Felinity Interview – A.F.E Smith

 

Hi and welcome to Team Grimbold! Felinity is set to be the first publication under the Kristell Inkling imprint, and we’re thrilled to have you on board. Tell us about yourself. (Please include links to blogs/sites/Twitter/published works etc)

My name is A.F.E. Smith, and online I am often to be found in the form of a robin. Perhaps not the safest choice with Grim and Bold around, but I’m used to being a bird by now so I’ll take my chances. Very few people have seen my actual face … well, you know, except in my offline life. It’s not like I wear a mask to the supermarket or anything.

Anyway, I’m a fantasy writer and my first novel, Darkhaven, is due to be released as an ebook by Harper Voyager later this year – which means I’m currently in a permanent state of both excitement (making my début!) and fear (what if everyone hates it?). I have a website atwww.afesmith.com, where I blog and interview with varying degrees of, er, sporadicity, and I’m on Twitter as @afesmith. I’ve also recently made myself a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AuthorAFESmith, which does have my face on it. So if you’re curious, you know where to look 🙂

What inspired your story for Felinity?

Cats are renowned for having nine lives, so I began to wonder: what if the same cat had witnessed nine key discoveries in history? More – since we all know cats are in charge of us really, what if the cat caused those discoveries to be made? And that’s how Nein was born.

How do you feel about having an illustration accompany your story?

Excited. A little bit thrilled, actually. I’ve always longed for someone to create illustrations for my books – one of my ambitions is for my writing to be successful enough to be made into a graphic novel. It’s always amazing to see my work fire enough of a spark in someone else’s imagination for them to be able to bring it to life.

What writing projects are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on the sequel to Darkhaven, and a completely different adult fantasy called Dawn Rising (the first in a rather complicated five-part series), and also a young adult fantasy called Arcana. Sometimes I write short stories or flash fiction in between. Of course, all that has to fit around my actual job and my life with the other Smiths, Mr and Baby. And Baby Smith 2 is on the way …

Congratulations on Baby Smith 2! Now, the most important question – Cats or dogs?

As pets, or as overlords? I wouldn’t choose either a dog or a cat as a pet. Dogs are too needy, and I’d always suspect the cat of plotting against me. But I’d certainly back the cats to defeat the dogs if it came to an outright species war. They’re far better tactical thinkers.

 

Inkling Interrogation

 

  1. What sort of child were you?

    I’m reliably informed that I was the World’s Worst Baby. I cried non-stop until I learned to read at the age of two. After that I always had my head in a book and barely made a sound. Except to ask for more books.

    Of course, I was lucky enough to grow up in a house where there were always drawing and writing materials to hand, and plenty of books for all age groups to explore – so I always had an outlet for my creativity. When I was old enough, my mother introduced me to J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula Le Guin and Anne McCaffrey. That was it. I’d found my spiritual home, and I’ve loved fantasy ever since.

  2. If you could be a superhero, who would you be?

    I feel like I already am a superhero. After all, I have two identities and almost no-one knows them both. Shame about the lack of actual superpower, of course, but I can work on that. Does an infinite ability to procrastinate count?

    Seriously, though … I think if I could pick, I’d be Iron Man. Because he’s a superhero not by virtue of being an alien or as a result of some kind of radioactive accident, but through the application of science and human intelligence. And that’s something I can get behind.

    (I realise Batman also fits into this category, but I don’t think I could cope with all that brooding. Besides, Iron Man has a flying suit, and for me that trumps the Batmobile any day.)

  3. What’s your earliest memory?

    You know, I’m not even sure. After a while it becomes hard to know whether you remember something, or just remember remembering it.

    I definitely remember being at my first primary school, seeing a copy of Roald Dahl’s The BFG that one of the older children had left in the cloakroom, and thinking ‘Wow, that looks like a really grown-up book, I’ll be able to read that one day’. And I also remember being given a copy of The Hobbit for the first time (I think it was in a doctor’s waiting room) and spending ages just looking at the cover. You know, the classic dark blue and green and white one, slightly abstract.

    Yeah … most of my early memories are about books.

  4. If you could sing one song on the X-Factor, what would it be?

    Pink Floyd’s ‘Have a Cigar’. Since it’s about the way the music industry treats artists as commodities, I think it would be appropriate. Plus it contains one of my all-time favourite lyrics.

  5. What’s your biggest disappointment?

    I don’t know. Probably myself. No matter how I try, I can’t stop wasting time. I have no idea what I was doing before Baby Smith was born. I must have had vast quantities of free time, and yet I don’t appear to have used it wisely at all.

    That, and hot chocolate, which never tastes as good as the idea of hot chocolate.

  6. If you could enroll in a PhD program, with your tuition paid in full by a mysterious benefactor, what would you study — and why?

    Theoretical physics. Quantum mechanics. Elementary particles. That kind of thing. I can’t think of a more fascinating subject than the fundamental fabric of life itself. (In a parallel universe, I’m basically Sheldon Cooper.)

  7. Who would play you in a movie of your life?

    If they made a movie of my life it would have to be part fantasy. My life so far has been so normal that it would make an incredibly dull movie. So it would have to be one of those films where you see the protagonist’s imagination come alive. Then the story of my life would basically just become the framing narrative for my characters’ stories, and that would make a far better movie.

    I don’t really want an actor to play me. Rather, I’d like the film to be animated, because I love animation. To begin with I was thinking Disney, so lots of pretty dresses and me breaking into song all over the place, but actually I think Studio Ghibli would be a better fit for me. Something dark and strange to match the contents of my head. James Earl Jones could do my voice. (Not that I sound anything like him, of course; he just rocks.)

  8. Do you sing in the shower?

    Always. I sing whatever’s got stuck in my head, so these days it tends to be songs that Baby Smith likes. ‘Walking in the Jungle’, ‘The Wheels on the Bus’, or songs from the Frozen soundtrack – he loves those. In fact, I’m humming ‘Fixer-Upper’ right now.

 

Felinity Interview – Christie Rampersad

 

Hi and welcome to Team Grimbold! Felinity is set to be the first publication under the Kristell Inkling imprint, and we’re thrilled to have you on board. Tell us about yourself. (Please include links to blogs/sites/Twitter/published works etc)

Christie Rampersad PictureFirst of all, I’d just like to say how immensely thrilled I am to have “Nine Lives Later” appear in “Felinity”. When I’m not writing about science fiction or cats, I study medicine at the University of Manitoba. That takes up most of my time these days, but it has taught me one very important lesson about writing. Writers do what we do because we have to. Whether it’s for a few short minutes of de-stressing, or if I just have too many ideas bouncing around in my head, there’s nothing quite like putting pen to paper – or fingers to keyboard, as the case may be.

While my genres of choice have tended to be science fiction and fantasy, I am always open to exploring new fields. All of my stories begin with the characters. Where things go from there all depends on them, and what feels right and honest to their personalities and intentions. That being said, I do tend to gravitate to YA. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m 21 years old, or because books in that genre have just left such a strong impression on me, but those are the characters whose stories I am most compelled to tell. I’m very excited to see how my writing grows and changes in the years to come.

And one of the more fun facts, in my opinion, is that I am currently represented by Sasha Raskin of The Agency Group.

Twitter: @KikiRampersad
What inspired your story for Felinity?

As most of my stories start, “Nine Lives Later” was inspired by a thought flitting across an idle mind. In this case, the somewhat morbid thought was: “We all die. But what if we didn’t, at least not the first time?”

How do you feel about having an illustration accompany your story?

I’m very excited about having an illustration accompany my story. There are so many ways to tell a story, and I think that the illustration was really able to do exactly that: not just complementing the text, but also really carrying its own weight.

What writing projects are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently working on a few stories that are very dear to my heart, and which you will hopefully be seeing someday.

The most important question – Cats or dogs?

I like cats, but I love dogs.

 

 

Inkling Interrogation

 

  1. It’s the zombie apocalypse, how do you survive?

If you can’t beat them, join them.

  1. Who would you like to say sorry to?

I’d like to apologize to my parents and brother because I become something of a hermit when I’m really drawn into a story – whether I’m reading or writing it.

  1. If you could sit down with your 15-year old self, what would you tell him or her?

When I was 15 years old, my family and I moved from Trinidad to Canada. So I supposed I’d tell my 15-year old self to get ready for things to change, and that there are some things that never will – all in the best ways possible.

  1. What is your worst character trait?

I’m a worrier. But I’m working on that, on recognizing the things beyond my control, and on letting those things go.

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

The Shire.

  1. What do you think of garden gnomes?

They’re excellent travellers.

  1. Do you believe in magic?

Absolutely.

  1. What’s your biggest regret?

My biggest regret is that I waited so long to start writing because I didn’t think I’d be good enough. It took years before I realized that it didn’t matter. Now I write because I have something to say, and not because I need to be heard. Although, it is always nice when a reader really connects with the story.

 

Felinity Interview – Jessica Frost

Hi and welcome to Team Grimbold! Felinity is set to be the first publication under the Kristell Inkling imprint, and we’re thrilled to have you on board. Tell us about yourself. (Please include links to blogs/sites/Twitter/published works etc) 

I’m a self-confessed perfectionist, medical student, black belt in karate, dog-lover, aspiring author, and it goes without saying that I love books probably a little bit too much! I have an interest in photography and am constantly on the lookout for new landscapes to catch on camera. I also love all things Spanish, have a slight addiction to ice-cream and cry way too easily at sad movies and books… That pretty much sums me up!

Twitter: @MissInkweaver.

What inspired your story for Felinity?

I somehow stumbled across an article on the evolutionary development of cats and dogs and was intrigued by how both animals actually stem from the same carnivorous ancestor – the miacid. I find it fascinating how the biological split of this creature millions of years ago instigated some sort of rivalry between the two species, and couldn’t stop myself wondering about why and how that came about. That’s really the initial spark that got me writing.

How do you feel about having an illustration accompany your story?

I think that’s a great idea! Illustrations can really help the writing to come alive!

What writing projects are you working on at the moment?

I’m always writing something or other! I’ve recently finished a YA fantasy romance – a story that’s ultimately about forbidden love and all its dangers and hardships – which I’m hoping to start sending out to agents/publishers soon. Scary times! I’ve also got a contemporary YA novel planned out that’s currently just a heap of notes in my drawer, screaming to be written. Just got to get my med school exams out the way first, then that will have my complete attention!

The most important question – cats or dogs?

Dogs, without a doubt. I have a 7 month old Cockapoo called Ruby and she’s just the cutest thing ever: I’m sure she’d convert anyone!

 

Inkling Interrogation

1. How would you guide an alien through making a marmite sandwich?

Well, I personally hate marmite so I’d probably try and persuade the alien not to make the sandwich in the first place!

2. What’s your greatest achievement?

I’d have to say receiving my black belt in karate is something I’m extremely proud of! I’ve spent over ten years pouring my heart and soul into the sport and to finally receive something in exchange for all the blood, sweat and tears has made the many hours spent training completely worth it.

3. Who s the living person you most despise?

I try not to hate anyone really – you can never have too many friends! I save my dislike for fictional characters instead! One of the most evil people I’ve come across in literature has to be Shakespeare’s Iago – he really makes my skin crawl!

4. Do you take the shampoo and soap from hotels?

I do… When you’ve got hair as crazy as mine, you can never have enough shampoo!

5. What would be your motto?

It’s cliché but ‘live life to the full’. So many people let amazing opportunities pass them by and I don’t want to be that person who looks back in years to come and has regrets because they didn’t embrace life. Time is too precious.

6. What did you want to be when you were little?

Growing up, I was a huge Enid Blyton fan and was adamant that I was going to create my own secret group and solve mysteries for a living! Then, I decided I was going to be a vet – but that only lasted until my first rabbit had to be put down, and I changed my mind again.

7. Who do you admire most and why?

A best friend of mine. She’s had so many horrible things thrown at her over the last few years but has stayed strong throughout it all and is undoubtedly the most positive, optimistic, incredible person I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. I don’t think I could ever confront life’s hardships with as much courage as she’s done. She’s a real inspiration.

8. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4 – what is it?

“…the dog keeps me from getting too close to magnets.” (My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult).

 

Felinity Interview – Tina Closser

 

Hi and welcome to Team Grimbold! Felinity is set to be the first publication under the Kristell Inkling imprint, and we’re thrilled to have you on board. Tell us about yourself. (Please include links to blogs/sites/Twitter/published works etc)

What inspired your story for Felinity?

When I watch my cats sleep I see that their little tails twitch or they make weird meow-y sounds. I kind of wonder what they could be dreaming about and this was my take on what they are dreaming. I was also inspired by the short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”

 

How do you feel about having an illustration accompany your story?

I think it’s great. I’m envious of people who can draw, paint, sculpt, whatever, because I can’t draw a stick figure.

 

What writing projects are you working on at the moment?

I have a few projects I’m working on now. I really need to focus on one at some point. But I’m working on companion pieces to my “Non-Compliance” series and by working on I mean thinking about it while I’m in the shower. I just completed a short story, “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” that’s kind of YA Waterworld story, but in a good way. I have a space opera I’m outlining and planning, and a super hero mom short story I’m trying to whip into a novella. Again, I need to focus.

The most important question – Cats or dogs?

Alpacas J

 

Inkling Interrogation

1.     What sort of child were you?

Incredibly boring, I seriously I have no interesting stories, because I was so boring and well-behaved.

2. If you could be a superhero, who would you be?

Jean Grey because Wolverine loves her and I love Wolverine. Plus she’s a Level 5 mutant and that’s pretty cool. BTW: I loved Wolverine before Hugh Jackman was chosen to play him. That was just icing on the cake.

3. What’s your earliest memory?

Getting lost in the Kentucky backwoods while hiking with my parents. Have you ever seen Deliverance? Shutter.

 4.   If you could sing one song on the X-Factor, what would it be?

Is that the show with Mulder and Scully? Seriously, no one wants to hear me sing. Although, I have been known to belt out a Rush tune now and again

5. What’s your biggest disappointment?

That I’ll never get to go to outer space

6. If you could enroll in a PhD program, with your tuition paid in full by a mysterious benefactor, what would you study — and why?

Probably astrophysics. That’s what I originally set out to study, but I didn’t think I’d be smart enough to do it. I love physics and astronomy. However, I’ve been told by a few of my PhD friends that if I want to get a PhD that I should kiss my family goodbye, because it’s that time intensive. So I’ll probably just be happy to be right where I am.

 7. Who would play you in a movie of your life?

Hmmm, maybe me, and Adam Baldwin could play Rich, my husband. J

8.    Do you sing in the shower?

See #4 I’m mostly a car singer and not a shower singer. This has resulted in embarrassing moments at stop lights while I’m belting out “Farewell to Kings” and another car pulls up next to me.

 

You can cyberstalk me at:

The Book of Faces: www.facebook.com/paigedanielsauthor

If you’re into tweeting: @tclosser

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/PaigeDaniels

 

Felinity Interview – Mike Hargreaves

 

Hi and welcome to Team Grimbold! Felinity is set to be the first publication under the Kristell Inkling imprint, and we’re thrilled to have you on board. Tell us about yourself. (Please include links to blogs/sites/Twitter/published works etc)

What inspired your story for Felinity?

I had the idea of featuring a religious/shamanic ritual and then sought out a mythical feature about cats I could tie it to. I’m pleased with the outcome.

How do you feel about having an illustration accompany your story?

I was very impressed with the illustration. I look forward to seeing it in situation.

What writing projects are you working on at the moment?

I’m posting daily RPG related tweets and working on a number of storylines for tabletop gaming. I have an idea for a vampire story that will either be written out in full or run as a game some time soon.

The most important question – Cats or dogs?

Due to allergies I kinda have to side with dogs. I was intending to own a little black kitten called Harley and a big Old English Sheepdog called Davidson… but now I’m allergic to cats I’m thinking later in life I’ll go for a big black lab called Ducati

 

 

Inkling Interrogation

 

1.    It’s the zombie apocalypse, how do you survive?

By getting Morgan Freeman to narrate my story. It’s a long shot, but it’s the only sure fire way of getting through to the end of the movie.

2.    Who would you like to say sorry to?

I’m not sure I have anyone I need a special chance to apologise to. If you haven’t said sorry already then you didn’t really want to say sorry.

3.    If you could sit down with your 15-year old self, what would you tell him?

I’d probably have a four hour PowerPoint presentation, lots of advice, lots of financial hints, guidelines on how to invest in Magic: The Gathering. But in the end I’d just want him to know it all works out ok.

4.    What is your worst character trait?

I’m a manipulator. But I try to only use my powers for good.

5.    If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

You’re hopefully getting a hint I’m quite content; I’m where I need to be right now.

6.    What do you think of garden gnomes?

They have their uses.

7.    Do you believe in magic?

As a solution to difficulties in life: No
As an expression of experiencing wonder and delight: Yes

8.    What’s your biggest regret?

The times I traded my innocence for experience, but didn’t learn from my mistakes.

 

Felinity Interview – C.N. Lesley

 

Hi and welcome to Team Grimbold! Felinity is set to be the first publication under the Kristell Inkling imprint, and we’re thrilled to have you on board. Tell us about yourself. (Please include links to blogs/sites/Twitter/published works etc)

Elizabeth Hull, writing under the by line of C.N.Lesley, lives in Alberta with her husband and cats. Her three daughters live close by. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth likes to read and to paint watercolors. She is also a keen gardener, despite the very short summers and now has a mature shade garden. Once a worker in the communications sector, mostly concentrating on local news and events, she now writes full time.

Trivia.

The by line comes about because there is a very nice lady fantasy writer already published who uses Elizabeth’s legal name.

All Elizabeth’s cats are rescue adoptions. Her current boy was days away from being euthanized, as he was deemed too sick to adopt. The cat recovered within hours of being brought home.

She was senior managing editor of FlashMe Magazine and now is assistant flash fiction editor for Abyss and Apex. http://www.abyssapexzine.com/

What inspired your stories for Felinity?

My stories mostly come from dreams.

How do you feel about having an illustration accompany your stories?

I am very curious and am dying to see the result.

What writing projects are you working on at the moment?

Sequels’ to fantasy and science fantasy series, a stand-alone dark sci fi, two urban fantasies, a high fantasy and a novella.

The most important question – Cats or dogs?

Cats rule the universe.

 

 

Inkling Interrogation

 1. What sort of child were you?

The lonely only.

2. If you could be a superhero, who would you be?

I’d like to be one who can teleport, but I can’t think of an existing one who does this.

3. What’s your earliest memory?

Deciding rolling down the stairs width-wise would be fun. I was two and could fit across. It wasn’t.

4. If you could sing one song on the X-Factor, what would it be?

Anything from Fairport Convention. I like folk music.

5. What’s your biggest disappointment?

Getting let down by people.

6. If you could enroll in a PhD program, with your tuition paid in full by a mysterious benefactor, what would you study — and why?

Paleontology. I live a two hour drive from the Royal Tyrell Museum. http://www.tyrrellmuseum.com/ aka the dinosaur museum, situated in Alberta’s Bad Lands. Even if I drive five miles down the road to a river valley I might find a fossil. I would love to know more about these creatures.

7. Who would play you in a movie of your life?

Someone with a lot of patience.

8. Do you sing in the shower?

Never. I am not a fan of getting soap in my mouth.

 

Felinity Interview – Dave Crosby

 

Hi and welcome to Team Grimbold! Felinity is set to be the first publication under the Kristell Inkling imprint, and we’re thrilled to have you on board. Tell us about yourself. (Please include links to blogs/sites/Twitter/published works etc)

Dave in Suit & Tie, in front of PaintingWhat inspired your story for Felinity?

I was daydreaming one day about being on a big game safari, and a poem started flowing about the hunter being in the last split second of his life because a lion was in mid-air, aimed him.  What would his last thought be?

How do you feel about having an illustration accompany your story?

It’s a great idea—I want one of the most ripingest, tearingest, ferocious lions ever—in mid-air, ready to rip apart the puny invader.

What writing projects are you working on at the moment?

I have finished a novel with the expert help of Elizabeth Hull (C.N. Lesley), and it is in the final editing stages before seeking a publisher.  It is called Bringing Home the Good War, and it is about a strong and wonderful man, a pediatric surgeon, who evolves into a serial killer of bad people after his family is killed in a home invasion.  It’s a bit like Death Wish, but is not so much a story of revenge as one of redemption—how the good doctor pulls himself out of his tragic spiral.

The most important question – Cats or dogs?

I’ve always had a domestic cat in the house (but never treated them like the hunter in “Animal”  🙂  They amaze me, even with their small size, how ferocious and independent they can be and, at the other end of the spectrum, how they can purr, and rub and insinuate themselves into our human hearts.

 

Inkling Interrogation

 

1. What genre of music do you love?

In another, non-author, life, I am a mobile dance DJ, and have learned to love just about every genre out there, except maybe hard opera and, even there, I can appreciate the training and the Olympic skill level the artists attain.  If someone were to force me to choose one, Fresh Country

2. What’s the worst present you’ve been given?

I’ve puzzled over this far too long, and have to admit I don’t think I have ever been given a bad present.

3. If you were an animal, what would you be?

I feel deeply I should say “a lion” but, to be honest, I’ve always thought I would make a great eagle.

4. Pick 2 celebrities to be your parents, why them?

J.R.R. Tolkien and Karen Carpenter.  With writing and vocal skills like that, I could own the world.

5. What was the last gift you gave someone?

A stationary bicycle to my son and his wife, to help them keep fit.  But I wasn’t thinking how mundane it would sound when I had to answer an interview question about it 🙂

6. A penguin walks through your front door wearing a flat cap and smoking a pipe, what does he say and why is he here?

He’s here to improve my lot in life, and he says:

“David, why sit you here on your duff?

Get up lad, lift and run and make yourself buff!

Or sing a song all night long you’ll never go wrong.

Let me entice you to pay the price and be nice,

The whole wide world will love you, make statues of you,

But let me tell you this, give everyone a candy kiss

And treat them nice, don’t cheat them twice,

and someday

You’ll wear a cap so fine and smoke a pipe like mine.”

7. What’s your favourite food?

It’s actually a drink, jugo de sandilla, watermelon juice, that I had forty years ago in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  As the name implies, its base was fresh watermelon, but it was blended with some kind of non-alcoholic nectar that made it the most memorable thing I’ve ever eaten or drunk.  I’ve tried duplicating it over the decades with little success.  Someday, I’ll have to return to the little cafe that serves it.

8. If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?

I would shoot the sides of the blender with my RPG and, being careful to not injure myself on the shards of glass, walk out and go deal with the amateur who shrunk me while I had an RPG launcher in my pocket.

 

Felinity Interview – Joshua Cornah

 

Hi and welcome to Team Grimbold! Felinity is set to be the first publication under the Kristell Inkling imprint, and we’re thrilled to have you on board. Tell us about yourself. (Please include links to blogs/sites/Twitter/published works etc) 

JoshPic001My Deviantart Page:

http://joshartisticgenius.deviantart.com/gallery/

What inspired your two pieces of artwork for Felinity?

It started as a mistake where my brother wore a top reading ‘Soulcal’ to which I thought it said ‘Soul Cat’.
I thought it was cool name and we made up a character around that for our story we’re developing.

How do you feel about illustration accompanying stories?

Our stories mainly consist of illustrations. A picture says a thousand words.

What writing projects are you working on at the moment?

Just one or two that I am working with my brothers, when ever we have the time and or the inspiration.

The most important question – Cats or dogs?

Why not both. Do I have to choose?

 

Inkling Interrogation

1. What genre of music do you love?  -Rock music mostly.

2. What’s the worst present  you’ve been given? – Most gifts are thoughtful and well received… But if I were to choose any I would say… Socks.

3. If you were an animal, what would you be? – I would be a Wolf.

4. Pick 2 celebrities to be your parents, why them? – None. I’d rather not trade my parents for anyone else, regardless of there celebrity status, which means nothing to me.

5. What was the last gift you gave someone? – Flowers for my parents as for their 30th anniversary.

6. A penguin walks through your front door wearing a flat cap and smoking a pipe, what does he say and why is he here? – He is clearly a detective solving a mystery and he’s questioning the locals for his investigation.

7. What’s your favourite food? – Any Italian food is good.

8. If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out? – Slowly rock the blender from side to side, building momentum until it tips over and I can make my escape.

Felinity Interview – Joel Cornah

 

Hi and welcome to Team Grimbold! Felinity is set to be the first publication under the Kristell Inkling imprint, and we’re thrilled to have you on board. Tell us about yourself. (Please include links to blogs/sites/Twitter/published works etc) 

Night of the ProfileWhat inspired your story for Felinity?

About fifteen years ago my family moved into our new house (it was new then, it’s not new now), and we discovered an old cat living in the shed around the side. The cat was gray and had one eye. The origins of this cat remain somewhat of a mystery – some say it belonged to the previous owner, others that they were a stray. Who can say?

Apparently I can say, so I did so in this little story about a one eyed cat that is old beyond reckoning, can travel through time and space, and faces the last decision of their life. In memory of my departed friend, Sammy the cat.

 

How do you feel about having an illustration accompany your story?

Illustrations can often give a subtle feeling of reality to a story. Where the words can inspire us in one way, pictures give them more substance, a sense that others have seen the characters or ideas and reacted creatively to them. This is what makes stories, especially fantastical ones, a source of great hope to me. People don’t just read them passively but react to them, live in them, and create things out of them.

 

What writing projects are you working on at the moment?

My first novel, The Sea-Stone Sword, is the major thing at the moment. It is set to be released on the 21st of June 2014 from a very good publisher who is totally not paying me to say nice things about them. They just happen to be excellent people who are also very skilled and probably attractive, too. The book is about a boy who wants to become a hero, but turns into a villain. It is about a quest for a magic sword, and about how dreams can turn sour. Tragedy and adventure, pirates and dinosaurs. Lots of things to draw you in.

I have a few works-in-progress, including a follow up to The Sea-Stone Sword, and another Science-fantasy called The Hollow Staff, about a girl with the magical equivalent of dyslexia.

 

The most important question – Cats or dogs?

Cats, always and forever. I have something of a paralysing phobia of dogs. I’ve nothing against them, just as long as they don’t get near me, otherwise I freeze up and panic like I’m about to die. I am not fun at parties where the host has dogs. Then again, I don’t think I’m much fun at parties where they have a cat, because I will spend the entire evening with the cat.

 

Inking Interrogation

 

1 – On a scale of 1-10, how weird are you and why? – I’m not sure I’m a very good judge of this. There are a few quirks to my personality, I suppose, but I fear I probably fall short of the truly ‘weird’.

Having said that, this is the point at which somebody would bring up those pictures of me dressed as Saruman of Many Colours, complete with rainbow disco trousers and long, white beard.

So I’m probably about a 7.

2 – Tell us a joke –  Oh god, I am terrible at jokes, as anyone who knows me will tell you. This is partly down to the fact that I think bad jokes are funnier than good jokes. Well, here goes nothing, I suppose…

I want a backpack shaped like a chess piece. A Rooksack.

3 – You’ve won the lottery. What do you buy first? A bank.

4 – What inspires you? Other people, generally. But, I am unable to spend a lot of time in social situations as I get very nervous and uncomfortable around people. However, I love reading about characters and hearing other writers talk about their processes and ideas.

5 – You’re prime minister for the day, what’s the first thing you’d do? Abolish the monarchy.

Well, to be fair, I don’t think the prime minister has this power. But I’d certainly set up a committee with several subdivisions to discuss policies and table legislation that could eventually lead towards a less monarchical power structure.

Either that or announce complete anarchy. That works, too.

6 – How do you fit a giraffe in a fridge? The hard hitting, tough questions here, yeah?

I’d ask it politely if it would like to go in the fridge, first. And if it did, we’d work out a way to do it, probably involving a complicated string and pulley system.

7 – Would you rather fight a horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses? I’m a fleer not a fighter. I’d run from both situations. Though I’d probably also be screaming in the horse-sized duck scenario.

8 – How would you explain Facebook to someone from the 19th Century? It’s like Twitter, but longer.

Felinity Interview – Steven J. Guscott

 

Hi and welcome to Team Grimbold! Felinity is set to be the first publication under the Kristell Inkling imprint, and we’re thrilled to have you on board. Tell us about yourself. (Please include links to blogs/sites/Twitter/published works etc)

HI! I’m Steven, aka Steven J. Guscott – every writer needs an author name, right? I’m twenty-six and live in Scotland, and at the beginning of 2010 I discovered an unhealthy obsession with writing. I love creating fantasy/sci fi stories. I’ve only written a few, but have quite a number still to write (understatement). I’m excited to be working with Grimbold Publishing and sharing some of my writing with you. My first full length story, ‘The Book of Prophecy,’ is due to be published in august. I hope you like, ‘The Caterpillar of Catastrophe and The Catatonically Drunk Cat,’ enough to check out my other writing. I also have a facebook page that I update every now and then with writing related news. Feel free to ‘like’ the F.B link below to keep up to date. As for outside of writing I enjoy spending time with my family, rock climbing, and have an unhealthy obsession with Frank Herbert’s, Dune.

Book of Prophecy Link

http://kristell-ink.com/future-releases/the-book-of-prophecy/

Facebook link

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Steven-J-Guscott/152130681491544?fref=ts/
What inspired your story for Felinity?

I like word play. I started by thinking of Feline and came up with a main character called, ‘Fee the Lion,’ but scraped that idea quickly as it didn’t feel right. I then thought of words that had ‘cat’ in them and came up with the idea of having a catatonically drunk cat and a caterpillar. I then started writing and the story evolved of its own accord and the title became what it is.

How do you feel about having an illustration accompany your story?

I love this!! I love art work, and doodle badly myself as it’s another creative outlet. So having someone’s talent accompany my story is a wonderful gift.

What writing projects are you working on at the moment?

If I told you that i’d have to bill you… Okay, silliness aside; I’m just finishing up the sequel to, The Book of Prophecy.

The most important question – Cats or dogs?

Neither. I prefer wolves and lions and of the two, lions.

 

Inkling Interrogation

  1. On a scale of 1-10, how weird are you and why? – I’m all of the numbers. I believe in being adaptable so when I want I can choose to be a 1, or a 7, or even a 10. My answer clearly shows I’m actually a 10…
  2. Tell us a joke – Question: ‘What do you get hanging from banana trees?’ You answer: ‘Banana’s.’ I say: ‘No! Sore arms, silly.’ And if you know the answer and say: ‘sore arms.’ I then answer: ‘No! Banana’s… Aaahahahahaha…’ ‘sigh…’
  3. You’ve won the lottery. What do you buy first? – My parents an awesome house.
  4. What inspires you? – Everything- ‘…every experience carries its lesson,’ Dune.
  5. You’re prime minister for the day, what’s the first thing you’d do? – realise something has gone very very wrong and resign quickly.
  6. How do you fit a giraffe in a fridge? – use the time machine I clearly have from question 8, go forward into the future far enough to find either a ‘shrink-ray’ or a ‘make-biggerer ray,’ or both. Then use the appropriate technology accordingly.
  7. Would you rather fit (is that fight?) a horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses? Why is either trying to fight me? What did I do to provoke them? There appears to be more to this story than meets the eye. Did I use the ‘shrink-ray’ to make the 100 horses duck size? Or was it the ‘make biggerer ray’ that turned the duck horse sized? Why would I do such a thing? Was it actually to see how I would answer this question? Did I then make them angry to see which one I’d rather fight? I guess I can’t know until I follow through with my plan to find the answer…
  8. How would you explain Facebook to someone from the 19th century? – Clearly I can time travel so take them to the ‘now’ and show them. It would be too hard to explain, and still very difficult to do so this way.

P.S.

..I’d rather fight a 100 duck sized horses.

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