And now for something completely different…

 

A few years ago I met Richard White in person – we’d chatted before on our favorite forum. Absolute Write, but it was great to meet and chat at the Origins Game Fair and to eat sushi!

You might recognize his name from a variety of different projects – it’s likely you’ve already got some of his work on your bookshelf and you didn’t know it!

Now he’s launched a Kickstarter campaign and I think that if you’re looking for a faboo volume of short stories to read… you need to check this out! Kickstarter has been a great place to find great books and support independent authors – don’t pass up a chance to add this to your collection!

Q: Would you introduce yourself?

A: Hi, I’m Richard C. White, a science fiction/fantasy author and the sponsor of the For a Few Gold Pieces More Kickstarter that just launched. Along with my writing, I also serve on the Writer Beware committee for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Q: What is this project about?

A: For a Few Gold Pieces More is a collection of ten short stories I originally did for an e-publisher a few years ago. I recently got the rights to the stories back and decided I wanted to bring it out as both as an e-book and in print. I’ve taken folktales, fairy tales, and legends and given them a decidedly dark twist. The protagonist is not exactly a hero, but he’s not as hard and cynical as he like to think he is. Suffice to say he will do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Q: So, why are you trying to raise this money?

A: We’re raising money to pay for new art work, to get the book re-edited, and then the general formatting for publishing (cover and interior design), printing costs, shipping, fees, and other items.

Q: For those who might not know, what previous credits do you have?

A: I’ve written science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, action-adventure, and historical novellas and short stories for a number of smaller publishers.  I also wrote Terra Incognito: Building the Worlds of Your Imagination, which is a non-fiction book on world building for new authors and game designers. However, I’m probably more well-known from my work on various media tie-in projects such as The Incredible Hulk, Star Trek, Doctor Who, and I wrote the novelization of Gauntlet Dark Legacy, which was the best-selling title for my publisher that year.

Q: Who else is helping you on this project?

A: I was incredibly lucky to work with Shane Braithwaite. He’s an Australian artist who’s looking to break into American publishing as a cover artist. If you look at the attached work, I think you can see why.  Shane also did the cover art for my non-fiction book, Terra Incognito, which was also published by StarWarp Concepts (http://www.starwarpconcepts.com).

 

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You can find more of Shane’s work at his Deviant Art page: http://sbraithwaite.deviantart.com/

I’ll also be working with Steve Roman who’ll be re-editing my collection…

Q: Wait a minute; you said it had already been published. Why are you having it re-edited?

A: When the collection first began, it was simply a series of short stories. Jessica Robinson, my first editor, did a fantastic job with the individual stories. However, since I’m going to be going back and binding them all together in the same book, I figure it wouldn’t hurt to get fresh eyes on it and to check for any continuity errors I may have made over the two years I wrote these stories.  Also, Steve is a former editor-in-chief for a NY publisher as well as currently freelancing for several publishers like St. Martin’s, so he may spot some things we missed. I’ve worked with Steve before and trust his editing completely.

Q: All right, so what else should we know about this?

Well, if you’re a fan of dark fantasy, warped fairy tales and sarcastic protagonists, I think this collection will be right up your alley. The Kickstarter runs from the 9th of February until the 14th of March and we hope your readers will visit the site (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1631661890/for-a-few-gold-pieces-more) and spread the word to their friends.

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