Lance can be found lurking on his blog at www.lanceschoberg.com, on Twitter as @WritingDad, and sometimes even on his Facebook author page.
Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4397969.Lance_Schonberg
Faelad by Sarah Hunter Hyatt: Claire Whitaker didn’t even know she was Irish, let alone The Morrigan, the goddess of war.
By Skyfall by Emma Michaels: A mer-couple from Atlantis find themselves in the middle of a human murder investigation.
Charon’s Obol by. R. M. Ridley: Jonathan Alvey didn’t believe in gods, until he helps a lost child find her all-powerful parents.
Peradventure by Sarah Seeley: A jinni must choose between the woman he loves and destroying the city that persecuted her.
Natural Order by Lance Schonberg: When Carlos Vasquez is kidnapped, he discovers powers within himself to change the world.
Two Spoons by Danielle E. Shipley: A little girl’s soul meets its match in the family diner’s most mysterious patron.
Grail Days by A. F. Stewart: Living forever has its drawbacks, especially when you spend it clearing away the messes of other immortals.
Downward Mobility by M. K. Wiseman: They say love conquers all, but can it save a Valkyrie when she breaks all the rules?
Q&A with Lance
I think, basically, because I never throw anything away. As a child, I lived in the Pacific Northwest, and I'd been thinking I missed the smell of cedar and salt water. A year or so ago, reading through some jotted notes, I came across a barely legible sentence about a man waking up bound with duct tape and gagged with dryer sheets. Of course he'd been abducted for a completely different reason: my scrawl note seems to indicate an interdimensional invasion. I Think this probably worked better.
What makes your main character unique?
Well, aside from waking up with a mouth full of dryer sheets, his parentage. There have been a lot of heroes and protagonists in the last decade or so who are half god, half Angel, half alien, and so on. Carlos is half human, but the other half of his ancestry is something a bit more mythological, but not, I hope, in the usual sense. Certainly not ancient Greek.
Is this part of the series?
I didn't originally intended it to be, but going back and doing edits for Xychler, I've had a few thoughts for other stories I might tell the same characters. So it isn't currently, but I can't promise it will stay that way.
When did you realize you want to be a writer?
Sometime before I have clear, coherent memories. My parents still have notebooks from when I was in grade school, filled with quick little SF or Fantasy stories. By grade three or four, those stories turned into space opera and epic fantasy, lovingly derivative of whatever I'd most recently seen on television or in the theater, or read, but using my friends and classmates as characters. I'd say I always intended to be a writer, but didn't start making it a serious part of my life until just a few years ago. Now, it's very hard for me to not write.
What have you written?
Broadly, almost everything I write falls into the big bucket of speculative fiction. A lot of fantasy, a fair bit of science fiction, a little of what most people would consider horror, and the odd thing that's hard to classify. For length, I've tried everything from drabbles (ultra flash fiction exactly 100 words long) to the epic fantasy trilogy I”m stalled in the middle of right now. I have written five novels and three of those might actually be salvageable, and I have a whole lot of short fiction that should be out looking for homes.
What are you working on?
Too much. I usually have two or three short stories and one novel in the drafting stage. Just now, life is pretty crowded and I'm trying to limit myself to the novel I'm stuck in the middle of and a single short story. If I had any time, I'd really should be trying to doing cleanup phase right now, editing and polishing quite a few short pieces that are only just first drafts.
How do you write? Longhand, typewriter, laptop, tablet?
All of the above, and more. There's almost always a keyboard nearby, and a notebook beside my bed, among other places, and I've experimented on both my phone and tablet, though neither of those work well for me. I have a hard time finding any time to sit in the chair and type lately, but I've discovered dictation which is keeping me productive on a first draft level. With a 45-50 minute commute each way, I just start a recording app on my phone, and just talk. At the end of the day, I can transfer the files to my laptop and let it turn spoken words into written words, with occasionally hilarious results when I'm talking too fast or there's too much road noise. Some days are better than others, but it's working well for me so far.
What is your writing zone and how do you get there?
I used to have a zone, a quiet room in the basement with a computer and several heavy shelves of books surrounding me, but I can't remember the last time I spent much time there. I figured at a long time ago that if I ever want to get all of the stories rattling around in my skull out of it, not that I ever expect to catch up, I'd have to learn to write whenever I had time, not whenever my muse says it's time. So I snatch little fragments of time for writing wherever they're available, and try to have enough projects on the go that if I'm stuck on one thing, or get bored with it, I can just switch to another, going back when I've figured out the problem. I know that's a horrible answer, but if I lack focus at least I'm never bored.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Focusing on one thing. I have this dream that I can see one novel length story so clearly, so completely, that I could just sit down and write (or dictating) sentence under sentence, page after page, chapter after chapter, day after day, until I'm finished. Just work through an entire story from end to end so my mind wouldn't have the chance to wander to another story. I doubt I'll ever get to that point, but it's good to have a dream, right?
What's the easiest thing about writing?
Trying to figure out whether I should be an outliner or a discovery writer. Every story seems to be different, especially at novel length. Sometimes an outline satisfies enough of the itch that I don't want to write the story anymore, and sometimes it demands that I get started right this moment. Still haven't figured out how my brain works, I guess.
What are you currently reading?
Much like writing, I'm usually reading multiple books at the same time. Three books are getting most of my reading time right now: Rain by Amanda Sun; Truckers, the first book in Terry Pratchett's Bromeliad trilogy, and Martial Arts After 40 by Sang Kim. I'm also engaged in a long-term reread of the entire X-Men series of comic books, starting at the very beginning and nearly 1960s. I am such a geek.
Do you prefer reading eBook or paperback?
Paper. Oh, I love e-books, and my tablet is more or less a platform to satisfy the reading bug. At least one of my tablet or phone is in arms reach almost all the time, and that makes it easier to read anywhere. But there are a lot of books in my house, and I have a lot of fond memories reading as a child and to my own kids. There are probably still four or five Dr. Seuss stories I know my heart, or close. E-books are absolutely the way of the future, and I buy quite a few more of them than paperback these days, but sometimes you need to savour the book, and paper helps slow me down.
What advice do you have for fellow writers?
Get your work in front of other people's eyes. Not friends or family, unless you can really trust them to give an honest opinion. Editors and agents. If you want your name on a cover or in a table of contents, it doesn't matter how much you write if no one ever sees it. Write, rewrite, edit, polish, and send it out. And as long as you believe in the story, keep sending it out. And don't be afraid to post or serialize something on your blog or website once in a while. You may not get paid, but you'll probably get some feedback.
Be well, everyone.
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