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5 Minutes with Eric Juneau

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I am debuting a new feature on my blog today–author interviews.  Enjoy!  Chris

 5 Minutes with Eric Juneau

This is a chance to learn a bit more about Eric Juneau, whose novel, Merm-8, has been published by Musa.

Eric Juneau

Website: http://author-quest.blogspot.com   Twitter: @theWallflower00

I started writing . . . I had three separate buttkicks into writing. When I was a kid, five or six, I would write stories on computer paper. I would draw the pictures, then I would have my dad transcribe what I wrote, since my penmanship wasn’t that great. Most of them had to do with Snoopy or E.T., my interests at the time.

My second movement occurred thanks to AOL, circa 1995. I was a big fan of Star Trek and video games, especially Mortal Kombat. But where AOL’s Star Trek fan fiction archive was extensive and diverse, the video game boards were not. Somewhere in my despondence, a thought came to me: if no one else is writing Mortal Kombat stories, maybe I can! And the best part is, since there’s no one else, I’ll automatically be the prime and best producer. That led me into the world of fan fiction.

The third epiphany came a few years after graduating from college. When I was bored at work, I would read e-versions of Stephen King novels. They had such an informal style with down-to-earth characters. Accessible, easy to read, and highly entertaining, I suddenly realized “hey, I can write like this.” Suddenly, getting a book published didn’t seem like a lofty career reserved for Faulkners and Steinbecks.

What I love most about writing . . .The plotting. When the writing is really going well, when characters fight the obstacles I put in front of them and grow stronger, when I know a plot twist is going to hit the audience right between the eyes, that’s beautiful. It’s a brief fleeting moment, but in that moment, I feel like a Creator of Worlds.

The toughest thing about writing . . . A perfect idea only stays perfect while in your mind. The moment you make it concrete, it ceases to be perfect. But you also can’t share it with anyone. Every creative act loses something in the translation from cognition to canvas, and I hate that heat loss. But it’s inevitable. When I flesh out plots, the spark of magic fades, but in it’s place is forged steel. And it’s the job of a writer to remake that steel as strong as possible.

The writer I most admire . . . I hate to say it but Stephen King. He was my first idol for writing. Just his productivity alone is amazing. I’m not fond of his style — too much overwriting, too much metaphor and metaphysics — but he went from rags to riches by harnessing fear and turning it into entertainment.

If I wasn’t a writer, I would be . . . Playing lots and lots of video games, and basically just being an all-consuming, unproductive schlump.

When I am writing, I listen to . . . I try not to listen to lyrical music. That tends to distract me. Mostly I listen to movie scores or ambient music related to the setting I’m writing in at the moment? Does it help me? I don’t know. But it keeps me focused.

Favorite Novels:

-The Darkness and the Light by Peter David

-The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

-World War Z by Max Brooks

-Wren’s Quest by Sherwood Smith

-The Dark Tower Saga by Stephen King

-Tigerheart by Peter David

-Jumper by Steven Gould

-The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

-The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

-Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

-Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

-Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

-The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

-The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl by Barry Lyga

-Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

-Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

-Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Favorite Movies:

-Short Circuit

-The Evil Dead

-The Lord of the Rings trilogy

-Akira

-Back to the Future

-Gremlins

-Donnie Darko

-The Dark Knight

-Dark City

Modern convenience I can’t live without:

A laptop — the all purpose device. And I can’t type a novel on an iPod.

I wish I could stop . . . Playing Frozen Free Fall on my iPod. I’m up to level 192, and I’m determined to finish this game without paying one red cent for it.

Best advice I’ve received:

Writing is not an occupation, it’s a compulsion.

Worst advice I’ve received:

I’ve heard too many people try and say what works for them, and preach it as gospel. One guy who earned my particular ire said “don’t revise, because otherwise you’re just polishing a turd. Rewriting is not writing. Take your finished novel and mail it out”. Yeah, maybe the geniuses can write without much revising, but that’s why they’re geniuses. Since then, I now take all writing advice as “this is what works for me, I’m going to talk about it in case it could work for you”.

Advice to aspiring authors:

Stories are not real life, stories are pieces of morality made entertaining. Don’t write what you know, write what you want to read. Write what you think should be written. Fill in the gaps in the bookshelf. And finish what you write.

And now a bit about MERM-8:

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Gene is a rogue-for-hire, using his one-man ship to make a decent living on the flooded Earth. His AI companion, Stitch, does most of the work of their salvage and smuggling jobs. Life is good.

Until a mermaid crawls into his ship’s exhaust port.

Now everyone wants to know what this fantasy creature is doing on a dying planet. Gene has to choose between protecting her and keeping himself safe.

http://www.amazon.com/Eric-Juneau/e/B007HADLF2

 

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On Writing: Photo Inspirations

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I spent the week working on the first round of copy editing for my novel, The Caelimane Operation.  It is now back in the hands of my editor, Damien, at Musa.  I cannot wait for January and publication!

I though I would share some more photographs with you.  We are experiencing unusually warm weather in the MidWestern United States for the Fall season.  I do want to spend extra time outside, but manage to curtail my forays so that I can keep writing!

I took these photographs a few weeks ago.  I hope that you all enjoy them and they inspire you to keep writing.

Chris

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On Writing: What I Listen to When Writing

I first heard Brandi Carlile’s “Dreams” on Samantha Brown’s Girl Meets World series. The lyrics speak of going after your dreams–something which is very much a theme for me this week. (See my prior post for more information: http://chrispavesic.com/2014/05/18/first-novel-to-be-published-with-musa-publishing/ )

As always–I hope the music inspires you to write.

Enjoy!

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First Novel to be Published with Musa Publishing

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Musa Publishing has accepted my manuscript. I signed the contract on Friday.

It looks like the novel will be released sometime in October of this year.

I will provide more details as they become available.

I am very happy and I want to thank everyone who has provided me support and encouragement over the years—especially my fellow authors. The people I have met through WordPress, Facebook, and Twitter have been wonderful. I am really glad that I discovered the #amwriting group; reading the posts there about both the tribulations and successes of other authors is inspirational. (And I constantly marvel at the word counts everyone strives for each day!)

In an earlier posting this month ( http://chrispavesic.com/2014/05/09/on-writing-writing-inspiration-from-other-authors/ ) I shared some advice from fellow writer Jim Butcher: “*NO ONE* can take your dream away.” I truly believe this and I hope that the readers of my blog do as well.

Perseverance is the key word of the day. Keep at it, keep writing, and do not give up.

Cheers!

Chris

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