Interview with Clayton Blanchard

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I tend to spend my time playing video games, reading, and watching wrestling. I prefer story based character driven games as well.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Goodreads.com, Amazon.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
A long time ago I started writing what would now be considered a Harry Potter ripoff, but this was long before Harry Potter ever existed (I think I was in the 5th grade, so around 1989). It was about a boy who gets sucked into an alternate universe where Magic is taught in schools and there are different types. There was one type per element, as well as War magic which was physical based, and the sorcerer level magic which could do all the elemental stuff.
What is your writing process?
I just start writing. I start with an idea "Super heroes who want to kill each other by compulsion" for example, and then I start going. I never plan ahead. I also tend not to edit nor read what I have written.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was the Hobbit. I guess it sparked my love of fantasy and the fantastic.
How do you approach cover design?
I prefer minimalistic covers. I don't want a lot of busyness.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Rook: It makes me laugh, so much.
Magician: One of my all time favorites because of its story and characters
Mistborn the Alloy of Law: Love the world, and the magic
Wild Cards Volume 1: I enjoy the world building and characters again.
A Spell for Chameleon: The first of the Xanth novels, and I loved the revel at the end.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy, Sci Fi, and Superhero novels.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone or my cheapo tablet!
When did you first start writing?
Back when I was a kid. I started just writing things. I tend towards short stories due to my attention span.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had a few short stories and felt like putting em in one book to see what happened
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly? Boredom. And to see what happens. Generally anything I do in my free time is to see what happens.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Telling a story. I don't care how grammatically correct something is, or if there are spelling errors. I want a good story with great characters. If you can tell me a story and I am able to read it without difficulty, you got me, and thats how I write. Is it the best way, on a technical level? Not at all.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have fans?
What are you working on next?
No earthly clue.
Who are your favorite authors?
Raymond E Feist, Brandon Sanderson, Piers Anthony, Patrick Rothfuss
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife.
Published 2014-03-28.
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Books by This Author

Tall Tales and Shiny Stories
Price: Free! Words: 24,730. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This is a simple volume of short stories by author Clayton Blanchard. They primarily deal with fantasy and vary in length. This volume is intended to be a quick read.