Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Author Interview: TL Rese

This week I visit with TL Rese, author of Spirit of a Kyrie to be released later this year. Let's see what she has to say.


1. Please tell us about yourself.

I was born in Texas, but soon after, we moved to Iowa then Maryland. My family moved around a lot when I was a kid. We finally settled in Upstate NY when I was seven. Afterwards, I went to college in California, and I did my graduate studies in England, because I absolutely love British literature. UK authors – from J.R.R. Tolkien to C.S. Lewis to J.K. Rowling – have had a tremendous impact on me and my writing. I stayed in England for about seven years and only recently returned to California. So yes, I've been to a lot of places. I love to travel, and I think that's reflected in my writing; my characters are always travelling somewhere, discovering new things, meeting new people, and having their own personal adventures along the way.

2. What's the name of your newest or latest book and what's it about?

My most recent novel is Spirit of a Kyrie. It can be classified as epic fantasy or science fantasy. It's set on a grand scale with magnificent landscapes and detailed worldbuilding. However, at the heart of it, it's a pretty simple story. It's just about a young girl's quest to become a kyrie knight. In order to achieve this, she leaves behind everything she's ever known and journeys across her world, meeting new friends and making new discoveries about herself. It has those elements of travel and adventure that I mentioned earlier, but it's also a celebration of courage, perseverance, determination, talent, skill – all those things that one needs in order to fulfill a dream.

Spirit of a Kyrie will be published later this year, so feel free to check my blog or sign up to the mailing list to be notified when it's released.

3. Is this book part of a series or standalone?

This novel is both. I plan for it to be part of a 7-book series, but each book in the series is a standalone. The books can be read in any order, but your experience of the books will be different depending on the order you read them.

4. How long have you been writing?

Since I could hold a crayon.

5. From where or whom do you draw inspiration?

I've probably been influenced by every writer that I've ever read. I've always been especially drawn to fantasy literature, even as a child – I couldn't get enough – so there's something innate to it, I guess. Later on, the Lord of the Rings films had a powerful effect on me. It was the movies that brought the books to my attention, and to be honest, it was Peter Jackson's interpretation of Middle Earth on the big screen that really inspired me to do my own epic worldbuilding. I definitely get a lot of ideas from movies and television, and I think you can see that in my writing; there's a very cinematic feel to my works.

I'm also inspired by many elements of reality – such as history or real-world landscapes, as well as just normal day-to-day living, something that I might see while walking down the street or running an errand. Anything can be potentially inspiring, so I try to keep my mind open and my eyes peeled.

6. What advice would you give new or aspiring writers?

Don't give up. As hard as it is to keep going, if you give up, you will never make it. If you're serious about being a career writer, then you must keep writing. If your work gets rejected or gets bad reviews, then move on and write the next one. Writing is like any other skill: innate talent is useless without practice. Keep writing, keep practicing, and you will get better.

I would also say: do not publish your first novel. I'm sure there are great first novels floating around out there, but it's more likely that your first novel is not your best because it is your first and you haven't had much of a chance to practice your craft yet. As tempting as it is nowadays to push that “self-publish” button and see your first novel launched into cyberspace, once it is in the hands of others, you cannot snatch it back. Do not do it!! Write two or three more novels, plus some short stories or novellas if you like, get feedback (friends and family do not count), develop a skin as thick as armor to protect you from the criticisms and rejections (remember that praise is nice, but criticism is like bitter medicine), consider the points your critics have made and edit accordingly, then edit some more, then edit it again... Once you have done all this, go back to your first novel. Chances are, only then will you see how awful your first novel truly was and be thankful you never published it.

“Making it” as a writer is a lifelong journey and a big commitment. You only have one life: what do you want to do with it? If you're certain your answer is “to be a writer”, then do it. Go all in and don't look back. The journey will not be a bed of roses, but then the greatest adventures never are.

7. Who do you see as your ideal reader?

Someone who's a fan of epic fantasy, who especially enjoys the worldbuilding aspects, and who likes action sequences and strong female protagonists; also, someone who's looking for more than just the typical good vs. evil narrative, who appreciates more complex, ambivalent stories, and who enjoys descriptive passages.

8. Tell us about your writing process. Are you a planner or outliner?

I'm an obsessive outliner. I have reams of notes stacked on my bookshelf and sitting on my hard drive. I jot down these notes whenever I get an idea, so they accumulate over time. Before I write the story, I sit down and organize all these notes into an extensive multi-page outline. One of my mottos is “Write the story before writing the story” – i.e. I write the entire story in outline form, and then I write the story in its intended form. Then I edit, edit, edit, edit…

9. What are your thoughts on writers paying for reviews as John Locke is reported to have done?

I don't think writers should ever pay for reviews. If you pay money for a review, you become a customer, and those who're selling their reviews will not write a poor review, as it's bad for business. The whole review system then becomes damaged and pointless.

There's been so much recent scandal involving the review system that no one trusts good reviews anymore. I understand the temptation to just buy some good reviews or to get a few friends and family members to post up glowing remarks – it's a quick and easy solution. Moreover, it's not just indie authors like John Locke who're rigging the review system; I know traditionally published authors who've herded friends and family onto their Amazon review page, as well. However, when everyone starts tampering with reviews and it becomes a trend, then there will inevitably be blowback like Amazon's recent purge of reviews.

Reviews should come from honest, reliable, unbiased sources. These are harder to get. Professional reviewers are swamped with requests; most may never reply because they don't have the time. I sent out 70 (not an exaggeration) review requests and only two reviewers reviewed my novelette, Ingress. It's like the agent-querying process all over again, sending out request after request with only a few who reply with interest. But writing is a long-term game. Trying to fix the system in your favor may help in the short-term, but in the long run, it'll only damage your credibility and readers won't come back. Don't think no one will find out, because they will! Amazon will wind up purging your reviews, or readers will become suspicious of a bad book with numerous 5-star reviews. Even in the fast-paced new world of push-button publishing, there are still no short cuts to establishing yourself as a writer. Go slow, hone your writing, get honest reviews, build credibility, and over time, you will establish a good reputation and readers will know they can trust you.

10. Where can readers find your work?

My work is available from most major e-retailers, such as Amazon, Apple, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble. I'm giving away my novelette, Ingress, as a free sample; you can find it on your preferred e-reading device, or go to Smashwords and select the format that you want to download.

11. Where can readers find out more about you?

I have a blog that I will update more frequently once my novel revisions are completed. I'm also very active on Twitter.


Image of T.L. Rese

T.L. Rese is the pen name for Theresa Lee. She was born in Houston, TX (1982 - ). When she was seven, her family moved to Upstate NY, where she grew up before moving to California when she was eighteen. Specializing in epic fantasy, she now has a PhD in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London, and a BA in English from UC Berkeley. Her hobbies include travel, photography, piano, and horseback riding.

 


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Author Interview: Tracy Falbe

Tracy Falbe returns to the blog as this week's featured interviewee. Tracy is the author of the Rys Rising series of fantasy novels. Back in December 2012, I participated in her blog tour for the release of Love Lost, the fourth and final novel in the Rys Rising series, so it's great having her back for another post.

Let's see what Tracy has to say.


1. Please tell us about yourself.

Obviously I’m a novelist. If I couldn’t say that about myself I would despair. I’d like to say I have some other fascinating career like safari guide, but writing is what I’ve always wanted to do. Any job I ever had was just a paycheck. Building my publishing company and writing are what define me professionally and I’m so happy to be doing that.

Aside from that I’m very into the local food movement. I support local growers through direct relationships whenever I can, and I am working toward making my yard as productive as possible. I have 10 young fruit trees planted along with grapes, kiwis, and raspberries. I also grow vegetables and brought in 300 pounds of produce for my family last summer despite the drought and its associated difficulties. I use natural growing techniques and follow permaculture principles.

Other things I enjoy are dogs, cats, boating, swimming, bicycling, and fantasy and sci fi. Although I spend much of my creative energy on fiction, my reading has a big nonfiction focus. I’m also an absolute junkie for documentary films. I learn so much from them.

2. What’s the name of your newest or latest book and what’s it about?

My most recent novel is Love Lost: Rys Rising Book IV. Love Lost brings together all the story lines of the Rys Rising series and chronicles a great war between the magical races of the rys and tabre and the humans of two civilizations that serve them. It’s an epic about lust for power and desperate courage in the defense of the ones you love.

3. Is this book part of a series or standalone?

Love Lost is the fourth and final book of the Rys Rising series.

4. How long have you been writing?

Not counting my writing as a child and teenager, of which I did a lot, I’ve been writing seriously as an adult since 1997 when I began my first novel Union of Renegades.

5. From where and whom do you draw inspiration?

Everything inspires me. Anything I read or see or experience goes into the toolbox. I’m very observant of people and sensitive to the emotions they project. To try and be specific I am inspired by the natural world, history, social sciences, and mythology. The past few years I’ve been studying Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung. The first big influence on my writing was Frank Herbert. I liked the scope of the galactic empire and the huge multi-character point of view he created for his Dune novels. I read Dune when I was about 12, and I was delighted with all the shifting points of view and how they were woven into a complex society driven by religious politics.

6. What advice would give new or aspiring writers?

I never know how to answer that question because I don’t want to presume to tell someone how to write. There is no correct way aside from the basic technical requirements of spelling and grammar. I can say what works for me is to try and write daily. This will develop your ability to focus and tap into your subconscious. Also when looking over your work and editing, always ask yourself if other people would be able to comprehend what you’re saying. Although you can’t reach everyone and not everyone will be able to understand, your goal remains communication.

7. Who do you see as your ideal reader?

You know I’m always reading about how I need to know my niche and know my reader, but I honestly don’t know if there is a profile for my target audience. Women and men like my novels. People younger than me and people older than me have enjoyed my novels. My readers are in various countries and belong to various ethnicities. I guess my ideal reader is someone who likes my novels and is willing to spend money on them.

8. Tell us about your writing process. Are you a planner or outliner?

Well I generally have an idea where I’m going with a novel in my head and then I write towards that goal and see what happens along the way. I’ve never outlined a novel on the macro level, but sometimes I need to make plans on a micro level across one or two chapters if I have a lot of complex action taking place across multiple venues and I have to reveal everything in a sequence that is comprehensible and hopefully exciting. Even when I do plan, I usually end up deviating from my notes a little while actually writing. The thought of planning out a whole novel with an outline and then writing it sounds utterly stifling to me. It’s a novel not a research paper. As characters develop they can make unforeseen demands on the narrative and typically I must accommodate them because it’s their novel.

As for the actual writing I try to write every day unless I’m just too mentally depleted by other things. Even then I might write anyway because I hate the thought of not making progress. After making an initial draft, I go through the novel chapter by chapter and edit and rewrite and edit until I am satisfied. I figured out once that I put about 10 to 16 hours of labor into every chapter through all these stages.

9. What are you thoughts on writers paying for reviews as John Locke is reported to have done?

I suppose it’s understandable behavior that is going to happen. Most any industry pays to generate positive publicity, including reviews. I have chosen not to pay for reviews. I spend my marketing budget on advertising and encourage my readers to give me star ratings and reviews. If paid reviews are a problem, I don’t really care. There’s about a million more problems in the world far more pressing than paid book reviews.

10. Some book reviewers won’t accept independently authored books for review. What are your thoughts on that? Are they missing out?

Of course they are missing out. I’ve read some wonderful indie novels and some big name best-sellers that were insulting to the intelligence or at a minimum boring. Of course both approaches can produce brilliance or crap. There are no absolutes, but for a book reviewer to just issue a blanket ban on a certain form of production is like a restaurant critic never accepting a home cooked meal. The truth is most restaurant food is salty mediocre fare meant to sell drinks, and home cooking from a good cook is wonderful and memorable.

11. Where can readers find your work?

Brave Luck Books

Audible

Smashwords

Amazon Kindle

Barnes & Noble

iTunes

Sony Reader Store

Kobo

12. Where can readers find out more about you?

I invite people to read my blog Her Ladyship’s Quest or browse my Pinterest boards .

Thank you for the great interview.


imageIn 2000, I earned a journalism degree from California State University, Chico with the conscious ambition of becoming a fiction writer. With the rapid demise of the newspaper industry and journalism in general, novelist is not such a daft pursuit after all. It's not like I'm actually going to get a job that values my education. Luckily I'm cursed with the impulse to write in a popular yet competitive genre.

 


Author Interview: Felicia Tatum

This week's interview is with Felicia Tatum, author of The White Aura.


1. Please tell us about yourself.

Hi! I'm 26 years young, the mommy of a little girl and a kitty, and I love books! Writing them, reading them, and even just looking at them :)

2. What's the name of your newest or latest book and what's it about?

The White Aura is a fantasy/paranormal romance about sorcerers. Scott is a sorcerer with a curse on his family. Olivia is his "heart mate" and a mere human...she thinks. He can't meet her until she's almost 18 because of the curse, so he visits her in her dreams.

3. Is this book part of a series or standalone?

It's a series. I'm working on the second book, The Vessel, currently.

4. How long have you been writing?

Since I was twelve. But I did stop for a bit after high school. I got started back last May.

5. From where or whom do you draw inspiration?

I have dreams that guide me in directions of new books. And everyday happenings can bring on so much inspiration!

6. What advice would you give new or aspiring writers?

It's hard and you will think you're awful, but keep writing. Someone, somewhere is going to enjoy it and that is an amazing feeling!

7. Who do you see as your ideal reader?

The paranormal lover. The person that longs for romance. The person that longs for the spark in life to make everything an adventure.

8. Tell us about your writing process. Are you a planner or outliner?

Well...I basically just sit down and type it out. I'm trying outlining on The Vessel, so I'll see if I like it.

9. Are you a "write every day of the week" sort of writer or do you take days off?

I'm in graduate school too, so it's really hard for me to write every day. I'm working on finding that balance. That's my ultimate goal.

10. What are your thoughts on writers paying for reviews as John Locke is reported to have done?

I don't agree with it. It makes the indie authors have to work so much harder.

11. Some book reviewers won't accept independently authored books for review. What are your thoughts on that? Are they missing out?

I think so. I've read some really great indie books...and I'm an indie author, so it's a bit hurtful when someone declines.

12. Some people feel indie authored books are of lesser quality than those that go through the traditional publishers. Do you agree with them? If so, how do we collectively raise the bar and remove this stigmatism?

I think some are...but only if the author doesn't put the time and effort into the book. All books are someone's labor of love, so I think we should all support and help each other as much as possible. If I find errors, I gently point them out and offer to help. It's what I'd want someone to do for me.

13. Any pets? If so, tell us what role they play in your writing, if any.

I have a cat, Ace, and he LOVES to slide on my laptop in the middle of an important scene...mess everything up...then start purring of course.

14. Where can readers find your work?

On Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and my web site.

15. Where can readers find out more about you?

Via my web site or Facebook page.


Felicia Tatum

Felicia Tatum was born and raised in Tennessee. She always loved reading, and at the age of twelve began writing. Her passion for creating stories grew and in May 2012, she finally wrote her first novel, The White Aura.

She still lives in Tennessee with her daughter and her kitty. She loves cooking and books. Animals are some of her best friends. She watches a lot of Disney channel and often dreams up new book ideas. She's currently writing the second book in the series.


Author Interview: Michael Brooks

Today we have a special feature interview with Michael Brooks in support of his Conversations in the Abyss blog tour. Conversations in the Abyss is the sequel to the 5 star rated supernatural thriller The Cult of Me. Let’s see what Michael has to say.


1. Please tell us what Michael Brookes is all about.

At the moment I'm all about work and writing. For work I am an executive producer for a leading UK game developer. And writing (and associated promotion) fills the rest of my time. I'm very lucky to be able to devote my time to the two things I enjoy.

2. What's the new book "Conversations in the Abyss" about?

Conversations in the Abyss is about a man who steals Lazarus's miracle and gains immortality, but at a price. The price is a fire that burns within his flesh and for his crime he is imprisoned within the walls of a monastery.

There he retreats to the abyss, a place so deep within his mind it borders life and death. There he discovers some of the secrets of the universe.

And to top it all he is the only person who can stop the coming apocalypse.

3. Is this book part of a series or standalone?

It is the second book in 'The Third Path' trilogy.

4. What can you tell us about the Cult of Me? Does the name have a particular meaning?

'The Cult of Me' is the first book in the trilogy. It tells the story of man who grows up with the power to invade and control other people's minds.

The name reflects his powers and how he uses them. I also thought it sounded good!

5. How long have you been writing?

I've written since my teenage years, mostly short stories. It's only in the last 2 years I've taken it seriously and started to put my work out to the public.

6. From where or whom do you draw inspiration?

The current trilogy was inspired by John Milton's 'Paradise Lost'. For me that book is the greatest story ever told.

7. What advice would you give new or aspiring writers?

Keep writing. Learn about writing. One of the best aspects of writing is that you will always continue to get better.

8. Who do you see as your ideal reader?

Me :-) If the story I create doesn't interest me then I will not show it to anyone. After that it is my test readers, their feedback is an invaluable part of the writing process.

9. Tell us about your writing process. Are you a planner?

I am, I'm a great believer in planning the book before I start writing. Of course, as with any plan, things change as the story progresses, but having the plan means that I always know what the next step should be.

10. Where can readers find "Conversations in the Abyss"?

It is available from Amazon:

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BCP08JU/

US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BCP08JU/

11. Where can readers find out more about you?

You can follow my blog at: http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/

You can also follow me on Twitter: @TheCultofMe

Thanks for featuring me.


Conversations in the Abyss is the sequel to the 5 star rated supernatural thriller ‘The Cult of Me’

Stealing Lazarus’s miracle gifted him immortality. Combined with his natural ability of invading and controlling people’s minds this made him one of the most dangerous people on Earth.

But the miracle came with a price. His punishment was to be imprisoned within the walls of an ancient monastery and tormented by an invisible fire that burned his body perpetually. To escape the pain he retreated deep into his own mind.

There he discovers the truth of the universe and that only he can stop the coming Apocalypse.


Author Interview: R. Doug Wicker

This week's author interview is with R. Doug Wicker. One of the things I've found interesting about these interviews so far is the varied backgrounds of the interviewees. Doug doesn't disappoint in this respect. He has some good answers overall and especially to the "hot seat" questions (he answered them all!).

Read on to see what Doug has to say.


1. Please tell us about yourself.

I am a retired Air Traffic Controller with over thirty-four years in the field working for both the U.S. Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration. My USAF duty stations were RAF (Royal Air Force) Lakenheath, RAF Mildenhall, and RAF Sculthorpe in the United Kingdom; Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona; and in the FAA my career was spent at El Paso International Airport, where I worked in both the control tower and the radar approach control. I’m now back at El Paso International as the contract facility training instructor, where I’m training the next generation of controllers.

I’m still on my starter wife after almost thirty-four years, have two lovely daughters and two great sons-in-law, and am blessed with seven grandchildren.

My hobbies and interests include bridge (the game; not the structure), photography, travel (especially international travel and cruising), gourmet cooking and wine pairing, firearms and concealed carry, movies and books, and art collecting.

I’m the author on one nonfiction title written for high school libraries (The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, Rosen Publishing), two self-published mysteries (Decisions, The Globe), and three unpublished works dating back to the 1990s (a trilogy of aircraft sabotage stories involving investigator Ian Drake). I hope to have the Ian Drake series out in the near future.

2. What's the name of your newest or latest book and what's it about?

My latest mystery is The Globe. The Globe is an ocean-plying luxury townhome community that attracts the wealthiest of the wealthy. Unfortunately for the ship’s security officer, Reynard Chevalier, it appears that The Globe has also attracted a serial killer with a penchant for large knives and an insatiable appetite for carving up beautiful women. To make matters worse, a former fiancée from his past has taken up residence aboard the ship, and her presence threatens to reveal his true identity.

3. Is this book part of a series or standalone?

This is a standalone effort, but I’ve been asked by several readers to consider a sequel.

4. How long have you been writing?

My writing career began in the mid-1990s, and I’ve been represented by two very powerful New York literary agents and a highly successful dramatic rights agent team out in Hollywood since my second novel (which I’m currently reworking for self-publication). Unfortunately, despite such representation, I’ve had to resort to the self-publishing route. Despite assurances to the contrary, I can tell you from experience that traditional New York publishing houses are not truly interested in the new and unique. They are in a constant search for the last bestseller, which is why they’re business model is failing so miserably.

5. From where or whom do you draw inspiration?

I got the idea for The Globe from the real-life cruise ship The World. On the murders themselves, that inspiration came from a particularly infamous serial killer. Revealing more than that would rather spoil the story, I’m afraid. As for Reynard Chevalier, I’m drawn to flawed characters with vulnerabilities, and he’s about as flawed and vulnerable as you can get. He’s hiding from his past, he’s changed his name and nationality, he’s started a whole new life, and now his past is racing back toward him in such a way that there’s nothing he can do to prevent its devastating collision with his present.

6. What advice would you give new or aspiring writers?

If you can acquire a high-profile literary agent, then you know you have talent. Successful agents don’t waste time and resources on people who cannot write, and write well. That being said, a literary agent is no guarantee of publishing success. Be prepared to strike out on your own, but make sure that any product you put out to the public is professional, polished, and entertaining. You only get one shot at hooking a reader. If you’ve turned off someone with a lesser work, don’t expect to snag them later no matter how good your subsequent works may be.

Additionally, remember that you’re asking your audience to commit something much more valuable than just the few dollars you may charge for your work — far more importantly you’re asking them to invest the time necessary read it. Nothing irks a potential fan in today’s hectic world than the sense that you’ve wasted the one thing they most value, and time is something you cannot ever return to them.

7. Who do you see as your ideal reader?

My tales trend toward the cerebral. In my view the ideal reader for my novels is someone who likes to think while they’re reading; someone who enjoys analyzing not just clues, but the human condition as well. I also have a very droll sense of humor, so the intellectually inclined and fans of English comedy are probably the perfect fit for that aspect of my stories. Indeed, several people have told me that my novels remind them of works by Carl Hiaasen and Nelson DeMille, although I’m also very fond of a Publishers Weekly review that very favorably compared Decisions to Agatha Christie.

8. Tell us about your writing process. Are you a planner or outliner?

I know in my head where I’m starting and where I’ll eventually wind up, but it’s the adventure of not knowing for certain how I’ll arrive that for me makes the process of writing fun. I guess in the final analysis that any “outlining” is done in my head, usually on a long walk. And since there’s nothing in writing to constrain me artistically, I bear absolutely no reluctance in changing the direction of a story whenever the desire hits. It’s actually quite liberating.

9. Are you a "write every day of the week" sort of writer or do you take days off?

Lately I’ve been taking off for far too many days. When I’m serious, however, I write daily, nightly, and weekends. It’s exhausting.

10. What are your thoughts on writers paying for reviews as John Locke is reported to have done?

If you have to buy a review, then it isn’t worth very much, now is it? I’m afraid that in my opinion that observation extends to the reviewed book, as well.

11. Do you think retailer rating/review systems are broken? If so, any suggestions on how to fix them?

The rating and review systems may be broken, but for better or worse they’re the systems with which we have to work. There are always people who will game any system. There’s really no way to stop that. But those who do play fast and loose with ratings and reviews are eventually revealed, and their shenanigans catch up to them in the end. If they’re willing to sacrifice long-term viability and reputation for short-term gain, that’s on them. Me? I’d rather stick with the long view.

12. Some book reviewers won't accept independently authored books for review. What are your thoughts on that? Are they missing out?

Those reviewers are subjugating their own tastes to the gate keepers in traditional New York publishing. If they want to limit themselves in that way, it’s unfortunate because there is some high-quality stuff out there that they’ll never discover. Instead, they’ll increasingly find themselves subjected to New York’s infatuation with the ever-elusive bestseller — a phenomena that’s great for a weekend read, but will in the end fail the test of time passed by such modern classics as Catch-22, To Kill a Mockingbird, Camus’ The Stranger, and other works that in all likelihood would today fail to find a publisher. Does anyone really believe that twenty years from now you’re going to find The Da Vinci Code in the literary section at Barnes & Noble?

13. Some people feel indie authored books are of lesser quality than those that go through the traditional publishers. Do you agree with them? If so, how can independent authors raise the bar and remove this stigmatism?

There is no denying that for every indie gem out there, there are probably fifty or more real stinkers floating around. Unfortunately, the authors of much of this tripe know they have losers on their hands and price their wares accordingly. That in turn depresses the prices of the quality stuff, as well. It’s the Walmartization of independent publishing, wherein far too many consumers will take a chance on that 99¢ piece of flotsam rather than shell out $2.99, $3.99, or more for something that’s actually readable. Considering that sampling is available for almost every work available in digital format, there’s really no reason for that other than the desire on the part of many people to feel that they got a “deal.” Alas, it’s not a “deal” if, in saving two bucks, you wind up wasting several hours of your time. My time is worth far more to me than pennies on the hour.

How to remove the stigmatism? You can’t. Welcome to Wally World USA, where people refuse to pay for quality anymore. That genie is out of the bottle, and good luck stuffing him back in there.

14. Any pets? If so, tell us what role they play in your writing, if any.

Up until recently we had three really great cats and one bitchy old curmudgeon who never got along with any of them. Unfortunately, we’ve had to put down two, leaving us with really great cat Max and bitchy ol’ Pooh. Neither really pays any role in my writing, but Max is certainly a nice companion when it’s time to wind down from a busy writing session.

15. Assuming you have an active blog, point readers to a post of which you're especially proud or think will be of particular interest to them.

Oh, my goodness, that’s a toughie. I blog on so many topics. If I had to pick one, I couldn’t do it.

Here’s a few that might be fun for your readers:

Why Southwest’s Boeings Keep Coming Apart—Part I

So Easy Even a Caveman Can Photograph It (Freshly Pressed by Wordpress several years ago)

A Thera By Any Other Name Is Still a Santorini

When Will We Rein in these Deliverers of Death? (A satire piece on the current assault weapon debate)

16. I made some predictions for the ePublishing industry for 2013 (http://www.scottmarlowe.com/post/ePublishing-Predictions-for-2013.aspx). Do you think any of them will come true?

2, 4, and 5. 1 and 3 won’t happen anytime soon. As for 6 — I don’t know enough about Smashwords to even offer an opinion. I guess that in itself kind of validates your theory on the need for them to revamp, though.

17. R.S. Guthrie wrote a hard-hitting post (http://robonwriting.com/2013/02/05/i-want-to-review-the-reviewer-personally/) on reviewers and the veil of anonymity they hide behind. Your thoughts on this subject?

I rather enjoy reading poorly written reviews by someone who obviously never read the work they’re supposedly “reviewing.” It’s rather humorous, and it says a lot more about the reviewer than it ever will about the work. Indeed, I have one such review on Decisions that I would fight to leave up should Amazon ever decide to remove it. I want the world to know just what a Bozo that clown, who never read the book, truly is.

Never interfere with the enemy when he is in the process of destroying himself. - Napoléon Bonaparte

18. Where can readers find your work?

The Globe and Decisions are available for both the Kindle and the Nook, or for any device capable of running the Kindle or Nook Reading App:

Decisions at Amazon

Decisions at Barnes & Noble

The Globe at Amazon

The Globe at Barnes & Noble

19. Where can readers find out more about you?

I blog thrice weekly at RDougWicker.com, I have an Amazon Author’s Page, and I also maintain a Facebook Community Page .


Image of R. Doug WickerR. Doug Wicker is the author of The Globe,  a murder mystery available for the Amazon Kindle or any device capable of using the Kindle Reading Applications (PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Blackberry).

He is also the author of the psychological murder mystery Decisions, available on both Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook.