Blog Chain: Mini-Interviews

Today I’m connecting to some nifty people in a blog chain. You, dear reader, get a mini-interview with me and links to other mini-interviews with authors you might also enjoy, so it’s a fun way to maybe find some new reading matter.

First, I should tell you that it was Rhonda Parrish who sweet-talked me into this. (Okay, it wasn’t that hard.)

All About Rhonda

Blog: http://www.rhondaparrish.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RhondaParrish
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2651534.Rhonda_Parrish
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhonda-parrish/

Rhonda Parrish is driven by a desire to do All The Things. She has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine for over five years now (which is like 25 years in internet time) and is the editor of the forthcoming World Weaver Press anthology Fae.

In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been included or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast and Mythic Delirium. Her website, updated weekly, is http://www.rhondaparrish.com.

Rhonda is, as the observant reader will have noticed, the editor of Fae, the fairy anthology coming soon in which one of my favorite short stories appears. I think it’s going to be a very cool book.

All About Me

If you ask a writer to talk about herself, particularly a Midwestern writer, you’ll get a lot of hemming and dithering. Ask a writer to write about herself, and you’ll get too much. Freakin’ writers.

What am I working on?

I always have a dozen irons in the fire, but right now my writing is feeling more behind than usual!

Right now I’m most involved in revisions for Con Job, a murder mystery set at a geek convention. As a con-attending geek, I’ve wanted to write the premise for years, but it didn’t have a plot to go with it until 2013. It’s been a lot of fun to work on, even though I had to rein back my in-jokes so non-geeks can enjoy it, too. (Don’t worry, my geeky beta readers are still laughing in the margins!)

Smoke and Fears, a gaslight fantasyI’m also working on a sequel to the gaslight fantasy short Smoke and Fears, following Marsden’s challenging course after that most unfortunate affair at Wensleydale. For a title, I keep wavering between Smoke and Peers or Cloak and Peers. I can make arguments for both. (If you have an opinion, do let me know in the comments!)

Also, I’d love to eventually do some more stories following my entry in the Fae anthology. It’s the kind of story I don’t like to say a lot about in advance, but it could be quite fun to observe where this goes.

Of course I’m still revising Shard & Shield and its series. And finally, I’ve also started a serial, a high fantasy adventure featuring a farm boy with a magic amulet which doesn’t really work and a blonde sorceress who dropped out of magic school because it was easier to rob people for a living. Oh, and something about the end of the world and a sexy antagonist. It’s nowhere near ready to launch yet, but I’m writing….

And there’s a Christmas story I want to do, but it’s just going to have to wait. And I just saw that Rhonda’s editing two more anthologies this fall for which I’ll want to submit!

Plus my day job, of course, which keeps getting in the way of writing. Universal writer problem. (Don’t forget to sign up for my email newsletter or subscribe to the blog if you want to know when any of these finally make it out into the world.)

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

That really depends on the work.

My fantasy tends to be more character-centric than many titles in the genre, which can be a bit different for those who want non-stop action from page one (though I do love action sequences! and don’t worry, they’re in there). Readers of Kitsune-Mochi, for example, enjoy the story but talk afterward about the characters.

Con Job isn’t nearly so internal, but it’s about geeks at a con, written by a Masters-level cosplayer with years of attending, speaking at, and organizing geek cons, so there’s a certain veracity to the characters’ experiences and views.

Why do I write what I do?

Probably the strongest theme running across all my work is family. It’s not always about good families or bad, but family is always important and influential, whatever it might be. And sometimes it’s about choosing who one’s family is.

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How does my writing process work?

I think I write my best in a hazy blur of Coca-Cola and dark chocolate-covered almonds, but unfortunately that’s not a lifestyle one can maintain without visible consequences.

I am using my new treadmill desk regularly, and I think I like it. My setup is now kind of ugly but more ergonomic, and I’m a lot less of a slug than I was in my favorite chair. I also may be more productive, but it’s hard to quantify that since I didn’t take a baseline before starting with the treadmill desk. But it does seem harder for some reason to justify my walking time just scrolling through Facebook or staring hopefully at a blank screen.

One reason I have so many projects at once is that, when I get stuck on one, I can turn to another. No moaning about writer’s block or lost time, I can still be productive while my subconscious works out the problem and solution. Of course, there are many respectable writers who stick to a single project until it’s finished, not losing any energy in side projects or distractions. I have to say that makes a lot of sense, too. But those people probably also drink coffee, and I don’t.

Sometimes I write with music, sometimes without. I haven’t figured out a pattern yet.

All About Others

Let me introduce you to two more writers you might want to look up.

Stephanie Cain — I get to beta-read the sequel to her fantasy short Stormsinger. Boo-yeah! Update: post here.

TR Goodman — TR regularly posts free short stories on his site. We met over his steampunk short Abigail Abernathy: All-Night Analytical Engine Analyst. Catch his own mini-interview and learn what he’s up to now! Update: post here.

All links on this page are affiliate links, which just means I think the stories are worth paying for and I want a finder’s fee.

All About Eve

The title kept coming to me as I wrote these headings, and I thought, what if someone doesn’t know this film?

Recommendation

[amazon template=image&asin=B00006RCO1] If you haven’t seen this classic tale of power and manipulation, you might want to make some popcorn tonight. Young fangirl Eve Harrington maneuvers into the life of her idol, actress Margo Channing, with perfect and ingenious audacity. Stars Bette Davis, George Sanders, and a host of others. affiliate link

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4 Comments

  1. Oooh you have a treadmill desk? (yes, I’m afraid that’s where my brain is at these days lol treadmill desk is what it latched onto). I’ve been tempted by them but haven’t made the leap… though I think a standing desk is in my future.

    Thank you for participating in this blog hop :) I think Con Job sounds like a lot of fun and look forward to its inevitable release ;)
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  2. Looking forward to Con Job. The cover’s great and the story sounds like lots of fun.

    The treadmill desk is a great idea. It would also be a good way to catch up on some anime…
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