InterviewsIf you can't talk with Thomm Quackenbush, read questions from those who have.
When I first submitted We Shadows to publishers, I received so many rejection letters that I started putting them on the refrigerator. The woman I lived with at the time found this morbid, but I figured each letter was one step closer to my fated acceptance letter.
Interview with Thomm Quackenbush by Lily Sawyer (April 2013)
I have always imagined writing a comic novel with my family as its foundation - somewhere between the movie The Royal Tennebaums and the work of David Sedaris - but I have yet to happen upon a way I can manage it without being disowned.
Interview with Thomm Quackenbush by R.M. Kelly (March 2013)
Continuing with I Citizen Mag's series of Indie Author Interviews we've got a great Q&A with Thomm Quackenbush. It's always a delight for us to get to know authors a little better through this series, the online community may seem large at times but it's a small world if share our love for indie writing and support exciting, new or unique authors.
Author Interview by Scarberryfields (February 2013)
My girlfriend is the only family member affected right now and she does not seem to mind too much. She is also a creative type, an artist who runs a successful Etsy shop and who is involved in the local artistic community, so we have come up with our "work hour". I retire to a tiny closet with my notebook computer and she makes an absolute mess of our living room floor as she makes her crafts.
Itís a good system, except for when guests drop by before we can clean up.
Author Interview by Red Haircrow (November 2012)
The foundations for what I intend to write were often poured twenty-five years ago, when I needed to stand on a stool to access the UFO and ghost books my elementary school library possessed. I don't know why this topic interested me. Now, I find the research process to be one of pleasant rediscovery, as I happen upon references to things I half-remember from childhood and then dive in with vigor. In Artificial Gods, I had the plot more or less fleshed out before I stumbled upon a picture of one of the antagonists, a figure I was fairly sure I had made up. Perhaps I had brushed up against a book on Thelema in my childhood searching - I rather doubt it - but I think there is sometimes just a sort of unconscious repository of these ideas waiting for a blithe artist to trip into.
I think the audience I am trying to reach is me as a teenager to early twenty-something. Fortunately, a lot of people are like me: hungry for something to read that respects our intelligence, but still willing to be playful. So often growing up, I read books that made me feel knowledgeable, but were needlessly dry and serious. Or I would read books that were "fun", but were written as though I were a sixth grader who suffered from multiple head injuries.
I think it simply comes down to fantasy being the language I speak. While I cannot get into epic sword and sorcery, I see the world as having the potential to be slightly off-kilter. I have run into people who do not quite seem human - though of course they are - and have been privy to coincidences that almost make me believe in magic. Fantasy is sometimes just asking yourself, "Well, what if you are wrong? What if the world doesn't work the way you think? What would that mean?"
Only once I write "The End" do I get to go back and edit. I end up changing so much through my revisions that it does not make much sense to proceed otherwise.
Thomm is a writer. As such, he rather likes talking about writing and avoiding other writers. Thomm Quackenbush is the author of the Night's Dream series - We Shadows, Danse Macabre, and Artificial Gods - published by Double Dragon Publishing. He has previously written for Cave Drawing Ink, Broken City Magazine, Paragon Press, and The Journal of Cartoon Overanalyzations.