Here’s the next instalment of the Author Spotlight series. If you’re an Indie author and you would like to participate, fill out the interview here.
Tell us a brief summary of your book’s plot.
Q-16 and the Eye to All Worlds is a YA Portal Fantasy/Science-Fiction novel about a couple of kids from Toronto, Annetta Severio and Jason Kinsman, that are thrown into a plot involving an underwater base (Q-16) that leads to a castle (the titular Eye) which sits on a fissure between the dimensions, making it a portal to other worlds. Soon after, they learn a warlord wishes to gain control of the castle in order to be able to conquer the multiverse. To prevent this, Annetta, Jason and their companions must travel to other worlds in order to restore alliances to rebuild Annetta’s grandfather’s army, known as The Four Forces before it is too late.
What was the inspiration for this story?
I suppose I can trace back Q-16 and the Eye to All Worlds all the way back to make-believe games my friends and I would play as children in the schoolyard. While many of the elements changed and evolved since then, the concept of the underwater base and the castle stayed the same.
Do you have any writing habits you would like to tell us about?
I usually write out the entire plot of what I am working on in point form and then I try to write 1000 words a day in order to stay consistent and not run into writer’s block.
What is the hardest thing to manage when you start writing?
Finding time for social outings. They seem to become a distraction from the overall goal, especially since writing for me is not a full time occupation and life will not cease to exist while I type away. I’m starting to get better at it but there are still moments where I find myself away from the computer going “I should be writing”.
Name the three books currently topping your To Be Read list?
Darkly Wood by Max Power
The World of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin (I need some kind of Game of Thrones fix before the next book comes out)
Confidential: 12 Unredacted Reports from the Supernatural Cases Division: A Forgotten Relics Short Story Collection by Ellie Di Julio.
How important do you think a book’s cover is?
I think despite the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” it still happens so a cover is very important as it is the first thing a person who comes across a book will see. Myself personally, I’m more of the read the blurb on the back and if I like it I will read it, but as someone who came out of a Contemporary Media Production program I am aware of the significant role a cover plays.
If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose?
I’m really not quite sure. I’ve never given much thought to it to be honest. I suppose if he were still alive today I would have loved to collaborate with J.R.R. Tolkien.