Since it’s been ten thousand years since I’ve done an author interview that’s not part of a blog tour, I figured we should get back to it, eh? After all, it’s fun to see what the process is like from different types of writers, and I love picking people’s brains about their thoughts on genre. So without further ado I bring you today’s
sacrificial victim author friend, Wade Garret!
2 “Why don’t you…” The Business of Writing, which means knowing at times if you’re not doing what’s popular or “selling” at a particular moment, you’re only hurting yourself. People say it all the time but how about Professionals, too? I had an agent tell me once she liked my writing, but wondered if I’d be willing (hinting she might publish it then) to write XY&Z cause it was “trending” and therefore had a greater potential for a quick return on the publisher’s investment. Now, I get that and that’s ok, it’s a business. However, realizing that agents/publishers aren’t necessarily looking for New and Unique content, so much as what’s Like and/or Similar to something already out and doing well is a tough pill to swallow.
If asked to dabble in another author’s world and I was a fan of it, sure, that’d be cool, but I couldn’t stay there forever. And as I said before, I was asked once to fall into the trend and I couldn’t, but this isn’t to say in the future, when trends have changed, that I won’t finally write a Vampire story, sorry, not for teens. I think timing is key in a lot of these circumstances. You can kinda tell when publishers/agents are trying to jump on a particular bandwagon. And again, it’s business, it is what it is.
About my writing specifically:
Keep the words of Kyle Reese in mind, “Listen, and understand! That Terminator is out there! It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.”
The takeaway from The Kingdom Come Series, of which Genesis is only the beginning, is what the conflict between the (Truly) Good and the (Truly) Evil should really mean; rare as they should be represented in any story. Skipping the Light/Good side, I’ll say sometimes the degrees of EVIL or what’s represented as Evil “The Enemy” isn’t always made as brutal or dark as it should be. Also, there are times, critical or cumulative, where it’s made to be, well, dumb. Making Evil stupid, allows the Good to survive and escape to fight another day or to win when you wonder why Evil wasn’t better prepared—I try my best not to find myself in those kinda corners, you’ll have to tell me if I succeed or not. So, if the varying shades of EVIL are to be feared, really feared, across the entirety of the series, they can’t become a joke. We all know the jokes about Storm Troopers, right? Ok, so my baddies and their bosses won’t become jokes like that, the heroes will always fear/respect them. The characters who don’t (as does happen) well, you’ll know what color shirts they’ll end up wearing before long. My Star Trek Fans know what I’m talking about.
The Gan and their Areht who shape the world behind the scenes will hate him, because he’s a threat they’re not sure can be chained.
The Pillars and their Faithful who spread the world’s leading religion will fear him, because his existence, once known, will challenge Ages of dogma and accepted history.
The Crimson King and its Servants who seek to return to power, destroying all that remains of The White, will hunt him, because even in death, they’re not sure he’ll ever bow to the Dark.
—They All Should. For as One of Five with the power to shake the world, they’ll hollow his heart and mind through countless sacrifice and vengeful selfishness.
After a year of laborious solitude and a conflict brought to the doorstep of his father’s house, Jak, a Southlander of meek circumstance, will come to accept the future isn’t set. Through abilities unnerving to any Areht, against enemies rising in every corner of the planet, he’ll be forced to resolve his destiny as One of Five that can change the world…
Such selfless transcendence isn’t easy, nor simply the heroic result of dark revelations shielded from him since childhood now exposed; rather, it’s because of what’s undeniable, even to him. Like all great forces collected at the tip of the spear, the truth of his purpose and the price of his existence has a cost—and friend or foe, there’s no getting around paying it.
The true test of Man, is to see if he can stand naked before himself without blinking. The same trial of existence for a God, however, even one created, is if when he blinks, will he change or the world…
Genesis: Book One of The Kingdom Come Series, is an ambitious, Speculative Fiction story in the epic tradition of Dune, The Dark Tower and A Song of Ice and Fire. Blending elements of gritty Steam/Diesel-punk and realistic sword-wielding Dark Fantasy, this stand alone’s cross-over appeal ranges from Y.A to the mature Science Fiction and Fantasy book lover. Readers seeking a strangely familiar world of intrigue, intense action and mortal failings vs the injustice of power and spiritual corruption will be drawn to this book. And once caught in its exciting pages, they’ll quickly learn what really separates man from what is Evolved.
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You can purchase it in a variety of formats on Amazon, B&N or from the Black Bed Sheet Book’s site—any small bookstore can also order it.
I’m also on Goodreads