Interview with Gary Sapp

Well, Gary, here we are in the latter half of August of 2015. About 2 years ago you started publishing here on Smashwords. Fast forward to last year when you started your work on Where are our Children. You have come full circle.
Yea, it kind of feels that way. It is hard to believe that all of those months have passed by so quickly.
I'm sure you feel mixed emotions while you put the experience of writing that serial in your rear view mirror.
It is almost impossible to put my feelings into words. As I stated in last year's interview, the original draft of WAOC was written during an unsettling time in my life. All of that raw emotion poured out of me again during the redrafting. But believe it or not, I wasn't always sure I would finish this project. I had my doubts. My critical voice that tends to over critique everything ate at my confidence some days. Still, at the end of the day, I managed to get it done. Looking back, I'm both proud and humbled considering the scope of what I was able to pull off nine episodes, well over 300,000 words and nearly 900 printed manuscript pages later. In the end WAOC isn't perfect. In fact it is far from perfect, but I'm pleased to say that I got it done.
And yet, many of your reader's would say as large as your narrative was Whirlwind's ending left the door open for sequels. Is that a fair assumption?
I purposely meant for the final chapters to leave readers with a sense of ambiguity. I don't think that any work this dense could wrap itself in an simple, neat package. Hopefully, I'm smart enough not to close the door on a true sequel, but a full follow up is not in any of my immediate plans.
You said a TRUE sequel is not in the works. Is it a safe bet to wage that we haven't heard the last of at least some of the book's cast right?
You haven't. I have at least four companion stories to tell and I would like to get those stories out to readers during my next publishing year which starts in September. I'll give out at least a hint or two on what to expect in these stories based from WAOC: Readers will be following the adventures of two characters that you already have been exposed to from the serial, but did not experience the tale from their specific point of view. Also, one of the stories serves almost as a prequel to events that aided in shaping some of the backdrop of the serial. I'll speak far more specifically about these companion tales on my blog as we draw closer to seeing them published.
Sounds exciting. And speaking of the future- what other project(s) are on your horizon.
If I can stay on schedule, I will be publishing the first of what I hope will be many Short Tales of Fiction starting on 9-1-15.
You did hint during your first interview that you were leaning towards returning to the world of telling short stories on a long term basis.
I did. WAOC is an experience that I will never forget. I enjoyed getting my crazy ideas out there in my sports articles as well. Yet, publishing fiction in a short story format empowers me to pursue a type of storytelling that I enjoy so much without eating into an already hectic schedule of mine that includes family obligations and holding a full time job.
I' ve heard the rumor that you will be publishing your fiction on a weekly basis
Yes, that is true. I will publishing a Short Tale of Fiction each week as long as I have an outlet to express my passions, my health holds up, and somebody out there on the other end wants to read what I have to say. I also plan to publish each story in a neat monthly collection exclusively on Amazon's website.
Will your work continue to be free?
Again, I hope I'm smart enough not to close the door on anything when it comes to this business. But the short answer would be YES, each individual Short Tale of Fiction will remain free here on this web site for the near future.
I'm sure readers are thrilled to hear for you again, Gary. When can your fans expect to hear from you again in the near future?
I blog almost daily and I'm on Twitter quite a bit as well. I think updating fans through this platform is something that I would like to take advantage of before the start of my new publishing cycle each year in September.
Alright, Gary, that sounds great. Do you have any final words for your readers before we sign off for now?
Any of you guys who follow my blog specifically already know how much I appreciate every reader that I have and those I hope to gain in the future. I'm trying to improve every aspect of what I do from proofreading and editing my work to producing superior cover designs and keeping deadlines that I set for myself. yet, the most important thing in ALL of this in my eyes is to have fun, while I learn to become a better storyteller. I want my work to touch you guys. I wand my characters and their plights to tckle your funny bone, piss you off or even move you to tears.
And I'm only getting started.
Published 2015-08-24.
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Books by This Author

Empire's Fall: The Last Days of the NFL as we know it
Series: Sapp's Sports Study. Price: Free! Words: 6,180. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Football & rugby
Gary Sapp, an avid sports fanatic, tackles the world's last remaining superpower: The National Football League.
Whirlwind: Where are our Children ( A Serial Novel) Episode 9 of 9
Series: Where are our Children. Price: Free! Words: 30,040. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Stop. Look. Listen. But don’t you dare inquire any further. You don’t want to see what I’ve seen. You don’t want to know what I know.
Tempest Rising: Where are our Children (A Serial Novel) Episode 8 of 9
Series: Where are our Children. Price: Free! Words: 28,720. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Where are our Children rolls on to it's devastating climax. After much isolation the game's surviving players reunite only to see two more players fall for the final time. In the meantime, a Tempest of unequaled power and strength rises over Atlanta and adds more misery to the city's weary residents.
Scar: Where are our Children (A Serial Novel) Episode 7 of 9
Series: Where are our Children. Price: Free! Words: 26,950. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Where are our Children rolls on to it's devastating climax. Dr. Seth Dupree and Thomas Pepper witness racial strife in the streets of Atlanta firsthand. Friendships will be strained. And enemies will face off at long last.
Betrayal: Where are our Children (A Serial Novel) Episode 6 of 9
Series: Where are our Children. Price: Free! Words: 31,350. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
At long last Where are our Children returns. And this time loyalties are tested, alliances are shifted and a beloved character is betrayed.
Zero Hour: Where are our Children (A Serial Novel) Episode 5 of 9
Series: Where are our Children. Price: Free! Words: 33,690. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Many say that we are living in the last days. What if I told you that today was that day? What if you learned that you are living here, now, in your final hour. Welcome to the Zero Hour.
Past Prologue: Where are our Children (A Serial Novel) Episode 4 of 9
Series: Where are our Children. Price: Free! Words: 35,500. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Sometimes the game of future's past is played by bending the rules. But the citizens of the city of Atlanta have broken them all.
Rapture: Where are our Children (A Serial Novel) Episode 3 of 9
Series: Where are our Children. Price: Free! Words: 43,340. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
It has often been said that where there is smoke, there is likely fire. So down in Atlanta, Georgia, may they all burn...
Deliverance: Where are our Children (A Serial Novel) Episode 2 of 9
Series: Where are our Children. Price: Free! Words: 38,120. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Episode 2 continues the epic series as the cold war between A House in Chains and Pandora heats towards an inevitable confrontation.
4-1-1: Where Are Our Children (A Serial Novel) Episode 1 of 9
Series: Where are our Children. Price: Free! Words: 35,560. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
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Episode One: 4-1-1: Pandora launches a devastating attack against A House in Chains and People of Color in the city of Atlanta.
The Gospel According To John: How Elway Saved Us From Tebow, His Media Cronies, And An Insufferable Fan Base
Series: Sapp's Sports Study. Price: Free! Words: 7,590. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Football & rugby
Gary Sapp, an avid sports fanatic, tackles the phenomenon and controversy of Tim Tebow.
Fumblerooski: How The NCAA Dropped The Ball On The Coming Playoff.
Series: Sapp's Sports Study. Price: Free! Words: 11,990. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Football & rugby
Gary Sapp, an avid sports fanatic, enlightens football fans with his vision of an expanded playoff system in the place of the four team format that the NCAA unleashed in 2014.
Waiting
Price: Free! Words: 9,080. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Three humanoids living aboard a lunar mining station engage in an explosive investigation of lies, deceit, and treachery that could cost the lives of billions.