One of my good friends, Lindsay Schopfer, whose work I have featured on this blog before, has a new book launching on this coming Saturday (April 15th, 2017). Into the North is the second Keltin Moore adventure, and is a fitting sequel to the first book in the series, The Beast Hunter.
I will be participating in the official online launch party on Facebook. Four other wonderful authors will also be participating, helping to boost the signal:
Log on and engage with some fantastic fantasy and steampunk authors as we celebrate the release of Lindsay Schopfer’s latest novel, “Into the North.” Our lineup of authors is as follows:
4:00 to 4:30 pm PDT – Pembroke Sinclair (7:00 EDT) (US)
4:30 to 5:00 pm PDT – Terry Persun (7:30 EDT) (US)
5:00 to 5:30 pm PDT – Katherine Perkins (8:00 EDT) (US)
5:30 to 6:00 pm PDT – Connie J. Jasperson (8:30 EDT) (US)
6:00 to 6:30 pm PDT – Nicole J. Persun (9:00 EDT) (US)
6:30 to 7:00 pm PDT – Lindsay Schopfer (9:30 EDT) (US)
All the participating authors will share tidbits about their work, and some will have games. Several are offering prizes to participating visitors. I will be talking about the genesis of the Tower of Bones series and giving away Kindle downloads of Tower of Bones to two lucky winners.
I will post the lineup and times again on Friday, along with my review of Into the North!
I had a few questions for Lindsay about his newest book:
CJJ: When did Keltin Moore first become a character you were compelled to write?
LS: I’ve told the story before in other interviews about playing a video game and getting the initial idea for the character of Keltin Moore, but it took a while for me to really get interested in writing more about the professional monster hunter. What’s now the prologue of The Beast Hunter was originally just a standalone flash fiction story. It was almost a year later before I wrote what is now chapter one, originally the first episode of an online serial. It was while I was working on that serial that I really came to love the character of Keltin Moore along with his unique world and adventures. By the time I’d written the first three episodes, I was hooked.
CJJ: How much of you and your personal values is in Keltin? Where do you and he differ?
LS: There’s definitely a lot of me in Keltin. He has a strong sense of responsibility for those that he cares about, and he tries to take the moral high ground regardless of how much harder it will make things for him. We also both struggle with social situations, and sometimes have a tendency to bottle things up to our detriment. I guess the biggest difference between us is that I recognize my need for people and do my best to draw them to me. Keltin is still learning about the limitations that come from trying to do things alone.
CJJ: Once a new work is in progress, what are the main hurdles you have to overcome in laying down the first draft?
LS: The biggest issue I run into is the temptation to start over. I do the same thing with video games. I could be half-way through a game and realize “Oh shoot! I’m not going to be able to do that side-quest now!” And I’ll start the game over to have a ‘perfect’ run. With stories, it’s very tempting to go back and get it right from start to finish. I’ll confess that I did start over with Into the North four times (once when I was more than a hundred pages in) before I finally made it to the end of the first draft.
CJJ: Into the North, Keltin’s second adventure, has many of the fans’ favorite characters returning. What was your favorite plot twist for your returning side-characters?”
LS: Hmm… that’s a tough one. I think I’d have to say the resolution of a few subplots at the very end of the book. I won’t give any spoilers, but there were definitely some moments when I couldn’t stop smiling as I wrote about how Keltin’s friends and close associates really feel about him.
CJJ: What are you working on now?
LS: I’ve got several projects in the works, but the one that I’m the most excited for right now is a new collection of short stories. This will include a Keltin Moore short story, as well as stories that have previously appeared in anthologies printed by Writerpunk Press and Clockwork Dragon. I know that I’ve got fans that have been wanting to read them, so I’m excited that they’ll finally be able to get all of them in one place.
CJJ: What books can you recommend for new writers who are just beginning to learn the craft?
LS: Bird by Bird is a classic by Anne Lamott. Most of the other books that I’ve read on the craft are pretty obscure or out of print, so it’s hard to recommend them.
CJJ: Where can writers find your classes and seminars?
LS: I’m actually planning on making some changes in the way I offer my classes and workshops, but people that are interested can sign up for my newsletter to keep updated on that along with other news about my books and appearances.
CJJ: Finally, where will you be making live appearances this spring and summer?
LS: I’ve got a book tour this month for the release of Into the North that will include stops in Washington, Utah, and Wyoming. You can find all of the dates and locations below:
I’m also planning on teaching at the PNWA summer conference this year, and will also be making an appearance at the Brass Screw Confederacy in Port Townsend.
Lindsay Schopfer’s Author Central page at Amazon
Follow Lindsay on Twitter: @LindsaySchopfer