Q&A with Linxe Termoil

This time we have an interview with Linxe Termoil, who is a relatively new author on Gay Authors.

Q. Tell me a little about yourself.

Hrm. I live in the middle of nowhere, joined the U.S. Navy in 2000 and got out in 2006. After a couple of years of floating around doing nothing I went back to school and, in that time, I stumbled across G.A. Mostly in part thanks to DomLuka’s “The other side of me” which I read on Nifty. The story chapters weren’t complete on Nifty so I ended up following the site link to his site over here. After finishing The Other Side of Me I joined the site and said hi, read some more of his stuff and I went and read CJ’s stuff, after I got through that I was reading Shadowgod’s stuff and then Dan Kirk’s stuff. Then I decided that I could write too, since I’ve always loved reading.

Q. What inspires you to write?

Anything, really. It can be a book, a movie, music, an image. More often then not my own imagination can end up inspiring me.

Q. What are your favourite books?

My favorite books to read, if I actually end up going out and buying a book tend to be sci-fi/fantasy. Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series was great and I’m glad he finally finished that series.

Q. What is the most thoughtful feedback you have received from a reader?

Oh gosh. All of them have been thoughtful. I don’t think I could pinpoint a single one, really.

Q. Do your characters represent anyone in your life?

Yes, they represent family members, friends, people I know but wonder about, or even just family members or friends who are in a situation at a particular moment in life. I then take that moment and expand on it, asking myself “what if…”

Q. What is on your favourite iPod play list?

Hrm. McFly. I tend to listen to them a lot. Especially Transylvania or Silence is a Lonely Sound. I love those two songs. Dougie Poynter has a lovely voice, and he’s pretty cute for a straight 22 year old skater boy (his sexuality is mildly questionable, especially when he’s stripping naked on stage with Danny at a gay club, or Danny is kissing him. It’s pretty sweet. So does Danny and Tom. I also have Queen, Meat Loaf, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, k.d. lang, Willie Nelson. Those are the only ones I can name off the top of my head. I don’t listen to my MP3 player a whole lot, I usually just youtube what I feel like listening too.

Q. Are you married or single?

Single but looking. I’d love to marry Dougie Poynter. Or Dom Luka, or…hrm..I’m a hound dog, if you’re cute or really sweet and nice you got my attention. Heheh.

Q. What did you like the most about the Codex Alera series?

I loved the spin off of history that Jim Butcher did. It takes place with touch of roman history in it. Then the whole elemental magic thing he did was really impressive. The sheer geniusness he took in taking a boy, who is a freak of nature and unable to command the elements but surpassing all the challenges life threw his way was just…amazing. I started writing a story based in some small parts on some of his stuff, but took my own spin to it.

Q. Is there another gay online author to whom you look up to, and if so, why?

Oh Gosh. There are too many authors I look up to around here to be able to name just one. I look up to Dom Luka because he’s always encouraging and he actually gets ‘real life’. When he writes you just feel like you’re there living through everything with the Characters. Plus, it helps that he loves “Spider Webs.” He’s always harping at me to keep going. The fact that an individual who is as busy as he is would take the time to read through my stuff and give me advice means a lot to me. I never would have expected it from him, but I’m grateful that he did.

I like C James because he takes his characters and puts them through inordinary extraordinary adventures. I started writing Sunny’s Angel because of him. Someday I hope to finish it, I kind of stopped because I hit a point where I decided I didn’t quite have the talent needed to write a story with such a complex story line, and it’s a depressing story for me to tell. Namely because I have to get into the characters heads and with their past it’s just…really depressing. I’m getting there though. He’s always encouraging me to just keep trying.

Last, but not least, would be David McLeod. He was the first person to see my works and he has always been correcting my grammar, pointing out things that didn’t work and helping me out with them. I respect his works and look up to him because he touches on a realm not many authors around here touch on. He touches on the fantasy world and keeps it extraordinarily well balanced. He was aiding me with my own fantasy story and I think he would love to see more of it, but… I have to finish other projects first. I’m also looking forward to seeing more works from him. He has an amazing gift for spinning a well spun tale.

Q. If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?

I’d go on vacation for a year and just travel, see the world, and experience life further in the hope that my adventures could aid me in spinning the tales that I like to tell. I’d visit most of the U.S., parts of Canada and Britain, perhaps Russia. The possibilities would be endless.

Q. Why would you want to visit Russia? What appeal does it hold for you?

The history. There’s so much of it there, and, I have an obsession with royal families. I spent a good while reading about Anastasia and her family. Same thing with Britain and the rest of Europe. There’s just so much history there.

Q. If you could ask Jim Butcher just one question, what would it be?

What is his writing process like and how does he end up incorporating all the details of history into a new story.

Q. What do you do for a living?

I’m a paralegal for a law firm.

Q. What do you think of Twilight by Stephanie Meyer?

Some parts of the stories were good, other parts sucked, the entire series would have been cooler if she’d actually had a giant battle scene at the end of book 4. Other then that, I’m waiting for the fourth scene to come out b/c I want to see the sex scenes :)

Q. When do you feel most out of your comfort zone?

When I’m with a bunch of people I don’t know for the first time.

Q. Do you have any little quirks when you are writing?

No. I listen to music a lot. Sometimes when I’m writing at the computer, if things aren’t working out so well I just switch to a pen and notepad. It tends to work out a lot, I just get lazy when it comes transcribing from paper to computer, is all.

Q. What is your typical process when you write a chapter?

Hrm. Usually I do a lot of thinking, ask myself a bunch of questions, and just try to come up with answers or watch stupid tv’s while trying to think of things that would work.

I also tend to think a lot about things when I’m lying down with my eyes closed and listening to music, especially with regards to certain scenes in my head. It was because of Myval and his introduction of “Within Temptation” that got me thinking in particular about one really fantastic imagination/dream I had that I would like to write for another story. so yeah, dreaming and sleeping helps a lot too.

Q. What is your favourite cereal?

Cereal? What’s that.

Q. Have you ever thought when a hearse goes by that you might be the next to die?

No. I don’t worry about living and dying. I have a few regrets in life, and I try not to make the same mistakes again, but sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. I just try to make each day worth something, and when I die, will, it happens to us all sooner or later.

Q. If you could have one wish, would you give it to me?

This question made me think. My answer is yes, you can have it. When we wish for things in life we realize that we don’t really need them when we get them. So, it’s just easier to work for something and decide if we really want something. Life is what we make of it, and things are better savored when we work to earn it.

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