‘Addicted to being an author’: CG Blade discusses his love of writing

By Sydney Horton
Times-News correspondent 

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  “Cobalt,” book one in CG Blade’s Pseudoverse Series, tells the tale of a science fictional post-modern technological America.
American citizens are complacent due to subjugation from the government and various government experiments, some seen, while others are not as obvious.
The series aims to explain the singularity of artificial intelligence and the struggle to survive and help others in this artificial intelligence (AI) controlled future.
In “Cobalt,” America’s technology is breached after the Unitied Nations became too weak to defend itself.
First Lieutenant Petra Kayden Dace, armed with unique codes and quantum programming, sets out to uncover what happened.
Blade recently spoke to Teens & 20s recently about his career and life.
Teens & 20s: How about a brief synopsis of your life?
Blade: I dreamt of being a writer since I was a child. After high school and some college, I went into the Navy. After eight years in the Navy, I went to more college classes. I became a robotic engineer.
Heredity disc disease in my back would see my dream of being and doing what I always wanted to do as an engineer go down the tubes. After 13 back surgeries and pain 24/7, I decided to start a journal of my life and my pain. The journal turned into nightmares I would have, and from there it was story plots.
Since English and Creative Writing were my favorite classes in college, I decided to give “Cobalt,” my first novel, a go. Little did I know I had 16 stories in my head that needed to come out swinging. It was driving me crazy. If I was not writing, I felt awful.
It turned into a compulsion and homage to Jackie, my wife, and all of the women in my life, for taking care of me during all of my surgeries. I now write every day even if it is notes or story ideas. “Hello, my name is Chris, and I am addicted to being an author.”
Teens & 20s: What made you want to write books?
Blade: It was more like a compulsion, at least now it is. I have always been a big fan of Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, and the list goes on. The possibilities of science fiction, robotics, artificial intelligence, and the incredible twists and turns inside the books always made me admire how they were written.

   Watching and reading science fiction as a teenager through my adult years fueled my efforts to write my own series. The very first movie I ever saw was the Hammer (Bray) Studios production of “Five Million Years to Earth” (Quartermass and the Pit).
I was so enamored with this film, and it started my sci-fi train rolling. I grabbed every fiction book I could get my hands on and never stopped reading. I swore to myself if I ever began writing, I would make it a science-fiction story that I would have loved to read. It means so much to me that I was able to see this dream through and that lovers of the genre are very accepting of this series.
Teens & 20s: Where or from whom do you get your inspiration?
Blade: You could almost answer this question by looking above, mainly movies, books and actual real-life technology. Technology is moving so fast that it is hard to keep up with it as a writer. I also have three muses.
One is my lovely wife Jackie, who is a character in my books, and the other is my editor, Cindy Calloway, a character in Emerald. I run my writing past my wife, read it to her, and she will give me a thumbs-up or a “that may need to be rewritten” look.
As far as the technical aspect of things, my editor Cindy is my go-to muse. Besides being an editor, she is a chemist and a biologist. This works out very well with the technical aspect of my writing. Cindy will suggest other ideas or thoughts on my work. Both of them are crucial to my writing throughout its inception, development and completion. The other muse is Karen Smiley. Sarcasm helps quite a bit.
Teens & 20s: Do you have a favorite book?
Blade: Without a doubt, it would have to be Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” for so many reasons.
Teens & 20s: Who is your favorite character?
Blade: I would probably have to say the foul-mouthed 4-year-old prodigy, Jaesa. She is so complicated and turns out to be the consummate woman at 18. Her character is complex in the way that she is one of 22,000 Pseudosynths that have gone through “reverse Transhumanism” and become organic out of something machine. This has never been done in a book before as far as I know.
Teens & 20s: How do you come up with your characters?
Blade: All of my characters are real people in real life. I just give them something to aim toward, some twists and turns, and make them a protagonist or an antagonist. It is so much fun to twist people you know around a bit. Also, the cover art on all of the novels is the main character and is a real person. Some characters are anagrams of famous people.
Teens & 20s: Why should people read your books?
Blade: On the following colorful pages of the Pseudoverse Series, you will find the exciting Pseudoverse Series novels of the genres and sub-genres of conspiracy kitchen sink, pulp fiction, historical science fiction, genetic engineering, AI, pop culture, music, magic, fantasy, witchcraft, robotics, horror, sex, romance, mystery and noir crime.
The underlying mythology that transcends from novel to novel is an enigma or a puzzle. Who is human and who is a “Pseudo-Synthetic”?
Each novel is a different theme or genre, but the sub-plots remain the same and moves forward from book to book. Can you guess who is a “Pseudosynth,” a synthetic robotic replacement, and who is human in this captivating and thrilling series? Pick up one of our novels today, and lose all control over tonight. We guarantee once you begin reading the series it is tough to stop.

Sydney Horton is a student at Michigan State University and a Teens & 20s writer.

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