My name is Christopher C. Meeker and I’m the author of HAWTHORNE: Chronicles of the Brass Hand – Mystirio Astronomiki as well as the author of a number of other works, short stories, and articles on writing.
I started writing at a fairly early age and continued until my teen years. Life intervened and I stopped writing for quite sometime I then returned to it in 2006 with what I thought was going to be my debut novel Cin’Hartha, which I shelved in order to start HAWTHORNE.
When and why did you start writing?
I began writing when I was quite young because I had always been enamored with the art of storytelling. Alongside that, my mother was a writer and had encouraged me to write as well.
What inspires your writing?
Telling the stories that haven’t been told yet is what inspires me to write. I always try to write the stories that I want to read.
How would you define creativity?
I think the simplest definition, for me, of creativity is the ability to create something out of nothing. To take a thought or idea and produce something tangible for others to experience and enjoy. That’s creativity.
Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?
I do, actually; a long hot shower just before I sit down to write really helps me to get into the writing mood.
If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?
I’d tell myself to not take a break from writing. I’d tell myself to keep going and don’t look back. I wasted a lot of years writing waiting for the perfect time to start again. The perfect time to start writing is now.
What do you believe makes for great writing?
Love. Love of the craft. Love of storytelling. Love of the written and spoken word. My favorite writing quote comes from the late fiction master Ray Bradbury. He said “Love what you write, and write what you love.”
Which writers have influenced your writing?
Growing up I read a lot of Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Later on, I read the works of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clark, Fredrick Pohl, and Ray Bradbury. These were the writers that shaped and influenced my writing.
How do you measure success as a writer?
I think right now I measure my success by how pleased I am with my own writing. If I write a piece that isn’t altogether horrible I consider it a success. I also feel like I achieve success when I get positive feedback from my readers. If I can write something that someone enjoys I consider that success also.
Have you ever hated something you wrote?
Oh, yes. I think all writers, at some point, write something they absolutely hate. I won’t go into detail but a few years ago I wrote a story that I thought was the most amazing piece of fiction in the world. It wasn’t. As time went by I grew to dislike what I had written. After yet more time had elapsed I realized I absolutely hated it and wished I’d never written it. Such is the way of the writer.
What’s your biggest fear as a writer?
Honestly, I think my biggest fear is that I fade into obscurity. I fear that I’ll be forgotten, by my children, or my children’s children.
What traits do you feel make a great writer?
I think passion, proliferation, and attention to detail are traits that make great writers. Passion being paramount. If you have passion for the craft, for the story, the rest will all fall into place.
Describe your latest book to our readers
HAWTHORNE is a turn of the century styled steampunk tale of a young man who finds himself investigating the Great Moon Hoax of 1835 only to discover that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
Edgar, the main character becomes the center of a centuries old conflict in which he must thwart an attempted coup by a mysterious figure known only as the Egyptian.
By the time Edgar discovers the real motivations of the Egyptian and his followers he realizes we are not alone in the universe. Several other factors come into play during his quest as well which pits things like technology, wormholes, clairvoyance, mind control, and genetic manipulation against each other.
It is quite a wild ride actually.
What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
I think I would just like readers to take away what they would from my writing. I don’t have anything in particular I’d like them to take away. Ideally I’d just like my readers to be entertained by my writing; escape the stresses and pressures of life. It’s a crazy world out there and people just need to disconnect from all the noise from time to time. I’d hope my books would allow them to do that.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Yes, stop aspiring to be a writer, just be one. Carpenters don’t aspire to be carpenters, they do what is necessary to become carpenters. They practice their trade. Writers are writers because they write. That’s what aspiring writers should be doing, writing. It really is that simple. Just write. Write and write and write and write. Now, if you’re talking about getting published that’s a different subject altogether.
Can you give our audience a writing prompt to help get them writing?
You’re walking through a forest and in the waning rays of the evening sun you see the glint of a small object resting at the base of one of the trees. As you approach the object you notice that it is a small golden chest that fits in the palm of your hand. You open the chest and inside you find a tiny figure made of straw with a bright blue ribbon dangling from its neck. As the last rays of the setting sun disappear beneath the horizon the figure begins to move…
What’s next for you?
Well, there’s a lot going on right now but the next big thing on the horizon is a movie based on HAWTHORNE. It’s currently being developed by a small independent film studio, Bavarian Brothers Productions, out of New York. The first teaser trailer should be hitting May 25th 2017. Concurrent with that I’ll be penning the sequel to HAWTHORNE as well as an anthology of short stories. You can look for the sequel some time next winter and the anthology shortly after that.
by Christopher C. Meeker
HAWTHORNE: Chronicles of the Brass Hand – Mystirio Astronomiki is the two-fisted tale of Edgar J. Hawthorne who in the summer of 1835, sets out on a journey to investigate claims of a fantastic discovery made by the Royal Observatory at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
Traveling with the Royal Air Brigade on the H.M.A. Stratos, England’s newest airship, Edgar and the crew are attacked by marauders. Badly damaged and in need of repair, the Stratos is forced down into the jungles of Africa.
With their airship disabled Edgar, the first officer, and a portion of the crew, set out to locate provisions. In the attempt, Edgar discovers the truth concerning the downing of the Stratos and unearths an astounding secret.
Finding himself thrust into the midst of a conflict that has raged for centuries, Edgar with the aid of an unlikely ally, must do the impossible: prevent humanity’s extinction.