About the Chronosphere
The Chronosphere is an author blog dedicated to the writing and ramblings of indie author Benjamin McNamara. I was looking for a way to connect with potential readers, other writers and ‘get my name out there’ – but I wanted everything to be a little more than mindless advertisement and spam. I wanted to be able to help other aspiring writers through my own mistakes and experience. So while I am posting updates on the progress of my work, or reflecting on the latest book I read or just musing on one thing or another, I’ll attempt to give some insight into what I’m doing, how I’m doing it and why I’m doing it. When I get into the process of editing and self publishing I’ll follow it here so other aspiring authors can see how it’s done, and hopefully learn from the mistakes I know I will inevitably make. Essentially, I’ll attempt to be the guide I never had but wished I did. I hope you’ll stick around to follow my journey!
Background image from DinPattern (Altered Cranberry theme).
About the Author
I am a nineteen year old psychology student and Historical Fantasy author based in Australia. I have a particular fondness for all things Steampunk, especially airships, as well as fantasy, zombies, politics, satire, space, psychological thriller, history and anything with awesome technology, from hover car racer to 20,000 leagues under the sea. Among my favorite books are Stranger in a Strange Land, 1984, Dune, With Fire & Sword, Mimus, A Nomad of the Time Streams, The Hornblower Series and, of course, the two mentioned above. My favorite author is Jules Verne, and my favorite Shakespearean play is undeniably Macbeth.
My Philosophy on writing is simple – Conflict drives the novel. From the central plot to the intricate relationships between characters, conflict is both the engine and the fuel of a novel. When I set out to write, I make sure I always create an exciting plot that would, even on its own, make a page-turning adventure story. Then work through it including the deeper themes and creating complex (conflict-driven!) characters to help flesh out the story and forge emotional connections that evoke ardor, excrement, love and yes, sometimes sadness. With all this laid over a strong plot-focused story, I hope to create an exciting and evocative experience that leaves the reader with something to think about (usually shamelessly political or philosophic in nature.) But then – Sometimes I just like a nice, exciting piece of escapism to immerse myself into.
Besides writing, I can be found on the battlefield (read: Backyard) sparring with my brothers or training in the art of historical fencing. I’m also an avid Dungeons & Dragons fan (and even DM my own games from time to time) and sometimes like to sink myself into a good anime or video game – I am involved in the two-man game development studio Nightfall studios, as game designer and writer. We are currently working on our first game.