Monday, August 28, 2017

Blog Tour: The Seeds of Dissolution by @wctracy #kickstarter #interview

Science Fiction / Fantasy
Publisher: Space Wizard Science Fantasy
Date Published: November 2017

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On a bright August day, the sun disappears.

Sam van Oen barely escapes freezing to death in his house, as his watch stops and fire ceases to burn. He is pulled into the Nether—a nexus between ten alien cultures—where he meets Rilan and Origon, two maji who can control the musical foundation of the universe. While coping with anxiety attacks prompted by his new surroundings, Sam must learn to hear and change the Symphony, and thus reality, in order to discover what happened to his home.

But more freezing voids like the one that started his journey are appearing, and Sam’s chances of getting back are fading. The Assembly of Species is threatening to dissolve and the maji are being attacked by those they protect, while rumors grow of an ancient, shape-changing species of assassins, returning to wage war.

The Dissolution is coming.

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Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
My main message when I write is for people to be good to each other. I find I write a lot about social and class-based injustice, and how characters deal with that from both sides of the divide.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The hardest part is letting go of a book and releasing it into the world. I want to make sure those last little pieces are just right to make sure the reader gets as much out of it as possible.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
The Seeds of Dissolution is my eighth book, and will be the third one published. It’s hard to pick a favorite. The Seeds of Dissolution is one of my favorite stories, simply because I’ve written and rewritten it so much, however I also have an (unpublished) time travel story with a boy and his mother visiting famous people in history. I think that one’s a really fun read.

If you had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
Hard decision. It would have to be someone who can display the vulnerability in Sam, my main character, as he deals with anxiety on a daily basis. Tobey Maguire or Donald Glover would both be awesome, though they’re both old for the part. Nicholas Hoult has great facial expressions, and an actor about the right age with a great range of emotion is Zach Callison, who voices Steven Universe.

When did you begin writing?
Every time I’m asked this I keep finding earlier times when I wrote. I used to think it was when I was a teenager, writing up some tongue-in-cheek reports of family vacations, but I also remember writing a superhero story in fifth grade, and a story about Mario, Link, and Zelda fighting a wizard in third grade.

How long did it take to complete your first book?
That’s an interesting question. The Seeds of Dissolution was actually the first book I started on, when I was a teenager. However this version is completely unrecognizable from what I wrote then. So the first version was finished in a year or so, but if you take the whole time I’ve been writing on this idea, it would be about twenty years!

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
 Definitely Robert Jordan and Terry Pratchett. From the first, I can track how I write long, epic stories. From the second, I always try to sneak in a little humor here and there to break the tension or make a point.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Discovering what story I’m actually writing. I start with a fairly complete outline, but by the time I get to the end of the first draft, things have changed a bit. Reading over the first draft reveals what my subconscious was putting into the story while I was writing.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Music saves the universe

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
  My latest work is called The Seeds of Dissolution:

Sam van Oen barely escaped a void of energy. Now he must cope with anxiety while exploring an interstellar society of planets, connected by music-based magic. Not all is as it seems, with the ten alien cultures, ancient stories, or the nature of the Symphony, for the Dissolution is coming. 

It’s on Kickstarter right now! The book is finished, save for a last bit of editing, but I’m really hoping for the campaign to provide funds for extra art and details that will really take the book to the next level. The artist is just amazing, and I want to get as much of his visualization of the story as possible.

I have ideas for at least four other novellas and a couple more books in the same universe, so if this Kickstarter goes well, I’d like to try the same technique with the next books.

About the Author

William C. Tracy is a North Carolina native and a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy. He has two self-published novellas available: Tuning the Symphony, and Merchants and Maji, both set in his Dissolutionverse. The Kickstarter for the first novel, The Seeds of Dissolution, will run in August/September 2017.

He also has a masters in mechanical engineering, and has both designed and operated heavy construction machinery. He has trained in Wado-Ryu karate since 2003, and runs his own dojo in Raleigh. He is an avid video and board gamer, a reader, and of course, a writer. He and his wife also cosplay, and he has appeared as Tenzin, Jafar, and in several steampunk outfits.

In his spare time, he wrangles three cats and a bald guinea pig, and his wife wrangles him (not an easy task). They both enjoy putting their pets in cute little costumes and making them cosplay for the annual Christmas card.

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