Thursday, May 24, 2012
November 11, 2010 - May 21, 2012
After all, it’s not everyday that NASA finds grafitti on the moon.
It's cliche, but like many writers, I have always written, and always wanted to be a writer. I come from a long line of storytellers in my family, so the art of storytelling is natural. Plus, my mother is an English teacher and librarian, ret'd, whose passion for reading borders on obsession, and I don't mean on this side of obsession, I mean on the ~other~ side of obsession, the far side that's well away from the rest of us.
I wrote stories in high school and college, and picked up the pace after my first marriage. I never submitted any, though, until 2009, when I sent a short story to Open Heart Publishing. It was on a whim, but they answered back that they liked one of my stories, but the other was too "visceral." That second one was about dead puppies.
I can honestly say that my first submission was accepted! And published!
I don't think it's possible for any author to avoid writing about yourself or people you know, at least a little bit. You may not use the entire person, but you will certainly use pieces of them, such as habits, mannerisms, personality and physical traits, and so forth.
I worked and worked on that title, trying to figure out just what was so special about Percy, until GBN was born. It was a laborious and mind-bending task! I did lots of research on the space stuff. I hope this question means you noticed.
First of all, the Chandraayan-1 satellite is a real satellite, and it really was launched by
Keep in mind that I am an engineer, and by nature obsessive-compulsive, and attuned to details. I didn't bullshit too many science facts, not the obvious ones.
As for the mystical concepts, that's all bunk I cooked up by finding the bottom of a couple of Black-n-Tan beers.
If I did a sequel, I'm not sure it would be a "sequel" in the traditional sense. I might recycle a character or two, but I bring up Card for a reason. He re-created Ender in the second and third books, and put him in an entirely new universe each time. Card indulged in very little recycling, which is why his series (the first three, at least) are so brilliant.
If I wrote a sequel, I would approach it with Card's method: a complete re-write, with a totally new concept.
It would not be what anyone expected.
I am in three of Open Heart's anthologies, and GBN is also published under their label. GBN would have been born, eventually, with or without Open Heart. I believed in the concept enough to work on it. Now, would it have been ~published~ without Open Heart? No telling. I have submitted to a few other publishers, but wanted to refine my writing and my publication methodology before pursuing larger agents and publishing houses.
In other words, I want my first widely circulated book to be from a fully matured writer, which may come about in the next few years. I have a small dog, a Pomeranian named Daisy, to whom I am very, very attached, and vice versa. She helps me write by sitting in my lap and licking the bottom of my chin.
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Thank you Eric, for guesting with me today. Hopefully your long journey of getting Out of the Great Black Nothing titled, developed, and finally published will inspire other writers to keep working on their difficult projects too.
His short stories are featured in Open Heart Publishing's anthology series, An Honest Lie, Volumes 1, 2, and 3.
Eric’s newest short story, “Melvin Gee's Short Trip to Hell”, is featured in An Honest Lie, Volume 3: Justifiable Hypocrisy, released fall 2011 from OHP.
Readers may purchase Eric's work here: Purchase Eric's Books
Out of the Great Black Nothing is Eric's first published novel.