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Stephen C. Ormsby has jumped to a new blog.
This is where you will find Author Interviews, Reviews and
updates for Stephen and his works as well.

Please do not fear – I still have lots of Interviews to go
and have more coming in each and every day,
but I have combined my efforts with Marieke, my beautiful
cover designing photographer muse.

Please join us at http://IdeasCaptured.com/Blog.
We also have a new Twitter name of @IdeasCaptured,
which I urge you to follow as well.

There you will also be able to view the wonderful photos Marieke has taken as well.

Over time, we will migrate all the Author Interviews and Reviews
on the IdeasCaptured blog, so they will not be lost!

What themes are being overused? Vampires and zombies are everywhere, and now soft-core erotica is hot, but trends come and go. The challenge is to write something that will outlast the trends and stand up over time.

 

  • Do you see ebooks threatening traditional publishing? It’s just another option. Self-publishing is no more a threat than YouTube is to blockbuster theatrical releases. There are more options for audiences, but it’s also easier than ever to get a lot of content as well as create and distribute it.
  • Do you prefer to read established authors or debut authors? How do you choose which ones to read? I read a lot of newer, indie authors but in general I like the tried-and-true favorites. There is still something to be said for the quality of a traditionally published book–if nothing else, at least the author had to jump through competitive hoops to get attention, and publishers still employ editors.

 

  • Do you have a target each day? As a self-publisher, I am in the business of selling books. So I have both a job and an art. Writing is for fun, but I have to sell the books if I want to write more. So my life is a mix of creation and promotion. Fortunately, I enjoy all aspects of writing as an art and business.

 

  • After so many books, how do you keep them unique? Every book has its on life, its own season, its own arc–usually superimposed over whatever is happening in the writer’s own life and head during that time.

 

  • Do you remember the first time you saw your book in a shop? No. I never felt that sort of thrill, although I did enjoy opening the first box of printed books. By the time a book is published, it is usually long after the emotional act of creating it, and I’d rather focus on the work in progress.

I discovered Sean McMullen with the release of his Greatwinter Trilogy – Souls in the Great Machine. This post-apocalyptic novel opens my eyes to this genre, and I tore through it, quickly going to look for more. I was lucky enough that Sean had a back catalogue another couple of books.

From thereon, I was hooked on Sean’s writing; his style and his ideas. Sean followed Greatwinter with The Moonworlds Saga. He has also collected 6 Ditmar awards and 3 Aurealis awards along the way. Of late, Sean has been a bit quiet, but I know something new will not be too far away.

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Robert Vardeman (who is sometimes called Vardebob) is a living legend in fantasy and science fiction.  I am going to borrow directly from Wikipedia for this:

Vardeman’s fantasy series include the War of Powers (6 volumes co-authored with Victor Milan), Cenotaph Road (6 volumes), The Swords of Raemllyn (9 volumes co-authored with Geo. W. Proctor), The Jade Demons (4 books), The Keys to Paradise trilogy, The Demon Crown trilogy, and a British-published trilogy called “The Accursed.” Vardeman is currently involved in the novelizations of the fantasy game series, God of War.

Vardeman’s science fiction works include the Weapons of Chaos trilogy, 3 published books in the “Masters of Space” series, the Biowarriors trilogy, and the stand-alone novels “The Sandcats of Rhyl,” “Road to the Stars,” and “Ancient Heavens.” The 1991 techno-thriller “Death Fall” is a related novel, although works set in a contemporary setting are often not categorized as science fiction.

Recently, I grabbed Bob’s “The Sandcast of Phyl” when he offered it for free as an ebook.  We got to talking…

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Welcome to another Author Interview Special Edition.  This one is to celebrate a new book by Judith Tarr.  It has been four years since Judith’s last novel and much of the world has been anxiously awaiting a new release.  It is also a special book, as it may not have been seen had it not been for a very successful Kickstarter campaign.

In Judith’s words:

Living in Threes, a brand-new YA fantasy/science fiction/historical, is coming from Book View Cafe on November 20th. It’s one of my projects that my agents loved but could not sell. Editors would want to buy it but marketing couldn’t figure out where to put it.

I ran a Kickstarter to finance the revision, which drew a round 256 backers and a lot of enthusiasm. It’s been extensively revised, edited, designed and formatted by the Book View crew, and we’re all excited to see it finally out in the world. Ebook only for now, but print edition eventually, we hope.

I am also celebrating by having one of the legends of fantasy agree to this interview:

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Tony Shillitoe burst onto the Australian fantasy scene with the Andrakis Trilogy beginning in 1992.  As the story, he was convinced by a friend to send a sample to a publisher even though he had only about 10 chapters written.  He didn’t hold much hope for it being seen, as he says that only about 0.1% of manuscripts get published.  Much to his surprise his was accepted.  A little bit of amazement and a lot of shock and Tony had himself a trilogy.

He then went on to write ‘The Last Wizard’, which was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel.  It would then be some 7 years before he would return to fantasy with the Ashuak Chronicles.  In 2006 Shillitoe released the first novel in a new fantasy series, the Dreaming in Amber quartet.

But since then he has been very quiet.  The great news is that there is something new coming.  Something very new, and I cannot wait for it.  Until then Tony agreed to do this little interview with me.

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I have only met Trent recently through a mutual friend of Martin Reaves.  Martin has done an interview with me and mentioned Trent Zelazny.  So I did a little investigating and found this Trent Zelazny, only to be amazed by what I found.

Trent is son of Roger Zelazny.  For me this was a bit of a big deal, as I enjoyed the Amber Chronicles.  What was more amazing, to me, was the sheer fact that Trent had lived through the loss of his girlfriend, which Trent will talk about more later.

I sent Trent my standard questions, but with the proviso that I could ask him some tougher questions (of which you will see later).  trent was very open about his past and did not knock back any of my questions, answering them overnight.

I will add to this before I let Trent have a go.  There are some great authors out there talking about Trent and how good he is.  To drop just two names here – Neil Gaiman and Joe R. Lansdale.

A little warning as well.  This post is over 3,500 words long, but more than worth the effort.

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What can be said about K. W. Jeter.  He blew me away in the 80’s and through the 90’s with some of the best science fiction/cyperpunk/steampuck that I have read.  I waited for each new Jeter book, and was rewarded with a book I knew I would enjoy.  He wrote sequels to Blade Runner, which were brilliant.  Then a little Star Trek and Star Wars.  But then he stopped writing – just literally disappeared.

There was a gap of some ten years before we saw a new release with ‘The Kingdom of Shadows’.  There is even a sequel of Infernal Devices coming up, but I’ll let K. W. mention that.

K. W. blew me away by agreeing do to an interview.  It did not take me long to shoot some questions through.  I think it took him shorter to return them to me.

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Is there anyone who has helped or mentored you in your writing career? If so, who?

Now this is a fertile field for study.   I would lump these folks into three categories.

First, I would like to comment on those folks who helped me by virtue of how I fell in love with their work.  I have mentioned in other places that my love of SF started in childhood.  I suspect that is one reason my approach to it is a very visual one.  I shivered as I watched Johnny Quest evade the howling invisible monster, or Tobor the Eigthman, Astroboy and Marineboy battle futuristic enemies.  I watched Fireball 5 hurtle down the skids to her missions in space.  Anime inspired me because where the American SF material was simplistic and exterior driven, the Japanese anime characters had family conflicts, personal tragedy and emotional turmoil.  The young officer might not worship his “Captain Kirk” but rather as Derek Wildstar did, might reject Captain Argo’s authority.  A whole emotional level of loss, longing and love existed as subtext largely, if not entirely, absent from the American material.

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This interview has also been posted at my new blog home http://IdeasCaptured.com/blog.  Please go and follow me there.

Greg is a great new friend that lives in the same country as I do, which I am finding rarer and rarer in the cyber-world.  He has been great to talk to and even recently liked a photo of my home-made pizza.  Got to love that.

Greg Barron’s first novel ‘Rotten Gods’ received rave reviews for its style and story.  In fact, here is one of the newest ones.

‘A searing critique of Western greed and consumerism; of the atrocities committed in the name of some deity or another; and of action and suspense there is no shortage.’ ‘What makes Rotten Gods so compelling is the originality of the plot, the intelligence of the writing, the believability of the setting and the electrifying pace with which the author constructs his story.’ ‘Rotten Gods is a superlative political thriller, with a cast of characters who swarm across the pages, leaving death and destruction in their wake as well as questions of right and wrong and moments of love and remorse.’ Rob Minshull, host of ABC Radio’s Weekend Bookworm

Greag will also be appearing at the Crime and Justice Festival. Melbourne, November 16 – 18 with Ian Rankin.
http://www.crimeandjusticefestival.com/crimeandjusticefestival/Program.html

Whilst he is busy on his second, he took some time out to give this interview.

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