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Blog Tour: ‘To Dream The Blackbane’ by Richard J. O’Brien


Congratulations to author Richard J. O’Brien, on the release of his latest novel, To Dream the Blackbane!

TDTB Book CoverTo Dream the Blackbane

Publication Date: December 29th, 2018

Genre: Fantasy/ Urban Fantasy

A cosmic event in 2015 fused Earth with the faerie realm. Scientists referred to the event as The Anomaly. A byproduct of The Anomaly was the advent of hybrid beings—people who became mixed with whatever animal or object was closest to them the moment the event occurred. Humans, or pedigrees, soon relegated fairy refugees and hybrids into ghetto zones in large cities.

Seventy years later, Wolfgang Rex, a second-generation hybrid—part human, part Rhodesian Ridgeback—is a retired police detective who runs a private investigation business in Chicago’s Southside. It’s a one-hybrid show; though Rex couldn’t survive without his assistant, the faerie Sally Sandweb.

One night, two vampires visit Rex and offer him a substantial reward for the recovery of a stolen scroll. Later that same evening, Charlotte Sweeney-Jarhadill, a pedigree woman from Louisiana, visits Rex and hires him to exorcize the headless ghost of a Confederate soldier from her home.

To complicate matters, the private detective ends up falling for Charlotte. Meanwhile, the vampires demand results in the search for the missing scroll. When Rex’s assistant Sally goes missing, he must stay alive long enough to find her. Charlotte and the vampires, however, have other plans for Rex.

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My name is Wolfgang Rex. I am a private detective. Once upon a time I’d been a police lieutenant. After twenty-five years of service to the city of Chicago, I retired in 2063 and opened up Chi-town Detectives, a private investigation firm.

I’m what they call in the medical books a second-generation Anomalous cross-breed. My father was a cop like me. One night he was out walking his dog, a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Rex. My mother hated that dog. After she died I learned that she had always wished that Rex would meet some unfortunate demise. She got her wish on the night of The Anomaly. My father came home from his walk without the dog—in a manner of speaking. For lack of a better term, he and the dog had fused. And the result was a humanoid—with a hairy body, a tail, and the head of his old dog Rex. My mother was horrified, but my parents were both Catholic. So they stuck it out. I was born in the tenth year of The Anomaly. When I was a kid, my mother used to read me fairy tales. She died before I finished high school. So it goes, like Kurt Vonnegut once wrote. I turned out to be the spitting image of my father post-Anomaly. I lucked out with being born without a tail. My father had somehow managed to keep his human vocal cords. My face was less hairy than his, but our snouts were nearly identical.

Learning to speak with a dog’s mouth was tricky when I was coming up, but I eventually got the hang of it. And thank Christ I’d been born with opposable thumbs; otherwise, I would’ve starved to death a long time ago. Still, given that many people melded with inanimate objects—much like that poor bastard who became a stone gargoyle—I constantly considered myself lucky. My father cursed his lot for the rest of his life. Some people, like my old man, never learned to adjust.

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Richard J. O’Brien is a graduate of the Fairleigh Dickinson University MFA in Creative Writing Program. Richard’s novels include Under the Bronze Moon, Infestation, and The Garden of Fragile Things. His short stories have appeared in The Del Sol Review, Duende, Pulp Literature, The Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review, Weirdbook, and other magazines. Richard lives in New Jersey, where he teaches at Rowan College at Gloucester County and Stockton University.

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Jan 7th

Reads & Reels (Excerpt) http://www.readsandreels.com

Life at 17 (Review) https://lifeat17.wordpress.com/

Tranquil Dreams (Excerpt) https://klling.wordpress.com/

The Invisible Moth (Review) https://daleydowning.wordpress.com/

Jan. 8th

On the Shelf Book Reviews (Excerpt) https://ontheshelfreviews.wordpress.com

Jessica Rachow (Review) http://jessicarachow.wordpress.com

Your Books, My Reviews (Review) https://yourbooksmyreview.wordpress.com

Jan. 9th

I Smell Sheep (Excerpt) http://www.ismellsheep.com/

The Voluptuous Book Diva (Excerpt) http://www.thevoluptuousbookdiva.com/

Rockabilly Spoonie (Interview) https://lauramorningstar.com

Splashes into Books (Excerpt) https://splashesintobooks.wordpress.com/

Jan. 10th

Anthony Avina (Excerpt) http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

The Bookworm Drinketh (Review) http://thebookwormdrinketh.wordpress.com/

The Return Cart (Review) http://thereturncart.com/

Didi Oviatt (Excerpt) https://didioviatt.wordpress.com

Jan 11th

Reading Nook (Excerpt) https://readingnook84.wordpress.com

Cats Love Coffee Book Reviews (Review) https://catsluvcoffeez.blogspot.com

Bronder Book Reviews (Review) https://jbronderbookreviews.com/

Sammie Reads (Review) https://sammiereadsbook.wordpress.com

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Book Review: ‘Wildcat’ by JP Harker

Title: Wildcat (Caledon Book 1)

Published: 5th September 2016

Author: JP Harker

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Rhianwyn of the Caderyn is conflicted about giving up a warrior’s life to become a wife and mother, but her love for her new husband is enough to at least make her consider it. However, with the conquering Gaians moving ever closer to her homeland a peaceful life may no longer be an option, for Rhia or for any of her people. With rival tribes, old suitors, and the dangerous General Lepidus to contend with, Rhia soon finds her new family in unprecedented danger, and her choices now must be about more than just herself…

Wildcat takes place in a fantasy land inspired by Iron Age Britain and follows Rhianwyn’s story as she encounters a civilisation unlike any she could imagine, and is constantly forced to learn and adapt through trial after deadly trial.



Review might be late but this still goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book set in an era you would love to see. To observe only though as I think it would be a bit intense to be involved when the battles start up.

This seems to be a book of many parts following the journey, happy and sad in equal measure, of our warrior Rhia of Caderyn. We start almost as we mean to go on with a battle taking place between her people and the Gorvic. A battle won would put anyone in a good mood and as a result it seems that her father sees fit to declare that Bevan can have her hand in marriage. The gods that have spoken and the druids say it is a good match but have they really understood what the gods were saying in the first place? From what happens next maybe not. It seems that this first love was always fated to perish.

The Gorvic are on the rise again but this time they have brought the Gaians with them – much more specialist fighters. As a result the outcome is not what they would have hoped for. It seems Gaians have a way of making a clan crumble to almost nothing before making a deal to create a harmony of sorts – one that always seems to be in their favour. A treaty is signed and with it Rhia and her sister Gwen are sent off to live with the enemy by marring two of the rulers sons. With everything that has happened to Rhia – battle lost, Bevan’s death, and being attacked – she is almost just a shell of her former warrior self. This new husband of hers, Marius, is in for a bit of a struggle with his new bride.

Living with the enemy for many years you can see how Rhia would get lost in their ways and almost forget who she really is. A shock reminder of this and how Gaians see her people soon starts to put things in perspective. She hasn’t just got herself to worry about though. Along with wanting to protect her son she also has her sister Gwen to think about. She can tell that she is scared and you get the clear impression that it might be from her own husband. There is something not quite right about him. Whether he really is mad or just being manipulated by others remains to be seen but one thing is for sure, another battle is on the horizon and this time spells and sorcery are playing a part. Can Rhia and Marius bring the other tribes and warriors together to fight what’s coming?

Warriors are good but the Gadarim elite are better. The gods watch over them and they are the ones all aspire to become – even Rhia, though no woman has ever become one before. They fight and die with honour no matter the tribe they fight for. They will honour those that are the same. Side note – don’t get in their way and don’t be a coward. Now Gawan, aka Leaping Wolf and Gadarim for Gorvic, was an interesting character. He has a hate/hate relationship with Rhia from the first battle they were a part of. He might not like her but will soon come to respect her as a warrior – Fearless Wildcat is coming.

An interesting story but very long. I did feel at times there was just too much description of what was going on rather than dialogue between characters. Being cut down a bit could give it a quicker pace when things start rolling towards a final battle. The main focus in these battles is to do with honour among soldiers and warriors. Lose that and you might just lose your war. A battle might be won but I fear more could be on the horizon for our wildcat Rhia.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Author Interview: ‘Northfighters: The View From The Christallis’ by Colm Dowd

About the Book:

What happens when you start to write a book for your kids to compete with Pokémon but you take so long to write it, it ends up more influenced by Smallville, Lost, Lord of the Rings and The X-Files? (To name a few)

You end up with ‘Northfighters – The View from the Christallis’.

This is not your typical fantasy book, but it is a fantasy. And it has it all.

Twelve year old Chris Talbot is the likeable protagonist, with his nerdy friend Josh, his bully nemesis Mike, and his heart’s desire Sylvia. All four of them end up avoiding near death on their school trip near Seattle. They are being pursued by ghoulish monsters that have been sent after them by the charismatic yet maniacal super villain Salazon. Salazon ‘The Evil’ as he would prefer to be known has supreme psychic powers and a pretty big chip on his shoulder. He has an elaborate scheme to trigger a massive battle between two of his world’s people that, he just doesn’t want to have around anymore.

Salazon has been given a forewarning that this boy Chris is somehow going to be a thorn in his side. Luckily for Chris and his friends, they are taken through a portal to a strange and beautiful land by the heroic Talbar, a lord of the Northfighter people. Talbar, with three of his fellow men, make it their duty to guide the children on a trek with war and deceit all around them, to try to find the real reason the kids have ended up here.

The spectre of Salazon builds throughout the book, but he is not the only stuff of legend that is to be found in this land. Fables tell of great and powerful beasts, the true Northfighters, namesakes of the people that came after. Do they exist? Salazon and Talbar both believe that they do. And this may be where the children are to come in.

Back in the real world the tough and cynical detective Janet Lansing is perplexed by the mystery surrounding the missing kids. Where this is all going and why is anyone’s guess. But it’s an entertaining ride, come jump on.


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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

Most of my writing has been in the form of song lyrics. I am the founder of the indie folk/rock group, The Last Hope Road Show. This is why I am dying to get the audio book narration done so I can finish what I hope to be an OC type soundtrack for the finished version.

While I had always wanted to write, the catalyst for this book came from my son, who was nine at the time. He expressed interest in writing a book so I joined in, and the friendly competition helped us both to continue on. He has gone on to become a very good writer. So in that sense, this book has already become a success for me.

2: Do you have a favorite time and place where you write?

The summer it’s great to sit outside and write. Of course I find that the weather may sometimes influence where I’m headed with my scenes or the tone of the chapter, funny how that works.

If I really want to get some serious writing done, the best bet for me is a few hours at our nearest public library. It’s a pretty fair size and has a lot of spots for quiet working. I’m not often disappointed by the work I get done there.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Fortunately/unfortunately, I daydream constantly. New songs, story ideas, I can’t get them down fast enough. That said, Northfighters is my one attempt to actually mimic something. But as I am so unfocused, that’s not how this story ended up at all.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I pretty much wander aimlessly. While it may be a struggle at first, it’s great when you get to a point where the characters take over. You can follow the way they would react to situations and then it makes life easy.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

My books are of the middle grade/young adult fantasy genre. I suppose you can blame Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings for this, but that would probably be simplistic. Way back in the day I used to stay up to watch the old 50’s science fiction movies being played late Saturday nights with my mom. I came up with some bizarre fantasy land short stories in my early teenage years, but nothing I ever pursued. In the end though, do we really need more real life?

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Dream cast? I like this question. The entire time I was writing this book I envisioned Michael Rosenbaum’s Lex Luthor character from Smallville as the villain Salazon. Intelligent but in a smarmy way, and always in the mood to tell longwinded stories to display his high IQ. If you ever were a fan of the show and you read his lines, I’m sure you’ll see the resemblance.

Detective Janet Lansing was totally based on Kim Dickens, known for Fear the Walking Dead and Gone Girl. I just envision her delivering the sarcastic lines with a totally straight face while portraying the perfect balance of tough and cool.

Talbar the hero I see as a younger more easy going Aragorn. Maybe someone like Henry Cavill, but not that straight laced.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

Time for reading can be a bit scarce for me, but when I do I’m almost exclusively a mystery guy. Ian Rankin is my favorite, but Michael Connolly and Peter Robinson are close behind.

Of course, I did get into Harry Potter early with my kids and the whole family ended up read every book as they came out. It actually became quite difficult. By books four and five everyone would be arguing over their allotted time to read the one copy we had in the house.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Dark Sacred Night – Michael Connely

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Loved all the Harry Potter books, 4 and 5 had so much left out of the movies, probably go with one of them.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Getting into anything is tough these days. It’s pretty easy to self-publish your book. This is great when you get it done, not so great when it gets drowned in the other thousands of books in your genre. But if you have joined in some author groups and build up your network before your release, I’m sure you’ll get there.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

Website: www.northfighters.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Northfighters

Twitter: @Northfighters1


“Evil cannot be destroyed, only minimized. It is ever present in our world and beyond. The answers you seek, you will not find on this earth,” the old man got up spryly and grabbed the poker from its stand. Before he continued he waved it fiercely in the air.” The prophecies don’t lie, but they’re not a roadmap. There’s no promised land, no magic weapon to stop this evil one you speak of. ” He finally used the poker for its intended use and stoked up the fire trying to warm the air in his frigid cabin.

His guest was silent, deep in thought. Far younger than his host but with several days’ growth on his noble face he did look a little weathered. He was dressed as if he had been travelling for a long time, worn out leather boots and dusty burlap cloak. But a sword hung from his side and he looked like he knew how to use it.

The old man was engrossed in the growing flames. He continued quietly, almost to himself, “There are ways to leave our world if someone were to be looking for answers. It has been done before, but there were consequences. That was in bad times. Several couples were persecuted and fled through the portal to another world, their children with them. They returned later; the children did not. The parents were sentenced for it. If someone were to try to find those children in the vast unknown, that would be quite a feat. Would they even be alive? Is this a story that we really want to know the answer to?”

The question hung in the air for a moment. Whether it was rhetorical or not it was not to be answered. “Should they be dead, I pity their tortured existence. But if this truly is the path you wish to take then I will help, for I fear that others may try to access the portal that may not have your admirable motives. You will need your wits about you, that’s for certain. And luck, a lot of it. No, it will not be easy” a slight pause, and he got even quieter, “Fraught with danger, for you….for everyone.”

He quickly turned from the fire with renewed energy and loudly continued, “If you feel you must, then you must. We’ll never defeat evil if we don’t get a jump on it, will we? The portal will open soon; you will have to be the one through it first not your adversary. I will tell you the secrets of the hidden caves that lie under the Cornack Mountains….. But first, tell me!” the old man’s voice was beginning to reach an irritating high pitch, “When this evil one comes to me, and he will, who will I say has beat him to the punch?”

“Talbar, my name is Talbar,” replied the younger man with a slow, steady voice, “But if you have the misfortune of being paid a visit by the one called Salazon, then I fear we have all lost.”

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Author Interview: ‘William Calhoun and The Black Feather: Book 1’ by Aik Iskandaryan

About the Book:

William Calhoun is found by a representative of an ancient race of magic beings calling themselves Mailmages. He tells fourteen-years-old William that each wizard kin has a mailmage kin serving them and inseparably connected to them by ancient magic, and that he himself is a mailmage of the Calhoun kin and that William and he are the last representatives of their kins. With his help, William returns to the world of wizards, where his ancestors from the Calhoun kin had lived for centuries, and finds out that an ancient and mysterious place called the ‘Magic Feather Graveyard’ has chosen him as its new Keeper and now he is connected to it by an unbreakable Magic Contract.

In this world, completely new to him, he finds friends and with their help, he learns the secrets of his kin he knows almost nothing about. He also reconsiders the mysterious legacy from his unknown ancestor – the Magic Feather.

He is scared by the fact that unlike other wizards, he got his Magic Feather not at the age of 7, but in the first days after his birth, and it has been growing together with him all these years.

William enrols in the Preparatory Course of magic, where he learns more and more about the hidden abilities of his Magic Feather, which is also a real living being with a memory, a personality, and an incredible power. William’s world changes completely, but soon it turns out that together with William, a powerful killer of wizards has returned to the Wizard Community and William is his #1 target.

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

When someone asks me to tell about me, I suddenly remember all 30 years of my life and don’t even know where to start. I can say that I worked in the hospital for a couple of years, often saw people die and some day I realized that I wanted to talk to people about miracles, about life and that there is not a single person whose life would be something insignificant and unimportant. Each person, his life is a full storyline in which he is the main character, he has problems that he is trying to solve every day, there is a love line and even enemies. That’s why when we write a storyline for a story, we write about all this – because of all of this is our life. Our every day. Every morning we wake up and try to change something in our life for the better, to become happier. But, each of us fails (and often!) And this is normal! That’s how life works. This is its essence – that we do not just receive good things and good people, but deserve them, fight to receive them – after all, the process of struggle also turns us into winners. This process teaches us life and makes it more viable. And this means that giving up means denying yourself any chance of winning.

As you can see, I like to talk about it. That’s why I decided to become a writer. I want to talk about it in the language of my stories through my characters, to inspire people to overcome difficulties and get out of them as winners! To inspire them to live, and do it as energetically as possible!

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Time and place do not matter to me. I write only when there is nobody around me and when it is quiet. Only in this way I can hear the voice inside me.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I believe that we are like flash drives! And if we manage to connect to “Heavenly Google”, then we can “download” from there “data” into ourselves and share these “files” with other people. So, I do not think that the thoughts that come to visit us are generated within us. All we have to do is relax and connect to “Heavenly Google”, where everyone can upload only what they like. Einstein “downloaded” the Theory of Relativity from there, and I – the story of William Calhoun.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I always say that the real writer does not invent the whole story. His task is to simply invent a plot and determine for himself the rules of the game in the plot.

For example, a protagonist can do this and that, but he is not able to do something else. After all, this is how everything happens in our life. We can’t drink the Atlantic Ocean, or lift a finger to the Empire State Building. We all have weaknesses and shortcomings – and this is normal. And even when we write a fantasy story, we cannot make the main character omnipotent, because otherwise, he will not be like us, since he will not have weaknesses. And to me personally, such a protagonist is not at all interesting.

So here. When we come up with an interesting event, we place the main character in this event and set the rules of the game for ourselves, after that the writer has already finished his work and the detective should be awakened in it! Sherlock Holmes! Because at this stage the investigation process begins: the writer asks himself “Why did the characters get this way? What were his motives for doing this? Why is he making the only way out of the situation?” The author should not answer these questions on the principle “Because I want it so,” no. On the contrary, he, as well as his reader, then impatiently weighs all the facts, keeps in mind the rules of the game, which he asked and finds the only logical way to continue. Yes, sometimes the author may not like the way events unfold, but these are his problems. His task is to follow the plot and be logical. This is the most interesting thing in the process of writing a book, since the author is looking forward to finding out how it will end and he is constantly looking for “evidence”, “footprints”, “interconnection” – this is wonderful.

I love to write books. And therefore, we can say the next: if you start writing books, but you still do not get to the “Investigation” process, it means that you just manipulate the plot and make it be what you want it to be. And your book will turn out to be just a subjective point of view, and not an independent story. In fact, your task as soon as possible is to turn the plot into a living organism, into an independent being, and after that with an interest to follow it and say to yourself: Wow! I can not believe this! I absolutely love it!

And then, believe me, your readers will be delighted too.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Fantasy, mysticism, and somewhere even horror. I believe that everything is possible in our life. And therefore, when I write fantasy, I do not think that I am writing something that is impossible in our life. Otherwise it would be boring. I like to think that we don’t know much about the world in which we live. And indeed it is. And if this is so, then each of us can tell others about our own vision of what secrets our world holds. And the fantasy genre gives the writer this opportunity.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I wish I knew…

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

By the age of twenty, I had read over 2,000 books. I counted because I wanted to break my father’s record. )) And you know, when I read all these books, I did not even notice that they brought me up. And at some point, I became what I am. Thanks to the books. Different books!

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I am reading the second book about the adventures of William Calhoun, because I am writing it now. ))

9: What is your favourite book and why?

My favorite book is Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. This book teaches that there is nothing impossible in the world. You just need to really want to. And when I read this book, I thought: «I think I’ll miss you, Jonathan» ©
Great book!

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

It’s simple. Books should be written only in case it makes you truly happy. Then your readers will be happy too.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

For the time being, I am just forming an online platform for the fan base of my book. Everything is in process, but you can subscribe to my Facebook page to follow updates.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/aik.iskandaryan

Instagram: www.instagram.com/aik_iskandaryan



About the Author:

Born in Armenia in 1988 in a family of teachers, Aik Iskandaryan went to study with a doctor after which he worked for a couple of years in the intensive care unit and then in the morgue. According to him, only there he realized that in the world there is nothing more valuable than human life and no matter what it is – full or not. Since then, Aik left medicine and began to write books, scripts, poems and plays. The last few years he lives a hermit in Russia and only recently found his publisher in the United States. The book “William Calhoun and the Black Feather” is very popular in Russia and has only recently been translated into English. All the books in the series of novels about the adventures of William Calhoun will be 8 and very soon the release of the second book is expected.

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Author Interview: ‘Somebody’s Monster’ by Beau Van Dalen

About the Book:

A tale of mystery, thrill, and erotic love.

Vance Steward only wanted to start over.

His wish was granted – but not in the ways he’d expected.

Chased by a Kraken responsible for the murder of their commander, fighter pilot Vance Steward and his crew navigate through unknown territories, their ship running on its last power supplies.

Victim to a freak accident, Vance is gravely injured and can only watch as his comrades fight for their lives, his hopes of survival growing thin. However, between darkness and stars, Vance finds himself forming a close bond with Luenos, an alien passenger robbed of sight who seeks to find his long-lost family.

Left to his own demise by his crewmates, trapped in a battle with life and death, love and war — Vance makes a promise to Luenos that will change their lives forever.

But enemies aren’t always who you think they are.

And betrayals might be just around the corner.

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Author Interview:


1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

Greetings earthlings, I’m Beau and it’s a pleasure to meet you! My debut novel ‘Somebody’s Monster’, a sci-fi/erotic-romance about a fighter pilot who falls in love with his alien comrade, released this year! I also write web-serials that I update every other day, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about, so; on to the interview! I had always been fond of writing but I’d yet to take notice of how passionate I was about words, until a few years ago, when I decided to take it a tad more seriously. After dabbling in poetry and writing various short stories, I discovered NaNoWriMo and thought it seemed like a good fun. This led to the realisation that I could write much more than I had anticipated. I haven’t stopped ever since.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Anywhere and anytime is always a good place to write; although preferably somewhere with light for… obvious reasons.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

This varies a lot. An idea can come to me during a walk, whilst listening to music, or simply randomly at any given time of the day. I’m just going to say they come from my brain because that’s really the only answer I can muster right now.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

For serious projects I definitely have a plan more often than not. If there isn’t a fully laid out map of the plot, I will at least have the story’s skeleton in place, so that even if I do not know every scene—I’ll at least be aware of what kind of journey I would like to take the characters on. Sometimes I do write stories without a plan at all just to see where it will go, or I take on ridiculous challenges such as writing only ten to twenty words a day on a project for the sake of experimenting, but those are mostly in a category of things that will never see the light of day (at least, not without many edits beforehand).

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I enjoy dabbling in many different genres—I’m assuming this comes from the fact that I don’t restrict myself either when it comes to reading, as long as the stories or characters hold my attention, I never mind trying something new. I must say though if we are talking about already published works, then I suppose LGBTQ+ and contemporary fiction currently have the lead. As for the reasons regarding why I’ve currently written more for these particular genres… LGBTQ+: I like my fiction to be diverse and feel it is also more realistic this way. Contemporary: Writing about strange and abstract ideas entertains me. Don’t get me wrong, I also have many other stories in many other genres reserved for the future, simply, I haven’t been able to release said novels yet. I promise that I’ll do my best to get them out there as soon as possible though!

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Since two of the main characters are aliens my dream cast would probably be actors that would be able to bring them to life from inside a costume, matched with an amazing designer, and special effects team. Regarding the rest of the characters my answer stays the same. As long as the cast is passionate about their roles then I’d have no issue with whoever plays who.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I do! It’s a tough question, and I feel like I answer differently each time somebody asks (sorry!) But currently I’d have to say Oscar Wilde, Hemingway, Murakami and Patrick Ness.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Homer’s Iliad, Luck In The Shadows by Lynn Flewelling, and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari. All great books, I definitely recommend!

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Wilde’s short story collection was a lovely read. I thoroughly enjoyed The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller too. Although I must apologize as I don’t think I’ll be able to pick a single favorite. There are simply too many good books out there…

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write. Be honest with yourself. If you think it needs to be rewritten, then rewrite it until you’re happy with what you have. But don’t be content for too long, because there is always something new to learn in the next word, in the next book. Don’t take shortcuts. Don’t take things personally. Do work hard. Do read a lot. Take it seriously, don’t make excuses, and if you catch yourself talking more about writing the book over doing the actual writing—question why that is.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

I currently upload my web serials on the platform Tapas. It’s definitely the place where I’m the most active: https://tapas.io/beauvandalen/series

My Goodreads page is fresh out of the oven so please excuse the emptiness of it: www.goodreads.com/author/show/17991133.Beau_Van_Dalen

I also have an official website where I post about new releases and other fun things here: www.beauvandalen.com

And of course, the little blue bird: @BeauVanDalen

Thank you for having me, it’s been a pleasure!

About the Author:

Beau Van Dalen has been writing for several years. Between short stories, poems and novels – he can always be found with a pen in hand. Beau’s first novel ‘Somebody’s Monster’ was published in 2018. Since then, he has continued to release other works such as Flower Girl, Android Affection, and many more.

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