Mythic Orbits Blog Tour:
Sorry to those counting on this; I had midterms and it slipped my mind. I had it written and waiting too!
Mythic Orbits 2016 and Volume 2 are two anthologies of Christian short stories from a variety of Authors. They range from sad to whimsical and all are immensely well written. They’re all engaging and interesting and I had no problems devouring both books.
As a special treat, I have interviews with two of the wonderful authours of the book. Both were incredibly kind to answer all my questions.
1. What was the best part of working on these anthologies?
2. What is your creative kryptonite?
3. Do you believe in writer’s block?
4. Does a big ego help or hinder a literary career?
5. A common stereotype is that people in the writing industry are socially inept, how true is that for you?
6. What was the first novel/book you ever read?
7. What interested you about these anthologies?
Kat Heckenbach spent her childhood with pencil and sketchbook in hand, knowing she wanted to be an artist when she grew up—so naturally, she graduated from college with a degree in biology, went on to teach math, and now homeschools while writing. She is the author of YA fantasy series Toch Island Chronicles and paranormal romance Relent, as well as dozens of fantasy, science fiction, and horror short stories in magazines and anthologies.
Enter her world at www.katheckenbach.com.
What was the best part of working on these anthologies?
I was just really thrilled to have a chance to get some of my short fiction out there. For me, writing short stories is much harder than writing novels, so when I write one I like, I feel such a sense of accomplishment, and to find out that someone else likes it enough to publish is a big relief!
What is your creative kryptonite?
Stress. We had a serious family crisis a few years ago and I wasn’t able to write for almost three years. Every molecule of my emotional energy went into that crisis and there was nothing left for stories.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Not as such. If I am “blocked” on one story I just work on something else for a while—editing an earlier story, brainstorming new ideas, etc. Sooner or later I’ll figure out what to do with the story I had trouble with. And I love it when that “Aha!” moment happens.
Does a big ego help or hinder a literary career?
I may never know since I don’t have a literary career! But I would assume it would be a hindrance. Most authors I have met have been very friendly and personable and accessible. I think it would be hard to keep your readers if you are condescending to them.
A common stereotype is that people in the writing industry are socially inept, how true is that for you?
Well, I’m an introvert for sure, but I’m an introvert that LOVES people. So I’m not so much inept as unlikely to insert myself into a group where I don’t really know people. I have no problem with public speaking or meeting people one on one.
What was the first novel/book you ever read?
I was a voracious reader as a kid and I have no idea what my “first” book might have been after the Dr. Suess days. Books that stand out in my memory include My Side of the Mountain, the Hardy Boys books, and Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series.
What interested you about these anthologies?
I liked that the common denominator was the Christian authors, not the Christian content of the stories. My stories are not overtly Christian so I don’t know if I could even have found a home for them in a Christian publication.
Linda Burklin has been a storyteller and writer since childhood. Raised primarily in Africa, she wrote for and edited her college newspaper for two years while earning her English degree. Writing took a back seat during the years she was raising and home-educating her seven children. For nineteen years, she has taught writing classes to her own and other homeschooled children, and authored the Story Quest creative writing curriculum. She has maintained a daily blog for 13 years, had several short stories published, and has written a memoir (This Rich & Wondrous Earth) and seven novels. Her passion is speculative fiction.
Both volumes of Mythic Orbits are available on Amazon and are fantastic!
Anyways, I hope this was a fun post for you guys! Happy Reading!