Welcome to the eighty-fifth edition of 10 Questions With. . .
Today we are joined by
***There is a giveaway with this interview. Stephen Lomer is giving three people the chance to win an ebook copy of Belle’s Christmas Carol. There will be more information at the end of the interview.***
Before we jump into the questions, can you tell the readers a little about yourself?
Sure, happy to. I was born during Egypt’s Third Dynasty. I was an architect of the step pyramid, a high priest of the sun god Ra at Heliopolis, and chancellor to the pharaoh Djoser. Oh, no, wait. That was Imhotep. I’m just a writer from Boston.
1.) What is something that many people might not know about you?
Actually, and this is 100% true, I decided to try writing erotica, because it was so far outside my comfort zone, and published a bit of it under a pseudonym. I can’t read it, though, because it’s filthy and I get all red-faced.
2.) What book or book series had a major impact on your life? Why did it have such an impact on you?
I’d have to say the Harry Potter series. I never expected to love it as much as I did, but I really fell for JK’s straightforward storytelling style, and the immersive world she created. And since I tend to keep my stuff on the short side, I admire her page count too.
3.) If you could co-author a novel with any author, who would you want to co-write with and why?
I guess I’d have to say Stephen King. Mostly because he cranks out the content and he’d keep me on track, which is notoriously difficult to do, even for me.
4.) Which one of your characters do you identify with the most?
In my novel Typo Squad, the main character is Richard Shonnary, and his mission in life is to protect the general public from typos. I can readily identify with that mindset.
5.) Which one of your characters do you wish you were more like?
Again, in Typo Squad, there’s a character named Big who is really relaxed and fun-loving. I sometimes take myself (and life) a little too seriously, so being more like Big would be nice for a change.
6.) Can you tell us the title of your latest release and what it is about?
Yes, my latest release is a holiday novella titled Belle’s Christmas Carol. It’s a reimagining of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and explores the question of whether or not Ebenezer Scrooge really had a supernatural experience, or if it was all an elaborate production to force him to change his ways.
7.) Where did your idea for this story/series come from?
Every year I attend a production of A Christmas Carol at the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, Massachusetts. After last year’s performance, the book and the play sort of merged in my head, and the idea grew from there.
8). Can you tell us something about the story/series that people might not know?
Well, the Belle referenced in the title is actually a minor character in the original Christmas Carol. She’s Scrooge’s former fiancée who leaves him when she realizes his true love is money and she goes on to marry someone else and have a large family. In Belle’s Christmas Carol, she’s the main character.
9.) What was your biggest challenge writing this book/series?
First I needed to match my writing style to Dickens’, which took some practice. Then once I had the first draft written, I realized that Dickens’ prose was a little confusing and complex, so I simplified it, along with my own parts. It was not easy.
10.) Can you share with us a few paragraphs from the book (no major spoilers please)?
Belle and Edward stood at the foot of the grand staircase, watching and listening as the actor playing Marley’s ghost climbed the stairs and forced his way into Scrooge’s chambers, moaning and howling in agony.
“When he engages Scrooge, his skills as a great improviser will be revealed,” whispered Edward to Belle.
“How now!” they heard Scrooge cry, caustic and cold as ever. “What do you want with me?”
“Much!” replied Marley.
“Who are you?”
“Ask me who I was.”
“Who were you then?” said Scrooge, raising his voice. “You’re particular, for a phantom.”
“In life I was your partner, Jacob Marley.”
“Can you—can you sit down?” asked Scrooge.
Belle looked at Edward in alarm. Could the actor sit down? They had never tried, for this was a most unexpected question from Scrooge.
“I can,” they heard Marley say without hesitation.
“Do it, then.”
Belle listened closely and heard a further rattle of chains as Marley must have taken a seat. She breathed a small sigh of relief. It was then that she noticed that in addition to Edward, she was joined at the foot of the staircase by Charles Dickens, who appeared to be listening intently to the conversation upstairs.
11.) Why did you pick those paragraphs to share with us?
I feel like it conveys a good sense of what’s happening, plus it’s an almost perfect split of my writing and Dickens’.
12.) What is the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for one of your books?
I had to find out what would happen if the Queen of England (or the royal equivalent) were charged with a serious crime, like murder.
13.) Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few readers will find?
In my short story collection Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All, I slipped the phrase “Five minutes” into every story. I don’t know why. I don’t know if anyone ever even noticed.
14.) What would your autobiography be called and why would you call it that?
The Life and Times of a Word Nerd. I think the title says it all.
15.) A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
He says “Knock knock.” And I say “Who’s there?” And he says “Penguin in a sombrero.” And I say “Penguin in a sombrero who?” And he says, “No, dude, seriously. A penguin in a sombrero. Hey, do you have any money? I want to go see the donkey show.”
Where can people go if they want to learn more about you and the books you have written?
My website. It’s always got the latest and greatest.
What social media platforms can you be found on?
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