Get to Know…Wade Garret

IMG_20121021_205528Meet steampunk/ dark fantasy author Wade Garret. Welcome, Wade!

Tell us about your book.

“The true test of Man, is to see if he can stand naked before himself without blinking. The same trial of existence for a God, however, even one created, is if when he blinks, will he change or the world…”

Putting aside the flash—races, technology, action, fantasy, landscapes and so on—the heart of Genesis centers on the challenges and tragedies of unwanted, yet unquestionable power and to some degree, the long and short cost of denying it.

Since it won’t be out till later this summer, here’s a blurb:

After a year of laborious solitude and a conflict brought to the doorstep of his father’s house, Jak, a Southlander of meek circumstance, will be forced to see the world as it is. Through abilities unnerving to any Areht, against enemies rising in every corner of the planet, he’ll eventually resolve his destiny to be one of five that change the world.

Such selfless transcendence isn’t easy, nor simply the heroic result of dark revelations shielded from him since childhood now exposed; rather, it’s because of what’s undeniable to friend and foe alike. Like all great forces collected at the tip of the spear, the truth of his purpose and the price of his existence will quickly become self-evident—paid evenly across the backs of those who find themselves on either side of his path.

In the end, many of his choices will be seen as a curse. The corruption of everything they believed in, but he alone will bear the burden—His is the only way through the darkest hour before the dawn.

Where did the idea come from?

 Genesis started out small. The idea, the original name escaping me just now, was for a video game. I love RPGs. I’d still be playing them today if I didn’t get motion-sickness from all the graphics. Tragic, I know. Anyway, that’s all I played. So, naturally, I wanted to write my own. I don’t exactly remember when it happened, roughly about the time I was really getting into Role Playing, comics—my passion for writing starting to keep me up at night—it became the start of my own world. And I’ve only just begun to explore it.

What’s the book’s opening line?

 The story is told by a nearly omniscient narrator. The opening line of the Foreword is his introduction:

     Zidarshan Zimran would be my name, if ever I should have one, and I am the teller of lost tales.

     Following that, apart from an intercepted message the reader is privy to, the actual story begins with a prologue set before events of Chapter One:

The title of the prologue is

Faces in Shadow and Shadows with Faces

And the first line reads

Mr. Black and his travel-beaten horse cleared the bluff’s wood line.

The prologue can be found at http://www.darkmediaonline.com/genesis-novel-excerpt/

What do you most enjoy about writing?

The rhythm that eventually comes from transforming a blank page into something I can only otherwise see when my eyes are closed. I say eventually, because the process isn’t always pretty. If it weren’t for the damn trees I could see the forest!

Please share a writing tip you’ve found helpful.

No one can tell you how to write your story. I’m not talking about grammar or tone or diction or w/e. This is beyond the semi-cosmetic foundation people get wrapped up in. Many writers, myself included when I began, try to write a character or scene or w/e the way a particular person said would be best. It’s often a shock after doing so when yet another person disagrees. Secondary appeasement follows. This opinion-to-opinion cycle can cause confusion and a hell of a lot of frustrations and anger. So, pick your Editors, Beta Readers and Advisors well. Make sure they’re on the same page as you. Make sure they’re knowledgeable. That you value their opinions, but not to the point you easily overlook your own when you’re right and can prove it—as I was one time forced to, though that’s a fun story for another day. It’s not their book, article, poem or w/e. It’s yours.

What’s the appeal of steampunk to you?

The fact it’s being refurbished with vigor is very intriguing to me and central to many of Steampunk’s deepest themes. I like how you can pick’n’choose what’s possible via the lens of a particular world’s technological achievement—branches not always in lockstep with ours.  Through such a unique framework, you can create a blend that doesn’t seem out of place. As an example: You can have a wireless computer being used by a gentleman dressed for dinner, aboard a transatlantic ship on its maiden-voyage to the Far East…and guess what, it’s OK. Why? The wireless computer doesn’t look like a MacBook; more like a clunky suitcase made from clock parts *perhaps bits of magic* and the battery, twice the size of the computer, has to be cranked by hand every time. With Steampunk, much of it revolves around visuals, setting, textures. It’s not Hard Science Fiction. You don’t necessarily need to explain every bit of technology and the fans are OK with it.

What’s your day job? How does it influence your writing?

Nothing really, except it forces me to better my skills so hopefully one day I won’t have to do it any more.

What’s your favorite book?

Dune! 

I see on your website you’re a comic book fan. What are you currently reading?

Before Watchmen, The Dark Tower series, The Manhattan Project, Saga, Spaceman and soon Marvel’s Infinity. Since traditional Superhero stories are spread over several books, I often wait till they’re finally bundled into a single graphic novel. Then I pick it up. Yes, I cheat. I’ll admit it though. I wish I had more time and money to blow at my local comic shop.

Who is your favorite fictional character? (Any medium)

That’s hard, but I’ll have to go with my first love: Batman! 

If you could have one super-power, what would it be and why?

Dodging the obvious choices everyone fancies at one time or another—the standard Superman-package. My true choice would be, without fault or failure, to see (all) past/present/future, at will. Every seamless eventuality. Why? “The first step in avoiding a trap, is knowing of its existence.”

What’s next for you?

While promoting myself and all things Genesis, I’m also working on the sequel, which is really going to shake things up. I also have a few short story projects I hope to shop around to Fantasy/Science
Fiction magazines for publication.

Where can people learn more about your work?

Wjgarret.blogspot.com. Wade Garret on Facebook. I’m active on Good Reads, BookTalk and hopefully sometime soon wggenesis.com will be up and running.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

Drinking habits while writing: Despite Guinness and Jameson being holy to me—St.Patricks Day obviously the greatest day of the year—I drink many Code Reds mixed with Five Hours and my wife, who is a nurse, hates it.