Welcome to the sixty ninth edition of 10 Questions With…
Today our guest is:
Tell us about yourself.
I typically write in the sci-fi genre, more specifically horror, but am also delving into dark, low-fantasy lately. I live in Florida with my beautiful wife of 15 years, Guinevere (who is also a very talented graphic artist and works her magic on my covers) my two children, and our bearded dragon, Fang. I’m a very slooow writer/reader so I don’t accomplish as much as I should, but am working on picking up the pace for 2016 and on. I play Electrician for a biotech institute as my day job, and I’m a recruit in the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club (hopefully soon an official member). A Lucasfilm approved charity organization where members kit up as personalized variations of the Mandalorian characters from Starwars (Boba Fett, Jango Fett, and many others from the expanded universe). I only have two published short stories right now up on Amazon, Next Up and Kamika-Z (from The Z Chronicles), but 2016 looks to be a much more prolific year for my work. So keep an eye out…
1.) What is something that many people might not know about you?
Two things (I like to break the rules):
One, I was a bass player in a few punk rock bands back in my teen years. With one band, Krankshaft, we recorded and put out a CD which is laying around on Soundcloud somewhere.
Two, I am the Dungeonmaster for a virtual Dungeons and Dragons podcast, OldSchoolD&D, where I get the honor of rolling die with Nick Cole, Chris Pourteau and Alison Pourteau, Forbes West, Jason Anspach, and Jon Frater.
2.) What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve wanted to write since I was barely old enough to read. I always loved creative writing as a kid, just never knew how to get from A to B, then on to C, D, E, and F. The inspiration that gave me the kick was actually reading Hugh Howey’s story of how he self-published, and watching Wool turn from a short story into the five book series it became. Then on to what it is now… At the time chemical weapons attacks were being rumored in Syria so that was intriguing, and one of the scientists at the institute I work at was talking about Alzheimer’s treatments which got another cog spinning. I’m not sure how it all came together but all that was churning when the story manifested.
3.) Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
That’s a really tough question. I have many, and they oscillate in and out of the top of the list as I reread old books and read new (to me) authors. Right now, it has to be Robert E Howard. I’ve read his works before, but am diving back in after a long hiatus. I’m using his writing as inspiration for a grimdark, sword and sorcery short I’m currently writing. His raw, earthy feel is amazing. It’s like fine wine, it gets better with age. Well, as I age anyway. Now that I’m not just reading his work to simply read, but more to dissect, I’m blown away by the complexity in simplicity that is Howard’s style. I’m a huge fan of Joe Abercrombie too, I really like his gritty swagger, and his dialogue is fantastic.
4.) If you could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I’m going to cheat again: the entire cast and crew of Scifi Writers Playing Old School D&D. There’s so many other awesome choices I could pick, but I’d love more than anything to sit down with the people I play virtually with and get to play in person (of course there’d be dinner involved, Nick Cole would be there, that’s a given. Margaritas too come to think of it with Chris Pourteau) there’s so much talent involved, I’d love for a little to rub off on me. It’d be cool to see them all face to face.
Currently I’m reading two, Howard’s anthology, Conan The Coming of the Cimmerian. And Jason Anspach’s ‘Til Death.
6.) Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Far from new, but new to me, I very recently decided to read JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series and fell in love. The books brought back the enjoyment of reading for fun, that had been vacant in my life for quite a while.
7.) If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in any of your books?
I’d probably change everything given the chance. I doubt my writing constantly and always think it’s not good enough. When I go back and read one of my pubbed stories I see so many instances where I think it could be made better. I try not to re-read them much, it leads to a nasty downward spiral of self doubt which can be pretty crippling at times.
8.) Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I have a few going on, but the one that’ll probably be released first will be Isa, a short for The Future Chronicle’s The Shapeshifter Chronicles, coming later this year. It was just turned in for editing so I wouldn’t want to share an unpolished mess, but I’ll share a basic summary: Isa is the story of Jack Barnes a facility maintenance technician who is going through a rough patch. Everything mechanical in his life seems out to get him. In the early hours one morning, the mechanical uprising reaches its pinnacle. The story follows Jack through a terrifying encounter with something he’d never ever consider, in his wildest nightmares, a threat.
The shapeshifting aspect is a little different from what you’d traditionally expect, but Isa should be a ride-and-a-half.
9.) What song best describes you and why?
I had to really think about this one, there are so many songs that could somewhat describe me, but I had to go with Bad Religion’s Incomplete.
It’s how I’ve felt my entire life, an internal struggle within myself, hard criticism and self-doubt, all leading up to me feeling somehow incomplete. I always feel I could do better, as a father, as a writer, as a husband…it’s a long list that keeps on going. I had meningitis when I was three and I’ve always felt incomplete. Like part of my brain got fried from the high fever. Sounds weird, but in every situation for better or worse in my life, I know what I need to do to reinforce it, or fix it…I constantly hesitate to write (you could call it procrastination or even fear, but it’s not), for example, I know it and I know how to fix it I’ll even verbally pep-talk myself into change but then the little missing block doesn’t click into place and I plunge back down to square one. I’m incomplete…
10.) A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
“Chris, I’m your real father.” At that point, why doesn’t really matter does it?
Go ahead, pimp whatever book you want:
Kamika-Z, my short from The Z Chronicles. If you like fast-paced scifi horror this is the story for you. It’s in the process of being expanded into a novella right now, and next year another short set in the same world join the ranks of The Gamer Chronicles.
GIVEAWAY: Christopher Boore would like to give away a signed copy of Kamika-Z. Answer the following question in the comment section in order to get registered for the giveaway.
What is your favorite Future Chronicles title and why? If you haven’t read one which one grabs your attention? (You can see a full list of titles here: http://www.futurechronicles.net )
Due to shipping costs, this giveaway is only open to those in the Continental United States. This giveaway will run until Monday, April 18, 2016 at 8:00 EDT. Good luck to everyone!
I would like to thank Christopher Boore for joining us today for this edition of 10 Questions With…
I hope you enjoyed learning about him as much as I did.
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