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Draconica The Dragonkin at Web Toon Challenge League!

The world of Draconica is expanding into comic form! Me and artist Alexis M Centeno have entered the Webtoon Challenge League with our web comic Draconica - The Dragonkin.

 

The story is a remake of my own Draconica series, but this time told from the POV of fan favourite Zarracka Dragonkin. In this story, Zarracka is being hunted after trying to murder the King of Brittana - and she tries to defend herself against an overzealous bounty hunter.

 

Episode 1 is up now. Click on the picture below to be taken to it and read.

 

 

 
 
There will be a new episode each week so this should give you a little teaser of what is to come!
 
Please vote for this and share wherever you can. The more votes we get, the more chance of it being a regular series. As of the time of this blog we've had a generous amount of votes, but we could do with a lot more. If you would love to see the Draconica series turned into a regular comic series, please take a moment to vote for it.
 
Thanks for reading guys. More episodes will be uploaded as they come.
 
 
 

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Totalitarian Warlords and Termination Squadron - Christmas Special

Thought I'd treat you all to an early Christmas gift. The Christmas Special of Totalitarian Warlords and Termination Squadron is now live for your viewing pleasure! And it's a special feature length episode titled - The Shadow Before Christmas.

 

Here, the T.W.A.T.S. look back over their year and settle down to enjoy the holidays. But the Man in Shadow seems set to destroy Christmas for reasons unclear. But along the way, he makes a surprising discover about the true meaning of Christmas - and himself.

 

Featuring special guest voices of Morgan Straughan Comnick, Mysti Parker, Franz Alli, Daniel Bromley and introducing Will Turner as the voice of Mega Fox from Reynard City!

 

Some bad news - this will unfortunately be the last T.W.A.T.S. video I will doing. So I wanted to end on a high note. I just want to say a a huge thanks to everyone who has supported this series and to all the wonderful voice actors that have helped me. You guys made this all worth it.

 

Without further ado, here is the Christmas special - The Shadow Before Christmas. Enjoy and I'd like to wish everyone Happy Holidays!

 

WARNING: Some adult content included.

 

 

 
 
Plus - as an added extra, there is a special bonus video just released!
 
 

 

 
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Thanks guys. Have a great day :)
 
 
 

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Interview With Reetwika Banerjee

Wow! These author interviews have just exploded on my blog recently! I recently had another email (this time from Goodreads) from author Reetwika Banerjee, we got talking and I agreed to let her stop by to tell us a little about herself and her story book Fantastic 40, which is a collection of "micro stories". Please welcome her to my blog and say hi.

 

 

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to appear on my blog. Can you tell my readers a little about yourself?

 

Reetwika Banerjee, 28 years, is professionally a Data Security consultant currently associated with Accenture. She loves to present her ideas and have participated in more than 25 Corporate and International conferences and business contests across the globe, crowning Laurels from most of them. With roots in the city of joy Kolkata (India), she is now settled in the silicon city of Bangalore (India). She had previously worked with Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro serving across various Indian states.

 

Reetwika’s hobbies include creative thinking and international travels and she dreams to be the Indian “Agatha Christie”. “Fantastic 40” is her first published book and she is currently working on her second book on micro stories.  

 

 

What first inspired you to get into writing?

 

Due to my intolerant attitude towards treachery, I had been subject to immense stress many a times. However it was my faith on my thoughts and actions, I was able to come out of it. In fact the extreme pressure I had taken and mental strains I had gone through stand out to be the most powerful source of inspiration for me. It drives me to stretch myself, pen down my experiences, express those hard-earned realizations, human behavioural patterns and character sketches through my writing. Once you get into some trouble, you get to know the real character behind many people around you.

 

 

Who are your favourite authors?

 

I love reading short stories – be it any language. One of my favourites being Anton Chekhov.

 

 

Nice! Do you have any other hobbies other than writing or is that your whole world?

 

Hobbies include creative thinking, international travels and digital photography.

 

 

Do you have a particular favourite genre to write in?

 

I write what I love to read.

 

I liked to read novels in childhood. With time, I started feeling tired of waiting so much to know what finally happens at the end. So started reading short stories and soon became an avid reader of the genre. Be it in any language I kept reading them. I enjoy quickly getting into the climax. Soon short stories too seemed too long to hold my curiosity back and I was slowly growing impatient to read them as well. Started looking for even shorter stories in the racks.

 

Well, before starting with my micro story concept, one question frequently came to my mind, - In today’s speedy world, do we really have enough time to relax and enjoy a full length novel? Keeping the fast pace of our promising nations, is it not high time to make a paradigm shift of the contemporary literary styles? Such thoughts ran behind me for months till the time I came up with the concept of MICRO STORY.

 

 

 

Sounds interesting! Without giving away too many spoilers, can you tell the nice people us a little bit about your new/upcoming book?

 

I am currently working on my second book of micro stories. I will not say it’s a sequel of “Fantastic 40” but ya of the same genre.

 

 

Where did you get the inspirations for this?

 

Every day we come across so many new things, happen to meet so many people, experience so many things around us – I believe every little thing adds up to motivating me towards writing.

 

 

Do you have any favourite characters in the story?

 

Personally I am very fond of one of my characters called “Mama”. He comes with a comical charisma.

 

 

If your book was turned into a film/TV series, who would you get to play the characters?

 

Ya will love to.

 

 

Which, in your opinion is more important – story or characters?

 

Storyline. Weak characters can build up fantastic stories if depicted well. But even with strongest of characters a poor storyline can destroy the entire effort.

 

 

What do you look for in a good story?

 

An unpredictable climax/turn in the end.

 

 

What’s the best advice you can give to authors?

 

Keep writing. Don't get disappointed even if you do not find a single reader. You never know your which creation will soar you to the zenith of acceptance.

 

 

Great advice. I can relate to the getting disappointed part.  Ok, now for the REAL questions of the interview – and these are real life or death here! The fate of the world rests on this question and could cause a time collapse that will wipe out all life in the Universe. So think carefully before you answer. What DOES the Fox say?

 

 

He is mute – Too many people around us are foxing each other making the actual fox a mere silent spectator.

 

 

Makes sense to me. Now why did the chicken cross the road?

 

To get to the other side.

 

 

And finally, how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?

 

A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

 

 

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions and for stopping by. You guys can check out Reetwika and her story book Fantastic 40 at this Facebook pages.

 

Reetwika Banerjee

Fantastic 40

 

And as always, if there are any authors that wished to be interviewed on my blog, please send a message my way.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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Interview with Simon Cope and Zila Ward

Because I enjoyed posting the last interview so much I have another one for you guys. But this one is extra special - it's a double interview! I recently got talking to Simon Cope and Zila Ward - an artist/writer duo that have recently released their new illustrated Sci-Fi book The Kreeeps. It's essentially a kinda "creature feature" book with a number of highly imaginative creatures (from what I've seen). I decided to let them come on my blog to talk a little about it.

 

So please welcome to my blog - Artist Simon Cope and Writer Zila Ward!

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to appear on my blog. Can you tell my readers a little about yourselves?

 

Hi, thanks for having us! We’re Simon Cope and Zila Ward, and we have just collaborated on our first book together. We live on the Isle of Wight which is a great place for people who love the outdoors and a slightly more relaxed pace of life.

 

 

What first inspired you to get into writing?

 

S. Cope: Strictly a question for Zila, but I thought I would mention that it was through an acquaintance of mine (a horror fiction writer) who invited me to do some cover illustrations for some of his horror anthologies, that got me thinking about the idea of self-publishing. He recommended Createspace , and we went from there. If I may name-drop, his name is Kevin G Bufton and he has a small independent label called Cruentus Libri – check out some of his titles!

 

Z. Ward: I enjoyed writing stories from an early age and I have a fairly active imagination. I often had my nose stuck in a book growing up as well, which I’m sure inspired my writing too.

 

 

So who are your favourite authors? Simon you can answer this one if you want as well.

 

S. Cope: I have tended to stick to horror and sci-fi writers in the past – the likes of King, Koontz, Lovecraft on horror, and Asimov, Clarke, Pohl respectively but recently I have returned to some of the classics and finally read Dickens’ David Copperfield.

 

Z. Ward: I enjoy reading things with a bit of mystery or a supernatural twist and particularly enjoy short stories. I read a variety of fiction and fact, often on recommendation from friends, but old favourites include J R Tolkien, Graham Greene, Joanne Harris and Terry Pratchet.

 

 

Anyone who mentions either Lovecraft, Tolkien or Pratchet gets a thumbs up from me! So do you both have any other hobbies other than writing or is that your whole world?

 

We like to make the most of living by the coast, and can often be found boating, kayaking, surfing and swimming in the sea. We have hiked the coastal path around the island several times (a 70 mile round trip over a few days), and hope to try some longer walks in the future, such as the South Downs way and perhaps Offa’s Dyke. It’s such a great way to appreciate the British countryside.

 

 

Do you have a particular favourite genre to write in?

 

Z. Ward: Fantasy is my preference, I’m an escapist by nature I think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join the club! Without giving away too many spoilers, can you tell the nice people us a little bit about your new/upcoming book?

 

Certainly, it’s a collection of illustrations of some bizarre and unusual creatures known as The Kreeeps. Each one has a little information about them to accompany their portrait - all carefully researched and verified from the information sources we were able to find. We’d like to stress that no Kreeeps were hurt or distressed in any way in the making of this book (although some of them moaned a lot about having to pose for so long).

 

We used Createspace to self-publish the book, and it has been a very useful platform, despite seeming a bit daunting at first. It is currently available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle and we are looking to get the book into a few other bookstores as time goes on, so who knows.

 

 

I wish you all possible luck with that. I think you should try any local bookstores you can - something like this I'm sure would be very popular I'm sure! So I have to ask, where did you get the inspirations for this?

 

S. Cope: One of my favourite books of all time is Brian Froud and Ari Berk’s ‘Goblins of the Labyrinth’. It’s so full of wild imagination from both writer and illustrator, with a great sense of quirky humour but also carefully conceived characters and background that one could almost believe it to be true (and who says goblins aren’t real?!). I guess our book was a humble nod to this tome. We do plan to create a Series 2 (and beyond) and continue to grow and expand our own little universe.

 

 

Do you have any favourite characters in the story?

 

S. Cope: I like George, the Ship’s Weevil. Even though I designed the creatures first, it was Zila who created the character in each of them, and that is what has been the greatest success, I feel.

 

Z. Ward: It was easy to find inspiration based on Simon’s lovely, characterful illustrations. Ralph is my favourite with his carefully groomed coat and toothily amicable smile.

 

 

If your book was turned into a film/TV series - and I think this would work in that context hands down - who would you get to play the characters? Do you have a favourite director you would choose for this?

 

S. Cope: I have mulled over the idea of mentioning actors who could do voice-overs for the characters if a CG series ever came out, but on reflection I think that they would communicate in grunts and squeaks, or in a ‘universal language’ of their own. Is this a bit of a cop-out answer?

 

 

Not at all. Which, in your opinion is more important – story or characters?

 

Z. Ward: Hmm, tricky, I guess they’re both of equal importance to me.

 

 

And what do you look for in a good story?

 

Z. Ward: I love a good twist and something that keeps me guessing a bit. Some stories stay with you and keep you mulling over them or remembering them at odd moments.

 

 

What’s the best advice you can give to authors?

 

Z. Ward: I’m not sure I’m qualified to give any advice but I suppose it’d be to keep writing and creating and not to let the mundane stuff take over.

 

 

Any advice is good advice as far as I'm concerned. :) Ok, now for the REAL questions of the interview – and these are real life or death here! The fate of the world rests on this question and could cause a time collapse that will wipe out all life in the Universe. So think carefully before you answer.

 

What DOES the Fox say?

 

“Hurry up and cross the road, Chicken!”

 

 

Why did the chicken cross the road?

 

I guess it heard what the Fox said.

 

 

And it probably wanted to avoid being it's next dinner! And finally - how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?

 

Not sure, but probably a similar amount to how much bear Bear Grylls grills if Bear Grylls grills bears!

 

 

Probably a lot! XD

 

 

Thanks to both of you for stopping over! And to all of you guys, please be sure to check out this interesting sounding book. You can get yourself a copy at:

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Kreeeps-1Series/dp/1502904047/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

 

 

And as always, authors (and artists) if you want to get in touch with me to promote your work, please contact me on any of the below links. Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

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Interview with Nancy Christie

Got another fun author interview for you guys! Please welcome to my blog another lovely author from Pixel Hall Press, Nancy Christie, who stopped by to tell you guys about her upcoming work Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories.

 

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to appear on my blog. Can you tell my readers a little about yourself?

 

I’m a writer by profession and by preference. I make my living writing magazine articles and handling copywriting projects for companies and agencies—all to feed my need to write fiction!

 

 

That sounds like a cool job! So what first inspired you to get into writing?

 

I don’t actually remember when I started writing. I always made up stories as child, and wrote my first story in second grade. Writing wasn’t a choice but just something I did naturally—like talking or eating or breathing.

 

 

So who are your favourite authors?

 

There are so many, so this is a far from complete list and in no particular order but… Agatha Christie, Mark Helprin, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Enid Blyton, Jules Verne—there are undoubtedly more but I’d better stop there.

 

 

Do you have any other hobbies other than writing or is that your whole world?

 

Not to quibble about words, but for me, writing is not a “hobby” but a requirement of living. Or my addiction. Or so much a part of me that I don’t know where writing starts and I stop. Now my hobbies are gardening. And biking. And running (although I walk more than I run). And reading.

 

 

Do you have a particular favourite genre to write in?

 

Probably literary fiction, although the novels I am working on tend to be more mainstream. But when I write short stories, they end up falling into the “literary” category.

 

 

 

 

Without giving away too many spoilers, can you tell the nice people us a little bit about your new/upcoming book?

 

Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories is a short fiction collection about characters who, whether by accident or design, find themselves traveling left of center. Some manage to get back on the correct side of the road, some don’t, and others weave back and forth, courting disaster.

 

 

Sounds interesting. Where did you get the inspirations for this?

 

Some of the stories were inspired by events I witnessed or conversations I overheard, while others started from experiences I had that I then took further down the path of imagination.

 

 

As this is a collection, I guess there isn't really a "main character" as such, but do you have any favourite characters from any of the stories?

 

Not so much favorites, but the protagonist in “Annabelle” breaks my heart every time I read her story.

 

 

Awww. Sounds like it's a tear jerker. If your book was turned into a film/TV series, who would you get to play the characters? Do you have a favourite director you would choose for this?

 

I’ve no idea. I am so clueless when it comes to the current crop of directors or actors. But since I’d like to pursue that possibility in the coming year, I guess I better get educated!

 

 

Just as heads up, if Michael Bay comes your way - say no straight away! He'd probably just replace your stories with loads of explosions! Speaking of which, what in your opinion is more important – story or characters?

 

I don’t think you can have one without the other. A good story is what happens to the characters, but if the characters are badly written, the story will fail.

 

 

And what do you look for in a good story?

 

Believability. Not that it means that it can’t be a fantasy or science fiction or magical, but I have to believe that somewhere that story is actually taking place—that there is an alternate reality where the characters are living. If the story is well written, then it takes me to that place.

 

 

Very true - and this is often the problem I find with some Fantasy or Sci-Fi. As long as the setting is believable and the characters lifelike, you can take a fictional setting and make the audience get lost in the world. So what is the best advice you can give to authors?

 

 

Understand that this is a business. Yes, it’s wonderful to have written a book but that’s just the beginning. Now take off your author hat and put on your biz owner hat because your book is a product and it’s up to you to get it out there in the marketplace where it will vie for attention with all the other books that are out there.

 

 

That's really good advice - and indeed something that any author needs to bare in mind when promoting their work.

 

Ok, now for the REAL questions of the interview – and these are real life or death here! The fate of the world rests on this question and could cause a time collapse that will wipe out all life in the Universe. So think carefully before you answer. What DOES the Fox say?

 

Why am I always the bad guy in fairy tales?

 

Thinking about it, yeah. Foxes do get a bit of a bad rep. Especially in Naurto. But I have a more important question. Why did the chicken cross the road?

 

It was faster than tunnelling under it.

 

 

And finally... how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?

 

It depends entirely on how far he had to chuck it and how much each piece weighs. He’s not exactly a champion at tossing lumber, you know.

 

 

Well that was a fun little interview there! Thank you so much for taking the time to appear on my blog, Nancy. Hope you guys found the information she gave useful. You can follow her at any of the following links.

 

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Be sure to stop back tomorrow for another author interview. Until then, enjoy your weekend guys :)

 

 

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