes me feel very paranoid.
Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter?
Please share why. ALL OF THE ABOVE. Birthday – summer, no hayfer in fall, winter is Christmas, and spring has Easter.
What’s your favorite material object that you already own?
Phone, and my iPad.
What item, that you don’t have already, would you most like to own?
Mac. And a check for a million dollars.
If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be? (Example: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow, we all die.)
Be happy with who you are, because nobody else is going to be happy for you.
What would you do if you were the last person on this earth?
Walk around the house naked.
If you could live anywhere on this planet, and take everything that you love with you, where would you choose to live?
Tell the group about your choice. Tropical beach where it’s always warm.
If you were a genie, what wish would you absolutely not grant?
As a writer, it’s very important to interact with writing groups to network and build relationships. The writers you meet in these groups will become your cheerleaders, your critics, and your support.
One group that I enjoy participating in is Wanda’s Amazing Amazon Reviewers. I was lucky enough to meet an editor there named Lynn Worton, and she graciously agreed to an interview. Check it out below and make sure to participate in the giveaway at the bottom!
What made you decide to become an editor?
I have always had a passion for reading from being a young girl. As I grew older, I decided I would love to be a proofreader, but never followed my dream until recently.
Do you like to write? Or do you prefer the editing process?
I don’t write books or articles, but I do write reviews, which is how I finally decided to follow my dream of being a proofreader and editor. I enjoy the editing process a lot. I find it quite challenging at times, but it is also very rewarding.
In your view, what is the role of an editor?
The role of an editor is to support an author by assisting with not only proofreading and correcting spelling errors and punctuation, but offering constructive criticism or suggestions with regards to storyline, content, character development and pacing to enable the book to be published to a high standard.
What kinds of editing (or what part of editing) do you most (and least) enjoy? Why?
I mostly do copy editing. I make suggestions and comments to the author about the sentences and scenes within the story. I look at the whole book and will change content slightly if I feel the story is being either bogged down with too much description, or there is not enough. This also affects the flow, so I have to make sure the pacing fits with what’s happening within the story. I really enjoy doing this because I can see where the author wants the story to go, but sometimes they struggle to see wood for the trees. Having an objective eye helps.
The least enjoyable part of editing is how time consuming it is. Editing is not an easy thing to do and cannot be rushed. It takes hours upon hours to edit a book.
When someone gives you something to edit, what do you do?
Once I receive a manuscript, I usually just jump right in. Other editors do a read through before they begin to edit. I tried that but, I couldn’t help myself and started making corrections straight away. I take it a sentence at a time and, if it doesn’t sound right or the punctuation or spelling is wrong, I correct it there and then.
What kind of education is required to edit work successfully?
There is no special education needed, apart from a firm grasp of whichever language you are working in, whether it is English, German, French or Swahili; good spelling and grammar are also required. But, it helps if you are an avid reader and enjoy different genres. This, I think, gives an editor a better understanding of how a story should flow depending on the subject matter. I found it is mostly passion for the written word which is the driving force behind most editors, myself included. I decided to do a professional proofreading and editing course, which offered me a diploma at the end of it. This piece of paper will hopefully open a few more doors which would have remained closed to me otherwise.
What is the difference between proofreading, copy editing, and the substantive part of editing (such as revising for purpose, audience, organization, clarity, or accuracy of ideas)?
Good question! I’m still working that out for myself but, I will try to answer to the best of my ability. The difference between proofreading, copy editing and substantive is:
Proofreading is basically a comprehensive sweep for errors, including formatting problems, spelling, grammar and inconsistencies.
Copy editing includes proofreading, but also involves making suggestions and comments and asking questions to ensure clarity and consistency (e.g. definitions, structure and organisation, argument), and making editorial changes that will improve the overall quality of the work.
The substantive part of editing such as revision for purpose or fact checking is more complex and involves searching through the internet or reference books to make sure the author will not include false or libelous statements within their work. This is not something I have had to do yet, nor do I offer this service at the moment. I am still a relative newcomer to the editing world, but I may offer this service once I feel more competent in doing so.
What are some conflicts or difficulties you experience as an editor?
As I have previously stated. I am a relative newcomer and haven’t edited more than a handful of books. So I have yet to find myself in conflict with an author but, I am sure that if a problem did occur in the future, I would be able to work through the issue in a professional manner.
The only difficulty I have experienced has been to find the time to edit!
What would the ideal editing job be for you?
The ideal editing job for me would be a book that presents me with a challenge, but where I find myself totally engaged with the characters and the scenes involved. If I can picture the characters and scenarios clearly, as well as feel the emotions as I edit, then I know that the book is good and worth publishing.
At one extreme, editors can fight for every comma; at the other extreme, they can cave in at the least resistance from a writer. Which way do you tend? How do you determine when to stand up for an editorial change that someone challenges?
This is another good question! I don’t really know the answer but, I suppose I am one of those who will fight for every comma. I think proper placement is important. I haven’t had to stand up to a challenge yet but, if I had to, I suppose it would depend on the author’s intent and my interpretation of the sentence. If the author feels that his or her intent has been compromised, then I would consider backing down; it is their story after all. But, I would make my opinion known; diplomatically of course.
What does a typical day for you look like?
I was working full time, but since leaving my job to follow my dream of becoming an editor and proofreader, I now work as a part-time temp, two days a week. But recently, I have been working a four day week as I have no editing jobs on at the moment. So when I am editing, I have to take that into consideration. If I have a book to edit and, depending on whether household chores need doing, a typical day starts off as any other. I get up, have breakfast, get washed and changed. I do any household chores needed and then I set up my laptop, either on the kitchen table or on my lap on the settee (couch), and open the file for editing. I generally sit in front of the computer for up to six hours (apart from the few toilet breaks and tea/coffee/water trips and lunch). If I feel like doing more editing, I will then go back to the computer and do some more. However, that is maybe only for another hour or two. I will then stop editing and pick up the latest book I am reading. I write reviews too; I think I may have mentioned this above somewhere. Sometimes I listen to an audio book rather than read after doing edits; this is so I can rest my eyes. I then prepare and cook dinner. After dinner, I’m back on the computer, but this time I’m checking my e-mails, writing reviews and/or preparing blog tours and promotional advertisements on the different social networking sites I frequent. My day ends around Midnight (UK time, as that’s where I live) and I then go to bed so I can be ready to start the next day’s round of editing.
Tell us something no one would ever guess about you.
I’m generally an open book, so there is not much people would ever guess about me. I am struggling to come up with something! But here’s one:
I used to love crewing on sail boats when I was younger. My dad had a one man dinghy he used to race on the local lake (which also happened to be our water supply for the city) where we used to live in Zimbabwe. I used to crew for one of his friends on his two man dinghy. Unfortunately, he became ill (he wasn’t a young man, he was in his sixties, but he had been sailing for quite a long time before my dad joined the sailing club) and had to stop sailing, so my crewing days were over as there was no one else with a two man dinghy at the lake. I haven’t set foot on a dinghy now for over 30 years. If I did now, I’m sure I would find it extremely uncomfortable. I’m not as flexible as I once was for a start. But, I have fond memories of the experience.
It’s been a long journey for The Dragon’s Call series.
As you can see above, the book (poor thing!) went through a couple different looks before I arrived at the cover it has today. The oldest cover is the gray-tint filtered cover which I created on an old version of paintshop pro. It’s not the best cover, but what I loved most about it was the model (who I wish I had been able to contact to utilize her photo in other cover projects) and Derek’s emerald dragon eyes. Whenever I think of Derek, those eyes on the first cover, are the one’s I see ^.^
The second cover was donated to me by Niina C, a talented cover design artist, and the third and final cover I slaved over for days created and absolutely love ^.^
So, as you can see – Cecily and Derek’s story is no stranger to change. Keeping that in mind, I’m still completing the WIP that was going to be called Dragon Kin.
Unfortunately, as I mentioned in prior posts, while part I (Dragon Kin) was long enough to publish, I wasn’t certain if part II (The Dragon Throne) would be long enough to publish alone. This led to some consternation on my part because I had originally imagined Cecily’s story as a trilogy not a duology.
However, after some editing and rewrites – and attempting to combine both books, I’m at a word count of just over 70,000. Now, although I’ve not finished writing – I still have some key scenes and chapters to write before I’m anywhere near done – any writer can tell you that even 95k words is not enough to split into two separate novels.
So, I came to a conclusion ^.^
The sequel to The Dragon’s Call will be The Dragon’s Throne.
The temporary place cover I had been utilizing will be altered to a finished version that better represents the new title and the story’s completion.
Speaking of which, if you’d like to get a whiff of a couple chapters – check it out HERE.
And make sure to join in on the giveaway below ^.^
I’m also sending out a request, (for all those who would love to be involved,) for honest reviews of the book. If interested, feel free to download the book, and you can post your reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes&Noble, or Kobo.
If you see any other books of mine that you would like to read (for free) and review (for you bibliophiles out there,) feel free to send me a note ^.^
So, because I would like the book launch event and the audio book debut to be fairly close together, I’ve pushed back the date of the event, and extended the date of the giveaway until 7/11/15. This will give me enough time to get the audio completed and out by the time the event occurs ^.^
Wish me luck , pick up a limited-time FREE COPY of the book, and make sure to check out and sign up for the giveaway below!
“Tariq and I think that I can hide Cecily’s appearance.”
Cecily watched as Derek addressed her father, leaning forward from where he’d sat on the couch, his elbows propped on his knees. Tariq was leaned against the wall behind the couch where Derek sat, his arms crossed as usual. Daniel was leaning against the window with an arm around Tara, and Cecily still stood in front of her father.
He hadn’t said anything since he’d seen Cecily’s face, and his gray eyes held a tired, sad look. After a moment, his gaze pulled away from hers to meet Derek’s and Cecily’s shoulders fell. She didn’t know what to think. Dad hadn’t said a word to her. Was he disgusted?
“Are you sure? How?” Her dad’s voice was low.
Derek hesitated, then spread his hands. “Magic. Dragon magic. I think I can cover her with a glamour that will disguise this change.”
Cecily watched as her father gave a slow nod and fell silent. After a moment, the silence grew awkward and the tension in Cecily’s shoulders increased. She knew it. Dad hated dragonkind, and now he would see her as one of them. Tears began to burn behind her eyes and Cecily blinked hard. The silence lengthened until she couldn’t stand it. “Dad, I know how you feel about dragonkind. I-”
“No.” Her dad’s voice was rough. He stood, limped toward her and placed both hands on her shoulders. “Don’t you ever think I would love you any less.”
“Dad-” Cecily had to stop. The tears burning behind her eyes slipped down her face.
He gripped her shoulders tighter. “No, Cecily. I love you. You and Daniel are my children and always will be.”
Cecily inhaled a shuddering breath. “So you don’t hate how I look?”
He pulled her into a rough hug. His voice was shaky when he spoke. “Cecily, you are as beautiful as your mother. Never think otherwise.”
Derek hesitated. “Cecily reminded me of something the Queen said awhile back.”
Cecily’s father went still, then limped away from Cecily, and sat heavily in his chair. “They called us kin.”
“But if my change is because of that, why didn’t you or Daniel change?” Cecily shook her head. “It doesn’t make sense.”
The room fell silent.
Finally, her father exhaled. “I blame myself for this.”
“What?” Cecily looked up in surprise. “Dad, this has nothing to do with you!”
He pressed his lips together. “It does. Remember that I told you before I could feel something different about you, something more?” He lowered his gray eyes, staring blindly at the floor. “The day I took you to the clinic for healing after you were injured, you were able to break away from the gaze of the dragon at the clinic. And every day you felt more and more like your mother-” He shook his head. “I was the one who insisted you see Derek in his natural form.” He lifted tired, gray eyes to her moonlit gaze. ” I was the one who insisted you hear him sing the Call.”
Derek leaned forward. “You think her change might be an effect of hearing the Call?”
Her father gave a weary nod. “You probably remember that I suspected she would gain some kind of protection against dragonkind.” He exhaled. “I just never imagined it might have an effect like this.”
Tariq pushed away from the wall and placed his hands on the back of the couch where Derek sat. “He might be right, Derek.” He sent a nod toward Cecily. “I think it’s time she tells us everything so that you may tell them the rest.”
Cecily sent Derek a questioning look. “What does he mean?”
Derek met her gaze, frowning. “Tell us everything that happened right before you noticed this change first.”
Cecily shook her head. “I wasn’t the one who noticed the change – Tara was.”
Tara looked embarrassed. “Cecily had fallen asleep in class, and the teacher had been trying to wake her for at least five minutes. Then suddenly, she started to glow.”
“What?” Derek interrupted. “How? In what way?”
Tara shrugged. “It was like gold was lighting her up from the inside. When it faded,” she motioned toward Cecily, “she looked like this.”
“Do you remember anything, Cecily?” Derek asked.
“Yes.” Cecily hesitated. The last thing she wanted to recount was the flashback she’d had. She’d been able to hide them from her dad and Daniel, and she didn’t want her dad stressed out about her when he still struggled with his own flashbacks. She would never do that to him. Especially now that she understood what he went through.
“Don’t be afraid, Cecily.” Her dad’s voice sounded low and comforting.
Well, she could tell him about the dream, at least. She exhaled. “I dreamed about a grove filled with golden light. The light filled me and burned. Then it faded.”
“That must have been when you started glowing!” Tara interrupted.
“What happened next?” Derek asked.
” I heard a voice. Someone called me.”
“Called you?” Daniel sounded alarmed.
“He said his name was Calliope. He said that I needed to find him before it was too late.” Cecily folded her arms around herself at the memory. The next part had felt too real, too painful. Almost as bad as her flashbacks. “Then Sahak showed up and attacked me with dragon-fire.”
Tariq’s hands squeezed the back of the couch, his knuckles going white, then pushed away as he moved back to lean again against the wall. “I don’t know, Derek.”
Derek glanced at him and shook his head. “I don’t know either.”
“Don’t know what?” Her father crossed his arms. “What is the rest of what you and Tariq mentioned?”
“The rest is that I don’t know how well a glamour will hold.” Derek spread, then clasped his hands. “We have to keep in mind what Queen Saranyu said about your people and mine. Whatever she meant by you, Cecily, and Daniel being ‘kin’ might effect the spell I lay.” He shook his head. “Our powers work very well on dragonkind and humans, but we’re not really certain what you are.”
Her father gave a slow nod. “So this might or might not work.”
“Yes,” Derek said.
Cecily shook her head. “Trying something is better than not trying anything. Let’s just do it.”
Derek glanced at Tariq, who shrugged. Derek gave a short nod and stood. “All right.” He motioned Cecily over. “Stand here.”
She moved from the center of the living room to where Derek had indicated. “Now what?”
“Now, be still. You might feel a little strange, but don’t move.”
Cecily nodded and watched as Derek’s green eyes closed and he slowly raised his hands. A gentle breeze brushed through the room as emerald and jade sparkles of light burst into appearance from his palms to his elbows. Swirling around his wrists, the emerald light thickened until it was a spinning blur. Derek’s green eyes opened and he lifted his glowing hands and placed them above her head, then slid them down her face, neck, and shoulders. Beads of sweat grew on his forehead and his face held a look of fierce concentration as he bent to slide them the rest of the way down her torso to her hips, legs, and feet.
Finally, Derek pushed wearily to his feet and stepped back, stumbling slightly.
“Derek!” Cecily caught his hand and moved to his side. “Are you okay?”
Tariq moved around the couch to join them, and Derek held up a hand and shook his head. “I’m fine. The spell was harder than I thought it would be is all.” He tilted his head and looked Cecily over. “It looks like it worked, though. How do you feel?”
“I feel fine.” Cecily touched her face. “I look the same?” She sent questioning glances to her dad, Daniel, and Tara.
Her dad pushed out of the chair and scrutinized her, then nodded and looked at Derek. “That’s some pretty potent magic. Looks like it took a lot out of you.” He paused. “How long do you think you can hold this?”
Cecily turned to Derek. “Do you think it will hold until school ends?” She hesitated. Even after school ended, she would still need to be hidden to attend Lyman’s – if they accepted her. How could she ask Derek to hold this magic over her when it had clearly drained him just to place the spell? She could never put him at risk. “That’s a really long time, Derek. Maybe I should give up on my dispensation-”
“No.” Derek’s face hardened with determination. “You’re not going to be a slave to dragonkind. I’ll hold it as long as needed.”
Cecily hesitated, uncertain. “If you’re sure-”
“I’m sure.” Derek’s tone was final.
“Well, this has been fun,” Tariq said, “but Derek and I really should head out.” He indicated the sky outside the window. Evening had deepened into night.
Tara came over and nudged Cecily. “Is it okay if I spend the night?”
Cecily made an affectionate face. “Of course.” She moved to touch Derek’s arm as he walked slowly from the living room to the foyer. “Derek, I don’t like how-”
“Don’t worry about it, Cecily.”
“Shh.” He pulled her into an embrace, and pressed his lips to her hair. “It’s going to be okay. I promise.”
Cecily relaxed against him. “All right, but if the spell starts to really hurt you, promise me that we’ll think of something else.”
Derek smiled and pulled away to follow Tariq out the front door. “I’ll see you tomorrow, Cecily.”
“Derek-” Cecily huffed, but Derek and Tariq shut the door as they left.
We’re on the last legs to Poems, Lyrics and Psalmos: Wooing Muse Book launch event with only 8 more days to go! We’ve got another awesome author named Christoph Fischer who was gracious enough to let me do an interview. Check it out and then make sure to check out the giveaway below!
Tell us about your book “The Gamblers” “The Gamblers” is an easy to read thriller about money, friendship, love and trust. Ben, an accountant, wins the lottery and finds that the money makes his life more complicated than hebargained for. It’s a fun book but not without some serious undertones about gambling and trust. Have you written any other books? Yes. I have written four historical novels, mainly set in Central Europe during the first half of the 20th Century; two contemporary dramas about Alzheimers’ and mental health, and one medical thriller, “The Healer”.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? About five years agoI started writing a short story, only to see if I could do it. The thought of finishing a whole novel seemed actually rather arduous to me and I didn’t think I’d see it through. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.
How long does it take you to write a book? If all goes well, the first draft for a novel can be done within three weeks (after research if needed) but then there aremonths of editing and re-writes. Working full time, with beta readers and editors at my full disposal,I’d say it takes about four months from the first word to the printed book in my hand.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? Tough, because there is also marketing and publicity work to be done. I get up early and walk the dogs, then I sit down and ideally I write until I need a break or run out of steam. Then I do the marketing. It’s easy to forget to eat or go shopping during those phases.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I prefer writing in the morning, when it is quiet, with my dogs by my feet. I need a PC and a mouse to copy and paste fast enough so that I won’t lose my train of thought.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? Most books that I’ve written were inspired by subjects that fascinated me naturally, such as ancestry research, historical facts or family issues (i.e. Alzheimers’). I read up on them out of interest and the plot ideasdeveloped from there.
The idea behind “The Gamblers” came from real life. My partner and I talked about what we’d do if we won the lottery. I’m quite content with my life andcouldn’t think of much I would want to buy or change on my life. In fact, the thought of having multiple houses and staff felt like too much hard work for me. Wealth and looking after it can be a burden and can take away your freedom. The idea of Ben, the stingy accountant and reluctant millionaire, and of all the things that happen to him in my novel was born.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Walking my dogs, exercising, reading fiction books and non-fiction (I’m interested in politics and psychology). I also like a good laugh and enjoy comedy programs on TV.
What does your family think of your writing? They are very supportive, even though writing and marketing often cuts into family time. I’m very lucky.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How important book covers are. Ever since I got involved in making them I pay more attention to them and learned how much I judge the books by their covers. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? I get some questions and feedback from readers via Goodreads and the blog (but not enough yet to hire an assistant). Some want to discuss historical details, ask about my research and further suggested reading, others mention favourite characters or scenes – or typos they’ve found.
The highlights arethe personal letters by people who told me how well they related to some of the stories.One woman in particular stood out. She was undergoing chemo therapy and identified with my cancer patient Erica. That was an amazing and difficult moment for me. Do you have any suggestions for other writers? If so, what are they?
Go for it. Keep writing, don’t be discouraged and work on your craft.