With my upcoming Prompt Me: Sci-Fi & Fantasy release this February, I want to celebrate by releasing a series of photo writing prompts over the next couple of weeks. Here are five of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.
Welcome to my blog interview with novelists, Camilla Ochlan and Bonita Gutierrez, authors of THE WEREWOLF WHISPERER SERIES.
Camilla Ochlan grew up on fantasy and fairy tales, finding David Eddings, Katherine Kurtz, Guy Gavriel Kay, and Mercedes Lackey early on. To thedismay of her parents, she spent her high school weekends playing Dungeons & Dragons. College split her time between Theatre Arts and English Literature.
Camilla still occasionally acts but focuses the majority of her time, energy and (in)sanity on writing. Her interests revolve around activities that add to her writer’s toolbox — travel, the arts and voracious reading.
Bonita Gutierrez found her way to the stage at the early age of five. After college, she moved to Los Angeles to get into “The Biz.” Over the years, she’s played many roles from actor to producer, screenwriter to filmmaker — and now novelist.
A mixed martial artist, Bonita has a background in Jeet Kune Do Kung Fu (Bruce Lee’s art), Kenpo Karate MMA and Kali Escrima (stick and knife fighting). An avid runner, student of film and lover of music, Bonita is a self-proclaimed hamburger connoisseur with a passion for all things Star Wars and Buffy.
Welcome to my blog interview with novelist, CF WALLER,
author of FREE DIVE AND SOUTH FACE.
Award winning novelist C. F. Waller published his first science fiction novel at age forty-seven, after a flight on an ill-fated commercial airliner over the Atlantic Ocean, that nearly became an episode of “Why Planes Crash.” This experience illustrated for him first hand that writing about exotic or dangerous locales was safer than traveling to them. Since then, he likes to think his meticulous research and storytelling gives readers a clear sense of their grandeur, without the inherent risk of flying.
After narrowly escaping the academic death-grip of several universities, he worked in nightclub, took a turn as a new car salesman, and did hurricane shutter engineering. His favorite authors include Oscar Wilde, Kurt Vonnegut Jr and Michael Crichton. His favorite novel is The Picture of Dorian Grey by Wilde, which inspired a bigger than life oil painting that hangs on his bedroom wall.
Though he’ll forever be a Midwestern boy at heart, he now lives on the gulf coast of Florida with his wife Tina and one fuzzy feline companion. If he’s not working on a new novel, you can find him volunteering at church, playing overly competitive Yahtzee with his spouse, or indulging in an unhealthy addiction to competitive cooking shows on television.
What genre do you consider your book(s)?
Not locked into just one. Went to Readers Favorite book awards last year as a winner in Paranormal [SOUTH FACE] and Science Fiction [FREE DIVE] (narcissist patting himself on the back). In my opinion a good plot is in itself a genre.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Take a two-hour walk, then sit down and write. All my ideas come when un-plugging my mind after walking.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
For the most part, I over-research locations. Sometimes you have to make the ideas fit a timeline or to fit a scene, but I endeavor to be spot-on. Unfortunately, literary license is an ugly necessity. I often sit down to write and get lost in research, winding up with no words at the end of the day.