Joe King! Here’s the interview for today’s Midnight Oil Anthology Q&A

Q&A with Joe King, an author of the Midnight Oil Anthology

 

  1. Inquiring minds want to know what makes you tick. Tell us about your life.

I am a former journalist turned high school English teacher. My published works include Raw Egg and Human Ants.  I recently had the pleasure of marrying the love of my life at the Hemingway Home in Key West.

  1. What was your life like before you became a writer, and how did you get your start as an author?

I was inspired to write after reading Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. I had read a fair amount of classic literature before, but that book really spoke to me. I though if I could write something that meant that much to somebody else as that book meant to me then I could feel like I positively contributed to humanity.

  1. Tell us about your writing process. Are you a pantser, a plotter, or something else?

I’m not really into labels like this. I write as often as possible and aim for quality and passion.

  1. Do you have a favorite writing project or a book that still haunts your dreams that you would like to share?

I have a grand idea for a mega novel that is a still a few projects away. I really can’t say much about it because all the other projects before it will be part of its development.

  1. Tell us a little about your story in the Midnight Oil Anthology.

My story in the collection is called a “A Common Place,” which is an ironic title since nothing that happens in the story is remotely common. The story involves a clash of wrongly interrupted perspectives that drive the action. I can’t give away too much without ruining all the surprises in it, but I will say it is a strange story.

  1. Do you have works in progress?

Yes, I am currently near the end of the first draft of my second novel. I went bold with this one. It’s a multi-genre blend that is pushing more that 100,000 words so far. I hope to release this work within a year. I am also about to re-release my poetry collection Human Ants with tons of new poems and art work. That should be out in a month or so.

  1. What are your plans for your next book?

This goes back to Human Ants. I’ve never self-published a work, but I am going to give it a try with this one. My main motivation in this is to cheap the price as low as possible. Poetry readers are so rare, I thought the low price could by my small way of celebrating them.

  1. Do you have an especially interesting research experience to share?

I don’t really do too much research in the type of writing I do.

  1. How to you stay in touch with your muse?

Words, words, words.

  1. What do you think has contributed the most to your writing style?

Reading a variety of classic literature. I believe the quality and quantity of what  a writer reads has a profound effect on the writing they produce.

 

  1. How can readers follow you online?

https://booksbyjoeking.wixsite.com/joeking

https://www.facebook.com/WriterJoeKing/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15112518.Joe_King

https://twitter.com/joe_author

Joe Pranaitis, an Interview with one of the Midnight Oil Anthology Authors

Q&A with Midnight Oil Anthology Author, Joe Pranaitis

1.Inquiring minds want to know what makes you tick. Tell us about your life.

I am an author and producer. I grew up being exposed to Star Trek and the original BattleStar Galactica and later on Babylon 5, but the thing that has really influenced me was the book Star Trek: Final Frontier by Diane Carey.

  1. What was your life like before you became a writer, and how did you get your start as an author?

I started out as an artist just drawing starships and then my mom and my uncle introduced me to the word processing program and I wrote several short stories. But it wasn’t until high school that I was given the assignment to write and draw my own comic book and that is where my original series Infinite Stars was born.

  1. Tell us about your writing process. Are you a pantser, a plotter, or something else?

How I start is by taking time to read then I watch an episode of a series before sitting down at the computer and let my mind take flight.

  1. Do you have a favorite writing project or a book that still haunts your dreams that you would like to share?

All of my writing projects have been my favorite when I’ve worked on them.

  1. Tell us a little about your story in the Midnight Oil Anthology.

It takes place a few hours after the ECS Andrea (See Shattered Time Anthology) was launched and Admiral Lynch has to find out why they haven’t returned yet so she orders her crew aboard the Nimitz to locate the designer of the experimental temporal engines.

  1. Do you have works in progress?

Yes I am currently rewriting two of what was my Kindle Worlds stories into books of their own that will fit within the universe of my stories from both Shattered Time and Midnight Oil.

  1. What are your plans for your next book?

As above and the first book in the Temporal War trilogy of which it will be called should be out by next January or February.

  1. Do you have an especially interesting research experience to share?

No unfortunately I don’t

  1. How to you stay in touch with your muse?

She and I have a great relationship and she always knows when I need her.

  1. What do you think has contributed the most to your writing style?

What has is that I read a lot and I let my impanation take flight,

 

  1. How can readers follow you online?

You can find me at my website http://trekprime.wixsite.com/joepranaitis, Goodreads,  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3143760.Joe_Pranaitis,Twitter https://twitter.com/JoePranaitis, and my facebook author’s page  https://www.facebook.com/JoePranaitisAuthor/?ref=bookmarks

 

 

Teaser for Counterpoint

An hour after Admiral Lynch sees the ECS Andrea vanish into time she sees that they haven’t returned but hunts down the temporal engines designer to find out from him what went wrong. When she tracks him down he confesses that he wasn’t telling her the truth when he designed the temporal engines or that he isn’t even from the twenty-fourth century but from a year far up the timeline.

Interview with Karen Vaughan of the Midnight Oil Anthology

Welcome to the 2nd interview for our Midnight Oil Anthology release countdown. Today our Q & A is with Karen Vaughan!

  1. Inquiring minds want to know what makes you tick. Tell us about your life.

DAY TO DAY LIFE INVOLVES PROMOTING INDIE AUTHORS WITH MY PARTNERS VIV DREWA AND DELLANI OAKES FOR OWL & PUSSYCAT PROMOTIONS. I ALSO WRITE OR TRY TO WRITE EACH DAY,  AND HANG OUT WITH HUBBY SO HE DOESN’T FEEL NEGLECTED.

  1. What was your life like before you became a writer, and how did you get your start as an author? BEFORE I WAS A WRITER I WORKED FOR A LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH AGENCY AS A VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR. I AM A MOM AND A WIFE WHO LOVES CARD AND BOARD GAMES. I ALSO LOVE TO SOCIALIZE WITH FRIENDS. I WAS HOME ON SICK LEAVE FROM WORK AND GOT BORED. I HAD AN IDEA KICKING AROUND IN MY BRAIN AND DECIDED THEN WAS A GOOD TIME TO WRITE IT AND I NEVER STOPPED WRITING

 

  1. Tell us about your writing process. Are you a pantser, a plotter, or something else?

Dedicated plantser— I LINE UP MY CHARACTERS AND A BASIC PLOT. I WRITE LONGHAND FIRST AND THEN DICTATE THE NOVEL USING DRAGON SOFTWARE.

 

  1. Do you have a favorite writing project or a book that still haunts your dreams that you would like to share?

THE STORY I AM WORKING ON FOR ANOTHER ANTHOLOGY UNDER THE SEA. MY STORY IS ABOUT A MERMAID SHIFTER WHO AFTER AN ACCIDENT LOSES HER MEMORY AND FORGETS WHAT AND WHO SHE IS. IT IS A FANTASY AND IT’S MY FIRST ONE EVER. I AM PRETTY STOKED ABOUT IT.

  1. Tell us a little about your story in the Midnight Oil Anthology.

MY STORY IS ABOUT ALICE WHO HAS ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO THE MOON. DISENCHANTED WITH HER MARRIAGE, SHE TAKES OFF ON WHAT SHE THINKS IS A CROSS COUNTRY TRIP BUT IS REALLY A TRIP TO OUTER SPACE WITH SOME VERY DECEPTIVE ALIENS.

  1. Do you have works in progress?

THE MERMAID WITH THE SEAHORSE TATTOO, DEAD AIR (LAURA & GERRY SERIES #8) A BOTTLE OF RED (ROMANCE)

 

  1. What are your plans for your next book?

I WANT TO TAKE MY LAURA AND GERRY SERIES INTERNATIONAL AFTER THEY WIN THE MEGALOTTO THEY WILL TRAVEL THE WORLD AND FIND MURDER AND MAYHEM EVERYWHERE THEY GO.

 

  1. Do you have an especially interesting research experience to share?

I TRY NOT TO RESEARCH AS I AM BASICALLY LAZY BUT I HAVE RESEARCHED COMEDY CLUBS FOR ONE OF MY BOOKS AND WATCHED LOTS OF ROUTINES.

 

  1. How to you stay in touch with your muse?

BLOGGING AND WRITING ANYTHING I CAN

 

  1. What do you think has contributed the most to your writing style?

MY WARPED SENSE OF HUMOR.

 

  1. How can readers follow you online?

twitter https://twitter.com/karenvwrites

 

linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-vaughan-b1665b44/

 

facebook https://www.facebook.com/Karenvaughansbooks/

 

google + https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KarenVaughanwriteratlarge