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Guest Post: Writing Through Hurricanes, Grumpy Spouses, And Maniacal Bosses: Finding Your Default Self by Edward Lazellari

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Born and raised in New York City, comic books were an important part of Edward’s youth and he spent many years working for Marvel Comics. He wrote his first professional story for Marvel Comics Presents starring Namorita (a.k.a. Kymaera) and illustrated the tale as well. After years as an illustrator, Edward returned to school to study English literature and creative writing at Rutgers.

His first published prose story, “The Date,” a dark comedy about a gigolo hired by conjoined twins, appeared in the October 1999 issue of Playboy magazine. This was an important boost to any budding writer’s confidence and contributed to his finishing his first novel, “Awakenings.” Edward has just completed the third book in the Guardians of Aandor series, “Blood of Ten Kings,” which is pending revisions.

His genre influences include: Stephen King, Roger Zelazny, Alan Moore, George R.R. Martin, Ann Rice, John Grisham, Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, Jean M. Auel, Ben Bova, Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven, Frederick Pohl, Diana Gabaldon, Jim Butcher, and Glen Cook.

Literary influences include: William Shakespeare, John Steinbeck, Charles Dickens, Jonathan Franzen, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ayn Rand, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austin, Frank McCourt, Mary Shelley, John Irving, Aldous Huxley, Homer, Dante, and Voltaire.

Edward enjoys playing with his new baby daughter as well as his many hobbies such as poker, bike riding, playing softball, and pissing people off on social media through the use of rational thought and common sense.


Writing Through Hurricanes, Grumpy Spouses, And Maniacal Bosses: Finding Your Default Self

by Edward Lazellari

The universe is trying to keep you from your writing. It will throw all manner of distraction and chaos at you, and bind you with obligations–girlfriends who cry neglect, boyfriends who threaten to step out on your monogamy, bosses who insist that your not getting the work done in 40 hours is your fault not the workload. You will try to reason with the universe, work out a mutual arrangement where you borrow three hours here and two hours there to ply your craft; but the universe is a fickle bitch that knows full well you need uninterrupted blocks of time with which to craft your tales–time to let your story ferment and then time for revisions. You need a thousand hours to write two hundred decent pages. Lie back to the universe, steal the time you need, sacrifice personal pleasure and socializing, and then maybe…maybe, you will have a story of note at the end of the run. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Edward Lazellari

71+6EG2OjqL._UX250_Today I am interviewing Edward Lazellari, author of the urban/epic fantasy novel, Awakenings, first book of the Guardians of Aandor trilogy.

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DJ: Hey Edward! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Edward Lazellari: I don’t like cauliflower. (It looks like albino broccoli.) I think the original Galactica from the 1970’s show is a more beautiful design than the recent one, even though the latter show was better written.

I grew up in the Bronx. I started my genre career at Marvel Comics in the late 80s as an artist–I discovered that I enjoyed writing stories more than drawing them. I was a mediocre illustrator, but I’m a good writer. I have five more sci-fi/fantasy series to get out of my brain, and at least one literary novel.

DJ: What is Awakenings about?

EL: It’s about a group of refuges from a medieval alternate reality that end up in modern day New York as a way of escaping their war. They are guardians protecting an infant prince. It’s as if Bran and Arya Stark of in Game of Throne were able to cross dimensions to avoid their enemies in Westeros. Except they and their guardians get amnesia. Their enemies discover the ruse and send assassins here to kill them. It’s thirteen years later, and the guardians are awakened to their true identities and the dangers that come with it. Continue reading

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