Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Author Interview with James Hutchings + Giveaway


The New Death and others!
The Blurb

Death gets a roommate...

An electronic Pope faces a difficult theological question...

A wicked vizier makes a terrible bargain...

44 stories. 19 poems. No whiny vampires. There's a thin line between genius and insanity, and James Hutchings has just crossed it - but from which direction?

And its creator...

James Hutchings!
About James

James Hutchings lives in Melbourne, Australia. He specializes in short fantasy fiction. His work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, fiction365 and Enchanted Conversation among other markets. His ebook collection The New Death and others, is now available from Amazon and Smashwords.


Hi, James! Thanks for coming to the blog today!

1) Tell me about yourself.

I fight crime as Poetic Justice, but my day job is acting. You might know me by my stage-name 'Brad Pitt.'

2) When you're not being an author, what do you usually do?

My other main hobby is coding online games. I spent several years writing an online game called Age of Fable (www.ageoffable.net). I don't have any plans to do more on it, but it's still online, and you can play it for free. I'm currently working on an online 'card' game, like Yu-Gi-Oh or Pokemon. I've also done a few smaller projects. For example I did an online version of the computer game Oregon Trail.

3) How and why did you start writing stories and poems?

I did a Bachelor of Arts majoring in creative writing and media, but I didn't do anything with it after graduating. Years later I created a fantasy city called Teleleli or Telelee as a background for role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons. Once I finished I realised there wasn't any demand for it. My ex suggested I write stories instead, and that's how I got started.

4) What's your book all about?

It's a collection of short stories and poems - 63 pieces in all. Most of the stories are fantasy. Fantasy nowdays seems to be mostly about 'epic' novels, so I'm going to the opposite extreme. My influences are mostly older writers, such as Robert E. Howard (the creator of Conan) and Lord Dunsany.

5) Do you have a favourite story/poem in The New Death?

Probably 'The God of the Poor'.

6) Were there any stories that you wrote that were not included in The New Death?

Yes, there are several that weren't good enough. I rewrote some of the not-so-good stories as poems. Otherwise I just keep them. Maybe I'll go back to them in a year or so.

7) What was the hardest part in your path to becoming an author?

These days anyone who's fairly computer-literate and internet-savvy can self-publish. So I don't think it's so much about barriers to becoming an author, so much as

i) Making sure that when you do become an author, you don't release something terrible.
ii) Getting anyone to notice you among the thousands of other new authors.

8) Where can readers buy your books?

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005Q8Q8DY
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/92126

9) Any parting words?

Can I plug my blog? It's http://www.apolitical.info/teleleli. I update it every day, and I have a lot of entries which expand the fictional world that a lot of my stories are set in.


If you'd like to find out more about James or THE NEW DEATH OR OTHERS, you can visit him at:

His Blog | Goodreads

Giveaway Time!

James is kindly giving away an ecopy of THE NEW DEATH AND OTHERS. Just fill in the Rafflecopter form below and you're all good to go!:)


  1. The cover is cute!!! haha!

    Thank you for the giveaway! :D Hope I win!

  2. That's what my sister said the first time she saw it! Lol! Thanks for entering, and all the best! Haha.


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