Author Spotlight: Ian Thomas Healy

Ian Thomas Healy

About the Author:

authorpicArchmage Ian Thomas Healy is a prolific writer who dabbles in many different speculative genres. He’s a nine-time participant and winner of National Novel Writing Month where he’s tackled such diverse subjects as sentient alien farts, competitive forklift racing, a religion-powered rabbit-themed superhero, cyberpunk mercenaries, cowboy elves, and an unlikely combination of vampires with minor league hockey. He is also the creator of the Writing Better Action Through Cinematic Techniques workshop, which helps writers to improve their action scenes.

Ian also created the longest-running superhero webcomic done in LEGO, The Adventures of the S-Team, which ran from 2006-2012.

When not writing, which is rare, he enjoys watching hockey, reading comic books (and serious books, too), and living in the great state of Colorado, which he shares with his wife, children, house-pets, and approximately five million other people. Follow him on Twitter as @ianthealy and on Facebook as Author Ian Thomas Healy. Check out his exclusive publishing imprint, Local Hero Press. His ebooks can be found on Smashwords, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBook Store, and other online retailers, and print books can be ordered through Amazon, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, your local bookstore or directly from Local Hero Press.

Connect with Ian:
Amazon Profile Page | Local Hero Press | Write Better Action Blog


MF: Your forte seems to be speculative fiction. Was that a conscience decision on your part or did you just fall into it?
ITH: I’ve always loved the genres of speculative fiction when seeking entertainment, so when I began creating my own forms of entertainment, it was just a natural fit.

MF: If you had to choose just one of your books to survive for posterity, which would it be?
ITH: Really? That’s like asking me to pick my favorite child (and I have three). But I guess if I absolutely have to pick one, it would be JUST CAUSE, because that’s the introduction to the whole Just Cause Universe, and that’s where it all began.

MF: What motivated you to create Local Hero Press? Tell us a little about it.
ITH: I didn’t want to publish just under my own name, because in the future I may publish work from other authors (when I am able to pay them, of course). And to do that, I wanted to have a company name instead of just my own name. Hence, I created Local Hero Press. I’m not accepting submissions at this time, so my apologies to anyone who is scrambling to send me something!

MF: You created the Writing Better Action Through Cinematic Technique workshop. Tell us about the workshop.
ITH: I get a lot of compliments from readers about the excitement, pacing, and flow of my action scenes. I had several writer friends approach me to help with problems in their own action scenes, and it occurred to me that I had some useful, relevant information that I could pass along to anyone, not just writers I know personally. So I developed the blog, workshop, and book. I know of at least one instructor who is using it as a text in her collegiate writing course.

MF: You have a “day job.” How do you balance writing with your job and family responsibilities?
ITH: I don’t watch a lot of television, which really saves a lot of time. Also, I’ve set up my phone as a mobile writing studio. I’ve actually written most of three novels with my thumbs on the phone keyboard. My kids are old enough to help with things around the house like cooking and cleaning, and that saves a lot of time too. Mostly, though, when I sit down to write, I just write. I don’t write for five minutes and then check Facebook and Twitter, spend half an hour on Wikipedia for “research,” check Facebook again, etc. When I write, I write.

MF: You’ve referred to fan fiction as “piggybacking” on writers’ creations. (I agree) What influenced you to make that statement on your website?
ITH: I did that for clarification purposes. With Amazon’s recent announcement of Kindle Worlds, they are legitimizing fan fiction to a certain extent. To be clear, I’m not badmouthing fan fiction. I’ve written some myself. However, I’ve created some worlds (The Just Cause Universe, the Pariah of Verigo, etc.) where there is a lot of source material which another author could use as a basis for fan fiction. Yes, it would be flattering to have inspired someone that way. However, I needed to make my policy crystal clear on that.

MF: What do you read? What do you re-read?
ITH: I read a variety of things. Comic books, science fiction novels, short stories, westerns, pretty much anything that grabs hold of my attention and keeps it there. I tend to reread science fiction like the Lensmen series from E.E. “Doc” Smith, Santiago from Mike Resnick, and the Sector General series from James White. I also reread the Wild Cards series edited by George R.R. Martin.

MF: What is your favorite writing tip or quote?
ITH Don’t write to the market; write what you love, and if it’s written well, people will read it regardless of the market.

MF: Do you have any advice for other writers?
ITH: Don’t start your story before the story starts. Start it at the point when the main character’s world changes.

MF: If you could jump into a book, and live in that world … which would it be?
ITH: Can I be selfish and pick one of my own? I want to live in the Just Cause Universe.

DayoftheDestroyerEbookCover -A City In Darkness- -Four Lost Souls Seeking A Light- July 13, 1977 – The lives of four super-powered people become irrevocably intertwined when the lights go out in New York City, plunging their world into chaos. The superheroes of Just Cause, grown soft and complacent without any supervillains to challenge them, must overcome their personal demons as well as uphold the law in a lawless land of rioters, arson, and murder. Lurking in the darkness, like evil incarnate, is the one thing that could bring the world’s greatest superheroes to their knees: the force of anarchy and vengeance known as Destroyer.

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