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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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#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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The Importance of Real Native Stories: “Don’t Let the Sun Step Over You”-Eva Tulene Watt/Ken Basso

a sstepRe-reading “Don’t Let the Sun Step Over You“, the collected stories by Eva Tulene Watt assisted by Keith Basso made me write my mother and say, “Tell me a story”…and she did. She did, and it was good! If you’ve read the work, you’ll know why I add emphasis just so in the previous sentence. And why I wanted to hear from my mother about our people, our cousins, our family, about the past that touches the present and the future. The stories she was told or the things she observed.

Re-reading “Don’t Let the Sun Step Over You” made me want to hear songs. Made me want to hear songs I’d never heard before in this life and songs I already knew. One of them was “I’ve Been Around”, a popular Apache song that somehow voices all those stories of the hardworking, big-hearted, fierce, gentle, humorous, resilient, pragmatic, whimsical and wise Apache. “They’re always walking, walking, going around and doing things. They worked hard!”
I hear my ggrandmother’s voice again, and the stories she told and tried to tell us even when we weren’t listening, only halfway or transfixed cause they seemed light, even funny, but were deep. Stories when she was cooking or cleaning or working or chasing us (me!) with a switch when I had done something she directly told me not to do but I did it anyway because I was stubborn and/or curious.

Stories tell you why you should do things or why not to do other things. They give you purpose. They give you hope. They help you remember why you’re here now, right this very minute and not just what our ancestors endured. Stories help explain why they are important, to be kept, and remembered so our children understand and know. Some stories are shared with non-family, not-of our People, but others are special. Knowing them helps you understand why we defend them and how when someone copies you, culturally appropriates, or takes and changes your stories into their fantasies, these critically important parts of your culture and identity, it is beyond offensive but also really hurtful. Painful. That they do not care, that they make excuses, rationalize or say its just “fantasy” or “honoring” you is even worse. It’s terrible for native identities and cultures. Continue reading

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Thanks AptDesign for a “Red Haircrow” Meme

AptDesign is a writer’s service building websites and helping promote and establish brands. Though I’ve a number of memes of out there on the Web, where people have used my quotes, this was the first time someone actually notified or informed me @. It’s greatly appreciated, so I wanted to bring attention to their services.

Below is the meme they made, which you can download as a wallpaper. The full quote is:

“Every word I write is like a drop of my blood. If it’s flowed passionately and long, I need time to recover from the emotion spent before I begin a new story. My characters are aspects of my life. I have to respectfully and carefully move between them.”

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“Werecats” Special Edition Paperback & Author Interview with Andrew J. Peters

The Popular Werecat Series Now Available as a Special Edition Paperback!

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Previously available as e-novelettes, paranormal fans can now pick up the first three installments of Andrew J. Peters’ Werecat series in one book! Included are: The Rearing (Book 1), The Glaring (Book 2) and The Fugitive (Book 3).

Here’s the back cover blurb:

“Twenty-two-year-old Jacks is on a mission to drown his past in alcohol when he meets a handsome drifter named Benoit on a lost weekend in Montréal. It’s lust and possibly something more. Jacks never suspects that a drunken hook-up will plunge him into the hidden, violent world of feline shifters.”

Praise for the Werecat series:

“Steamy enough to satisfy romance-genre die-hards. An innovative take on the shape-shifter genre; this first offering in a gay fantasy series should garner a large following.” — Kirkus Reviews

“If you’ve ever wondered what it is like to live and love as a big cat, this is the book for you.” — Wilde Oats Journal

“If you love action packed stories, more than a spot of violence, and a thread of a love story too, then you should definitely try this book.” —Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews

Paperback available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite indie retailer, or dip your paws in the series with one of the e-books.

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Author Interview

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What’s been happening since you last stopped by to talk about Book 1 in the Werecat series?

It’s been an exciting time. 2013 was a break-out year for me after a long haul working on a number of stories and shopping them around. The Rearing came out in May of that year, and my first novel-length book The Seventh Pleiade débuted in November. I can’t say that I skyrocketed to celebrity, but I had a lot of fun with book release events and hopping around the blogosphere.

I continued the Werecat series with two more installments, and I’m currently working on the fourth and final book. Just this past year, I finished two other projects. Banished Sons of Poseidon is the follow-up young adult adventure to The Seventh Pleiade and will be coming out in October 2015 through Bold Strokes Books. In early 2016, I have another book Poseidon and Cleito coming out in a similar mythological vein, published by Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy. That book imagines the early days of the Atlantis legend.

What sort of people read your books?

I guess the common denominator is readers who like LGBTQIA fiction. Though my upcoming book Poseidon and Cleito features two hetero characters so it will be interesting to see how people respond to that. I get a lot of M/M romance readers shelving Werecat at Goodreads, and it’s been great meeting people of all ages through my young adult series. People pick up the books because they like fantasy and sometimes because they have a particular interest in Greek mythology, which is a big inspiration of mine.

Jacks, the main character in Werecat, is a self-described “Euro-American mutt” who discovers his Native ancestry, which was hidden from him. How did you go about realizing Jacks and the spiritual traditions that are behind Werecat’s mythology?

The Euro-American mutt part was easy since that’s close to home. But I definitely felt a sense of responsibility in portraying the Native aspects of his character. Jacks was raised outside of that culture so he is in a sense discovering it himself as the story progresses.

While I was working as a social worker for LGBTQIA youth, I had the privilege of having colleagues from Native communities. We collaborated to educate schools and service providers about LGBTQIA concerns and Native concerns specifically. I learned a lot from working with a great organization called the Northeast Two-Spirit Society.

Werecat took a lot of research because the premise is that shifter magic was borne from indigenous practices related to people possessing dual souls, in this case man and cat of course. That was fascinating for me to study. It took me from Amerindian spirituality to African and Indian and Asian traditions.

I mention in my Acknowledgements in The Trilogy that I don’t purport to be an authority on indigenous cultures, and my intention was to honor those traditions, not to sensationalize or exploit them. It is a fantasy world that I created, and I wanted to take a nuanced approach to the werecat/werewolf trope. I thought about werecats being “good” and “bad” guys, and being both at the same time really.

What’s next for you?

I’ve been in a pretty productive phase so I’m happy to say that I have more books coming out in 2016 and beyond. I just signed a contract with Bold Strokes Books to publish the first book in what I’m calling an alternative history series. The book is titled The City of Seven Gods, and it’s an adventure-romance set in a fantasy world that takes a lot of inspiration from Near Eastern civilizations of the ancient world.

Otherwise, I expect to have a follow up to Poseidon and Cleito coming out, and I’ll be working on a contemporary romance, believe it or not.

About the Author:

Andrew J. Peters is the author of the Werecat series and two books for young adults: The Seventh Pleiade and Banished Sons of Poseidon. He grew up in Amherst, New York, studied psychology at Cornell University, and has spent most of his career as an advocate and a social worker for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. A lifelong writer, Andrew has written for The Good Men Project, GayYA, Dear Teen Me, La Bloga and Layers of Thought among other media. He lives in New York City with his husband and their cat Chloë. For more about Andrew, visit: http://andrewjpeterswrites.com or find him on social media.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrewjpeterswrites
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ayjayp
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AndrewJPeters

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