Monday, March 1, 2010

Guest Post from Blake Charlton ~ author of fantasy novel: Spellwright



Guest post from new author Blake Charlton ~ author of the newly released fantasy  ~ Spellwright.

So how did I (me - little old Shellie do this?) … well in one of my luckier travels within “twitterdom” I had the pleasure of connecting with this new author, doctor in training, humorist, and any mother’s dream date/mate for her daughter – Blake Charlton in the most wonderfully fateful way.

Let me enlighten – while twittering, as we “chicks” often do, with Cara from Ooh…Books! on the handsomeness of one her favorite authors - I was veered by her to Blake Charlton as being an even more hunky representative of the species.

I do have to agree, and better yet very funny too… as you will see from the post below, which makes me even more excited to read the first in the trilogy of his début fantasy book – Spelllwright. (Links to book preview here at Layers of Thought.)

Even if your not a fantasy fan it is worth your time -  Enjoy!


“Adult” Fantasy ~  Just as in this popular humorous post, an infinitely fractional* part of the below actually happened to me.

[Lights up on an atrium after grand rounds--fichus plants, white walls with tasteful hospital art. Upstage stand several folded tables with bagels on them. The CROWD OF DOCTORS, dressed in white coats, is milling about the table, chatting, holding paper plates with one or two bagels on them. Spot lights up on BLAKE, wearing white coat, and a MINOR DEITY OF INTERNAL MEDICINE, wearing glowing white coat and surrounded by a small cloud of butterflies, and a dancing Mongolian shaman.]

BLAKE: …and then the author described quite beautifully how he figured out the patient was surreptitiously taking furosemide.

MINOR DEITY OF INTERNAL MEDICINE: Interesting. Pardon me, but are you that med student who’s about to publish a novel.

BLAKE: Yes, I am. And, you’re a minor deity of internal medicine. You wrote that famous textbook.

MINOR DEITY OF INTERNAL MEDICINE: I am. [He smiles and shrugs. Spotlight intensifies on him. Butterflies flap more vigorously. Mongolian shaman dances tighter circles and holds up a copy of the famous textbook.] So, what kind of novels do you write?

BLAKE: Fantasy.


BLAKE: Oh, I mean adult fantasy.

MINOR DEITY OF INTERNAL MEDICINE: “Adult” fantasy? Like Debbie Does Dallas?

[Suddenly the CROWD OF DOCTORS goes dead silent, and looks at BLAKE.]

BLAKE: [blushing] Oh…no, more like…like…Gandolph Gone Wild.

[Enter stage right BEARDED AND ROBED MEN dressed alternately in grey and white.]

BEARDED AND ROBED MEN: [running wildly across stage] Woooooo! YAYAYAYA! Woooo!

CROWD OF DOCTORS: [forming a huddle behind MINOR DEITY OF INTERNAL MEDICINE] Ahhh, help us! Save our souls. The geriatric ward has gone commando! We’re doomed! Help! Help!

MINOR DEITY OF INTERNAL MEDICINE: [holding up arms and shouting] You shall not pass!

BEARDED AND ROBED MEN: [standing still in stunned silence] What did you say?

MINOR DEITY OF INTERNAL MEDICINE: [holding up arms and shouting] You! Shall! Not! Paaaaaaaasssss!

BEARDED AND ROBED MEN: Fuck that! [continue cheering and running to stage left] Woooo! Show us your staff!!!! Woooo! [exit stage left]

[Silent moment passes before CROWD OF DOCTORS begins to chatter among themselves and eat bagels]

MINOR DEITY OF INTERNAL MEDICINE: [mildly] So, surreptitiously taking furosemide, you say?


*and legally non-binding.

About Blake:   Debut novelist and medical student, Blake Charlton is a new face in both fields working to establish a dual career in fiction and medicine. Currently, Blake is writing fantasy novels, science fiction short stories, and academic essays on medical education and biomedical ethics. To connect findcover1 him at his Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Live Journal, Goodreads

For more about his first novel link to Layers of Thought’s preview of Spellwright the beginning of the trilogy ~ by clicking on the book’s cover.  Don’t you just love it?  Tor does the best covers!

The above fun snippet is a copy of Blake’s original post on his blog with permission granted by the author. Thanks Blake!

Please feel free to comment. Our guest would love to read your thoughts, and perhaps he will grace us with a response or two.

Thanks for reading.


Adele said...

i am really looking forward to this book.

Unknown said...

Hagelrat -
Yes me too.. its one of the reasons I forked out for my ereader. lol!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Blodeuedd said...

Lol, that was one funny text :)
And I love the cover, fantasy has the best covers!

Unknown said...

Blodeuedd -
Me too! and yes it mostly does - did you see the UK versions as well. I like those too.

DCMetroreader said...

I would love to buy the cover sign to stick up on my car's window! Too funny!

Unknown said...

Kim -
I loved it too.. isn't it perfect for his post?

I bet you can find something like is somewhere?

Charlie said...

With the rigors of medical school, then internship, then residency, I wonder how Blake has time to write even a grocery list. Unless he doesn't do groceries.

And I assume he writes on a computer so no poor soul has to attempt to decipher his handwriting.

Since I like adult fantasy (G.R.R. Martin has left us in the lurch), I'm off to Amazon to lurk.

Huh. That almost sounds haiku-ish.

Unknown said...

Charlie -

I am thinking the same thing... but hes a heck of a nice guy and has been promoting the heck out of his first book.

You know these MD types don't need sleep like normal humans.

I am not sure about GRR Martin sounds familiar. I will have to do a google here in a second.

I love to lurk - have fun!

BTW - today is Spellwright's release day so I bet you can find it there... I'm not sure if its available in Kindle edition...another check up.

Charlie your language skill never cease to amaze me... yes it does sound like a haiku...Blake is gonna like that!

Krista said...

Ha-ha this was too funny! Thank you for sharing, Shellie :) This is a TOR book right? Love TOR books! I have already added this title to my to get list! And, of course, I'm always a sucker for fantastic covers.

Unknown said...

Krista -
I loved it... lol!

Yes it is Tor. I don't remember reading anything in particular by Tor...hmmm. This is a personal connection rather than a publisher one.

It is a wonderful cover if you link to the preview I have included the covers from the UK and other areas.

I am glad to hear that you did add it. I hope you like it since you are the princess of fantasy!

Unknown said...

hi all, sorry for the late reply. launch week madness.

Blodeuedd: if you find a bumper-sticker let us know!!!

Charlie: grocery lists are pretty easy when every item reads "ramen noodles." :-) and you are, sadly, very right about the hand writing. thank heaven for the electronic medical record!

Krista: Tor indeed :)

Unknown said...

Yeah we have been graced by his comment - Thank you Blake.

Congrats on your first book!

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