I visit a lot of blogs. Sometimes I know how I got there. Other times I'm not sure how I stumbled upon an author's blog, but I'm so glad that I did. Let me introduce Chris Stocking, a self-published sci-fi/fantasy author with a new steampunk release that I can't wait to read. I asked Chris to hop on over to my blog where I could learn some more about him and his book.
Chris, please give us the elevator pitch for your new release, London Darkness: Infernal Inventions.
Head Inventors from the League of Inventors are being murdered, and Ryker Mayson--an independent inventor who rather dislikes the league--is trying to figure out why with the help of Wendell, his Gnomish best friend, and Celia, his prostitute lover.
If you have to name one, who is the best character from London Darkness: Infernal Inventions?
I would have to say Ryker. He always has a revolver at his side, and he has a watch embedded into his left palm.
Chris, I love steampunk. Is this your favorite genre to read in as well?
Ever since I learned about steampunk about six months ago it certainly has become so. I used to generally be a fantasy kind of guy. I loved anything with knights and dragons. But, steampunk appealed to me in a certain way that I can't really describe. I love the idea of steam powered contraptions and machines and inventions; along with the classiness that was Victorian London.
What is your favorite thing about writing and least favorite?
My favorite thing about writing is the expression of ideas. I love being able to turn an idea into a novel, or even a short story. Not everyone is capable of turning their ideas into a coherent story, and I think that is a special talent that all writers can share.
“I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.” ― Peter De Vries. That pretty much sums it up, haha.
You are a blogging machine! I enjoy your posts at http://writetoperfect.wordpress.com. Are you ever surprised or entertained by your readers and their comments? Any stories to share?
Thank you! Often times the feedback is the reader's general perspective on the post. So it's mainly just helpful information that allows me to see something in a way that I hadn't seen it before. As for any stories, the only one thing that I find rather funny is a comment on a short story I wrote called "Pa and Me." They told me they would like to know what I eat before I go to bed that allows me to write characters with such disturbing pasts. I thought that was interesting because I really don't have a disturbing past myself. I just write, and that's what comes out.
Random question: So, Chris, I thought you hailed from Missouri and then your bio says New York. Did I dream up the Missouri roots? If I didn't make this up, how different is life in New York and does it affect your writing in any way.
I don't recall every mentioning anything about Missouri... ever, haha. I certainly wouldn't be able to compare lifestyles in Missouri and New York, but I can say that I live in a very small town surrounded by lots of farms. This is less than inspiring for sure. So I take to the internet, books, and fellow writers when my inspiration is lacking.
You have a 10 hr. flight to somewhere. Choose a writer to get stuck sitting with for this flight.
I would hardly consider a 10 hour flight with another writer being "stuck" with them, haha. But I would enjoy flying with Anne Rice. I've watched several interviews with her on YouTube and she generally has some very interesting things to say about writing. I'd like to delve further into her writing process, and I'd be very interested to hear her in-depth inspiration for Lestat.
Tell us about any books you plan to write or books you will never write.
I actually just blogged about this, ha. Right now I'm trying to market "London Darkness: Infernal Inventions." I have about 30,000 words for the next book, "London Darkness: War of the Devices," but I'm taking a break for it. I'd like to get some perspective on how the characters have changed since the first book. So, in the meantime, I'm working on writing a novella trilogy called "Bone Digger." The genre is steampunk, but it has a much higher fantasy element to it, in that is has vampires, demons, goblins, magic, etc.
Thanks, Chris. It has been a pleasure to have you here!
London Darkness: Infernal Inventions