Daniel Oliver Late Last Night Booked Me

Author Daniel Oliver read my The Augmented Man novel and was so impressed he asked to interview me for his blog.

 
Have you seen his Late Last Night Books blog? He co authors there with several notables, Lily Iona Mackenzie (who I interviewed a while back) for one.

And if that’s not enough, take a gander at who they’re interviewing.

And they want me?

My thanks to Daniel Oliver and the rest of the Late Last Night Books folks.

You can read my interview here. Be sure to leave a comment when you do.

I got P.D. Allevanated!

One of the joys of authoring is the ability to vernaculate at will.

For example, I am a Carrabinoid, a member of the Carrabises. When I do something, I Carrabinate it. Unless I did it in the past, in which case I carrabinated it.

I’ve studied languages from all over this world (and a few others) and as functional as English is, it is also extremely limiting. For example, actions (verbs) have a tense (time component) but people don’t, an indication that our linguistic forebears thought identity superceded action. It doesn’t. If you want to know who/what someone is (identity) observe how they act and what they do (action). Their actions reveal their internal processes far better than their words ever would.

Some languages I’ve studied are from cultures that understand people change. Identity has tenses, actions do not. There is only “present tense”. If you want to talk about something that happened yesterday, last week, month, or year, you change the tense of the people involved because those people aren’t here, another version of them is. A kind of “Joseph does this” (I’m doing it now) and “Jaseph does this” (I did it yesterday) and “Jaeseph does this” (I did it a long time ago).

Anyway, P.D. Allevanated me and it goes live today.

 
We talked about amazing stuff, and I always enjoy a good interview, whether my own or someone else’s. My favorite question in this interview was “If you could only take three books with you through an interstellar portal, what would they be?”

Bet you can’t guess what I answered.

Guess you’ll have to go and find out.

And please do!

Fantasy Horror Author A.F. Stewart and I talk Deviltry, Noveltry, Shipbuilding, Agony and Ecstasy

Watch, leave a comment, gain a friend!

A.F. Stewart, aka @Scribe77, did me.

Interviewed me, I mean.

 
We talked about

  • The differences between writing short stories and novels (not much from a crafting standpoint, me thinks)
  • Creating sympathetic villains (even the worst person has one humanizing detail)
  • Genre writing (I don’t believe I write in a genre. My regular readers tell me my genre is “Joseph”)
  • My incredible anthology, Tales Told ‘Round Celestial Campfires
  • Being able to do amazing things with words when you’re an author
  • The link between Satan and Hamilton Burger
  • Getting kudos from your readers
  • Ritchie and Phyl, my incredible work in progress
  • How writing Flash fiction is like building a ship in a bottle
  • Great Opening Lines
  • My incredible scifi/military/thriller, The Augmented Man
  • Writing about characters rather than genre (the story comes first, the genre comes second)
  • Empty Sky and my standing offer; read the book, leave a review, and I’ll send you an autographed copy of the rewrite when it’s published.
  • Children growing up
  • Stories that grew out of my anthropology studies – Mani He and The Goatmen of Aguirra
  • Getting kudos from editors and publishers
  • Writing almost fantastic fantasies (okay, the story’s fantastic. It uses almost fantasy elements – The Weight)

So, yeah, we covered a few things.

Enjoy!

Carol Ann Kauffman Vision and Versed Me

I did a slightly different type of interview with retired school teacher and prolific romantic action adventure (with a sci-fi/ fantasy twist) and mystery author Carol Ann Kauffman a while back.

I offer slightly different as the questions weren’t ones I normally get: favorite food, favorite artwork, perfect evening. There were the usual questions, too, and it’s my responses to the off-axis questions that amuse me (we did the interview a while back).

Responses to the common questions have changed since we did the interview. The Augmented Man was indie published in Jul 2019 and is available at most book sellers. I’ve completed the rewrite and editing of the new draft of Empty Sky and am sending it out to agents and publishers (there’s a standing offer, by the way; anybody who buys a copy and writes a review will receive an autographed copy when the new version is released. Go for it. Buy a copy, write a review. I dare you).

And the interview has one of my favorite photos of Susan (wife, partner, Princess) and me.

Please give Carol Ann Kauffman’s Interview with Author Joseph Carrabis (that’s me!) a read and let us know what you think.

 
Enjoy!

Interviews with Writers Did Me!

I like being interviewed.

Let’s me know somebody out there is listening.

It’s like writing Goodreads reviews. I’m shocked when people like or comment on my reviews. I responded to one person, thanking them for the Like and sharing that I didn’t think anybody paid attention. After all, who am I to review a book?

They understood and felt the same way re their reviews.

I wonder who reads/watches/listens to my interviews. Are they bored? Are they curious? Do they know me from a previous life?

I’ll read/watch/listen to a review if I’m interested in the author, often if I’ve read and enjoy their work, often if I know them personally and wish to support them.

What’s your reason for reading/watching/listening?

You can read my Interviews with Writers interview here.

 
Enjoy!