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Today as a part of the fabulous service, Enchanted Book Tours, we get to hear from science fiction author Gary Tinnams, the author of Redfern. Thanks so much for doing this interview, Gary!!!

About the book:

Title: Redfern

Author: Gary Tinnams

Genre: Science Fiction

“Humans don’t project past their own frequency. It’s why you’re so isolated as a species. The beings of other frequencies can only witness what you build and feel what you destroy.”

Earth – Tomorrow – The Singularity:-

The machines have taken over and mankind is cast out.

Millennia later, the inhospitable planet of Redfern is in the process of being made habitable for the proposed rebirth of the entire human race. All is proceeding as planned until Enforcer, Ted Holloway, witnesses the unexpected appearance of a long dead and former friend – A man who can become invisible and immaterial, a man that can penetrate any and all security.

A man whose very existence should be impossible.

As Ted and his superior, Lisa Carmichael, investigate further, they face dangers and creatures that challenge their very concept of reality and also encounter the colony’s caretaker Machine Mind and the human Security Commissioner, both of whom have opposing and intricate agendas of their own.

For the true nature of Redfern is stranger and more deadly than anything Holloway or Carmichael can possibly imagine.

And it could change or destroy humanity forever…

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Redfern Interview

  • Let’s start at the beginning… how do you like to greet people? Are you a casual nod person, a hugger, or somewhere in between?

 

More a nod and smile, sometimes a handshake or kiss on the cheek, rarely a hug unless it’s my mum, nan, wife or children.

  • What influences in your past (books, TV shows, music) helped shaped the planet of Redfern in your mind?

 

In previous novels I’ve gone for arid planet, then tropical island planet, and in Redfern, inhospitable, poisonous and storm ravaged planet with the human dome keeping that all out.  I suppose there’s a bit of the 1984 ‘Dune’ movie in there, just something we’re existing on the periphery of, in danger of being overwhelmed, but all the time trying to change it ourselves, trying to master it, hence the terraforming theme in the book. The Dome itself is another planet within a planet, sparkling buildings, parks, and no cars or engines, just people walking, running or on bicycles. If you’ve ever been to Venice, you can get a sense of that, the background noise of cars seems to be present everywhere, take it away and there’s something else. I also listened to a lot Arcade Fire when writing the book, which lends it a little of that tragic ‘who are we?’ aspect.

  • Who’s your favorite character in the book? Why?

Well, it has to be Jason Webster, simply because of the character progression. He goes from professional soldier to jilted lover to quiet killer to responsible leader and then desperate savior. That is over a few thousand years admittedly and it’s just fascinating how he deals with these situations.

 

  • What is next on your writer’s journey? What goal do you have in your sights next?

More writing, another book, maybe short stories, but always more, and always writing what I like and want to write.

 

  • Have you had any cool fan interactions? Have any of your readers’ responses particularly touched you?

I’ve had some nice and thoughtful reviews that did wonders for my ego and some awful reviews that made me think I obviously can’t write at all. None of them have touched me in a profound way, but maybe that’s still to come.

 

  • Can you share three new, relatively unknown books? We all love recommendations so choose three awesome titles to champion. (No fair picking your own!)

 

Well, they’re not in any bestseller lists, so I would go with: ‘Quantum Night’ by Robert J. Sawyer, an interesting take on universal human psychology. ‘Starship Seasons’ by Eric Brown, a series of novelettes about a man encountering aliens and finding peace and friendship. Finally a bit older, but I’ll sneak it in, ‘Blind Lake’, by Robert Charles Wilson, a people story, action story and has a lot of good stuff on quantum computers and alien first contact,

  • Can you share one resource: website, marketing strategy, social media medium that you feel has most helped you and could help other writers on their way?

 

Word 2007, because I use it to write. I have read countless guides about what you should and shouldn’t do, they’re all wrong and right and ultimately just noise. So just read a lot of books, which means love reading, and then try writing and if you love writing, keep doing it.

  • What do you wish your readers could know about you?

As little as possible simply because when I was at school, we were always encouraged to relate back a novel to the author as if they were somehow interchangeable. He\she wrote this because their father walked out when they were an early age, etc. I just want readers to read a book and enjoy it and read into it what they want without having something to connect it to outside of themselves.

 

  • Now that the book is being set loose on the unsuspecting world, do you have anything you would change? What are you most proud of about your story?

I don’t think I could change anything in that it is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle and if you try and move around the pieces it won’t fit together anymore. I’m most proud of avoiding following a formula as much as I possibly could, that means the ending can’t be predicted by chapter three. I think there’s enough twists and turns to keep people thinking and enough interesting characters to get people involved.

 

  • What benchmarks have you set for yourself in measuring your success? In other words, when do you think you will have “made it?” And why?

 

Financially, if you can sell enough books to pay the mortgage then that probably means I’ve made it, buying a happy meal once a month doesn’t count. Artistically I feel I’m getting better with each book, and I want to keep getting better. I don’t think I’ll ever make it on that score, because I’ll probably never satisfy that evil critic, myself.

  • If you had to choose… salty or sweet treats… what would you choose and why does your choice speak to you?

 

Chocolate, lots of chocolate, it just makes me feel better.

 

  • And lastly… what is your favorite reward after a long day of writing—that little treat you give yourself?

A pint of cold Guinness.

How to Buy This Book and Follow Gary Tinnams

Webpage:
http://gdtinnams.blogspot.co.uk/

Amazon.com:

Print:

https://www.amazon.com/Redfern-Continuity-Everything-Singularity-Novel/dp/1537059726

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Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Redfern-Continuity-Everything-Singularity-Novel-ebook/dp/B01J7NFOMO

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Author Page:
https://www.amazon.com/G.D.-Tinnams/e/B008COLQJK/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Amazon.co.uk

Print
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Redfern-Continuity-Everything-Singularity-Novel/dp/1537059726

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Kindle:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Redfern-Continuity-Everything-Singularity-Novel-ebook/dp/B01J7NFOMO

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Author Page:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/G.D.-Tinnams/e/B008COLQJK/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Amazon.ca

Print:
https://www.amazon.ca/Redfern-Continuity-Everything-Singularity-Novel/dp/1537059726

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Kindle:

https://www.amazon.ca/Redfern-Continuity-Everything-Singularity-Novel-ebook/dp/B01J7NFOMO

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004118530979

Twitter

@GDTinnams

Author Bio:

I have been reading and watching science fiction since I was old enough to watch Peter Davison walking around an unrealistic jungle set in Doctor Who. The first set of sci-fi books I ever read was The Tripods trilogy by John Christopher without ever having watched the resultant TV series. The Tripods were scary.

Over the years I’ve come to love a variety of science fiction and fantasy books from many different eras and so came to the conclusion that I wanted to create my own adventures, set in my own worlds, with characters that acted and felt like real people. My third novel ‘Redfern’ is an adventure story which poses question about alien first contact, artificial intelligence, the singularity and the continued survival of our species at any cost.

“If you love your science fiction on the cinematic side but also want big ideas, intelligently explored, look no further.”

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This post was written by Erika Gardner. She’s a native Californian, lifelong lover of fantastical adventures, and a dedicated Whovian. If you enjoyed it, please sign up to receive updates on www.erikagardner.com   Or you can follow Erika on Twitter @Erika_Gardner, “Like” her Facebook page Erika Gardner- Writer and Storyteller.Or check out her contributions to the BBB Blog. Erika’s debut novel, The Dragon in The Garden can be found at Tirgearr Publishing.

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This Friday we welcome an engaging new author, Ichabod Temperance, and his new novel The Title of Temperance. Thank you, Ichabod!

About The Book

Title: The Title of Temperance

Author: Ichabod Temperance

Genre: Steampunk / Paranormal

Ohhh, my noggin. What has happened? I took a whallop upside the head and woke up in a place far from my time and home. Instead of it being the modern era of 1877 like it ought to be, I am in the distant past of England’s Dark Ages! There are mighty warriors in gleaming armour, and beautiful ladies wearing colourful gowns with taffeta secured dunce caps.

This is the castle Camelot! I am in the company of King Arthur and his majestic Knights!

Golly, can you imagine? Me, Ichabod Temperance, an Alabama tinker in King Arthur’s Camelot!

Oh, Goodness, it ain’t took too long before I already have trouble up to my hat’s brim what with Mr. Merlin, Miss Morgana, and a big mean knight in black armour getting bristly with me. Gee whiz, if I ain’t careful, I might end up wrecking there ever having been a Western Civilization!

 

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  • Let’s start at the beginning… how do you like to start the day? How does your ideal day begin?

    Howdy! I sure am happy to be here with y’all. My day usually starts with adjusting one or both of the puppies off my face so that I can breathe better. I then get them up and out of bed before anything untoward happens. That’s an ideal day in itself! I reckon I like to have the coffee on before the Sun or Miss Plumtartt are up. Gee, I reckon I couldn’t ask for a better day starter than that!

  • The story of Arthur and Camelot has seen so many permutations and variations over the centuries. What in particular drew you to this classic tale? How do you think you bring something fresh to the table?

    To tell the truth, I have never read ‘Le Morte’ d’Arthur’, but I have seen ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ many times! I have also seen the movie ‘Excalibur’ about a dozen times, but it was a re-reading of Mark Twain’s ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’ that drew me to tell this tale. I had thought about introducing a modern man of 1877 to a fantasy world, but visiting olde England worked out even better. I think it is my silliness and song that gives my story a fresh take on the Age of Arthur.

  • I love your eclectic background! What a life you’ve led! How does your past experience, be it in stunt work, karate, etc., color your writing today?

    I like to include a painful joint manipulation maneuver from time to time in my stories. This is how my karate finds it way into the books, as I am rather adept at wristlocks, et cetera. Sometimes I may include a wrestling suplex, or some such action, but the main influence comes from pro wrestling story-telling. In wrestling, a story must be told between good and bad. Over and over again, you must engage and draw in your audience. Match by match, and show by show, you must win your audience over for the good guy, and convince them to despise the bad guy. If you are not a good story-teller, you will not hold the audience’s attention.

  • What is next on your writer’s journey? What goal do you have in your sights next?

    Hopefully, there will be more and more silly stories spilling out. I have something in the works, but it is giving me tizzies!

  • Have you had any cool fan interactions? Have any of your readers’ responses particularly touched you?

    I have enjoyed a couple of good reviews, but I have not really met too many folks in a face-to-face interaction. It has been nice to have positive feedback on occasion, but I am still hoping to find someone that enjoys the few little tear-jerker moments that I like to include. I do not want to hurt the readers’ feelings, {I do not callously kill characters} but I do want to get an emotional reaction. I like to think that my inclusion of a few poignant and sweet scenes will affect the reader in a small way.

  • Can you share three new, relatively unknown books? We all love recommendations so choose three awesome titles to champion. (No fair picking your own!)

    Dane Curse {Matthew Abraham}
    The Prince’s Man {Deborah Jay}
    An Unsubstantiated Chamber {William Jackson}

  • Can you share one resource: website, marketing strategy, social media medium that you feel has most helped you and could help other writers on their way?

    The only social media format that I am good at is being kind to new followers on twitter. If, for instance, I was followed by Erika Gardner, my tweet may go out as follows: Eek! Run Miss Plumtartt! We are being followed by the author of ‘The Dragon in the Garden’, Erika Gardner! @Erika_Gardner Happy Writing Pretty Lady! ~Icky. 🙂

  • What do you wish your readers could know about you?

    I really am the guy in the books. The adventures might be a little outrageous, but the books are an honest representation of myself.

  • If you could play Fairy Godmother for one night and give three people a gift, which three would you visit and what would you give them?

    – I would give Thomas Wayne {Bruce’s dad} tickets to an alternative movie.
    – I would give Britney Spears some undies.
    – I would visit Merle Oberon and give her a big hug. {Okay, that last one would be a gift to me…}

  • Favorite classic candy? Be it salt water taffy, Jolly Ranchers, Hershey kisses? And why?

    I never met a food, much less a candy, that I did not like. I am going to cheat and say that chocolate, ALL CHOCOLATE, is my fave. I don’t know why.

  • If you had to choose… country music or rock and roll… what would you choose and why does your choice speak to you?

    Outside of a few artists, like Hank Williams Sr. or Johnny Cash, I am not a big country music fan. I do not care for ‘pop’ country. I do like ‘rock’ music. When you say, ‘rock and roll’, it makes me think of old instrumental bands like ‘The Ventures’, which I also enjoy. Music in general ‘speaks’ to me and I include it in the books. In fact, ‘The Title of Temperance’ almost comes across as a musical!

  • And lastly… what is your favorite reward after a long day of writing—that little treat you give yourself?

    This is the easiest question yet! The answer is Miss Persephone Plumtartt! She is life’s sweetest reward! She is a great, big treat, all in herself!

          Thank you, Miss Gardner, ma’am! I sure do appreciate you hosting us here today!

          Happy Reading and Writing!

          Your pal,

          ~ Icky . 🙂

How to Buy The Book & Find Ichabod

Amazon US:
https://www.amazon.com/Ichabod-Temperance/e/B00J71862M/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Amazon UK:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ichabod-Temperance/e/B00J71862M/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1486419808&sr=8-1
Amazon AU
https://www.amazon.com.au/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Ichabod+Temperance
Ichabod Temperance website:
http://ichabodtemperance.com/wp/
Ichabod on twitter:
https://twitter.com/IckyTemperance

Author Bio

Standing over five feet, seven inches and weighing in at better than one hundred and thirty pounds, Ichabod Temperance is ‘The Alfalfa Male.’ After lengthy music, karate, and pro-wrestling careers, Ichabod’s involvment with movie stuntwork has led him to write these whimsical, steam-driven adventures. Mr. Temperance and his lovely muse, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, live in Irondale, Alabama, USA, along with their furry pack family.

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This post was written by Erika Gardner. She’s a native Californian, lifelong lover of fantastical adventures, and a dedicated Whovian. If you enjoyed it, please sign up to receive updates on www.erikagardner.com   Or you can follow Erika on Twitter @Erika_Gardner, “Like” her Facebook page Erika Gardner- Writer and Storyteller.Or check out her contributions to the BBB Blog. Erika’s debut novel, The Dragon in The Garden can be found at Tirgearr Publishing.

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Sometimes our partners in life do and say the most amazing, perfect things. Things we can hold on to, treasure, and weave into the fabric of our lives. Touchstones that sustain us. Sometimes our partners are perfect.

Don’t worry, honey, I’m not expecting it on a daily basis. But it sure helps.

This week’s song is by Jackson Browne.

Please click here to enjoy.

Have a great week, my lovelies. Hug your darlings.

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This post was written by Erika Gardner. She’s a native Californian, lifelong lover of fantastical adventures, and a dedicated Whovian. If you enjoyed it, please sign up to receive updates on www.erikagardner.com   Or you can follow Erika on Twitter @Erika_Gardner, “Like” her Facebook page Erika Gardner- Writer and Storyteller.Or check out her contributions to the BBB Blog. Erika’s debut novel, The Dragon in The Garden can be found at Tirgearr Publishing.

 

Venus and Lysander Interview

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About the Book

Title: Venus and Lysander

Author: Yoshiyuki Ly

Genre: Historical Romance / Fantasy

Living as a nobleman and as a woman, Valerie of Lysander is sick of waiting for the world to change. The discrimination she suffers as an outcast builds into resentment. Once Val takes matters into her own hands, the whole Empire of Tynan feels her brand of justice. The Emperor’s adviser, Lucrezia of Azrith, wants more of Val’s ruthlessness—for revenge against the unjust, and for her own desires. Venus and Lysander is an intricate romance set in the fictional Victorian city of Eden, 250 years after the events in The Scorpion’s Empress.

Lucrezia is Lady Chancellor for the Emperor and a sorceress-in-hiding. She is forced to conceal her identity from the religious public for fear of death. As she learns to trust in Val’s chivalry and affections for her, they both fall for the softer sides behind their similar bulletproof personas. Lucrezia receives a mysterious warning about a sadistic enemy threatening the Azrith and Lysander families. Once they discover their nemesis’ true motive, Val and Lucrezia’s tyrannous devotion for one another is all they can count on to survive.

This week I am happy to welcome Yoshiyuki Ly to my site. I thank her and Enchanted Book Promotions for bringing us together.

  • Let’s start at the beginning… how do you like to say hello? Do you have a favorite greeting? Are you a hugger?
    I usually say “hey” or nod my head. Not much of a hugger unless I know the person well and haven’t seen them in a long time.
  • I’m finding the character of Val fascinating. A woman living in a man’s world is at once very timeless and completely modern. Shades of Orlando. What inspired this character? Can you give us a glimpse into her head?
    I was inspired by my own androgyny as someone who looks feminine but thinks and sometimes acts in masculine ways. She doesn’t fit in. She knows that the binary ways of seeing gender end up causing issues for most people in the world, and not just her. But because she’s affected by this mentality more so than others, Val is the one who’s compelled to change the world “for the better,” even though she’s inherently self-motivated.
  • Fantasy can be so all-consuming (in such a good way) for readers- why did you choose the Victorian era to color your world? What can you tell potential readers about why they should visit the city of Eden?
    I played a lot of Bloodborne while writing this story. It’s a horror action role-playing game with Lovecraftian themes, set in a fantasy Victorian setting. The stark darkness of that setting compelled me along with the soundtrack. Eden doesn’t feature the horror from Bloodborne, but there’s a lot of history from the institutions there: it’s a hotbed of history-in-the-making with a revolution for civil rights at its tipping point.
  • What is next on your writer’s journey? What goal do you have in your sights next?
    Working on a distant sequel for this book that ties everything together.
  • Have you had any cool fan interactions? Have any of your readers’ responses particularly touched you?
    Most of my current fans have been with me since I wrote fanfiction. A few of them are my friends today. Forming those unexpected bonds was nice for me.
  • Can you share three new, relatively unknown books? We all love recommendations so choose three awesome titles to champion. (No fair picking your own!)
    I’m not sure about new, but anything by Pixelnyx, my favorite author, is worth my recommendation.
  • Can you share one resource: website, marketing strategy, social media medium that you feel has most helped you and could help other writers on their way?
    I keep a blog that I update regularly with my writing process and anything else that I’m up to. I think it helps readers stay connected with me.
  • What do you wish your readers could know about you?
    Nothing they don’t already know. I’m a private person.
  • If you could play Fairy Godmother for one night and give three people a gift, which three would you visit and what would you give them?
    It would be three specific people that I don’t speak to anymore. I’d like to give them a smile for once—something they rarely got from me.
  • Mimosa vs. Bloody Mary- the debate rages on… compare and contrast, please.
    I actually don’t think all that much.
  • If you had to choose… country music or rock and roll… what would you choose and why does your choice speak to you?
    I can’t think of any country songs I like, so rock and roll. If it includes alternative rock like Radiohead and IAMX, then that’s perfect. I tend to like a blend of genres.
  • And lastly… what is your favorite reward after a long day of writing—that little treat you give yourself?
    Actual sleep. I have a bad habit of not sleeping for days at a time when I’m working on a series of chapters. Not because I’m avoiding sleep—the insomnia takes over when I have too many ideas and my mind won’t shut off. It’s a blessing and a curse.

Author bio

Yoshiyuki Ly was born in San Diego, CA. She lived there until moving away to college. In high school, she began writing fanfiction as a serious hobby. Her pen name represents her multiracial heritage and a unique, diverse outlook that reflects in her work. She is a writer and a gamer.

The Links

http://mybook.to/venusandlysander

http://mybook.to/thescorpionsempress

https://twitter.com/LyLikeLee

http://facebook.com/yoshiyukily

http://yoshiyuki-ly.livejournal.com/

 

This post was written by Erika Gardner. She’s a native Californian, lifelong lover of fantastical adventures, and a dedicated Whovian. If you enjoyed it, please sign up to receive updates on www.erikagardner.com   Or you can follow Erika on Twitter @Erika_Gardner, “Like” her Facebook page Erika Gardner- Writer and Storyteller.Or check out her contributions to the BBB Blog. Erika’s debut novel, The Dragon in The Garden can be found at Tirgearr Publishing.

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Hell Holes- What Lies Beneath Interview

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About the Book

Title: Hell Holes: What Lurks Below

Author: Donald Firesmith

Genre: Apocalyptic Scifi / Horror

It’s August in Alaska, and geology professor Jack Oswald prepares for the new school year. But when hundreds of huge holes mysteriously appear overnight in the frozen tundra north of the Arctic Circle, Jack receives an unexpected phone call. An oil company exec hires Jack to investigate, and he picks his climatologist wife and two of their graduate students as his team. Uncharacteristically, Jack also lets Aileen O’Shannon, a bewitchingly beautiful young photojournalist, talk him into coming along as their photographer. When they arrive in the remote oil town of Deadhorse, the exec and a biologist to protect them from wild animals join the team. Their task: to assess the risk of more holes opening under the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the wells and pipelines that feed it. But they discover a far worse danger lurks below. When it emerges, it threatens to shatter Jack’s unshakable faith in science. And destroy us all…

On to the nitty, gritty… Thank you so much, Donald Firesmith, for being on my blog! And to Enchanted Book Tours for setting this up!

  • Let’s start at the beginning… how do you like to start your mornings? What does an ideal day look like for you
    I’ll restrict my answer to weekends when I get to start my day with my author hat on. I wake up around seven, cook a ham and cheese omelet that I eat while watching 30 minutes of news, then enter my home office, fire up my computer, and start writing. I try to get in about four hours of writing before lunch when my wife usually rises. With luck, I manage an additional three to four hours of writing and an hour of book marketing over the course of the rest of the day.
  • I love that you did a book trailer. Can you tell us something about the process? What words of advice can you give writers looking to create their own and what, if anything, would you do differently next time?
    I started by spending several hours browsing book trailers on YouTube to discover what I liked, what was possible, and what was practical within my budget, skill level, and the software tools I owned. I would have loved live actors, but I clearly couldn’t justify the cost, especially given the book’s setting in Northern Alaska. I would have also loved having a voice actor but decided against it for my first trailer, once again for cost reasons. Once I settled on a basic slide show with music, I started by writing a script and searching for appropriate graphics. Then, I found a company to create the actual trailer that had successfully produced similar trailers, was reasonably priced, and promised to work with me until I was satisfied with the result. While I am pleased with the results, I am considering upgrading the trailer with a voice over and commissioning a trailer for the second book.
  • SciFi is a genre that seems to become more difficult to stay ahead of as technology continues to advance at an ever increasing pace. How do you as an author stay ahead of the curve?
    I don’t have that problem with my Hell Holes series because it takes place in the immediate future. Due to my day job helping the US Government acquire software-reliant defense systems, I am aware of current military technology and have also developed relationships with military technical advisors. For example, Hell Holes 3: To Hell and Back will involve small military UAVs, a plague virus, and tactical nuclear weapons, all three of which have been relatively easy to research to the level of detail needed for my books.
  • What is next on your writer’s journey? What goal do you have in your sights next?
    In addition to completing Hell Holes 3: To Hell and Back and finalizing the plot outline of Hell Holes 4: A Slave in Hell, I am currently completing a non-fiction book titled Free and Low-Cost Book Marketing for Indie Authors.
  • How does your work as an engineer inform your writing or is writing an escape from your day job?
    I believe that by making the real parts of science fiction and fantasy books as realistic as possible, I make the paranormal and fantasy parts more believable. In addition to all of the systems and software engineering reading I do as part of my day job, I also do a great deal of reading of popular science and technology magazines, journals, and books. These often trigger ideas for science fiction books and short stories. Writing is definitely a skill that is improved by practice, and it goes both ways. Writing non-fiction improves writing fiction and vice versa. And I must admit that there is a certain amount of escapism in reading and writing speculative fiction,
  • Can you share three new, relatively unknown books? We all love recommendations so choose three awesome titles to champion. (No fair picking your own- we all know you love that one!)
    I recently had the very good fortune to meet Marry Robinette Kowal, who is not only a great writer but also a wonderfully interesting public speaker. I just finished her book of short stories titled Word Puppets, which I highly recommend. Her stories are very creative with wonderful characters. I especially recommend “For Want of A Nail,” “The Consciousness Problem,” and “The Lady Astronaut of Mars.”
    Currently, I am really enjoying the first two books in Cyberpunk Tales by A.L. Hunt and J. R. Forrest. In addition to a real kick-ass heroine, they have created an absolutely fascinating future world run by corporations where the vast majority of people live in underground slums also populated by the cybernetically, genetically, and psychically enhanced. Finally, I am really into the steampunk graphic novel series Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio.
  • Can you share one resource: website, marketing strategy, social media medium that you feel has most helped you and could help other writers on their way?
    I have been collecting all of the book marketing material that has helped me into a book that I am incrementally making available on my author website. Until I finalize it this summer, my fellow indie authors can download partial drafts (updated each weekend) for free. All I ask is early feedback so that the final book is as good as I can make it.
  • What do you wish your readers could know about you?
    That in spite of the current mini Dark Ages we’re going through, that I believe the future is going to be more like the early Star Trek universe than an apocalyptic dystopia. In spite of being an older white man whose day job involves national defense, I am a socially liberal progressive who favors progress over conserving our not-so-great past. Having lived overseas twice and visited nearly forty countries, I have a decidedly international rather than nationalistic viewpoint. I am pro-science and technology, and if I were in my twenties, I’d get in line to join Elon Musk and the Space X colonization of Mars.
  • The world is full of problems. If you could fix just ONE… and expense or transportation were no object- what would you fix and why that one?
    I would make a major disease-causing germ or virus go extinct. I think that the eradication of smallpox was one of the greatest achievements of modern science.
  • Paper vs. eBook- the debate rages on… compare and contrast, please.
    I have a huge collection of physical books including many autographed books and books over a hundred years old. Nothing feels quite like holding a fine leather-bound volume in your hands. And you really need large format paperbacks for graphic novels. That being said, I have gotten very used to being able to carry around hundreds of books in my Kindle Fire and iPhone. You can’t beat the cost, convenience, and instant gratification. To me, it’s not a case of one or the other, but of both.
  • If you had to choose… mountains or sea… what would you choose as a home base and why does your choice speak to you?
    I love both. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest (Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington), where the coast was an hour to the west and the mountains were an hour to the east. I’ve lived on the beach and at the base of Mount St. Helens. I used to spend all weekend hiking alone in the Cascades with only the animals for company, and I would love nothing more than spend a week scuba diving in the Caribbean. Sorry. Sparks flying from ears. Can’t choose. Must move on to next question….
  • And lastly… what is your favorite reward after a long day of writing—that little treat you give yourself?
    Probably either reading or watching science-fiction on TV. However, my favorite reward for writing is not something I give myself. It is a thoughtful book review posted by a new fan who enjoyed reading one of my books. Making a reader care enough to take the time to write a real review, explaining what they liked and even what they didn’t like, is the best reward any author could ask for.

About The Author:

A computer geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books, written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He is also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered somewhat worrying whether the term “distinguished” makes him sound more like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineer whose beard is still more red than gray.

By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, action and adventure novels and relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky and his youngest son Dane.

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The Links:

Amazon, Apple iBooks, Barnes and Noble, CreateSpace, Goodreads, Indigo, Kobo, Smashwords

The Book Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/amXuTAlKoX0

This post was written by Erika Gardner. She’s a native Californian, lifelong lover of fantastical adventures, and a dedicated Whovian. If you enjoyed it, please sign up to receive updates on www.erikagardner.com   Or you can follow Erika on Twitter @Erika_Gardner, “Like” her Facebook page Erika Gardner- Writer and Storyteller.Or check out her contributions to the BBB Blog. Erika’s debut novel, The Dragon in The Garden can be found at Tirgearr Publishing.

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