Author Spotlight: Eric James Spannerman

Author Interviews, Reading Related
[caption id="attachment_1891" align="alignleft" width="200"] One of the books I have on tour this month[/caption] January is the month of steampunk here at The Dabbler, and Eric James Spannerman is one of the Darkside Codex authors here to school us on steampunk and how exactly one goes about writing it. Please give Eric a warm welcome and enjoy his thoughts on steampunk and writing. And don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the page for a chance to win some amazing steampunk books! Can you tell us a bit about Applied Natural Magic? Applied Natural Magic is the story of Charles Woodridge, a young professor in the city of Southwatch who hopes to improve the fortunes of the poor and secure his place among the elite by improving…
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Why I Interview Authors

Author Interviews
I started interviewing authors not long after I decided to blog about writing. At first most of the authors I interviewed came from MuseItUp Publishing, at the time a brand new Canadian ebook publisher. These days I work with authors from numerous small presses, mostly Musa Publishing, and interview the occasional self published author. Why I originally started interviewing authors I'll be honest: when I started interviewing authors, my intentions weren't exactly noble. I was struggling with severe depression, and creating my own content week after week became exhausting. An entire article would feel impossible, but a handful of questions sent out to an interesting author? That felt easy most of the time. Back then I participated in the Muse Online Writers Conference every year and I was part of…
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Author Spotlight: Chris Pavesic

Author Interviews, Reading Related, Uncategorized
Today's author, Chris Pavesic, is a very special lady. Not only has she published some excellent short fiction in her time, she's also written a spectacular steampunk novel, The Caelimane Operation, the most recent novel in the Darkside Codex shared world series from Musa, to be released tomorrow. Please give Chris a warm welcome and don't forget to read until the end so you can enter to win some awesome books. Can you tell us a bit about The Caelimane Operation? The Caelimane Operation is set in the shared world of the Darkside Codex. This world, which revolves around the city of Southwatch, was created by Celina Summers and Richard C. White. Stories in this world are based in the steampunk genre, but can have additional elements of science fiction, fantasy,…
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Author Spotlight: Andrew Leon Hudson

Author Interviews
Andrew Leon Hudson is the author of the third story in The Darkside Codex series, The Glass Sealing. Please give him a warm welcome. 1. Can you tell us a bit about The Glass Sealing? The Glass Sealing is a revolutionary novel ­but only in the sense that it's about a revolution, not that it's going to change the world! It's about one of the dominant conflicts of modern western society, between those who have everything they could want and likely always will, and those who can't even be sure they will still have a job in the morning. I was inspired by the protests of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but I wanted to transplant them to the time of the Industrial Revolution ­ and adding steampunk to the mix made for a bit more…
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Author Spotlight: Daniel Ausema

Author Interviews, Reading Related
Today's author is something of a steampunk supreme. With quite a few short stories published in fantastic speculative fiction magazines and an ongoing steampunk serial called Spire City, Daniel Ausema has clearly been one busy writer. But sticking with short fiction isn't the easiest way to go, and sometimes the bug bites you with a bigger story. The Electro-Addictive Moth Flame is Daniel's contribution to The Darkside Codex, a series of stand alone books in a shared world called Southwatch. Today Daniel's come to share how he's gotten to this point in his career and where he'd like to go--oh, and Daniel and the other Darkside Codex authors have put together a giveaway for you, so don't forget to enter before you leave! Before Daniel gets started, take a moment…
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Author Spotlight: Dylan Madeley

Author Interviews, Nanowrimo, Reading Related, Writing
Dylan Madeley is special for three reasons: he's won Nanowrimo multiple times, he's a rather good friend of mine, and he's on his way to self-publication after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Please give Dylan a warm welcome! 1. Can you tell us a bit about your book, The Gift-Knight's Quest? The Gift-Knight's Quest is the end result of the first novel ideas I ever had. Well, the first two of them, actually, put together because I couldn't get a full novel (or even close) out of either idea on its own. That's why it ended up with two protagonists. The backstory of Derek and of Chandra is somewhat like the novel they were going to star in all by themselves, and they kind of start out as each other's antagonist.…
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Author Spotlight: Devorah Fox

Nanowrimo, Writing
Today's author has written pretty much anything you can imagine writing and won Nanowrimo multiple times. She's also self published a textbook with her husband and multiple Nanowrimo novels, but you'll find out more about that in the interview. Please give author Devorah Fox a warm welcome. 1. Can you tell us a bit about your books? I have National Novel Writing Month to thank for launching my novelist career. The Lost King, Book One of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam high fantasy series was my NaNoWriMo 2010 project. The createspace coupon that I got for winning that challenge spurred me on to put the book between covers. The Lost King was received with enthusiasm and fans asked “when’s the next book coming out?” Gee, I hadn’t planned on…
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Author Spotlight: Dana Sachs

Author Interviews, Nanowrimo, Reading Related, Writing
Are you ready to meet yet another awesome Nanowrimo author? Well then, you're in luck. Please give Dana Sachs, author of The Secret of Nightingale Palace, a warm welcome. 1. Can you tell us a bit about your books? The first time I tried Nanowrimo was in the fall of 2007, when I used it to write the first draft of the novel that would eventually become The Secret of the Nightingale Palace. I had already published my first novel, If You Lived Here, and a memoir, The House on Dream Street: Memoir of an American Woman in Vietnam, and this idea of writing a first draft in a month was a new prospect for me. I found that Nanowrimo helped me quite a bit in just getting the basic form of…
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Author Spotlight: E. Catherine Tobler

Author Interviews, Nanowrimo, Reading Related, Writing
I've actually had the pleasure of working with this author once before when she had a short story published in Penumbra. I'm sure you can imagine how pleased I was to discover that she was on the list of published Wimos, and that you'll understand why I was even more delighted when she agreed to this interview. Please give E. Catherine Tobler a warm welcome and enjoy what she has to say about Nanowrimo and the process of writing a novel: 1. Can you tell us a bit about your books?  The last four books I've finished all have one thing in common: they were started during Nanowrimo. In 2011, I wrote "The Kelpie Book." This became Watermark, which just saw publication (http://masque-books.com/titles/watermark/); it is the story of Pip, a…
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Author Spotlight: Becky Black

Author Interviews, Nanowrimo, Reading Related, Writing
Today's author has not one, but four Nanowrimo novels published. She's also been a pleasure to work with and provided some extremely valuable insight anyone interested in Nanowrimo can find useful. Please give author Becky Black a warm welcome. 1. Can you tell us a bit about your books? (Preferably with a focus on those originally written during Nanowrimo) NaNoWriMo got me started on writing novels after I’d been writing fanfiction for a few years. I started by doing science fiction, and later moved on to gay romance – a genre that was only just appearing a few years ago, but is booming now. I first sold a book back in 2010 and since then four of my nine published novels have started their lives as NaNoWriMo books. One was a…
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