Friday, February 6, 2015

Quills: February -- The Mini-View


This month, we feature our "mini-view". Interviews with three different authors, each of us asking them the same three questions. Please enjoy!

Author of Oathtaker
Patricia's Website

I would like to introduce you to one of my new and dear Australian author friends, L. J. Clarkson. L.J. is the author of The Silver Strand (Mastermind Academy, #1) and Heaven and House – Rise of the Alpha.  She writes for middle graders and trust me when I say that she has a unique ability to think and speak like one!  She offers some interesting and off-beat characters, and providers readers with some good laughs!

(Read more at Patricia's blog!)


And now, Robin!

Author of As the Crow Flies and two short stories
Robin's Website

A.E. Marling leaped into the indie writer scene about three years ago with his impressive debut, Brood of Bones. (Not that I’ve talked about that before, but who’s counting?) Behind the book’s gorgeous cover is a story about an enchantress with a sleeping problem and a city full of pregnant women. All of them, from virgin to grandmother. What’s a curious, respectable, responsible woman to do?

(Read more at Robin's blog!)


Author of the short story Sanguis Dei 
and the poetry collection Light and Dark 

I hear tell that sometime in the late 1980s, Deanna Smith, author of the children's book: The Dragon's Rocketship received an old Mac Plus computer from her step-Dad and Mom. Trees all over the world heaved a sigh of relief. Because Deanna writes. About everything. Anywhere. All the time.

Writing, drawing, and reading were her passions for years, stumbling cheerfully genre to genre, discovering the fascination of history and music along the way, and then she belly-flopped into 3D art. Let me tell you, her art work is amazing. I am anxiously awaiting more of that. Let's see what she has to say about writing.

Welcome Deanna! It's great to have you with us. The first of our three questions is: What makes you write?

Stories, stories, stories. They spawn from almost anything, spin around, and drive me nuts until I write them down.

Sounds like quite a challenge! Which brings me to our second question: What was the toughest challenge you faced when writing, and how did you overcome it?

It's always the same thing – ending a story. I hate ending a story. Once it's done, it's over, and there's always a little voice in the back of my mind saying 'you may not have another one to write'. But then I look at the four or five other stories I'm usually working on at the same time, get over it, and get back to work.

I can't imagine you not having another tale to tell, what with all the Bad-guys the world offers up. What's your take on antagonists? Should Bad-guys be pure evil or a misunderstood adversary?

It depends. Sometimes, a truly nasty bad-guy will play off as misunderstood sort. Others, the bad-guy isn't bad – but is wearing apathy, or duty to god and country, or perhaps a charming little 'clinging to the past' number.

My all time ultimate favorite bad-guy is the Wicked Witch of the West as played by Margaret Hamilton. Deliciously evil to the end. Better than that, she starts out in the right of it – that little chit Dorothy stole valuable property off of the corpse of her sister! Sure, she gets unreasonable, and okay, she was enslaving the Winkies and flying monkeys, but seriously. Someone stole the shoes from her dead sisters feet. That's hard to get over.

I have to agree. Thanks so much for joining us, Deanna.

Thanks to Robin and Tricia, too for their great mini-views! We'll see you all in March!


Sandy and her Rockership
More about Deanna Smith:

Deanna lives in San Bernardino. A home health care worker and caretaker for her younger son and husband, with an older son who consults often with mom on matters of snark, she is an avid collector of old books ... A lover of fantasy and humor, mystery, science fiction and fact. Steam punk goth. Singer and song writer. Reasonably sane.

She also still owns and maintains that Mac Plus.

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