#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : Fixpoint Vol 1: Overstrike – CM Angus @c_m_angus @elsewhenpress

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Today I’m on the ‘Fixpoint Vol 1: Overstrike’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

f4jOtaCW_400x400CM Angus author and writer of Speculative fiction, Sci-fi and Horror grew up in the North East of England and now lives in Yorkshire with his wife and children. He is interested in all things creative & technological.
Currently working on Fixpoint, a series of books with each piece tackling different aspects of discontinuities in time and is a Speculative Fiction spanning 4 generations of a family haunted by the prospect of an approaching alternate reality where their child has been erased from history.
Overstrike, Volume 1 of Fixpoint, will be published by Elsewhen Press in early 2020.

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Synopsis :

lrfs3EBQWhen Matt Howard’s grandfather told him he must alter history to protect his newborn son, Matt thought the old man was crazy…
…Then he realised it was true.
Overstrike spans 4 generations of a family haunted by the prospect of an approaching alternate reality where their child has been erased from history.
Touching on themes of retro-causality, ethics and free will, and exploring ideas of cause, effect and retribution, it follows the path of Matt Howard, whose child, Ethan, is at risk, as he, his father and grandfather attempt to use their own abilities to manipulate reality in order to discover and prevent whoever is threatening Ethan.
Overstrike is volume I of Fixpoint, a trilogy about a family who discover their inherited ability to manipulate reality. It enables them to effect changes in order to safeguard themselves and all that they hold dear. But even seemingly small changes in a timeline can have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. Follow the stories of the Howards, on a journey exploring reality, time and our own sense of self.

Purchase Links:
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Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
No problem – My pleasure!

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
My name’s CM Angus, author of Speculative Fiction, SciFi & Horror and I’m in my 40’s. Originally from the North east of England but for the last 20 years I’ve been living in Yorkshire.
I believe I decided to become an author on the 27th of December 2014 – if not, it was definitely one Saturday morning round then when I decided to become a writer while submerged in the bath – I think I’d just woken up and still had fragments of a dream in my head.
Having never written fiction before, I tried my hand at a number of short stories and had these accepted for publication. This was the boost I needed to carry on with Overstrike. Over the next 5 years I developed this and was finally picked up by Al and Pete at Elsewhere press.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Grown-up?!? You think I identify as a grown up… Only Joking…
Books I loved as a child and continue to love as a grown-up have got to include CS Lewis’s Narnia series and also Winnie the Pooh. In the former, some of the themes were very sophisticated but are still able to work with children. I love things like that that work no multiple levels and remember especially liking The Horse and his Boy.
The same can be said for AA Milne which still make me laugh now. I’ve tried to get my children into AA Milne but I think maybe, for them at least, the world has moved on. One author both my kids and I enjoy immensely is Michael Morpurgo and we’ve enjoyed both War Horse and Farm Boy together.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Wow, that’s hard. I’d probably say David J. Kowalski – Whose 2007 debut The Company of the dead I enjoyed a lot. The reason I’d pick David is that he’s a Obstetrician and I can imagine that he has to juggle a hectic work life with writing. That challenge resonates a lot, and as a result, I think picking has brains would be interesting.
Apart from David, I’ve always thought having a beer with Charles Bukowski would be super interesting and something else – I’d love to know whether he was a gritty as he appeared on the page.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I know exactly which Overstrike Characters I’d have tea with, but it would be a spoiler if I told you who they were. Suffice to say they each have a rather good taste in tea and coffee respectively. This is a passion of mine, as you might have guessed, and Jamaica Blue Mountain is a particular favourite.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Kind of, I tend to think a lot about what I want to write before writing it. And quite often this is at a subconscious level – either in the bath or whilst driving. Then it’s a case of making a few notes at the earliest opportunity that I’ll pull into writing when I get a chance to have an hour or two. This means I have a growing colony of notepads which every so often I try to make sense of. Then there’s the background to what I write about. In a lot of cases this is reasonably complex and needs working out to be consistent – I probably spend 60% of time in research, 10% in writing and 30% in editing. And then there’s Coffee…
I’ve got to have coffee. Recently I just treated myself to a Nespresso machine, and it blew me away – I recommended these 100% – I did have concerns about the ability to recycle the capsules that it takes, until I found that Starbucks have a programme that take all capsules – Big respect! I seem to get engrossed in what I’m doing while the coffee sits there going cold. Then I pop it in the microwave, take a sip and typically let it go cold again. But weirdly if I were without it, it would be like losing a limb.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Ideas come from anywhere and everywhere. The day we stop questioning in the world, is the day that we die. Ideas might be triggered by a mishearing or a radio show or simply letting my mind wander. Being someone who almost never gets bored, I relish the opportunity to explore the peace that pure-thought can generate, but as for where, probably soaking in the bath-tub, stuck in traffic or even doing the washing up.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’d say definitely a plotter who sketches out the end to end before ever starting.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
OK – in no particular order – Ten points:
1) Do set realistic goals and realise these are likely to be almost glacial in timeline. When I set out to write Overstrike I realised that I didn’t have that much time between other commitments, therefore I did a “back of an envelope calculation” that even to get to a first draft would take about 2 years.
When it feels like you’re getting nowhere – refer back to this.
2) Do your damnedest to be stubborn – don’t give up. You are an unknown and learning your craft.
3) Do write for, and be true to, yourself – no-one else.
4) Do research into what the differences between traditional and self publishing mean to you. for instance if you want to be in a high-street bookstore. Self-publishing is a barrier to this.
5) Do get your name out with a few short stories. Having one accepted is food of the soul.
6) Do your best to avoid distractions when writing, use something that only has words on, even if this looks like something out of the 80’s.
7) Do make technology work for you. Use the cloud. Always have your work in progress in your pocket so that you can add even just ten words when you think of them. This might be while you wait in a foyer for between taking kids to numbers activities, but make it possible that you can move your WIP on even just a little bit. Eventually these grains of sand will make a mountain.
8) Do try to multi-task and use your dead time. mail your draft to your kindle and have the device read it to you while you’re stuck in traffic. Listen back to your work to force yourself to use a different part of your brain.
9) Don’t be tempted to take short-cuts. There is no standard format for submissions to publishers. It will feel like every submission is starting again.
10) Do join Twitter a lot, lot earlier than I did – The WritingCommunity can genuinely be very supportive.

What are your future plans as an author?
Writing-wise I have 2 projects on the go:
• First is a charity anthology I’m organising with a working title of “Darkness” to support and raise awareness for men’s mental health. I’ve assembled a team of published authors known as the Sons of Twisted Fate and they’re kindly offering their services for free. This is looking to come out in October 2020.
• Second is Chimera & Origins: Volumes 2 & 3 in the Fixpoint trilogy. This continues where Overstrike leaves off but where Overstrike explores themes of ethics, morals, society and free-will, Chimera (vol II), amongst other things, explores gender, identity and self. Origins (Vol III) concludes the saga and tackles spirituality, magic, self-actualization & transcendence.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Absolutely – I’d love to.
Just for fun – I’ve pulled out a set of quotes or soundbites which you could think of as a virtual trailer in the style of a movie commercial – your readers will have to prove a cool sountrack…

When Matt Howard’s grandfather told him he must alter history to protect his newborn son, Matt thought the old man was crazy…
The he realised it was true…

The myriad of different voices all clamoured in his head.
If the definition of a man is the sum of his experiences, then who was he?

Focusing on the Georgian building, he felt himself being fast-forwarded to its interior. And then, once again, he heard it. The pair of eyes were there in the darkness, but this time he saw what they belonged to.
It was human, but not human.
In his dream-state, he could not recognise its form, but he knew it of old. It was the oppressor, it was the whip hand, it was the personification of evil.
But worse, its eyes were his eyes.
It was him.

If she could choose the moment to die, to finally go, there would undoubtedly be worse moments than here and now. Her son in her arms, with a mutual love, deeper and more complete than she could have ever thought possible.

“You’ve sacrificed a whole generation on the altar of your vanity and built a church where hope has died.”

I’m hoping, while not making a lot of sense, these may whet your readers’ appetites. 🙂

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, CM Angus.

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      1. I rarely blog on Dutch, but if you’ve seen it, you may not be surprised it’s my native tongue. Half my bookshelves are filled with foreign literature; and of I can read the language, I prefer the original one.

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