June 18, 2012

Author Interview with Charles Sutherland

Hi Charles, first of all, could you tell us a bit about yourself.
I am the son of a coal-miner's son, who escaped a life in the dark Appalachian mines by joining the U.S. military. Like most military-families, we moved around a bit. Eventually we settled in a small Virginia town called Hopewell, noted for its myriad chemical factories. After high school, having no desire to work in those factories, I choose to join the Air Force, which allowed me to see much of the world and do things most men have only dreamed about doing. Thirty-two years later, after retiring from active duty, they paid me handsomely to be a contractor helping the Air Force reorganize their strategic forces for maximum effectiveness. Eventually I chose to leave those comfortable paychecks lest my life pass me by before I could write my books.

June 12, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman - Review

Snow White and The Huntsman is after Mirror Mirror and Grim's Snow White the third Snow White movie this year. The trailer with the dark fairy tale forest, in which all these wonderful creatures live, drew me into its spell immediately. Naturally that this movie was one i really anticipated. To make it short, the movie doesn't fulfill anything i hoped it would and that the trailer suggested to me. In fact, it was one of the worst movies i saw in the last years and this is why...

The story is known to everyone and therefore not very surprising, but even this is easy knitted story is riddled with errors. It almost seems as if no one read the script.

June 1, 2012

Author Interview with Liz Long and Giveaway

Hi Liz, first of all, could you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi Patrick! *waves frantically* I'm 27 and an indie author living in Roanoke, VA with my husband and dog. I've had all sorts of interesting jobs (newspaper, radio, book stores, publishing) and am now happy to say being a writer is one of them! 

Why do you write fantasy books and what do you think makes them special?
I always read fantasy books as a kid. Other books were fine, of course, but there was something about losing yourself in a kingdom or adventure not found in reality. I think escapism is important--as a kid raised in a divorced household, I often ran away to other lands and times when I had to shut out my own reality. I loved the idea of giving people a place to hide for a while! I also think it's really important to stimulate creativity--I'm personally hoping my publishing fantasy stories will later appeal to my nephews, who I hope never lose their imaginative streak.