Interview Questions for Crystal Storm
What are your favorite books and authors to read? Dean Koontz, Dan Brown, Matthew Reilly, Thomas Harris, Karen Marie Monning. Funny thing, I’m just recently getting into reading science fiction which is pretty amusing considering that’s what genre my book ended up falling into. I’ve the Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov sitting on my shelf, waiting to get read.
Can you tell me a little about what got you started in writing? I noticed you have a roleplaying game connected to your book, did that have anything to do with it? I started writing before I started roleplaying. I think roleplay just became a natural extension of that creative endeavor. There wasn’t one thing that got me started writing either, I just did it. Meant to be and all that. I’ve always been a story-teller. I think the roleplay though, has really helped improve my writing. I’ve been doing that almost every day, for the last ten years. It means I’m always writing something, which is great. Keeps me fresh, keeps my mind humming, and helps combat writers block. A few snippets from the book are actually roleplayed scenes between myself and other really fantastic writers.
Have you played a lot of RPGs? Does that influence your approach to writing? I have played in a few of them. All txt based online and free form. I’ve been RPing for the last ten years, and I think it does show in my writing especially with character views. You’ll notice in my book that you’re not just getting the mindset of one character, you delve into the point of view from all of them.
Do you have any tips for a writer starting out? First things first, write an awesome novel. Dream big, and don’t let it go. This is going to be a long term process. It’s going to take a lot of work, pull you out of your box, and be very businesslike at times. But, I don’t know if there’s any greater feeling for a writer then seeing your book in someone else’s hands, watching their face while they enjoy something you created.
You just released a new book called Synarchy. Could you tell us a little about it? In their quest to dominate the world, a powerful crime family, the Terenzio’s, discover who the real players are that control the planet, and just how far they’re willing to go to keep their hold on humanity. Because of sheer arrogance, and the fact that they may be the only ones who can, Terenzio decides to fight back. Now, they’ve got until December 21st, 2012, to stop a sinister, centuries old plan, and give Earth a choice it was never given before. You can get a copy on Amazon, or from now until the summer solstice, I’m offering personalized autograph copies. See the books website at www.synarchynovel.com for more details.
The synopsis talks about bloodlines, 2012, dark secrets and betrayal... How do those themes fit together in this book? Book One is about the discovery of certain mind blowing, life altering secrets, and how that knowledge has split a family in two; the betrayal. Then, once you know what do you do about it? Why do you choose that path? To top it all off your on a deadline, and someone is going to be proven right on or before December 21st, 2012. I think Synarchy puts forth the opposing views on those questions and leaves it up to the reader who’s the good guy and who’s the bad guy.
How much of the story is personal drama (love/betrayal) compared to thriils/action? Was that a balance you aimed for? I did aim for that balance. Book One really delves into a lot of history behind these characters, and why everything is happening. But, I didn’t just want it to be a really interesting history lesson, lol. So, it does have some action. Not nearly as much as Book two will have, but I think it does all right. The readers will let me know if I’ve hit my goal.
In the synopsis you say that humanity has been kept prisoner. How so? That’s a loaded question, lol. It’s going to be difficult for me to summarize my answer but I’ll give it a shot. Humanity has been lead to believe that life is very mundane, systematic process. You wake up, you go to work, you come home, you spend time with your family, you go to bed, you do it all again the next day. And in a nutshell that’s it. That’s what you’re stuck with for approximately the next 80 years, then you die, and what happens after that depends on your belief system. But, what if life wasn’t that mundane? What if some of the fantastical things you watch on TV are possible? What if the people you trusted, the very ones that have you locked in this repetitive system knew that you had far more potential than you remembered, and were purposefully keeping that knowledge to themselves? In that way, I believe humanity has been kept prisoner, from the fantastical, awesome nature of what we as individuals are really capable of.
Do you have a favorite part in the book? Yes I do. There is a scene between Stefano and his second wife, a flash back that I particularly love.
Do you think anything will really happen in 2012? I think it’s already happening and that once we get to 2012, we can look forward to the end of life as we know it and the start of something else, a lot more fun.
I want to thank you Shannon, for giving me the opportunity to swing by your awesome blog and chat with you and your readers! I really hope they enjoy Synarchy as much as I did writing it. To learn more about the book, myself, my podcasts and all the other crazy things I’ve got going on visit www.synarchynovel.com