Welcome S.M. Muse
October 15, 2012 By Jenah @ The Indie Book Blog Database
Where are you from and what do you love most about your hometown?
Where am I from? – A little bit of everywhere, but mainly north-western Missouri.
What do I love about my hometown? – Self-reliance and space more than anything. Living on the outskirts of a ‘big city’ teaches you to become self-reliant, to depend upon yourself and the generosity of others. Small town America allows us to stretch our wings, find our quiet, and return to simpler times. Cities may offer convenience, but small towns return us to our roots.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your career?
What did I want to be? – I wanted to be an astronaut, that or an astronomer. (Neither one panned out however.)
How has that dream affected my career? – By teaching me it’s okay to keep reaching for the stars, and to remind me that the stars aren’t possible unless our feet are firmly planted on the ground. We all begin somewhere. Anything is possible if you believe in yourself, and never give up.
Tell us about your latest book. Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?
Heir of Nostalgia is the first book in the ‘Valerian Series.’ It began as a single paragraph:
‘November the 17th, just five weeks shy of Christmas. On this particular night, a night like any other, Theo Valerian would meet his youngest son for the very first time- and never even realize it.’
Since that time, Phillip’s story has grown far beyond my wildest expectations.
Simply put, Heir of Nostalgia is the story of a thirteen year old boy out living on the streets of New York City, in search of a father who has been missing for the past two years. It is also the story of an Engineer, Theo Valerian, about to be married, wildly successful, and seemingly making his way effortlessly through life. Two lives on a collision course with history, add to this a madman out for vengeance, a so-called wizard that can walk between worlds and a fallen angel on a mission to protect the last living descendent of the great Royal Family and you have a 16th Century meet 21st Century showdown that will decide the fate of an entire nation, and people.
‘Growing up has never been easy… then again, no one ever said growing up could be so hard, either.’
In many ways, Phillip’s story is the story of us all- our struggles against seemingly insurmountable odds, and how we rise above them. It also teaches us that family and friends are important, and that by depending upon each other, we can achieve incredible victories, even in the face of incredible evil.
At the moment I have three more books in the works: Heir of Nostalgia, Book Two- Absentia, in which we continue Phillip and Theo’s adventures, a stand-alone horror novel about what happens after we die, and a Science Fiction offering about a super-soldier about to discover that the past is not always such a good thing to discover.
All I can say is stay tuned, it’s about to get crazy!
Why did you write this book?
To still all those voices in my head! Seriously though, I’ve wanted to explore Phillip’s life ever since he popped in my head. That, and to explore the relationships we develop with people and how they can change us for the better, and for the worse.
How did you come up with the title?
My original title was ‘A Gathering Darkness.’ It was only near the end of the story did Heir of Nostalgia appear. (It’s possibly a play on words. I’ll let the reader decide.)
How did you choose your genre?
That’s a hard question to answer; let’s just say it chose itself. Personally, I’ve always wanted to write Horror and Science Fiction, even though I first fell in love with Fantasy. (See, I told you it was crazy.) It wasn’t until I penned the last sentence in the book, and going back over it, that I decided the story was more along the lines of Epic Fantasy.
What inspired you to be a writer?
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