Monday, March 9, 2009

Interview With Chris Poirier

I had the opportunity to interview Chris last week.

For those of you who do not know him, Chris is the author of Winter Rain, and the founder of the community cornerstone, Web Fiction Guide.

We talked about the origins of Winter Rain and WFG, choices as a web fiction author, and the upcoming WFG overhaul.

Here it is.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Web Fiction: Winter Rain

Serial web fiction: Winter Rain.

As far as I'm concerned, Chris's choice of update length was golden. There is not a cliffhanger every chapter, there's a cliffhanger nearly every update (with roughly 10 updates per chapter).

The first few posts are amateurish and blocky, but the prose smooths out surprisingly quickly. Before the end of the first chapter, I stopped noticing any awkward construction, and by the end of the second, the prose becomes very smooth and very good.

The story is based on the Irish legends of wolves who are also men. This makes it a werewolf story - though it is devoid of most of the typical werewolf fare: full moons, silver bullets, monstrous wolf-men, etc.

Probably the most notable theme is the protagonist's anger issues. Tiergan's persistent anger is evident from very early, and the process is very well described. I say "process" because he is not an angry person - he does not walk around angry, rather, he becomes overwhelmed by emotion.

Whether or not that makes any sense, trust me that Chris writes Tiergan well, and the characterization and plotting more than make up for any early awkward prose.

In short, Winter Rain is recommended and engaging.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Interview With Gryfft

Robert Gryfft is the author of Thomas Bleakly, P. I. and a contributor to (and co-founder of) Air Theremin.

I mined his brain about writing, blogging, and the future of web fiction.

Here's the interview.

Oh, and I promise that Gryfft isn't interrupting me - we had some definite lag going on.