Today we welcome Christopher D. Schmitz! Looks like we have a lot in common – Wolverine, Stephen King, Stranger Things, The Matrix, along with the same publisher.
In a world underneath our own reality, magic & science are two sides of the same coin. After merging with her copy from an alternate reality, college student Claire Jones is thrust into a setting beyond imagine and must fight alongside Zabe, an inter-dimensional guardian. Together they must stop an evil warlock from shattering the laws of existence who, above all else, seeks Claire’s blood as the key to controlling the all-powerful Tesseract. As they flee his wrath, Claire must decide what her romantic feelings for her protector mean… apocalypse-bringing sorcerers aside, Claire’s mission is to rescue the woman Zabe loves… even if Claire has likewise fallen for the selfless soldier..
What’s the first story you ever wrote?
My first story other than something I was assigned during a high school class was a horrific sci-fi about a man trapped on a moonbase during a NASA expansion project. Their mining efforts opened a portal into hell and the creatures crawling from the pit kill everyone. The main character very nearly escapes—but I don’t remember him getting away. It was so long ago (before I owned a computer and before the internet was common) that I don’t quite remember. I believe he sealed the hatch and waited on the surface until his air ran out. I know what you’re thinking: it sounds an awful lot like the plot to the Doom movie… I’m pretty sure someone must’ve found my old manuscript in a box full of my high school memories because I wrote the story in 1997. I’m not bothered by that fact, though. Doom wasn’t a very a good movie.
Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?
This is such a hard question for me! Probably Wolverine from the X-men. I grew up as a total comic book junkie and never grew out of it. I’d love to see a novelization of his full story—even if it broke from Marvel canon and was allowed to meander as a long, multifaceted story arc (still culminating in the recent bookend on his life when he dies and finally finds peace.) He really is a modern retelling of a tortured samurai. Snikt.
In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?
I’m troubled by the possibility that everything we know is wrong: that the very definitions of reality are incorrect—I’ve often said that movies like The Matrix are things that I find truly terrifying…but I realize that’s not a majority opinion.
Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?
Right now I’ve been totally amazed with Netflix’s Stranger Things. The storytelling is beautiful, the pacing is excellent, and the characters are visceral and endearing despite their many flaws. I am convinced that there is some deeper bond between the faceless monster and Eleven, the escaped Jr. High girl the boys rescue from the government research lab. Everything about this show makes me want to rewatch it.
What do you consider the hardest part of writing?
Getting away from the rest of the world. If I could stay inside my basement writing-cave and just write I’d be happy! Having to work a real job in order to pay bills sure intrudes on the time left over for spewing my creativity onto paper.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on a new novel called Fear in a Land Without Shadows which I’m channeling my inner Stephen King for. It’s a much improved and expanded version of a short story I sold years ago by the same name. It’s about an atheist scientist who discovered the empirical link between the supernatural and natural and accidentally destroys most of humanity in doing so when the demon-like “entities” rise up and launch an offensive following a black-ops style ghostbusting program which began to weaponized the entities for DHS purposes. The story opens on Dr. Swaggert trapped inside Ark I, a massive government fallout shelter, and the remaining 300+ humans planning to repopulate the desolated planet, when the lights begin to go out and an “entity” gets in. I plan to be finished with it by Halloween.
I’m also working on my second nonfiction book which should be finished before year end. On top of those two projects I am finalizing the second book in my fantasy novel series and redrafting a paranormal YA story I wrote a decade ago and hadn’t had any interest in working on until just recently.
Christopher Schmitz is a veteran youth worker, speaker, blogger, and writes fiction and nonfiction. He’s often described as “almost funny,” or as a “perfectly mediocre bagpiper.” He lives in Minnesota with his family.
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