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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Getting to Know E. Stoops #AmWriting #HistFic #GoodReads

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Are there any books you really don’t enjoy?
Well, any book that is badly written is really not going to be enjoyable. Mary Sues, inconsistent world details,  bad dialogue, all of that makes for an awful book. But there are some genres that other people really like that I can’t stand such as very technical, very dry science fiction. Science is cool – it boggles the mind that they manage to make it so boring. But other people eat that up like it’s candy and I just can’t. I generally don’t like memoirs either. And anything that is really a romance or erotica that gets billed as sci-fi or fantasy bugs me. I always feel bilked when that happens.
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
I grew up in Idaho. Blink and you’ll miss it, but the closest thing to my hometown is mentioned in “Corner of a Round Planet.” I’ve unfortunately been forcibly moved to California. This is, I hope, a temporary departure from the Northwest.
How did you develop your writing?
I wrote copiously as a teenager, threw away most of it and then decided to write a piece of throwaway fiction for my friends as a joke. While I was attending MisCon in 2010 an ex-submariner told me to publish it.. I told him to go to college. I published the book, he’s at college. Everybody wins, right?
What marketing works for you?
I’m working on that. It used to be that Amazon’s marketing tools were very effective, but not so in the last little while. I’ve tried online advertising of the CPM variety, but so far I’ve gotten very poor returns on my investment. I think the real problem is one of scale – I’m just not able to afford (time wise or monetarily) the kind of CPM ad campaign that gains it’s own momentum. But I’m in the process of changing that.
Do you find it hard to share your work?
Nope. I think you haven’t got it made until someone absolutely, without doubt loathes your work and potentially also hates you for good measure. So the sooner I share it, the sooner I am to get it into the hands of that necessary person.
Do you plan to publish more books?
Yes. A couple more by me and then I’d really like to edge over to editing more often for Small Tomatoes Press.
What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time…
I work in software as a QA specialist.
If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
Tough choice. I was originally going to get my Masters in Teaching, but funny thing, the economy took a dive and certain persons were not rolling in dough. Since then, I’ve seriously considered getting a masters in Theology or going back to school for a technical degree related to my hobby. If it was all-expenses paid, dog-comes-with, I think I’d have to go with theology though – then I wouldn’t have to justify the expense to myself later.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Montana. The sky really is huge there. And people use pickup trucks properly.

In an alternate universe where the twentieth century gave rise to individuals with psychic talents, the Great War ended far differently, and the flow of history led the United States into a losing war with China by the middle of the twenty-first century. The combined submarine navies of Britain, Russia, France, Canada and the United States are holding back an ever more hostile enemy that is intent on winning a war of attrition. A desperate Navy presses antiquated boats into service to supply the main fleet and mans them with the leavings of the Navy’s worst sailors. For Chief Petty Officer Lucius Tagget and his best friend Aaron Fredrickson, it’s their ticket out of naval prison and a chance to clear their names.

What should be an uneventful assignment behind the front lines turns into a nightmare when Aaron is killed in an accident that claims the lives of all the men on his submarine. Terrified of condemning another boat and crew to eternal patrol, the Navy assigns the CPNS Puget Sound a talented seer in hopes of preventing another accident. Instead, that decision changes the entire crew, and ultimately, the entire war.
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Genre - Alternative History
Rating - PG-15
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