Twitterview Plus

Posted: October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Today, I had my first ‘Twitterview’ with Xchyler Publishing. Interview on Twitter with all answers were hence 140 characters or less. I’ve decided it’d be cool to record on this page. Whilst I’ll keep things as ‘raw’ as possible, I will also be extending some of my answers by way of later comments. For now, this is it!

While we’re here, most of you will already know this, but you can follow me on @RASmithPSL if you would like. And Xchyler Publishing are on @XchylerPublish .

Right – into transcript:

XP: Well @RASmithPSL, are you ready to get this started?

Me: Ready as I’ll ever be 🙂

XP: Tell us about yourself. Who is R.A. Smith?

Me: Russell’s my first name. Between day jobs, been writing about one thing or other since I was small. Avid gamer!

XP: And if I am right you are also an active LARPer too. I find it interesting your writing genre differs from the LARP you do.

Have you thought about writing a more knight’s in armor kind of story?

Me: VERY active LARP/LRPer at the moment! I enjoy a number of genres, Traditional epic fantasy may happen one day!

Yes, I’ve started a project which is some way away. The initial protagonist is a window cleaner!

XP: Window Cleaner… Interesting, can’t wait to see how you pull this one off.

Me: I’m going to love getting that one finished. Jet packs and a floating city all factor! #XP

XP: As of now, what genres are you representing?

Me: My two things ‘out there’ between now and the end of the year cover hi-tech crime and urban/paranormal fantasy.

XP: I know Oblivion Storm, the Urban/Paranormal Fantasy, will be released December 12th. Tell us about it.

Me: It’s the story of two women. The first is a Victorian urchin who finds herself heir to a mansion with a secret.

Iris ‘Tally’ Grenshall ends up on a mission to save London from a terrible evil.

In the present day, ‘Rose’ survives an Underground attack, dealing with memory loss and a monstrous undead menace.

I stuck a blurb on my blog page for a little more info: 

XP: Can you tell us how this marketing photo fits Oblivion Storm, how can people relate this to your book?

Me: Now, the ghost in the background would be Tally. She is pictured wearing a necklace, a quest item for Rose (front).

The necklace has great power over the dead, those who are ‘Unresting’. They come in many flavours. The knife? Spoiler 🙂

XP: If people wanted to stalk you, where could they find you besides here on twitter?

Me: I blog when I can here:  and have the #FB page: …

Does anyone have questions for @RASmithPSL?

 ‏@Ninfa76 @XchylerPublish#XP what was the inspiration behind your characters? 🙂

Me: Good question! ‘Rose’ was inspired by this ‘Piano Man’ news story some years ago. With added necromancy 🙂

Tally – I don’t know. She just turned up. Kara was my nod to the time I’ve spent in Manchester.

N: awesome 🙂 can’t wait to meet your heroines! 🙂

Me: I am equally proud of my villains 🙂

N: Ah, what’s a story without a hateful foe! 😉

Me: I prefer to think of them as ‘motivated’ 🙂 #XP

@darkenscorpio Where do you get your ideas for your books? Do you have a special place they come to you at?

Me: Awesome question. No special place really – on a bus, while I’m doing something else – anywhere really!

XP: As a writer, I think you have to learn to write anywhere.

Me: My trusty notebook, tasks app on my phone and Post-It notes have all been vital tools!

DS: Do you believe in ghost or do you just write about them?

Me: Not certain either way. But spend an hour in the cemeteries in Arnhem and I defy you not to look twice!

DS: I bet you spent a lot of time among the stones lol Do you like the creepy crawly spooks like Halloween tales?

Me: A one-armed guy told a story there. That’s where the ‘dead winds’ in OS come from. Seriously scary.

DS: Creepy but sounds fun as well. Hearing ghost tales is one of my favorite past times.

Great fun, this Twitterview thing. Hopefully won’t be my last! As I say, I will be adding further information by way of commentary later on.

  1. So, a bit more about what I’ve been writing about. My interests are pretty varied. In November, I have an anthology short within the Crime Net anthology, through Anachron Press . More on that can be seen here: I can tell you that it is a high-tech story of a quite literal identity theft. It’s my first published short and I hope people will enjoy it!

    It’s very different from December’s offering, my first complete novel release. As stated in the full blog, you can get a bit more of the blurb by checking my previous post on this site. I am also open to questions, for those who have them!

    The ‘Piano Man’ story I was talking about is here: I have definitely diverged from this over the years. I will happily do character spotlights in future blogs.

    Oh, and something I should probably clarify a little for readers. If you’re expecting a traditional ghost story, Oblivion Storm isn’t that. Expect monstrous living creatures, rampaging undead and several adventures involving all of the above. ‘Rose’ also has an array of talents which puts her out of simply ghost-whispering.

    Right, anyone got any more questions? 

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