The 7th of Victorica (Gadgets and Shadows #2) by Beau Schemery
Harmony Ink Press
Cover Art:Beau Schemery
Sales Link: Harmony Ink Press
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Beau Schemery here today talking about writing, art, covers, and his new release, The 7th of Victorica (Gadgets and Shadows #2) from Harmony Ink Press. Welcome, Beau, and thank you for also bringing all these great illustrations.
~ Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Interview with Beau Schemery ~
How much of yourself goes into a character? It varies from character to character. There has to be some of oneself in every character as we’re the ones writing them. And then there are characters like Jack Midnight, who might just be entities unto themselves.
Does research play a role into choosing which genre you write? Do you enjoy research or prefer making up your worlds and cultures? I’m definitely more of a fantasy writer but with The 7th of London and now the sequel, The 7th of Victorica, research has played a major role in both. Even though they’re set in an alternate history, it’s not that far off and I wanted them both to feel genuine.
Has your choice of childhood or teenage reading genres carried into your own choices for writing? I read mostly horror, sci-fi, and fantasy as a child/teen/adult. It definitely influences my writing. I have yet to write pure horror, though there are some elements that sneak into the stories once in a while. The shambling underground terrors from the first book for instance.
Have you ever had to put an ‘in progress’ story aside because of the emotional ties with it? You were hurting with the characters or didn’t know how to proceed? Not really. For the most part I start with a book and follow through. Though I have recently revisited and revised some older work that I’ve recently reacquired the rights to. The only exception in the sequel to my only contemporary novel. I started it but kind of lost interest in it. I may revisit it one day.
Do you like HFN or HEA? And why? I like whatever the story calls for. I’ve migrated away from standard romance with my young adult books, so I don’t feel as much pressure for a HEA ending anymore.
Do you read romances, as a teenager and as an adult? Not as a teenager but as an adult. But as I migrate away from writing it, I also migrate away from reading it.
Who do you think is your major influence as a writer? Now and growing up? Growing up, I’d have to say Stephen King was my biggest influence. I’ve read nearly everything he’s written and I admire the hell out of him. Now my biggest influences are probably Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and Gus Li. I wouldn’t be half the writer I am today if it wasn’t for Gus.
How do you feel about the ebook format and where do you see it going? I’m a traditionalist when it comes to books I love. I want them in my hands. I want to turn their pages. That being said, I have nothing at all against ebooks and own quite a few myself. It’s a great way to try out new authors and it’s not going anywhere as a format. It’s the direction our society is moving in. I’m fine with that.
How do you choose your covers? (curious on my part) Well, with the four books that I’ve published non-pseudonym, I’ve done all the covers myself. I’m a traditionalist in a sense that I’m not a big fan of photo/shopped covers. I much prefer illustration. Although I’ve seen successful and unsuccessful examples of both. It just seems that when a photo/shopped cover fails, it fails spectacularly.
Do you have a favorite among your own stories? And why? The 7th of London might be my favorite. I’m really proud of what I did in that book. Not just the story but the characters as well. It was also the first book published under my real name and that feels like an accomplishment somehow.
If you write contemporary romance, is there such a thing as making a main character too “real”? Do you think you can bring too many faults into a character that eventually it becomes too flawed to become a love interest? As I said above, I’ve only written one and a bit of contemporary romance but I can answer this question. Like with all writing, I think it depends on the author. Some authors can make a truly compelling contemporary with great characters and some I think, How many times can these guys get coffee and have the same conversation? But- I’m biased. I would rather read about a guy punching a dragon in the mouth over two guys getting coffee.
What traits do you find the most interesting in someone? Do you write them into your characters? That’s a hard question. I appreciate so many different things about so many different people. But yes, of course, I try to incorporate those traits into characters. Even some I don’t find interesting because there are only interesting people in the world.
Have you ever put a story away, thinking it just didn’t work? Then years/months/whatever later inspiration struck and you loved it? Is there a title we would recognize if that happened? I sort of answered this above. One so far. I did have one story I submitted for a short story collection and it didn’t get accepted but the editor asked me to turn it into a full length book and resubmit. So I’ve been recently taking a second look at that.
Have you ever had an issue in RL and worked it through by writing it out in a story? Maybe how you thought you’d feel in a situation? This is a funny one. Because this is how I got published originally. I had an unrequited romantic situation at work one day and I came home and told my writing partner about it. He said I should write it out but change the ending so that the stranger and I hook up at the end. Then when I’d finished it, he submitted it for publication without my knowledge. It was accepted and that’s how I started writing romance.
What’s the wildest scene you’ve imagined and did it make it into a story? Sev’s revenge scene from the first book. I wrote it. I loved it. Then while re-reading it for submission, I second guessed myself, thinking it was a little too graphic for a young adult novel. My writing partner said to leave it in. If it was too much the editor would suggest taking it out. The editor never did.
Ever drunk written a chapter and then read it the next day and still been happy with it? Trust me there’s a whole world of us drunk writers dying to know. Some of my best chapters have been drunk chapters.
If you could imagine the best possible place for you to write, where would that be and why? Wherever there is wine and inspiration. The beach would be awesome.
With so much going on in the world today, do you write to explain? To get away? To move past? To widen our knowledge? Why do you write? I write so I can have something fun to read that hopefully other people will find enjoyment in as well. Plus the people in my brain want out.
What’s next for you as a writer? The third and final installment of Seven’s story has been started. I’m revisiting a short story that is a Steampunk Fairy Tale and another that’s a sci-fi/comedy/romance. The first will be a YA novel and the second will probably be an adult novel published under my pseudonym. Then it will be the next installment of my YA fantasy/comedy series The Verses of Vrelenden. I’ve got some epic stuff planned for those boys.
After freeing Queen Victoria from the evil plans of the wizard Fairgate and reuniting London once again, Seven, still contending with the ghost of a previous enemy, is called on to turn his unique brand of problem solving to the colony across the pond, Victorica. The former free states of America have a cancer growing within: slavery, perpetrated and protected by the Confederacy of the South. A wealthy group of Southern landowners and businessmen have seized power in Victorica, and rumors are flying about assembling an army and threatening war.
When Seven and his lover, Silas Kettlebent, are sent to investigate, they find the cancer runs deeper than anticipated and may be even more malignant than they’d first thought. With a ragtag team of slaves, criminals, politicians, and Abraham Lincoln, Sev and Silas must find a way to avert a civil war and, as far as Sev is concerned, free the colonies and citizens of Victorica as well.
But Sev’s indiscriminate use of magic he doesn’t quite understand has awakened another’s ire and stoked a thirst for revenge over the events in London.
About the Author
Beau Schemery and his robot sidekick quietly fight crime and mediocrity in northcentral Pennsylvania. Beau is attempting to complete six lifetimes in one: he’s been a comic writer/illustrator, an actor and a playwright, as well as an amateur cook and costume-maker. He enjoys sewing, reading, and playing the Xbox when he isn’t crafting exciting worlds for the characters in his brain. Beau is currently a vegetarian and hopes to grow up to be a time-traveling squirrel. He would dearly love to meet a dragon and is reasonably sure that Batman could pretty much beat anybody in a fight.
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