Author Interview, A.P. Fuchs

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Author Interview #28, with “writer, artist publisher guy,” A.P. Fuchs!

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Hi A.P.! Describe yourself in 5 words:

Christian, writer, artist publisher guy.

Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):

Kissing Rose was like kissing blood: warm, smooth, sweet; a gentleness to her lips that made Zach cry out for more. When their lips met, his heart held hers and she his; her life flashed before his eyes and he knew her better than she knew herself.

As their lips playfully melded, separated, merged, he held her close, his embrace gentle and careful, yet firm enough so she knew he’d never let go. Her arms wrapped tightly around his neck, he sensed that if it was possible, she’d pull him deep into herself and make their bodies one. Instead, Rose’s hands tugged behind his neck, her fingers stroking its nape, letting him know how much she loved him.

Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):

From Stephen King’s On Writing:

“Talent renders the whole idea of rehearsal meaningless; when you find something at which you are talented, you do it (whatever it is) until your fingers bleed or your eyes are ready to fall out of your head. Even when no one is listening (or reading, or watching), every outing is a bravura performance, because you as the creator are happy. Perhaps even ecstatic.”

(This pretty much sums up my creative lifestyle — note from A. P. Fuchs)

Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:

Writing the book is easy. You just do it. Getting it ready for publication is the hard part, that is, turning the story from your first draft upchuck into something palatable for the reader. From there, taking that finished story and turning it into a paperback or eBook is just a matter of formatting, which is a lot of fun.

What is your definition of “good writing”?

Whether fancy or simple, good writing is simply storytelling that makes you forget you’re reading and instead transports you into whatever’s happening on the page, Holodeck-style.

Please share your #1 tip for writers:

Perseverance.

Your websites/blogs/etc:

My personal website/blog, which I update 5 days a week, is: http://www.canisterx.com

I can be followed on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/ap_fuchs

My publishing company, Coscom Entertainment, where we focus on monster and superhero fiction, is at http://www.coscomentertainment.com, and its Christian imprint, Torn Veil Books, is at http://www.tornveilbooks.com

Coscom Entertainment can be followed on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/mrcoscom

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Much thanks to A.P. Fuchs for the chat! Check out the Blood of My World series (Discovery of Death, Memories of Death, and Life of Death).

Author Interview, Stacey Wallace Benefiel

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Author Interview #19, with action/adventure and YA paranormal romance author, Stacey Wallace Benefiel!

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Hi Stacey! Describe yourself in 5 words:

Dorky, funny, gutsy, loyal, pale.

Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):

Glimmer blurb:

Zellie Wells’ life is changing. Her relationship with Avery is growing stronger every day, but their parents are still giving them ultimatums and trying to keep them apart. Her newly discovered powers have all but disappeared. Benjamin, another young Retroact, is back and has brought with him a painful shared vision and a troubled past. While working together to figure out what the vision means, Zellie discovers that Benjamin is a worthy friend and mentor. If only he could keep his hands off of her – if only she wanted him to…

Glimmer excerpt:

“Ouch!” I let go of Claire and dropped my books. Clutching my head, a vision crackled and sparked behind my eyes, short-circuiting my ability to concentrate on what I was seeing. The pain was excruciating. Wait, why was there pain? I fell to my knees on the ground.

Claire knelt beside me. “What’s wrong? Should I go get the nurse?” She pulled at my hands. “Look at me! What can I do?”

I clutched my head tighter, squeezing my eyes closed. I felt extremely hot. I could see Claire in my mind, coming in and out of focus. I couldn’t tell where she was or what was happening. “Just…hold on. Don’t get the nurse…I’m trying to…you’re in here…”

“Hush,” she whispered, “people are looking at us.”

The halls became congested as other students stopped to stare. Only a few said anything.

“Is she okay?”

“She doesn’t look so good.”

“I didn’t think she could get any paler.”

Claire hovered over me, blocking me from view. “Come on,” she coaxed, “try and stand up. Let’s go to the girl’s room.”

I shook my head. “Wait. The pain’s going away a little. I can see…you…and Benjamin?”

“Am I kicking his ass?”

I managed a weak smile. “No, just talking. Actually, you both look happy…and you’re both in…formal wear? That can’t be right. Benjamin’s too old to go to prom.” I opened my eyes enough to see and stood up. The vision was over. My head throbbed a little, but the pain was gone for the most part.

Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):

This is from TRUCK by Katherine Dunn:

Cecilia, Vince’s little sister, bought four paperbacks and my transistor radio when I told her about running away to the Mission Mountains. She swore not to tell. Holy hair. Probably won’t. She goes hiking a lot. Says she’s got boots I can borrow. She’s a lot taller. Five six maybe. But her feet are the same size as mine. Look at the boots tomorrow. Get her money.

Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:

The writing is more enjoyable. Easier. I’m not super comfortable with marketing myself. I’m too silly to be professional all the time. Learning how to format and do layout has surprised me, though. I like it and feel a sense of accomplishment when I’m done. The indie writing community has been really supportive and I’ve made good friends whose opinions I can rely on. Trying to break into traditional publishing was a drag and I’m glad I don’t have to want that anymore.

What is your definition of “good writing”?

If the story is engaging and doesn’t get bogged down in describing every little thing, then I think it is good writing. I’d also like to come out and say that I don’t give a shit about typos. I don’t love having them in my work and I try very hard to catch them so haterz can’t hate on me, but they never pull me out of a story. I’ve got a mom multi-tasking mind, I can note them and enjoy a story at the same time.

Please share your #1 tip for writers:

Keep writing. I’m not a write everyday kind of writer, but I have consistently written for more than half of my life. Being discouraged and thinking you suck is all part of it. Just write your way out of the doubt.

Your websites/blogs/etc:

Website: http://staceywb.webs.com

Blog: http://staceywallacebenefiel.wordpress.com

* “Glimmer” will be available on 1 November 2010.

Much thanks to Ms. Benefiel for the chat!

Author Interview, Katie Salidas

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Author Interview #12, with Las Vegas native & paranormal author, Katie Salidas!

Describe yourself in 5 words:

Quixotic, Quirky, Quizzical, Quotable, Quick.

Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):

My “baby”, my debut novel Immortalis Carpe Noctem was released in March.

BLURB: Bleeding to death after brutal mugging on the campus of UNLV, twenty-five year old Alyssa is rescued by the cold and aloof vampire, Lysander. Taking pity on her, he shares the gift — and curse — of immortality.

She awakens as a vampire and is soon devastated by harsh realities of her new way of life: the loss of her friends, her independence, and her humanity.

As if having her humanity stripped away was not enough to make life interesting, Alyssa finds out her “turning”, did not go unnoticed by the rest of undead society. Old enemies; an ancient sect of vampire hunters, known as the Acta Sanctorum, as well as a powerful Vampire mistress, each set plans in motion to destroy both Alyssa and Lysander.

Only by accepting her newfound immortality, seizing the night, will Alyssa hope to survive. She and Lysander must fight together against two sets of enemies bent on destroying them both.

Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):

I’m a huge fan of Patricia Briggs. The book that hooked me was Cry Wolf.

Product Description (from Amazon) — Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack — and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member — and as his mate.

Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:

Writing is definitely the easy part when you compare it to publishing. While writing encompasses plotting, critiquing, editing and rewriting (a huge task all to itself), publishing is a much harder process. With publishing, you not only have to create the physical book for people to hold, but you must also convince people to read it. The marketing aspect, often overlooked by new authors, is the hardest job of all. It takes time, effort, and a lot of courage to get your baby out there into the world and read by others.

What is your definition of “good writing”?

Good writing means crafting a story that really draws readers into your world. It means using all five senses to make your readers step into the characters shoes and become them for the time they read your work.

Please share your #1 tip for writers:

Just write! Lots of people talk about wanting to write but they have a million reasons why they can’t do it. The writing part is easy. Sit down and put pen to paper or fingers to keys. Like the Nike ad says, “Just Do It!”

Your websites/blogs/etc:

Find me online at the following links —

Amazon.com
Author Blog
Facebook
Publisher’s Website

Much thanks to Ms. Salidas for the chat!