What one stand alone book that you have read (one book, not a series), do you wish you had written. Why?
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. The level of meaning and enjoyment for both children and adults surpasses anything I’ve read. I even have a 1968 first edition library-bound copy I hope to get signed one day. For a modern example, I recently finished The King of Average by 2017 Literary Classics Book Awards Gold winner, Gary Schwartz. That one is also excellent in terms of writing at multiple levels. My cup of tea, through and through.
What exotic setting would you like to visit and then use for a new book? Why?
I would love the experience of viewing Earth from the moon. Imagine the perspective the voyage alone would add to science fiction pieces!
Who most influences your writing? Why?
My influences vary based on the type of piece I’m writing. When the message of my work is steeped in metaphor, I draw inspiration from fabulists such as Jean de la Fontaine. I doubt I’d write the type fantasy and science fiction stories I do without having enjoyed books by Peter S. Beagle, Roger Zelazny, and Madeline L’Engle.
What one thing do you hate most about being an Indie author?
Hate’s a strong word for me given all the amazing opportunities that have happened since clicking the publishing button. My biggest frustration is finding ways to get my work in the hands of readers who will enjoy it the most. There’s a lot of flexibility to write what I like, but also pressure to write what sells. Indie authors need to be indie marketers and indie entrepreneurs. The added roles compete with writing; and it can become an expensive venture without interested readers buying the books.
What projects do you have in the works for your readers?
I’m editing Darker Stars, the first installment in The Song of Everywhen, a sister series to The Call to Search Everywhen. Darker Stars is scheduled to release in January 2018.
I recently finished my Lantern collection. It’s a series of fantasy novellas written for tweens and middle grade readers. The omnibus edition is now available for pre-order!
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C.M. Huddleston's Review of Travel Glasses by Chess Desalls:
There are many different ways to time travel - really, just look at all the versions in various novels. Desalls uses a pair of sunglasses modified to allow the wearer to simply envision their destination. In this first installment of The Call to Search Everywhen series, a teenage girl, Calla, embarks on a journey of time travel after being kidnapped into time by Valcas. As they travel to various places and times on a journey of discovery, Calla meets characters and settings, so richly described as to add dimension and depth to Calla’s search for home and her desire to escape and understand Valcas and his motives. Travel Glasses, the first book in the series The Call to Search Everywhen, will draw readers to the sequels as they seek to understand and explore Calla’s dilemma.
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