27 October: My first video interview was with longtime friend and entrepreneur Randy Hilarski. Check it out here.

I’ll post a couple questions and answers from various interviews here, but you’ll have to go to their sites to see the rest.

12 September for
This was a different interview from the others. I got to talk more about fantasy as a genre instead of writing and publishing in general. Read the interview here.

 Q. How did you develop the magic system in “The Widow’s Warning”?

I started with a simple idea that I didn’t want a magical system that was so complicated that it needed to explain every action of every magical character as it was happening. I also didn’t want to make some rule that I had to contradict or write my way out of later.

In this world where magic is all but forgotten, I’ve started with Prophets, their Guards, a Hunter, and an unknown cursed girl whose ability is a mystery. With magic based on trade, it allows me to write a story that develops at its own pace, and those trades are easy to understand and add to later. I don’t have to explain too many rules, and readers can spend more time with the characters and their struggles.

25 August with Ingrid Hall
Read the rest of the interview here.

Q. What inspired you to write your first book?

I think the idea itself was enough to get me started. Writing was always on the wish list, but I think it took a while for me to get creative after joining the Navy and going through the training I needed. When the first idea came, I decided to see if I could do it. I could, but it was pretty darn bad.

Q. What advice would you give your 18 year old self?

Save your freaking money and listen to your parents. They’re always right.

13 August with Valeri Beers

Read the rest of the interview here.

Q. Did you find it difficult to write a female lead character (being a male)?

I did, and I still do. I never planned on a female protagonist and a collection of strong women in the first two books, so I’m testing the limits on what I can write. I want to be believable, but there are some subjects and situations I know I wouldn’t do well right now. It’s a great challenge.

Q. Any last plug?

Take a tour of Bangor with my dad, Stu Tinker, at SK tours of Maine. I plan to do it when I come home at Thanksgiving. People come from all over the world to see the Bangor written in Stephen King’s books, and anyone who likes his books can have a real treat by seeing their own city in a different light.

Seriously, do it.

22 July
Here are just a couple of the great questions from Ky Grabowski.
Read the rest of our interview here.

Q: What makes you the person you are?

Patience and an absurdly positive attitude.

I’ve found out the hard way that good things happen when you let them. If something needs to be forced, or chased down, or muscled into place, it’ll almost always turn out negative in the end.

I’m not saying that good things don’t take a lot of hard work, because they do, but relax and steadily work towards your goals. The right opportunities, the right choices, and the right people will show up in your life if you let them.

Q: If you spend the rest of your life in a novel or novel series, what novel would it be and why?

Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series. It’s light, fun, and all about good books.

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, or his Long Earth would also make a great adventure.

Upcoming interviews
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