Saturday, September 27, 2014

Flashpoint Interview: Patrick M. Charron

Today, Patrick M. Charron drops by the blog to answer our questions. Patrick's story in Flashpoint is "Battle Scars," an epic fantasy tale.

Patrick says this is "all you need to know about me."
Third Person Press: Where did you grow up? 
Patrick M. Charron:  In a small village outside of Windsor Ontario, named McGregor. I grew up on the outskirts of the small community; it was a rural environment with a forest on one side, a 50 acre wheat farm on the other, and a cattle pasture across the street. There wasn't a lot of inspiration in the area, aside from the landscape. Our games as children were rather limited, mostly involving the agitation of said cattle. Though I have since tried to replicate the sheer terror of having an entire herd of cattle charging headlong at an 8 year old fat kid, thus far, I haven't been able to reproduce the feeling.

TPP: Who were your three favorite writers when you were young? Who are three favorites now?
PMC: As I noted previously, our play was somewhat limited as a child, and as an adolescent I spent a great deal of time playing baseball. I spent very little time reading; the only pleasure reading I enjoyed were biographies of famous baseball players. It wasn't until I was nearly twenty that I began to read for pleasure, finding the sci-fi and fantasy genres for the first time. My current favourite authors, if I have to limit it to three, would be R.A Salvatore, Brandon Sanderson, and J.K. Rowling. If I'm allowed to extend it a bit, I'm also partial to J.R.R Tolkien, Stephen King, Robert Jordan, and a writer by the name of Sherry Ramsey - you should definitely check her out.
(Editors' note--haha, Patrick, we see what you did there!)
TPP: What are you most likely to be doing when you're not writing? 
PMC: I am not a terribly interesting person, as I spend most of my time working my day job as an accountant with the Provincial Government and my night job as a supervisor at the local Marion Bridge grocery store. My free time is spent enjoying time with my family. I do however enjoy gaming and we go to Hal-Con as a family every year.

TPP: Do you have any writing habits or rituals? 
PMC: I typically write late at night, in short bursts. I do envision, at some point in the future, spending time on the deck or by the pool, writing while the gentle breeze moves among the trees, with a hot cup of coffee within easy reach.
TPP: What's your favorite beverage while writing? While not writing?
PMC: On both counts, coffee. Morning, noon and night, writing, working, or relaxing. Coffee. Can't live without the Caffeine.
TPP: If you were a superhero, what would your name and power/ability be? Or would you be a supervillain instead?
PMC:  As much as I would love to be a super villain, I just don't have the mean streak necessary. And as much as I love Super-hero stories, I've never really considered being a super-hero myself.  I've always seen myself as part of the supporting cast, the guy that makes sure the guns are loaded and the plane is all fueled up.

TPP: What are you working on now? What's your next writing project?
PMC:  I'm working on a fantasy novel (shocking, I know) with a wayward dwarf who forms an allegiance with a venerable elf warrior, a disgraced military captain and hungry for adventurous Halfling cook. They endure prisons, portals and persons of ill-repute in an effort to imprison an ancient demon the dwarf was fool enough to release.

TPP: Is there a question you've always wanted to answer as a writer? Pose it and then write your answer. :)
Q: What is the one thing you worry about most when writing?
PMC:  That my characters will refuse to behave as I want them to, will run wild and dominate my story in ways I can't foresee.
Thanks, Patrick!
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