So I’ve met a lot of interesting people doing this writing thing. They’re just as varied, if not more so, than the psychopaths I used to know in the hospitals. Today, I’d like to introduce you to what I’m sure is my latest insane friend. Though I’ve only met him last week, I can already feel a kindred geek soul with him. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you V.M. Sawh.
V.M. Sawh was born in South America and grew up in Toronto, Canada. He’s had pen and paper in his hand since he was 6 years old and his first trilogy of novels was completed at age 16. Despite the urging of his Writer’s Craft professor, he didn’t publish at the time. He’s spent the years between then and now honing his craft and engaging in all manner of geeky pursuits including assembling a ridiculous collection of graphic novels, anime and movies.
He often fears that if he doesn’t write, the characters in his head will sing Barbara Streisand songs to him non-stop until their stories are told.
He currently resides in Markham, Ontario, Canada with his lovely wife Kristin and his cats – the devoted lover-of-tummy-rubs, Beatrix and the psychotic jungle predator, Buffy.
Some Fun Facts:
i) As part of the launch for “Cinders”, I was featured in the January 2014 issue of the Toronto Sun newspaper:
ii) “Cinders” and “Hontas” have made it to #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases List.
iii) I’ve been a Featured Author on Ann Livi Andrews’ Blog.
iv) I’ve also been featured on Steve White’s Bloggabook.
v) The Modest Verge Book Review just reviewed “Anastasia” in January 2015.
vi) Completed my first trilogy of novels by age 16.
Website: vmsawh.com (for The Official)
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/VMsawh/ (for The Pretty Pictures)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vmsawh (for The Issue Discussions)
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/VMSawh (for What Readers Think)
Twitter: @VMS_author (for the Random & the Immediate)
Here are the ebooks:
Welcome to Good Tales For Bad Dreams, a short-fiction series of re-imagined fairy tales. Each story is set in a different time and place. Some will be familiar, others will not. So, strip bare your assumptions, open your mind and see these tales told like never before
1. “Cinders” – http://www.amazon.com/Cinders-Good-Ta…
As a slave in the bawdy Black House, Rella longs to escape the whips and chains of her existence. She is chosen for a dangerous mission and offered a chance at freedom. There is only one condition: first she must assassinate the Prince.
2. “Anastasia” – now FREE on Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/story/15067081…
The plot to fool the Russian Royal Family had many casualties, none more so than the would-be Anastasia. Fleeing across the seas with her fate in her hands, this is story of Anna, a Sister of the Black House and Stepsister to the girl who would be Cinderella.
3. “Hontas” – http://www.amazon.com/Hontas-Good-Tal…
In this rip-roaring Wild West adventure, intrepid bounty hunters Pocahontas and John embark on a dangerous mission to stop a train run by a sadistic, slave-driving madman.
Q & A:
1. What do you do to keep your spirits up through a bad review?
I think of that one reader who will take a chance on something I’ve written. My own inspirations have often been rather random and off-beat. So my hope is that my work will be somebody else’s peculiar inspiration. A bad review is really just fuel for my next work. A lot of the so-called classics were savaged by the critics of their day. I’m aiming more for the cult following. Come to me, my precious freaks…
2. What has been your greatest inspiration for writing your story?
Believe it or not, failure. I originally started this series for another anthology on a whim. When it didn’t make the publication, I asked myself what I really wanted to do with the story, devoid of the limitations required by the publishers. When I’d written it, I had been inspired by a piece of music by Kenji Kawaii called “Making of Cyborg”. Going back to that, I rewrote it into a story that I really wanted to tell. That story became “Cinders”.
3. Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you?
My wonderful wife, Kristin, my sister Krita for always pushing me when I wanted to quit. I’d like to thank Mark Leslie from Kobo for spending an hour talking to a disillusioned young writer one day after a conference. He encouraged me to put it out there, as it wasn’t going to find its audience from inside my desk drawer. Finding fellow authors like Ann Livi Andrews, Joanna Penn and Chuck Wendig makes me feel connected to the writing community and a little less lonely in the struggle.
4. Has self-publishing taught you any lessons that you feel will help you in life?
Perseverance. You can’t wait for the world to come knocking on your door, because if it does, it’s most likely the Feds. You need to put on your best Iron Man and take flight on your own. You’ll either fall flat on your face, or maybe, just maybe, you’ll get high enough to see the world a little differently.
and last, What’s your favorite color?
Tron Blue. From a Lightcycle. With me on it.
Remember, if you’d like to be included in the Support Indie Author series, just send me an e-mail at Rileyamosreviews gmail com. I love meeting new people, and learning about them. Same policy as reviews, so no erotica or romance please.
And don’t forget to check out my Breath Of the Titans: The False Titanbriger series.
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