Join Christopher Hoare, author of the soft science fiction/alternative world novel, The Wildcat’s Victory.
Hi Chris, Welcome to Paperback Writer
Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?
The scenario rose out of some alternate history speculation I found interesting; from there the situation of a group of modern people in an earlier world arose. When I developed the characters, the story unfolded itself in scenes.
Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
I usually work from an initial premise and the writing progresses as a journey of discovery.
Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
No, I generally develop the situation and character interactions until the internal logic of the story indicates what the ending must be by about 40 – 50% of the way through.
Do you have a process for developing your characters?
Not a conscious process. I place them in scenes and they seem to develop themselves. The protagonist of my Iskander series, Gisel Matah in The Wildcat’s Victory, did conform to some parameters at the start. I wanted her to be clever, tough, and courageous and so developed her in situations where she would not back down to any antagonist.
It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?
Well, Gisel is a gutsy female and I’m a rather peacable male, but I think she’s what the female side of my character would like to be. I see more of myself in Yohan, her significant other, who is steady, focused on projects, not particularly romantic — and still pinching himself to find out if he’s awake and not dreaming about this wonderful dynamic being in his life.
What is your most favorite part about this book?
I like it all. The scenes where she commands a cavalry force in action allowed me to indulge in my own military fantasies, but perhaps the climactic scenes where she is in a three-way dispute and has to match wits with both her oldest enemy and a psychotic new one to save not only her own life but the future of her people.
When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?
The Wildcat’s Victory is the second novel in the Iskander series published by Double Dragon Publishing, so I already had a publisher for it before I finished.
What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
More than my share. I started writing my first novel in 1968, a huge historical epic; finished it in the early 70s and finally gave up on finding a publisher around 1980. I wrote another novel and a non-fiction book about life in oil exploration after that, both of which ‘almost’ found publishers.I quit writing and restarted several times, and have scrapped two earlier novels in the Iskander series before Deadly Enterprise, which preceeds The Wildcat’s Victory in the sequence, was accepted.
What has been the best part about being published?
I am able to have readers discover my stories. The responses from people who enjoyed the stories and fell for Gisel Matah are worth more than money.
What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
I hope they are inspired by the ideas of a woman forging her own way in a male society and of the way my characters succeed through their own courage and perseverance. Even my antagonists have their admirers, which points up the fact that we can be friends or foes to others in our lives, depending on the quality of our motives.
Do you have plans to write another book?
The next novel in the series is already under contract for July this year. I have a fantasy novel due out in January 2009 and I’m working on two more novels, one of which is another story in the Iskander series.
Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?
As I write this, the tour hasn’t started, but the preparation under their guidance and the handout information they provide has already been worth it. I expect to come to the notice of readers all over the Internet, even the world, and I haven’t had to buy a single plane ticket.
Where can readers find a copy of your book?
The Wildcat’s Victory is on the publisher’s website at — http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/single.php?ISBN=1-55404-538-Xand on Amazon at — http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1554045398
The previous novel in the series, Deadly Enterprise, is available as a POD paperback and Kindle edition at Amazon —http://tinyurl.com/yryhs7 and http://tinyurl.com/35rlrz
Do you have a website for readers to go to?
I have a website where readers can read sample chapters and download maps of the lands covered in the Iskander stories, as well as a map of Rast, the location of my Fantasy novel. http://www.christopherhoare.ca
I’m keeping several blogs going with up to date information about the novels as well as tales from the writing life. Some are mine, and one I share with another writer.http://www.serial-adventure-fiction.blogspot.com and http://mdbenoit.blogspot.com/
Thank you, Chris for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion.
THE WILDCAT’S VICTORY VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 will officially begin on March 1, 2008 and continue all month. If you would like to follow Christopher’s tour, visit http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in March. Leave a comment on his blog stops and become eligible to win a free copy at the end of his tour! One lucky winner will be announced on this blog on March 31!