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April CSR Discussion Day: My Faceless Bus Stalker Alpha by Thirdly


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Well, I don't know about you, but I absorbed this entire story is one sitting. I loved the dog shifter aspect, but the alpha/omega dynamics had a bit of a fresh twist too. What did you enjoy? Don't forget to share your thoughts below in the comments, but first, my interview with Thirdly! 

What brought you to GA?

Robin introduced me to the site around 2014, if I’m not mistaken. The GA community is welcoming, diverse, and absolutely amazing. 

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

The Least Violent Angel of War.

Is there a literary character (in the whole universe of fiction) that you’ve read who you really identified with?

Of all the characters...Mogget the cat from Sabriel.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Drawing. I’m in the process of finishing the last season of the pg-13 comic version of Crossing the Moon as we speak.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

Criticism? That would have been Robin’s input on one of the first stories I ever completed. She found it difficult to read through a story that jumped from one perspective to the next, and I am still working on overcoming the challenge of sticking to one character’s perspective from beginning to end to this day (and to keep it all engaging and entertaining). The best compliment? That’s even more difficult to narrow down. I feel the best whenever readers consider my writing to feel balanced in terms of the serious moments versus the comedy that I always try to sneak in. I’m not at the level I want to be when it comes to storytelling, but I feel like I keep getting a little bit closer to it.

My Faceless Bus Stalker has a shifter culture that encompasses canine species… but are there other shifter species in your world, maybe in another city or continent? Or just canines?

The story was inspired by an amusing camaraderie between our family pet and the neighbor’s German Shepherd (that passed away a few years ago). I envisioned them in a world full of canine shifters of all species. I imagine an alternate world full of feline shifters (and other species) exists, but the world of  that particular story only had the canines.

You use a few recessive traits to individualize some characters. How/why did you pick the ones you used (personal experience, interesting research, a random inspiration…?)

Though inspired by a common Yorkie and a common German Shepherd, I couldn’t bring myself to write about them as they were (I wouldn’t be able to look our family yorkie in the eye if I did...it would be as if Shaggy would judge me harshly). Instead, I searched about different yorkies and came across the image that sparked up the idea of Avion. It became a bit of a deep dive into research after that and, soon after, I came across the image that became the inspiration for Lexus.

Do you identify more with Avion or Lexus?

I adore Avion, but I identify more with Lexus (though definitely not in terms of wealth...if only!) He was moved around a lot and didn’t have the opportunity to make close friends until later on in life. Lex also had to go against his parents’ wishes on more than one ocassion and I know what it’s like to try to forge a better life without familial support.

What is your favorite scene or line in the story?

I enjoyed Morgan teasing Avi’s budding relationship with Lex. They have a lovely friendship.

I also enjoyed the handshake between Avion and Nestor. They both needed it, even if on a subconscious level.  

Can you share any of your current or upcoming work (published/unpublished/in planning stages) with readers?

I am currently working on finishing up a story that involves wyverns that also happen to be shifters with alpha, omega, and beta dynamics. The world these wyverns inhabit is quite different from that of Avion's. But, I feel I’ve chosen the best character to provide the introduction. Robin and I are also inching ever so slowly towards Lust and Propriety’s conclusion.

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Great interview!  Unfortunately, I didn't read the story... I tend to forget about the CSR stories unless I'm reminded about them.  It sounds interesting though, so I'll add it to my ever-growing list.  :) 

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On 4/26/2021 at 7:24 PM, Valkyrie said:

Great interview!  Unfortunately, I didn't read the story... I tend to forget about the CSR stories unless I'm reminded about them.  It sounds interesting though, so I'll add it to my ever-growing list.  :) 

Avion has been described (in a loving way) as a snarky snowball. He was fun to write about. 

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A great interview and a wonderful story to attach it to. I've already left my short review, but this is a nice breath of fresh air for the shapeshifter/fantasy/paranormal genre. Your adaptation to the Alpha/Omega concept, especially with putting an importance on the moment of maturity, was refreshing! That would be suspenseful to not know how your body's natural response will end up until a certain age. Once again, very creative concept and I believe you could journey into this universe you've created, whether you incorporate the existing characters or not. 

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Oohhh, I also like Mogget from Sabriel and the other books. He's such a twisted character, both as a cat and in his other aspects, but you keep hoping he'll come down on the side of Abhorsen.

I love all Thirdly and Robin's stories, and you can look forward to the wyvern tale too. :yes: 

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15 hours ago, astone2292 said:

A great interview and a wonderful story to attach it to. I've already left my short review, but this is a nice breath of fresh air for the shapeshifter/fantasy/paranormal genre. Your adaptation to the Alpha/Omega concept, especially with putting an importance on the moment of maturity, was refreshing! That would be suspenseful to not know how your body's natural response will end up until a certain age. Once again, very creative concept and I believe you could journey into this universe you've created, whether you incorporate the existing characters or not. 

‘Coming of age’ is an unintentional recurring theme in half of the stories I’ve worked on. The characters all suffered through it in different ways, though! 😅 Thank you again for sharing your thoughts!

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4 hours ago, Timothy M. said:

Oohhh, I also like Mogget from Sabriel and the other books. He's such a twisted character, both as a cat and in his other aspects, but you keep hoping he'll come down on the side of Abhorsen.

I love all Thirdly and Robin's stories, and you can look forward to the wyvern tale too. :yes: 

Mogget always had me laughing. Another favorite of mine is Sirius Black. Gandalf, too...though Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of the dragon Smaug will always live on in my memory. 

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