Please welcome Edge to When Angels Fly.
Please introduce yourself to those reading this blog post.
I grew up in British Columbia and now live on the island of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Canada. I’ve authored four novels, Legacy of Seconds, Time Sneak: Emergence, Odin’s Tillit, and Terraform Charlie. My WIP is War of the Scavengers. My passions include hiking, kayaking, fitness, landscaping, and, of course, writing! I love, Love, LOVE, the great outdoors. Mother Nature always finds her way into all my books, which makes sense, for she is forever in my heart.
Has writing always been part of your life and when did you “know” that it was time to start writing your first book?
A dream inspired me to write. It was sixteen years ago, and I had such a powerful dream of a hostile encounter between small humans and a giant, that it inspired me to write a story (Terraform Charlie) around it. Coincidentally, a dream also prompted me to write Odin’s Tillit.
How difficult was it writing your first book?
Terraform Charlie felt inspired; many times, it seemed to be writing itself. I think my daemon (inner Muse) always wanted me to be a writer. Writing brings me peace, editing tears me to pieces.
Have you ever wanted to give up and what stopped you?
Many years passed between writing Terraform Charlie and my next book, Legacy of Seconds. Sales of the latter were poor, and I begin to wonder if I had a good book in me. Fortunately, I had a much bigger – and positive – response from my self-published book, Time Sneak: Emergence. I don’t know if one can be a self-introspective person and a creative/writer without having some self-doubt. The important thing is to push through it. Better days, and better books (including my recently released, Odin’s Tillit) are to come. Interestingly, I wrote Legacy of Seconds as a prequel to Terraform Charlie, and it ended up coming out years before Terraform Charlie.
Note: Prequels are extremely difficult to write. Avoid, like the plague!
Who is the most supportive of you and your dream to be a writer?
From the very start, my dear friend Anastasia, has been stellar. She continues to amaze me with her steadfast support.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
If the characters from my books live on in your world, irrespective of book sales and accolades, I have achieved success, Additionally, I want to thank all those people who have taken a chance on my work.
What is the best advice given to you (book or otherwise), and by whom?
Follow your passion. It is as simple as that.
What is your target audience and what aspect of your writing do you feel targets that audience?
As my books are multi-genre, they should appeal to anyone from 16 to 160 (young adult to cryogenically frozen head). I try to weave some humour and philosophy, and even some mythology, into my books. So, whether the book is sci-fi, or supernatural mystery thriller, there will be something in there for every booklover.
Did the cover evolve the same way, or did you work with someone to make it come together for you?
With respect to Odin’s Tillit, there are two covers. The one for the eBook and paperback was provided by the publisher. The cover for the hardcover was a collaborative process between a graphic designer and myself. I much prefer the hardcover to the paperback, but the industry trend is toward simple covers, so that’s why I elected to use the blue cover for the more popular mediums.
What are you working on now? Can we get a peek, an excerpt?
My WIP is War of the Scavengers. It follows the life of Parn, and, like Terraform Charlie, is based on the earth-like, Nova Terra. War of the Scavengers can be thought of as Jason and the Argonauts meets the Road Warrior, only add a dash of Avatar, and a pinch of Planet of the Apes.
Unedited excerpt from the start:
“With the last of his leather, Parn lashed his reed raft together. Four months earlier, a boat held him, his older brother Jules, his younger sister, Tam, his aunt Clothia, and the family dog, Smoke.
Parn placed a token of remembrance for each in a small basket and used the excess from his belt to pin it to the mast. If he ever ate enough again to add girth to his seven-foot-seven, two-hundred-and-forty-pound frame, he would get a new belt. At seventeen, he still had a lot of growing to do, if he lived.”
Any last words before we wrap things up?
Deeply appreciate Mary (a creative juggernaut in her own right) for providing the opportunity to share some of my world, and worlds, with you, beloved reader.
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