Interview of A. L. Kaplan on Matthew and Friends

Thanks to Larry Matthew for this great interview opportunity.

Click here to listen to the interview on Matthew and Friends.

Larry MatthewsLong time radio reporter, anchor, editor, producer, director, and host, Larry Matthews, hosts his show, “Matthews and Friends” seven days a week on Impact Radio USA at 8:00 am EST each morning, with new segments debuting on each Monday.

Larry Matthews, also the author of the book, “I Used to Be In Radio“, will bring along a multitude of topics, as well as interviews from an exciting lineup of guests.

 

Don’t forget to get your copy of Wolf Dawn an Star Touched.

STAR TOUCHED

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers. Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble. Will Tatiana flee or stay and fight for the new life she has built? Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends and herself.

WOLF DAWN

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers. But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

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On The Craft: Exploring Themes and Symbols

Plot – Character – Theme

Kathy Lauren Miller

Exploring Story Themes & Symbols

Another element of a story is its Theme

Simply put, the Theme is why the plot happens.

Theme can take a story from the commonplace to the extraordinary.

Theme is the exploration and understanding of emotions that impact both the characters and the reader on a universal level.

Breaking down Themes: Beyond the personal, emotional level.

Theme as defined by Fiction First Aid, Raymond Obstfeld

  • Plot is what happens
  • Character is whom the plot happens to
  • Theme is why the plot happens

A Universal Theme impacts the reader on an intellectual level which may stimulate the reader to examine his/her own view of self or the world at large.

A Universal Theme patterns the plot in a way that has something in common with readers: love, desire, hope, relationships, fear and death.

→Stories that arouse only emotion are Melodramas which tend to be superficial, not…

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Love is in the Words

Take another look at romance.

Andrew McDowell

Romance has long been considered an important component of literature and drama. It draws them in, including me. People love to praise those who make huge sacrifices for love. Readers like to see it blossom and endure amid great trials and hardships, to see it conquer all. Unfortunately, sometimes fans can get so obsessed with notions of romance that they can lose their hold of reality.

Modern adaptations of classic stories alter characters for the sake of romance. Helen of Troy has been portrayed as falling genuinely in love with Paris rather than being under a spell, as she was originally in The Iliad. In some adaptations of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod and Katrina are in love, with Ichabod as a noble hero, whereas in the original story his motives are anything but honorable, and it’s implied Katrina, who was rather vane, merely used him to…

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Beginning Of The Year Promote Your Book Party!

It’s a promote your book party. Take a look and join the fun for some great reads.

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It is the beginning of a new year and a new decade! It is time to stand up and shout for your books! Come and join this party, and celebrate your writing. Do not be shy–you must be your own biggest promoter!

So, regardless of the genre, tell about your book.  Include where it can be found, and be proud of your writing! Then, so as many as possible can see this promotion for all, please reblog and tweet this post!

And remember, always, keep writing!

GallowsHillFinalCoverEbookGallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

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The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

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Arisia 2020 Preliminary Schedule

I’ll be attending my first Arisia this January. Here is my preliminary schedule. I’ll let you know of any changes.

Friday – 5:30 PM — Where Shall I Begin?

Gordon Linzner, James Hailer, A. L. Kaplan, Alex Feinman, Kristin Janz

The easy answer to starting a story is beginning the moment the conflict is introduced, but how do you know when that is? Answering this question and whether or not to prologue, panelists will explore the unique challenge of starting a story in settings with thousands of different worlds, millennia of history, and dozens of characters.

Sunday – 2:30 PM – Writing in Brief

A. L. Kaplan, Timothy Goyette, Ian Randal Strock, Laurence Raphael Brothers

Could Flash fiction (stories shorter than 1000 words) be one of the literary forms best adapted for the Tweeting, FOMO, Entertainment-on-Demand moment we are living in? What are writers doing with the ultra short story? How can 1000 or less words really be enough to tell a complete (or mostly complete) story. Panelists will bring examples of flash fiction (which in some cases could be read entire) and techniques for boiling fiction to its most basic elements.

January 17-20, 2020: Arisia
Westin Boston Waterfront
425 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
“New England’s Largest, Most Diverse Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention”

See you there!

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of

Star Touched       and     Wolf Dawn

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SPECIAL GUEST

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“Santa?”

Mable stared at the man in the red coat passed out on her lawn and the overturned sled, ignoring the reindeer munching on her shrubs. Empty beer cans, cookie crumbs, and scraps from her Christmas ham littered the ground. The man’s eyes cracked opened, then slammed shut.

“Hey. Wake up.”

“Turn off that damned light,” he groaned. “Let me die in peace.”

“I can’t turn off the sun,” said Mable. “Get up before a kid sees you.”

“Quit nagging. You sound like Mrs. Clause.”

“Well, she’s probably worried sick about you.

Santa belched. “I doubt that very much. She threw me out after the company party last week. All because of one little kiss. Okay, maybe a bit more than a kiss, but it’s not my fault. Someone spiked my milk and covered the ceiling with mistletoe. I couldn’t stop kissing everyone.”

Mable didn’t believe what she was hearing. This was not how she pictured jolly old Saint Nick. “So explain that to Mrs. Clause.”

“I tried, but she just can’t get past the surveillance video. Neither can the elves. The restraining order says I can’t go within 500 miles of the North Pole.” Tears ran down his face. “I’m never drinking milk again. You have to help. I’ve been set up.”

“Me? What can I do?”

“You’re the one who wants to be a detective. Here’s your chance, detect. Clear my name.”

Instead of being happy, Mable winced. Her first case was going to be a doozy.

 

Happy Holidays Y’all

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Star Touched and Wolf Dawn for your special someone.

Star Touched

Startouched front cover2Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population. Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble. Will Tatiana flee or stay and fight for the new life she has built? Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

 

Wolf Dawn

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A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

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WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview – T. Austin Campbell

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Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.

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T. Austin Campbell is a scientist, philosopher, and writer. In his previous career, he was a research geneticist. Now a full-time novelist and wanderer, he draws upon his travels and memories and his imagination in crafting tales of high adventure, romance, and triumphs of the human spirit in a world of ever-changing realities.  He has published The Grasshopper Man, The Blue Plane, The Temples, The Dark Plane, and The Elysian Fields.  The House of Storms will be published soon.  He is currently working on The Lake of Fire and The Winds of Reality.

The TemplesBook3Remember, love is the most important reality. These words comfort the captives of The System, a universe of alternate realities. The people captured by the System call themselves Outsiders and continually try to return to their Original Realities, The Outside.  In the events of successive books in the Blue Plane series, some of the mysteries of The System are revealed, but its purpose remains enigmatic. There are softspots that serve as passageways between venues. There are Temples that chronicle the adventures of The System’s captives and contain arches that mark some of the softspots. Doug and Chris Scott, and Warren and Jane Spencer serve as guardians or guides to newer captives. The Grasshopper Man, an enigmatic figure, appears occasionally—and always very briefly—to serve as mentor and prophet. Li Meigui, a female Chinese karate instructor, seems to be able to enter and leave the System to serve as a deus ex machina. The System seems to like certain characters and has placed them in stable venues, and then uses non-sentient copies of them as characters in new venues. As the captives investigate the System, more people are captured and try to cope with shifting time periods and realities. The captives try to learn more about The System as the events of each book move among distant past to postapocalyptic future venues. The travelers come to realize that what will sustain them is love.

Wolf: If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why?

T: An eagle who is actually a shape-shifter. This gives me freedom and flexibility. And the shape-shifter aspect gives me the opportunity to be something else as needed or desired, like a giant black bird, a camel or a cobra, a mouse or a sheep, as in The Elysian Fields.

Wolf: One and everything all wrapped up in one. What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

T: Lamb penises boiled in a seasoned broth in Inner Mongolia were acceptable; they tasted like lamb.  Baluts in the Philippines were interesting; biggest problem with those is the retching sounds other Westerners were making at the thought of eating duck embryos, or even looking at them.  Deer tendons Chinese style were interesting; texture was nice, flavor was a bit bland.  Rooster combs were a bit much but I do like stuffed chicken or duck feet, again Chinese style.  I passed on silkworms, crickets, and grasshoppers.  I totally love sea cucumbers any which way; but then, they are standard fare in Chinese cuisine.  And fried rocky mountain oysters are great, despite the shock value guys try to put on them.

Wolf: Wow. You’ve tried some really cool sounding things. I haven’t had duck feet, but love chicken feet. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?

T: A good knife serves as a weapon, but not all situations need to be lethal.  A knife lacks the reach of a gun, but it has many more uses that can help keep you alive, from skinning game to cutting rope.

Wolf: I like the way you think. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

The Dark Plane.Book4T: Given them a kind of immortality.  My characters are normal people who have been trapped in an alternate reality I call The System.  Characters trapped in The System can die, but return in different scenarios, usually with memories of their previous scenarios.  They also are given skills or knowledge to deal with the “adventures” they are thrown into.

Wolf: Hopefully they don’t make the same mistakes in their new adventure. What is the meanest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

T: Trapping them in The System, of course!

Wolf: You’ve just been turned into a plant. Describe yourself.

T: I am a tea rose with beautiful. fragrant, deep red flowers.  I am very prickly, so be careful how you handle me!  I’m also a dawn redwood tree, tall, enduring, resiliant, and ancient.

Wolf: Cool. I have a dawn redwood in my front yard. Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person?

T: Dog! Besides having a fantastic sense of smell, I am always on the move– unless I’m taking a dog nap.  I’m also friendly, loving, and faithful.  As Wendy Francisco says, “G o D  and  D o G, … I can’t match their love for me.”

Wolf: Sweet. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

T: Self-teleportation.  I’ve always been fascinated with what’s over the horizon, so I’d transport all over the world to take a look—and a taste!

Wolf: I’ve always been a fan of teleportation. There is a door at the end of a dark, damp corridor. You hear rumbling. What do you do?

T: Teleport the hell outa there!

Wolf: What five items would you want to have in a post-cataclysmic world?

T: Endless food, water, and fire for starters.  Protection, shelter and weaponry.  Transportation that would not break down or run out of fuel; maybe an armed helicopter to get out of bad places and into defensible ones.  And maybe Mad Max, Rambo, Court Gentry, or Jack Ryan Jr. as a companion!

Wolf: I think you went a bit over five items. Which of your characters is your favorite?

T: Jane Conroy Spenser.  She is in all of The Blue Plane series books.  She is fearless, resourceful, strong.  Capable of defending herself and her charges.  She has great character and resourcefulness.  She has a sort of rough-hewn compassion.  She can be a loner; but is absolutely devoted to those few she selects as friends.  She’s also an attractive, appealing woman.

Wolf: Describe a meal you would be served while visiting another world.

T: Haven’t a clue.  Now, ask me about a five-star French restaurant.  I’d look at the specialties of the house and probably order caviar, some sort of black truffle soup, boned pheasant stuffed with fois gras, sautéed sole, beef bourguignon, a cheese plate, and crème brulee, with appropriate wines, of course.

Wolf: You do like food. What is your favorite body of water and why? (river, ocean, waterfall, puddle, bottle…)

T: Beautiful bays like Milford Sound in New Zealand or some of the bays on the island of Kauai, especially the cove at Princeville on Kauai’s north shore.

Wolf: Kauai is definitely beautiful. I was there for my honeymoon. What story are you working on now?

T: Completing the editing and designing a cover for The House of Storms, book 6 of The Blue Plane series.  About to begin editing Lake of Fire, number 7.  Winds of Reality is underway.

Wolf: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

T: Take Great Courses, primarily on history, religion, cosmology, and art.  Read other writers’ novels.  Take LONG road trips.  Eat and cook interesting foods.

Wolf: I kind of figured you food thing. What do you read?

T: Action adventures.  Romantic adventures or mysteries.  Scientific, Philosophical, Historical, or Artistic college courses.  Love cosmological theory, like particle physics and general relativity.  Already know a fair bit about genetics and evolution from my previous life as a plant scientist, breeder, and geneticist.  Enjoy religion courses but from philosophical or historical viewpoints, not dogma.  Hungry for history, ancient and recent.  Want to understand art, what makes good art, composition, pigment chemistry, and physiology and psychology of the viewer.

Wolf: Thanks for visiting. You can connect with T Austin Campbell through his website:  TaustinCampbell.com

 Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Star Touched and Wolf Dawn.

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Star Touched

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population. Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble. Will Tatiana flee or stay and fight for the new life she has built? Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

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Wolf Dawn

A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

 

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