With this occasion, I have had the opportunity to be interviewed by two really cool websites, the Speculative Fiction Showcase and Awesome Gang.
Both interviews have been incredibly fun and I have to say that, after more than a year of solitary work on the novel, it really felt great to be able to talk about Mindguard in this way. It suddenly dawned on me that after such a long time, my novel is truly published. I feel unburdened.
Check out the interviews excerpts below, and click on the links for the full interviews.
I remember reading an interview with Dean Koontz a few years ago, where he said that the Odd Thomas character, along with the opening line of the novel, came to him while working on another book. He said he had to stop and just start typing the first chapter of Odd Thomas, as if the character and the story existed as separate, individual identities somewhere outside the realm of his mind.
I thought that’s a load of s**t, just something a writer would say because it sounded better than admitting he toyed around for hours with names like Buff Longhorn, Billy Cardinal White or Jim Bolia.
The Speculative Fiction Showcase
Don’t let it be just a dream. Make it a goal! Then work your ass off to attain it. Treat it like a career, not a hobby. Be in love with your characters, they are your story. Talk to them. More importantly: listen to them. They are smarter than you.
My wife says I look "emo" in the Awesome Gang interview photo. Judge it for yourselves: