Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m the pen name of two Discord-addicted writers who embarked on a covid-fueled collaboration in 2020. During that time, in a haze of caffeine and pretzels, I have written 5 books, a novella and a novelette and am currently working on a 6th novel. There may also be a short story or two. Honestly, I can’t remember…
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Mindstorm: A Young Adult Psychic Superhero Novel (His Storm Blows Out the Light Book 1). It was inspired by a particularly spicy vindaloo and a periodically malfunctioning hard disk. It’s the story of a team of psychic children who find each other as the world ends around them. And really, it’s up to them to save it despite some pretty evil organizations doing their best to stop them. It’s mostly inspired by Sir David Attenborough documentaries.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Since I inhabit two time zones simultaneously (by virtue of being composed of two separate writers, one formerly in Europe and one in Japan) I have the habit of writing pretty much around the clock. This makes for good progress but poor dinner party conversation.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I was once influenced by Tolstoy novel–I tripped over a copy of War and Peace and landed face-first in the fantasy and science fiction section thus starting a life-long love affair which has not dulled. I do love me some Tolkien and I am also partial to Edmund Cooper.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on a prequel to my 10 book science fiction series, Zero-Point Awakening called Wunderkind. I am also working on completing book 5 in that series. Book 1, Splice is available at Amazon and book 2, Shadow War is available for pre-order on Amazon.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
The best method we have is our mailing list. We are able to directly communicate with our readers (which is amazing) and keep in touch and up to date with the latest from them.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write a lot. When you’ve written a lot, write more because that wasn’t really a lot. When you are finished that, write more. Then find a good critique group and be nice to them. Also, set up a mailing list.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t sweat the small stuff is a solid piece of advice. Also, don’t lick the yellow snow comes in a close second. Both are important. You cannot stack rank these.
What are you reading now?
I am currently reading Quantum by Patricia Cornwell and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (for a little light after-dinner reading). I am also reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
What’s next for you as a writer?
There is more writing in my future. And some editing. We are really looking forward to seeing the reader response for Mindstorm.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Hollow, waterproof books that could be strung together with coconut fiber into a raft. If those were not available, I would probably be happy with a copy of Magician by Raymond Feist or a copy of Splice (my first book). That may sound a bit shallow but I really enjoy Splice and it can get quite monotonous on a desert island.