Today Lovely Books Shines The Author Spotlight On…
Geoffrey C Porter
Geoff started writing in 2003. He penned his first novel between Thanksgiving and Christmas that year. He had high hopes for it, of course, but errors plagued his first draft. He was driven to create an epic fantasy next, Juxta, Magi. Then he crafted a military sci-fi, R.A.E.C.E. Genesis.
He spent hundreds of afternoons during his formative years dueling over a hot box of dice playing tabletop wargames such as Titan and Axis&Allies. These games have strong military components and fantasy elements.
Geoff taught himself to program computers as a young pup. The first software Geoff developed professionally was a Chemical Weapons Attack Simulator for the USAF. He did it in Visual Basic 3.0 in Win3.11, on a 386SX16 processor. Since then he has built websites professionally and browser based multiplayer kingdom games.
When he first started writing, he had no clue how to find publishers or submit stories. He didn’t know how to fix all the errors in his manuscripts. It kind of hit him like lightning one day that Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH might have an English class worth taking. He discovered a plethora of writing classes, including the most awesome class ever, Text Editing. Geoff learned under published authors: Ed Davis and Tim Waggoner, among others.
As of 2015, Geoff has written eight novels and a novella. Most of them were self published. They were largely never sent to publishers, and he’s hoping to change his methods. He penned over fifty short stories. Fifteen of his shorts have been published.
For five years Geoff ran an eZine, Untied Shoelaces of the Mind. Being an editor, and having a slush pile to go through, has helped him grow as a writer. He quit mostly because he read one too many Man-Eats-Own-Leg stories.
How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author?
A doctor told me I’d be in the hospital from 6-18 months, and there is nothing to do in hospitals, so I started crafting.
How do you find inspiration?
Single Origin Coffee and Yerba Mate.
How do you go about writing a book? Do you have any schedule, tricks or tips to share?
I try and do it every day. I craft about 800-1200 words per session, and I just try and do that consistently. I am outlining my next book ahead of time, and I normally don’t outline.
What kind of books do you read? Who is your favorite author?
Janet Evonavich is my favorite. I really get into a good war book.
What are you currently working on?
I’m outlining a sequel to my epic fantasy, Juxta, Magi.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Can being thin be a super power? I have been heavy my whole life, and obese diabetics end up crippled.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kind of music?
A wide range, really heavy metal like Skinny Puppy and Ministry, but also Loreena McKinnitt.
Who is your favorite villain?
If you had to pick between receiving a million dollars today, or $1000 a month for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
A million dollars today for sure.
If you could take anyone out for coffee, dead, alive, or fictional, who would it be?
Orson Scott Card or David Gerrold.