Q&A Thursday with Bob Horbaczewski

Today’s Q&A Interview is with Author Bob Horbaczewski!


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Why did you start writing and when did you decide to go professional?

I’ve been writing since I was a very young child. In the sixth grade I made my first attempt at writing a novel. Unfortunately my family moved from Hawaii to Arizona and the distractions of youth took my attention away from it. My passion for writing however always remained. In 2000, following my parents divorce, I dropped out of college to help my mother through that process. That unique situation gave me the opportunity to evaluate what I wanted to do with my life. Together with a group of friends, I wrote and directed my own independent movie, ‘Into The Darkness’, which can be seen on YouTube. That adventure was my first attempt to make writing a profession. Though it was not successful financially, the experience of seeing my words come to life was enough to cement the need to create within my core.


Do you write in more than one genre? Which ones and which do you like the best?

I have written in different media forms, screenplays, poetry, novels. Currently I enjoy writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, though I also try to write in other genre’s as the stories come to my mind. Science Fiction and Fantasy hold a special place in my heart as that is the genre I have always been the greatest fan of. I grew up with Dune, Star Wars, Star Trek, Dungeons and Dragons, and so many other entries. The wonder of what may be or what might have been in these worlds is probably the biggest draw of the genre to me. I think in those worlds of grandeur characters are able to be pushed even further emotionally, broken down in ways that would not be possible in the constraints of a more real world. Paul Atreides facing his destiny as a Messiah, Aragorn accepting his lineage and leading the Dead Men of Dunharrow into battle, or a young moisture farmer finding out he is one of the last of a group of Mystics. 

Do you read other author’s books when you’re writing? If so, do you read the same genre or something different?

In the past I have tried to stay away from reading other author’s books while I am writing. I have always had the concern that some aspects of other author’s stories will find their way into my own. However, lately I have found that as long as I have the structure of my story laid out, reading other author’s books serve only to motivate me to improve my own writing. I do not have a specific genre that I will lean toward while writing, instead I just read in the same manner as if I were not.

What is the most difficult part of the entire writing process for you? Queries, pitches, editing..etc.

The most difficult part of the writing process for myself has always been the editing process. I usually find myself constantly changing things, whether adding or subtracting from what I’ve written, and never finding an end to that process. It is extremely difficult to find a stopping point when going back through anything that I have written. With my novel, ‘The Malef Chronicles’ I spent twice as much time editing the story then I did in writing it.

If you could have the same type of career as any author currently publishing who would it be and why?

Scott Sigler is definitely the author whose career I would want. I greatly appreciate the way in which Mr. Sigler has gone about in finding his audience and putting out his own stories. His use of new media to help introduce himself and his work to his audience is amazing and very inspiring to me.

Author’s Bio: A child of the 80’s, Bob Horbaczewski grew up immersed in both Science Fiction and Fantasy. Inspired at a young age to write, Bob found a passion in story telling and was rarely found without a pen and pad to write with. Lost to the wonders of Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Dune, Dungeons and Dragons, Marvel, DC, and numerous other stories, Bob became determined to craft his own tales. In every spare moment of his life, Bob found time to write. However, in the summer of 2006 one idea began to consume his creative process. Born years earlier in a wild hailstorm of thought, The Malef Chronicles found a pressure to be brought to a more refined form. Years prior Bob had dreamed of crafting an epic nine part story of galactic wars, betrayals, love, death, and wonder and in 2006 he finally took the steps to begin that very story.

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Blurb: In the distant future, Colin Kinison, a brash, young and arrogant pilot is thrust into the middle of an impeding galactic war after his ship is suddenly attacked while investigating an unusual anomaly at the edge of known space. O’Tel, king of the Ter’Ok’Zhu, an ancient race of mystics, recruits Colin to help him stop Xyrus, Dark Lord of the Belgae, from assassinating a once thought lost Princess. A tale of swordplay and space fights, bringing together fantasy and science fiction, The Malef Chronicles offers an epic journey into the fantastic.

Excerpt 

Colin now stood on the edge at the observation deck strapped into his flight suit, a hybrid design that allowed for freer mobility than a full space suit. It still protected its wearer from the harsh vacuum of deep space, though it could not sustain life for an extended period. He looked back at his squadron, fear and admiration covered their faces. His ice blue eyes caught the disapproving glare of Lieutenant Commander Sasha Rogers. The Yin to his Yang, Sasha was just as striking as he was with her flowing red hair and piercing green eyes. Hers was the only look of disgust amongst the squad. Her every thought packed into one angered look. He could feel her thoughts cut into his consciousness having heard them vocalized countless times before. Always showing off. Arrogant. Prideful. Pointless.

Colin simply gave her a nod, wink, and then placed his helmet on. The faceplate was in the shape of a black ebony skull, with bright red eyes. Many men, all leaders of the Reaper Squadron, the most elite squadron in the U.T.A. had worn this helmet, but none with such a blatant disregard for the rules of conduct placed before them. Arthur enlisted Colin in the U.T.A. in an attempt to create some sense of stability in the boy’s life. Always a rebel, it only pushed Colin further in the intensity of his exploits. Colin always pushed his limits, both to test himself and in a vain attempt to draw attention from his father, even if it was negative. That desire allowed him literally to soar past his peers. His bravado, though at times regarded as fool hearty, had become the stuff of legend amongst the younger enlisted. Colin’s daring was both his greatest strength and weakness. In respect to his father, regardless of the result, he would accomplish both of his goals today. 
Colin walked through the shield that was protecting the interior of the ship from the vacuum of space out onto the flight deck. The view was divine, as if something beyond mortal had found a way to express itself tangibly. Even a few days in the brig could not erase the vision set before him. The red sun of the Kodos system was gargantuan and its reflection cast a ghastly red glow around the entire ship, as though a red ocean had flowed up and consumed the ship. The spectacle hypnotized him with its splendor. 

Days prior when Colin first presented his idea of riding one of the Seasicks, cheers from nearly the entire squadron had greeted him. Sasha warned him of the consequences of such a stunt, as logic and a sense of duty ruled her motivations.

 “This is stupid. Overriding its control board could cause it to demagnetize and go flying off into deep space with you on its back. Knowing the Admiral he’d probably just leave you out there to teach you a lesson,” she had said. 

“What lesson, how to die a cold and painful death?  He loves me too much to let that happen, but even if it did, my boots are magnetized. I’ll be fine,” Colin replied. 

ZOOM!  A seasick breezed by Colin, shocking him back to reality. Now the decisive moment had come. To turn back, Colin would face not only embarrassment and shame from his squad, but he would never hear the end of it from Sasha. He could not bear that fate, so out across the deck he walked to the seasick that had so recently buzzed by him. It chirped in response to his presence.

“Hey there little buddy,” Colin quipped at the robot, not that it could understand or respond to his comment, but the simple routine helped calm his nerves. 

Colin removed a magnetic strip from his suit. A crude creation put together in his spare time, this small black strip of silicon and steel was Colin’s ticket to glory. In theory the strip would interfere with the Seasick’s primary functions just enough for him to directly interface and take control of the bot. Sasha had helped him design it, as countless failed attempts to dissuade him from his prior stunts had taught her that it was better to help keep him as safe as possible, than see what damage he would cause if left to his own devices. As with most schemes thought up in the middle of the night, this one sounded worse and worse with each passing moment. Colin reached the seasick. There was no predicting how it would react to him jumping on board, yet alone how its system would react to the interference from the magnetic strip. There was only one-way to find out; Colin leapt. 

The most agile of leaps it was not, but it was beautiful nonetheless. Colin landed square on the back of the Seasick and made a grotesque thud. The air from his lungs rushed out of his mouth, leaving him mere seconds to regain his composure. The Seasick would be alerting for help at any moment. This was his shining moment and suddenly ego overtook him. Colin’s mind trailed off to the future, of the stories that would be told with such brevity. He looked back at his squad and waved in triumph. Not thinking Colin lost his grip and fumbled the magnetic strip, dropping it to the empty depths of space. All of his glory lost in a heartbeat, in a single act of foolish bravado. In desperation, Colin lunged for the strip. His legs barely hung onto the side of the Seasick as the strip floated further and further away, gone forever. The Seasick’s alarm wailed. His failure was now complete. 

Q&A Interview with Jessica Lauryn

Q&A Interview with author Jessica Lauryn

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What is the worst
thing you’ve written, how did you learn or know it was bad, and what did you
learn from it?
The worst thing I’ve written…hehe. For the sake of time,
let’s narrow this down to just one piece—the original version of Dangerous
Proposal. Originally titled “Loveless Moon,” and later “Moonlight Path,”
Dangerous Proposal was the first piece I wrote with the intention of getting
published. It was also the one that gave me the most grief.
In the original draft of DP, I opened with Lena making her
escape to North Conway, and being lured into
the woods by the witch we later come to know as Seraphina Madera. Doesn’t sound
so bad, considering this wound up becoming a great flashback later in the
story. But I was having a very, very difficult time figuring out what should be
the starting point. And I knew something was off when I started reading other
romance novels by published authors on a regular basis. (No, I wasn’t doing it
before then!) Once I started to read romance regularly, I got a much better
feel for the order in which events should be taking place.
Why did you start
writing and when did you decide to go professional?
I’ve always been writing in some form or another, ever since
I was a kid. As a child, I would use dolls to act out the stories I made up. They
“resided” in a fictitious place called “Dolltown,” similar to Genoa City
on the Young and the Restless. Only, my characters never had sex. At least not
then they didn’t…;)
Fast forward to college. With the opportunity to (finally!)
choose some electives, I enrolled in creative writing in drama, and poetry. I
didn’t get the chance to take a fiction course and I regret that to this day. But
with the little bit of a background I gained from these courses and the
knowledge I acquired with practice, I decided to join my peers in a critique
group after graduation. With the choice to be writing whatever I wanted, I
gravitated toward romance like a magnet and it wasn’t long after that I decided
I wanted to get published and wasn’t stopping until I got there.
Do you read other
author’s books when you’re writing? If so, do you read the same genre or
something different?
I do as much reading as I can when I write, though writing
is always my first priority. As far as genre goes, I will read any type of
romance, not only the one I’m writing in. This way, I feel I have a chance to
soak in the best of all worlds, inspiring me to write the best book I can.  
What is the most
difficult part of the entire writing process for you? Queries, pitches,
editing..etc.
Prior to being published, queries were the most difficult
part for me. It all came down to a single piece of paper—a four paragraph
letter that was going to determine the fate of my entire 350 page manuscript. In
time, I learned that great writing shines through…even from the bottom of the
slush pile!
Nowadays, it’s editing that seems to have my head in a spin.
Particularly when I’m going at a piece I wrote years ago, where there is an
especially large amount of “telling” at play. It may seem easier to start the
entire piece over from scratch, going at it with a new pair of hands and eyes. But
easier isn’t always better. Remember that in moments of frustration—we all have
them, and they do eventually pass! 😉
Do you write in more
than one genre? Which ones and which do you like the best?
As of yet, I’ve written only romantic suspense, but you’ll
notice that I have a tendency to let a taste of sub-genre slip between the
pages. My stories are not so much about occasional bloodshed as they about the
romance, and consequently I sometimes classify them as “contemporary romance”
versus “romantic suspense.” I don’t write historical, but I’ve been told my
stories have a historical feel as well.
As for me, speaking as both a reader and a writer, I don’t
really have a sub-genre preference, so long as the romance between hero and
heroine takes center stage, and the hero’s web of seduction heats up the pages
for hours to come 😉
Author Bio: At two years old, Jessica became a devoted fan of both
listening to and reciting the books her parents would read to her at night.
When she was a little older (about four), she sought a greater challenge in her
life, and began making up stories of her own, acting them out with her dolls.
“When the dolls got “boyfriends,” she says, “I knew I was getting too old for
dolls!”
As a romance novelist and a reader alike, Jessica is most
intrigued by dark heroes, who have many demons to conquer…but little trouble
enticing female companions into their beds! She feels that the best romances
are those where the hero is already seducing the heroine from that first point
of contact. “Isn’t it the hero’s job to seduce?” she says with a grin.
Jessica loves to see the sparks fly when a stubborn,
domineering hero crosses paths with a bold, feisty heroine, and uses the
combination frequently in her stories.
When she’s is not writing, Jessica enjoys listening to as
much80’s music as possible, watching the same re-runs of Smallville over and
over, shopping for exceptionally unique cameos, and taking long walks in nature
where she can daydream about anything romantic. Though she resides in Central
New Jersey, her heart belongs to the White Mountain
National Forest in New Hampshire.
Find her online: 

Website: www.jessicalauryn.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/romancebyjessicalauryn Linked In:
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jessica-lauryn/2a/9ba/761  Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/JessicaLauryn_ Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5081732.Jessica_Lauryn Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117124426880360830802#117124426880360830802/posts

Blurb from Dangerous Ally:

For five lonely years, diamond smuggling kingpin Lucas Ramone has hidden himself from the world. With a father who has baited him all his life, made a game of trying to trip him up at every turn, Lucas will do whatever is necessary to protect what is rightfully his. What he isn’t prepared for is Lilah Benson…

Upon accepting a job in the home of her sister’s maniacal ex-fiancé, reporter Lilah Benson believes she has finally found the perfect way to make her mark on the world. Exposing the criminal endeavors of Lucas Ramone won’t soon be forgotten. But as she comes to know the man who was supposed to be her adversary, Lilah is tempted by a passion far stronger than the desire to see her name in print…


Power and control are tools of survival, critical in a world of thievery and deception. Lilah, an innocent in a land of criminals, may be the one person capable of bringing Lucas to his knees. But Lucas will stop at nothing to keep his empire secure.


He will have it all: His Fortune, His Legacy, and Lilah Benson in his bed…

Q&A Thursday with Michelle Clay

Today’s Q&A Thursday is with Author Michelle Clay

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Why did you start writing and when did you decide to go
professional?
I grew up in a house full of readers and everyone’s
tastes were different. Horror for my brother, sci-fi and fantasy for my uncle
and my mom adored romance and mystery. Of course, I became a voracious reader
and I devoured everything in the genres they read. Sometimes I would complain
that a certain book hadn’t ended right or that the hero should have done
something different for a more satisfying outcome. One day, after a
particularly long rant, my grandmother said, “Why don’t you try writing your
own?” I did and by the time I was in high school, I’d written my first novella.
Writing felt good and it felt right. I knew, without a doubt this would be what
I wanted to do when I grew up.
Do you write in more than one genre? Which ones and which do
you like the best?
I primarily write paranormal romance, but I have dabbled
in urban fantasy and horror. My first love is all things horror, but I enjoy
weaving romance into my stories since it does play such a big part in our real
lives. I’ve always loved the idea of a heroine overcoming supernatural
obstacles in her path and finding love on the way. I think this is why my
stories tend to be a bit darker than some others you may have read.
Do you read other author’s books when you’re writing? If so,
do you read the same genre or something different?
When I’m writing, I really don’t read anything else. I
tend to get into the zone and have a one track mind when it comes to the plot
and characters. I don’t want anything to corrupt my story or be similar to
anything else that’s already written.
What is the most difficult part of the entire writing
process for you? Queries, pitches, editing..etc.
Synopsis writing is the bane of my existence. It’s
beyond me how as an author, I can write you an entire novel, but ask me to sum
it up in 2 to 7 pages… forget it!
Author Bio: Even as a child, Michelle Clay wasn’t afraid of the
things that went bump in the night. In fact, the thought of a world where
werewolves roamed and Dracula reigned king may seem like an eldritch dream to
most, but was exciting to Michelle. Instead of turning on a light for comfort, she
reveled in the dark, imagining what was roaming the night and frightening those
who didn’t truly appreciate the supernatural.
Nowadays, her visions continuously take shape as she
brings life to the worlds she has imagined since childhood. The wild imaginings
that often got Michelle out of, or more often into, trouble as a young girl
have informed and enriched her storytelling as an adult, bringing a fresh new voice
to the paranormal romance genre.

Book blurb

Bitter Black Kiss
Former event planner Nicole Riley lost not only her job,
but part of her humanity when a concert in L.A., fails in catastrophic
proportions as the band attacks a rival werewolf pack in attendance. As one of
the infected, Nicky has been keeping her “inner beast” in check by taking
wolf’s bane, trying to remain in denial, and refusing to become a monster.
She’s also slowly begun to rebuild her reputation after the L.A. massacre and has deep respect for Sean
Stone because he took a chance on her when no one else would. Now she is in
charge of the entertainment for all of Sean’s nightclubs and her life is as
close to normal as it gets. Then Brody, the dee-jay at Bitter Black, plays on
her sympathy by claiming to have just suffered a wolf bite and she can’t turn
him away. She’s very attracted to Brody, but is it wise to mentor him when she
can’t even accept what she is? Things take a dark turn when she finds out he’s
been lying to her all along.
Brody Dunn is a former police detective in special
crimes, a unit that deals with werewolves. When a stripper is found in an alley
with a lethal dose of BST (street name: Beast) in her system, Brody poses as a
dee-jay at Bitter Black. He’s convinced Sean Stone is the one bringing the drug
into the city and his employee, Nicole was the last one in the dancer’s
apartment. Brody also knows that Stone has laid down a challenge to the local
Alpha and wants to become Pack Leader himself. A change in leadership that
Brody is dead set against. In order to get close to Stone, he uses Nicole and
pretends to be newly infected by the werewolf virus. He knows that she’s a
bleeding heart and will do what she can to help him. What he doesn’t count on
is the way Nicole affects him by merely walking in a room.
Stone is used to having his way and getting what he
wants. He now wants Nicole whether she’s agreeable or not. He’s more than happy
to expose Brody’s secrets to her while hiding his own. Will Nicole be able to
navigate the dark and treacherous path between the two men? For it’s not just a
choice between her career or her heart, but her humanity hangs in the balance.
Which will she choose?