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Under the pen name of Chrome Oxide I write humorous science fiction and fantasy. However, I've been accused of writing murder mysteries since I murder the English language and it's a mystery how I get published.

When people ask why I write humorous science fiction and fantasy, I explain that my reality check bounced.

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October 2013 - The Next Big Thing

Iíve been tagged to participate in The Next Big Thing by rese. The Next Big Thing is a way for beginning writers to promote themselves and others.

- rese is a sci-fi/fantasy novelist, specializing in epic fantasy.

What is the working title of your next book?

This question implies that I have a last book. I don't. I don't have a next book either.


I started writing in June 2010 and decided to hone my craft by writing short stories. One story was published in June 2013. Another is currently collecting rejection slips. I have a few others that in process. The way I work, even the titles may change between now and the final version.

I do have a couple of short stories that might eventually develop into novels. One takes place in a dystopian future, while another takes place in a version of our world where magic works and magical creatures exist. Since I am currently focusing on writing short stories, neither is likely to be finished in the near future.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Since I don't have a book, all the questions about books will start me rambling about my short stories, although I won't be too specific about anything that isn't published yet. I've found that so much changes in a short story from the time I start until the time I finish that the finished story can be unrecognized when compared to the starting version.

One story was inspired by a bumper sticker. Another was inspired by listening to radio show at 1am talking about supernatural events. A few others were started when members of my writers group mentioned projects that sounded interesting.

What genre does your book fall under?

So far, all my short stories fall in the snarky humor genre. I am currently working on both science fiction as well as urban fantasy stories. I don't think of genre when I write. In fact, I don't start with a plot or characters, I start with a humorous situation. From there I add more related humorous situations until I reach a point where I try to figure out what kind of character would end up in a situation like that. So I'm likely to end up in any genre that seems appropriate for the whatever I'm currently working on.

What actors would you choose to play the characters in a movie rendition?

Sorry. I don't keep up with the movies, so I have no favorite actors. I haven't yet thought of an actor when writing a story.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

My one professional sale can be summed up as:
Cop For A Day, by Chrome Oxide is a humorous dystopian story about an ex-con who accidentally becomes a cop and is partnered with a judgmental artificial intelligence.

My one unprofessional non-professional sale can be summed up as:
Farewell To The Master, by Chrome Oxide is a humorous urban fantasy story about a beginning wizard who is shocked when his spell works.

The one thing most of my stories (published and being rewritten) have in common is that they are humorous.

Is your book represented by an agency?

No. Feel free to offer your services. That may inspire me to switch from short stories to novels.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Way too long. The first draft of Cop For A Day, took about a month and was about 2,500 words. It went through a couple of major rewrites and a number of minor rewrites before it reached 5,000 words and was published.

What other books would you compare this to within your genre?

Dave Truesdale in his review of Cop For A Day says that nobody has written a story (he described it as contra-liberal-punk story) like mine in decades.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

One of the inspirations for my dystopian stories is a very short lived television series called "Max Headroom" which took place 20 minutes into the future. While I would like to be hopeful for the long term future of the human race, when I extrapolate current thoughts and trends I find it more difficult to maintain optimism. This allows me to create a setting for stories about the problems that I suspect we will have to deal with in the near future.

What else about this book might pique the readerís interest?

One frequent comment about my humorous dystopian stories is that there is more information than is needed for a short story.

Iím tagging the following writers, so be sure to check their blogs to learn about The Next Big Thing coming from these talented authors:

Jude-Marie Green is a writer of genre (science fiction & fantasy, plus the occasional horror) fiction. She is a fan of long standing. Her first convention was in 1977 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. Jude-Marie Green has co-edited Abyss&Apex Online (with Wendy Delmater Thies,) Noctem Aeternus (with Michael Knost,) and 10Flash Quarterly (with K.C. Ball.) Jude-Marie Green

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