Monday, July 30, 2012

Speculative and Paranormal Fiction w/ Author Tom Olbert

Fellow Eternal Press Author Tom Olbert gives us a look inside his mind and introduces us to his latest release, DESERT FLOWER.

Do you have any rituals when you write? A certain pen to chew on, a particular drink, or something like that?

 -- No rituals.  Just get past the fear that nothing will come, and get to it.

How do you edit a manuscript? On your computer, by making notes on an e-reader, or do you print out a copy and attack it with a good ‘ole fashioned red pen?

-- I pretty much edit as I write, on the computer.  I like to keep it fluid.  I sometimes really have to struggle with a scene, doing it over and over.

If you could send a message back in time to yourself as you’re writing your first book, what would you tell yourself?

-- Be less turgid.  Say more with less, and get straight to the point.

Do you have a significant other, and if so, do they read your books? What do they think of them?

-- No.

Who is your favorite character in the book you’re currently promoting? Why?

-- Ruhee is my favorite character in "Desert Flower."  It's her coming of age story.  She does a whole lot of growing in this story, some of it excruciatingly fast.  She loses her innocence early, gets it back, learns lessons the hard way, has to make hard moral choices, gives up her faith, finds it again in a new way, loses it again to tragedy, hits absolute rock bottom, then finds hope in the darkest place on earth.  Her journey is circular and paradoxical.

Where can we find you online?

-- blog:

-- Look for me on Facebook and Linkedin.

A lost dream, a desperate hope...lost innocence, and a horror black as night.

A young girl's innocence is ripped from her when she is turned against her will into a vampire. Hunted and alone, Fleurette longs for escape from her hellish existence of eternal night, blood-letting and carnage.

In war-torn Afghanistan, another young girl, Ruhee has been cast into another kind of dark bondage as a child bride. Raped, tormented and suffering, she longs for escape. These two lost souls find a strange but pure form of sisterly love together as they survive side-by-side in a world gone mad. Ruhee must grow up amid war and turmoil.

As if American predator drones and the deadly raids of the Taliban were not bad enough, she must keep her "sister"'s dark secret, while merciless vampire hunters lurk in the shadows.

When Ruhee comes of age and finds an unlikely but pure love with a brave but deeply troubled young Taliban soldier named Batal, Ruhee finds herself trapped between light and darkness. Her heart is torn in two, and she must make an impossible choice between love and immortality, as her young life teeters on the brink of hell.