Author Interview, Nipaporn Baldwin

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Author Interview #42, with Nipaporn Baldwin, who writes about space dragons (AKA original and unique fantasy + science fiction)!

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Hi Nipaporn! Please describe yourself in 5 words:

Dragon, Gamer, Italophile, Simplistic and Artist

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

Society On Da Run

(Nipaporn: Since I have so many stories, I can share a blurb made specifically for all the books in the series)

Blurb: Earth has seen many visitors, from space dragons colonizing the planet in Pre Cambrian times to intelligent insectoids. Follow the adventures of a wide cast of characters as they encounter the dragons of the Draconizica empire, and Ashuton Karrucci, the god of dragons going about his daily life in Italy. From a story about a small town ravaged by an airborn dragon virus, to a story about a cruel dragon king on a terraformed Mars, to the story of a girl pregnant with a Dragon god, these stories are not bound by the norms of Fantasy and Science Fiction genres.

Excerpt:

“When the world stops spinning and the people I’ll die I will think of her and wish I had pie.”

Wish I had pie.

This was the thought that lingered in Anjou Merkrai-Kidogo’s head. His French cheetah was thinking of her home on the Sarenghetti, and his dragonling was thinking about the strange beams of light coming down from the sky. The burning car’s speed was dawning into the hundreds, but the dragon in the sky were still chasing after them. With the Dragon were several small Winter Wyverns, all of them focusing their ice breath on the speeding car.

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

* An excerpt from Ravens by George Dawes Green:

When they got back to the Tercel, Shaw said he was wide awake and could he drive? That was fine with Romeo. He got in on the passenger side, and they descended into the North Carolina piedmont. His ears popped; the air grew humid. He tilted his seat all the way back and looked up at the moon as it shredded in the pines. Somewhere after Elkin, NC, he let his eyes slip shut for just a second — and then the highway started to curve beneath him, and he felt himself spiraling slowly downward, into a bottomless slumber.

* An excerpt from The Devil’s Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis:

At first glance he was an unremarkable man, short and stout with greying hair and the drab clothes of a commoner. I could not see his face from my vantage two floors above, but I watched him recoil as he emerged from the carriage and his foot first met the cobblestone; he signaled for his cane and reached for the coachman’s arm. Even with these aids, he moved gingerly, haltingly through the sultry morning, and I thought, aghast, He is a sick, aging man – nothing more.

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

In my experience, the writing and publication is always fun. It’s the marketing that I have a problem with. Because I have so many stories, it’s hard to market them, and being an unknown author it’s increasingly hard. I try hard not to give up, and almost did several times.

Yes, “give in, give up, or give it all you’ve got” ;)! What is your definition of “good writing”?

If it does not bore the hell out of me, it’s a good story. Most novels bore me, that is why I stick to short stories.

Please share your #1 tip for writers:

Get to know your readers and what they like and don’t like in a story and strive to be completely different. Do not be bound by clichés! If you have to write a vampire story, try writing about an android vampire fighting Ninjas after the Apocalypse. Spice it up, don’t be gray!

Yes, I personally favor originality over something that’s rehashed and/or forgettable. Please let us know your websites/blogs/etc:

Short Story blog (where stories are posted): http://dragonshortstories.wordpress.com/

Smashwords (where you can read current stories from TSODR): http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/thedragongod

The 700-page omnibus edition: http://www.amazon.com/Dragons-Cicadas-Society-Omnibus-ebook/dp/B006ZDQH0I/

And here are my social media links:

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Much thanks to Nipaporn for stopping by! Her short story blog has more info about her unique stories written in a non-conventional Fantasy and Science Fiction setting. While you’re there, check out her Facebook conversation story, titled “Kitty Kat Wants to Sell Moar Drugs.”

Author Interview, RJ Palmer

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Author Interview #30, with science fiction/psychological thriller writer, RJ Palmer!

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Hi RJ! Describe yourself in 5 words:

Wife and mother of three.

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

Birthright is a science fiction and psychological thriller with surreal overtones.

“Ashes to ashes, dust to dust…” intoned the soft, sonorous voice of the preacher reciting the timeless last prayer, jerking her abruptly from her sweet memories of a bright and happy past and depositing her unceremoniously back into the present and the bleak, lonely future that yawned before her.

Dragging her eyes down again to the cold marble headstone that stood stark reminder at the foot of the grave she whispered, “Goodbye, Raine,” and turned away, burying her girlhood dreams with the love of her life.

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

My absolute favorite, most respected author is Dean Koontz bar none. The following is from a series of his about Odd Thomas and is among my favorite of his collections:

“MY NAME IS ODD THOMAS, THOUGH IN THIS AGE WHEN fame is the altar at which most people worship, I am not sure why you should care who I am or that I exist.

I am not a celebrity. I am not the child of a celebrity. I have never been married to, never been abused by, and never provided a kidney for transplantation into any celebrity. Furthermore, I have no desire to be a celebrity.”

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

The two are impossible to compare because honestly they’re about as alike as night and day. Both of them revolve around my work though one is far easier and more natural to me. The writing just happens from my point of view while the publication process has to be well thought out and planned accordingly.

What is your definition of “good writing”?

If it evokes emotion, even if that emotion is negative it has to have something going for it because one thing you don’t want in writing is ambivalence. In both the writing and the reading there has to be emotion else a story falls flat and since I’m a bit of a melodramatic soul, it has to have spice and flavor.

Please share your #1 tip for writers:

Be true to who you are because I know that the easiest trap into which you can fall is becoming so involved in trying to please everyone else that you lose sight of the love of writing that got you started in the first place. I’m not saying disregard constructive criticism or refuse to listen to sage advice, I’m saying don’t try to be the most popular author out there, be you and the rest will fall into place.

Great advice! Please let us know your websites/blogs/etc:

My Blog: http://rjpalmer.blogspot.com

Birthright is available on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.

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Much thanks to RJ Palmer for stopping by! Be sure to check out her blog for more info about her and the sci-fi thriller, Birthright ;)

Author Interview, Joseph Robert Lewis

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Author Interview #20, with science fiction author, Joseph Robert Lewis!

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Hi Joseph! Describe yourself in 5 words:

Obsessive, disciplined, inquisitive, busy, anosmic.

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

Heirs of Mars — The dream that was Mars has become a nightmare for the children born there.

To save New Troy from falling birth rates, Asher Radescu secretly clones people in the back of his old truck. To save New Troy from despair, Claudia Cruz hosts the most popular racing show on two worlds. And to save the city from destruction, they’ll rally persecuted cloners, resurrected colonists, and racing celebrities to fight homicidal AIs. HEIRS OF MARS follows the lives of six men and women through the final days of the first war on Mars, a war between humans, machines, and the resurrected souls who aren’t truly one or the other. But even if they survive the war, there is no escape from the red planet.

Visit my site for two free short stories set before Heirs of Mars (19 years and 24 hours, respectively): http://josephrobertlewis.wordpress.com/books/heirs-of-mars/

Share a list of your favorite author’s novels that influenced your new book:

Accelerando, by Charles Stross

A Song of Ice and Fire (series), by George RR Martin

The Wreck of the River of Stars, by Michael Flynn

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

Writing is work. (Fun, cool, exciting work, but work nonetheless.) Heirs of Mars took a total of 250 hours of research, writing, revising, editing, and polishing. I believe a book has to be perfect — every word, every idea. If you expect someone to pay for your work, then they deserve the best work possible. Never settle for “good enough”! But with practice and experience, I’ve found a process and a rhythm for completing an entire novel in 3-4 months and while it is still work, it is work I really enjoy.

In sharp contrast, publishing is easy. It took me less than an hour to properly format and upload the book itself. And then a handful of hours to update my website and blog and to post announcements on the various ebook forums and review sites, as well as my fellow indie authors’ blogs. The best part is that I can simply reuse the same text and images and links for most of those announcements. And at that point, it’s pretty much up to the world to either take an interest or pass. As for me, I’m off to write another book!

What is your definition of “good writing”?

There’s no such thing. Good writing is whatever an audience enjoys. (Seriously, we’re all people and we all have different tastes.) It can be over-written purple prose, like Tolkien, and it can be under-written dots and dashes, like Hemingway. Any abundance or lack of description, dialog, action, and exposition can be “good.” All you have to do is find your audience.

(But if you can’t find an audience, well, then you’re writing may not be good. Or you may have forgotten to get published. Check your royalties if you’re not sure which.)

Please share your #1 tip for writers:

Have a goal. I don’t mean as an author: “I want to be rich and famous.” But as a writer trying to write a book, have a goal. Don’t just try to tell a story. Try to accomplish something, whether it’s as simple as making your readers laugh or as ambitious as inspiring them to lead a revolution.

Do you want to be funny, or scary, or erotic? Do you want to fight social injustice by creating heroes for a certain type of reader? Do you want to expose people to exciting new ideas in science or fascinating facts from history? Once you have a goal, hold on to it. As you write your book, keep asking yourself whether you’re moving closer to reaching your goal. If the answer is no, then start reaching for your Backspace key.

Your websites/blogs/etc:

Web: www.josephrobertlewis.com
Blog: josephrobertlewis.wordpress.com

Heirs of Mars is available on —

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0049H94G6/
Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0049H94G6/

Much thanks to Mr. Lewis for the chat!