Wednesday, January 22, 2020

ENMU Graduate, Award-Winning Author Discusses 20 Years of Writing

Clues everywhere!

Last week, I received a request for an interview from my alma mater. They saw the blurb that went out about me in the alumni magazine.

RobRoy McCandless, who received a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from Eastern New Mexico University in 1996, has been a writer for over 20 years and published his fourth novel, "The Clockwork Detective," last spring.

The award-winning author, who was a 2015 EPIC eBook finalist and winner of the 2014 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Preditors & Editors Reader's Poll in urban fantasy, discusses how his time at ENMU prepared him for a lifetime of writing.

Why did you choose ENMU?

ENMU wasn't even on my radar, but they sent me a postcard that piqued my interest. I hadn't thought of a small university in a small town as the place for me, but the more I considered the class size, the professor-to-student ratio and the overall costs—even as an out-of-state student—the more sense it made. ENMU also had a reasonably diverse student body, which for a guy from suburban Utah was a powerful draw. When I found out that Dr. Jack Williamson, the "Dean of Science Fiction," had attended and sometimes still taught, I was sold!

Why did you attend (or not attend) a university?
Tell me in the comments below!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Something for Everyone—Hopefully!

"Necromancer" by vityso

As promised last week, here’s an update on all the projects that will hopefully release in 2020:

The Clockwork Detective audio book—For all those who have been asking for this, I’m working with the award-winning Joanna Teljuer to bring Constable Aubrey Hartmann to life.

Relics of Purgatory—Marrin fans get their very own standalone adventure in this post-COMPANY OF THE DAMNED tale with our favorite seven-foot tall Nordic drink of water.

Beneath a Fearful Moon—This free—yes, I said free—novella is a Constable of Aqualinne story, an adventure that takes Aubrey into the heart of greed and violence.

Unnamed Constable of Aqualinne novel—I’m several chapters in and the story is moving along at a good clip. I’m hoping to have it completed in the next few months, with a possible release late 2020.

Of course, every writer has more than a few irons in the fire. Some of these are certain. But some of these are only a better-than-average goal. All of these WILL happen, and I’m fingers-crossed that will be this year.

What are your goals for 2020?
Tell me in the comments below!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Clean Shirt, Clean Shoes

And I don't know where I am goin' to!

Stay tuned for some interesting news regarding the many and various projects coming out this year, and events that I’m going to be attending. 2020 is shaping up to be pretty spectacular.

Speaking of events, I’m super-duper excited by the purchase I just made from SteamEraProduction. Appropriately, they're located in the UK! I'll use this for steampunk/Victorian-themed conventions, readings, and whatnot (see picture). I’ve had my eye on this outfit for some time, and finally saved up to make the purchase. It’s on its way, and I’m pretty stoked. It fits right into THE CLOCKWORK DETECTIVE styling.

I’m still on the fence about a hat. Hats are part-and-parcel with the steampunk aesthetic. The problem is that I’ve never been a hat guy. Only in extreme camping cases, or when I have girlfriend/wife hair but have to run to the store will I even consider a hat.

Perhaps some round, wire-rim sunglasses will be acceptable?

What’s your favorite costume?
Past, present, or future?
Tell me on the comments below!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Not Today, Pal!

You can have my steampunk when you pry it from my cold dead hands!

Of course, once you’ve done that, you’re gonna wanna read it, and the next thing you know you’re buying your first pair of goggles to put on a bowler hat, and you’re wearing a pocketwatch/time machine.

So really, steampunk will never die.

That said, I did make this article, Year in Review: Steampunk in the News about the winnings and failings of the steampunk world:

The Clockwork Detective, the first book in the Constable of Aqualinne series by RA McCandless. The novel from Ellysian Press earned praise from pioneering steampunk author James P. Blaylock.

What Piece of Nostalgia Do You Keep Alive?
Tell Me in the Comments Below!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Aubrey Speaks Out!

It's pronounced "wrench" you cretin!

We've known each other for a while now and I think we both feel a deeper connection. I think we're ready to take this to the next level, and dive into how the metric system to works.

Or maybe I just update you on the latest and greatest for THE CLOCKWORK DETECTIVE:

Aubrey, and all her friends, frenemies, nemeses (plural of nemesis—I had to look it up), and flat out enemies will all soon have a voice. That voice comes in the form of the very talented and experienced Joanna Teljeur.

We’re still working out details, but as always, I’ll keep you updated on the what’s what and when’s when!

Welcome to the Roaring 2020s!

Whose voice do you hear when you read?
Tell me in the comments below!

Monday, January 6, 2020

Five Bucks!

Carefully numbered for your convenience!

Welcome to 2020, where all the technological advances Hollywood ever promised have finally been delivered.

You want a flying car?  We’ve got your flying car right here!

You want a wearable computer/phone that helps monitor your health? Tech on your wrist is ready to go!

You want to take a trip into space. Book your flights now!

In celebration of the Roaring 2020s, I’m cleaning out my stock of books to make room for more. Ok, ok. I’m not making room for more, I’m just trying to get what I have up off the floor and onto a shelf before my wife “cleans up”.

My loss is your gain!

On a first-come first-served basis, you can get one or two of my previous cover books for the low price of shipping alone! Five dollars gets you TEARS OF HEAVEN or HELL BECOMES HER or BOTH, signed with anything you want.

Shoot me an email here, let me know which covers you want (they've been numbered, but a description will work as well) and they'll be on their way!

My stocks are limited, and these are the last of their kind covers, so if you’ve been itching for a print version of the books, now is the time! Otherwise, you’ll be stuck with the awesome new covers that we released a few months ago!

Let me know which one, some of all of the covers you want, 
and we’ll make it happen!

Monday, December 30, 2019

Deborah J. Ross Review and Interview

Deborah J. Ross reviewed THE CLOCKWORK DETECTIVE and apparently liked it:

The last couple of years have brought a slew of wonderful steampunk adventures with resourceful, kick-ass heroines, and this one by McCandless is a worthy addition. Aubrey Hartmann is a veteran of recent war, having lost the lower part of one leg, and now works as a constable. Her prosthetic is a clockwork device that needs to be rewound regularly and isn’t a perfect fit but does keep her mobile, if in pain. As a result, she’s become addicted to laudanum (opium). Her current assignment involves investigating the murder of a druwyd (druid, local witch-doctor holy man) in a little town near the Fae-ruled Dark Wood. Here is where the world-building of The Clockwork Detective sharply deviates from the usual Victorian gears-and-whistles steampunk. Magic is not only real, it’s part of everyday life, and the human wars are overshadowed by the possibility of a terrible conflict with the Fae.

She then reached out to me for an interview:

Here I chat with the author about his inspiration, his future projects, and his advice for aspiring writers.

Deborah J. Ross: Tell us a little about yourself.  How did you come to be a writer?

R.A. McCandless: I came out writing, which was a weird delivery for the doctor. But really, I found myself telling stories early in grade school. We'd have assignments to write a complete sentence using a set of vocabulary words, and I'd get bored with that. Instead, I'd use the words to tell a short story. From there, it was only a short jaunt to writing my own stories.

Dragons are one of my chief inspirations. I've only included one once, in a short story. But any world where dragons can conceivably exist—please and thank you! That's almost any fantasy or science fiction story, which creates a broad palette for me to enjoy. From there, it's a hop, skip, and a wardrobe journey into another world that I'm fascinated to start exploring and sharing.

Thank you so much for the opportunity Deborah!