Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour

First off, a big thanks to Dean Kastle for inviting me to this blog tour.

Born on the darkest day of the year, Dean Kastle was always fated to write gritty fantasy. Though he’s been reading the genre since the eighties, his debut novel Dog of War has only recently left his inbox to brave the world of agents and publishers. His current work-in-progress, a sequel, has also spun off into his first short story. He lives in the Midwest with his wife, two children, and a very spoiled dog. Dean will be blogging at deankastle.com.

You can check out his pot the the My Writing Process Blot Tour here:

For those that might not be familiar, a Blog Tour is a great way for authors, both new and veteran, to exchange ideas, inspiration, and exposure through social media and networking.

What am I working on?

Currently, I am working on finishing my first novel, tentatively titled Sleepless Flame. It is a gritty cyberpunk story about an alien war criminal and her blue blooded cohort. You can read the synopsis of the work here: 

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I suppose the biggest difference is the protagonist. While many novels feature the strong female warrior archetype, most tend to focus on the "tragic past" that caused an innocent young girl to turn into a killing death machine. This is not the case with Nara. She comes from a gender neutral race where everyone is expected to serve their duty before pursuing other career options. She did not have to face trials in order to be the "badass" she, like all of her race, simply was.

This book also does not merely take you to a far away fantasy world (though I admit it is incredibly fun), but it also challenges the reader to question society norms. Through the banter of Nara and Garrett, I would like readers to consider real world applications. Though Nara is an alien, it also brings to mind what people can think about when they interact with other cultures in our own modern world.

Why do I write what I do?

Escapism. I am absolutely bored with reality that my only refuge for my sanity is to create these worlds inside my head. But I have so many ideas crammed in there that sometimes I fear my brain would explode. And I have spent so much time, sweat, and tears on my work that I would be aghast if I were to perish before my stories are able to be told to the world.

 How does my writing process work?

Pure chaos. I have a cloud folder filled with random sketches, snippets, and plot lines that eventually stitch together into one melded epic. Usually I will start with developing a character. The character then has a witty interaction with someone else, who then develops into a side character. A world will be built around them. And before I know it, I have random sketches in a variety of completeness that needs to be smoothed out into one fluid transition.

A lot of my creative flow comes out in bursts, where I can spend hours spewing out outlines details and snarky remarks, ending up with a complete scene from start to finish. It's after that when I go, "Okay, now what? And where does this actually fit in?" And that is where I start chaining myself to the desk so I can get some reconstruction and editing done. Which is tedious, but I am sure I am not the only one with that opinion.

Of course, inspiration also comes to me at the most inconvenient of times, when both computer and notebook are far beyond my reach...

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I am Jesse Kulla, Professional Swordsman and Fitness Trainer. I have been reading sci-fi all my life, and I have a love of gritty "hard" sci-fi worlds. Space fold cowboys started as a series of world building and short creative writing projects I assigned my self in my free time, and the blog was started as a way to get feed back on my work.

Marcel Alexander is a multi-talented artist finally finishing his first novel. Moore For Less Investigations: The Kid is a Steampunk action adventure detective story filled with fantasy races, supernatural creatures and steam-powered technology.
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