Interview with The Saber

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a short two-page story called "The Kelchin". It was a Sci-Fi story with a philosophical "what if?" gist to it.
What is your writing process?
A story idea basically comes into my head. I think on it for a bit, and sometimes the plot develops as I write, which is fun, because it is like I am the reader of the story and not the author. Or else it SCREAMS through my head and I just HAVE to put it down. My latest story, "The Storyteller" is like that... the screaming... It was fun. Those stories tend to be written like I have a fever and can't stop until I finish.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't really remember the very first story I ever read... I think it something to do with Dick and Jane and a dog named Spot. But as far a enjoyment - I took a class - voluntary at that - on mythology and fell in love with it. I mean it had adventure and monsters and all kinds of cool things.
How do you approach cover design?
The idea comes into my head and I work it. I have to be inventive and sometimes teach myself how to do things I never did before. But the ideas seem to work. If an idea doesn't work, usually another idea comes to mind, and that one usually does.
What do you read for pleasure?
That depends on my mood. Mostly I read epic fantasy stories such as the Belgariad series or Lord of the Rings. But I do read sci-fi and horror as well, as the mood hits. I have even read spy novels and enjoyed them. And once in a while, I get a real thrill from reading books on ancient history.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
any that will let me be able to read the story I am into at that moment.
Describe your desk
My desk, as you put it, is mobile. It is called my laptop. But no matter where I set up, it soon looks like that area has been my desk for eons. I make a mess and have to clean it up each time.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Ohio, in a culture-rich neighborhood - not so much rich in affluence, but as in a well-integrated neighborhood. My family is mostly Hungarian, with grandparents on both sides not being born in this country. The neighbors... Greeks, or African American, Italian, Hispanic, or Polish, etc...
I have lived in Florida for the greater part of my life, but have also moved to Oklahoma and Texas while in the Army. Here, I met Filipinos and learned much about their culture. I traveled to Azerbaijan, where I met my then future wife, who is Russian. I became fascinated with different cultures and their beliefs about a wide variety of things. And it's often these things which influence me in subtle and in not so subtle ways.
For Instance: Folklore - there are so many different stories about creatures that haunt or kill people, or heroes of theirs... the influence on me has been huge! So the many places I have lived and the area itself, as well as the legends of people in a certain ethnic mix have tremendously influenced my writing, and will continue to do so.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The little e-book I just published is just a simple short story. But the idea of it hit me so hard, I just HAD to write the story as soon as I had a moment. The story just fell together in my head and I became like a man possessed with the need to get it out. And the little girl in the story... she is just creepy enough from the get-go in the story. But enough of that...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Getting an agent was getting more and more difficult to do. And for a while, only writers who wrote about vampires, werewolves, and zombies were getting the press - this is information I received from an agent who happened across my story. He wasn't working this particular genre, but he read it and complemented me to keep going at it no matter what.
And I also found out as I went along that my creativity in other areas, such as sculpting, drawing, or painting were needed to do some of the things I have done, like book covers and commercials, and I love that!
The biggest kicker, though, was when I heard a published author who HAD an agent said the agent didn't do all that much and that she had to do SO much work on her own, while the agent still collected like they used to when it was THEM that did all of that legwork
So I published my first book, and loved it. The commercials are a real kick, too!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been such a boon to me! Their guide books on how to self-publish have been so AWESOME! Thank you Mark Coker, for all of the work you have done in putting together the style guides and in making Smashwords work - you and all of your team! I am forever indebted to you and yours.
What are you working on next?
I am actually working on several projects at the same time. I am writing a sequel to Darque Reflections, have more than started on a demon-hunter series, and am well into a fantasy trilogy. I am also making a second commercial for Darque Reflections. I just don't have the time I wish I could put into it all.
Who are your favorite authors?
I really like J.R.R. Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, and David Eddings. Terry Brooks has been a huge favorite of mine as well. I have also found some writers on Smashwords which have become some of my favorites also.
Published 2015-08-26.
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Books by This Author

The Cabin, The Storyteller, Part 2
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,320. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
After the grisly death of the Gemini Killer, the Fletchers leave their home in Ohio to spend some time in the mountains of Tennessee. But the gruesome events surrounding that incident were nothing to the terror and danger they would face as they become prisoners of two very desperate and evil men. And Angela is unable to speak. A chilling tale of supernatural suspense.
Black Tears
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,560. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Lily was new in the small mining town. And outsiders were never really welcome when they first arrived. But Lily was not your normal seven-year-old. While being an outcast never bothered her, it didn't stop the local bullies from targeting her. But there was more to this strange little girl than meets the eye and she is willing to share that deadly secret with the kids she wants to play with.
Maribella
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,820. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Horror » General
King Larient and Queen Adarana lost their daughter. Rumors said she was taken by the dreaded Witch of Thornberry Wood. Years later, at the Spring Festival in an outlying town in his kingdom, Larient sees his daughter walk out of the woods. The witch then shows up demanding him to return the young woman back to her, and all seem powerless to stop her. Contains adult situations, graphic gore.
Paranoid
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,270. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » General
The adult psychiatric crisis unit is a volatile and sometimes dangerous place to work. Carly has been a nurse working the unit for years and is good at it. She has seen just about everything - until one day she sees something even she isn't prepared for! A patient dies in a most horrendous fashion right in front of Carly and she is left wondering if the patient's death was an anomaly or murder.
Interplay
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,780. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The next level of gaming is here, with the participants fully in the game! It's all fun and games until the program gets a bug. Then things get deadly for Todd, Wanda, and Harry. And they are helplessly trapped in a virtual world of their own design.
The Altar
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,590. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Cameron Baylor is the most decorated soldier in the history of the Galactic Empire! So why is he being assigned to Albitus Prime? Nothing exciting ever happens there. Or so he thinks. Albitus Prime is a penal moon that houses more than its fair share of dark and deadly secrets. And one of those secrets is about to blow Cameron's world apart.
Tales of the Cree Medicine Man, Part 2
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,840. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Once again, the ancient Cree shaman comes from his home in the forests of southern Canada to enlist the aid of the Canadian Royal Mounted Police in stopping the savage, murderous killing spree that has taken the lives of a family on vacation in the snowy winter land of Ontario. Read as they confront a creature thought to be imagined, only to see it savagely rip them apart one by one.
Three Epic Tales (3 Tales of Epic Fantasy Taken From "The Imp and Other Tales")
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,160. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Adventure » General
A collection of three short stories taken from the larger anthology of "The Imp and Other Tales". These three stories are all of the fantasy genre as the Imp Anthology has a mix of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. This little read is entertaining enough to keep you reading through your doughnut and coffee break or two and to take you on adventures to times since past and places far away!
Genome
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 25,580. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Horror » General
The British Government has been working on a highly dangerous top secret project. When their experiments go wrong, the whole world suffers. Kensington Holloway, the scientist tricked into unleashing this horror, must find a way to undo the terror he has bestowed upon the unsuspecting world before it is too late…before mankind goes extinct.
Wolfie
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,650. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » General
Mike was a victim. His step-mother kicked him around and his step-brother Tom hated him. School was hell and home life was worse. Something dark and terrifying can be seen in Mikes eyes as of late. Tom first noticed the change after the mysterious death of all Mike's enemies.
Rage
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,700. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Horror » General
Respect has to be deserved. Sometimes, even the most deserving of men never earn it. Bill has done everything he could in life to make his wife happy. Through the insults, the physical abuse and now the mistreatment from his daughter; Bill is at his wit's end. How much more can he take before he snaps?
Ol George
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,930. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
'Ol George has been in the family for many years. Ben always wondered why they never updated their old ragged scarecrow, but never dwelled on it too much. It wasn't until he destroyed his head that he realized how creepy 'Ol George really was. Even with his new face, Ben feels like he is being watched at every turn.
Hiatus
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,370. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Death is a natural part of life. For this reason, It was easy to replace Blaze at the office. Everyone was told his condition had worsened and he would never make it. To their surprise, Blaze was alive. Stranger yet, not a single person died in the entire world that day.
The Storyteller
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,790. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
Angela, though she was only nine years old, was a girl who possessed a very powerful gift: the gift of the storyteller. For Angela has a rare gift. She can tell a story so well, one can actually feel like they are there. But that's just the beginning. Angela's gift is a two-edged sword that can take her listener to the heights of heaven or to the very depths of hell.
The Imp and Other Tales
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 76,950. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A collection of short stories and novellas in the genres of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy. This collection has a little of everything - humor, suspense, horrifying deaths, even a dragon and a vampire! The tales are rife with swordplay, sorcery, unearthly monsters, and evil masterminds, laser weapons, space ships, distant planets, and an evil empire. A mini-vacation for the mind.
That Which Devours (Tales of the Cree Medicine Man)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,100. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A group of men go in hunt for a bear that murdered the father of one of their friends. But the men find out that they are not the hunters... They are the prey to a creature out of the darkest nightmare.
Darque Reflections
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 127,960. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
In the town of Haberville, Florida a small college town, brutal murders are tearing the town apart. Kelly, a computer programmer, tries keeping to himself, only to find he is being implicated in the brutal slayings and finds himself in a dimension between our world and hell. Kelly knows he must escape or he puts the life of the woman he loves most in jeopardy. He knows she's next to be killed.