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Well I am honored. Twice in the last few weeks, awarded by other authors!

First Edward Carpenter has nominated me for The Versatile Blogger (See the bottom half of today’s post)

And now Debra Brown, author of The Companion of Lady Holmeshire, has tagged me for The Next Big Thing.



Winning this award means answering ten interview questions:

1) What is the title of your book?
        I only just started to think about the next book. Currently, the first draft I a writing is the end of a trilogy I have been working on for 25 years. By working on a project so long, I now have revisions to the first and second part of the trilogy.
        This last two weeks though I have been very fertile about deciding what will be my next project. I would like to complete it before November 1st, since that is the start of NaNoWriMo,Snapshot9%25253A22%25253A128%25253A22AM-2-2012-09-22-08-00.png (Which I have won 3 times now) and so far, these last three years I have finished my projects before I have started work on my NaNoWriMo project (National Novel Writing Month.)
        Without a title, the concept is RenTech
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2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
        In the editing stage of all the Regency Timelines, I read about many of the atrocities that the French were responsible for. I can not think of anything good that came from such men as RobespierrePastedGraphic1-2012-09-22-08-00.jpg, DantonPastedGraphic2-2012-09-22-08-00.jpg, Marat PastedGraphic3-2012-09-22-08-00.jpg or even NapoleonPastedGraphic4-2012-09-22-08-00.jpg. The last has the sobriquet of Tyrant for a reason. The Terror has been on my mind, not least because others have tried to tackle that period and it seems to me, failed.
        I do not think that I am filled with Hubris that I can attack the subject and best it. But I can put my slant on some of the issues.
        Lester Del Rey
Snapshot9%25253A22%25253A128%25253A32AM-2-2012-09-22-08-00.png was an author as well as editor with his own imprint. He wrote a book called Snapshot9%25253A22%25253A128%25253A25AM-2012-09-22-08-00.pngPolice Your Planet. I clearly saw how I could generate a plot by combining some of the elements in that book, some elements of the terror and the Guillotine, and the world of my RenTech duology. My RenTech/Steampunk world of Hornik and it’s neighbors forever changed as a Steam Engine changes the agrarian countryside to industry, and how the surrounding kingdoms are so effected. One of these surrounding kingdoms is where the Terror that has to be stopped, takes root.

3) Under what genre does your book fall?
        Science Fiction and Fantasy would seem to be the traditional venue for Steampunk related literature. As the integration of Steam to a feudal society has pushed them in the work that is being serialized now to a Pike and Musket era world, this will follow that and become early Georgian. Ultimately though, there will be a love story behind the veneer of world building.
4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
        There will of course be a hero and a heroine. And to be a hero, the lead has to be an actor in his late twenties, early thirties, so Colin Firth PastedGraphic5-2012-09-22-08-00.jpgis too old. I will have an old duke, though, and Colin, of Patrick StewartPastedGraphic6-2012-09-22-08-00.jpg, would do well for that role.
        For the heroine, beauty is important, and acting range would not necessarily be so. I have a friend who is a professor at a theatrical arts department. She says she advises all the young girls to get to size 0. With all the competition, casting is all about how good you look and a hope that great acting will come later. My current favorite for that girl the hero will want to do all to get is Laura Vandervoort
        For our hero, it is a shame that the John Carter movie
PastedGraphic7-2012-09-22-08-00.jpgfailed, but it did and we lose Taylor Kitsch PastedGraphic8-2012-09-22-08-00.jpg as a hero. But with a hero we can do depth of range. A hero does not have to look so gorgeous as the ingenue. So Jake Gyllenhaal PastedGraphic9-2012-09-22-08-00.jpg who has made an impression since October SkyPastedGraphic11-2012-09-22-08-00.jpg. Tobey Maguire PastedGraphic10-2012-09-22-08-00.jpgI think is now too old to play late twenties.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
        There is a time in all our lives when what is right is the reason to take a stand and stop evil no matter the costs.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
        I am on the self publishing track. I do publish through Regency Assembly Press and this will be through their imprint, Space Opera Books.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
        I expect this project to be about 105,000 to 120,000 words. Should be a month or so to write the first draft.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
        It will be like Snapshot9%25253A22%25253A128%25253A25AM-2012-09-22-08-00.pngPolice Your Planet, but I hope to put dash and derring-do in like The Prisoner of Zenda 51RcgGgZclL._BO2%25252C204%25252C203%25252C200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click%25252CTopRight%25252C35%25252C-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.yqqGlLNydzRb-2012-09-22-08-00.jpg .
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
        The Scarlet Pimpernel!
10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
        Well, if you should like that last reference, then I think what I come up with will intrigue you. There will be a few excerpts placed here over time as well for you to take a look at. Sample and see if you want the book when it is available, possibly in 2013.



For the Versatile Blogger award, I am to reveal 7 things about myself:
1) I like history.
        In college, where I started with the goal of getting a business degree, I found that the courses that appealed to me where the ones in the history department. So I started taking those for my major. My parents thought this would lead to a law degree. But that was an area I didn’t like so much and worked in 2 law firms after college to know for sure that the profession wasn’t for me.
        History though is a great long big story. A precursor to writing stories, since you are studying stories. And to writing stories that have great big doses of historical fiction.

2) I like to read.
        I have a library of well over six thousand volumes. Most cataloged. My wife thinks this is terrible and hates the space I devote to the library. My parents hate it. My siblings tease me about it. But that has been the fodder that has been feeding the engine. I have read those books (Most of them) and have learned about story and pacing, and setting and dialogue. You really can’t be a writer if you haven’t read (And check with all the writers you admire, they will tell you the same.)

3) I am not confident in my own achievements.
        I don’t know if you should always be critical of yourself. I know I am a very good storyteller (need help in copy-editing, but I am a Historian, not a Lit major) But I am critical. I am always thinking the glass is not even half full yet. Because I most of forgot something. Or that could be better. Or why did I not go left instead of right and half a dot.com business?

4) I still am waiting to hit rock bottom.
        Ya gotta love this recession, right. We made the interiors of Cheesecake Factories, a chain of high end restaurants in the USA. My company, that I leveraged everything to purchase, made all the exquisite woodwork. PastedGraphic13-2012-09-22-08-00.jpg. I had over 40 employees at times, and then sub contracted the installation crews so we had them under us as well. My company. Owner, president and then… All money to build new construction dried up.
        We tried to keep it going. Put all the money we had made back into it. Had to close the doors. Walk away from everything. Tried to get a new job before the bank took the house. But they took that too. Lived with my wife & 2 birds at my sister in laws in an 8 x 10 room, everything in storage for six months. Relocated to the desert. Got a job finally, but they didn’t quite understand cash flow and I was let go. Keep thinking we have hit bottom, but then something new comes along

5) I am good at what I do
        Those who read these books I write only have good things to tell me (except for the issue of copy editing, and I do put the works through an external editing process). I can tell an entertaining story. I can sometimes write my dialogue as if it was designed for Beatrice and Benedick to banter. I can provide good bang for your buck!

6) I want more.
        But it would be nice to have enough money in the bank to get a new car. To pay for things around the house, to make a full time living at writing. 600 books a month is my goal for sales. I think if I achieve that, we are in business.

7) I have travelled but not enough
        Been to Israel and Egypt, Canada and Mexico, parts of the USA, Europe. I am anglophile and have been to England three times, 1975, 1990, 2007. My grandfather was English, he had a bunch of siblings and his father had a bunch of siblings. I have hundreds of English cousins. So I have that affinity. It would be nice to travel back. (Maybe one day an English Writers Conference will have me as the Guest of Honor 🙂

That is the gist of 7 things. There are many more things that make me, well me. But that is probably for the next award.

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