Monday, May 25, 2015

Guest Post Josh Vogt

Welcome Josh Vogt to the blog today! I had the honor of meeting Josh at my first AnomalyCon that I attended as an author. 

Josh Vogt has been published in dozens of genre markets with work ranging from flash fiction to short stories to doorstopper novels that cover fantasy, science fiction, horror, humor, pulp, and more. His debut fantasy novel, Forge of Ashes, adds to the RPG Pathfinder Tales tie-in line. WordFire Press is also launching his urban fantasy series, The Cleaners, with Enter the Janitor (2015) and The Maids of Wrath (2016). You can find him at or on Twitter @JRVogt. He’s a member of SFWA as well as the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.

1) Tell us about yourself! When did you start writing? Why? Who inspired you?

I first really started pursuing a career as a writer after my first year of college. I was reading one of   writer. It’s evolved quite a bit since then, but I haven’t regretted a single moment along the way.
my favorite fantasy authors at the time and, while reading a scene, had the thought of, “I could write just as well as this!” That stuck in my brain and I set out to prove it, which woke me up to the larger dream of actually making a living as a

2) What is your newest release (Or upcoming)? Tell us a little bit about it.

I’ve got two novels debuting this year, both in May! One is Forge of Ashes, a sword and sorcery adventure in the Pathfinder Tales line. It focuses on Akina, a dwarven barbarian who returns to her mountain home to discover her family has been disgraced and her mother has disappeared into the deadly tunnels beneath the city. She sets out to discover the truth of what’s happened in her absence and restore her family at all costs.

The other is a dark humor urban fantasy, Enter theJanitor, the first The Cleaners series. In that one, Ben is a janitor who works for a supernatural sanitation company that keeps the world clean and safe. He has to track down an imbalance between Purity and Corruption before it wreaks massive destruction across the world,
plus keep his germaphobic new apprentice alive.

3) What is your favorite part about being an author?

The sheer joy of coming up with new ideas, new systems of magic, characters, and worlds in order to bring it all to life. I grew up loving to read, and so it’s awesome to be able to write the types of stories I that have inspired me.

4) What is your least favorite part about being an author?
The administrivia of it. I don’t mind marketing, social media, or other parts of the business. It’s more the filing, the schedule management, invoices, contracts, etc. All essential aspects, yes, but as dull as can be.

5) Are you an Indie Author, Hybrid, or Traditional? What lead you to this choice?
I guess you’d currently consider me traditional, since both books are out from different publishers. However, I do have plans to try some indie publishing projects in the next couple of years. I’ve been reading and researching a lot on that whole process and want to develop a diverse hybrid career as I go. Since I want to have a lifelong career as a writer, I think it’s important to create as many possible income channels as possible. No need to limit myself!

6) Do you have any other hobbies?
Aside from reading and gaming, I also enjoy training for obstacle course races (like the Spartan or Tough Mudder). I get out and fly fish occasionally, and have also been learning a little bit of video editing for my YouTube channel.

7) Do you work on a schedule? Are you better working under pressure?
I definitely work well with deadlines. It provides a nice bit of motivation to actually get those words on the page. I write every day and, when set on a particular project, will give myself a certain minimum wordcount and end date to have the draft done by.

8) Where do you see yourself in five years as an author?
Hopefully with at least five more books on the shelf, if not more! Plus being able to focus more fully on my fiction versus my freelance copywriting (which pays the bills for the time being).

9) What is the craziest idea that you’ve had?
Hoo boy. Craziest? Well, I’ve got this title for a flash fiction piece rattling around in my head: “The Sext of Cthulhu”...not quite sure where that came from, but it sorta begs to be written, don’t you think?

10) If you could chose any of the ‘realities’ you write to live in, which world would you choose?
I’d actually go with a world from a novel that hasn’t been picked up yet: Parasomnia. In it, a secret society of permanent insomniacs are able to physically enter people’s dreams and hunt down parasitic creatures that feed off the human psyche. Sleep and I have something of an antagonistic relationship, so it’d be nice to have the power to go without it the rest of my life.

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