Interview with Author Randal Greene

A short while ago I met a fellow budding author named Randal Eldon Greene who was just starting off his journey into the big bad world of publishing.

Just look at that handsome devil

He was kind enough to offer some support and encouragement on my writing earlier this year, and now that his writing is being published I wanted to help support him in return. His first book, titled Descriptions of Heaven, has finally been released and is available through his site here, or on the mighty Amazon here.

Spoiler Alert: It’s a good book

One of the ways I wanted to help Randal was by pimping out his story to my followers and helping readers get to know him a little better. Randal graciously agreed to answer some questions for a short interview.

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Author Interview with Devin terSteeg

Recently I read a rockin’ Sci-Fi novella titled Radio Sphere by Devin terSteeg and was awarded the chance to ask him a few questions about his life writing stories and the inspiration behind them.

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If you’re reading this – our message has come too late. These creatures – such wonder. We never could have anticipated what we’d find…

Humanity had grown accustomed to 250-year life spans, ceaselessly changing technology, and endless media to consume when nuclear detonations cause an EMP chain-reaction in the atmosphere to destroy most technology, and with it the population severely reduces over a few generations.

In the year 20XX Earth has been changed. Electricity, water, and food have all become scarce. Stubbornly, Elizabeth and George live on.

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Coming at you!

Hey hey! Have I got some cool stuff to tell you. Pull up a chair and get comfy for there is some really great stuff happening that I’d love for you to read about.

I have been busy with my novel the past few days. I’m so close to the end I can actually see it. Literally, I can see the very last sentence of the epilogue and actually already have it written out. Since I’ve been writing the final climax and have been super excited about it, I’ve been writing WAY more than usual each day. I keep thinking to myself, I’m so close, if I keep writing I might actually get to finish it today. But then four hours of writing later, I’m still not there. CLOSER, but still not there. I’M SO CLOSE IT’S KILLING ME. 

My original plan was to have this novel presentable by the time I head to a writing conference next weekend. But after continuous health issues and, well, life getting in the way, I don’t think I’ll be able to pull that off. I should be able to finish the draft at least(I pray), and instead will focus on making the first few chapters as clean and enticing as possible to hand out. Should anyone be interested at the con, they’ll at least get a really well thought out and edited first few chapters. The book is called Initiation and is part of a series I plan to entitle The Black Beetles. I can’t wait to tell you about this story, and as soon as I finish the draft I’ll be writing out the synopsis in a post. I FREAKING LOVE THIS STORY. It’s why I’m writing. It’s so good and it’s only the first book!

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Twitter is a strange place. But it can afford some chance encounters that never would have happened otherwise. I was lucky enough to meet two bloggers through twitter who have graciously reviewed my book and written a full post about it on their sites. HOW COOL IS THAT?!? They are kind and honest people as well. Cynthia Austin highlighted every positive and every negative thing about my book, and Hollie wrote out a review for her boyfriend’s blog that is far more flattering than I deserve. I encourage you to check out each of them and take a look at the sites. Cynthia regularly reviews book at her site betweendreamsiread.weebly.com and Devin is a humorous guy that shares a lot of the same likes as me at rimegiant.com. Cynthia is here, while Devin wrote about me here.

I’m heading to SF:SE next weekend, and I cannot contain my excitement. A weekend by myself, in Orlando, nice hotel, three days of mingling with writers, editors, agents and publishers, and tons of panels to improve writing craft. There’s going to be some big names in writing there, as well, and I’m really looking forward to meeting some interesting people.

IN OTHER NEWS, Nonlocal Science Fiction launched their magazine today with my story featured in it! Huzzah! Hooray! Hoorah! Should anyone like a copy of it for themselves, please let me know I’ll see what I can do. If you’d like to check it out, it’s only 2.99 on amazon here and it’s good.

Well, that’s about all I’ve got off the top of my head to talk about. I would really appreciate it if you could sign up for my mailing list via the subscribe button higher up on the page. It’s nothing special, just that you’ll get notified whenever I post something on here, which as you can probably see isn’t often. But it’ll help me reach out to you and its a good way for us to stay in contact. Speaking of, I’d love to hear from you about what you think of my writing or where I’m going in general. I enjoy the feedback 🙂

Anywho, I’ll talk to you all next time. PEACE!

Holy Smokes!

My goodness, it has been a long time since I updated my site! I’ve just been too busy actually living my life to stop and document it, which is not a complaint at all. I have been LIVING these past few weeks, which is a big contrast to how I’ve lived my life the past few years. Not to get into anything too personal, but I usually am not an active person due to a multitude of health issues that render me immobile and curled up in pain, but the past month or so has seen me out and about in ways I haven’t been able to do in years. I’ll share some of the adventures I’ve been on with you a little later, because right now the biggest news I have to share is…

Da Da Da-da!

My book is published!

Second cover

It is officially available on Amazon. Paperback is $6 and the kindle version is .99 cents with the link to both right here.

That is pretty spectacular news in my world. Despite me being underwhelmed about it all, getting a story written and published was the very first thing listed at the top of my bucket list. Okay, honestly it was pretty much the only thing on my bucket list. But now that it’s out, I can’t describe the sense of accomplishment that follows it. It’s a mixture of me feeling like, “Ah, I can sit back now and bask in this accomplishment.” and “Now I can write and focus on what I really want…”

This book’s purpose was really just so that I could call myself a published author and die happy with my tiny bucket list complete. Now that it’s out and I still haven’t kicked the bucket yet, I am pushing ahead full steam into all the stories I told myself I would work on if my health maintained. I don’t expect this book to take off or sell like crazy or to make a huge impact. It’s pretty short, and though it is a great story well written, it’s over before you know it and preludes to a MUCH larger story that I’m writing now. That said, I still hope you check it out and tell me what you think of it. You can probably knock it out in one afternoon of reading. If you read for the whole afternoon.

 

The next project I am working on is a novel set in a world full of magic-wielders and non magic-wielders and their extreme distrust of each other. The main character is a fifteen year old thief in a massive fortified city who gets an exclusive invitation to join a thieving guild on the basis that he use his proficiency with magic to help steal stuff. I tell you this because I am thinking of posting some excerpts either on my website our through a special page provided by my publisher’s site, and wanted to get any feedback that you guys might have. If you’d like to read the excerpt, leave a comment or let me know I’ll post the link to the preview.

 

Now for something other than writing…

GEORGIA/TENNESSEE!

I happened to spend a week in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia with my family, and it was incredible. Peaceful, lively, beautiful, enriching. One day we even went to the largest used bookstore in Tennessee and spent hours there. Not just books, but they had movies, games, CDs, records, posters, anime, TV shows, graphic novels, EVERYTHING. I was heaven. I went antiquing with my mom, fishing with my dad, geocaching by myself, and I didn’t write AT ALL.  I wrote about three pages in total for the entire time I was gone, which is sort of sad, but I’m not apologizing for it because I WAS LIVING. I mean, normally, just picking one activity a day was a gamble for me and sure to cause pain. But while I was up there, I put all that crap behind me for a time and simply enjoyed what I was given in the place where I was.

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MELBOURNE! (Florida, not Australia) TWICE!

Spending time with my peoples. I love my peoples. BBQing, movies, downtown tours, story sharing and beach walks all make for the perfect weekend with amazing people. I wish I could tell you more about my peoples, but they’re my peoples and not your peoples. They are some of the greatest people I know and I look forward to seeing them as soon as possible. They offer a much needed relief from the toxic culture that permeates so much of the world today. They bring out the best in people, not just me, and I thank them for it and the hospitality they offer.

 

Well, that’s all of the updates I’ve got for you guys for now. That is what’s been happening in my world; writing and trying to make sure I’m healthy enough to continue doing so. Hope you guys stick around for everything else that is in the works with me. Talk to you soon!