Ah, fantasy. Who doesn’t love a bit of escapism into different worlds? With dragons. There has to be dragons. It’s a thing. Today I’m proud to present C.P.Bialois, who I have been privileged to have drawn a cover for his upcoming novella STRANGERS PASSING, part of the SWORD AND FLAME saga.
Great book. Fun times were had by me.
Anyway, first we have a little bit about the author. With a picture.
CP Bialois’ love of words began as a small child when his father bought a stack of comics to teach him the reading skills he wasn’t mastering in class. Before long, he was reading at an advanced level and teachers were shaking their heads over the unconventional method.
Growing up in the ‘80s, Bialois was exposed to even further inspiration through the popular cartoons of the day. Transformers, in particular, sparked his imagination and led to him put his first stories on paper. After a decades-long break, Bialois began getting back into the world of writing by joining some role-playing groups. These groups taught him about fleshing out characters and building worlds that stuck with him as he began writing short stories for fun.
To his surprise, Bialois would end up completing his first full-length novel, Call of Poseidon, in 2007. Armed with a finished product, Bialois began working on another book, The Sword and the Flame, unsure of what he would ultimately be doing with either. As with many others in the later part of the first decade of the 2000’s, he found himself out of work and looking into new options. Over the next two years, he would spend most days at the library, completing an additional half-dozen works.
Two books later, Bialois is planning for the release of many more and enjoying the feedback he receives. The up-and-coming author takes inspiration from favorites such as Steven King, Tom Clancy and Sue Grafton. His love of history, fantasy and old monster movies has also served as a muse.
When he’s not busy writer or chatting on his social networks, Bialois enjoys watching Hockey and Football as well as Metallica DVDs. He currently lives with his wife- a fellow writer- and their fur children. CP Bialois is also active in several South Florida writing groups, as well as the online writer community.
And now, the interview!
What got you into writing in the first place?
I guess you could say it’s my way of giving back. I’m a huge fan of escapism. When I was a kid, I used to rewrite stories of my favorite shows like Transformers, He-Man, etc with my own twist on them. Since I wasn’t one of the “cool kids” my imagination gave me somewhere to go where I could be cool or the hero. If something I write can help someone forget their problems for a short time then I did something right.
Why your genre? Do you plan on branching out or do you feel at home in what you write?
Since I was a kid, I used to love the Sword and Sorcery movies like Conan the Barbarian, Beastmaster, Excalibur, and DragonSlayer. At the time, cable was in its infancy so we had Select TV (I’m really dating myself here lol) and I used to run home from school to catch those when they were on.
One of my favorite time periods in history is ancient history. There’s something about the time that was magical to me. The world was still largely unexplored and people had a certain code they lived by.
As far as other genres, I’m interested in just about everything out there and have something written in various genres. So far I’m published in the historical/mythological thriller and horror/suspense genres with other works in historical romance and science fiction on the editing table.
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I’m a combination of both, but I lean more towards being a pantser. I usually start with a single idea and know what the climax and ending will be, but I let the characters tell their stories. A couple of times I’ve given them too much free will and they helped to write me into a corner. It makes things interesting, to say the least.
Do you have a writing room or place that you go to write?
I have a couple I work best at. One is a local Starbucks (I’m sitting there now) and the other is the library. If I can get my usual seat at either place, I can sit there for most of the day working.
Take me through your writing process. How do you begin?
This is going to sound so simple, but I usually start with a single idea like, “What would happen if Joe A finds and injured John B in an alley.” Once the idea comes to me, I think over it for a few minutes until the story takes shape in my head. I know what I want to happen in the story and how it’ll end so that’s when I grab some paper and start writing.
I try to write about ten pages a day, which comes to about one chapter for me. Ideally, I like to get to the library early in the morning or as soon as they open, if possible. I’m always the first one awake in the morning, so I confiscate the desk if we stay home and am usually there until about one in the afternoon, or until our pets drive me crazy enough to give up for the day.
Tell me about your book. Why could only YOU have written it?
This may sound over simplistic, but I like to think I have a unique understanding or appreciation of situations and people and I try to put my observations into my characters and story. My characters tend to focus more on the qualities most try to hide whether it’s their inner child or their abrupt behavior. To me, those subtle qualities seem to be taken for granted at times and I like to put a light on them. I guess it’s my way of pointing at someone and saying, “Aha! You do this!”
Tell me what makes your book(s) special. Why should I read them?
Because I wrote them. No, just kidding. I use everyday situations and put a unique perspective on things whether it’s a point of view or extra twist no one’s expecting. I like to keep people guessing until the very end. Have I mentioned I’m not much of a conformist?
Writers say that reading is important if you want to write well. Keeping that in mind, what kind of books do you read?
My favorites are anything by Stephen King, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan universe, Sue Grafton’s alphabet series, anything by Mark Twain, and of course Margaret Wise and Tracy Hickman’s Dragonlance series. I also love the classics like Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe as well as works from other Indie authors. I’m not too picky when it comes to genres or authors. If the book sounds interesting, I’ll probably read it.
You’re in a coffee shop. You get two authors to have coffee with. Which ones and why. GO.
Oh crap. Lol Um… I’ll have to go with Stephen King and Mark Twain. If the list is only for living authors I’ll go with Stephen King and Tom Clancy.
Do you wear mismatching socks? It’s okay if you do. Don’t be shy.
Well, I try to. Those dang dryer gnomes keep taking them so I end up with a dozen singles of varying length.
The links you must follow! Yes. You really must. It’s a thing.