Please welcome Author Thomas C. Gallo to THE KATY today!
I aim not only to entertain, but also to inspire creativity and the thirst for fun and unique learning experiences.
This is my passion. It has always been my goal – through whatever small ways I could – to make the world a better place for our children and to help them in developing crucial skills, such as team-building, critical-thinking/decision-making, creativity and other vital social-skills. All of this, while having the time of their lives through the art of dynamic game-play and interactive storytelling.
My goal as an author is not just to write a good book, but more so to provide the reader with a one-of-a-kind experience; incorporating excitement, adventure and enrichment.
How did you decide to become an author? Any books, movie, or people that inspired you to pursue your dream?
For me, writing has been a life-long pursuit; with my first short story, “The Mountain Monster,” written at age 7.
Growing up in a large family charged me with the constant creation of exciting scenarios to keep myself, my siblings, and my cousins entertained. “The Legend of the River Beast,” in particular, is based off of a “capture the flag” style game we used to play at family gatherings. Therein, it was up to my siblings and younger cousins to recover the enchanted earth-crystals, and save the world from a terrible beast akin to an evil Bigfoot – played by yours truly. To this great challenge, ultimate teamwork was the only solution.
Quite often, these games had backstories, designed to explain how the present danger came to be, and also to impart a lesson.
It is the joy we experienced together as a family that inspired me to create the series I am currently working on, “How I Spent my Summer Vacation.” I aim to recreate the fun, the excitement, the teamwork, and the experience of actually being part of and affecting the outcome of the story, with the “choose your own ending” writing style.
Are you self-published or traditionally published? Why did you choose to go that route?
I am a self-published author – partially due to the fact that I like instant gratification – but more so for the level of control self-published authors enjoy with their work.
Are you a plotter or a panster?
Plotter or Panster… good question. I’d have to say that I’m a little bit of both.
Throughout the day, Ideas will come to me, and my response is usually immediate. In the fashion of the fastest draw in the old-west, I sling my phone from my pocket and say, “Siri, make a note…” This is my “Plotter” side.
The ideas, however, are rarely in chronological order as far as the story goes. Instead, they serve as key anchor points for the journey and experience of the reader alongside the characters in the book.
How these points line up and how the characters move together through the tale is where my “Panster” side comes into play. From witty banter between characters to exciting twists and turns in the plotline, ideas flow through – often surprising me – as I sit at the computer typing away.
Do you prefer writing short stories or full-length novels? Why?
I prefer writing full length novels. Mostly because it gives the reader time to invest; it gives them time to get to know the characters and experience the world in which they find themselves together.
What scientific advancement do you feel is right around the corner?
As far as scientific advancements around the corner, what I would like to see is a solar-powered jet-pack. Not only would such an invention provide hours of excitement, lending itself to endless possibilities for extreme “capture the flag” style games, but it would also be light on the environment.
That’s what I would like to see. What may actually be around the corner, however, is far more terrifying. Have you noticed the chips that are being integrated into your debit and/or credit cards? It is a strong possibility that when these chips are fully integrated, the magnetic strips on the cards will be removed, followed by the plastic around the card altogether. At that point, the next step will be for these chips to be implanted into your wrist; without which you can neither buy nor sell. Therein will lie the problem. The chip implant will be made a necessity as far as survival is concerned. It is through these chips that every moment of our lives will be monitored.
Do any of your characters represent you as a whole or someone you know? Or are they qualities you admire in others?
Most of the characters in my stories represent combinations of my parents, my aunts and uncles, my siblings, and my cousins. In the series, “How I Spent my Summer Vacation,” the characters, Anthony and Steven, are both based off of personality traits and interactions between my real-life cousins, Anthony Navarro and Steven D’Ambrosio.
The amount of marvelous mischief we created together growing up makes for great plot-advancing scenarios and characterization.
Do you have an advice for aspiring writers?
Don’t feel pressured into knowing the story in its entirety all at once. Instead, allow the story to unfold. Write down what you know when you know it, and then build on it. Ask yourself questions and allow yourself to go deeper as you arrive at the answers.
Also, do not trouble yourself with what others will think of your work. Nothing is going to be perfect the first time through. Be patient with yourself and give yourself ample time to draft, redraft, and repeat until you are beautifully beyond happy with your story.
Any upcoming projects you’d like to share?
Currently, I am in the conception phase for book three in the series, “How I Spent my Summer Vacation,” titled, “Old Mansion Woods: The Curse of the Haunted Gold.”
Holding true to the high-level of interactivity, this tale will unfold as the reader turns the pages, “choose your own ending,” style.
Where book one, “The Legend of the River Beast,” took readers on a wild fantasy adventure, book three will take you through the dark forest for a paranormal thrill you’ll never forget.
Projected release for book three, is this time next year; so, June 2017.
Just released, fresh off the press, is book two, “Sphynx: The Story of the Star People.” This stellar adventure of epic proportions is a must-have for sci-fi and fantasy lovers of all ages.
The pages are packed full of fun and excitement; light-hearted thrills, interactive quests, lovable characters and terrifying villains.
Navigate the deep woods, plan your escape from star-craft and otherworldly beings, speed through space, and cross the sands of time itself as you discover the unknown and solve the secret to the Ancient Sphynx.
Get swept away and find yourself in the center of an out-of-this-world, choose-your-own-ending experience.
Perfect for children, teens, and adults alike, this book will entertain, inspire, excite and ignite the depths of your imagination.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I’d like to extend a special thanks to Katy Walker for her willingness to help up-and-coming authors with their quest for exposure; and also for her commitment and dedication to all that she does.
I’d also like to thank all of my readers! May this, and all your adventures, be wildly successful!
GIVEAWAY! Author Thomas C. Gallo is giving away a signed copy of “Star People” today! Enter the rafflecopter giveaway below for a chance to win. U.S. Winners only at this time! Thanks again for joining me, Thomas!