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Business as usual!

chekhov's revengeAs for Sherri’s Playhouse are having a great time rehearsing our new radio play and my cheeks are raw from biting them to keep from laughing! It’s so funny. Tip of the hat to our cast, they are wonderful!!!! Our new poster for Checkov’s Revenge has been completed, you can see it here for the first time. We are very excited to present it to you all.

Anyone who is interested in acting in a radio play please get in touch. No pay but a lot of great exposure. It is all done via Skype and phone so you can call from anywhere! We especially need male voices.https://www.facebook.com/Sherris-Playhouse-1415103118746094/

 

I had such a great time chatting with the wonderful, witty and lovely Brooks Wachtel! Brooks with Emmy Tut copy (2)  Brooks is a fascinating, fun and very engaging man, we talked about winning his Emmy, how he got into screenwriting and writing for animation.  His wonderful exciting documentary series and his new adventure his first novel, Lady Sherlock that will be out in April.     Listen in; 

 

 

Tomorrow I am  happy to welcome back Producer/Screenwriter Steven L. Sears, Steve produced and wrote for many shows but he is best known for working on, Xena, Warrior Princess!!! He is also an author and graphic novelist.  We will talk on many subjects, join us for a chat with this very entertaining man on 1/26/2016 10:30AMPT MV5BMzk2MDg5MzEwM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDQ2MDIzMQ@@__V1__SY314_CR89,0,214,314_producerscreenwriter-steven-l-sears

 

 

 

 

 

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A couple of reviews for Different Is Beautiful;hamazon.com/gp/customer-a new full book cover of dibre and

 

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fantasy time incThe second edition of Fantasy Time Inc. is now published! The new version as been re-written, there is a great new forward, there is a new cover and a whole new chapter.  So even if bought the first edition and loved it you may want to check out this new and improved edition. for paper back as an e-book. I really hope you will check out the audio book as well and my voice artist Eileen, from Eye Hear Voices is wonderful. I am so excited that you can buy the audio version and listen to it as you drive or work, or what ever your pleasure.  Please let me know what you think of  it after you listen to new edition. You can buy it at; https://www.facebook.com/Sherris-Playhouse-1415103118746094/

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I now have three books to promote so I am very happy to let you know that I will be on some panels next year at Condor!  So keep an eye on this page, and my new website for any updates. on Feb 26-28th http://www.condorcon.org/

I will be going to the Global Influence Summit on Feb 19th it’s taking place in San Diego its at the Wyndham Bayside from February 18th and the 19th, 2016. http://www.globalinfluencesummit.com/

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It’s been a really interesting week for me.

To switch websites does not seem to be a big deal there are so many out there.  But it was a big deal, it took author forever to figure out the best one, that looks good, easy for me to use  (I am a tech dummy).  Finally after a lot of hard work I found it.  I think it looks pretty good please check out my new website, please feel free to like and comment 🙂

 

 

 

I had a delightful chat on Chatting With Sherri with writer/producer/host Justin Andrew Hoke about his many and BioPhoto (1)varied projects.  We talked about his books and radio show and the new films that he is working on.  The man is the king of Steampunk!  

 

 

 

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I had a very lively chat on Chatting With Sherri with author, Guido Mina di Sospiro about his book; The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong! The theme of his books is; To spin or not to spin? – that is the metaphysical question. Listen in;  

 

 

Next week on Chatting With Sherri I am excited to welcomes back, Emmy Winning, Brooks Wachtel! 1/19/16 10489930_10154427743830183_4468072029084133680_n1030am pt!  Brooks is a fascinating, fun and very engaging man, I am looking forward to IMG_0008 (2)our chat to talk about all his newest adventures; 

 

 

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????As for Sherri’s Playhouse we had a full rehearsal for our new radio play and my cheeks are raw from biting them to keep from laughing! It’s so funny. Tip of the hat to our cast, they are wonderful!!!! https://www.facebook.com/Sherris-Playhouse-1415103118746094/

 

IMG_0006I am not sure if I shared this but I am so proud of my cast for the play ‪#‎JohnDoe‬ by Everett Robert. Not only did they give a superb performance but they beat all other of the radio plays in Sherri’s Playhouse, (Including my own) to be in the top ten for The Chatty Award! Well done all! Please enjoy the fun; http://tobtr.com/s/8046145 

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For new authors, one of the issues as an independent or small press author is to make sure everything is right.  For instance ever since I published the second edition of my book, Fantasy Time Inc.  I have had nothing but issues with the display on some of the pages. For instance the reviews for the first edition keeps appearing on the second edition. Categories are not appearing and they are being linked together.  Also the different types of books, paperback, e-book and audio are not being linked together.  I have been working for weeks to try to make it right, cross your fingers and say a prayer for me. Some new reviews for my other two books;

A couple of reviews for Different Is Beautiful; hamazon.com/gp/customer-a new full book cover of dibre and

 

A couple of reviews for Entering My Second Half; 11891989_830447113739031_7810264273073449041_nre and

 

 

Alan-Rickman-alan-rickman-13116364-2560-1684I was really shocked and saddened by the death of Alan Rickman, I had to get it out.  So I wrote a short blog in tribute to the great man; The true loss of a great talent, Alan Rickman. https://t.co/NATPuGFDMI

 

 

 

I just updated my Father Brown fan fiction story; Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. by Rithebard – Father Inspector SullivanBrown (2013) http://archiveofourown.org/works/4561179 

 

 

 

 

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I now have three books to promote so I am very happy to let you know that I will be on some panels next year at Condor!  So keep an eye on this page, and my new website for any updates. on Feb 26-28th http://www.condorcon.org/

 

I will be going to the Global Influence Summit on Feb 19th it’s taking place in San Diego its at the Wyndham Bayside from February 18th and the 19th, 2016. http://www.globalinfluencesummit.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Some Great Stuff Coming Up!

schrift 2_whiteBGI have some amazing interviews coming and events coming up. I am really excited about them. As I get them all firmed up I will tell you but just keep your ears peeled.

 

 

 

1002471_600038430030157_1318259393_nI am very excited to be taking part in the Conchord 25 on October 18th to 20th 2013.  It will be at the Town and Country Resort. I will have a table for my book Fantasy Time Inc. I will also be taking part in my very first panel. Kind of cool, huh ? As soon as I get more info I will let you know. http://2013.conjecture.org/

 

 

 

My guest this week was the poet G.P.A!  We had such a good time talking about books and inspiration. He is a very interesting magreatest poet book covern gpaand his poems are very sensuous. I highly recommend them and if your in the area to see him perform. Listen to this fun and informative man; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2013/08/27/chatting-with-sherri  Here is his contact info; https://www.facebook.com/pages/GPA-Greatest-Poet-Alive-Livingston/171281820040?hc_location=stream  http://www.reverbnation.com/gpagreatestpoetalive

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Our  guest is Charmaine - womanition photo (2)Charmaine Hammond, MA, BA, author of best-selling book, On Toby’s Terms, is now in developmenGPS_COVER10 (2)t for a major motion picture! She will  chat about her latest books; GPS Your Best Life- Charting Your Destination and Be a buddy not a bully.  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2013/09/03/chatting-with-sherri I had a wonderful time with Charmaine Hammond on her amazing Blogtalk radio show;   Your Book As a Business. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/your-book-as-a-business/2013/05/29/guest-sherri-rabinowi

 

The_Ghost_cover (2)This is a cover for my original fan fiction story, The Ghost. In this unorthodox ‘ghost’ story, two unlikely and endearing people meet and form a bond while trying to resolve an old wrong and get the justice that is deserved. A  one-of-a-kind love story!  http://xenafiction.net/scrolls/ri_g.html

 

 

This is the Original Cover for my fan fictions series, Murder Inc. before the changes to make it into a published novel.

Alex Bennett led a double life. She was known the world over as the highly successful founder of a toy software murder inc from face bookcompany. But she was also the head of the infamous Murder Inc. A situation she didn’t want but felt an obligation to fulfill until she met the lovely Patty Darcy and suddenly she wanted to just be the head of Toys Inc. Now she had something to fight for. Will the love of this sweet woman help her get out from under the weight of family obligations? Will she be able to share the kind of life with Patty that she wants?  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/murder-inc-ri/1007817033?ean=9781598002829&itm=1&usri=9781598002829

This week I am bringing back my popular author interview section of my blog. So I would like to introduce our guest this week; danDan Baron is a My Human Compassion (MHC) Baron experience;

What was the first book you remember loving? Do you still own it?

This is one of the best simple self-help books on the market. I am proud that my book also does a really good job of presenting self-help in any easy to understand manner
The Little Prince
Book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Published: 1943
I don’t own it because I sold or gave away all my belongings in April 2011 and haws what I own in one backpack I still live like that today
 What kind of books do you like to read? Do those books have an effect on your own writing?
I love self-help books and those with a spiritual journey to truths enlightenment social activism and charity / making the works around us a better place through a blend of psychology spirituality philosophy science & metaphysics – where these intersect humanity is born.
I love courageous truthful real life stories! Malala is a great example of this / she is a true hero shot because she needs education survives and recently gave a compelling speech at the UN.  I am a self-proclaimed humanitarian commuted to healing humanity.
 Do you remember what is the first book that touched you deeply?
The little prince how he was able to travel all alone to the different planets and learn a new moral lesson on each planet. These types of books teach morality and how to live a well centered life.
Into the wild touches me deeply because I did a similar journey opening myself to the universe and travel – what touched me about the book is that he never got to write his own book and that the scene where he is looking at all the people in a bar laughing and with friends and he looked homeless & was rained on – the lead character was really smart graduating from Emory university in Atlanta and could have been one of those people in the bar with the suite on laughing and having a good time – he realized that he wasn’t able to get Back to that kind of living and how true happiness is time with others – he reflected on his choice to be free in the universe yet missed his old preset life.  I wish he hadn’t died in the school bus in Alaska – I wish he could of written his own book.
 Is there an era of writing that affects you? 1920, 1800’s so forth?
I feel that all areas of writing are good – all generations and tones bring a unique story to us.  Each generation is a building Bligh to the next -each writing is like a puzzle peace it builds on top of the other
 Where do you like to write? Is there a favorite nook or corner?
I like wherever there is a computer or voice recorder – it’s crucial to record the moment when important information cones in immediately or I will forget it
  Do you prefer one genre to another?
I like adventure personal transformation and courage in overcoming adversity.  I cheer for the underdog and hope they can find their dreams live their dreams & take actin on those dreams
  Do you like the feel of a book in your hands or do prefer an electronic device?
I like both options. I like any book that had pages with meaning and keeps me interested
 Can you tell us about what your working on now?
I am promoting my book and looking to do it with low cost methods such as promoting tweets promoting Facebook posts & optimizing my amazon page to be the best at others finding it and reviewing it.dans book

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New events and challenges ahead

pic with bookI have new events and challenges ahead! I am really excited about it. There are several other things I am working on but this is a great start! I am very excited that it in just five days I will be interviewed by the wonderful Charmaine Hammond on her amazing Blogtalk radio show; Your Book As a Business.  I will be on the show on  May 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm PST. We will talk about my own show Chatting With Sherri and why I do it. We will also chat about  my own writing including my novels Murder Inc. and Fantasy Time Inc. The link to the show is: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/your-book-as-a-business/2013/05/29/guest-sherri-rabinowi   schrift 3. red whiteBG

I started a new meet up in my area called The La Mesa Creative Types; I decided that I would like to invent a creative circle to encourage and help each other to promote our talents. My first meet up is in June, I thought it would be a great way to make friends in the area and to encourage talent. http://www.meetup.com/La-Mesa-Creative-Types/  

schrift 2_whiteBGI will also be attending the San Diego Book Awards 2013 which will give me a great chance to meet other writers and to sell my books. I am very excited by the opportunity. It will be on Saturday, 22 June 2013.  Here are the details;  6-7 pm: hors d’oeuvres buffet, 7-9 pm: ceremony, 9-10 pm: dessert and door prizes
Before and after the ceremony, authors will be displaying and selling their books.  Tickets: $29 per person, you can contact them at; www.sdbookawards.com

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I had a lot of fun with Harriet Schultz chatting about  her novels; LEGACY OF THE HIGHLANDS and A LEGACY harriet schultzOF REVENGE. She spent almost 30 years as a journalist first at Harper’s and TIME magazines, then Stanford University and, finally, as a reporter at a small newspaper where her work was honored with an award from the New England Press Association. please listen in to our wonderful chat; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2013/05/21/chatting-with-sherri 

 

Join my guests Lynne and Valerie Constantine who wrote the novel; Circle Dance to pass on to their children the traditions and cdcover (2)EPSON scanner imageexperiences unique to them as second generation Greek Americans. Circle Dance is a story of a prosperous Greek American family, sisters Nicole and Theodora have achieved the perfect balance between the old world rich in Greek tradition and the freedom of life in America. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2013/05/28/chatting-with-sherri

 

 

I am working on the  new issue of Sherri’s Jewel Box as we speak. It is going to be called jewel_3Spring and Hope. I felt during this time of tragedy and unrest we need to have something with hope and beauty in it.  We will have talented artist like; Nathalie Leseine, Hannah Pazderka and the talented people at The Fusion Glass Company here in San Diego. I was inspired to create this issue after all the tragedy our country has been through of late.  It will be a new and exciting issue. A chance to feel happy and renewed.  Here is the link to the current issue to whet your appetite; http://sherrisjewelbox.weebly.com/ 

And this is really special and exciting to me, a friend and a fellow writer asked me to write an endorsement for his book. It is the first Final From I to A185624_104565166293435_2249325_ntime I have had such an honor. So my endorsement will be seen in Reza Mashayekhi’s touching book; From Iran to America about moving to the US, his love for our country,his own love story  and his difficult transition.

 

 

 

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Reviewing With Kindness

One of the things I really enjoy about Goodreads beside getting to know other readers and writers are the reviews.  I enjoy schrift-3.-redreading reviews and writing them. I just prefer to be honest but kind.  Reviewing with kindness. I don’t think having the ability to review another writer is an excuse to rip someone to shreds. I understand that you might find fault with another persons writing and I appreciate constructive criticism but tearing someone apart personally is beyond me. So you will not find that in my reviews, even the books I am not crazy about I am fair about. I just write that it is not my cup of tea but not that it is a waste of paper or some other charming statement. I have had that review on Amazon and I can tell you as a writer that hurts. I know that my writing is not perfect but to say that is just mean. To read my reviews please follow this link;   http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/4214079-sherri-rabinowitz?shelf=read

I also would like to address the general meanness on the net. This has nothing to do with me but just the general population. I cschrift 2_whiteBGan’t even read comments anymore. I will read an interview or a news story and people are just cruel not only about the article but to each other.  It happens on Facebook too, I have read a comment a famous person writes on Facebook and the followers will start to tear into each other. The person will ask that they stop doing that and sometimes they have to go so far as to remove the link, just because you’re sitting alone in your room writing on your computer does not give you the entitlement to be so wicked. I simply can’t understand it and won’t take part in it. I have had people try to do that with me but I will simply leave the discussion.  To quote a saying from the 80’s; Just Say No… To Cruelty.

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Please join oharriet schultzur guest Harriet Schultz to talk about her novels; LEGACY OF THE HIGHLANDS and A LEGACY OF REVENGE  which are very popular. She spent almost 30 years as a journalist first at Harper’s and TIME magazines, then Stanford University and, finally, as a reporter at a small newspaper where her work was honored with an award from the New England Press Association. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2013/05/21/chatting-with-sherri

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My guest Tuesday was Tom Ufert author of the memoir; Adversity Builds Character.  We had a wonderful discussion of how Tom overcame adversity to advocate for others with passion and kindness.  Please listen to this wonderful chat at;  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2013/05/14/chatting-with-sherri  Tom has been very supportive and I am very excited to have him on the show. He recently took part in my Sherri’s Second Blog Book Fair  http://wp.me/p2LjpY-9

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It is just twauthoro weeks till my interview with the wonderful Charmaine Hammond on her amazing Blogtalk radio show; Your Book As a Business.  I will be on the show on  May 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm PST. We will talk about my own show Chatting With Sherri and why I do it. We will also chat about  my own writing. The link to the show is: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/your-book-as-a-business/2013/05/29/guest-sherri-rabinowi

 

 

thin manI love classic movies and I just had to get it off my chest about remakes. The classic The Thin Man series should be enjoyed as it is. There was a charm in it that even the talented Johnny Depp can’t touch. Please read my views in No One Else Can Do Justice To The Thin Man Series http://wp.me/p2MXCg-19  via @wordpressdotcom

 

 

 

We will have a new issue of Sherri’s Jewel Box very soon. We will have talented artist like; Nathalie Leseine, Hannah Pazderka and jewel_3the talented people at The Fusion Glass Company here in San Diego. My issue this month will be all about the spring and hope it brings. I was inspired to create after all the tragedy our country has been through of late.  It will be a new and exciting issue.  Here is the link to the current issue to whet your appetite; http://sherrisjewelbox.weebly.com/

 

 

 

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Distractions…To my Life and in the World

I have been working very diligently on a new short story, I finally finished editing and I sent it off to get it double checked. You can schrift 3. red whiteBGsee some of my short stories here; http://xenafiction.net/Ri/Ri.cfm .  I also finished another two chapters in my novel and a whole section of my memoir. I am determined there will be no place to nick-pick on my next publications so I am working really hard to make them as smooth as I can. I have been working on two articles and my other blogs.  You will be able to check out everything when they are done on my website; http://www.rithebard.com/default.html. 

To say I have been distracted of late would be an understatement. So much has been going on in the world and in my own life that it makes it very hard to concentrate on my own work. I do my own stuff everyday but I do end up getting sucked into the news a lot, of late. It is not shocking when it comes to the horrors that have been happening lately. No one is immune unless they have their schrift 2_whiteBGhead stuck in the sand or they just don’t care about anyone other then their own lives. I am not like that, I care so I watch. Also I have had  few hiccups in my own life. The latest was painful at the time but it is a bit comical now, I sprained my ankle and don’t know how I did it. Then I was healing nicely and banged my toe against the wall. Which hurt like hell and I had to start the healing process all over again. This has distracted me not only about my writing but I have not gone to the gym or really left the apartment except to take out the trash. This weekend I am finally healed so I am able to go out and about to new adventures this weekend. Thank heaven.  🙂

My guest this  coming week will be Tom Ufert author of the memoir; Adversity Builds Character.  “Fearing arrest or an accident I was anxious to return to my parked car and head home. The next moment would change my life forever.”16076228  6551762http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2013/05/14/chatting-with-sherri  Tom has been very supportive and I am very excited to have him on the show. He recently took part in my Sherri’s Second Blog Book Fair  http://wp.me/p2LjpY-98 where not only could you find his book but he took part in my autograph party and  the Q&A.  So I think it will be great fun not only for me but for all my friends and readers to get to know this kind, bright and talented man!

Are you searching for your American dream? My guest on Tuesday was Educator Sandra Bornstein; author of “May This Be TBook Cover Front Only (2)he Sandy-_Mtn_PortraitBest Year of Your Live”; thought she had hers in Colorado. She told the wonderful tale about her life in India and how she had to get over her culture shock and learn to appreciate and even love her new surrounding in India   http://tobtr.com/s/4667063.  She has a lot more info on her book on her website;  www.sandrabornstein.com and her book can found at; http://www.amazon.com/This-Best-Year-Your-Life/dp/1478198052

 

I am really excpic with bookited to talk to Charmaine Hammond on her amazing Blogtalk radio show; Your Book As a Business.  I will be on the show on  May 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm PST. We will talk about my own show Chatting With Sherri and why I do it. We will also chat about  my own writing. The link to the show is: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/your-book-as-a-business/2013/05/29/guest-sherri-rabinowi

We will have a new issue of Sherri’s Jewel Box very soon. It will be a new and exciting issue. With great new interviews and beautiful jewel_3pieces. I will have new articles with new contributors and new features.I think you will find it exciting. 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/

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All Kinds of Interviews…

schrift 2_whiteBGI 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-rabinowitzschrift 3. red whiteBG

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

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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

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chipI 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

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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!

IMG_20121021_205528 (2)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?genesis_po_by_zephyri-d628d1h (2)

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…

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