This week’s guest post is an interview is my wonderful friend and author Ichabod Temperance. Enjoy!
Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?
Howdy Miss Meghlen, Ma’am, thanks for having me aboard your illustrious blog. Golly, I ain’t never wanted to be no writer!
I have gone my whole life without writing so much as a grocery list and becoming a writer was an accident, honest!
You see, what happened was, I had spent many years involved with karate and professional wrestling. I had some contact with some local indie film makers that wanted some stuntmen.
I was in a nineteenth century soldier’s uniform and equipped with a steam-powered rifle. I loved it! Then, I was selected to wear and operate the ‘steam-mech’. This is a steam-powered nineteenth century Iron-man suit.
I was seven feet tall, weighed two thousand pounds, and got to beat the snot out of a young Teddy Roosevelt. This was my introduction to the idea of ‘steampunk’. I went to read some steampunk material, but it was all dark and grim. The movie, ‘Engines of Destiny,’ was sweet and charming. My castmates encouraged me to develop an online persona.
I did so and to give myself and my girl, who also developed an identity, a backstory, we co-wrote a blog adventure. I would write my perspective on my blog, and she on hers.
At first, I thought the story would need to be grim, but we knew that was not for us. I found that I kept wanting to include humor. I thought that was not allowed, but soon gave in to the temptation.
At the end, we found that we had written a cute little story. We jammed the two together and thus was born our first novel, ‘A Matter of Temperance’; as accidental a novel as you could ever hope
Here is a behind the scenes practice shot of Teddy Roosevelt tossing me over his head in the soon to be released, ‘Engines of Destiny’.
Q02 – Are there any authors who inspire you?
Oh, there are lots of writers that I admire, and find inspirational, such as Dashiell Hammet, Neal Stephenson, Terry Pratchett and Conan Doyle, but that is not where I picked up the knack of storytelling.
That has come from my involvement with professional wrestling. Most people think of pro wrestling as two guys in spandex having a fake fight. The truth is, pro wrestling is about telling the story of good versus evil; the deserving underdog overcoming impossible odds, to achieve an incredible prize.
Pro wrestling occurs live and in the round. Drawing sympathy from an apathetic crowd is an under-rated performing art. One wrestling aspect that I am adept at bringing to the books is the ‘false finish’.
Just when the hero has achieved the impossible to save the day, an unexpected disaster crushes our protagonist to new lows. Starting a book off well is hard for me, but my finishes rock!
Q03 – What is your dream goal for your writing?
Sorry, y’all, but I don’t really have a goal. These books popped out one after another; ten in three and a half years.
I want to write more, but forcing it does not work for me. I have thought about trying to convert them to screenplays, but we’ll see how that goes.
Q04 – What is the title (or working title) of your current manuscript and can you tell us a little bit about it?
I had one that I was working on, ‘The Secret of Temperance’. It would be number eleven in the series.
This book was to tell the origin story of my enhanced tinker’s ability, as well as a fictional rivalry between Tesla and Edison. This book did not just ‘pop’ out like the others, so I have put it on the back burner for now.
Q05 – Do you plan your stories or just leap into the writing?
I will bounce ideas around with Miss Plumtartt for about a month, making about two or three pages of sketchy notes and then take a flying leap.
Q06 – Do you have a writing routine?
Once I initiate the process, I go at it all day, usually doing my best stuff early in the morning.
I stay away from social media during this time. The last book, I thought I had a month before I started back to work, so I started writing, thinking I would go uninterrupted for a few weeks.
As soon as I started, work started early. It was too late to stop writing; the process was
unstoppable. I had to be across town at seven AM every morning, so I would get up at three AM to do my writing. It worked out great! The whole world/neighborhood is quiet then and it is a very peaceful time to work.
Q07 – What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
At this point, it is getting the appropriate inspiration. I want to have more adventures, but I do not want to force it and have the quality go down.
In my opinion, the writing gets better with each book. I do not want to put out any books in which the quality declines.
Q08 – What are your thoughts on Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing?
Man, it’s a good thing there’s self-pubbing or I wouldn’t narry have no chance of never not getting no book out there no-how!
Q09 – What is the single best piece of advice you could give to new
I once had a wrestling student come to me before a big match. He was still green and up
against a big time wrestling vet. He said everyone was telling him to relax, and just trust the vet.
He asked me for advice. I told him, ‘Don’t be a p*ssy’. That was what he needed. I think that is good advice in a lot of everyday situations. Whenever you are in doubt, say those words and see if you don’t draw some inspiration.
Q10 – Are there any authors you would love to meet in person?
Conan Doyle, or Agatha Christie, please.
Q11 – Tells us why you love writing
Adventure! I live vicariously through my books. When I write these adventures, I am living these adventures! Then, when I publish, I am giving birth to my babies. Live long and prosper, little ones. You too, Miss Meghlen, Ma’am. You and all your sweet readers.
‘The Two Faces of Temperance’
“Oh, my Goodness, Miss Plumtartt, there is a fiendish monster at loose in London!”
“Quite so, Mr. Temperance. I say, the villain has the Great City in an uproar, sir.”
“Yes, Ma’am, Miss Plumtartt, Ma’am, there is murder at our elbow, wherever we turn.”
“The machinations of intrigue threaten to crush us in their merciless gears, eh hem? Yes, One suspects that this adventure may come to be known as ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Icky and Mr. Temperance.”
* A Request by the Author:
Dear Reader, if, perchance, you should come across some drunken rogues in song whilst reading this book, you are strongly encouraged to sing these passages aloud. Your cooperation in this matter is sincerely appreciated. ~Icky.
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