Transcript: SFFWRTCHT 11/21/12 With Adam Christopher

sffwrtcht: Future Guests 11/28 @brendacooper 12/5 @KellyDMcC 12/12 @nankress 12/19 Roundtable 12/26 SFFWRTCHT 2nd Anniversary #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 01:52:28 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: Any of my #sffwrtcht League here tonight or is it Baskin & Robbins again with @chippermuse ? (Thu Nov 22 01:54:32 +0000 2012)
talekyn: @DayAlMohamed Just remembered it’s Weds and #sffwrtcht starts at 9. Would you be free to sprint at 10? @IvanEwert @followthelede @sandykidd (Thu Nov 22 01:54:41 +0000 2012)
RichardPF: Good evening all #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 01:55:23 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @ghostfinder Awesome. Well thanks for interrupting your sleep to join us #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 01:55:36 +0000 2012)
PrinceJvstin: @BryanThomasS @chippermuse Oh I am here Bryan. Until its time for me to record the SF Signal Podcast… #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 01:56:26 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @talekyn @followthelede is leading people away from #sffwrtcht to sprint? WHAT?!!! (Thu Nov 22 01:56:27 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: I’m doing #sffwrtcht for the next hour – follow the hashtag, or try to ignore me :) (Thu Nov 22 01:56:32 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @john_zeleznik @PrinceJvstin Good to have you! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 01:57:07 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: @ghostfinder We’ll start in a minute or so. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 01:57:33 +0000 2012)
talekyn: @BryanThomasS NoNoNo, complete opposite. Asking if we can sprint AFTER #sffwrtcht haha @followthelede (Thu Nov 22 01:58:38 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer�s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 01:59:10 +0000 2012)
RichardPF: @BryanThomasS @ghostfinder I was glad to see Adam had a new book out. Had read Empire State but didn’t know about 7 Wonders. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 01:59:17 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 01:59:26 +0000 2012)
talekyn: @IvanEwert Ivan, if you’re free in an hour, I’d love to sprint then. I can’t miss #sffwrtcht haha @DayAlMohamed @followthelede @sandykidd (Thu Nov 22 01:59:36 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table discussion. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 01:59:40 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu Nov 22 01:59:55 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:00:14 +0000 2012)
talekyn: Good evening #sffwrtcht folks! Looking forward to quizzing @ghostfinder tonight.(Thu Nov 22 02:00:40 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: Especially since tonight’s guest got up at 1 a.m. his time to chat with us. And it’s not a holiday for the UK tomorrow #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:00:50 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: Tonight�s guest, @ghostfinder, Adam Christopher, has two novels EMPIRE STATE and SEVEN WONDERS out from @angryrobotbooks #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:01:03 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: His next book, THE AGE ATOMIC, a sequel to EMPIRE STATE comes out in April. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:01:19 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: He also has SHADOW�S CALL forthcoming from @torbooks. Born in Auckland, NZ, he�s not a hobbit, despite the rumors. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:01:34 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Instead, he�s a Pertwee-era Doctor Who and Beatles fan, a child of the 80s whio now lives in NW England. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:01:54 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: Helloooooooo! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:02:12 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Adam�s fiction has appeared in Pantechnicon, Hub, and Dark Fiction Magazine, and in 2010 he won a Sir Julius Vogel award #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:02:21 +0000 2012)
PrinceJvstin: Hello there @ghostfinder! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:02:30 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Which is New Zealand�s highest fiction honor, btw. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:02:34 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: When not writing Adam can be found drinking tea and obsessing over superhero comics and The Cure. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:02:48 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht @ghostfinder, Adam Christopher! (Thu Nov 22 02:03:00 +0000 2012)
chippermuse: @ghostfinder Glad you’re here to chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:03:37 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: .@ghostfinder First things first, where�d your interest in science fiction and fantasy come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:03:52 +0000 2012)
ajh_books: RT @sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht @ghostfinder, Adam Christopher! (Thu Nov 22 02:04:19 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: Dr Who, for sure – when I was 7 a big repeat run started on NZ television. My parents sat me down in front of it and I was hooked #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:04:20 +0000 2012)
chippermuse: Hey, everyone, come by #sffwrtcht right now 8-9pm CST to chat with author @ghostfinder! Promises to be a good chat. #mywana #amwriting (Thu Nov 22 02:04:38 +0000 2012)
PrinceJvstin: RT @chippermuse: Hey, everyone, come by #sffwrtcht right now 8-9pm CST to chat with author @ghostfinder! Promises to be a good chat. #my … (Thu Nov 22 02:04:50 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: And thanks to my primary school library, which was stacked with Dr Who books and also the likes of CS Lewis, David Eddings. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:04:54 +0000 2012)
talekyn: RT @chippermuse: Hey, everyone, come by #sffwrtcht right now 8-9pm CST to chat with author @ghostfinder! Promises to be a good chat. #my … (Thu Nov 22 02:05:04 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @ghostfinder So your parents are genre fans then? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:05:24 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@ghostfinder Who are some of your favorite authors and books that inspire you? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:05:38 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: Yeah – maybe not *fans*, but certainly genre-friendly. I was taken to see Star Wars when I was 1 year old! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:06:36 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @ghostfinder I LOVE Eddings #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:06:47 +0000 2012)
PrinceJvstin: .@ghostfinder what was the initial seed when you set to write Seven Wonders? A character,the city of San Ventura? Something else? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:06:51 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: My favourite authors are Stephen King, @laurenbeukes, Robert McCammon, @ruckawriter, @brubaker. A mix of prose/comic writers. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:07:49 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: My favourite book is VERONICA by Nicholas Christopher (which I literally just finished yesterday). Other faves are: #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:08:28 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@ghostfinder When did you decide to become a storyteller and how did you get your start? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:08:53 +0000 2012)
saskatoonauthor: RT @ghostfinder: Yeah – maybe not *fans*, but certainly genre-friendly. I was taken to see Star Wars when I was 1 year old! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:09:05 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: ZOO CITY by @laurenbeukes, ‘SALEM’S LOT by Stephen King, THE PRINCESS BRIDE by William Goldman, SLIGHTS by @KaaronWarren. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:09:13 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @ghostfinder At 1, I wonder if it scared you. #sffwrtcht #starwars awesome at any age (Thu Nov 22 02:09:20 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: That’s just to name a few, of course! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:09:24 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: Re: Star Wars – I have no clue! My favourite childhood memory is actually seeing GHOSTBUSTERS in 1984. Saw it once with mum… #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:10:22 +0000 2012)
chippermuse: @ghostfinder Now that’s what I call good parenting. #starwarsnerdspeaking #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:10:26 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: …liked it so much my dad took me again the next week, and then the three of us went and saw it for the third time together! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:10:46 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: I started writing around the same time I started watching Dr Who – it was part of the school day and was called “process writing” #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:11:28 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: I don’t think we did it every day but it was regular. I still have some of the exercise books from then – it’s all Who fan fic! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:12:15 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @ghostfinder Please feel free to take others’ questions as they come in. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:12:22 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: …actually, with a few ghost stories mixed in. I was into ghosts as well :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:12:42 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: @BryanThomasS Sure thing. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:13:21 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: @PrinceJvstin I’ll get to that :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:13:29 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: So I’ve written since then. There were a few gaps now and then, sometimes for several years, but basically I’ve *always* written. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:14:37 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@ghostfinder How�d you learn craft? Trial and error? Formal study? Workshops? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:14:40 +0000 2012)
chippermuse: @ghostfinder I take it that’s where the Twitter handle comes from? Do you still like writing ghost stories? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:14:51 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @ghostfinder I have too. Always writing, creating stories in my play, with toys, friends, etc. #sffwrtcht Very cool (Thu Nov 22 02:15:39 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: As it was taught at school, that gave me the basics (grammar, etc). But then it was just a matter of writing & writing & writing #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:16:05 +0000 2012)
john_zeleznik: Heh, I was always the “what’s the special mission for our GI Joes” guy. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:16:25 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: My Twitter handle comes from Carnacki the Ghost-Finder, an Edwardian occult detective created by William Hope Hodgson. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:17:04 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@ghostfinder Did you start with shorts stories, novels, screenplays? How long before you made your first sale? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:17:35 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: I’m still interested in ghosts and things like that, but I have so little time now, so I’ve drifted away from the subject. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:17:47 +0000 2012)
talekyn: @ghostfinder I should have made that connection. Carnacki’s a great character. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:18:03 +0000 2012)
BitterOldJoe: @ghostfinder Have you ever considered changing it to something that says your name? I wonder about that stuff. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:18:49 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: I’ve always wanted to write novels, although the first stuff I had published was short Dr Who fan fic when I was around 13-15 #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:18:51 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: Although that was fan fic, it was my first experience of editorial feedback and proper revision. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:19:42 +0000 2012)
RichardPF: @ghostfinder Where did your interest in superheroes originate? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:19:57 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: I started writing novels in 2005. I wrote a submission for a new publishing house just as I moved to the UK, and it was rejected #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:20:27 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: But that spurred me on to take it seriously. I looked for advice and found @mightymur’s I Should Be Writing podcast. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:21:06 +0000 2012)
PrinceJvstin: @ghostfinder @mightymur I’m sure Mur will be thrilled to hear that. She’s an inspiration to many #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:21:35 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: .@ghostfinder You have two novels out from @angryrobotbooks EMPIRE STATE and SEVEN WONDERS, both about superheroes. Comic fan? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:21:39 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: So I kept writing. I wrote another book, trunked it, then wrote SEVEN WONDERS and then EMPIRE STATE. ES was the first sale (2010) #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:21:54 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: Regarding my Twitter ID, “adamchristopher” is already taken and it’s the maximum number of characters, so I’m kinda stuck! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:22:28 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: I’m a huge fan of superhero comics, but I came to them late – when I was 25! I never grew up with comics. I wasn’t interested. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:22:58 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: EMPIRE STATE is abt a parallel city where a P.I. discovers duplicate/opposite versions of people living from that of his own city #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:23:01 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@ghostfinder Where�d that idea, EMPIRE STATE, come from and how long did it take you to write? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:23:32 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: But a friend used to read 2000AD at high school, and I found it curious. Then 10 years later I saw 2000AD on a magazine rack. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:23:39 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @ghostfinder Me either oddly. I find them more interesting now. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:23:53 +0000 2012)
chippermuse: @ghostfinder I like your handle, actually. And people can find you by searching your name, so seems ok to me. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:24:02 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: So that got me hooked on comics. From there I ventured into Marvel and DC superhero comics, and I haven’t looked back. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:24:07 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: EMPIRE STATE came about because I wanted to write a pulpy science fiction detective story. I’m a fan of Raymond Chandler… #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:24:55 +0000 2012)
chippermuse: @BryanThomasS @ghostfinder Wow, I was hooked as a kid. Started with Archie but went quickly to Spidey and the Teen Titans. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:25:29 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: …and thought one day that it would have been cool if he’d written science fiction (which he hated!). #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:25:33 +0000 2012)
PrinceJvstin: @ghostfinder How does AGE ATOMIC compare in that way to EMPIRE STATE? Same style, new time period? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:25:35 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: .@ghostfinder Why set it in New York, when you live in the UK? Why not London? Does London not need superheroes too? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:25:51 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: I’m also interested in the Prohibition, and the Golden Age of superhero comics, so it all kinda came together. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:26:02 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: EMPIRE STATE took about 9 months to write, including editing and submission. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:26:31 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: …fitted the story (like the Battery). Plus NYC is the most recognisable city in the world, and also my favourite place! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:28:49 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@ghostfinder You also had a couple of superheroes in that story. Tell us about them. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:29:09 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: Although EMPIRE STATE has two superheroes in it, I don’t consider it to be a superhero novel. It’s just science fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:29:19 +0000 2012)
RichardPF: @ghostfinder Are you fan of the pulp heroes like Doc Savage and the Shadow? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:29:43 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: The Skyguard and the Science Pirate are two duelling superheroes of the 1930s. They used to be partners, but not anymore. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:29:51 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: In fact, their final battle is what tears a hole in the universe, leading to the creation of the Empire State, a parallel NYC. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:30:29 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: I love pulp heroes like Doc Savage and the Shadow, and also Golden Age DC characters like the original Green Lantern. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:31:01 +0000 2012)
talekyn: @ghostfinder The dynamic between Skyguard and Science Pirate is fantastic, even tho so much of their history is off-screen. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:31:39 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: It’s more important for SEVEN WONDERS, but setting either book in the UK would have meant a totally different story. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:31:41 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: There *are* British superheroes in comics, but it’s a different thing entirely. For me, superheroes are an American phenomenon. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:32:16 +0000 2012)
talekyn: @ghostfinder Did you write more of their backstory than made it into the novel? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:32:17 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@ghostfinder How did you wind up with @angryrobotbooks? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:32:23 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: @talekyn A little, but I like keeping it vague. It makes it more interesting, even for myself as the writer! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:32:55 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: I got my publishing deal through Twitter! I met my editor @LeeAHarris here & we became friends because we share similar interests #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:33:48 +0000 2012)
RichardPF: RT @ghostfinder: I got my publishing deal through Twitter! I met my editor @LeeAHarris here & we became friends because we share sim … (Thu Nov 22 02:34:06 +0000 2012)
chippermuse: RT @ghostfinder: I got my publishing deal through Twitter! I met my editor @LeeAHarris here & we became friends because we share sim … (Thu Nov 22 02:34:25 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: When I got about halfway through EMPIRE STATE I realised it might be the kind of book @angryrobotbooks would like. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:34:37 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@ghostfinder In SEVEN WONDERS, superheroes play a large role. You�ve created a pantheon, 9 in total. Where’d that idea come frm? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:34:42 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: So one day I was going to be passing by their office, and I asked if I could come in and take a look. Me, @LeeAHarris… #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:35:11 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: …and @Marc_Gascoigne went out to lunch, and out of the blue @Marc_Gascoigne asked what I was working on. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:35:31 +0000 2012)
chippermuse: @ghostfinder Seven Wonders is set in California. How did you choose setting? Beyond not doing a NYC repeat… #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:35:44 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: I stumbled through the most terrible, unprepared pitch ever, and afterwards he said “Sounds great, send it in!” #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:35:57 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: 7WONDERS is set in San Ventura, CA, a city where the 7 Wonders superheroes keep order. Until a new superhero arises to change tht #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:36:16 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: So I did… and a few months later they made an offer :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:36:38 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: SEVEN WONDERS is a total superhero geekout – I had the central concept floating around for AGES (it’s a spoiler!). #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:37:25 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: After I’d written that first trunked novel, I decided that idea was strong enough to support a book. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:37:59 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @ghostfinder See? Bold curiosity pays off. I keep telling my introverted writer friends this. #sffwrtcht Of course @LeeAHarris is a fun guy! (Thu Nov 22 02:37:59 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: So I got superheroes out of my system (in prose form, at least) with that novel! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:38:18 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @ghostfinder I met Lee when I met you at #chicon7. Did not meet @Marc_Gascoigne #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:38:37 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @ghostfinder Very cool story of discovery. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:39:03 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: SEVEN WONDERS is set in California because I wanted big horizons, blue sky, that kind of comic book feeling. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:39:05 +0000 2012)
RichardPF: @ghostfinder What can you tell us about Shadow’s Call? It seems very different from your other works. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:39:22 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: And San Ventura, the fictitious city in which SEVEN WONDERS is set, is based on San Diego – home of the comic con! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:39:29 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: @BryanThomasS Yeah, he wasn’t at WorldCon. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:39:54 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@ghostfinder This 1�s set on the US West Coast. How much research did you do on the US settings? Did you visit locations? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:40:15 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: Also – as an aside – I met my agent kinda via Twitter too, thanks to @ChuckWendig. I owe my career to social media! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:40:36 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: .@ghostfinder Ok, on to a few of our craft usual questions: Outliner or pantser? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:42:28 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: .@ghostfinder I liked the intersection of @StaciaDecker and @DonMaass you had in your book. Tuckerizing them as streets. #sffwrtcht heh (Thu Nov 22 02:43:09 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: A bit of both – I do a skeleton outline and work out the main tentpole sequences/events. But my characters do their own thing. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:43:14 +0000 2012)
jaltevers: #sffwrtcht do you think that the social media is going remain the exception to the rule or do u see social media as the new way to break in (Thu Nov 22 02:43:36 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @ghostfinder Yes, those do come in quite handy. #sffwrtcht #googlemaps(Thu Nov 22 02:43:48 +0000 2012)
StaciaDecker: RT @BryanThomasS: .@ghostfinder I liked the intersection of @StaciaDecker and @DonMaass you had in your book. Tuckerizing them as street … (Thu Nov 22 02:44:53 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: .@ghostfinder When you write, which comes first-plot or characters? Theme? World? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:44:53 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: I usually start with an idea – “what if…” – and the characters populate the story on their own. So: #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:45:52 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @jaltevers @ghostfinder I’d say social media has opened doors for many of us these days #writers #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:46:11 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: What if Chandler had written THE BIG SLEEP with robots? (EMPIRE STATE). What if a space station was haunted? (SHADOW’S CALL) #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:46:39 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@ghostfinder What�s your next project? Any plans to follow these stories up with sequels? #sffwrtcht AGE ATOMIC is a sequel you said. (Thu Nov 22 02:47:17 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: I think social media is important to writers and it can work for you like it worked for me, but it’s still SOCIAL media. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:47:43 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: Which means you should only do it because you like hanging out with like-minded people and making friends. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:47:59 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: Everything else – including getting a book deal, finding a publisher/agent – is secondary. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:48:21 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: THE AGE ATOMIC is a sequel to EMPIRE STATE, although both are standalone. After that comes HANG WIRE, an urban fantasy. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:49:08 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @ghostfinder I agree. And it plays into the nature of networking in this business and how important that is obviously #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:49:13 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: HANG WIRE (November 2013) is about a serial killer in San Francisco, a sentient circus, and old gods searching for a lost power. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:49:38 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: In 2014, my first book for @torbooks comes out – SHADOW’S CALL, a dark space opera about forgotten heroes… #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:51:28 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: …and mythological evil. Also featuring a dead cosmonaut and a hot space mining celebrity, Zia Hollywood. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:52:09 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: I have big plans for Zia! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:52:30 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@ghostfinder Do you have any writing rituals or tools? Scrivener? Word? Something else? Do you write to music or in silence? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:56:33 +0000 2012)
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ghostfinder: I write in blocks of 1000 words, with a gap between each (depends what else I have to do that day). I go for 2-3k words/day. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:57:14 +0000 2012)
chippermuse: Man, this hour at #sffwrtcht went fast. Still have ton of questions for @ghostfinder! LOL! Another chat in future, perhaps, @bryanthomass ? (Thu Nov 22 02:57:24 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: Next week, we talk #writing #scifi #spaceopera & more w/ returnng guest @brendacooper author of THE CREATIVE FIRE from @pyr_Books #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:57:27 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: I have written some short fiction but I don’t enjoy it. I prefer novels. And comics :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:57:33 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: I use Scrivener for first draft, then pull it into Word for the edits/rewrites. I write and edit to music, headphones on! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:58:08 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: .@ghostfinder What�s the best and worst writing advice you�ve ever gotten? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:58:48 +0000 2012)
chippermuse: @ghostfinder Know it’s late for you & chat almost over, but have you written for comics yet? Or any plans to? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:58:54 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: .@ghostfinder can be found at his website and blog, on Twitter and on Facebook #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:59:08 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: My first comics work comes out in December – THE SENTINEL, a crime/urban fantasy set in Prohibition NYC. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:59:22 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: It’s about a cop who is killed and resurrected as an Egyptian god of vengeance. Part of @vscomics – check their site! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 02:59:52 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: The cop is battling a cult of magicians who worship the New York subway system, trying to bring ancient evil back to life. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 03:00:43 +0000 2012)
chippermuse: @ghostfinder @VSComics Will check it out. Thanks! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 03:00:53 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @chippermuse Sure. If @ghostfinder wants to come back. Took us two tries to get him ;) He’s as popular as superman #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 03:01:00 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: There’s plenty of good and bad writing advice. Best advice? Keep writing, don’t give up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 03:01:38 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: Worst advice? Probably: you must write short stories to learn how to write novels. Total nonsense. Write what you want. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 03:02:03 +0000 2012)
voxael: RT @ghostfinder: Worst advice? Probably: you must write short stories to learn how to write novels. Total nonsense. Write what you want. … (Thu Nov 22 03:02:13 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @chippermuse @ghostfinder I didn’t get to ask him about writing time, Scrivener or advice #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 03:02:13 +0000 2012)
chippermuse: @BryanThomasS @ghostfinder I can believe that. I really enjoyed Seven Wonders. Good stuff. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 03:02:34 +0000 2012)
ghostfinder: Thanks everyone! I’d love to come back sometime. And you can reach me on Twitter and ask anything :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 03:02:40 +0000 2012)
Kitiandra: RT @ghostfinder: There’s plenty of good and bad writing advice. Best advice? Keep writing, don’t give up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 03:03:07 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: @ghostfinder @chippermuse I stand corrected. He saw those ;) #sffwrtcht(Thu Nov 22 03:03:19 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: .@ghostfinder Well, I wish we’d had more time to chat in Chicago but thanks for getting up to chat with us tonight! Great job! #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 03:03:49 +0000 2012)
BryanThomasS: We have all the transcripts, extra interviews, giveaways, and more at: #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 03:04:09 +0000 2012)
bootGRL88: @ghostfinder Anything? What are your tip three goto teas? Any new one you’re trying? #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 03:06:32 +0000 2012)
sffwrtcht: A review of SEVEN WONDERS by @ghostfinder from @angryrobotbooks written by @chippermuse will be at the blog soon #sffwrtcht (Thu Nov 22 03:06:45 +0000 2012)



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