Interviews from the Void: Episode #28 – Logan Hannen

Highlights A different approach to editing and outlining which allows our characters more freedom. Watches can tell us much more than just what time it is. Why word count is not the most important parameter of your story. I wrote an entire draft that I also trashed because it failed to adequately do what I knew it wanted to do. Welcome to the twenty eighth episode of Interviews from the Void, where I interview writers about their writing process, discussing the mechanics and physicality of the craft. In this episode, I chat with writer Logan Hannen. From Logan’s book, THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW: I remember feeling like I was handcuffed to a tree, but the tree was made of fog and it was starting to swallow me whole. I couldn’t place where I was, or why I was wearing that horribly unfashionable lab coat, or why…anything. Arthur: Your book, THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW, was a wonderful story with an incredible premise: a doctor mirroring the symptoms of his patients. Can you tell me more about the writing process for this book? Where did the inspiration come from? Are there any real-life experiences of your own which fit into certain scenes? Logan: Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed it! This book was one I started my junior year of college after having written another book that was, frankly, kind of awful. It started as a simple premise that I ended up turning into this overly[…] [Keep Reading]

Interviews from the Void: Episode #27 – Michael Hill

Highlights Why writing outside our genre is essential to honing our writing skills. How screenwriting and short stories can have a positive impact on our writing abilities. More editing resources for writers. It forces me to explore styles and genres I might otherwise have avoided. It’s a terrific way to hone your skills. Welcome to the twenty seventh episode of Interviews from the Void, where I interview writers about their writing process, discussing the mechanics and physicality of the craft. In this episode, I chat with writer Michael Hill about his wide writing experience and editing resources. Arthur: Tell me about your writing journey. When did you start writing and how did you get to where you are today? Are there successes and failures you learned from? How did you – and how do you continue – to hone your writing craft? MKH: I’ve been writing most of my life. I wrote my first story, The Bug, complete with stapled pages and an illustrated cover when I was eight years old. Recently I shared a photo of it on my Twitter account, making a joke that I’ve been in the self-publishing game since 1975. However, I didn’t get serious about writing until high school. I took a creative writing class which required a new story every week. I was turning in a story a day. My teacher, Louise DiMeo, was terrific and encouraged my enthusiasm. I sometimes submitted stories written on napkins because an idea hit me at lunch and I[…] [Keep Reading]

Interviews from the Void: Episode #26 – Dave Wickenden

Highlights Tips for helping writers promote their work. Performing research for our stories and how our life experiences inspire our writing. Specific tools that read our writing to us to assist writers in the editing process. I rewrote my first novel five times before it was good enough to be published. Welcome to the twenty sixth episode of Interviews from the Void, where I interview writers about their writing process, discussing the mechanics and physicality of the craft. In this episode, I chat with thriller writer Dave Wickenden about his writing and how his life experiences influence his stories. Arthur: Tell me about your writing journey. When did you first start writing? Dave: I had tried numerous times during my life to write a novel, but life always took over. In 2014, I was on vacation at camp and started writing a story that had been on the burner for a couple years. After returning to work, I realized what I really wanted to do and very soon after that, put in for my retirement. I’ve been writing full time since. Arthur: You have a great variety of life experiences. How do these experiences integrate with your stories? Dave: Having been a first responder, I have experienced PTSD and this is reflected in my first novel. I also have some investigation training which also helped; at least pointed me in the right direction for the information I needed to create authentic stories. During the latter years of my career, I ended[…] [Keep Reading]

Interviews from the Void: Episode #25 – S. P. Stevens

Highlights Describing the use of magic and point of view in the fantasy genre. Worldbuilding, creating maps, and immersing ourselves in our own universes. Creating a world where our readers feel the emotion of our characters. “Things” are not important, compared to your health, and ultimately your life. Welcome to the twenty-fifth episode of Interviews from the Void, where I interview writers about their writing process, discussing the mechanics and physicality of the craft. In this episode, I chat with writer S. P. Stevens about the world of his fantasy stories. Arthur: I really enjoyed your flash fiction piece, A LADY CALLS. What inspired you to write it? Stevens: This piece was inspired by Hurricane Irma (Summer 2017), and by Mother Nature. I’m a visual person and images of people fleeing for their lives really got to me. When a disaster strikes, there comes a point of decision, whether to stay put, or get out – I thought I would explore this idea, and the human instinct to protect your possessions. The moral of the story, if there is one, is that ‘things’ are not important, compared to your health, and ultimately your life. It’s also worth noting that this planet can be quite a beast. Arthur: Tell me more about your upcoming book, RANKERS CHARGE (coming out August 1st, 2018). Did you self-publish it, or publish it traditionally? What lessons did you learn? What do you know now that you wish you knew before you started writing it? Stevens: RANKER’S CHARGE:[…] [Keep Reading]