Guild Member Spotlight: Scott M. Sandridge

Welcome to our ongoing series of conversations with Lost Genre Guild members. Catch them here on Mondays!

Scott M. Sandridge

When did you join the LGG? How did you make the connection?

Around 2006, I think. I got invited by Rebecca Miller soon after my short story, "Fang of the Serpent," got reviewed while was featured in a blog tour.

What's the first thing you remember that happened in the Guild?

Um...I almost sparked a flame war?

Tell us some good things that have transpired from belonging.

I've got to meet a lot of fellow Christians who also love to write Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. Just goes to show we're not as rare a breed as we thought. ;)

What's your genre and subgenre? Why do you think that is?

I primarily write Science Fiction and Fantasy but dabble in Horror, yet I'm the Managing Editor of a Horror webzine, and my published Science Fiction falls more into the category of Science Fantasy with a humorous twists or three, while my Fantasy runs the gamut from Epic to Dark.

Don't worry; I'm confused, too.

Do you like to read the same genre as you write? What other genres interest you? Favourite authors?

When I'm not reading to write reviews, I tend to prefer anything fantasy-based or horror-based; though, sometimes I might enjoy an occasional Mystery, Action/Adventure, or Political Thriller. I read a lot of non-fiction, too; mostly stuff about alternative theories and such. I tend to avoid mainstream stuff (whether fiction or nonfiction) as much as possible these days. My fave authors tend to chage with my mood, currently they include J. R. R. Tolkien, Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, Orson Scott Card, Margaret Weiss, Tracy Hickman, Troy Denning, Eric Griffin, C. J. Cherryh, Timothy Zahn, Eugie Foster, Paul Levinson, Brian Keene, Carrie Vaughn, Micheal Ehart, E. Sedia, Jackie Gamber....

Oh, and some guy named Frank Creed. ;)

Tell us about your published work, and where we can go to find out more.

That's a pretty long list these days. Start here: http://smsand.wordpress.com/bibliographyor-wheres-your-street-cred

My latest published short story (as of Sept. 09), "A Nighttime Business Arrangement," can be found in Issue 4 of http://www.silverblade.net>Silver Blade.

What are you working on right now? How's progress?

I'm currently in the middle of doing a bunch of reviews for Withersin (3 so far, but I have this sneaky suspicion a boxload is on the way to my doorstep) while finishing the reviews I'm doing for my A Work In Progress podcast. I'm also in the middle of writing two novels at roughly the same time, one of which will be the sequel to http://pankea.wordpress.com>The Silverblade Prophecy podcast novel (which, of course, will have to be made into a podcast as soon as the novel's finished).

How has the LGG helped you in your work?

It's helped me to network with other writers and editors and keep me up to date on what's happening in the realm of Christian spec-fic publishing.

What are your dreams for the future of Christian speculative fiction, and for yourself within that?

To be the best writer I can be, and for Christ to bless my work by awakening hearts and minds with it.

Your best writing tip?

As Eric Griffin says: "Butt to Chair, Write."

What else are you up to that our readers would find interesting?

I'm looking for an artist(s) to collaborate on a couple graphic novels with. Although, I might not be able to get started on that until mid-2010.

Yeesh! If only I could warp time....

Something you reckon not many people know about you?

Asperger Syndrome. It sucks.

Your website or social media profile?

Wordpress: http://smsand.wordpress.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/scottmsandridge and http://www.myspace.com/pankea
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scottmsandridge
Shoutlife: http://www.shoutlife.com/scottmsandridge
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/scott-sandridge/7/645/509

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