April 26, 2012

TC Blue Interview #Outlantacon #Scifi

The Second Door. 
TC, Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! What made you decide to become an Outlantacon guest?
The wonderful Lee Martindale was kind enough to tell me about Outlantacon at a different convention last year. Once I knew about it, I couldn't imagine NOT being there. Being a guest only has me looking forward to it that much more.
How did you hear about Outlantacon?
Ooops, think I already answered that!
What panel are you looking forward to the most?
Good God, there are so many, and on so many topics, I honestly can't choose! I MAY have committed myself to more than I think. It's that whole 'eyes bigger than my stomach' thing.
Do you play role playing games? Which ones?
I used to, but haven't in the last few years. When I did, most of the RPGs I involved myself with revolved around vampires, were-beasties, and a broad assortment of other supernatural beings. I know, I know… that could be just about ANY RPG, right? I'm sly like that.
What new project are you working on now?
I'm currently in final edits on the last book in my Fruit Basket series with Torquere Press. I'm all working on the final draft of a book in a different series, also for TQP. I have a futuristic thing I'm working on in fits and starts, as well as an urban-fantasyish story that's also not getting my full attention. Yep, I do tend to multi-task.
How do you come up with ideas?
To be honest, I have no clue. It's like walking, really. I mean, I get up and I just do it, right? If pressed, I could possibly give some half-arsed explanation of 'one foot in front of the other and these muscles do this, and these bones react by moving in this fashion, and there are ligaments and such involved', but that doesn't mean I actually understand it.
Ideas are lovely, in that they tend to simply appear. Sometimes more fully formed than others, but still. And they could come from ANYWHERE!
What is the most important thing you do for your career?
I just keep writing and do my best to keep my relationships with my publishers friendly but professional. Above all, I keep writing. There is no writing career otherwise, right?
What do you enjoy most about life?
That's difficult to say, really. Today I love the solitude to get things done, but tomorrow I might love being in the middle of a crowd and screaming at the top of my lungs for a favorite team. I suppose my favorite thing is having the freedom to do what I do, and having friends and family who love and support me.
How do you balance life with deadlines and work?
A Game of Hearts
Balance? What's that?
What is the craziest thing you did as a kid?
I can't get too specific here (pretty sure the statute of limitations has run out, but there's no such thing as being too careful in some situations). I will say it involved an orange traffic cone, a welding mask, a poodle, and spaghetti. Let's just leave it at that.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Honestly? "Don't do that where other people can see you!" (And no, I'm NOT going to elaborate. That would be bad. :P)
Do you think keeping secrets is good or bad?
I think it depends on the secret and whether it's mine or someone else's.
List two authors we would find you reading.
Charles DeLint and Robert Heinlein.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Don't Do This At Home!
How do you respond to negative people?
Generally, I don't.
What's the best way to say no?
No. Short, simple, and leaves very little room for misunderstanding.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Somewhere warm but not too hot year round, with a beach close by. Of course, all my close friends would need to live there too.
What song would best describe your life?
'I Want to Live' by This Mortal Coil. Thank God you didn't ask me why! J
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Probably whatever they didn't want to do themselves!
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Assorted bits and pieces of this and that. I'm a bit of a contradiction, to be honest.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Leaving at the end of the day. J
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
How about a story telling how a significant other ran off with a pet, leaving me with neither? Not that I have a story like that, but if I did, it would be funny. Or sad. Probably funny, though. *hee*
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Swim at own risk.
What's the difference between a duck?
One of its feet is both the same. *nods* Swear!

Please fill in the blanks

I love pizza with spinach, broccoli, and artichokes. And no cheese, cuz I'm weird.
I'm always ready for trouble. In fact, I look forward to it the way some people look forward to birthdays.
When I'm alone, I read, write, and dream (sometimes all at once).
You'd never be able to tell, but I plan to someday take over the world with my trusty sidekick Pinky. *mwahahahaha*           
If I had a halo it would be rusty and resemble a heavily battered and abused pie tin.
If I could play guitar I'd be a rock star… or at least one of those people who THINKS they are and makes all their friends come see them play crappy shows at dive bars where it's possible to catch diseases just by walking through the door. I'm just that good.

Upcoming Projects

I always have five or six irons in the fire, so… as I said above, the next (and final) Fruit Basket book, Concord Grape: Unexpected, will be out mid-May.
I'm toying with starting a new series, though I'm not sure which publisher it'll be for, and I'm hoping to finish the futuristic sorta thing, as well as the urban fantasyish one.
Many other things in various stages, so… define 'upcoming' for me? Heh-heh.

The Public Can Find Me Here

Website: http:tcblue.wordpress.com


  1. Is there a particular panel you're looking forward to most at Outlantacon?

  2. I can attest that the only thing better than reading T.C. is hanging out with her! I expect to be left completely envious of how many people line up her table while I wink and try to get people over to mine. lol

  3. Heyla, and sorry for just getting here. I was doing this crazy thing called sleeping, after an equally crazy night! (Though I suppose that doesn't sound all that crazy, does it? The sleeping part, not the other. *ponders*)

    In any case, here I am, and there are already comments! Yay! :)

    @ goliaduprising -- Honestly, there are so many panels, I'm a little overwhelmed, but if pressed? I'd have to say I'm most looking forward to the Torchwood panel (I do love me some Captain Jack Harkness), and the 'fan fic to published' panel. And the Joss Whedon panel, and the Warehouse 13 one, and the one about gay characters on TV and... well, you get the idea. LOL I'm also anxious to see some of (most of) the visual media things -- movies and vids and such. I have a sneaking suspicion there won't be much of that crazy sleeping thing in my Outlantacon experience, so I guess I'd better stock up now, while I can! LOL

    Thanks for asking and I'll see you there, I hope! :)

  4. @ Kage Alan -- You, sir, are a nut-ball. :D

    Actually, I can't wait to ply you with appletinis and see what sort of crazy comes out of your mouth. That's sure to have FAR more people waiting to experience a single moment at YOUR table than could ever be interested in my little stories. (Because you're even funnier when drunk... and your books kick serious ass!)

    No winking! Save the big guns for when you truly need them. *hee*

  5. @goliaduprising - Paul, good to see you. I'm wondering how many panels I can get Tis to come and be on with me, that's my question!

    @Kage - we get tables? OMG. I want to sit at yours! ^_^

    Tis - we were on a panel together at DragonCon many moons ago, and as I recall, it was your first time. Will be interested to see if you are still as fun and loony, or if you've matured. No... wait. I've read this interview. Never mind. Forget I even suggested such a thing. LOL

  6. @ Kayelle -- Kage and I are sharing a table. It's sure to be dull, dry and boring. *snorts*

    I remember that very first panel. Wasn't it at some insane time on a Saturday night or something? *hee*

    Oh, I've totally matured since then. Into what, I can't say. (Literally. I think I'm prohibited by law from saying what I've matured into, in any public forum. Wouldn't want to scare people, after all. Or not much. Yet. :P)

  7. I love the line of questioning. Such great answers too. It's always nice to actually get to know an author on a more personal level.

  8. Miranda, it's fun, isn't it? I've been allowed a rare treat, moderating this blog. I get to meet so many wonderful people. Thank you for stopping by.

  9. TC, You+Kage=NOT/Boring. ^_^ It's not officially boolean, but it works. (google it)lol

    I think it was. Supposed to be because it was adult content. Which, when you think about it, is kind of funny. It assumes we are going to be adult about the adult content. Non sequitor. Does not compute...


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