Please welcome humorous, sci-fi author CG Blade! Readers and authors feel free to ask him any questions, he will respond as only he can!
1.) What made you want to be a writer?
I have read books snice I was little and read quite a bit when I was in the Navy so books have made a huge impact on my life. My dream has always been to write my own series so when I became disabled I took advantage of the spare time I had and started honing my writing skills. I loved writing in college and excelled in creative writing classes. It taught me to be humble and gave me the tools I needed.
2.) What genre’s do you write or delve into?
There would not be enough time left in our lives to tell you why I love science fiction/horror so much. It has always been my staple diet and my go-to genre in times of need. The very first movie I ever saw was the Hammer (Bray) Studios production of ‘Five Million Years to Earth’ (Quartermass and the Pit). I was so enamored with this film and it started my sci-fi train rolling. I grabbed every fiction book I could get my hands on and never stopped reading. I swore to myself if I ever began writing, I would make it a science-fiction story that I would have loved to read. It means so much to me that I was able to see this dream through and that lovers of the genre are very accepting of this series.
3.) Tell us about your novel and if how it’s available. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, paperback etc.)
The first two novels of the Trinity Series (Cobalt & Crimson) are now available on eBook at Amazon KDP Select, Lulu for the paperback/hardcase editions and Barnes and Nobles in paperback. Cobalt is a look at America in the future from the eyes of a ‘regrown’ wounded warrior. She attempts to stop the tyranny and subjugation of the American people. Cobalt is actually two twisting parallel stories that intersect at the end and is homage to several science fiction writers and movies.
4.) What audience do you want to reach and why?
I wrote this series for the eighteen and over crowd and anyone who loves a great binary conspiracy. Anyone who loves puzzles and pop-culture will relate to the references throughout the novel.
5.) What kind of impact ‘if any’ do you want your book to have on the next generation?
I want to leave a legacy for my grandkids and future generations to look back and me and say, “He was thinker, a very sarcastic one but a deep thinker”.
6.) Which part of the publishing process do you detest most?
Marketing and promotion. It is an unavoidable evil and I wish I had a secretary to take care of it for me. A social media sage would be nice.
7.) Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc. White noise and/or music with no words.
The words in music distract me from writing so it is a lot of electronica and instrumental music at very low volume. No distractions in a room by myself.
8.) Do you need special treats or goodies to help you write?
Cobalt revolved around Twinkies so I ate them while I wrote. Crimson, the following novel, was Skittles and Heliotrope, the third novel in the series, is Peeps so you kinda get the picture. I am a fructose addict and it shows in my writing. The main character is addicted to Twinkies.
9.) Which do you prefer the most, traditional or self-publishing and why?
I enjoy self-publishing because I am in control and can write with freedom and honesty. I would like to see what would happen one day if I did not have to worry about marketing and be under the umbrella of a publishing company.
10.) What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel?
IF it’s too personal just make a generalized statement if you can. Pain. After ten back surgeries it is sometimes so painful I cannot set a laptop on my legs. I have to try to get a lot of writing done on bad days. I have bad days and worse days now. I have to deal with trips to the doctors quite a bit so I take a journal with me and take notes on stories or chapters.
11.) When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?
Music and a shower. I know it’s not a who but a what. Music relaxes me and a shower helps me work through problems.
12.) How do you market your novel?
Mostly social media and websites for readers and authors. I try to find author and reader sites that have great interactive media and links and promote there.
13.) Who is the first person who reads your finished manuscripts?
First and foremost is my wife Jackie. She is my biggest cheerleader and gets the blunt end of my “hey you’re home from work sit down and listen to this cool story!” stick most of the time. She is the ultimate trooper. My editor Cindy Calloway gets it next; she is a wonderful grammar Nazi.
14.) Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc.
It was one of the most enriching experiences I have ever had I was so proud. It was in a comic book store in our town and I sold quite a few books at Halloween. We dressed up in costumes and sold books. We brought doughnuts for everyone and auctioned off all of our Cobalt merchandise. It was a lot of fun talking to readers and getting their thoughts on Cobalt.
15.) Since my blog is part about the supernatural and paranormal, do you believe in the supernatural or paranormal realm? Even if it’s not your genre.
Yes, yes I do, but if I were to choose a supernatural being to evolve into it would have to be Dracula. He gets all the ladies in the movies.
16.) Do you believe in the existence of Jesus and Satan??
Yes but not in the way you would think. I believe if you are a good moral person inside with good intentions and help others in life you will be rewarded in the end. I think if you are a nefarious sort with bad intentions in this life you are going to be invited to a giant bar-b-q with Hitler and Osama Bin Laden.
17.) What sorts of things do you enjoy when you aren’t writing?
I enjoy reading science fiction novels and watching science fiction movies and action movies genres of all types. I also pick out one brand new author to read between novels and review the book for them. That is very important to me and to them.
18.) Tell your readers what your favorite food and color is. I know this may seem silly but allow your readers to know more about you.
Cobalt is my favorite color and this is why I started this series out with this color. I have been drinking out of the same Cobalt colored coffee mug every morning for the past twenty-five years. I just love the color. To me it screams balance and ‘cool’. Pizza is my favorite food. ANY type of pizza any night of the week.
19.) What genre of books do you read on a regular basis?
Sci-fi and fantasy books without a doubt.
20.) What is it about sci-fi that drives you to write about it?
Science fiction allows you the freedom to write what you want without bars or restrictions. It allows you the freedom to expound on social issues and scientific discoveries and twist them to fit your thoughts. When it comes to this genre you are only limited by your own boundaries and imagination. Science fiction is an escape from life and in a lot of cases life follows fiction. The old adage “life imitates art” is very true when it comes to science and science fiction. If you can dream it, you can write it.
21.) What kind of advice can you give to other either aspiring authors or published authors?
Never ever never ever give up! Never say die! If you have a story in your brain and it sits there stewing repeatedly in the back of your subconscious saying, “I’m not going anywhere, why aren’t you writing me down?” Do it! Write it down! Even if it is in a journal, paper napkins, your arm, write it down. You will forget bits and pieces of a story if you do not write it down. A writers mind flutters like the wind. Carry a journal. Carry a pen. Carry a smirk on your face, because one day you will be great. One day you will be proud to call yourself a writer. Don’t let others sway you away from writing or a story that you know will work. You are your own worst critic and your best cheerleader. Just let it happen.
22.) Do you doubt yourself at times? When you do what helps you get over the slump?
Writing is sometimes hard, arduous, tedious, and time-consuming. If you want instant gratification, do not become a writer. You need to be in it for the long haul. On the flip side you become ‘one’ of the proud, the few, an author. It is very rewarding but humbling and you must have two things to write, gratitude and persistence. Say thank you often and keep plugging away. Don’t let anyone sway you and if you doubt yourself take notes and become your characters. The more you know your characters the less doubt you will incur and the less writers block you will have.
23.) When is the release of your next novel? Name genre or if it’s part of a series.
Heliotrope is the third and last novel in the Trinity Series. I hope to have it out on eBook by July. The paperback will follow shortly thereafter. Then Emerald will appear in August. The notes have already begun on that series.
24.) Where can we find your author page of your work to follow you and purchase your awesome book?
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/CG-Blade/e/B0195SESHS
Pseudosynth Press Website: http://www.cgblade.com
Amazon Cobalt Page: http://www.amazon.com/Cobalt-Trinity-Novels-CG-Blade-ebook/dp/B014LN4QNI
Amazon Crimson Page: http://www.amazon.com/Crimson-Second-Trinity-CG-Blade-ebook/dp/B0192LHL5E
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