Author G.H. Guldensupp
We are honored to have our affiliation with Crimson Edge Press. Their planned release of Maidens and Magic is due in early 2017. We are focusing our author interviews on the authors whose works were chosen for this anthology. Today’s interview is with emerging author G.H. Guldensapp.
Name: G. H. Guldensupp
Latest Release: My short story, “It All Began”, in the anthology Maidens and Magic will be my first release.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Gregory hasn’t spoken of himself in third person in many years, but he’s ready to give it a go, again. A native Mississippian, Gregory grew up in Ocean Springs, a small town on the Gulf Coast, and spent many weekends, summers, and holidays at Ma’s House, thirty minutes away in Vancleave. He was an odd one among his cousins, finding his interests in Star Trek, comics, science fiction and fantasy novels, and Dungeons and Dragons, rather than more physical pursuits. He received a B.S. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi and during his time in college felt his desire to write truly bloom. Despite a number of faltering starts, Gregory continued on, finishing his first piece of non-Dungeon and Dragons writing in 1999 (He has reams of stuff about Rilmorn, his game world). In the Beginning is still one of his favorite stories and he is delighted to see it published, seventeen years after it was written. Gregory is supported, locally, in his literary endeavors by his wife, his two daughters, his two granddaughters, and the Carport Mafia (the cats). He thanks his parents, sister, in-laws, extended family, and friends for their love and belief in his ability.
1. How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since my undergraduate days in the 1980s.
2. What kind(s) of writing do you do?
I write urban fantasy stories. I am a sometimes poet and I also write tons of background for my D&D games. Oh yeah, I also try to keep a blog up as well. World Engineer
3. What are your goals as a writer, both small and large?
My big goal is to someday publish the novel that I am working on. Beyond that, I really want, not so much to be famous, but rather a successful, working author.
4. What inspires you?
This may sound stupid, but running a regular D&D game inspires me. When I run a regularly scheduled game, my creative impulses in other areas are ignited.
5. Have you ever fallen in love with a character?
No. I haven’t.
6. How do you find or make time to write?
Before my laptop died, I wrote on break at work. Now, I “try” to get up early and write before I have to get ready for work.
7. Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process.
My writing process is based on writing individual scenes then putting them in the correct order and adding connecting material. I often have a version of the final scene written in my head before I ever sit down to type.
8. Who would play you in your life story?
Many people say I look like Doc Brown from “Back to the Future,” so I would guess Christopher Lloyd.
9. What projects are you working on at the moment?
My long-term project is my novel, however, I do have a few other short stories that I am working on as well.
10. What process did you go through to get your work published?
When I first finished “It All Began,” I cold submitted it to multiple publications for consideration. Later, I submitted it to every open call for stories that I found. Crimson Edge Press accepted it, at last.
11. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The blank page. The ever-present question of what now, what’s next.
12. What do you enjoy most about writing?
What I enjoy most about writing is the realization of an image in my mind building itself on the page. My dreams gain substance. I guess I have a really mystical process when it comes to writing.
13. If you could have any fictional character(s), living or dead, on your survival team after an apocalypse, who would you choose and why?
The Doctor! He has a ship that travels in space and time. We can go back and fix this mess.
14. Which actors would you choose to play the main characters in your story?
I don’t have any actors, because my characters do not look, nor act, like anyone I know.
15. What is your favorite escape from day to day living?
Working on my D&D game and reading.
16. What are some ways in which you promote your writing?
I have never really promoted my writing before. This is all a first.
17. Who are some of your favorite authors? What impact have they had on your writing?
J. R. R. Tolkien, Andre Norton, Katherine Kurtz, Charles de Lint, Patricia Briggs, and Jim Butcher. I was in 8th grade when I started reading Tolkien, and those books led me to write my first and last two pages of fan fiction. It was the first time I thought about being a writer.
18. Do you know the secret to originality in writing? Would you share it?
I do not know the secret, but I do believe that there are still new stories out there, not just new ways to write them. I can only hope that I am writing some of those stories.
19. What are you currently reading?
I just finished reading The Hawkhurst Saga by my friend Joshua Robertson. Other than that, I am always re-reading gaming books and adventures.
20. What do you think is the future of reading/writing?
I think it will go on as it has for centuries. Reading stimulates parts of the brain that audio/visual entertainment does not. There will always be a goodly percentage of the population that will read. We, as writers, need to write that which is worth reading.
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Thank you for your time and interview, G.H. We wish you much success as you continue to build your author name and network.