There are seven parallel worlds known as the Seven Realms which are separated by a veil. Six are inhabited by all matter of entities, some natural, some not. That may not be the case for much longer. The first portion of the High Sidhe Prophecy of the Sevens has been fulfilled. The Anarch, who is one with the veil, has escaped. If she chooses, she can part or drop the Veil or she can lift the Veil in it's entirety. The Seven Realms will converge. The laws of physics and magic will collide head on. Unless she is stopped there will be nothing left.
Queen Amura has called for an assembly of the signatories to the High Sidhe's Second Accords, a multi-realm peace treaty to consider how to deal with the threat of the Anarch. An Earthside Technowitch and other dark forces also are seeking to control the Anarch. Prince Dzhok (Jack), High Sidhe Ambassador Salash (Jack's oldest friend and lover), and Valkyrie Brunhilde set out to find and befriend the Anarch before all is lost.
Hi Charlie, so tell us, how long have you been an author?
Charlie: I've been writing on and off for years. I'd written a large number of short stories, and several screenplays, but had never tried writing a novel until two years ago.
It sounds like you've been writing for quite awhile. What is your favorite genre?
Charlie: Mysteries and science fiction run neck in neck.
I enjoy a good mystery novel myself. What is the biggest surprise you've discovered about the writing process?
Charlie: The biggest surprise is how capricious the Muse may be on any given day. I recently had a blazing 5,000 word day to start a project, but have been lucky to squeeze out 1,000 words a day on the project since then.
Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?
Charlie: I have a science fiction story underway about a human female private investigator on a far off planet who finds her prospective client's head in an alley behind a strip club where they were supposed to meet. She has to get off of the world fast, and find out who her prospect was, and why she would have been hired.
Wow, Charlie, that sounds intriguing. Keep us posted when that one comes out. What's in you current TBR list?
Charlie: Next up: Jim Butcher's Ghost Story. Then I have around twenty-five titles from Stuart Woods, Harlan Coben and Lee Child on deck, with some Simon R. Green to clear the palate.
What advice, if any, would you give an aspiring author?
Charlie: There is no "one way" to write. Pay attention to the basics such as avoiding spelling errors, glaring grammatical faults (eg. number-verb agreements), malapropisms (they can be hysterical, but tend to ruin the mood), and using the word "alright" (at the top of many editors "don't" lists). Limit the use of the passive voice and helping verbs, but don't obsess over it, particularily in the first draft. Get your story down, then go back, and edit and revise it. (Remember! Most of the mistakes are the word processor's fault.)
Make sure your story is internally consistent ( a non-paranormal character that loses her left hand in Chapter 3 usually cannot hold a gun in it in Chapter 7), and temporally accurate. I editied a novel where one of the characters pulls out her favorite movie to watch while her husband works late. It was their favorite when they were dating 25 years earlier. Unfortunately the movie was only ten years old.
Finally, just keep writing. If you are blocked, and a story is not moving forward, barring a contractual deadline, just set it aside for a little while and work on something else. Let your subconscious work on the problems that are jamming the story up. Also, try to write pieces, periodically, that are outside your comfort zone. If all you ever write is in one genre, write a story in another genre, especially in one you do not like. If you only write flash fiction, set a longer word or page goal for yourself. Conversely, if your normal works rival War and Peace in length, force yourself to write some 500 word, 300 word or even 100 word flashes.
Great advice, but now it's time for a couple of fun questions. If you had a warning label, what would it say?
Charlie: Things in the mirror are stranger than they appear.
LOL, and if you could choose to time travel, would you go backward or forward?
Charlie: Definitely backward, with a temporal prime directive not to interfere with anything that doesn't need interfering with.
I'd like to thank Charlie Kenmore for taking the time to share with us today. Both Earth Angel and the WIP you described sound very intriguing and I wish you much success and many future sales. For those of you who would like to learn more, Charlie can be visited at the Seven Realms Earthside Communications Centre at: http://charliekenmore.blogspot.com/ on his email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and he can be found on Twitter and on Facebook.
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