Author Interview Questions:
1: Hi, and thanks for joining today. In your own words tell us about yourself, not you the author, but just you!
A: I grew up on the west coast, joined the military, got shot at in foreign countries, have a bunch of weird jobs, traveled the country, and now people pay me to tell them silly stories about murdering fantasy creatures.
2: Why did you decide to become an author and what’s the best part? Yeah, it’s a double-whammy of a question. So unexpected!
A: I’ve known I wanted to be a writer since I was about eight years old. The unfortunate fact is that I didn’t have the skill, life experience, or discipline to do it seriously until recently. A few other authors I read like Taran Matharu and Drew Hayes actually inspired me to finally take the plunge.
The best part of being an author is my interaction with readers. I’ve always been part of the community, but now I’m seeing it from another perspective, and it’s legitimately cool.
3: So, tell us about your work. Sell us on it! Why should we read it and why it will capture us?
A: Nobody should read anything I write, especially not Delvers LLC, a “transported to another world” story about two regular guys who have to learn magic to survive, or Secret of the Old Ones, a cyberpunk series set in the near future that mostly takes place within a Lovecraftian horror VR game.
Nope. Nobody should read any of that stuff, especially since both series are on Amazon in multiple formats.
4: Why did you choose the genre you write in over others to start your publishing career? Did others appeal to you more and you chose this? Was there a bit of choice weighing or was it rather simple?
A: The only constant in my process is that I have no process. I didn’t even know I was writing LitRPG (my main genre) until I saw a LitRPG podcast that reviewed my webserial work.
5: So far, what would you say has been the hardest part of being an author?
A: Writing all the things. Editing the things. Publishing the things. Not telling people to fuck off on a daily basis.
6: Now for the ever-so-shocking follow-up question. What’s the best/easiest part, if there is one?
A: Occasionally telling people to fuck off.
7: Tell us about what your experiences in the author life have been like. I don’t mean the writing aspects. I mean the daily human life. Tell us what it’s like to live the day life you do and be an author at the same time. What’s it like when people in your life and, the people you come across, find out you’re an author?
A: It’s invigorating, rewarding…and utterly exhausting. Keeping a full time job and writing at the rate I do basically means I can’t have much of a life. That said, when my coworkers read my stuff and legitimately like it, it’s an incredible feeling. The entire journey so far has been incredibly validating, especially from a creative perspective.
8: Writing is a hard craft and a harder career. What are the things that keep you going, both in improving the craft and enduring the downs/lows of the career?
A: Alcohol and dried black figs. Don’t judge.
9: What do you love about the genre/s you write and what others appeal to you?
A: I’m pretty much a fan of anything in the SciFi and Fantasy genre umbrellas. I really love LitRPG because it’s so new and exciting. It isn’t often that writers get to feel like they’re breaking new ground.
10: Tell us about the plans for your series and body of work.
A: The answer to this question that will be most exciting for my readers is probably that I plan for most of my work to be interconnected. I’ve spent most of my life coming up with a massive, interconnected universe.
While this is a cool concept, part of why it appeals to me is I’m a lazy writer. Recycling world building I’ve already created means I can spent more time on writing.
11: The writing and publishing world has changed a lot. Self-publishing, small to medium presses popping up, and things like becoming a hybrid between indie pubbing and traditional. What are your thoughts on that? Any predictions on what the future might hold? What would you like to see, both as an author yourself, and, as a consumer/reader?
A: I have no thoughts right now. I need more dried figs and alcohol. Come back later.
12: The always done and asked question. Who are your favorite authors? What are you favorite books? What are you reading now? Tell us. Tell us!
A: I heard about this awesome new indie author named Blaise Corvin. Apparently, he has a series called Delvers LLC and Secret of the Old Ones. I dig Roger Zelazny too, pretty much anything by Zelazny.
13: I’ve got to know…what’s your favorite word to use. Every author has one. What’s the word you catch yourself using a lot? We’ve all got those as well. What’s your favorite word just to say? Something where you like the way it sounds. What’s your favorite curse worse, if you’ve got one and or use them?
14: Tell us about your latest release. Or, when can we expect your next one? What are we in store for?!
A: Delvers LLC: Obligations Incurred comes out 4/7/2017. I’m shooting to have Secret of the Old Ones, Airship Privateers out in late May or early June.
15: Lastly, where can we find you? Facebook? Twitter? Website? Links to your material. Go on, don’t be shy. Share!
Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Blaise-Corvin/e/B01LYK8VG5/
LitRPG Society FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitRPGsociety/
Bio: Blaise Corvin served in the US Army in several roles. He has seen the best and the worst that humanity has to offer. He is a sucker for any hobby involving weapons, art, or improv.
He currently lives in Texas, in a house full of enough geeky memorabilia to start a museum.
He likes talking about himself in 3rd person and posting pictures of himself holding tarantulas to Amazon.
It’s all very eccentric.
Blaise currently writes mostly in the LitRPG subgenre, an exciting new classification of fiction with video game and/or role playing game elements. Delvers LLC is lightly LitRPG, mostly Fantasy/SciFi Adventure. Secret of the Old Ones is hard LitRPG, complete with XP and leveling.