With us today is C.S. Boyack to talk about his approach to speculative fiction. Welcome, C.S.
Thanks for the invitation today, Sandra. It's always nice to find new places to promote my work. I'm here with something a little bit different today; it's a book of short fiction.
Last year, I released a collection called The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack. This time I got extra creative and called this book The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack II. If this one goes over like I think it will, I can call the next one III.
There is kind of a theme in the covers too. They are weathered tomes with alchemy wheels on them. One on the first book, two on the second one, and if I produce a third one there will be three wheels.
These stories are speculative in nature. There's a little bit of science fiction, a little bit of paranormal, and one that might pass for fantasy.
I'm a big believer in living documents. I keep several going for story structure, editing, writing lessons, and more. Now I keep one for short story ideas too.
When I write my novels, sometimes I burn out before I finish for the day. This usually involves a plot element, or some continuity issue that I need to spend time with. For a long time I allowed that to kill my quality writing time.
Now, when I still have a few hours left, I use one of the ideas from my living document and work on a short story. I get to remain productive, and keep my word count up.
I stashed them away for a long time, then noticed interest in short fiction on Amazon. Many authors were writing a short story that tied in to a novel they were promoting. This is a great idea, because a 99¢ book could lead to sales of the novel.
I used to read a ton of short fiction before it was used as a gateway drug to novel sales. That's when I decided to release my own collections. I priced them at 99¢ anyway, and maybe they can spark interest in my longer works too. The difference is I'm selling myself, not a specific tie to a novel I'm promoting.
Check out my Experimental Notebooks. There are stories about murder, hauntings, magpies, aliens, and even Chupacabra.