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Author Interview: Chris Stocking

I’ve interviewed Chris before, but it often pays to revisit people, especially old favourites (no, Chris isn’t old… quite the opposite), so here we are…

Christopher Stocking, Author
Christopher Stocking, Author

First, I’ll start with a brief intro. Chris and I met through the blogosphere. I can’t quite recall initial contact, but I do recall finding his blog posts entertaining and enlightening. He was a self-published author while I was still writing HEALER’S TOUCH. I enjoyed his blog posts so much, I read one of his early works. Now, I’m not going to say I was blown away… but I guess I always sensed that Chris has what it takes to get somewhere in this writing world. Is he there yet? Am I? Perhaps not yet… but it’s coming.

So, I returned to Chris’ work when he released another novel. I rather enjoyed London Darkness: Infernal Inventions, and felt it was definitely a move in the right direction in showing Chris’ growing talent. And then he released His Only Star, a YA novella, and I gave that a read, too. Again, this was a step forward, and the emotions Chris managed to bring into the book were real.

The rest… I’ve yet to sit down to (though I plan to!)…

So, Chris is young, currently self-published (though looking to seek the assistance of the traditional publishing world), and just gets better and better with each book published.

He’s one to watch.

And the best way to watch an author, is to read an author… so, you know… go take a look

And now, with no further ado… here’s that interview…

 

Hey, Chris. Tell us a little about yourself…

Well, first, I’m 23 years old, I’m married (I know, I know, I’m too young to be married! Or so I hear, anyway), and I love coffee. I also enjoy a few rounds of boxing (both engaging in and watching, that is).

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I needed that…

As much as I hate myself for checking, I do… I too often have a nosey over at Amazon.com to see if anyone is buying or reviewing my book. I know. It’s one of those things authors know they shouldn’t, but do anyway.

Writing is a funny business. If you get that chance to rest, zone out, chill, the dialogue, settings and character actions, along with the words to put it to the page can just flow… and flow smoothly.

This happens rarely when you’re a mother, as I’m sure many who follow can attest.

Somehow, I managed it last Sunday.

A got a peep this weekend.

The problem is, getting from that zoned-out space to your computer (or wherever you’re recording that tale) without breaking the zen…

Yeah… I haven’t found the magic bubble for that, yet.

So, it’s a struggle to get words down. Even more so when you know, you just know, you had better words to describe it while you were still snuggled in your bed while your child watched morning cartoons.

They were there.

Now they’re gone.

But you push forward anyway… even though

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Space Games ~99c Until Easter

Fellow Grimbold Books author, Dean Lombardo‘s second stand-alone novel, SPACE GAMES, is currently 99c(US).77p(UK). (Note, I believe the UK price is set to 77p, but I can’t see it as I’m not in the UK, and other prices will depend on the exchange rate… as I type this, the US version is $1.01 (!! Shock, horror!))

Space Games - Cool HeaderThis is a hard-hitting satire about the reality of Reality TV Shows and the greed and bizarre levels of competition that can go along with them. How far will the contestants go to win? How far will they go simply for the other person to fail? How far will the show’s producer let it go to keep the money rolling in?

All these questions are asked and the characters are put on show to try and answer them for you.

This is not an easy read. It’s escapism for those who like to be challenged. It’s hard to truly like any of the characters because these are the kinds of people who will go to the extreme.

So, what if we sent a couple of people to the next generation International Space Station and left them to battle it out until one failed and one collected the prize money?

What kind of people would it take to go through all the trials and training to get there, only to face more tests to get the cash?

This book has a masterful go at investigating these questions. And fair enough, too. Because you just know… you just know someone will think this is a good idea one day…

The deal is only on the Amazons at the moment:

Amazon US*

Amazon UK*

* Note that both Amazon links point to the Kindle edition (which is where the deal is at, folks). The paperback edition can easily be clicked through to from there (because you just know it will be gorgeous to hold… I mean, look at that cover art!)

Space Games.

Welcome New & Faithful Few

Well, hello there.

So, about ten days ago, my publisher advised me there had been some 37,000 free downloads of HEALER’S TOUCH. Now, this is where I have to remind myself that these are downloads that would not have happened had it not been free… because, well, I still have a student loan sitting there… looking at me… and I’m looking at it… yeah. Maybe next time.

Anyway, that was a highly successful promotion we had there… and we didn’t expect it. I guess it just goes to show what a decent cover, blurb and the few kind reviews I already had can do…

Over the course of the month, I’ve gone from having just 22 reviews on Amazon US to over 90. That’s amazing. 22 in a year… another 70 in a month. Goodreads has seen a jump, and I even got my first review on Smashwords. B&N also got some action.

It has been an amazing time

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