Tuesday, July 21, 2009

"What's-Up-Wednesday Guest Interview and Autographed-Book Giveaway Contest!"

First, I would like to say “Good Morning!” to everyone. Then, I would like to welcome everyone to another segment of the “What’s-Up-Wednesday Guest Interview". I am pleased to introduce to you our newest guest, the exciting fiction writer known as “Aylerion”. Please help me welcome "Aylerion", author of "Pulse of Time" and "Daughter of New York" (the first in the series of six) to my blog!

Welcome to my blog, Aylerion. I am so excited that you were finally able to visit. I know that my readers are so anxious to find more out about you, so why don’t we get right down to it. I will start right out with an easy question:

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself, including how long you have been writing?

First, I wanted to say thank you for the interview—I’m honored.

A little bit about myself, hmmm…,well, I’m a lot like most other guys; uh, no, that’s a lie. I really stand out and usually have a hard time fitting in with people. Not because I have eight arms, but because I always had a unique way of looking at things. Even from a young age, my teachers used to call me a "dreamer" because I was not in class. I mean, I was there physically, but I was not "there". So around age 28—that’s when I started to write. I realized then, the unique perception I had, was something I owned.

What did you do before you became a writer?

For over ten years, I was a Web Designer, which entails being on the computer and designing corporate websites all day long, so I have tons of Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) Code in my head. When I started writing, I knew I would have to kick the Web Designer career to the curb, because by the time I came home at night, the last thing I wanted to see was a computer, much less the Internet, and I knew one or the other of them would have to go.

Since I knew I wanted to become a writer, this would have to change. So I started working in retail stores (I abhor retail!) in jobs that didn't use up my mind's resources—jobs that wouldn't stress me out—jobs that I could do in my sleep. At times, in these fly-by-night businesses, people would actually come up to me and ask, with confused expressions, "What are you doing here?" They would shake their heads, trying to figure it out. All I could say was, "I wish I had an answer for you, I really do." I would shrug my shoulders and this was while I was living on my own. Food can get expensive.

At one humiliating job, they actually thought I was a spy sent from the Corporate Office to find out what everybody was doing. Yes, about fifty-seventy people believed this notion, and I didn't find out until I was about to leave. I thought to myself, "No wonder".

Family, relatives, friends and everyone would tell me, “But you can still get a good job and write at night or on the side or something. What are you doing in those sweatshops?” I would turn to them and say, "Ha! You try doing that and see how far you get."

(By the way, they weren't too off base calling them sweatshops.)

Writing takes total and complete, utter focus. Any "real" jobs will just take that away. I could not risk getting comfortable. Now, I get emails and telephone calls, all telling me the same thing: "I couldn't put your book down." That shows me, it was worth all the sacrifices, ridicule, and the condescending looks that I suffered through.

Was there a light bulb moment that inspired you to become a writer?

Well, growing up, I always had hints. For example, I once wrote a ten-page love letter to a girlfriend of mine. I also remember when we didn’t have a phone, I would write to my friends. It just came naturally and a stamp was a lot cheaper than long distance. But when I started to write stories, although it was a skill, and I had to cultivate it and practice, and then practice some more, it always just flowed.

What genre is your favorite?

Uhm…I don’t think in genres usually, I think about the story, then after the fact, I have to find a genre to put it in. But what I have found is the fantasy genre is what I use all my brain fuel on. For example, with “Daughter of New York”, you are dealing with things that already exist: cars, trains, laws, etc. But with “Pulse of Time”, you have to come up with everything—a whole world. So, my imagination is running at its peak in the fantasy zone. In writing a series, like “Daughter of New York”, each installment might be in a different genre. So far, it looks like it falls into four of them.

What are you currently working on?

Thank you for asking. I’m working on Books II, III, and IV of the “Daughter of New York” series. Books II and III are already done. I’m halfway through Book IV. These three books will be released in the same year, a few months apart, starting at the beginning of the year sometime. There are six books in this series.

When you write, do you use outlines?

A couple of co-writers and I have developed a style called “The Timeline Style”, which we use exclusively. I can’t go into the detail about it because it’s, well, private and they themselves are not even allowed to share it either. So it remains with the three of us. But one day, I would like to share it. I’m just not ready to do that yet. I think everyone has to find their way—the way that works for them. It will give them uniqueness.

Do you or have you ever belonged to a critique group? If not, would you consider it, or are you against them?

I have actually never thought about it. I do have one or two colleagues that I confide in. But they already understand where I’m coming from. Any input they add is not only what they think might be cool, but they try to help paint the vision I already have or that I am reaching for. But usually, I have thought about a story and character so much, they’re pretty much the audience.

What are your favorite writing links and your favorite writing resources?

Okay, just by looking at this question, I can see I may not be the typical writer, but I’ll try to answer it. I don’t have any favorite links or resources that I know of. If I had to say a resource, I would mention dictionary.com. For instance, I want “Pulse of Time” to have a certain type of word style. Dictionary.com sends me a “word of the day”. If the new word I am sent on a daily basis is one that I like, and it fits with the style of the book, I would hide it in a folder. Then when it is time to write another installment for my book, I have a wealth of words that I already like readily available.

Who are your favorite authors?

Tolkien, Alexander Dumas, and I love Jane Austin’s rebel spirit. Haha.

Are there any heroes in your life?

Jesus Christ! No one else has shown love to the extent that He has displayed it.

I certainly agree with you there! He happens to be my hero, as well. What other interests/hobbies do you have?

Living life! I find enjoyment in making life as grand as it could be. A real incentive in doing that is “it’s my life, so I better be on that, or else you have a boring life.” For instance, the other night, a friend came into town, so we just went into New York and cruised, looking for cool places to take pictures. But the top three, I would say are: the beach, spending time with the kids in my family, and there are a few TV shows that I’m sorry to say, I got hooked on.

OK…you have to fill us in on that one! From a writer’s standpoint, what television shows are you "hooked on", and what is the main thing that you like about each one of them?

That’s a great question. One thing that I have noticed as a writer, is that with a book, the story is told in a linear way. Every chapter has a general focus, and pretty much sticks to characters or events. With TV (and /or movies), you can jump around from scene to scene, sometimes only spending a few seconds at a time, telling the story. Both mediums are quite amazing.

One of the shows that I must watch is: Burn Notice. I love the actors, the characters, and Miami Beach. It is also so well written and they really compress a lot into one hour. Did I say I love Miami Beach? (LOL!)

Another show I really like is CSI Miami, I love the visuals. I do find a lot of holes in their script, but I watch it a lot for its cinematography aspects because, for a TV show, they are very daring with their shots. Of course, Horatio's one-liners and ghost-like appearances are a must.

There are a few teen shows I like: One Tree Hill for starters. I got hooked on it because of my younger cousin. It's all her fault—I blame her totally! And sadly, The Hills. I'm so ashamed. The Hills is a show I could watch and wonder with an outstretched hand, "Are people really like that?" It's kind of an escape. From what? I don't know. I'm in denial. If you were to ask me to my face, I'd probably deny it. "Naw, I don't watch that."

Do you depend on your writing to support you entirely now or do you also have another profession, and if so, what is it?

My writing does not fully support me financially as of yet, but in the “fulfilling” department, it does, many times over. My family has been quite a support to me, although it's still been very hard. I know what poor is, but I look at the reactions people have to my stories and it's inconceivable that it doesn't just happen. So I keep going, hoping in time more people will find out about my work, and see what I see. In the meantime, I work odd jobs to supplement my income.

What is the one piece of advice that you would impart to a writer if you could share only one thing?

Oh my gosh, so much. This one answer can be a few pages by itself. Just one thing, huh? Okay, here it is. Get your stuff out there by whatever means necessary. If you make it available and people are enjoying it, it will find it’s own path—maybe one you never would have thought of, but you have to get your stuff out there. If you brought your project to the highest level it could be and still every agent and publisher slams the door in your face, but you’re still passionate about your project, then it’s quite possible they all could be wrong. Go straight to the people.

That sounds like good advice to me. I have one last question for you. What is your favorite saying?

“Whatever works!”

And there you have it, folks! That’s the conclusion of our first of many (I hope) interviews with fiction writer “Aylerion”. It’s been a real pleasure, "Aylerion", and we look forward to having you come back again when the first of your new books is released, so we can discuss what you plans are for the future and what you’re up to.

If anyone wants to learn more about "Aylerion", they can visit him at his blog, here, or at his websites, here and here. Please don’t forget to enter the contest to win a chance at one of the three FREE, autographed-copies of Aylerion’s exciting book entitled “Daughter of New York”. The contest details are all listed below.

Thanks for visiting my blog and please keep checking in to see what is in store next. We have many new and exciting things planned in the future. Don’t miss out on them!


To win a chance for one of THREE FREE copies of Aylerion's novel entitled:

"Daughter of New York"

all that you need to do is

answer the following question correctly:

"What kind of gun is mentioned in Chapter I, Sonata?"

(TO FIND THE ANSWER: visit Aylerion's website, here. Once there, you will see: Download Now in the upper, right-hand corner of the page. Click on it and a new window will pop up. On the bottom left-hand side of that window, look for: View in PDF (window expands for easier reading) Click on that. Then that window will turn into the PDF version of the novel, "Daughter of New York". The answer is right within the first few pages of Chapter 1--you won't want to stop reading!)

The contest ends at midnight on Sunday, 09 August 2009. The THREE winning names will be selected from all the correct entries received. (Please be sure to include your email address or the url for your blog with your entry, so that we can get in contact with you in the event that you are the winner.) Best Wishes to all of you!

Please submit your entries here

Until next time...stay safe, stay well, and may God bless you all.


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Glen said...

Just finished reading Pulse of Time. A must read when it's release. Awesome book. I read Daughter of New York earlier in the year and that was a great book as well.

dellgirl said...

Hello, Cynde and Aylerion. It is very nice to meet you, Aylerion. Cynde, I love the interview, it is wonderful! You have done an amazing job - again, Cynde!

Aylerion, I enjoyed getting to know you through your interview. I learned quite a bit here today. I too am an avid "CSI Miami" fan.

I'm on my way to visit your places and I will see you around cyberspace again.

Great interview you two.

Cynde L. Hammond said...

Dear Glen,

Those are certainly very positive reviews for both of Aylerion's books.

Thank you for your comment; it is greatly appreciated! I hope you'll stop by my blog again, too.


Cynde L. Hammond said...

Hi, Dellgirl!

I'm so glad that you enjoyed the interview. Aylerion is definitely very interesting, isn't he?

I have never watched 'CSI Miami' before, but my twin sister, Sande, is 'hooked on it', too, so I guess I'm going to have to give in and check it out, just to see what all the commotion is all about, aren't I?

I'm so glad you stopped by. Thanks for being such a faithful 'follower'.


The Barbie Maiden said...

That was an awesome interview with the author Aylerion. I think its great that people are discovering him. I read both of his books and would recommend them to anyone. Pulse of Time has a way of pulling you into another world. And Daughter of New York will put you on the edge of your seat!

Renata Kabke Pinheiro said...

I've read both "Pulse of Time" and "Daughter of New York" and LOVED them! They're that kind of book you start reading and can't put down.
The interview was great as well, congrats, to both of you, Cynde and Aylerion! And Aylerion, way to go, man! I can't waitr for the other books! Ren

Cynde L. Hammond said...

Dear Barbie Maiden--

If I didn't already want to read Aylerion's books, your comment would sure have me sold!

I agree that it's time the WORLD found out that a great talent is hiding right beneath their noses and they aren't even aware of his existence...YET. I'm here to change all that!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope I'll see you again.


Cynde L. Hammond said...

Dear Renata,

I'm so glad that you liked the interview. And it looks like everyone that reads Aylerion's books absolutely love them. I can't wait to read them myself!

Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see you again.


Suzette Saxton said...

Great interview! It's always fun to meet new authors! Thanks Aylerion and Cynde!

Cynde L. Hammond said...

Hi, Suzette!

I'm glad you liked the interview. I love meeting new authors, too!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anonymous said...

Hi Cynde,
loved the interview, I've favourited your blog. I found you via Gwenda Fox's blog. Thanks for your comments on the review of Tasting the Wind- Gwenda has done me proud with her insights into its themes.
The charity I am supporting is Derian House, a children's hospice in Lancashire-


keep up the good work, I'm sure I'll be a regular visitor here.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed this interview with Aylerion and have also read both books. I couldn't put either one down although they were different!! These are must read books. I love the adventure and how each book made it seem that I was there. I am looking forward to the new releases. Hurry! LOL! Regards, Shell

Cynde L. Hammond said...
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Cynde L. Hammond said...

Hi, Allan!

I'm so honored that you have 'favourited' my blog and I appreciate the nice comments that you made about the interview and my blog.

Thank you for 'following' my blog; you have brought a huge smile to my face that I probably won't be able to remove!

You have "made my day!"

Thanks again,

Cynde L. Hammond said...

Hi, Shell!

It's wonderful that you enjoyed the interview, plus it's great that you were able to read both of Aylerion's books and that you loved them as well.

I'm disappointed that you're listed as 'Anonymous', but grateful that you did sign you name. I would have liked to have visited your blog and made sure that you got my response to your comment.

I can only hope that you'll return and see my response for yourself, because I wanted to thank you for your kind words and tell you that I hope that you'll return to my blog on a regular basis.

Thanks again.

Denise said...

I'm sorry, I couldn't find your Flower post when I saw your name in Today's Flowers. Wondering if I have the right blog as your link sent me here.

Angie said...

That was a great interview. I was inspired. Thanks!

Cynde L. Hammond said...

Hi, Denise!

Sorry-I hadn't had time to post the "flower" article yet. It's in with the "What's-Up-Wednesday?" article.

Next time, why not use my handy-dandy Guest Book, ok? That way you won't have to worry that I may not see your message.


Cynde L. Hammond said...

Dear Angie,

Thanks for stopping by. I'm so glad you were inspired by the interview. That makes me feel really great!

See you next time,

Anonymous said...

Hi Cynde,

It’s Aylerion, I was hoping you could delete my old interview, thanks! Hope all is well.