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Sam Schenk is visiting today, with their character Greg Able, from the contemporary witchy fantasy, A Gap in the Veil.

Character Questions

Is there somewhere that people are completely forbidden to go? Well…you can’t cross the highway without an overpass! The police office… It’s bad manners to try and hop onto a fire truck? Sneaking into Parliament seems to be a bad idea. Down the sewers… I guess that’s not forbidden, but eesh… Those pipes have seen better days! No, but seriously, most of the grounds here in New Zealand are pretty laid back. Unless you look like you’re up to no good, most people will give you a wave and a smile.

What kind of house do you live in? It’s an unusual kind of house. It was probably a villa at some point, built around the 1930s. It’s got a long pathway to get up, so I think there must have been a need for wheelchair access at some point. It’s got two stories, a bedroom and bathroom downstairs, and three bedrooms and the rest of the facilities on the ground floor. It doesn’t really have much yard space because it’s got a major road beside it. It’s a bit run down, gotta say. I really should do some maintenance on it at some point, maybe when I get back from my trip.

Author Questions

Fantasy has many genres. How did you choose yours? I go where the wind takes me — sometimes there will be something interesting about the real world, but more often I try to distance my characters from the real world as much as possible. This is the first time I’ve tried to write something set in a real place, and I have to say, it was a lot of fun. I’m planning a short story based around a stream near where I live at the moment — I think it might have opened a floodgate!

Are writing contests a fun change of pace for you, or do they distract you? I wish I could say I had pace! Yes, they’re distracting, but any fun distraction which leads to writing is a good one. I love doing character exploration and playing with words and concepts! Unfortunately, my weakness is in the polishing, and contests don’t really allow for a practice of that smooth finish.


A Gap in the Veil

As a mechanic, Greg can fix just about anything — except his broken heart. He finds solace in witchcraft, solving problems for ghosts instead of looking closer to home. When a visiting musician dials up the charm after a gig in town, Greg’s life looks to be taking a turn for the better. His plans to keep things simple between them are complicated by the awakening of a spirit bent on corruption. Greg must make choices between moving on or taking the fight to a whole new level and save Wellington from a past it had almost forgotten.

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About Sam Schenk

I was born in Canada, raised in Texas, and matured in New Zealand, where I’ve lived for the past 20 years. I’m a business analyst by day, a mum, writer, and gamer by night.

I love speculative fiction, particularly dystopia, transhumanism, and anything that normalises the rainbow and outside the normal curve of humanity. I’m a sci-fi and fantasy nerd, and love anything that explores life outside of the modern-day.

My first publication came out on March 1st, A Gap in the Veil, in association with Contemporary Witchy Fiction. It’s been amazing to be part of the New Zealand speculative fiction gang, and meeting some amazing writers. I’m looking at producing another part to the collection in the same universe, which will be middle grade.


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