A badass interview

Here is an interview between myself and MP Ness, where we interview each other, as per the BadassAuthors interview style.

In it, we discuss our novels, our influences, and what makes us awesome. We left out the part where we talk football, because I am a Jets fan and he is a Seahawks fan…it’s not fair.

JukePop Gets a Donation Option

Hey, this is an article I wrote for The Online Novel, a great resource if you are into web fiction, especially serials. This article is about JukePop Serials (which of course, hosts The Watchmage of Old New York) and there continued commitment to making sure that writers are compensated for their work. You can find the article here

Below is an excerpt:

On October 15th, JukePop Serials issued a press release announcing the addition of a donation option for their hosted serials. This means that now authors can solicit donations from their readers. Each serial will have a donation button, along with a personalized message from the author. The minimum donation in one dollar, and goes into an Amazon account for the author, minus a small hosting fee for JukePop.

JukePop Serials, which recently celebrated its one year anniversary, has taken a progressive stance regarding author compensation from the beginning. Unlike many sites, Jukepop pays its writers upon story acceptance, and offers additional monetary incentives for story popularity.

Press Release for “The Watchmage of Old New York”

Like the one I wrote for Song of Simon, here is the one for “Watchmage.”

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Press Release Announcement: The Watchmage of Old New York

Contact: C.A. Sanders, casanders77@gmail.com  www.casanders.net

 

New York Author C.A. Sanders Brings 19th Century Manhattan to Life With Steampunk Fantasy The Watchmage of Old New York

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New York native C.A. Sanders brings his city’s history to life–with a healthy dose of fantasy—in his award-winning serial, The Watchmage of Old New York.  Set in 1855, “Watchmage” follows Nathaniel Hood, a one hundred and fifty year old wizard, who is the appointed guardian and law enforcement of New York’s magical community.  This community involves fairy tale creatures—called “Dwellers”—and mortals dabbling in the mystical arts.

When a wealthy family’s infant goes missing without a trace, Nathaniel suspects magical involvement.  His quest for answers leads him deep into New York’s magical underworld, where even a powerful wizard will find far more than he is looking for.

Later story arcs involve Dweller terrorism, a magic-smuggling operation, and a vicious killer that targets Dwellers.  Sanders plans many more story arcs, and novels that expand on each story.

“The 1850s was a rough time for New York,” says Sanders.  “The Irish Potato Famine led to a massive influx of immigrants unlike anything that the city had ever seen.  Violence and poverty were a fact of life in some areas, like Five Points (currently Chinatown) and Corlear’s Hook (currently the Lower East Side).  Meanwhile, the city’s upper class lived a life of obscene opulence.  There were major gains in the arts, with The Hudson River School of painting, and such writers as Edgar Allen Poe, Herman Melville, and Walt Whitman.  I do my best to explore all of that, in addition to the mythology that comes with these magical creatures.

“The concept of “Watchmage” is that the immigrants brought their hopes and dreams over the ocean, including creatures of dream: Elves, Goblins, Trolls, and the like.  Some came willingly, others were dragged against their will.  Either way, they are here and it’s up the Watchmage to guide them in this New World.”

The Watchmage of Old New York is hosted at www.jukepopserials.com, where it is consistently one of the most popular serials.

About the Author

C.A. Sanders is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction. In addition to The Watchmage of Old New York, His debut novel, Song of Simon, is available from www.Damnationbooks.com and  www.Amazon.com He formerly covered music for such sites as Relix, Examiner.com, and Suite101.com.

C.A. has a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from SUNY New Paltz, and a Master’s degree from the City University of New York.  Born in the Bronx during the dark decade of the 1970s, he currently lives in the New York suburbs.  He remains confident that this is the year the NY Jets win the Super Bowl…he says this every year.

Visit his website www.casanders.net

 

 

Press Release for “Song of Simon”

 

I thought that would put my press release up here.  I’m going to make a new page for Press and put it up there as well.  Feel free to leave feedback.  Any bloggers that would like to do an interview or review, let me know.  I’m pretty flexible, and will plug the hell out of it.

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Press Release Announcement: Song of Simon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: C.A. Sanders, casanders77@gmail.com  www.casanders.net

Debut Author C.A. Sanders Explores the Callous Use of Violence in Fantasy With Song of Simon

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Debut speculative fiction author C.A. releases his first novel, Song of Simon, a fantasy coming-of-age with a concept rarely seen in the genre.

In Song of Simon, Sanders examines the way that violence is used in fantasy, and the psychological trauma of such so often ignored in the genre.

“I am annoyed at the way authors gorge themselves on gory, splatter-house battles.  That’s all well and good, but what about the aftermath?  What about the shattered minds and souls left behind?  To counter this, I took a soft, American boy and plunged him neck deep in violence to see what comes out on the other side.”

Song of Simon is a Dark Fantasy about a suburban teenager, Simon Kale, who travels to a bloodsoaked, mysterious land, when God has been imprisoned by the priesthood.  He falls in with a renegade priestess, Ilyana, who believes herself the Messiah and Simon the key to her victory.  Through brutal encounters, death, despair, and many mistakes, Simon grows to be a man.  Will he be the hero that Ilyana believes him to be, or will he succumb to the shadows of despair that surround him?

“I worked for many years as a Special Ed teacher, dealing with children and adults that have suffered horrible abuse.  I understand the trauma that violence can cause to both a young mind and an old.  I only hope that I do it justice in Song of Simon.

About the Author

C.A. Sanders is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction. In addition to Song of Simon, he writes a popular and award winning online serial, The Watchmage of Old New York, hosted at JukepopSerials.com. He formerly covered music for such sites as Relix, Examiner.com, and Suite101.com.

C.A. has a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from SUNY New Paltz, and a Master’s degree from the City University of New York.  Born in the Bronx during the dark decade of the 1970s, he currently lives in the New York suburbs.  He remains confident that this is the year the NY Jets win the Super Bowl…he says this every year.

Visit his website www.casanders.net

Buy Song of Simon at your favorite e-book store, LSI, Amazon, FictionWise, Borders, Kindle, available in digital, ebook and paperback.  Also available from Damnation Books

Wait…Now Song of Simon is really here!!

Great news! Song of Simon is good to go! You can buy it as an PDF, ePub, MS REader, MOBI Pocket, or Palm at Damnation Books http://www.damnationbooks.com/book.php?isbn=9781629290430

Or you can buy it for your Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Song-of-Simon-ebook/dp/B00FE01BUY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1380049904&sr=1-1&keywords=song+of+simon+c.a.+sanders

Print versions are soon to come, but as it is a small press (not as small as many) they will be pricey. I will autograph any print version though. to paraphrase Neil Gaiman, make every piece of art unique.

I am so excited that I might burst…and the Jets won this week too!  What a great last few days!!