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An Interview with C.R. Fladmark: Dec 1, 2014 
    by Tonja Drecker

Your book, The Gatekeeper's Son, takes place in two very different worlds and cultures, and you manage to slide from one into the other without any problem - even gracefully. How do you do it?   

Japan is so different from any other place I’ve visited; it was as if I was on a different planet! On my first visit, I just walked around in awe. Huge glass towers, bullet trains and so many people! But then, you’d round a corner and find yourself in the quiet garden of a 800 year old Buddhist temple. The ultra-modern and the ancient co-exist everywhere so for me, it’s not hard to describe an ancient world beside a modern San Francisco.  

Like most writers, I noticed on your website that you also work a full-time job. (Yes, we all need to eat and pay bills.) Do you have any secrets for juggling both at once?

Finding time is a constant struggle. With a busy family and a job, writing often ends up at the bottom of a long to-do list. I keep my laptop with me and when I’m waiting for my kids at music class or sports practice, I write. Then, of course, there is the late-night writing sessions that leave me bleary-eyed at work the next day. That’s all I can do until this becomes a full-time gig.  

What is your favorite part about writing?

I love it when I lose myself in a scene and become so engrossed that my fingers can’t keep up with the story. It’s also fascinating how my characters surprise me by doing something unexpected. They take on a life of their own.

And what would you rather eat worms than do?

I would happily chomp worms to avoid anything involving heights. “Want to bungee jump or go skydiving?” Chomp, chomp.

Many authors were avid readers during their childhood. What were you favorite books while growing up?

I read like crazy! I can’t really remember specific books but I know there a lot of mysteries and comic books. In my teens, I read a wide variety of novels but westerns were my mainstay.

What book are you reading right now?

Cassandra Claire’s, Clockwork Angel. And Shibumi by Trevanian.

When you aren’t writing, what do you like to do? 

Sleep? No, there are many beaches near my home and we try to get to them as much as we can, rain or shine. And of course, reading is one of my favorite things to do.

What was your biggest wish as a child?

    I had a pretty active imagination so I was often wishing I had some kind of special powers. But, I     think just growing up so I could do whatever I wanted to was the thing I wished for most.

Then we hope that dream comes true! Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 And so the rest of you can see exactly how masterfully C.R. Fladmark weaves the cultures together...and throws in super powers. . . here's his latest book!

 I loved it! A YA with big, international business intrigue, fantastic ninja fight scenes, and a lovely piece of Japanese mythology thrown in. Yep, simply a good read.

The Gatekeeper's Son, by C.R. Fladmark
Book One of the The Gatekeeper's Son Series

The Shokunin Publishing Co.
348 pages
$17.99 Trade Paperback
$3.99 eBook
ISBN: 978-0-3-9937776-0-8

Buy the Book/eBook at:
Shokunin Publishing