Please welcome Author Eamon Ambrose to THE KATY today! Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the post!
Eamon Ambrose is from Ireland where he lives in the beautiful West Limerick countryside with his wife, three children and the ghosts of four dogs who really should have known better than to chase cars. Eamon has recently begun his own career as a science fiction author after many years of reviewing books and writing articles for various websites as well as his own blog. His first release, a futuristic and experimental short story, “Zero Hour” has been very well received, with praise from bestselling author Hugh Howey, and due to popular demand, is now being continued as a serial, with the final part due at the end of June.
How did you decide to become an author? Any books, movie, or people that inspired you to pursue your dream?
A friend recommended Hugh Howey’s “Wool” to me, and it blew me away, so I decided to start a blog reviewing books. I was fascinated by his story and his efforts and success as a self published and hybrid author, and through him I was introduced to many other amazing indie authors. I ended up mostly reviewing indies on my blog, and eventually ended up becoming one myself. I found the challenge of reviewing to be really helpful in building up my writing skills. It teaches you to be careful with repetition and you often have to find different ways of saying the same thing, without making reviews seem too similar.
Are you self-published or traditionally published? Why did you choose to go that route?
I’m self-published. From following Hugh and his fellow authors I learned a lot about the business of self-publishing, and it felt like the best option for me as a debut author. Thankfully it worked out really well.
Are you a plotter or a panster?
Complete pantser. I’m incapable of plotting. This works really well with serials, as it keeps the narrative fresh and exciting. I think the appeal of “Zero Hour” is that not even I know what happens next!
I see you have several short stories published. Are you planning any longer pieces or do you prefer short stories?
Originally “Zero Hour” was a standalone short. I just wanted to tread the waters and see how people would react, if at all. That story ended up being really popular and lots of people contacted me wanting to hear more, so I continued it in parts. I just released part 5 and part 6 will be the final part which should be ready by the end of the month. Once it’s finished I’ll release it as a full novel.
What scientific advancement do you feel is right around the corner?
I’d like to think that the Ion drive will be perfected in my lifetime. It would revolutionise space travel.
Do any of your characters represent you as a whole or someone you know? Or are they qualities you admire in others?
There’s a little of me there, mostly my sense of humour I think, but I don’t think any specific character has any of my major traits. I’m pretty boring, so I look to others for my inspiration. No one specific, a lot of amalgams of people I admire, but I also prefer to keep my characters grounded in reality, flawed, often weak, but always willing to accept a challenge.
Are there any genres of literature or movies that you won’t read or watch? What’s your favorite genre to read/watch?
I read a lot of horror when I was younger, but I was also obsessed with Tolkien. My love of scifi was mostly movies and I really only started to read the genre in earnest in the last few years. I tend to watch mostly scifi or superhero movies and TV these days, so I don’t dip outside too much, but I do love foreign film also – Jeunet, Besson, and Guillermo Del Toro’s early works. For more literary authors, Kevin Barry is one of my favourites, as is Carlos Fuentes. Also Monica Byrne’s The Girl In The Road blew my mind last year. She’s an amazing talent.
Do you have an advice for aspiring writers?
Don’t be an aspiring writer. Be a writer. Go write. Now!
Any upcoming projects you’d like to share?
I’ve got a story coming up in Samuel Peralta’s Illustrated “Robot Chronicles anthology,” which should be out around August/September.
My next book is a bit of a departure from “Zero Hour,” it’s a modern gothic tale set in a wintry coastal town in the US called Madeleine Strange. This was actually the first book I started, but “Zero Hour” took over when it became successful, so I’m really looking forward to getting back to it
Anything else you’d like to add?
If anyone would like to grab a free copy of “Zero Hour part 1,” just go to my website and sign up to my newsletter and you’ll be sent a free ebook.
Thank you for joining me on THE KATY today, Eamon!
Author Eamon Ambrose is giving away three signed copies of his short story, “Zero Hour” with a cool bookmark! Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win! The contest runs until next week Thursday (6/23/16)! a Rafflecopter giveaway