I am honored to have on my blog today
and his book Reckoning
About the Author
Vincent M. Wales was raised in the small town of Brockway, Pennsylvania, where he frequently complained about the weather. Since then, he has worn many hats, including writing instructor, suicide prevention crisis counselor, essayist, Big Brother, freethought activist, wannabe rock star, and award-winning novelist.
He spends most of his writing time in coffee shops, since his cats fail to grasp the entire concept of “writing time.”
He currently lives in Sacramento, California, where he frequently complains about the weather.
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(The Many Deaths of Dynamistress)
by Dinah Geof-Craigs, Vincent M Wales
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Dgc Press
There is much disagreement about when super-powered meta-humans began to appear. Most scientists believe the first births were in the ’40s, perhaps the ’30s, although there is a small (but vocal) minority claiming they have always been among us. More than anything else, young Dinah Geof-Craigs wanted to be one of them, to be famous, to be on the cover of Supers magazine. But puberty came and went without the genetic gift she felt she deserved – the meta-mutation that would imbue her with superhuman abilities. So she determined to correct Mother Nature’s “oversight.” Even if it killed her.
RECKONING – Book One of The Many Deaths of Dynamistress – is the memoir of an unlikely superhero, a coming-of-age story of a flawed woman becoming whole.
(Contains direct links to Amazon, B&N, Smashwords,
and a link to buy autographed copies, too.)
Link to Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT1f1Y9Hsu8
Link to Excerpt: www.vincentmwales.com/media/RECch1.pdf
1. Can you tell us a little about the characters in the book?
I’ve always loved the superhero genre, so I knew one day I’d do a superhero novel. Of course, I don’t write any novels that are “typical” of their genres, so I knew I was going to have a superhero who was different than any I’d ever read.
Dinah Geof-Craigs is a very flawed woman. Deep down, she’s actually pretty wonderful, but she’s allowed personal setbacks and trauma to turn her into a resentful, spiteful, and very selfish person. She doesn’t want to be a super-powered meta-human so she can help others; she just wants to be famous, with her picture on magazine covers, and adulation from the masses.
I thought it would be interesting to take this sort of damaged character and see what she could do once she becomes the super-powered Dynamistress.
Dyna is active online, by the way. She has her own website (www.dynamistress.com) and is on Facebook and Twitter, too.
2. How long does it take for you to write a book?
In the past, it’s taken on average about five years to finish a book. However, with this new trilogy, my goal is no more than 24 months for each.
3. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
I can’t tell you how many aspiring authors I’ve met who have all these ideas, and often pages and pages of notes, but nothing actually written. If you’re not writing, you can’t really call yourself a writer.
Don’t be intimidated by the process. Treat it as a job. Set a schedule. Stick to it. You’ll be surprised how quickly you fall into the habit and how many words you can crank out in a month.
4. Do you have a specific time during the day that you find better to write?
I have a day job, so a large chunk of the day is off-limits. In fact, I don’t write during the week. On weekends, however, I’m up and writing typically by 8:30 or 9:00 at a local coffee shop, typically doing so for about five hours each day. During the rest of the week, I allow things to brew in the back of my mind and make notes as needed.
5. Have you ever written a character and realized you just didn’t like he/her and had to change it?
Actually, the one that stands out in my head is an example of the reverse. In a book I was writing in college, I’d created a character with the intention of having her be killed. She existed to be a plot device, nothing more. The problem was that I made her too interesting. I didn’t want to kill her off. Fortunately, I didn’t need to. I figured out another way to have the same end result that her death would have served, and she became the main supporting character of the book.
6. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I enjoy volunteer work. I’ve been a suicide prevention counselor, a Big Brother, and have served on the boards of a couple associations, including an authors and publishers group. I love music, having more CDs than I have books, believe it or not. And I have a lot of books. I watch a lot of movies, as well. I’m not the most social animal, but I do enjoy getting together with friends over some good beer, including local craft brews and Belgian imports.
7. When you read, what format do you prefer to read in (Paper/Hard Cover or E-reader)?
If I’m reading novels, I pretty much like mass market paperbacks. I don’t know why. It’s what I read as a kid, and I’ve just continued to do so. If I’m reading non-fiction, I generally go for hardcover, but that’s usually because I’m buying new stuff that hasn’t gone to paperback, yet. If paperback is available, I’ll get that, but I don’t hesitate to buy hardcover. I admit I’ve not joined the legions of folks who read e-books. I’m sure that day isn’t far off, but for now, I’ll stick with the dead tree editions.
8. Can you share a little of your current work with my readers?
On my website, www.vincentmwales.com, you can download a free chapter of each of my books!
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