Friday, October 25, 2013

1 Word Interview with Misha Gericke and Celebrations!

As a newish feature on my blog, I'm hosting a series of guests for "1 Word" Interviews! My hope is to highlight authors and bloggers in super short interviews that will give you a taste of their awesomeness and make you long for more. Then you can follow the links I'll provide and get to know them better through their blogs and books.

Please welcome Misha Gericke, author and blogger!

1. What's your current favorite word?
2. In one word, what inspires you?
3. What's one word that describes your writing habits?
4. What's one word that you wish you could get rid of in your writing?
5. What's one word that describes your writing desk?
Unused. For writing, that is.
6. Share the best writing advice/tool/quote that helps you. (please limit to one sentence)
Allow yourself to write a sucky first draft.
7. What's your current project?
Well... This year it's not so much that I have one current project. I'm trying to finish five by next year, so I'm working on more than one: 
The sequel to my epic fantasy. 
A high concept urban fantasy
A western
A paranormal dystopian
And Time Travel. 
Seems like I cater to a wide audience.

It seems like you do, Misha!

If you haven't visited her blogs, I highly recommend them. Misha is encouraging, honest, and thoughtful.
Her first book, The Vanished Knight just came out, and she'll be back for a guest post in a few weeks for her book blog tour. Check it out:
Since the death of her parents, Callan Blair has been shunted from one foster family to another, her dangerous secret forcing the move each time. Her latest foster family quickly ships her off to an exclusive boarding school in the Cumbrian countryside. While her foster-brother James makes it his mission to get Callan expelled, a nearby ancient castle holds the secret doorway to another land...
When Callan is forced through the doorway, she finds herself in the magical continent of Tardith, where she’s shocked to learn her schoolmates Gawain and Darrion are respected soldiers in service to the king of Nordaine, one of Tardith's realms. More than that, the two are potential heirs to the Black Knight—Nordaine's crown prince.
But when the Black Knight fails to return from a mysterious trip, the realm teeters on the brink of war. Darrion and Gawain set out to find him, while Callan discovers there is more to her family history than she thought. The elves are claiming she is their princess.
Now with Darrion growing ever more antagonistic and her friendship with Gawain blossoming, Callan must decide whether to stay in Nordaine—where her secret grows ever more threatening—or go to the elves and uncover the truth about her family before war sets the realms afire.
M. Gerrick (AKA Misha Gericke) has basically created stories since before she could write. Many of those stories grew up with her and can be seen in her current projects.
She lives close to Cape Town, with a view over False Bay and Table Mountain.
If you’d like to contact her, feel free to mail her at warofsixcrowns(AT)gmail(DOT)com, Circle her on Google Plus or follow her on Twitter. If you'd like to see her writer-side (beware, it's pretty insane), please feel free to check out her blog
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble
All Romance Reads

I love to Celebrate the Small Things with Viklit and the Celebration crew, so here are my celebrations for the week:

1. Had a tiny, but great, Writers' Workshop on Tuesday night.
2. Emily Ann Benedict gifted me with a preview copy of her newest cozy Christmas novel, The Father Christmas Profession, and I read it in less than 24 hours - it was sweet and wonderful. I highly recommend it!
3. My niece's wedding is tomorrow, and I've got the ceremony ready and the speech written . . . although I might tweak it a bit more.

What are you celebrating this week?

Now, go visit Misha at her site and get to know her better!



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Eclectic - I dig that word!

Laura Clipson said...

Good luck at the wedding!

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Very nice celebrations. Have fun at the wedding. I love weddings. Enjoy the weekend.

Liz Blocker said...

I love the one-word interviews - great idea!!!

StratPlayerCJF said...

Great interview, Misha! Wonderful answers! I wish you tremendous success with "The Vanquished Knight"!!!!

And to save time and effort and help you focus, maybe you could just combine all those separate stories into one? A spy with the power of magic lives a dystopian future, but then travels back in time to the present to find the secret to overthrowing the evil lord of the realm, even before the lord is born! The spy meets up with a gritty elf maiden, who has been banished from her world, and now struggles as a singer in a punk band, living in a run-down inner-city urban wasteland. They soon find themselves on the run from the evil lord's minions, who have pursues the Spy back through time. the Spy and his elf-friend try to elude them by first traveling to the old west, and then to the late 1600's Caribbean and join the pirate raiders serving under the ruthless Red-Earred Jack. Eventually the minions find them and they flee again, this time to an ancient time of magic and knights, where they discover the powerful secret and soon launch an epic battle to save the entire future!

...or something like that?

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Unused - LOL! I know the feeling.

Maurice Mitchell said...

That is a wicked cover Mischa! Unused is a word used rarely. Thanks for hosting Tyrean.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Eclectic, I love that word. And five projects is just too too too much. Let me know how you will go about it.

Unknown said...

Great interview! Misha sure has a lot going on!

Annalisa Crawford said...

Agitation is a strange favourite word :-) I'm in awe of Misha's list of WIPs too!

Misha Gerrick said...

Hahaha Alex, I like it too. So... apt. :-P

Chris, you are a plot creating genius!

Hahaha Diane, I usually write on my bed.

Thanks Maurice!

Rachna, will do. :-)

Yeah Ashley. Just me dishing more and more onto my plate as I go along.

Annalisa I'm all for strange favorite words. Another favorite is maniacal. Oh and unwieldy. ;-)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Alex - me too!

Laura - Thank you!

Deanie - Thank you!

Liz - Thanks! Glad you love them!

Chris - love your idea for combining her WIPs. That was fun to read. :)

Diane - I know what you mean. :)

Maurice - I love her cover too!

Rachna - I would love to learn how she manages them all too.

Ashley - yes, she does.

Annalisa - me too. I have lots of ideas, but most of them are running at the same time. :)

Luanne G. Smith said...

I'm loving the one-word interviews. Tough to keep writers on a short leash like that. :P

And congrats to Misha. Wishing her the best with this novel. :))

Al Diaz said...

That best quote is something I have to keep in mind. Must. :D

Hi Tyrean!! Yeah, long time no dragon visits, right? But I'm here today to redeem myself and to ask you to drop by the dragon cave. There is a very special invitation with your name on it, for you are among my guests of honor. I do hope you honor me with your presence. :) Dragon Hugs!!

Laura S. said...

Cool idea for an interview! Misha seems very busy with all of her projects, wow! If her desk is unused, where does she write??

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

SK Anthony said...

Really cool, Misha! That sucky first draft is the key after all, love the advice ;)

Yay for a tiny great Writer's Workshop. And have fun at the wedding, you will do a wonderful job!

Misha Gerrick said...

Thanks L.G.!

On my bed, Laura, between five kittens. :-P

Thanks Katherine.

Suzanne Furness said...

A wedding is always cause for celebration. Congrats to Misha, fun interview.

Misha Gerrick said...

Thanks Suzanne. :-)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I won a $50 Paypal Giveaway this month! Whoo! Best of luck with the speech at your niece's wedding and Cool interview with Misha. Who knew such few words could say much in an interview.

M Pax said...

Have fun at the wedding!

I love seeing authors brimming with ideas. Go Misha!

Julie Flanders said...

Hope the wedding is wonderful, I'm sure it will be.

Misha is great and I love her answer for what inspires her. Love these little interviews.

Misha Gerrick said...

Congrats Sheena!

Thanks Mary. You'll probably end up reading most of them. :-P

Thanks Julie.

Anonymous said...

These one-word interviews are perfect for my attention span, Tyrean. =] Nicely done, Misha! Freedom to write a crappy first draft -- definitely something I've been working on for years.

Misha Gerrick said...

Thanks Milo! I also struggled to get the first draft freedom thing right. :-)

Heather R. Holden said...

"Everything" is easily the perfect answer to that inspiration question!

Looks like you have a lot of great things to celebrate this week! The Father Christmas Profession sounds like such a fun book...

VikLit said...

Hope the wedding went well!

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Everything is a source of inspiration? Words from a true writer :)

LD Masterson said...


Gwen Gardner said...

I love this new idea, Tyrean. Enjoyed Misha's answers, too. Congrats on your new release, Misha.

Hope your speech went well!