Vic Broquard Interveiw

                                                                                                                                   Blinded by the Spotlight- Vic Broquard



Blinded by the Spotlight Feature!  Vic Broquard Under it today!Displaying Vic.jpg

  Author of several book series, including the Trident Series, that are three volumes. A short series for him, he has another that is Thirteen books long called the Elizabeth Stanton series. He is going to speak about his fourteen book series in today’s interview, called the Planet of the Orange-Red Sun Volumes 1-14    available on ebooks.

Displaying planet-of-the-orange-red-sun-large.jpgThe First thing I wanted to know was what Genre would I find this book, even though the title made it obvious? “Science fiction” was his response as expected!” 

How would you describe your target audiences? “Anyone who loves sci-fi, particularly those who like to explore how societies evolve over very long spans of time, will find this long series exciting and intriguing.”


Your previous books, how do they compare to this one?  “This one is a tough one, A. G. I’ve written over forty books now, a dozen on computer programming and over thirty in the fantasy and science fiction genres. In my fantasy novels, I love to explore character development and interactions on a personal level. However, in my two lengthy sci-fi series, I use the genre to explore what truly fascinates me: the evolution of people and societies over spans of centuries. The Planet of the Orange-red Sun does this over around five hundred years. In my other sci-fi series of thirteen novels, though it also looks at societal evolution, it also explores in great depth how aberration becomes contagious and spreads downward through generations of people and shows how aliens can influence such.”

Take yourself out of the business for a moment.  As a fan, how would you describe your book to someone else?
“The Planet of the Orange-red Sun explores the evolution of a people initially in a primitive, bronze-age society living on a world far out on the rim of the galaxy, at that time when the highly advanced, space-faring Imperium lands on their world. The Imperium spans nearly half the galaxy and constantly discovers new worlds and civilizations. If the new world is sufficiently modern, it is accepted into the Imperium. However, if the world is not, the Imperium policy is to designate that world as a “Closed World,” meaning it is left alone to develop naturally on its own. No advanced Imperium technology is allowed on that world. In this case, because the world contains vast deposits of the fuel that the Imperium must have, they purposely violate that Closed World status. You can imagine what could happen — history shows us some examples, such as the US actions on the South Pacific islands during and after WWII.
            The first novel illustrates the disaster that happens when this principle is violated. The entire world is nearly destroyed! In the second novel, the isolated people try to adapt to the terrible changes to their world, but the Imperium returns, only this time, they rigidly enforce the Closed World status. That, however, only brings new conflicts. Obviously, some inhabitants want to embrace the alien technology, which now they cannot have any longer.
            With the near destruction of their world in the first novel, many of the inhabitants develop telepathic and other powerful mental skills, telekinesis being the least. Why? Nature, over time, modifies bodies to adapt to new environments, natural selection and all that. Thus, in the second novel, the people struggle to deal with this new physical change. However, a true telepath is a truly rare person within the rest of the galaxy. Naturally, when word spreads of an entire world filled with telepaths, you can imagine what’s going to happen, and it does.
            Through the series of fourteen novels, Planet of the Orange-red Sunexplores how these people evolve and eventually find themselves helping to run the entire galaxy! This series studies and explores the evolution of a people and of various societies over nearly five hundred years. One could call it and “anthropological study.”
A very long answer but it is a long series. The reader will more than get their money’s worth from this series. A.G.
What other hobbies or interests contribute to your writing and creativity?
“I discovered Advanced Dungeons and Dragons in the early 1980’s and became addicted to it, writing an article for the Dragon magazine and publishing a game in the Dungeon magazine. I think my fantasy novels, in some ways, reflect my love of “magic.”
I play five different sizes of recorders and am a member of two music ensembles. We play Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music. I even make hand-quilted quilts, my first being a castle quilt, naturally. (Note, part of the castle is in the background of my picture.)
In my youth, I did a great deal of photography and mountain climbing, camping out frequently.
I’ve almost a minor in archaeology and anthropology, so that may account for my intense interest in evolution of people and societies.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?  What is your least favorite?“Writing! I just love to write and often spend hours a day at it. A friend of mine once told me that “Writers write.” He is so right!I just hate copy editing! For me, that’s a tedious chore, offset only by actually getting the chance to reread my novel.

I think editing is most of us writers are the least favorite thing to do but very necessary.

What contributes to your character development?  What has been your favorite character created and why is he or she so special to you?

“I’ll share my method with all you writers out there. What I do is first make mockup of a character in my mind. Then, I spend time with that character mockup, imagining I was that person and seeing how I would react and act in various situations. Given that initial step, when I begin to write, when that character appears, I simple put that “hat” or mockup on and write from that character’s perspective. I once had a laugh. An English professor read my Trident trilogy and commented that at one point I had seven totally different characters active in one scene, each with their own personalities interacting with the others, and she was amazed that it was done so perfectly. So my secret, if you can call it that, is to “wear the hat” of the character when they say or do something. Of course, you have to change hats constantly.””As far as a favorite character, I can’t pick just one. In each novel, I actually do have one. It’s kind of hard not to play favorites. I guess if you press me on this, A. G., I would have to pick Lindsey Barron from that series of seven novels. She overcomes monumental physical disabilities, discovers her true nature, loves to help others learn, and absolutely never backs down. Her use of magic is to safeguard and protect others, not to attack and harm them. I guess I am partial to teachers, since I was a professor for over twenty years before I retired.”

 I Guess I would be partial to teachers if I did that for a long time! 

What about your work sets it apart from everything else in your genre?


“In the sci-fi genre, my emphasis is on exploring the evolution of ideas, people, and societies over centuries. To carry out this mission requires the dedication and work to write not just one good novel but a rather large number of them. Only a few authors have done this, and three come to mind: Marion Zimmer Bradley (Darkover), Isaac Asimov (Foundation), and Frank Herbert (Dune). In my case, I’ve deliberately set out to accomplish this from the very first novel. It was a planned series and didn’t just sort of come about as I wrote a novel here and there, as in the “history” of Darkover, for example. In fact, it was Marion’s Darkover series that inspired me to directly tackle this evolution in a totally planned manner.”

Do you have your next book floating around in you, already?

“I got a good laugh from this question, A. G.! I get ideas faster than I can pump out the books! At the moment, I have nine new novels either done or just about there, waiting for me to finish them yet this year, though I best hurry up. Like I said, “Writer’s write!”


 Do you have any other interests the readers might want to know about? Crazy quirks?

“I love classical music, but little beyond the Romantic era. I have all the Dr. Who series DVDs, taking up nine feet of bookshelf space! Plus, I am a big fan of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Don’t Panic! I’ve been asked why I got into publishing ebooks? I used to use mainstream publishers. However, in the computer arena, things change constantly. It took over a year from the time I finished a computer book before it was physically available for my students to use. I found the time delay just intolerable. (Plus, my books sold for $40, but I only got $2.) When ebooks began, I jumped on the bandwagon back then, turning out my computer books as ebooks, which my students loved. (Why pay $100 for a textbook when you can pay $15?) Since then, I’ve never looked back.I also publish everything as DRM-free. I hate remembering zillions of passwords and such just to access something. Personally, I find copy-protection intolerable, so I never use it on my works. Yes, I know, people will pirate the books. In fact, my best selling computer book has been pirated so many times it’s ludicrous. Still, I’m not about to penalize the good folks to stop a few bad ones, unlike our government currently does.”

 You can find Vic at these sites listed below. I am currently reviewing his Trident Series that I did mention at the start of this post. I have found it very interesting reading. It has me trapped, I can’t put it down! I have to read the whole series, but I will post each book one at a time on my post, even though he sells it as an ebook all together, A.G.

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  I think this post is long enough, but I want to say check Vic out all you SiFi fans like me and my wife. 

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Blinded by the Spotlight featuring Tracy Kaufffman

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 Blinded by the Spotlight Feature!

Tracy Kauffman  
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by this lady about a year ago. A very classy lady that put my mind at ease doing my first interview. Now I am back putting her under the SpotLight!

Tracy writes Books in what I call “Feel Good Books,” she calls Young Adult Romance books. This is her first try at writing a romance book. Her previous books targeted teenagers not young adults. I am sure that her teenager readers that have grown up will enjoy“Southern Attractions” just as much as we will. 

Tracy, how you would discribe this book to someone that has never picked up a copy and her answer was “It is an emotional read about a girl that loses her parents and is forced to go live with an Uncle she doesn’t know. The book tells about the trials of losing her parents and rediscovering a new way of life.”

Curious about what hobbies or interest does she have that contributes to her writing? She replied, “I love readng anything about the south and my books are geared to the South (USA). I started my own publishing company and I guess you can call that a hobby because I really love doing it. 

Tracy then told me what her favorite part of writing was “Expressing herself  putting onto paper, making up new stories.”

Her least favorite part of writing and her answer was the same as mine!“Editing!”

Going through the interview I discovered we had a lot in common. 

My next question I asked her was what hope the reader recieved out of her book. “The book talks about grief and how Heather was able to overcome it. So I hope it will help someone deal with grief.” 

What contributes to your character development? “I create someone that I can relate to in my books. Someone like me or like I wish I could have been.”

Who is your favorite character in your books? ” My favorite is Sami the parrot from Gwendolyn’s Wish because he has magical powers and can grant wishes.”

What sets apart your books from others in your genre? “My books are decent books that anyone should be able to pick up and read. I try to help others through my writing one way or another, either spiritually or emotional.”

Do you have another book in your head? “I have one I started but have been so busy with my new company.”

Do you have any interest your readers would want to know about? How about crazy quirks? “I love trying out anything new, travelling and spending time with my family. I don’t know of crazy quirks but I guess I am a little nutty, most authors are!”

Thanks Tracy, I enjoyed this interveiw hope you the best with your venture and your book. 

 Amazon buy link is:  Drop by and pick up your copy so you can feel good all weekend!

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Life’s update and more!


Last week was a very busy week for me being my birthday and all. Also my fafflecopter was set up to give away free ebooks through Smashwords on my Chronicles ont he Marauder Book One of the series. It runs through December 10, 2013. I don’t know what I am doing so I don’t know how to get the word out or attach it to anything so I guess I will wait and see if anyone actually enters my contest. If anyone knows how to do it and how i should get the word out, send me an email or comment here telling me how to do it? I would appreciate anyone helping me. I did manage to get it linked to my facebook page but don’t have any visitors to it so I don’t think that is going to do me any good. A reveiwer doing an interview on me on November 20, 2013 said it would be a good thing to have to add more interest in getting people to read her post. So I went along using the free Rafflecopter app. Alass me, I haven’t a clue what I’m doing! LOL

I am adding another piece to this blog and my other main blog called, “Blinded by the Spotlight” Where I feature another writer or a book each week. Next week, I will feature Tracy Kauffman Tracy Kauffman's profile photo in my blog. She was the first blogger to review me right after I found social media and feel she should be the one that I start with. So look forward to this post! Talk back, I’m Listening!

Book cover revealed post

Added posting of a book cover revealed onto this blog as a favor to someone. If it looks weird it is because I probably didn’t post it right. LOL. I am not good at this yet but each time I tried to something new, it took a few tries to get it right.  If any of you experts out there know how to do this right, I could use some help so next time I don’t screw this up. Put up the cover of my latest book to let you just see it. Image

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