Interviews - The 411
Interview Questions (from Word Spelunking)
What three words best describe The Magic Shop?
Unexpected, adventurous, Page-turner.
Can you give us your best one sentence pitch to convince readers, especially reluctant readers, to give The Magic Shop a try?
Grab a copy of The Magic Shop and answer the following:
What inspired The Magic Shop? How did the story come to be?
One night, I was watching an episode of Fringe (a good Sci-Fi show), and I was thinking about twisting a sci-fi theme and turning it fantasy. There was a great scene about a pawnshop, and a universal soldier entering and asking the shopkeeper for “the back room.” For whatever reason, that stuck with me. So, I wrote a scene about a young boy that had to miss out on an afternoon of Basketball (my favorite sport) because he had to watch his grandparent’s shop. As he was sulking, a stranger comes in, and asks for “the back room.” They have a strange interaction, and Marcus discovers that there is a shop within the shop, filled with real magical items. Although he did it with good intentions, Marcus sells something that he wasn’t supposed to and thus commences a crazy adventure to set things right in a world he never knew existed.
Who is your favorite character in The Magic Shop? What do you love about him/her?
Can you tell us a bit about the actual magic shop in The Magic Shop? What makes this place unique?
Well, they live in The Magic Shop, for starters, and there are so many secrets right under their nose. Also, it’s a humble little family shop juxtaposed against a glitz and glam Magic Shop down the street.
If you could possess one magical power or enchantment/spell, what would it be and how would you use it?
What has been the most rewarding aspect of being an author?
I think it’s the over-thought, or subliminal thinking that is happening when you are writing (or not writing). You can be totally stuck on the conscious level, but in the subconscious, the brain is still plugging along. It’s amazing when you just write, and then suddenly realize how everything connects in such a special way.
Fill in the blanks:
- I’m really awesome at_ foosball__.
- I’m really embarrassed to admit that__ I fell off a stage once__.
- The last great book I read was_ Larry Correia’s, Monster Hunter International__.
If you were to create and bake a cupcake inspired by The Magic Shop, what would it look and taste like, and what would you call it?
It would look like Phoenix droppings. I’d call it Uribrim, and it would taste like licorice. (This will make sense if you read the book!!)
Interview Questions (from The Cult of Me)
What first inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always enjoyed writing. If I had to pin it down to one thing, it would probably be my mother. In our younger years, she was the type that would give us a treat if we memorized a poem and things like that. She always enjoyed good books, and I think she instilled that in us. My grandmother (mother’s mom) had also done some writing. So, that probably influenced me as well.
If you could spend a day with anyone from history, who would it be and why?
This is a tough one. Perhaps my grandmother, Sybil, who recently passed away. Why? Well, she wrote a short book called “Toronto Teddy,” and no one can find it. Having written a book, and knowing what goes into it, I felt an absolute loss; an additional loss, upon learning that the manuscript had disappeared. I’d spend time with her, talk with her, and secure a copy to make sure it got published.
Are you a planner? Or do you prefer to dive straight into writing?
I’m a hybrid. My impulse is to dive straight in. I have more success, however, when I resist that urge, and think things through a little bit before I go crazy.
What is your favorite word?
I’ve been saying, “bugger” a lot lately – don’t know why 🙂
What is the best writing tip you have ever been told?
“Write what you see.” I believe that’s from Stephen King’s, “On Writing;” at least the audiobook version. So, yeah, he literally told me that.
What is the last book you read?
Monster Hunter International, by Larry Correia. His books are fantastic. By the way, he’s also a great speaker. I’ve seen him at a couple of writing conferences.
Interview Questions (from Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile)
Lightning round! Please fill in the blanks:
- If I had to choose one word to describe myself, it would be _Jokester_____.
- My favorite color is _Green______.
- I’d describe my “currently reading” bookshelf as _Too many books, too little time_____.
- If I could only read one genre it would be ___Urban Fantasy_____.
What is it that draws you to writing Fantasy?
The sense of wonder. The ability to escape from reality for a while, and live on another world, by other rules. I’ve always been an imaginative person, and I just love diving into other people’s creative worlds, and getting lost for a while.
Are there any books that you'd recommend right now?
Sure, a bunch. I’m usually reading 3-5 books at a time, in little sips. Currently, I’m reading Larry Correia’s, Monster Hunter International. Great read. Also, James Dashner’s Eye of the Minds. There’s also The End Games, Partials, Nightingale, and Wool. I’m enjoying them all.
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When Marcus and Ellie tend the family Magic Shop, they discover family secrets, and enter a dangerous realm to undo a mistake they made.