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Author Interview – Jane Dougherty

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Author Interview – Jane Dougherty

Author, Jane Dougherty, was a first place winner in Dragon Knight Chronicles short story contest. The contest was held to gather stories for publication in Dragon Knight Chronicles Anthology #2. The title of Jane’s winning short story is The Last Battle.

  1. Where did you get the idea for your short story, The Last Battle?

Hylomone and Cyllarus, the two Centaurs in The Last Battle are ‘real’ Centaurs. They are also minor characters in the third volume of my trilogy, The Green Woman. The battle itself is in the story, but I decided to rewrite the event as seen from the viewpoint of this tragic couple.

2.  What inspired you to write The Last Battle?

The battle is a pivotal part of the story of The Green Woman, and in writing it I had only portrayed the emotions of one of the central characters. This is a deeper version of what happened, and the personal grief it brought to a couple of the off-stage characters.

3.  Is there a message in your short story that you want readers to grasp?

Not a conscious one, but I was probably influenced by my aversion for Greek myths where women are almost always in the wrong, the sacrificial victims, or the wicked demons. The Centaur is the epitome of all that is wise and noble, so I wanted to bash the point home that there were female Centaurs too, and they were just as wise and noble as their company.

4.  What was the hardest part of writing The Last Battle?

I don’t honestly remember there being a hard part in the writing of this story. I knew it already, and I knew the outcome. Writing battle scenes isn’t something I enjoy particularly which means that to do it well, I have to concentrate on the human rather than the military aspect. If there’s more emotion in The Last Battle than actual battle, that’s because I’m more comfortable writing about sentiment than sword thrusting and swiping.

5. What kind of research did you do for this short story?

Many of the characters in story of The Green Woman are taken from myth so I don’t feel that I have the right to take liberties with what are essentially the fruits of the collective imagination.  Cyllarus the Centaur really existed (if you see what I mean) and so did his companion Hylonome and their children. Their story is a tragic one, and I simply transposed Cyllarus’ death to the Last Battle of my story. I hate reading stories with sloppy research and anachronisms so I try not to make the same mistake myself.

6.  How did you get interested in mythology?

I think we are all interested in mythology. It’s part of all human culture and part of the way humanity works. My grandmother was a big fan of the Greek myths, and of course the Irish myths were considered more as history than story.

7.  What’s a typical working day like for you?

I check my emails, reply to comments on my blog and on twitter, look over the last scraps of poetry I wrote the previous night and probably get bogged down in wrestling with a poem. There’s usually a hiatus while I take the dog out for a run, go to the market, do the washing, that kind of stuff. After that I try to get into a WIP. I’m very easily distracted though. In theory I should have most of the afternoon to work. But there are always so many other things that need to be done.

8.  Do you set a daily writing goal?

I do at the moment. I’m in the daft position of having six different (very different) WIP. I also write a ton of poetry and short fiction; Since one WIP is a book that has actually been commissioned by a publisher I feel that I ought to write it before indulging myself in any of the others. If I meet my daily goal of words written, I allow myself to spend a bit of time on one of the other stories. I get very distracted by poetry though, a recently discovered passion, and spend far too much time fiddling with rhythm and rhyme.

9.   What’s the best thing about being an author?

Doing what I love most. And having a husband who indulges me in it, even though it doesn’t even keep us in dog biscuit.

10.  What advice would you give aspiring writers?

Write. Don’t watch TV, don’t go out, make your children autonomous as soon as possible, and write. All the time. Make writing your favourite leisure activity, and don’t be afraid to share it with people whose judgement you value. Most of all though, listen to advice about your writing. Listen to the criticism, and try not to be so blinkered by the thrill of actually producing a story to act upon it.

11.  Who is your favorite author?

I don’t have one. There are far too many authors whose work I love. Of the classics I can read anything by John Masefield and adore it, Tove Jansson’s Moomin books, C.S.Lewis was a pretty fine writer too, and I’ve probably read all of Alberto Moravia and not read anything I haven’t enjoyed. Of the more modern writers, I have enjoyed a lot of Guy Gavriel Kay, Barbara Hambly, and the first of the GRR Martin books.

12.  What really strikes you about their work?

For all of them it is the ability to transport the reader to a new, unknown place, be it an imaginary Finnish forest, the planet Mars, or Rome in the 1950s, and make it come alive.

13.  Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I have six WIP all in more or less rough draft form. This is the opening of a romance which is about half-finished. The working title is Where the Wild White Horses Play.

I heard of a girl once, who went off with a Selkie. She didn’t know he was a Selkie to begin with, not until he came back for her. She followed him into the ocean and never came back. They say she drowned, but I know different. I think the girl was me.

This may be the last time I sit on this cliff top looking down at the sea. The white chalk falls away below me, ghostly in the twilight, and tumbling into a jumble of pale rock at the foot, lapped by the waves. There’s a steep stair down to the rocky cove that I will take before the sun sinks. I look along the coast road to the straggling line of houses, set back from the track behind thick vegetation. I know them all, the old couple who turned their plot into a little market garden, the middle aged couple who take in tourists in the summer, and the last house before the road drops down out of sight towards the town.

Pierre still lives there, in the house I knew so well, the house that one time I felt would be my tomb. He has remarried and has a couple of children. They will be indoors now, like the good obedient children of a schoolteacher. Perhaps there will be school tomorrow and they will be early to bed. Perhaps not. I lose track of the days and their names. They have no meaning any more. Time itself has no meaning. The ocean is timeless. I mark the passing of the days by the movement of the sun and the moon, but none is worth more than the next or the last. Time is. I am.

Pierre’s house falls into the quiet of the evening, calm and tidy, as he would wish it. And I am glad that I am out of his life and he has found happiness. The horizon is on fire, and the sun is almost over the rim of the sky. By its last light I take the steep steps carefully, down to the rocks where the others are waiting for me.

I sat in this same spot ten years ago, on the last day of their millennium. Ten years ago I left to reclaim what was mine. The sunset looks just the same. They said it was a special day. Momentous. For me it was just a beautiful sunset.

14.  Are you a pantser or a plotter?

Both, I think. I’ve never understood how you can write without letting the story go its own sweet way. No matter what plan you might have already roughed out, the story inevitably goes where it wants. Mine do, anyway.

15. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview and how would you answer that question?

How did you get to become a multi-million dollar best-selling author? I’d love to be asked that one. Unfortunately the chances of being asked it are so remote I haven’t thought up an answer.

Jane Doughtery

Author Bio

Jane Dougherty writes various kinds of fiction but finds it very hard not to include at least an element of fantasy. Her self-published trilogy, The Green Woman is straight up no nonsense fantasy. The retellings of some of the great love stories from Irish myth she co-authored with Ali Isaac are in that hazy, magical domain between historical fact and flight of poetic fantasy. Wormholes, her new YA series, starts off as gritty, realistic Armageddon, but rapidly takes off into pseudo-science fantasy inspired by some of the more trippy writings of the Apocrypha. The first volume is to be published by Finch Books this autumn.

Jane is also a prolific writer of short fiction and poetry, some of which has been published in anthologies, literary journals, and webzines. To read some of her poems or download a short story, visit her blog at:

https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/

For official purposes she gives Bordeaux as place of residence, but most of the important stuff goes on inside her head.

Author’s Social Media & Additional Links

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/JaneDoughertyWriter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MJDougherty33

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6953978.Jane_Dougherty

Amazon author page US: http://www.amazon.com/Jane-Dougherty/e/B00FMR7Y0U/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

Amazon author page UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jane-Dougherty/e/B00FMR7Y0U/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

List and Links to Jane Dougherty’s previously published works:

The Green Woman Trilogy

The Dark Citadel

The Dark Citadel:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Citadel-Green-Woman-Book-ebook/dp/B00JW86TYM/ref=la_B00FMR7Y0U_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1441175603&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Citadel-Green-Woman-Book-ebook/dp/B00JW86TYM/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

The Subtle Fiend

The Subtle Fiend:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Subtle-Fiend-Green-Woman-ebook/dp/B00I481BVM/ref=pd_sim_351_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=0RE8J8R7CWGBE94TZ1JZ

http://www.amazon.com/Subtle-Fiend-Green-Woman-ebook/dp/B00I481BVM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1441177363&sr=1-1&keywords=the+subtle+fiend

Beyond the Realm

Beyond the Realm of Night:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beyond-Realm-Night-Green-Woman-ebook/dp/B00MU1XO6Y/ref=pd_sim_351_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1CDS32ZAKZT5PJ7J9H3G

http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Realm-Night-Green-Woman-ebook/dp/B00MU1XO6Y/ref=pd_sim_351_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=11RS8GCJDHDYJB7JVTHS&dpSrc=sims&dpST=_UX300_PJku-sticker-v3%2CTopRight%2C0%2C-44_AC_UL320_SR200%2C320_

In the Beginning:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/In-Beginning-Jane-Dougherty-ebook/dp/B00GIYLCOK/ref=pd_sim_351_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1EZG5A80E736N5X28FS2

http://www.amazon.com/In-Beginning-Jane-Dougherty-ebook/dp/B00GIYLCOK/ref=pd_sim_351_5?ie=UTF8&refRID=1YC6P8HVF38WNW6EB2C8&dpSrc=sims&dpST=_AC_UL320_SR222%2C320_

Grá mo Chroí:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gr%C3%A1-Chro%C3%AD-Love-Stories-Irish-ebook/dp/B00SQ2IUZQ/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

http://www.amazon.com/Gr%C3%A1-Chro%C3%AD-Love-Stories-Irish-ebook/dp/B00SQ2IUZQ/ref=pd_sim_351_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0CBCYFYZ7JBKKFMPH449&dpSrc=sims&dpST=_AC_UL320_SR200%2C320_

The Dragon Tempest

The Dragon Tempest offers a collection of short stories in a variety of fantasy genres, including dark, light, adventure, and epic. Creatures from all worlds abound: dragons, angels, centaurs, witches, gods and goddesses, and those lurking below the water’s surface. Whether you’re moved by tales of battle and bloodshed, suspense, humor, or enlightenment, The Dragon Tempest will leave you craving more from each author. Such a diversity of great fantasy tales to enjoy will leave no room for disappointment.

Judges:

Allison D. Reid

KJ Hawkins

D.B. Mauldin

Joshua Robertson

1st Place Winners

Christine King

Katie Roxberry

Winter Bayne

Jane Dougherty

Wilson F. Engel, III

2nd Place Winners

Christine Haggerty

Randall Lemon

Deborah Jean Anderson

J. Abram Barneck

Louise Findlay

3rd Place Winners

Samuel Milner

Karen Brown

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An Interview with Alexandrina Brant

An Interview with Alexandrina Brant.

Interview with Author, Debbie Manber Kupfer

Interview with Author, Debbie Manber Kupfer.

Solstice Tour: Ali Cross

Solstice Tour: Ali Cross.

Author, Renee Scattergood – An Author Interview

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Shadow Stalker, Part One (Episodes 1 – 6)

Renee Scattergood – An Author Interview

Who is Renee Scattergood?

A wife, mother and someone crazy enough to spend hours a day writing and plotting out dark tales that take place on mysterious worlds. 😉

Why did you decide to write Shadow Stalker in episodes, rather than chapters?

My first plan was to write a series of novels, but after failing a few times to finish a novel to what I felt were quality publishing standards, I decided I should start smaller and get some real practice with self-publishing rather than just reading about it. At first I was considering publishing each chapter as I wrote it, but I wasn’t sure how that would work because they’d be relatively short. I basically found myself running into the same problems I had with trying to write a novel, but in a different way. The format would be the same, but once the chapter was written, I couldn’t go back and change it.

Then the idea came to me to write it as though it were a TV series. Since I already had the entire series planned out in my head, it would be easy enough to break it down into smaller stories that would be easier to edit than a novel, and also a lot easier to publish. I also figured it would be a good way to get the story out there to see if there was an interest without spending time writing an entire novel only to find no one liked it.

I still intend on writing the series in novels. The series will be called Savior of the Serpent Isles and is going to start with The Galvadi Invasion as book 1. The difference between the episodes and the novels is the episodes are only from the point of view of one character…Auren. The novels will have 5 or 6 point of view characters and the reader will experience more of what’s happening in the world during the events of the Shadow Stalker series.

What method do you use to get into your character’s heads?

I close my eyes and imagine myself as the character, and let the events play out as though in a movie. Then I write what I’m thinking, feeling and seeing at the time. I usually do this during the first rewrites though. When I do the first draft, it’s based off very detailed chapter notes and I just write without thinking about the story too much. If I don’t get the story out first, it’s harder for me to focus on the finer details, like making the characters seem more like real people.

How many episodes will Shadow Stalker contain when it is finished?

There are going to be 4 parts in all, with 6 episodes in each part. So there will be 24 episodes in all. Then each novel in the series is basically going to include the events in three of the episodes. So at the moment (I haven’t planned it all out yet) I’m expecting there to be 8 novels in the Savior of the Serpent Isles series. I’ve also got plans for a prequel novel about the first war with the Galvadi and maybe even a series about the first shadow stalkers. And I would love to start writing other novellas and short stories that take place in the world, but we’ll see what happens.

Is there any writing advice you would like to give to authors that are just starting to write?

One of the things that kept me from being able to finish anything I started in the beginning was I had a bad habit of editing as I wrote. I worried about how things sounded and whether or not the story was making sense. I had to have the dialogue perfect and make sure the characters were exactly where I wanted them, doing what I wanted them to do. I was very rigid in how I wrote, and I had a very hard time completing my novels because of this.

So my advice would be to just write. Whether you plan your stories or write off the top of your head, just write it. Don’t worry about it if you realized you’ve messed things up. You can always leave notes or comments to yourself about things you can fix later. Just keep writing until you get to the end. Then go back and edit. You’ll find you write faster and get much more accomplished that way.

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Auren learns that she is destined to enslave the people of her world, and Drevin, emperor of the Galvadi Empire is determined to end her life before it happens. Her foster father, Kado, has sworn to protect her and trains her as a shadow stalker. But her training is cut short, when their people are overrun by the Galvadi Empire. Now she has to find a way to help her people without succumbing to the prophecy.

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Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing fantasy. She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker series, and she has also published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. Aside from writing, she loves reading (Fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter. Find out more about her, and sign up for her newsletter on her blog: http://reneescattergood.com

Author Pages:

Renee Writes: http://reneescattergood.com/ – my personal website and blog.

Renee’s Author Spotlight: http://reneesauthorspotlight.blogspot.com.au/ – a blog where I feature indie and small press authors.

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00NTJY1W2

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Christine Haggerty, Author Interview

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The Grimm Chronicles

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A Robber Bridegroom Tale

Author, Christine Haggerty

Author Interview

How does growing up in a rural area affect your writing today?

Growing up rural, aka very poor, gives me a sort of a survival lens for all my stories. None of my POV characters have a wealthy background because I’m more familiar with what it means to go without.

Your favorite genres to write are young adult dystopian fiction and young adult urban fantasy. Tell us why you branched out to fairy tales?

Fairy tales have a hold on our identity as a culture. They show up in everything we write, and they’re really not that far from dystopian. Most of the main characters are orphaned and poor and have to survive in their world.

Why did you choose the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales for your series?

The Grimm choice actually came from an assignment I gave my high school language arts students. They had to rewrite a fairy tale, so I figured I would do my own assignment. I chose “Hansel and Gretel,” which I’m currently revising, and figured I’d build on that.

What made you choose ‘A Robber Bridegroom Tale’ as your first Grimm Chronicle?

My choice of “The Robber Bridegroom” for a retelling was as simple as skimming my collection of Grimm and coming across that story. The miller decides his daughter will marry the next man who comes to the house. Why would a father do that? The story is my answer to that question. 

How many tales do you intend to write in the ‘Grimm Chronicles Novella Series’?

I expect the entire collection will be fifteen tales. I don’t have a firm plan, so I will keep on writing them as long as I’m having fun.

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Christine Haggerty, Author of The Grimm Chronicles

Christine Nielson Haggerty grew up in rural Utah with three brothers, a sister, several chickens, a goat, and an outhouse. She always loved the escape of fantasy and the art of writing, and her passion for life is to craft stories of strength and survival.

As a former high school language arts teacher and a black belt in karate, Christine has found a niche in combining those skills to help authors write effective fight scenes.

An award-winning young adult author, she is now launching her dark fantasy fairytale novella series The Grimm Chronicles.

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Twenty Questions with Author, Quan Williams

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1. What were some of your earliest inspirations?

I was a big star wars fan. So to help encourage me to learn how to read, my mother subscribed me to Marvel’s Star Wars comic books. Also, while in 2nd grade, the teacher would take an hour out of every day and read to us. She would read classicchildren’s books like Trumpet of the Swan, Charlotte’s Web, Watership Down, and this little, obscure book called “The Hobbit.” I loved Pooh, but The Hobbit really captivated me and was the catalyst for my love of stories.

2. Who were your earliest supporters?

The main people who recognized my interest in storytelling early on were my mother and a few of my English teachers in grade school. I also had a friend In high school who was as into comic books as me and wanted to create some of his own.

3. In what ways, did they support you?

My buddy and I created our own comic book universe, and we created a few issues (and trading cards) before turning our attention to more pertinent things (i.e. Girls). My mother always talked to me about my stories and the overall craft of writing. My English teachers always gave me opportunities and forums to create my stories, whether it was “fluency” times where I was allowed to write whatever I wanted to write about for an hour, or a class project where I was to write a complete 20 page novel which would be spiralbound into a “published” book, or even being given a chance to read my story aloud to the class.

4. Name some of your favorite classic stories and tell us why they are your favorites.

I was always partial to Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” due to the graphic writing of the central character’s descent. He was manipulated by everyone he came in contact with, which parallels my protagonist’s plight in Godmode. In addition to The Hobbit, the Narnia series has always been a favorite of mine for all of the symbolism and iconography, as well as Asimov’s Foundation series, for the awesome worldbuilding and overall coolness.

5. What can you tell us about your chance encounter with a ripped up Batman comic?

On my way home from school one day, I came across a Neal Adams drawn page of Batman. A bit further down the street, I saw another page. And another page. I picked them up, and by the time I had gathered them all, I had an entire issue of Batman in my hands, but it was out of order. Being the story junkie I am (and maybe a little OCD, too), I took the pages home and tried to put them in order It took me about an hour, but I was able to put the entire issue back together. The process taught me a lot about story structure, and also made me a fan of superheroes.

6. Where did you attend college?

The University of Michigan School of Art and Design, in Ann Arbor, MI. I majored in Graphic Design.

7. Tell us about your college days.

I thoroughly enjoyed my five years at Michigan. It gave me a chance to meet, network and befriend a multitude of people from around the world whom I never would have met otherwise, and it introduced me to some wonderful opportunities to accomplish some very special deeds. I worked in the Art School alongside some amazing talents, and I studied creative writing under the tutelage of a critically acclaimed author (Jonis Agee, author of “Strange Angels” and “South of Resurrection”). And being there when my school’s football team won the National Championship was also very special.

8.  Name some of the comic books you wrote and illustrated.

The first comic I ever created was in the 2nd grade. It was about a masked superhero called Manglor. In high school, I created two comic book series, “Mr. Prime” (about a supercop) and Delta Sigma: the Deadly Sorority (about Mr. Prime’s assassin ex-girlfriend). I also cocreated a series of comic books with my friend Tony Deshae – my contributions were guys named “Starpoint Executioner” and “American Gladiator.” In college, I wrote and drew stories for two anthologies: “Tales of Vengeance” (which had my Mr. Prime character with a new uniform and the new codename “Marshal”) and “Assorted Meats” (Where I debuted the Weekend Heroes). Postgrad I produced three webcomics: “Unbeatable Heroes” (a humor strip about some random heroes going on weird, nonsensical adventures), “The Seizure” (an action webcomic about a boy defending mankind against an ancient force of destruction. It spawned a sequel where the boy deals with the consequences of his victory. This can be found at www.theseizurecomic.com), and “Weekend Heroes” (a spinoff comic from the Seizure dealing with a team of inept superheroes. This can be found at www. weekendheroes.thecomicseries.com/”)

9. Tell us about the years you worked as an entertainment journalist for the Michigan Daily.

For two years I wrote urban music reviews for the Michigan Daily. It had some very nice perks and allowed me to hone my writing skills. I was able to get free concert tickets (most notably tickets to see Pat Metheny and Lauryn Hill), interview music stars and – most importantly – get free music weeks before it was made available to the public. It also gave me a chance to broadcast my opinions on music to everyone on campus. It was a nice ego boost.

10. What can you tell us about your short story, ‘That Weird Kid’?

That Weird Kid is a short story I wrote based on my experiences in grade school. I was enrolled in advanced learning classes at an early age, but even in a school full of child prodigies, I did things a bit differently than others. I rarely played with other kids during recess, instead choosing to wander around the school pretending I was the star of my own TV show. While other kids were playing sports, I was drawing and writing stories. I was a fan of Nickelodeon shows “Dangermouse” and “You Can’t Do That On Television”, and I read satire magazines like “Cracked” and “Mad” and my sense of humor mirrored that, so many of the kids didn’t get my jokes. I was labeled ‘weird’ and often made fun of, which was ironic because many of the kids who called me weird would have themselves been called weird if they were in a “normal” school. It’s not a good feeling when you’re considered too much of a nerd by other nerds. My short story was my way of addressing some of the things I dealt with during that time, but in a way that all children can relate to, with some lessons everyone can use for how they relate to each other. It was published by a short-lived online magazine dedicated to positive stories.

11. What can you tell us about your young adult novel, ‘The Leopard Man’?

I have some wonderful nieces and nephews. One niece in particular was really the first to welcome me into my wife’s side of the family. She is brilliant, witty, charismatic, savvy, and cool as a cucumber. I wanted to do something to encourage her through her teenage years, and I also wanted to do a modern retelling of an African fairy tale, because I didn’t think they were represented as much as European stories. So I merged these two things together to write a suspenseful Young Adult story about a spunky teenage girl who befriends a her substitute teacher, only to find out a dark secret he has been harboring, which leads to her having to run for her life. Starring my niece, Ashlynn.

12. Tell us about the games you have created.

The most prominent game on my resume is a game I co-developed with Richard Garner. It was a trading card game based on The Transformers that we created shortly after Magic: The Gathering first gained prominence. Hasbro liked the idea, but for various reasons couldn’t use the game, but they were developing a separate game based on their Beast Wars property. They incorporated some of our game mechanics into their game and paid us under the table. That game was called “Beast Wars: The Mutating Card Game.” Since then, I have self-published one other game, a deckbuilding game based on Organized crime called “Syndicate: The Underworld.” In this game you and your opponents play as one of three crime families, or the police, in a bid to gain the most money and take over your city.

13. Tell us about your latest published novel, GodMode.

Godmode is a science fiction survival horror story about a man who has to fight his way out of a building full of bizarre and deadly monsters, all the while learning disturbing truths about himself. Elijah wakes up in a cage and can’t remember how he got there. He escapes and finds himself on the bottom floor of a corrupt pharmaceutical company. He learns eventually that he used to work there, and he wasn’t a very nice guy while he was there. He was forced to be part of their experiments because they held his wife and daughter hostage. And now he must rescue them.

14. Can you explain ‘biopunk’ to us?

Biopunk is a subgenre of science fiction that deals with the forced evolution of humankind. It is best knows in TV shows like Dark Angel and video games like Bioshock. It deals with the future of biotechnology the same way Cyberpunk speculated on the future of computers. We live in an age where people are getting bigger, faster and stronger all due to a few little pills. New treatments of once untreatable diseases are popping up, as well as man-made diseases that are resistant to conventional remedies. We deal with stem cell research and cloning right now, so one can only wonder what is next in this realm….and what the consequences will be for delving into it. According to Wikipedia, “ A common feature of biopunk fiction is the “black clinic”, which is a laboratory, clinic, or hospital that performs illegal, unregulated, or ethically-dubious biological modification and genetic engineering procedures.”

15. What projects are you working on at this time?

I don’t have any major projects I’m working on at the time, but I have some things I’m slowly developing. I am writing lyrics to my next music project, which is a concept album dedicated to James Bond. I will record and produce the album when I am done with the lyrics, and I will also self-publish the lyrics as a standalone chapbook, and I might do some illustrations for it, too. I am also in the early stages of developing a Sci-fi/fantasy epic. I have the first storyarc plotted out, and I just need to write it out. In addition to that, I have a completed manuscript for a literary love story that I am seeking beta readers, agents and publishers for.

16. What do you do in your ‘free time’?

I am a Geek’s geek. I am a comic book reader and collector and I am big into comic book-based movies (I also like brainless action films and Joke-a-minute satire comedies like “Airplane!” and “Monty Python’s Holy Grail”). I am a huge pro wrestling fan, and I dabble in music from time to time. Magic: The Gathering is my favorite hobby, but I will also take time to tinker with whatever idea I’m developing at the time. I’m also a sports nut and a diehard Pistons, Lions, Tigers and Wolverines fan. And if I don’t feel like doing any of that, I’ll either play with my wife, or vegetate on my computer and play the Marvel Avengers Alliance Facebook game.

17. Is there going to be a sequel to GodMode?

That depends on the readers. I’ve gone on record to say that if my book can garner 10,000 sales, then that would show me there is enough interest for me to write the next act in this saga. I tentatively have this planned as a trilogy, but I need to know that there are people who will support this franchise before I invest the time in writing it.

18. Do you see your goals changing as you age?

19. If so, in what ways?

Not really. As long as I keep getting ideas, my goal will always be to get them out of my head and into everyone else’s, and I will always have the goal of profiting from my ideas. And as long as I’m not harvesting my ideas full time for a living, that will always be a goal of mine.

20. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about Quan Williams?

Get to know me! I think I’m a pretty cool guy, if I do say so myself. I’m open to networking with anybody and almost everybody, so don’t be afraid to send me an invite on twitter, linkedin, Google plus or Facebook. All I ask is that you don’t be a pest, and do take the time to support some of my creative projects. Read one of my books, play one of my games, or listen to one of my music projects. I’m sure there’s SOMETHING I created that you’ll like.

Author Bio.

Quan Williams has previously published three other books and various short stories, as well as spending two years as a journalist for The Michigan Daily Newspaper. He studied creative writing under the tutelage of Jonis Agee, author of “Strange Angels” and “South of Resurrection.”

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