Thursday, May 23, 2013

The End Was Not the End: Post Apocalyptic Fantasy Tales (editor Joshua Leet): Interview: Tomorrow Comes Tour Stop


Today, we've cornered William Ransom for an interview. Mr. Ransom is the author of  “In the Hills Beyond Twilight”, a story in this anthology.

How do you describe your writing style?
It varies depending on the story, of course, but in general I aim for a fairly conversational tone. I like description and rich details, and I try to write characters that are fun to listen to.
What do you think makes a good story?
My favorite stories, written or on TV or in any medium, are the ones that take themselves seriously. Logical plotting, well-developed characters, compelling conflict, those are all important, but if a story lets itself get corny or cheats on its own rules, my interest vanishes. Stories can take themselves seriously and still be incredibly fun.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
I usually listen to instrumental stuff; Explosions in the Sky is a particular favorite. When I’m working on a short story, the writing always goes best when I can find one song that captures the tone or the atmosphere that I’m going for, and just listen to that one song on repeat until the story’s done.
Entice us, what future projects are you considering?
At the top of my list is my first novel, The Lady of Silence, an urban fantasy about a brewing religious war in which the protagonists worship a goddess who wants to destroy the world. I’m about halfway through the first draft, and it’s going pretty well. I’m also thinking about putting together a short story collection, if I can write enough pieces for it.
Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?
My best friend Nathen Gallagher has been writing for as long as I have, but he works about ten times as quickly as I do, and to make matters worse he’s better than me. There are plenty of authors that I’m always impressed by, but Nate’s the one that gives me something to strive for.
What book are you reading now?
I’m finishing up Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway, and loving every minute of it. I’m also starting Railsea by China Mieville, and about halfway through a reread of Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.
What are you passionate about these days?
My amazing girlfriend. The book that I’m working on. Trying to bludgeon myself into a consistent writing schedule.
Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.
Dear God, why?

Editor Bio
Joshua H. Leet
Joshua H. Leet is a native of Lexington, KY. He absconded
with a degree in English Literature from
Transylvania University and has co-authored 3 non-fiction books, including Civil War Lexington, Kentucky: Bluegrass Breeding Ground of Power (The History Press). He currently works as a contract scopist, and he edits novels for Seventh Star Press, working with authors like Jackie Gamber and Steven Shrewsbury. He enjoys reading, watching sports, television and movies, and playing Frisbee. When he dies, he hopes to leave the world the same way he came in, screaming with a clenched fist.


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The End Was Not the End: Post Apocalyptic Fantasy Tales
(editor Joshua Leet):

Heroes prevail… usually. You sit close to a campfire, depending on its faint, flickering light to ward off the darkness. Yet the fire cannot hold back dark memories, thoughts of your fallen kingdom, of monsters across the land, of magic gone awry. Around fires like yours are seated other travelers, refugees from catastrophes none dare mention. Kings and queens huddle shoulder to shoulder with peasants, wizards share scraps with slaves, and each wishes only
to be saved.

Some will be lucky, for heroes yet remain in their lands. For others, hope was not among the provisions stuffed into a pack when fleeing home. Eventually the silence of the night grows too heavy, and someone speaks. They tell a tale of loss, of foolish pride and tragic mistake. With bravery stoked by company, others speak up, each sharing their own sorrows. Before long, there are enough tales to fill a volume.
The conversations continue through the night, and by the time dawn has filtered through the gnarled tree limbs, journeys must continue, and one by one, the strangers trudge away. Their worlds may have ended, but they have survived another night. They will continue on, seeking to rebuild upon the ruins of great dreams. Their stories linger upon the air, drifting into time like the smoke from their extinguished fires, fed only by faint embers.
This book contains eleven stories set in worlds where an apocalypse has already come, but the characters you’ll read about aren’t quite ready for the end.

This anthology includes the following authors and stories:

Deedee Davies – “The Halls of War”

Desmond Reddick – “Blood and Fire”
Scott Sandridge – “Make Way for Utopia”
Jay Wilburn – “Twenty Year Plan”
Mandi M. Lynch – “Nightmares and Dragonscapes”
Magda Knight – ”The Stone-Sword”
William Ransom – “In the Hills Beyond Twilight”
Steven S. Long – “Blade of Fire”
Bill Blume – “Waist Deep”
Darra L. Hofman – “Ben”
Nathen Gallagher – “Story’s End”

Amazon Links for The End Was Not the End




The End Was Not the End Tour Segment
May 17  The Dan O’Brien Project   Guest Post
May 18   Ian’s Realm   Guest Post
May 19   Strange Amusements    Review
May 22   Bookishly Me   Guest Post
May 23  Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews    Interview
May 24  I Read a Book Once   Review
May 29 Darlene’s Book Nook  Guest Post
June 1   The Witchy Contessa   Review
June 3 Spellbindings   Guest Post
June 5  Once Upon a Time   Guest Post
June 6    Beauty in Ruins   Review
June 12  Library Girl Reads and Reviews   Guest Post
June 15  Bee’s Knees Reviews   Review
June 19   Come Selahway With Me   Guest Post


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