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I had the pleasure of interviewing Ben Eads recently for his Cracked Sky blog tour, and I’ll be writing a review of Ben’s debut novel later this month. It’s a great read I highly recommend you check out. Interview and buy links below. Be sure to drop by Ben’s site and pay him a visit also: http://beneadsfiction.com/
Ben Eads Interview
LB: What did you find was your biggest challenge when you started editing?
BE: Finding the best way of expressing to the author their options to fix a character’s motivation, development or whatever may be lacking. Also, being capable of giving them good examples. Some issues could be surgical and some may be larger. I love helping out my comrades-in-arms with critiques, edits, etc… I love the community and everyone pays it forward. We’re all in this together.
LB: What particular books and authors inspired you when writing Cracked Sky?
BE: I avoided reading while writing Cracked Sky. I didn’t want anything spilling out or imitating a “voice” sub-consciously. Whether I like it or not—ha!—I can’t ignore the influence of Lovecraft, Machen, Borgis, Philip K. Dick, Barker, Gaiman, etc… I think Barker’s The Great and Secret Show was the book I kept reminding myself of and the emotions it evoked. I’ll never forget that one.
LB: I’m a sucker for books that involve other dimensions. What drew you to this topic for Cracked Sky?
BE: Once the “movie-trailer” for Cracked Sky played in my head, I knew that death was not the end for this poor, four-year-old girl. Her parents have a heart-rending journey, and there is very little light at the end of that dark tunnel. Also, given the weight of the character’s emotions, it really wrote itself and went into that territory by necessity. I sincerely want to crank the reader’s imagination up as high as I can while connecting all the dots. It’s the kind of fiction I like to read and write. Sure, I’ve written some horror stories bereft the supernatural, but I’ll always try and push reader’s imaginations to new levels. Keyword being try. Ha!
LB: Your antagonist, Darrell, reminded me somewhat of Pennywise. What antagonists provided inspiration for creating Darrell?
BE: Pennywise is one of my all-time favorite creatures! King knocked that one out of the park. For Darrell, I really looked at the human condition itself, in extremis. The old phrase: One man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter, kept coming to mind. Hitler, Pot, Stalin or any real-life monster never viewed themselves as evil. Quite the opposite. These are people that found a way to justify their atrocities and believed in them whole-heartedly. Once someone loses their faith in humanity, especially due to a great loss, like that of a child, they may be capable of carrying out all manner of discord. Sadly, we see things similar to this on television all the time. Darrell is the best example of what could happen to anyone, should the proper stimulus exist.
LB: Describe the difference between wearing the editor’s hat and the writer’s hat?
BE: Night and day! When I wear the writer’s hat, it’s my world and my characters I’m creating. When I wear the editor’s hat, it’s all about making the story better. For me, it’s easier to beta-read and edit another’s work because I’m objective to it. It’s more difficult for me to see faults in my work because I’m subjective. We all need editors!
Grab Cracked Sky now at Amazon!
I meant to blog this days ago, but life has a way of happening. So thanks again to Milo James Fowler for interviewing me about Unsuper Translator, my story in Superpow. And if you head over and read it, you can enter to win this fine anthology! Link below:
Much thanks going out to Moncton’s Rize Magazine and Tammy Comeau for doing a great interview / article on myself and The Black Act: Witch Twins Saga. It looks wonderful, and you can check out this January issue and all its excellent content right here: http://www.joomag.com/magazine/the-rize-magazine-january-2014/0279677001384112358 And when you visit the site, be sure to browse through the magazine’s back issues, too.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be revealing the cover for The Black Act: Witch Twins Saga – The Complete Serial Novel and I’ll announce the special guest author who is writing an intro for the novel’s re-release! So keep checking back for more updates.
Hope 2014 has been good to everyone so far, and a belated Happy New Year!
Hey friends and fiends!
Another cover reveal coming at you. This will be the final installment in The Black Act: Witch Twins Saga serial. It will be released in early December (because my arse is somewhat behind. No pun intended. Really.)
The complete serial novel will be released in late January or early February, and it will also include the original short story that inspired the book, Queen of Samhain. Looks like I’ll have a special guest involved with the re-release as well. More on that later. (I must tease you!) The complete book will be released in both ebook and print format, and I’ll also be putting together a companion compilation filled with various goodies and more info on the world of the witches, fae, and Dalthwein people.
Enough babbling. Feast your eyes!
Don’t forget to also check out my interview on The Book Cave with Ric Croxton:
If you haven’t checked out The Black Act yet, parts 1 through 5 are now available!