Today I am pleased to introduce the diverse and talented writer. I hope to actually meet him one day, but I hope you enjoy meeting him in this interview as much as I did.
Guy Anthony De Marco. I’m only adding this sentence so this isn’t one of those boring one-sentence answers.
What are your social media links?
Tweets by GuyADeMarco
What are your go to snacks/drinks as you work?
This time of year it’s egg nog when nobody’s looking. Otherwise it’s coffee or tea, depending on my mood and my writing schedule. As far as snacks go, I consider egg nog a snack too. Jerky of some sort, peanut butter and Nutella, bananas, or Tim Tams — the best cookies in the known universe.
Tell me a little about yourself
I’m a full-time writer with a destitute budget. I enjoy working on art at times, so I’m going to be producing some art projects in 2019. I also recently procured a sewing machine and will (slowly) make some Aloha shirts and blazers with nerdy themes for when I go to cons. We’ll see how that goes.
When did you start writing?
I started writing way back in 1977. I had an acceptance in a local rag, which was nice, and I kept going for a while. I produced some funny comics and avant-garde micro zines, wrote some more, and a third-party publisher put out a couple of my Dungeons and Dragons traps and spells books, plus some modules. That was in the 1980’s.
Why did you decide to pursue writing?
I always liked telling stories. I remember reading a story called “The Space Ship Unde the Apple Tree” by Louis Slobodkin in grade school. I loved that book, and it made writing stories seem so natural and smooth. I thought it would be fun to do that for a living. Ah, to be young again and to have the code base of Google installed in my memory by aliens….
Who are some authors you look up to?
I look up to anyone who is brave enough to put digital pen to page and write something to conclusion. That’s a true test of faith and endurance. As far as individuals, Rebecca Moesta and Kevin J. Anderson have helped me professionally by pushing me to be professional. Fellow writers like Sam Knight, Quincy Allen, David Boop, Josh Hayes, Peter Wacks, Scott Moon, Stant Litore…oh heck, add in the whole Colorado gang. Then, of course, there’s my wife Tonya who’s my first editor and muse.
What genres do you write?
I write mostly dark fiction and science fiction, but I write wherever the story takes me. I’ve been able to join all of the major professional writing organizations (SFWA, HWA, ITW, IAMTW, RWA, WWA, SFPA, etc.), some guilds, with the exception of the Mystery Writers of America. I’m working on them.
Are you traditional, independent, or hybrid published?
I’d be considered hybrid published. Gratuitous second sentence here, tee hee.
Why did you choose that publishing path?
I didn’t, really. It kinda chose me for the most part. When a publisher needs something relatively quick and I’m not swamped or in the hospital, I can whip something up quick that most times meets their needs. I’ve been up for a couple of awards (the 2012 graphic novel HWA Bram Stoker Award® and the 2017 IAMTW Scribe Award for a co-written cyberpunk novel, “Solar Singularity”. I think those help me a bit when I point that out in a cover letter but it’s always the strength of the story that gets you into a contract.
What are your favorite books?
The usual: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Dune and all of the billion spinoffs, Asimov’s Foundation series. I love old pulp science fiction and fantasy and collect the 1920’s to 1950’s magazines plus the old Ace Doubles novels.
Which protagonist would you want to swap places with?
Dave from 2001: A Space Odyssey. It would be nice to see what’s really out there. Another option is Gowron, leader of the Klingon Empire. I could win any battle with just my eyeballs.
What do you love about writing?
I love telling stories and finding new Dad jokes to hide in the verbiage. I also like to teach, so I’ve been involved with several projects and co-ops over the years like The Fictorians (on long-term hiatus) and Keystroke Medium (keystrokemedium.com). I mostly go to conventions to sit on panels and talk to authors and readers and, on occasion, sell a book or three.
What is the most difficult thing for you about writing?
Finding enough coffee. I use Dragon Dictate quite a bit now because of some medical issues. It’s not the years, it’s the mileage as Indiana Jones would say. If I’m at home, dictating is no issue. If I’m traveling, I can bang out so many words before my wrists threaten to secede from my body and start a new human being.
If you could live in or visit any fantasy world, where would you go?
Star Trek Universe. No money worries, no poverty, and machines that can make you egg nog all year round. Luckily their medical capabilities are advanced so they could cure my diabetes and weight issues from drinking gallons of nog when I got home from teaching at Starfleet.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My wife and the words “what if?” are my main inspirations. My wife because she always pushes me to write and do something new. Getting stabbed with voodoo sewing needles hurt when she thinks I’m the voodoo doll. I love looking at anything and just asking what if… and my mind is off to the races. I’m never without something to write about.
What are some lessons you have learned about being an author?
Number one is don’t be a jerk. I know I’m not perfect, but I’ve seen several authors who come into a room and expect everyone to fall at their feet because they wrote the equivalent of two self-published books about raising hamsters. They hog the microphones at panels and say nasty things about others. You know the type. Treat everyone with respect, even the nice and humble one self-pub hamster book author, because that builds a network connection and you never know when they’ll get a billion dollar deal on the Watership Down novel about hamsters. Authors are professionals, so act professional.
What projects are you working on?
So far in 2019, I have the following things scheduled to come out:
2 Steampunk & 2 Westerns in anthologies
1 Nonfiction article
1 erotic romance novella (either my name or pseud.)
1 paranormal novella
1 science fiction novella trilogy (might get expanded up to novels)
1 horror short story collection.
(Plus other stuff under pseudonyms.)
New stuff I’m writing now includes romance and cyberpunk novels.
Where can people find your writing?
The usual places like Amazon, B&N, Books a Million, Powell’s, etc. I occasionally put stuff on my website, and every so often I update my bibliography page there. Eventually some random person updates my Wikipedia page.
Do you like egg nog?
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