So my computer started a conversation with me…


Time for another author interview! This time the author is yours truly, and the occasion the inclusion of my story “NANO NATION” in the debut Theme-Thology anthology INVASION.

This anthology project is a G+ coalition led by “Adjacent Fields” author Charles Barouch. Working as part of a writing coalition has been a surprisingly rewarding exercise in creative collaboration. The 15 stories in this e-book cover a diversity of writing styles and theme interpretations, and the quality of writing is spectacular.

Check out the G+ community, it’s open to everybody – writer, reader, or otherwise: Theme-Thology Community on G+.

For the interview questions, I hopped over to Conversation Starters and grabbed the first 10 queries which popped up. Here’s the resulting interview between my computer, (MC) and myself, (CM):

MC: If you found a $100 what would you do?

CM: I believe you mean, “If you found a $100 bill, what would you do?” But you’re probably just nervous about interviewing a Theme-Thology author, so I’ll let it slide. Anyway, I would get 33 copies of Theme-Thology: INVASION, give them to key members of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and keep $1.33 for myself. Maybe put it in my savings, but probably not.

MC: Who is the most famous person you have met?

CM: When I was in grade school I met a YA author, I forget her name now. But I think she was at least locally famous. I asked her for her autograph, and she was quite rude in her refusal. Soon I’ll be an accomplished author, having gotten my start in the Theme-Thology anthologies. And when she comes asking for my autograph, I will simply laugh.

OK I just now tried to find her name online. It’s hard to find a name when you don’t have… the name. Ah well, she probably died long ago of an over-inflated ego, poor thing.

MC: What is a short/long term goal of yours?

CM: My short term goals are pretty much the same as my long term goals. I hope to continue to contribute to the Theme-Thology anthologies, and to publish my own full-length novels. I’ll be participating in my fourth National Novel Writing Month this November, and submitting one of my novels to an indie publisher this fall.

MC: If you could choose your last meal, what would it be?

CM: A cocktail of nano-bots, of course. The ‘bots would save me.

MC: What was your favorite subject in school?

CM: In high school, I took a vocabulary class. One day the teacher had an altercation with one of the students. The student slammed her textbooks to the floor and stormed out of the room. Turns out it was a set-up. The teacher explained the set-up and questioned the class about what they had witnessed. An interesting experiment, especially considering it was a vocabulary class. Surely this had something to do with my development as a writer, though I’m not sure what.

MC: Do you play any sports?

CM: Er… I’m an apopudobalia pro, and a novice at eschaton.

MC: What is the best thing that happened to you this week?

CM: Begrudgingly, I would have to say an allergy attack. Allergy season is upon me. Country living + nano-particulates + me = an explosion of sneezing, swelling, and itching. I look forward to the ‘bots. They’ll cure me.

Oh, you said “best”? Sorry, I’m on meds. Zyrtec was the best.

MC: What drink do you usually order with your food?

CM: Ah, the writers are drinkers question. Let’s see… “order”? That would indicate I’m in a restaurant, or my imaginary servants are doting on me. Microbrew or imported beer. I usually prefer organic hefeweizen. If they don’t have my brand, I’ll order wine, I’m not picky. Organic, fair-trade, non-GM, and not too dry.

MC: Do you prefer to take baths or showers?

CM: Seriously? Can we get back on topic? I’m in an anthology. Who takes baths anyway?

MC: What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

CM: Yeah, right. Like I would ever divulge that to a computer. How about I tell you the craziest thing my NANO NATION character Rachel has ever done – she let herself be injected with nanobots. She’s usually such a cautious person, and she hesitated at first, but Terrill was quite persuasive. I’d even say he was manipulative. Or maybe it was he that was being manipulated


The ebook INVASION is available at Amazon HERE

and at Kobo HERE

and even at B&N HERE

Should you dare to save yourself…

Signs of the INVASION

_CMS0076Drat! This one got me. I was completely caught off-guard.


_CMS0083Rampant animal-kissing. One of the prophesied signs of the INVASION. It’s in my cult’s holy book (visible only to me).


_CMS0088Mass casualties. An obvious sign of the INVASION.


_CMS0084What? Mough? What mough? Whatmough? An INVASION of WHATMOUGH!


_CMS0094The word “vegan” at a state fair. Yea! A hippie INVASION!


_CMS0095A solar power INVASION overthrows The Establishment! Gonna stick it to The Man!


_CMS0079The horns. We’re doomed.


_CMS0078Poor kid got a flesh-eating bacterial infection through a scape on his hand, probably.


_CMS0087An INVASION of bovine butts.


_CMS0096Sunflowers infected with sunspot slime.


_CMS0099Tomatoes infected with Joe DeWitt disease. They still look yummy, though.




_CMS0101This semi-infected bunch of greens was selling for 20 bucks. I spared you the photo of the fully-infected greens.


_CMS0104This is what GM pathogens do to a grape.


_CMS0110So I opted for a fried pickle instead, and spotted 2 furries and a green-faced zombie.


_CMS0086Charles Caleb Colton rose from the dead. He’s now a zombie. We had a nice chat about the anthology I’m in before I had to whack him with a shovel.


_CMS0093The Gideons were raptured in a rare reverse-INVASION.




_CMS0109Implements of threshing.

*_CMS0107And impalement.


_CMS0106Yes, we are experiencing an INVASION. But you may be able to save yourself…

In time for Halloween, Amazon has an anthology of 15 stories documenting the INVASION, including a story by yours truly!

Check it out: INVASION