So a couple of weeks ago, Tahlia tagged me to answer a series of questions on my writing process and current works – after which I get to tag some more authors, link to them, and introduce my awesome readers to new and faboo wordsmiths. Cool, huh?
It’s my pleasure to “tag” along. (I’m sorry. No, not really.)
Thanks a TON for tagging me, Tahlia. (That’s her blog-hop link, by the way. Take a gander!)
1) What am I working on?
The biggest project I’ve ever done, Notte. Notte is one man’s 15,000 year journey from biological weapon to the perfect gentleman. Let’s just say it took him a long time to make the transition from eating people to enjoying opera.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’ve honestly never seen a vampire story quite like mine. I’ve developed an entire world history and magic system for Notte to play in, and – spoilers aside – I don’t know too many vampire books that tumble right into the end of the Earth.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I have to. Never mind that when I haven’t been writing, my husband says I get “twitchy” (sorry, Duane).
The biggest thing for me is a love of STORIES and a dislike of BOXES: genre and “expected” genre traditions can be very limiting. If I want to use magic in space, I should be allowed. So there.
4) How does my writing process work?
Disorganized. No, really. I’m not really a pantser or a plotter. I’m more of a sprinter.
If all goes well, I sit down with some hot coffee, some good music, and some time to myself. It tends to comes in long bursts of writing with spaces between for brain-breathers.
It is my pleasure to introduce fabulous authors to you. If you have not encountered these two, you MUST.
J.M. is an actor, voice actor, and SF/F author, fanthropologist and pop culture scholar. She’s appeared in podcasts, documentaries, and on television to discuss all things geeky through the lens of academia.
Her debut novel Triptych was nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards(SciFi/Fantasy/Spec Fic & Best Bisexual), nominated for the CBC Bookie Award – Best SciFi/Fantasy/Spec Fic (2011), was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2011 – #3 in SciFi/Fantasy/Horror (2011), was on The Advocate’s Best Overlooked Books of (2011) list, recieved an honourable mention at the London Book Festival in Science Fiction (2012) and won the San Francisco Book Festival for Science Fiction (2012).
Other publications include “The Moral of the Story” in Tesseracts 18 (Edge 2015), “The Twenty Seven Club” in Expiry Date (Edge 2014), “Hero is a Four Letter Word” (FastForeword, 2013), “On His Birthday, Reginald Got” (Kindle, 2013), ”Whose Doctor?” in Doctor Who In Time And Space (McFarland Press, 2013), “Maddening Science” in When the Villain Comes Home (Dragon Moon Press, 2012), ”TheOnce and Now-ish King” in When the Hero Comes Home” (Dragon Moon Press, 2011), and The Dark Side Of The Glass, (Double Dragon Press, June 2012). Frey’s pie-in-the-sky dream is to one day sing a duet with John Barrowman.
Quenby Olson lives in Central Pennsylvania where she spends most of her time writing, glaring at baskets of unfolded laundry, and chasing the cat off the kitchen counters. She lives with her husband and two daughters, who do nothing to dampen her love of classical ballet, geeky crochet, and staying up late to watch old episodes of Doctor Who. Her first novel, Knotted, is available from Amazon in Kindle or Paperback format. You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter!
All this is courtesy of Tahlia Newland, a truly unique and terrific author. Here’s her info:
Tahlia Newland, author of the award-winning Diamond Peak Series, writes contemporary fantasy and magical realism with a metaphysical twist. When not reading, writing, reviewing or mentoring authors, you may find her being an extremely casual high school teacher, making decorative masks, meditating, or playing with George, her Burmese cat.