BLOG TOUR FLASHBACK: AUTHOR INTERVIEW – C.P. Dunphey
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The Manus Dei system proved that a deity exists.
The universe was changed forever.
Mankind desires equal footing with the God.
The God seeks to abandon mankind.
After his wife dies during childbirth, Lazarus’s life takes a turn for the worst. Addictions and neglect spread across the years as Lazarus focuses on the Deity as the apex of his frustration. During a freak accident, his daughter Elisha disappears. At his weakest point, Lazarus’s last memories of his daughter are erased, leaving him stranded with no clue of her final whereabouts.
On a final whim of desperation, Lazarus locates the last Manus Dei system in existence, hoping to use the machine to find the memories he has forgotten in life. But not without harsh repercussions.
Will Lazarus find Elisha? Or will he succumb to the terrible consequences of using the Manus Dei? Will Lazarus’s ulterior motives turn his daughter’s rescue mission into a war against the God?
Reinventing the face of science fiction and blurring the lines between genres and styles, Plane Walker will leave you enthralled and begging for more – intensely hoping that Lazarus will find his daughter Elisha while harboring feelings of both dread and suspense.
Welcome to the future. Embrace the unknown.
INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS INTERVIEW
What initially got you interested in writing?
A: As far back as I can remember, I have always had a keen interest for writing. I remember filling entire composition notebooks with stories of science fiction and horror when I was only ten or twelve years of age. I actually still have some of these notebooks, however tattered they have become. Film always inspired me growing up seeing as my mother loved to show my brother and me films of science fiction and fantasy. I think her choices of entertainment growing up truly influenced my desire to write.
How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?
A: Sometimes there is this feeling that I think everyone has at least once in their life, when they know exactly what they were meant to do. A fervent passion that enlightens them and shows them a path of possibilities. I had a lot of different things I wanted to get involved with, from MMA to Acting and Music, there was never a shortage of things I wanted to try. I got good at a lot of things but nothing ever came close to my passion for fiction and my desire to create something new. I honestly feel that it was what I was meant to be, my purpose.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
A: I’ve always found the greatest works of fiction entice emotions. Whether it be sadness, fear, excitement, humor, etc. I want Plane Walker, and many of my other writing, to make people question their beliefs. I want to challenge people, intrigue them. My favorite author is H. P. Lovecraft and one of the reasons that I love his work so much is because he always challenged you to question everything.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
A: In life, there is very little that we have control over. Bad things happen and sometimes everything seems to spin out of control. The most rewarding thing I have found in writing is the power I have over the worlds I create. When I am writing, I am in control of everything. It is truly an amazing feeling. One that neither myself nor anyone else on Earth will ever have in reality.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
A: I would say the most challenging part of writing is fighting writer’s block. My friends and colleagues always ask me, “How did you write a 450 page book? I mean seriously? Didn’t you ever get tired?” I always tell them yes, I absolutely felt drained very often. But the best solution I have found to writer’s block is to force yourself to keep writing. No matter how dull or uncreative it is, you can always go back when the passion reinvigorates and lace that energy back into it. Progress cannot sleep.
What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?
A: Read A LOT. I don’t mean just fiction or your specific genre either. Read a lot of nonfiction, like guides to editing, writing techniques, etc. A good start is always William Strunk Jr.’s The Elements of Style. Quite possibly the greatest and easiest tool ever made for authors. Writing is an art form, and like all art, research and practice make perfect. Never stop improving! And lastly, always take yourself seriously. Hold yourself up to the highest standards in regards to quality. Never settle for an easy way out in anything.
What ways can readers connect with you?
A: They can always connect through email at:
Business or Professional: firstname.lastname@example.org
The professional email is probably the quickest way to reach me as my personal email is full of junk, unfortunately. I am always available for publishing advice, consultations, PR opportunities, short story submissions for Gehenna Publishing House, Editorial Services, and more. If you think I’d like to hear it or find it interesting, send it over. We authors need to stick together!
C.P. Dunphey was born in Staten Island, New York. He grew up in Southern Mississippi and had an interest in writing since he was very young. In 2015, he founded his own publishing house, Gehenna Publishing House. His first novel, Plane Walker, was released in 2016. He hopes to further his writing as well as offer authors opportunities to be heard and read, his dream being that Gehenna Publishing House becomes a household name. The sequel to his novel, Plane Walker, titled Heiron, is slated for release in early 2017.