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Author Interview: Geoff Genge

I’m Geoff Genge and I live in the mystic Far East of Canada on the legendary Island of Anne. I accidently stumbled into writing a truly fantastic series of novels with my wife and it has become an obsession. I’m a big fan of big ideas, small joys, and all the things that connect them in this rich human experience. Fascinated by the past, concerned about the future.

Interview

Use three to five words to describe yourself.

Ostrobogulous, ambitious, and passionate.

Can you give us a little background on your debut?

I write a novel series set in 1907, with my wife, which follows the secret life of Charles Fort, the world’s first paranormal investigator as he travels the world trying to uncover the truth of paranormal phenomena and exposing a conspiracy as old as time itself.  It is an adventurous historical fiction series with a mix of the X-files, Indiana Jones, and Tales of the Golden Monkey.
We are planning on publishing the third installment early next year. 

Can you give us any insight into your planning and writing process?

I spent a lot of my life quite interested in the paranormal and the fortean. Now, I take the most obscure aspects of paranormal history and weave them into a mysterious puzzle that only I can solve. To do this, I spend a lot of time living in the world of Terra Obscura and working out every detail in my mind and making notes. Whence I’ve a coherent road map, I start writing for real. I don’t think that my process will ever help anyone else, but I love it!

Silence or music or other when writing/editing?

Usually instrumental music but sometimes I’m better off with silence for writing.

You can erase one book or series from your mind entirely so that you can read it again for the first time, which do you erase?

The Lord of the Rings, I think. It was the perfect book for me at the perfect time when I read it. But, maybe I should leave well-enough alone…

Who are some of your favourite authors/books?

Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Robert A. Heinlein, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells.

Who are your favourite book characters?

Tom Strong, The Question, Green Arrow, John Carter, Conan, and oh so many more!

Do you have any favourite magic systems?

No, I hate magic in books actually.

You can bring one world from a book or series to life and live there, which world do you choose

New York from the Marvel comics of the 1980’s. That place had it going on!

What book or series would you love to see on the big screen?

My own! I have dreamed since the very beginning inklings of this series of seeing The Terra Obscura Chronicles on the screen and originally wrote it as a script for a TV series.

You can collaborate with one other author, who do you choose?

I think I better stick with my current writing partner, my wife.

Have any cultures/civilisations inspired your writing?

Definitely! My current novel is set in Egypt, where I was lucky enough to spend some time in back in the 90’s and still absolutely find their culture, environment, and history amazing.

What is your favourite mythical creature?

I guess probably the giants of yore, but I’m not sure if they are mythical or not.

What is your favourite mythical race?

The Smurfs, and their perfect society.

You can have one superpower, what is it?

Master of Magnetism, Magneto-style.

You have the ability to morph into any real creature. Which creature do you choose?

A bald eagle with no commitments and a profound wanderlust.

You can go back in time and live a different period of history, when do you choose?

The megalithic era between the last two ice ages, but I’d like to bring some penicillin, a rifle, and my trusty zeppelin so I can visit a few different places while I’m there.

You can meet any five people in the world, who would you choose?

Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, David Suzuki, Lue Elizondo, and Chris Carter.

Would you rather…

  • ride a dragon or fly a spaceship?
    • Spaceship all the way!
  • have the ability to fly or be indestructible?
    • Indestructible, and then I’ll try hand-gliding and flying suits!
  • be an elf or an orc?
    • Elf. C’mon?!
  • have the ability to travel to mythical worlds, from your favourite books, or the ability to travel faster than light and visit planets and solar systems in this universe?
    • The mythical worlds from my favourite books.
  • face one orc or three goblins in battle?
    • Probably the goblins. I think my chances are better.
  • be an expert swordsman or archer?
    • Always the archer.
  • be able to wield elemental magic or raise and control the dead?
    • Wielding magic it would be. Dead stuff stinks.
  • live in a city under the ocean or one floating in the clouds?
    • Cloud city, in the sunlight.
  • be able to see the past or see the future?
    • The Future.

Thank you for taking the time, we really appreciate it.