I love when relationships develop organically, as they are the ones that usually stick. CP Bialois is an author I met sometime ago, and he’s been a constant source of optimism and encouragement. He’s an extremely diligent and hard-working author, and I’m happy to offer him space to tell you more about himself.
Please give a warm welcome to fantasy author, CP Bialois.
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CP, great to have you here finally. How would your best friend describe you in 20 words or less?
With a bunch of four letter adjectives. 😀 He’d say I’m a good, reliable, stand-up kind of guy.
Nice! Do you have any extravagances?
I’d love to be more thought provoking, but it’s books, dvds, and cds. Put me in a store with any of those and a wad of cash, and I’m going to need help carrying them home.
What profession other than your own would you like to try?
I’d love to be a sports or rock star.
What are some of your favorite curse words?
Any and everything. 😀 But my tops is f—. Few words can be used as a noun, adjective, and verb. There’s a difference between calling someone an idiot and an effing idiot. There’s so much more power behind it.
Agree with you there, cursing is artful wordplay. Do you have a motto you live by?
Life is a risk. Roll the dice and see what happens.
Short and sweet, I like it. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Writing my first book. Until then I had a habit of not finishing something I started. I refused to not finish it and it’s grown from there.
From life and everything around us. I get yelled at for it, but I can get a story idea from a bird flying overhead.
I fully understand what you mean. What motivates you to write?
I had issues for most of my life and reading helped me to escape. I like to offer someone that same gift. Whether they have a great or horrible day, if I can help them forget their troubles for a short time, I did good.
Name a few of your favorite authors and books, and why you like them.
Oh boy, this could be a long list. Just to name a few, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Stephen King, Robert Louis Stevenson, H.G. Wells, and Tom Clancy. All of them took/take the mundane of everyday life and create a wonderful adventure I’d love to be a part of.
A wonderful list, CP. How would you define your style of writing?
It’s semi-formal and classic depending on what story I’m writing.
Seeing the ideas and images in my head come to life with each stroke of the pen. It’s pure magic. The least is editing. I go through my stories so much I often get to the point of not wanting to see them again. I still love them, but it takes some effort before I’m willing to pick them up and read.
I’m no fan of editing either, but it’s necessary if you want your manuscript to shine. Do you outline, or do you just sit down and write?
Mostly I just sit down and write. If I outline I do it more in a bullet point style with a brief idea about what I want to do. Anything more than that and the outline will be obsolete five minutes after I start writing.
Tell us the genre of your latest book and why people should read it.
The Last World is in the Apocalyptic Science Fiction genre. Aside from I think it’s a great book, it takes on the notion of sacrifice. What is acceptable to be sacrificed for the good of the many?
Franklin Bowen was an ordinary man with anger management issues until one day he finds himself drawn into something he never believed possible. Thinking he’s lost his mind, he resists the urging of a mysterious figure named Tanok who only appears to him in visions.
After seeing the desolation brought upon the immense interstellar human empire by a virus from a neighboring galaxy, Franklin is forced to reconsider his belief in what is real in order to help Tanok save mankind from extinction.
Will Franklin find the strength he needs to persevere, or will the Earth and its people follow what’s left of his sanity?
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Sacrifice is an interesting concept, and something I’ve explored as well. How long did it take for you to write it?
A little over a month. It’s my 2011 NaNoWriMo novel.
Wow! A successful NaNoWriMo indeed! What inspired you to write this book?
I was watching a documentary on the making of the Universal classic, Creature from the Black Lagoon. At one point they were talking about finding the lost world and the story idea suddenly clicked in my head. It’s kind of funny how the story has nothing to do with the movie, but sometimes things just happen. 😀
How did you celebrate when you finished your book?
Since I gave up drinking (long story), we went to the Chinese Buffet. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine and I never get tired of their food. 😀
I’ve eaten lots of Chinese food, and I still like it too! What has the reception been to your book?
It’s been great. I learned long ago that my stories are either hit or miss with most people and so far everyone who has read it has mostly enjoyed. It’s been a good boost for my confidence in the genre.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from writing your book?
That truth can be as strange as fiction. There are a couple of points I wrote before some of the current news stories came out that makes me feel a little prophetic. Now, if I could figure out how to do that for the lottery I’ll be really happy. 😀
What is the best way for someone to support your book, aside from buying it?
Leaving honest reviews is always important, but if you don’t already have a copy, sharing it through social media would help tremendously.
I’m currently rewriting the third Sword and the Flame novel titled “The Lightwalker” and hope to have it ready by the end of 2014. It picks up five years after the conclusion of The Purging where an ancient god escapes from his imprisonment and seeks to avenge himself against his fellow gods by using the people of Pyrain. It combines the original group of characters with the new ones in the novella series (the next two books are also coming out this year).
What is your best advice for new authors?
Don’t stop writing and do what’s right for your story. You’ll be inundated with advice and rules but don’t feel bad about not using something if it doesn’t work for you.
I could not agree more CP, let’s finish with a fun lightning round!
Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? My laptop and as many books as I can carry. 😀
Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? Venice, Italy. It’s been a dream of mine to live there one day.
Name a food you can eat everyday. Pizza or Chinese food.
Cat/dog/other pet? Cats and dogs. Although given how ours like to drive us nuts I’m ready for fish in the future. I’ll give in at some point, but dang it, it’s the principle. 😀
Favorite style of music? Heavy metal and classical. Nothing gets the blood pumping faster or harder.
The best gift you’ve ever received? A box set of Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island from my dad for Christmas when I was a kid.
Your most guilty pleasure. I’m going to get into so much trouble with the wife for saying this, but it’s adult videos. I told her when we first met, “Don’t mess with my porn” and she hasn’t. 😀
Favorite season. It’s a tie. I love spring as it’s bursting with new life, but I also love the fall when the leaves change colors.
Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers? I’d like to wish everyone the best in their endeavors.
You’re so sweet CP. It’s been a pleasure to learn more about you.
Readers, please connect to CP and learn more about this wonderful author. Leave a comment for him and say “hi” too. He’s really friendly as you can tell from all the smiley faces!
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Connect To CP
Where do I begin? Well first I guess it’s only fair to say that CP Bialois isn’t my real name. It’s a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I’m just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves.
For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them.
I’d write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I’d just daydream about what I’d see myself as the hero of course. You can’t have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It’s just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick.
As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I’d read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. Read more on CP’s Amazon page.