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A little about me (the official bio):
Canadian born Hugh B. Long, who also writes under the pen name Eoghan Odinsson, is an award winning journalist and author.
Graduating from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland with his Masters of Science degree, he subsequently taught for the University, and was a dissertation advisor for graduate students.
In addition to his academic background, Hugh holds a Black Belt in Chito-Ryu Karate, and has taught Martial Arts in Canada and the USA.
He has just returned from a 10 year stretch working in the Washington D.C. area, and is now back in his native Ottawa Valley where he lives with his wife, son and three dogs.
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I've been writing for many years, but mostly non-fiction. I've even won two awards, and been nominated for several more! I have to toot my own horn...I'm my own publicist ;)
My interests in fiction are varied: I started off as a young fellow reading Fantasy, such Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit, and absolutely devoured all of Robert E. Howard's Conan Series as a teenager; I later went on to read Science Fiction and Genre Fiction. I have to be honest, I've never been a fan of Literary Fiction.
Some of my favorite authors are: J.R.R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, David Weber, Jack Campbell (aka John G. Hemry), Ian Douglas, Evan Currie, T.R. Harris, Peter Clines, J.L. Bourne and B.V. Larson.
So what and I working on now, you ask? Well, I'm making the leap from non-fiction into what's termed 'speculative fiction' - essentially Scifi, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal etc.. that's all considered speculative fiction. Speculative fiction is a sub-genre of the overarching 'Genre Fiction'; I've heard Genre Fiction described as "Ordinary people doing extraordinary things" and Literary fiction described as "Extraordinary people doing ordinary things". I like a good plot, action and interesting characters. I don't disapprove of books focused mostly on character, but I don't want that to be the core of books I read or write - I feel there needs to be a balance. Like a three legged stool: Plot, Action & Character. If any leg of the stool is shorter, the stool falls over - for me anyway.
I'll likely be sticking with Science Fiction and Fantasy, the two genres I most love reading. But don't worry, as Eoghan Odinsson, I'll still be writing non-fiction as well - I take great pride in using the rich and epic mythology of our Northern ancestors, and producing books to highlight interesting aspects of that mythology, spirituality and culture, and you'll likely see that passion seep into my fiction as well! In fact, my first novel is based on Norse Mythology.
As I'm done with all my non-fiction commitments for 2012 ( just finished Northern Plant Lore), for at least the next 12 months I'll be focused on my first full length novel: "Dawning of the Wolf Age". It's a tale that blends the best of Norse Mythology with Classic Space Opera. It will be dramatic and wide sweeping (spanning the 100,000 light years of the Milky Way!) My plan is to write a series if it's well received. (Fingers crossed!)
The ETA for the novel to be on the shelves is 2013. I'm not going to promise a date any more specific than that - I'd rather take my time and enjoy the process. If it takes me longer to put out a better book, then that's what I'll do. I won't rush to market to make a bit more money - that's not fun for me, and not fair to you, the reader.
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Thanks to all my fans!