Great Summer Reads Countdown with @lovingthebook
Day 9 – Temple Omnibus by Ren Garcia
2. What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?[Ren Garcia] Trying to stay original. I try to cover new ground with every book. After 12 epic books, finding new ground gets tough.
3. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?[Ren Garcia] I’ve always wanted to see the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park in Montana. It was featured at the beginning of “The Shining”, and I’ve always wanted to see it for myself, riding in the old-timey red buses chugging down the road. We were going to go this year, but the Bug happened. Maybe next year.
4. Where do you get information and ideas for your books?[Ren Garcia] Just comes out of my head. The advantage of writing a totally fictional universe is I get to make the rules, and I don’t have to do much research.
5. Tell us a bit about a future project you are working on? Do you have any little sneak peeks you can share? [Ren Garcia] I’m working on finishing the Shadow tech Goddess series, and a few more that are early in the works. I’m also dabbling with a semi-fictional recounting of an old family story told deep in Texas—the old country. Such a story will get me ex-communicated from the family, but that’s ok.
6. Now that we’ve gotten to know each other, tell us a story of a favorite childhood activity you used to do during the summer. It can be long or short. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it’s yours. Tell us a story?[Ren Garcia] We were some of the original D&D gamers. The game, using nothing but pencil, paper and dice, told orally, was a mystery to our folks. It was a mystery to a lot of folks. We were forbidden to play it. The game would send our souls to Hell, they said. We should spend our time better, playing Lawn Jarts, or fiddling with the old Hit/Miss motor that took my cousin’s hand during a mishap. We played in hidden places, in old campers, in a drainage junction when it was dry and often deep in the woods where nobody could hear or see us. Eventually we grew up and went to college. Eventually, I wrote a bunch of books, all laced with the hidden days of hot summers playing D&D.