Author Spotlight with Tom Barczakby Davidson Haworth on 03/07/12
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How long have you been a published writer and when did you first begin to write?
I've been published since July 2011, when I put out Part I of my six part illustrated e-serial for Kindle, Awakening Evarun. I used to write a lot as a kid, and picked it back up again about 10 years ago.
What is your favorite genre to write about?
Fantasy. It's the first place my imagination goes. And for me the world of Evarun is a mash of everything I've ever done creatively, from as far back as I can remember, including my paintings, my music and poetry. I was creating, or more, just seeing it, even long before I knew what it was.
Where did you grow up as a child and where do you find yourself going in the future?
I grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Came down to Norman to attend the University of Oklahoma and never left. I'm not sure where I'll end up. I expect I'll stay here for some time though. If I had my druthers I'd like to live in the UK for a few years. Just to feel the place. I spent a semester there in Grad School and fell in love with it.
What is the most demeaning thing said about you as a writer?
Ouch. But when I think of it, I haven't heard anything really demeaning. The biggest criticism I've gotten is that the reader saw Christian overtones in my work, which, being Christian doesn't really surprise me that much. I'd hate to see what they have to say about Tolkien and C.S. Lewis though.
Do you think book signings are a waste of time in this day in age of technology?
NOT AT ALL. In fact, if you want my only published since July opinion, I think in some ways we're going the wrong direction with chasing these big numbers with no relationship or profit per sale. I think I would rather sell to a thousand people I actually get to meet and who will support my efforts as a writer, than have 10,000 who will download me for free or even .99 and never even read what I wrote.
So, yes, I think book sales are wonderful, and will be scheduling many of my own with the release of my first novel, Veil of the Dragon, this summer.
How do you react to a bad review of one of your books?
So far I've only had a few and they weren't really bad. The only thing I didn't care for was what a 3 star can do to my 5 star rating and resulting ranking on Amazon.
How do you create names for your characters and do you use people you know in your life to formulate a character?
I listen for the names, mostly. I try not to fabricate too much. I like the idea that the story is already written. My job is just to remove all the stuff in front of it.
Do you ever use your writing as a weapon? For example you become angry for what someone has done to you and you create a scathing tale.
Haven't yet..but hmmmmm...
What is the most complicated subject matter to write about?
Eroticism, and not have it sound like porn.
What is the most important attribute for a writer to remain sane?
Balance. Always balance.
Give us your top writers who influence you in your work?
Janet Morris, Jim Butcher, William Bernhardt, Stephen King, David Eddings, J.R.R. Tolkien, and I have to say a bit of Dr. Suess.
What is your next project?
My first full length Novel, Veil of the Dragon, Book One of the Prophecy of the Evarun, will be out in May for Kindle and as a trade paperback. I have a short story called "Blood and Ochre" being published in an anthology called "What Scares the Boogeyman", due out in October, 2012. I am also wrapping up edits on a short story for "Visionaries in Hell" to be published probably in June 2013 by Janet and Chris Morris.