I've always enjoyed the written word. I'm fascinated by how someone can put sentences and phrases together and create a story, something that stimulates thought and imagination. It's amazing to me how the written word can strike the imagination and build pictures.
So, why a super hero?
The simple answer is, it's easy. The long answer is that's it's always interesting to try and create something a little different. Obviously, it doesn't make sense to reinvent the wheel, so to try and think of something that hasn't been done before is quite a challenge. I hope our book meets that challenge.
Describe your desk
It's long and brown, made of wood, cluttered with odds and ends of paper, pencils, pens, magazines, rings from cups that sat too long and 'sweat' onto the wood. It's not a spectacular desk, but it's functional. It has four wooden legs to support it. If it becomes unusable, it can be torn apart and used as kindling for a fire. And because it's made of wood, you can get a splinter from it if you move your hand the wrong way.
Describe your writing style.
This is a simple one. I sit down at the computer, pull up a word document and try to think of an idea. That's where the difficulty comes in, thinking of an idea. Many times, I've stared at a blank screen for hours - well, not really hours, but a very long time that FEELS like hours - and strain my brain, trying in vain to think of something that will be clever. Usually, I end up doodling on a piece of paper and being distracted by my cats and dogs. But then my partner catches wind of my shenanigans and smacks me on the head to remind me that it's time to work, not play. That's how we get things done.
What got you interested in writing?
I've always found it easier to express myself through writing. For some reason, writing out a sentence, reading it, deciding if it conveys the correct thought and emotion and perhaps editing it, is a great exercise of my mind. It's always fun to take a thought and put a series of words to that thought, something that defines what that thought means.
When did you first start writing?
Since I learned how to write letters. From a very early age, I would write my thoughts in journals, giving a chronicle to my day, or whatever I was feeling at that time. When I took pen to paper, that's where I felt free of any stricture and rule. I could say exactly what I thought without concern of judgment. Sure, it was narcissistic and vain to spout off and never be challenged, but that's what youth is about-exploring who you are, what you think, what you feel about the world around you. It can be a cold world. Sometimes, it's good to shut everybody out and just let your mind wander.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This has been a labor of love for the better part of almost three years. My partner presented the outline of the book to me sometime in 2012 and we began writing soon after. It's been intense to dig into the lives of these characters, find out who they are, explore their psyches a little bit. What we've found is these characters have a lot more to offer than we have given them credit for in our first book. We hope to dive in a little deeper on each of them in future editions. Right now, we have ideas for several more books, some related to this one, some going in a different vein, but still related. Now, we just need to dedicate ourselves to writing them.
What IS a spitalnik?
You know, we first stumbled across this question when we were in high school and we still haven't found the answer. I cannot tell you how many nights we've spent searching out the answer to this. It has plagued us far too long and, quite frankly, we've grown weary in looking for the answer. We've considered giving up, but we still come back to our original bewilderment and curiousity and end up spending many more sleepless nights pondering the answer. Sadly, we still have not found the satisfaction of an answer.
What are you working on next?
Currently, we're working on a sequel, of sorts, to our current novel, Capt Quinn: A Love Story. In this next book, we'll dive a little deeper into some of what motivates not only our hero, Capt Quinn, but his creator, Evan MacKenzie. As mentioned in an earlier comment, we've found these characters are far more fascinating than we first imagined. We hope to capture some of that fascination in our next novel.
Could Capt Quinn defeat Superman? After all, isn't Quinn a rip off of Superman?
I don't like your tone in asking me this question. I would storm off the set, if there was a set and if there was a real person asking me this question. I am appalled you would imply this! How dare you insult the great Capt Quinn!! I don't think I've ever been more insulted in my life. Well, maybe the time I was called a dingleberry in high school. Boy, I was so ashamed of myself. I mean, you do NOT want to be called a dingleberry in front of your classmates, let alone Lola Goodlei, the hottest girl in school. She was so amazingly hot, all the guys wanted her. Her hair was so blonde, her lips so full, her body.....oh. Uh, sorry. Where was I? Oh, yeah, being offended at your insulting Quinn. That's a low blow! That is blatantly unfair to sully the good name of Capt Quinn by comparing him to an aging super hero like Superman. I won't dignify that with a response.
Tell us about other ideas you have. What other types of story lines are you working on, or that you'd like to publish?
There are a lot of different ideas we have, ranging from serious, to silly. We both have a set of ideas we'd like to explore, on our own and as a team. We tend to spark each others' imaginations when we start writing. More than once, one of us has been writing and get stuck, then the other will step in with an idea on how to complete the thought. Usually, it works out for the best. Sometimes, it sparks a debate, which leads to an argument, which leads to slaps to the face, which leads to a competitive chess match. Trust me, you do NOT want to get beat in one of those chess matches! What the loser has to do....makes me shudder just thinking about it. At any rate, we've got enough ideas to keep us busy for quite some time. We hope whatever success we have with this first book will lead to more opportunities down the road.
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