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#Author #Interview-Tyler Wandschneider’s “LOCKHEED Elite” #SciFi Series

 

Synopsis Short Form:

“After Anders Lockheed unwittingly hires an undercover operative, he takes the bait that draws the attention of the very mastermind he’s been avoiding. Now Anders must flip the military and use them to pull off a monster heist to extract his crew from the heat mounting from both sides of the law.”

Extended:

“Working to pay off a blackmailer who has learned that a certain genius mechanic isn’t as dead as he was made out to be, Anders Lockheed takes his team on their biggest salvage op yet. Unfortunately, Anders has hired an undercover military operative bent on using them as bait to draw out a mastermind who has been attacking the public with deadly mechs. While on the scav op, things go from bad to worse as the crew of Elite One recover an abandoned woman aboard the claim. Now Anders must decide quickly—stay and fight or cut cables and run.

Either way, it’s too late. Someone has other plans for them. The trap has been set, they’ve rescued the woman and taken the bait, and before long Anders and what’s left of his dwindling crew must navigate with caution through the grips of the military and an especially vile outlaw. But Anders doesn’t captain just another team flying the black. With a genius mechanic who uses his ragtag high-tech machine shop to aid them in getting in and out of trouble, they’ve earned a reputation as the best of the best. With Anders’s careful planning, this motley crew must band together and flip the military to use them on a monster heist and dig themselves out from the heat pressing in from both sides of the law.

Fly with them. They are clever, they are fierce, they are Lockheed Elite.”

Tyler Wandschneider is a Seattle-based novelist working in the professional world. He and his wife are expecting their first child in October 2017. It is a girl, and he is delighted to meet her. Lockheed Elite is his second novel, and no, you cannot read his first. You can follow Tyler on some of the usual social media channels, and he has a website for you to check out as well, www.tylerwandschneider.com. Remember to join his mailing list there so you can be a part of all the trouble he gets into. He is also fond of hearing from those who have enjoyed reading Lockheed Elite so feel free to say hi at anytime.

 

 


INTERVIEW

What genre(s) do you write?

So far, I’ve only written science fiction in novel form. I have some short stories that I’ve put together that are speculative and a bit of fantasy.

Why do you write the stories that you write?

I’m not really sure. I think at the core of it, I write what I do because it interests me. I was on Goodreads the other day and happened upon a post by someone who went on a rant about how tacky it is that some authors rate and review their own work. She was really pissed about it and particularly sour that they normally gave themselves 5 stars. I thought about it for a minute and then I realized that I too would give my own book 5 stars and it might not be why you’d think. You see, that person was thinking the author was trying to bump up their rating. While that might be partially true, there is something else going on that she, for whatever reason, was blind to. When someone writes a story, they invariably write a story that interests them enough to spend countless hours working on it. And most writers, the good ones anyway, would only release a book they loved and thought was good enough to rate 5 stars. So, it fits that an author would write the stories they do because they love those stories. The fact THAT they rated it a 5 means loved the story. And they should, they wrote it. Besides, a rating from an author doesn’t really change the average rating at all, does it? I write the stories I do because I love them and I would gladly rate them a 5.

Did you rate Lockheed Elite 5 stars?

Ha. No. I wrote a quick review but I didn’t rate it.

Why not?

I don’t know. Something wouldn’t let me. Then I found that woman’s post and decided to put the internet down for a while and cool off.

Good choice, when did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I wrote a bit as a kid. Then life moved on and for some reason, so did writing. I’ve always loved stories and movies but one day about 7 years ago I just started writing a story because I felt like it. Then a few days later I put that down because I woke up with the idea for my first novel, Pandora’s Chase. Then after that I wrote Lockheed Elite. Now I’m writing the next thing. Seems like I’ve formed a habit that I love.

Where’s Pandora’s Chase now? Is it published? No.

Why not?

I wouldn’t have rated it a 5. But it is up on Wattpad for anyone who wants to read the novel I wrote to figure out how to write a novel. I love the story but the writing in Lockheed Elite, frankly, is much better.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I work fulltime as a structural engineer, thought I wouldn’t say ‘I like it’. My wife and I like to check out new restaurants in town and go here and there. We’re expecting our first child, a girl, here in October so much of my spare time is getting ready for that. Painting rooms and babyproofing and junk and stuff.

Where do you hang out online? Website URL, author groups, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc?

You can find me at Tylerwandschneider.com. I’m also on Facebook and Twitter, though I’m not convinced either one is a healthy way to embrace friendships. Electronic friends are great but I enjoy real people more. I also post once in a while on google plus. Oh and I’m on Goodreads too. I love that place. Great books to hear about and good people too…most of them.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Rogues, Unfettered, Brilliance, Golden Son, The Bible, Leviathan Wakes, The Intelligent Investor and hehem…Lockheed Elite…yes, I read it over now and then.

Do you remember the first novel you read?

  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • White Fang
  • How to Eat Fried Worms

…I can’t remember which came first but I distinctly remember those three.

 

Your Writing Process

What excites you about writing?

I think it’s finding out what I can do. How far I can go and what I can come up with. I love stories and I’ve discovered that I can actually go to these place for a while by writing about them. It sounds weird, I’m sure, but having an intimate memory of the things I’ve written gives me deep memory of them as if I’ve been there. Don’t worry. I’m not crazy and actually think I was there. Sort of. J

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I get up at 4am, make a big ass pot of coffee, shower, and start writing by 4:30. At about 6:30 I head into the office and work til about 4 or 5. Then I come home and spend the evening with my wife.
Lather, rinse, repeat. I’ll write weekend mornings too.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Yes! Finish every story you start. If you write more beginnings that endings, then your endings will never be as good as your beginnings. (Abandoning outlines that don’t pan out is fine. This only applies to stories that you’ve written a beginning to.)

What would you consider is your favorite part of a book to write? The beginning, the middle or the ending?

This is probably going to sound cliché or even answered the way I’m supposed to answer it but I like them all the best. With my style of storytelling, each one depends on the other in many ways. But if I had to choose, I would say the beginning because that’s where I get to put interesting nuggets like ‘guns on the mantle’ and ‘red herrings’.

Most people envision an author’s life as being really glamorous. What’s the most unglamorous thing that you’ve done in the past week?

Ate pizza in my kitchen while in my underwear. I’m sure I picked my nose at some point last week too. It happens. We all do it. Don’t judge me.

How long does it take you to finish a book from start to submission?

Pandora’s Chase took me 5 years. Lockheed Elite took me 2. I’m getting better.

Do you have a system for writing?

(smile)Start and finish.

Do you track work count or write a certain number of hours per day?

I track word count but I have a limited amount of time and just do the best I can.

 

Your Books

Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?

Terrified. But also relieved. Excited too. But mostly terrified.

What can we look forward to in the upcoming months?

Not a ton. I’ll be face deep in promoting Lockheed Elite and writing The Rift in Saela. My newsletter should contain some short stories here and there while we await the next big release.

Oh! What’s The Rift in Saela?

lol

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I discovery wrote Pandora’s Chase and Lockheed Elite. Though I outlined Lockheed’s ending and I’ve outlined the whole of The Rift in Saela. I’ll let you know next year which I prefer.

So, what’s The Rift in Saela, again?

lol

If your book is available in print, how does it feel to hold a book that has your name on the cover?

Amazing. Truly a dream come true!

 

Your Characters

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

From my imagination. But I do steal traits from all kinds of people and characters that I’ve known and make up the characters that I need. I tend to want to make the characters like me but I know that’s bad and I work hard to not do that.

Is it hard coming up with names for your characters?

Sometimes but other times they just pop in and they fit. I think I should spend more time on it though and am currently doing so.

Have any of your characters ever haunted your dreams or woken you up during the night demanding attention?

No but I do think about them a lot. You know, wondering what they’re up to while I’m away. Hoping they’re not too bored while I’m at work. Sometimes I write myself an email just to get a taste though.

Which of your stories would make a great movie?

All of them. Every single one. Why did you hear something?!?!

Do you make a conscious decision to write a certain type of character with a certain occupation, or do the characters decide for themselves what they want to be?

I make all the decisions in my worlds. I am the emperor, the king, the president, the captain and the queen too. Yes, somedays are just that weird. Characters, by definition, are made up. It’s just silly to think they do anything without my explicit instruction. However, one of my favorite things to do is place two characters on a couple bar stools and see what happens. It’s a good way to get to know what I’ll do with their personality.

 

Random Questions

Name one website you visit every single day.

Goodreads.com

Where do you get your daily dose of news?

My iPhone

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Available Now-New Edition: “Rarity from the Hollow” by Robert Eggleton

1-rarity-front-cover-web-2Blurb: Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage — an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It’s up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire.

Purchase links:
Lulu, Amazon, Doghorn Publishing

 

About the Author

I recently retired after 52 years of contributions into the U.S. Social Security fund so that I could write and promote my fiction. I’m a former mental health psychotherapist in West Virginia. But, after coming home drained from working with child abuse victims, I didn’t have the energy left to begin its self-promotion. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program in my home state. http://www.childhswv.org/ A listing of services that are supported can be found here: http://mountainrhinestones.blogspot.com/2015/06/review-giveaway-rarity-from-hollow-by.html.  Published by Dog Horn Publishing is a traditional small press located in Leeds. Adam Lowe is the owner. The press also showcases other semi avant garde titles and publishes a popular magazine for the GLBTQ community (Vada).

Public Author Contacts:

Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+

http://www.lacydawnadventures.com

 


Some Editorial Reviews

“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.”—Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Reader’s Digest

 

“Quirky, profane, disturbing… In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.”— Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review

 

. “…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” — Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)

 

“…sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved…a brilliant writer.” —Readers’ Favorite (Gold Medal)

 

“Rarity from the Hollow is an original and interesting story of a backwoods girl who saves the Universe in her fashion. Not for the prudish.” —Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author

 

“…Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” — The Baryon Review

 

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#Author #Interview: Robert Eggleton on “Rarity from the Hollow” #Scifi #Books

indexWinner of two awards as a readers’ & Awesome Indies favorite: “A children’s story for adults”.
Genre: Sci-fi, Literary
Available: Amazon & Doghorn Publishing

Synopsis: “Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn’t great. But Lacy has one advantage — she’s been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It’s up to her to save the Universe.

To prepare Lacy for her coming task, she is being schooled daily via direct downloads into her brain. Some of these courses tell her how to apply magic to resolve everyday problems much more pressing to her than a universe in big trouble, like those at home and at school. She doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her own family and friends come first.

Will Lacy Dawn’s predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?”

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children’s story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.

 

Interview

 

  • What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction, but I’m not stuck in that genre. I read and dabble in most genres. I do intend to continue to write stories that prompt reflection about life and its issues, rather than pure escapist entertainment. Personally, I most enjoy reading material that I digest, sometimes for years afterward, and I hope to produce the same.

 

  • When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Before winning the eighth grade short story competition in 1964, I didn’t dare admit to myself that I wanted to become a published author. Afterward, I became so consumed with school and working for a living that writing took a back seat. While I’ve always wanted to be a writer, it wasn’t until 2006 that I acted upon my ambition.

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REDLight: Robert Eggleton, #Author of “Rarity from the Hollow” #SciFi

indexWinner of two awards as a readers’ & Awesome Indies favorite: “A children’s story for adults”.
Genre: Sci-fi, Literary
Available: Amazon & Doghorn Publishing

Synopsis: “Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn’t great. But Lacy has one advantage — she’s been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It’s up to her to save the Universe.

To prepare Lacy for her coming task, she is being schooled daily via direct downloads into her brain. Some of these courses tell her how to apply magic to resolve everyday problems much more pressing to her than a universe in big trouble, like those at home and at school. She doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her own family and friends come first.

Will Lacy Dawn’s predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?

Reviews:

“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.”—Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former Reader’s Digest Editor, 5-18-2015

“In the spirit of Vonnegut, Eggleton (a psychotherapist focused on the adolescent patient) takes the genre and gives it another quarter turn….”— Bryan Zepp Jamieson, A Universe on the Edge, The Electric Review

“Imagine Wizard of Oz and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy smashed together and taking place in a hollow in the hills of West Virginia… This book is laugh-out-loud funny at times, satiric of almost everything it touches upon…The characters from the hollow and from the planet Shptiludrp (the Mall of the Universe) are funny almost to the point of tears…It’s absolutely fantastic….”— Adicus Ryan Garton, Editor, Atomjack Science Fiction Magazine

“Quirky, profane, disturbing… In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.”— Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review

“Rarity from the Hollow is an original, interesting, naughty story of a backwoods girl, who saves the Universe, in her fashion. Not for the prudish.”—Piers Anthony, New York Times Best Selling Author

About the Author

Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997, and which also included publication of models of serving disadvantaged and homeless children in the community instead of in large institutions, research into foster care drift involving children bouncing from one home to the next — never finding a permanent loving family, and statistical reports on the occurrence and correlates of child abuse and delinquency.

Today, he is a recently retired children’s psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome physical and sexual abuse, and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. http://www.childhswv.org/ Robert continues to write fiction with new adventures based on a protagonist that is a composite character of children that he met when delivering group therapy services. The overall theme of his stories remains victimization to empowerment. More about Lacy Dawn Adventures….

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Interview: Frank Butler, Author of “The Time Cage”

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Description: “It wasn’t the first time Patrick Martin woke up early and ended up at a 24-hour diner. It wasn’t the first time someone had tried to kill him there either. In fact, it wasn’t the first time he, or anyone else on Earth for that matter, had been alive. Though from that night forward, the unlikely and reluctant hero starts an incredible journey that reveals to him the true nature of time and the ancient hidden past as well as his unwitting role in saving humanity from the mortal prison of the time cage.”

It is available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BFMDY0A.

About the Author

What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?
Right now I am writing science fiction and fantasy, but I’m open to just about everything. If I have an idea that intrigues me and I feel the urge to write, I am going to write about it no matter what the genre is.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have been interested in writing since I was in elementary school. I’ve always felt more comfortable with written communication than verbal communication. Writing allows me an outlet to put forth the ideas and emotions that I find difficult to talk about.

Who or what was your inspiration for writing?
My inspiration is really just to have a venue to express myself and bring my ideas to a wider audience. Also, when I wrote The Time Cage I told myself that I wanted to have fun writing it. I had written so many serious things before and I needed a break from that. I figured if I am going to enjoy writing it people will enjoy reading it.

Where do you get your daily dose of news?
Google News

Where do you hang out online? Website URL, author groups, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc?
I have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FrankButlerAuthor) and a Twitter account (@RealFrankButler)

Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I think one thing that people in general are surprised to know about me is that I used to take flying lessons. I think people don’t look at me as the type of person who could fly a plane.

Where are you from originally?
I’ve lived my whole life in New York and New Jersey in the New York City metro area.

Is there anything unique about your upbringing that you’d like to share with readers?
No. Despite what you may have heard there are no naked baby pictures of me. Trust me.

Your Writing Process

Why do you write?
I write for fun and a way to express myself.

What excites you about writing?
The fact that I get to express myself to so many people and just the general thrill of creating something.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I am not able to be an independent writer right now so my writing revolves around my work, not vice versa. I’d love someday for writing to pay the bills mainly for the reason so I could write some more. But I’m not there yet.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
I’m probably the one who needs the advice. I’m just getting started so I could make up something but I won’t.

What would you consider is your favorite part of a book to write? The beginning, the middle or the ending?
I think whenever you begin a book there is an excitement. Even though you may have an outline or plan things out or have a general idea in your head, there’s still the thrill of exploring the unknown when you start.

Do you listen to music or have another form of inspiration when you are writing?
I find it extremely difficult to write with distractions. I need everything to be quiet. There’s already a beat in my head that I’m writing to. I almost approach writing as if I’m playing a musical instrument.

What is the best and worst writing advice you have ever received?
I struggle with the “write what you know” mantra. For me writing is an exercise in exploring the unknown.

Do you have a system for writing? 
I’m really still trying to iron that out. I don’t have a set system now which makes things a bit chaotic and unorganized but also keeps things interesting. If I’m not interested in what I’m writing the readers won’t be interested.

Do you track work count or write a certain number of hours per day?
I try to do so many pages a day, though I realize life happens and some days I have to skip writing altogether.

What was the most uplifting moment you’ve experienced during your writing career?
My career’s just begun, so just seeing that people have enjoyed The Time Cage is a big thrill for me.

Your Books

Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?
Excited.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve only written one book so far called The Time Cage.

What can we look forward to in the upcoming months?
I have some ideas for more books so stay tuned.

What story haven’t you written yet but would like to?  Is there anything holding you back from writing it?
I’d like to write something that is epic in scope. The sheer size of the task though holds me back.

Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
They force me to sit down and write, which is good because no matter how creative you are if you are not at least somewhat disciplined no one is ever going to read your work. People can’t read what you don’t write.

Do you outline your books or just start writing?
It’s a living, breathing process. For The Time Cage, I had a general idea and then I started writing. When I got so far in writing the book, I took a step back and thought about things a bit. I wrote down questions that I had that I thought readers would have and answered them. Then I continued writing.

What was your first published work and when was it published?
My first published work is The Time Cage and it was published on Amazon in February.

Is there something special you do to celebrate when one of your books is released?
If the authorities are reading this I can assure you it is nothing illegal.

Your Characters

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
No character is an exact carbon copy of someone I know in real life. Even though The Time Cage is written in the first person, the main character is not an exact copy of me. I take bits and pieces of people’s characters I’ve met throughout my life and then implement them with every character in the book. I also tend to exaggerate those character traits to make things more interesting.

Is it hard coming up with names for your characters?
Yes! This is something I struggle with. I never know what to name a character.

Which of your stories would make a great movie?  Who’d play the lead roles?
I think The Time Cage would make a great movie but I have no idea who would play the lead roles.

Do you make a conscious decision to write a certain type of character with a certain occupation, or do the characters decide for themselves what they want to be?
I start with a prototype in my head and then the character evolves into whatever they are meant to be.

What in your opinion makes good chemistry between your leading characters?
I think I try to give me characters if not a sense of humor at least a sense of wit and when you bring two characters with wit together it makes it easy to write their dialogue.

Is there a character from one of your books that resonates deeply with you?
There is a character in my head that I’ve thought about writing in a future book, and he’s always evolving.

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