One of the best parts of reading or being a writer is that books can take us into so many different worlds. They can take us back in time or they can take us into a world totally created by the author. Today's guest in My Writing Corner is one of those authors whose works can whisk us into a land we can only visit through the author's creativity.
Author Stephen M. T. Greene joins us today to tell us about his latest book, Those Fantastic Heroes, which is the first book of a series titled The Saga of the Enforcers.
What do you enjoy about being an author and what do you find is its most challenging part?
What I enjoy most about being an author is having written something that others can read. The challenging thing about being an author is planning an entire book.
Tell us about your road to publication.
My road to publication started with six minor publications before I got my Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree. After I got my degrees, I became published--three poems in three poetry anthologies and four stories in a fiction anthology, which I also edited.
What is your latest book that you will feature today and how did you come up with the idea to
My latest book is a fantasy, THOSE FANTASTIC HEROES. I came up with the idea in the summer of 1980 walking to my grandmother's house. I thought about superheroes and it led to creating the first book of a four book series.
Let's get a blurb:
For over a thousand years, the Enforcers, the Universal Marshals, have waged war against evil, putting away Criminals, Villains, and Archvillains in the Universal Prisonplex on Tellus. No inmate has ever escaped.
High Enforcer Delveran learns that an Archvillain organization exists on Earth. He sends an Enforcer Squad
to the planet to find its hidden stronghold and apprehend the Archvillains there.
The Archvillain organization sends a space fleet to Tellus. Objective: bust out the Archvillains imprisoned in the Universal Prisonplex. Delveran sets the planet's defenses against the oncoming invasion. Will the enemy succeed in achieving the jailbreak?
Sounds out of this world. How about giving us a short excerpt to introduce us to your book:
Delveran saw what the rookie was doing. "Stop! Do not remove them!
Accidentally freed of the nondynamis binders, Old Man Winter had his special powers of winter back. The Archvillain blew all the prison guards surrounding him with icy blasts from his aged hands, which had long fingers a bit crooked. All the men and women flew through the air in different directions. They landed on the floor hard, some of them crashing against force bars of holding cells first.
Stepping toward the automatic doors of the holding area, the Incarnation of Winter exploded a blizzard from his lean, ice-cold body. Icy winds and gusting snow roared through the area. Prison guards tried to draw their blasters from their holsters and fire at the foul being trying to destroy them, but the winter storm violently radiating from Wodinnol's form caused them great difficulty in aiming and shooting their weapons. Vast numbers of snowflakes blanketed the holding area in white stuff; it was getting colder and colder in the holding area. Inches of snow accumulated rapidly as Wodinnol began burying them all in it.
"If we don't stop him," Delveran said, "Old Man Winter turn Tellus into an ice planet!"
What’s your next project?
Right now I am working on two projects. The second novel in the four book series and a screenplay adapted from the first book in the series.
I develop my characters by writing bios about them. I come up with plots by planning scenes for an entire book.
What advice do you have for beginning writers?
My advice for beginning writers is never give up. It took me 41 years to complete my novel before being accepted for publication.
Here are buy links for Stephen's new novel, Those Fantastic Heroes, available in paperback or ebook:
Stephen's social contact info:
smtgwriter on Facebook.
Smtgbook on Twitter.
Thank you Stephen, for being my guest today. Any questions or comments for Stephen?