What is your name?
What is the name of the book or series you’re promoting?
The Rebel series: The Rebel Within & Rebels Divided.
Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in New York, lived all over the United States and in Europe. Now I live in the Chicago area with my wife.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 50 or less words, what would you say?
Rebels Divided: After Second American Civil War, a nation divided. A young man and woman from enemy camps must come together to rescue her sister and gain justice for his pa’s murder. Complicating this, the Federal governor and Outland warlord conclude a secret deal, pledging her in marriage to the warlord.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
My next project is a direct follow-up to The Rebel Within, filling in story between that and Rebels Divided.
What books have influenced your writing?
The Postman by David Brin, other works by Brin, and the writings of Sarah Zettel, Isaac Asimov, Greg Bear, Vernor Vinge, Joe Haldeman, and Neil Gaiman.
What are you currently reading?
The Siege of Eternity by Frederik Pohl
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
I prefer the feel of paper books. However, when my bookcases overflow I have to give physical books away. I don’t have the same feeling of loss with ebooks when I have too many because they don’t take up much space.
Are you a self published (Indie) author?
Yes. After receiving a number of agent rejections that said great story, but we can’t get it placed in today’s market, I decided to find my own market.
Do you have any advise for other writers?
Writing is a natural reflection of our inner souls. Having said that, if you can imagine yourself doing anything else, do that, because writing rarely pays. I didn’t get into this to make money, but because I love learning from the characters I write about. I hope others gain something from the experience. If you are committed to writing, recognize that there is writing and there is editing. When the brain is in edit mode, it rarely produces anything creative that is worth reading. That’s probably why some of my best work comes to me in the middle of the night. Once you have a general idea (or detailed outline if you are so inclined) and you are ready to compose, try turning off the editor who tells you what won’t work, try a different word, the character wouldn’t do that. Once you have put your creative thought down on paper or in your word processor, then you can model the clay of that creative work. Most writers’ block I’ve heard of comes from letting that editor cloud the creative process.
Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
When I wake with ideas popping and beginning to fade away, I don’t bother getting dressed before I settle in to write.
Glass half full or half empty?
Because of my history, I’ve learned to quickly look at my situation and figure out how to move forward. So, I tend to see the glass as half-full.
What is your favorite meal?
There is nothing quite like a well-made Philadelphia cheese-steak.
One of your favorite quotes.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. (Voltaire) Common sense is not so common (Voltaire).
Name 5 favorite movies. Why?
Serenity (it feels most realistic than a lot of glossy sci-fi movies), Independence Day (it’s hard not to get caught up in the struggle to survive against all odds), Alien (now there is an alien who doesn’t fit the usual stereotypes), Office Space (the humor is very good relative to our fixation with office jobs), King Arthur (for a different take on the historical myth)
Are you a morning or night person?
I’m definitely a morning person. I’m up at 6 without an alarm and do my best work in the morning. Having said that, my best creative writing ideas come to me in the middle of the night.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
I believe we are instantly attracted to certain individuals for reasons that don’t consciously present themselves at the moment and perhaps never will.
Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.
I wake up in the middle of night with story ideas. I keep a pad of paper by my bed so I can write them down before they vanish.
What item, that you don’t have already, would you most like to own?
Swimming pool. There is a natural affinity to water, which seems to free up one’s thoughts.
if you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
Australia. I passed up an opportunity to go when I was in college and haven’t had another chance. There is some magnetic draw to see the countryside and visit with the people. I’ve enjoyed the company of Australians I’ve met.
If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?
Eating. Thinking about it, preparing for it, doing it, and cleaning up afterwards takes up much time that could be used for other things.
What is your best scar? Tell the story of how you got it.
I have an inch long scar over my eye. I received it when I was eight. My older brother was fixing his bike. A neighbor boy was bothering us. When I tried to stop him, the boy grabbed a large wrench and clobbered me in the face. There was a lot of blood and eight stitches as I recall.
You win a million dollars, but you have to give half to a charity. Which charity do you pick, and what do you do with the rest of the money?
I would give the half to the American Diabetes Association to help cure a disabling disease. With the rest, I would travel and visit place I’ve been and others I would like to see.
If you had to be a teacher of something, what would you teach?
Philosophy, though I don’t have the educational training. I love delving into issues over why we’re here and how should we respond to the world around us.
Where can readers stalk you?
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lerlick
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7030941.Lance_Erlick