Interview with TheCrimsonDM

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Growing up with Dyslexia reading was a real uphill struggle for me. The first book I read had to be The Boxcar Children and it felt like I had just won the Olympic gold medal when I finished it. Until that point I never thought I could read a book by myself. My next book was a Bentley Little title.
When did you first start writing?
Around the age of ten. My best friend at the time asked to play super heroes. I said yes, but I wanted to be Spiderman. He explained that he meant we should invent our own super heroes. So I started to make my own heroes, villains and world setting, and connected them all together. I pretty soon had to start writing the ideas down because they wouldn't stop coming to me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Heart of Fire has been a project that I've tried to work on for about six years now. I've rewritten it at least eight times, each time building out the world, setting, and the rules of its magic system. I finally found not only a story that worked well for it, but a theme that connected to me on a very deep level. One could say this story was how I processed losing my ex-fiance.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The First ever story I ever wrote was actually a comic book epic of the super heroes and villains that I had worked with my friend at the time to create. In fact I still have the notebook that I wrote all the comics in, despite it being at least seventeen years old.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Fallout Equestria by Kkat:
In all honesty this is one of the best epics I have ever read, fusing fantasy and science fiction in a way I've never seen before or since.

Final Blackout by L. Ron Hubbard:
One of the earliest examples of a post apocalyptic war story, and still an amazing read for it's unique take on the subject.

Dresden Files Small Favor by Jim Butcher:
I feel like this story was one of the biggest turning points in the series, with some of my favorite character moments.

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein:
After seeing the movie, how was I supposed to know the book was a deep philosophical story that would forever change how I saw the world?

The Wizard's Test by Hilari Bell:
For a young adult book this story did a great job of showing a philosophical view on fantasy and showing hard choices for good reasons.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a family that always praised absolute freedom but in a society that was very tyrannical with it's religious views and social rules. It left me to watch as my family slowly succumb to drug and alcohol abuse while I was being treated as an outsider by almost everyone in my society. I started to escape into the world of fiction where I had power to control my fate, and didn't have to worry about being alone at a very early age due to this. So despite how hard it was on me growing up, I feel it also made me that much better of a writer.
What is your favorite TV show and why?
I would have to say My Hero Academia. The way the anime plays with the classic structure and tropes of shonin anime is amazing, and it's one of the few shows that has made me cry happy tears in the first episode alone. I can't honestly remember the last time I've seen a show with such a good use on the themes of heroism and what it means to truly be a 'hero'.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After years of writing fanfiction I finally had enough of bottling up my awesome original ideas and decided I would unleash my madness upon the world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The idea that I can inspire other people in the same way that I was inspired to create my own stories.
What are you working on next?
Still working on the epic series that is The Guardian Hearts series. Hopefully something explosive, funny, and emotional.
What do your fans mean to you?
an apparatus with rotating blades that creates a current of air for cooling or ventilation.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I've finally been able to get my stories out of my head, onto a document, and out to people so they can read them. It also works with my preferred method of marketing, aka giving my stories out for free. Finally it has taught me how to properly format an ebook, which is insanely useful information.
Published 2019-02-15.
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Books by This Author

Heart of Fire Season One Episode Four Season Finale
Series: Guardian Hearts Saga. You set the price! Words: 27,970. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Three girls fresh out of their magical school are all looking for their place in the world while dealing with the loss of one of their closest friends. Meanwhile an ancient evil is waking up. Can these young heroes deal with the new threat, or will they be devoured by their grief?
Heart of Fire Season One Episode Three
Series: Guardian Hearts Saga. You set the price! Words: 25,220. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Three girls fresh out of their magical school are all looking for their place in the world while dealing with the loss of one of their closest friends. Meanwhile an ancient evil is waking up. Can these young heroes deal with the new threat, or will they be devoured by their grief?
Heart of Fire Season One Episode Two
Series: Guardian Hearts Saga. You set the price! Words: 13,410. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Three girls fresh out of their magical school are all looking for their place in the world while dealing with the loss of one of their closest friends. Meanwhile an ancient evil is waking up. Can these young heroes deal with the new threat, or will they be devoured by their grief?
Heart of Fire Season One Episode One
Series: Guardian Hearts Saga. You set the price! Words: 18,310. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Three girls fresh out of their magical school are all looking for their place in the world while dealing with the loss of one of their closest friends. Meanwhile an ancient evil is waking up. Can these young heroes deal with the new threat, or will they be devoured by their grief?