#interview with Ren Garcia #author of Temple of the Exploding Head Omnibus @lovingthebook
Lovely Kana … it was too good to be true …But, all was not as it seemed. Simmering beneath the ground was a demented god who had soaked Kana in blood for untold ages, luring in victims, lying to them, and rejoicing in their suffering as they died at the hands of his dark angels.
And there will be blood again … From his Temple in the ground, the Horned God stirs.
When Lord Kabyl of Blanchefort, a young man troubled by the weight of the world, dares give his heart to a girl from a mysterious ancient household, one that pre-dates the League itself, he comes to know the shadows of the past that hover over her.
He comes to know of the Horned God, and for love he is destined to face him. All roads lead to the Temple of the Exploding Head, a place of evil and death, rooted in the ancient past, but also tied to the distant future.
REN GARCIA, is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons.
He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture.
His books are published by Loconeal Publishing and include: The League of Elder: Sygillis of Metatron, The Hazards of the Old Ones, The Dead Held Hands, The Machine, and The Temple of the Exploding Head. LoE Book VI: Sands of the Solar Empire was released in July, 2012 and Book VII: “Against the Druries” was released in 2013. His next set of books, “The Shadow tech Goddess” was released in 2014 with the most recent book, Stenibelle, released in June 2015.
He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, and their three dogs.
Name / Pen name & little about yourself:
I’m Ren Garcia, I’m a guy from Ohio, though I was born in Texas. I don’t use a pen name, as my mother wouldn’t let me.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
That’s hard to say. I’ve always had little stories bouncing around in my head. In college I was into writing comic books.
I have a vast collection of them, all unpublished. I didn’t settle into writing novels until 2009—I had matured in endurance to the point where writing protracted stories became a lot easier.
What genre are your books? and what made you write in that genre?
I write Science Fiction/Fantasy. I suppose my imagination is naturally geared toward something like that. I’m really not big into reading sci-fi/fantasy, but it is my favorite genre to create in—gives one lots of freedom.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
My first book is Sygillis of Metatron. I wrote it back in 2007. I was 38 or 39 at the time.
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
I really have no idea. I pick up little bits of things that interest me and they sort of stay in my head. I’m able to hold on into interesting ideas for long periods of time, so, if I see something that fascinates me, it might be years later until that idea makes its way onto the page. I never take notes or write outlines—it’s all in my head until it’s time to write.
How long does it typically take you to write a book?
My first book took only a few months. Lately, it takes a year or two to bang out a book. I always work on more than one project at a time, so something is always brewing.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written 12 League of Elder books, 2 children’s books and a non-fiction memoir. I have 4 more currently in the works. My favorite? I can’t really say. Usually the book most recently released is my favorite.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you overcome it?
I don’t have writer’s block—it’s not an issue I’ve ever had. I do have something I call “Writer’s Thud”, where I hate what I’ve written and have to draft and re-draft endlessly.
Have you done any collaborations with other writers?
No—I’m too much of a Lone Wolf.
What do you think of reviews?
Reviews are fine. Most folks like my work, some even love it, while a few don’t. You’re not going to please everybody, so I don’t try. I do what I do. Bad reviews happen, but they don’t bother me at all.