Authors Supporting Authors: Introducing C. S. Boyack’s New Release: “Voyage of the Lanternfish”

Hi everyone. Today, I’m visited by Lisa Burton and C. S. (Craig) Boyack. I’m thrilled to share that Craig has a new book that he recently published on New Year’s Eve! Let’s welcome them both to my blog today.

“Oh, my gosh, Colleen, thanks for having me over today. Winter is a good time to get away from the writing cabin.

“Craig wanted me to deliver my poster, then let him discuss the character of Fala. It seems I drift off topic too much for him sometimes. I brought his statement, and you can include it, but Fala is a cool character. She’s been through a lot and came through it tempered and stronger.”

“I’d better let Craig have his say, or he’ll have a hissy fit… again. Here you are.”

Thanks, Lisa. Craig has hissy fits? Wow, I didn’t know that. I guess we know that now… Erm, well then, we’ll let him get to it!

Okay, everyone, you’ve met Lisa, now here’s C.S. Boyack to tell you all about his new book, “Lanternfish.”

While drafting Voyage of the Lanternfish, it occurred to me that life in earlier times wasn’t easy for anyone. Pick any era you like, and they faced plagues, discrimination, abuse at the hands of so-called superiors, and more.

The character of Fala literally walked into a scene and wanted to bring some of this up. Women have been treated horribly throughout history. Few people were charitable, and they expected something from everyone.

Fala is a supporting character who is fleeing from abuse. She’s willing to work, and work hard. She seems to have been pushed toward the oldest profession by employers who deny her a living wage, enough food to eat, or a safe place to sleep. Of course, she could better her position if she took on some additional duties.

At the moment of her debut, she’s had enough of it. She’s wandering in the wilderness and doesn’t much care if this marks the end of her life. Her attitude made it fairly easy for her to transition to piracy.

It takes her a long time to trust other people, particularly men. This is mingled with her fatalistic view of life for a woman. I thought it fairly realistic for her to not give a damn one moment and then be a bit standoffish in another.

It turned out that working in taverns taught her about basic math. She knows about supply, warehousing, and other valuable tasks. This led her to the position of Quartermaster aboard the Lanternfish.

Fala and several others are what I call mid-level characters. They aren’t the leads, but they aren’t random crew either. I thought it was important to give these mid-tier folks a bit of a character arc even if it only encompasses a few pages.

Voyage of the Lanternfish is a pirate fantasy. You can expect tall ships, sea battles, and all the pirate trappings you love. It’s also one of my books, so there are monsters, black magic, and even a magic item or two. I hope you’ll hoist the colors and come along for the voyage.

“That hoist the colors line was supposed to be mine. Whatever the boss wants, I suppose. Let’s get to the poster.”

Lisa, Posing as Fala

“I really enjoyed posing as Fala. I’m an animal lover, and her anvil bird is so cute. He says a few things and adds a bit of color to life aboard a ship. Your readers are welcome to save the poster or share it on Pinterest. They make good backgrounds on your computers and gadgets.

“I have a few more stops to make and intend to use some personal time while I’m away from all those snowdrifts. Hope your readers take a chance on Voyage of the Lanternfish, and thanks for having me over.”

Glad to have you visit any time, Lisa. Thanks for giving me the scoop about Craig’s new book!

Blurb:

An honorable man is mistaken for his disreputable father. Now he’s pushed into a political scheme to start a war that will spread across multiple kingdoms. James Cuttler’s fiancé is being held captive to ensure he goes through with the plan.

He soon decides his skills are at sea and procures a ship to wage war upon those who disrupted his simple life. He can’t do it alone, so he recruits a band of cutthroats to help him. But first, they need guns and munitions to outfit the ship properly. Deception and trickery will only get them so far. Eventually, they’re going to have to engage the enemy.

James’ goals aren’t necessarily the same as his crew. It’s a delicate balancing act to collect enough loot to keep his crew happy, while guiding them back to rescue the girl.

Voyage of the Lanternfish is filled with adventure, magic, and monsters. Lots of monsters. Hoist the colors and come along for the ride.

You heard from Lisa Burton, now meet the author, C. S. Boyack

Author: C. S. Boyack “hoisting his glass”

Bio:

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

Here’s how you can get in touch with C. S. Boyack:

Blog 

My Novels  

Twitter 

Goodreads 

Facebook 

Pinterest

Thanks for stopping by. I managed to get a pre-publication copy of “Voyage of the Lanternfish” from Lisa. Stay tuned… I’ll review this book soon! ❤

Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, C. S. Boyack

Conversations with ColleenThe October Edition

smileys-pumpkins-044068Hello everyone! Happy October!smileys-pumpkins-044068

I’m thrilled to bring you a speculative fiction author, C. S. (Craig) Boyack. I asked him to pick a few questions from my huge list HERE. We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions. The answers might surprise you.

I think I’ve read almost all of Craig’s books. He is one of my favorite authors because there is always a great story wrapped up in his writing. My favorite book by Craig is called Panama. Check out the review HERE.

Please meet today’s guest, C. S. Boyack:

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Author, C. S. Boyack

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

~Craig~

Hi, Colleen. I’m so excited to see this new feature popping up. There are a lot of avenues for an author, but not many free ones, and it’s important to support them when someone starts a new feature. I know from my own experience how hard it is to start a feature like this and keep it going.

Thanks, Craig. You’ve always lent your support to the authors in our community. I’m happy you’re here. Tell us a little about your self.

I am a speculative fiction author and refuse to limit myself to any one sub-genre. Since this is October, I’ll try to focus on my paranormal works.

That’s right! We share a love of the paranormal! I LOVE October, too. 

Halloween fun

So, as a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I’m probably unique here, but I have a mascot that represents my blog. She is Lisa Burton, the robot girl, the main character in my first novel. She acts as a spokesmodel for my publications, and I commission posters of her to support each book. She also makes regular appearances on my blog and hosts the interview slot I mentioned up above.

So, I heard a rumor that you even have Lisa Burton paper dolls on your site. I had to check that out. LOOK BELOW:

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Do it  CLICK THE LINK: Sometimes, ya gotta try new stuff!

Lisa also appeared in one short story, and there is a rumor that she may be returning in a novel sometime fairly soon.

Here I was focusing on paranormal, and we’ve drifted into science fiction.

It’s all good, Craig. How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Ha, ha, ha! Define write? I have an odd process. My stories usually come to me as a vignette of some kind. I dwell on them, and those that have merit get put in my notes app. If things fill out, I start a storyboard.

I have a couple of storyboards that are approaching three years old. I just keep adding to them as ideas come up. What this does for me is keeps projects developing all the time. My storyboard is what I use as an outline.

Sometimes I jump the gun and start writing before I have a complete storyboard. Other times, the characters will take the story in a different direction after I start drafting.

I hold a full-time job, and writing happens on the weekends. When I’m drafting a project, it takes me three to six months. My opinion is drafting isn’t the entire writing process. I could answer this as years, or three months depending upon the definition.

That’s a fascinating process. I would love to hear more about how you use a storyboard for planning, but over the years, what would you say has improved significantly in your writing?

Wow! Everything, I hope. Writing is kind of a zen journey for me. I’m as motivated by self-improvement as anything else about the process.

As an attempt to offer something worthy, learning about story structure was massive. When we start out, we usually just wing it, at least I did. This is an important part of the process, because we are learning discipline, and enjoying ourselves.

Then we learn more about character arc. All stories are about people, and we have to be able to relate to the characters going through whatever the main story issue is. They have ups and downs too, and this makes our stories stronger.

Learning a bit about deep point of view also proved super helpful.

Now you’ve got me really interested… Can you share anything about your current projects?

I’ve recently finished drafting and some personal editing passes on a fantasy novel. This one is a pirate fantasy, so no magic wands and such in this one. There are monsters and a witch doctor though.

I expect to release this one in early 2019. I really enjoyed writing this one, and hope readers will feel the same.

I’ll be looking forward to your new book, for sure. In the meantime, which of your books would you want to be adapted to the silver screen?

This is hard because I think several of them would make fun projects. I’m going to mention some of my paranormal stories to get back to the October theme.

I think Will O’ the Wisp would make a fun movie. It’s about a teenage girl who is being stalked by an ancient evil. This film would involve some fun settings, and make a great film for young adults.

I really enjoyed “Will O the Wisp,” Craig. Folks, you can click HERE to read my review.

The Playground would also make a good film, but we might need Quentin Tarantino to get involved. This is because it’s actually three different stories written around a central theme. They all come together at the end. It involves a crazy businessman who turns to the occult to advance his evil plan. If you would enjoy some Halloween reading that might be like Pulp Fiction or Sin City, this is for you.

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Panama is one of my older tales, but it keeps selling. This is set during the construction of the Panama Canal, so it’s a period piece. You could almost think of it like a western, but with witchcraft, hoodoo, and a mysterious man at the crossroads.

Overall, I think The Hat would bring the most commercial success. This one is supposed to be fun and has a comedy element to it. It could also have a killer soundtrack because the main characters are a musician.

Yes, you read that right. They have a symbiotic relationship, and both of them bring something to the table, and musical performance is one of those things. This one is a paranormal, almost superhero, kind of story. It might lean a bit more toward a Guardians of the Galaxy or Deadpool style, than Batman or Captain America.

“The Hat,” was a fun read, Craig. I also read and reviewed that book. It would make a fabulous movie! 

Colleen, I’m so glad to see another venue to promote our wares. I wish you all the best with it and hope more of my fellow authors will take part.

Thanks, Craig. It’s always great having you as a guest on the blog!

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Here’s how to get in touch with Craig:

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Blog My Novels  Twitter Goodreads Facebook 

Pinterest BookBub

Amazon Author Page US

 

k luv u bye Thanks for stopping by to meet C. S. Boyack. He is at the top of my list for Halloween reading. ❤