Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday Features: Thomas Winship

Thomas Winship

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Short bio
Thomas Winship resides in New York. He serves as MBA Director for St. Thomas Aquinas College, where he also teaches courses in English Composition, Communications, and Business. Previously, he spent fifteen years working for a global pharmaceutical company, specializing in organizational development, talent management, and training.
Tom writes in his spare time. His first novel, a mystery/legal thriller entitled Temporary Insanity (a.k.a. Case Closed), was a 2008 finalist in a national contest but failed to garner industry attention. His second novel, Væmpires: Revolution, was published in October and a follow-up novella, Væmpires: White Christmas, was published in December.
He is an avid collector of books, comic books, music, and movies. His interests are diverse: on any given day, Tom is likely to be found watching a horror movie, attending a hard rock concert, or enjoying a Broadway show.   
He is currently working on the next installment of the “Væmpires” series, which is scheduled for a 2012 release.

1.       Where's the strangest place you've ever written? I don’t think I’ve ever written in a strange setting. Of course, I feel inadequate now, so I’ll probably do something foolish to fill that void.
2.       What book do you wish you had written? Any of the major religious texts. I mean, anyone who writes fiction should be in awe of those things.
3.       What inspires you? Oh, I’m inspired by the same things that inspire the average person: greed, jealousy, fear …
Perhaps I shouldn’t admit that.
Let me start over. My wife inspires me, because she has so much faith in my talents. Movies, books, music … in many ways, the world around us … provide inspiration on a continuous basis. I just try to keep my eyes and ears open because I never know when inspiration’s going to float by (plus, I’d hate to step on it when it does—bad karma and all that).
Since I published Vaempires: Revolution a year ago, I also started finding inspiration in the feedback from readers. It’s really an incredible experience to have total strangers read something you’ve created and enjoy it. It’s inspirational and awe-inspiring. 
4.       When did you start writing? Well, I started at a pretty young age, as most people do. At first, it was more scribbling than writing, but it got better with practice. Then I entered public school. Believe it or not, the powers-that-be insisted I learn to read and write (as if either one wasn’t hard enough on its own). Despite the evil forces assembled against me, I persevered … and here I am!
Wait … you meant writing … I knew that, of course!
I’ve only been writing for the last decade or so—and even that was inconsistent, with long breaks in between. I really got serious about it over the last eighteen months.
5.       Tell us three things about you that aren’t about writing. 1) I’m frequently victimized by the voices in my head. Not because they tell me to commit immoral or illegal acts—which I really don’t hold against them, as they’re as much a product of the times as anyone else is—but because I don’t have the courage to do what they say and they know that. 2) I am starting to believe that Greedo shot first. I hate to admit it, because so many people feel otherwise, but the evidence is rather compelling. Just watch the Blu-ray; it’s all there. 3) I’ve never purchased anything via the black market—although I once purchased a shirt at White House Black Market that was to die for. Just sayin’.

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It is the morning of Princess Cassandra’s sixteenth birthday. Everyone’s attention is focused on the heir to the vampire throne. World leaders, the rich and famous, and VIPs from every corner of the globe have gathered in the nation’s capital to celebrate the momentous event.  
Cassandra’s boyfriend, Daniel, is late for the party. He’s still outside the city when all hell breaks loose. What he believes is an act of terrorism proves to be a full-fledged revolution. Væmpires—former vampires who mutated into warm-blooded creatures with an insatiable hunger for cold blood—have launched coordinated attacks across the globe, with three goals: the eradication of humanity, the enslavement of vampires, and the ascension of væmpires as the dominant species on the planet.
The vampire and human leaders are killed. Cassandra is missing. Daniel is the acting king. Desperate to find the princess, Daniel and his friends fight their way across the besieged city. With the hopes of the free world resting on the shoulders of four vampire teenagers, væmpires unleash their secret weapons: a new breed of væmpire that is far deadlier than any ever seen before.

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