I am so excited to let you know that Charmaine Hammond the host of the wonderful blog talk radio show; Your Book As a Business has asked me to be on her show. So please tune in on May 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm PST. I will talk about Chatting With Sherri and my own writing.The link to your show is: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/your-book-as-a-business/2013/05/29/guest-sherri-rabinowitz
My Sherri’s Second Blog Book Fair was on Sunday we had a great mix of books. All kinds, for all tastes. It is still up for your pleasure. Please buy a wonderful book to entertain you here; http://wp.me/p2LjpY-98
My show next week is with Educator Sandra Bornstein; author of “May This Be The Best Year of Your Life”. She thought she had hers in Colorado. But when the perfect storm transported her to the other side of the world, it was her beliefs and education that redefined her comfort zone and helped her find her true north. Please tune in on this Tuesday; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2013/05/07/chatting-with-sherri
I had such a great time in my chat with director Chip Chalmers! We had such a chat, we talked about MASH, Star Trek Next Generation and all the wonderful actors he worked with. He talked about directing these famous shows and how you go about preparing for a directing job. And so much more, so please listen; http://tobtr.com/s/4632093
We will have a new issue of Sherri’s Jewel Box very soon. It will be a new and exciting issue. With great interviews and beautiful pieces. So this is your last chance to see the beauty of this issue called; Love Is All Around! It is about love and the Myth of love. For both history lovers, Jewel Lovers, and the lovers of design this is the issue for you. Here is the link; http://sherrisjewelbox.weebly.com/
This week our author interview is with Wade Garret and his upcoming book; Genesis!
What was the first book you remember loving? Do you still own it?
The first book would have to be Mega Man 2 from the Worlds of Power Collection. Then Dracula, the cover just pulled me in. Sadly, I don’t own either and thinking about it now, I’m not sure why. I do own the first book I read in the first series I ever got hooked on, which is when I really got into reading: Redwall, by Brian Jacques. I’ve read and thumbed through the series so much so several of the books should be replaced with new ones. They won’t though. I love them.
What kind of books do you like to read? Do those books have an effect on your own writing?
I mainly read Science Fiction and Fantasy. More-often-then-naught, it’s the books blurring the lines between. I also read history—old textbooks and the bargains you find walking into most chain bookstores, also some gathered essays and philosophy. I mostly read for fun or to see what’s out in my medium, so I don’t dive into many really deep books anymore. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn was the last and because I do most of my reading at work during my lunch hour, well, it took me forever to finish it.
Yes. Everything affects my writing. As it should. Even if I’m reading something for fun, w/e it is, it’s also research. Like if there’s something I’ve been trying to write but can’t seem to keep on paper. Well, eventually I find w/e or get inspired by w/e and it helps me push through.
Do you remember what is the first book that touched you deeply?
The first books I remember reading were also the first to really touch me. However, those aside, it was Dune! Hands down. The scale. The dimensions and layers to the universe. The complexity of the characters. Not so much the politics though, I’m kinda already a political enthusiast. Then, as I got deeper into Dune, the core story is what set me on the path for my own book. Reading the series, I realized I wanted to tell my own version of a messianic character. His hero’s journey.
Is there an era of writing that affects you? 1920, 1800’s so forth?
As a writer, yes. The Now Era. I like blended books without fear. Comics are great for this. I also like things mixed up on purpose. I like different interpretations of history, scientific advancement, religion and so on. I’ve never been one to exclusively read, say, American Western, stories from the Renaissance or books revolving around the Dark Ages.
As a reader, no, well, for the most part no.
A specific era gives me no bonus joy, nor does it give the words greater lenience. Just make it enjoyable. It doesn’t need to be 100% for me to like it. However, as much as I like the Now Era because of the nearly limitless content. I’m not a fan of any straight-up modern stories. It’s odd. Example: I love the Jason Bourne movies. Love them! Wouldn’t read the books. Don’t care. Make it a movie and I’m there though. Now, if you put Bourne in some kinda Science Fiction/Fantasy world, yea, I’d read it all day. The twist as a reader for me isn’t setting or time, it’s beyond the normal.
Where do you like to write? Is there a favorite nook or corner?
I write in my Batcave, otherwise known as my office. The reason is I do a lot of walking—talking to myself—when I’m writing. I do push ups, pull-ups to clear my head. I curse at my computer if I’m pissed off. Maybe I bolt from the shower with an amazing idea that has to be punched into the keyboard. Could you see me doing some of these things in a coffee shop?
Do you prefer one genre to another?
Well, I prefer Fantasy and Science Fiction to everything else.
If we’re talking between those two…no. As I said, I like blended stories. I mean, is Dracula a Horror, a Fantasy or a Romance? Well, that’s all in how it’s written; but I like books to be all that and more. Now, this isn’t to say I don’t love books that are considered pure Fantasy or Science Fiction—the staples we’ve all read. I just don’t prefer one over the other.
Do you like the feel of a book in your hands or do prefer an electronic devises?
Got to have paper in my hands. I don’t even own a cell phone. How crazy is that? Maybe someday I’ll read from a ipad or a iphone, but till that day comes, I think I’ll always love the feel, weight, smell of a book. Now, for all those pad, phone loving readers, I still love you. No hard feelings I hope?
Can you tell us about what your working on now?
Well, Genesis will be published later this year, likely around August—follow me at wjgarret.blogspot.com or Facebook to get all the details. I’m working to get the word out every way you can imagine. Talking with you has been a big help. Cheers! I’m also working on the sequel, which I hope to have ready to submit by the end of this year or the start of next year. Outside of writing, I’ve got a lot that’s keeping me busy. I’m going to be a dad. My first child! Don’t ask me the sex though, my wife wants to keep it a secret. It’s all very exciting.
Till next time…