Greg Talbot (G. D. Talbot) started writing 6 years ago and quickly discovered that a lot of Christians were looking for exciting, mysterious, and intriguing stories. While filling this need he’s also put in some modern day societal problems like racism into his stories.
I write mostly Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy but I have, and will dive into other areas when inspired to.
Tell our readers about your latest book:
The last book I published was The Crystal Sphinx. Where the story of The Tower of Babel meets The Twilight Zone in present day. I wanted to share how I envisioned what happened at The Tower of Babel. Sorry, no spoilers, but it will make you think. I wanted to make people think about how we are one people of the earth in a very entertaining way.
He has several unpublished stories. He’s currently searching for representation for some of them. We asked about his first ever story, because the first story is one of the most significant for writers.
The first book I wrote was called Alien Racism. I was trying to give my views on modern day racism in an entertaining way that wouldn’t make people think I was trying to preach to them. I discovered that I had written a Good Samaritan story.
Here’s what he had to say about his writing progress:
I have gotten better, longer and more emotionally powerful stories. Also, I made my way into Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy stories that entertain.
I want people to be entertained by my faith. Not be preached to or depressed, which I have noticed that Christian stories have been becoming over the years.
Here’s some encouragement for writers!
Never stop writing. Never stop dreaming. Remember to write the story you want to hear and let the world conform around you, not the other way around. It is better to have a failed book that you love, than a successful book that you compromised on and don’t like. And there will always be people that will like your vision. The hard part isn’t writing, it’s finding the people.
Simi Sunny is from Philadelphia, and is a published author of several novels. She has five solid years of creative writing experience, and published her first novel at 18. She loves writing, but she also loves to read. She enjoys watching anime and drawing anime-like characters when she isn’t preoccupied by a story.
She has credited reading and writing as being some of the more influential activities in her life.
She writes, “I have suffered from anxiety and depression, and I still try to manage them. It’s not easy, but I try to cope by doing what I love most while spending time with my loved ones.”
Her favorite genres to read are young adult, fantasy and historical fiction, with fantasy being her most favorite. The most common genres she writes in are fantasy, mystery and young adult. However, she believes that writing is an experience, so she refuses to stay within the parameters of these genres.
It’s always good to experiment with other genres when you’re having fun. If you don’t love it, then that’s ok. Part of this writing experience is to learn more about yourself.
We asked her about her upcoming novel, The Serpent Girl. She says she got inspired to write the story after seeing a Hindi TV show called Naagin. The word Naagin comes from Hindu mythology that refers to a creature with snake powers. She’s incorporating this mythology, along with some engaging themes she’s sure readers will love. Her upcoming book is a young adult and fantasy novel about Anvi, a woman who lives in a forest as a result of being cast from home due to a deadly curse. Anvi is alone and thinks of her powers as a curse until Drishya, a 15 year-old, helps and befriends her. The story follows Drishya and Anvi as they meet various obstacles and trials.
“This is unlike other Fantasy and Young Adult books you have read recently.”
The Serpent Girl will only be available online, in ebook form. However, Simi Sunny will distribute printed books once it becomes widely popular.
If you’re wondering about her other works, then no worries! We asked her to tell us about her first ever story, and here’s what she had to say:
I wrote fanfiction. The first one was called “The Ghost Inside.” It was a Michael Jackson fanfic, to be specific. It was based off of the mini movie that Michael created, but I made something so original. I cannot remember exactly what it’s about…
Michael is trying to escape from his mansion, since the Mayor is trying to hunt him down. He comes across a girl, who has a secret of her own. They both have some kind of connection and they bond overtime. It was an odd story, but it was no surprise that MJ fans loved it. It’s still on Wattpad, and everyone keeps talking about how that story was amazing.
She has another published book that she shared with us as well. Here’s what she had to say:
It’s a mystery novel called The White Sirens. It’s about a woman named Eliza Thorne, who wanted to start fresh in life after being released from jail. In order for her to clear her name and earn a living, she has to aid the police, thanks to great knowledge and strength when it comes to serving justice in her community.
Simi Sunny has come a long way since creating her first story. As all writers know, improvements are bound to be made as time goes on. Simi Sunny explains that her job as a writer never stops. She has never stopped actively learning how to improve her writings skills.
We asked her to tell us more about her upcoming novel, The Serpent Girl.
I want people to, not only enjoy my work, but also learn from the themes that I have alluded to in the story. I make sure to put them in because I know all people—young and old—are struggling in life. They never had guidance, nor did they ever get any advice from people. Plus, I want to reach out to tell them that they are not alone.
There are also pieces that come from my personal experience. So I hope readers can catch that. More importantly, I do wish that they recognize that some of the themes resonate with the social issues today. I bet they can catch that as well.
Her upcoming book, as well as her other published works can be purchased on Amazon. For those who would like to read excerpts of her works, you can find them on Wattpad and Goodreads.
For writers who have doubts about publishing, she has a few words for you:
I can understand the pressure you have been going through. I have seen that with other writers, so I will say that you are not alone. I remember when I attempted to publish my first book. I was having doubts about my work. But I told myself that everything is going to be ok and “just get it over with.” Sure, it’ll be both scary and exciting, but just know that you’re doing this because you love to share your work with the world.