Interview with Christopher Bradshaw

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm just the average guy from the States, born in Ludowici GA. I wouldn't say that my early years had much influence on my writing, except for the simple fact that I had great parents who allowed all of their children to be who they wanted to be. This freed my mind and energy to explore many things.
When did you first start writing?
I didn't do anything substantive until my late teens, going on twenty. Before that, I was pretty sure that I would get into some sort of art related field.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Comfort of the Stars project is the product of my sincere love of swords and sorcery fantasy, within the context of information and insights I've gained over the last several years regarding life, self, and other. I'm a strong believer that media forms, whether written, video, music, or art, should reflect the state of the world as it is, but also help to change it when it is time for change. Given the current state of the world, I feel that media forms have a strong obligation to provide push-back against the prevalent order. It is entirely possible for such media forms to be extremely entertaining, but also educational in a more right-brained way as opposed to dusty 1000 page tomes of history.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The idea of greater freedom for self expression appealed to me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By giving an impressive platform for presenting the material I have so far. I'm very grateful.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Self-expression, in a world where conformity and homogenized media seem to be strangling creativity and genuinely new ideas and approaches.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well I haven't got any fans yet, haha. If anyone does take interest, I'd be satisfied just knowing they got something out of the reading, either sheer entertainment value or food for thought, presented in a non-preachy way.
What are you working on next?
I'll begin serious work on Comfort of the Stars, book 2, starting early next year. I'm also toying with the idea of a related series geared more toward young adults, with the tentative working title of "Waiting in the Wings".
Who are your favorite authors?
Strangely enough, although I retain my love of fantasy, I can't cite too many in that genre who I'd name as "favorites". I've still got a shelf full of the stuff, but most of it is just sorta...there, these days. Many of those works sparked my imagination and gave me some thrills back when in early twenties, but when I look back, I realize that none of them really said anything to me that was lasting.That is what I appreciate in all my reading these days, whether fiction or non-fiction. Think Equilibrium. Totally fictional and awesome movie, watchable just for the cool gun battles, but it also had much to say. Therefore, it is non-fiction authors who really move me these days. Oddly enough, those non-fiction authors inspire my own fantasy ideas. Among my favorites there are Jim Marrs, Sam Harris, Erich Fromm, Joseph Chilton Pearce, and many others. Some of them only have one or two books, or I've only read one or two works by them, but they nonetheless blew my mind and changed me to that extent.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't want to sound negative or combative, since I'm not really about that modality, but one thing that drives me is defiance. Refusal to submit or be bogged down by the current paradigm, surrendering to depression or apathy. Other than that, I get out of bed for the same reasons most people do. We've still got a beautiful world that I like to see around me, and I have family and friends I like to be around. Plus there's always more to learn to further enrich and reaffirm the value of the good things that are left.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly on my Xbox these days, taking down-time, haha. Or I'm at my 9-5 job, thoroughly not enjoying myself...
Published 2015-12-13.
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Books by This Author

Disquiet the Heavens
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 526,620. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Feelings are magic on the world of Ebstaxan, and magic is feeling. Disquiet the Heavens begins an epic tale largely concerned with the investigation of feelings, but it also explores many questions regarding self, other, and truth. One individual in particular must begin to reaffirm himself and discover truth if he is to have any hope of staving off the downfall of his home and family.