Author Interview: Caleb Ortega

Caleb Ortega (C. T. Ortega on book cover)

  1. We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.

Beginning on April 1st 2020 I have currently drafted all five books in the series “Warfare of the gods.” Book one is now published (Jan 2021) and each sequel will follow suit every 6 months. I am currently working on a set of children’s books that will use the same characters and locations, but teach morals and coexistence for all as I also begin another YA trilogy taking place with new characters after the events of the Pentalogy.

  1. In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.

The book is a YA fantasy that pushes different philosophies from all different cultures in a fun, respectful way. Odin, the Asgardian and fate driven gods desires to rule the heavens as he sees himself the great leader. Zeus, the King of the Immortals, and believer in free will see Odin as threat to their way of life. Osiris, the Duati and leader of various gods from Hindu to Chinese is trying to mediate with little positive results as his own people are divided.

The book pushes the idea that in war there are no good vs bad, just varying perspectives and there are people of value on all sides. This is the premise of the first book. The series will continue directly after these events.

  1. As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)

Maintaining numerous social media presence. I love speaking with people in groups, or one on one, but updating a twitter or posting is like pretending to be witty instead of communication.

  1. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?

All the rest! I love drafting, editing, marketing, socializing, and the doing it again. I plan to push this Pentalogy, 20 plus kids books, and atleast two more trilogies in the next 5 years.

  1. If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)

Beverly Cleary- As a 10 year old boy, she put in the mind of an eight year old pesty girl. Love it. Simple, yet enough to lure you in.

  1. Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?

I can’t. I am a panster writer so I would have to explain that their actions were caused by their own doing. I simply put them in the situation. Also, my book really does not have any MC, the plot is the MC and everyone in the story are subjected to its will.

  1. You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?

Control over the Heavens and Earth and all within. It would probably end in a fight…and I would have little chance against twelve foot gods.

  1. Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)

I chose an idea, say anger, then ponder the various ways anger reveals itself (Outburst, synic, sarcasm, hatred) and then assign it to a character. That character now embodies anger. Even in loving others they cannot help but be bitter or rude. They are anger, they cannot help themselves.

  1. Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.

Pentalogy will be (Jan 21, Jun 21, Jan 22, Jun 22, Jan 23)

Trilogy taking place after the pentalogy will be (Jun 23, Jan 24, Jun 24)

Second trilogy in the world (Jan 25, Jun 25, Dec 25)

I spent 20 years in the Army, deployed to the middle east and asia. I learned a lot about perspective while in.

I had NO aspirations of writing until the idea of this book struck me. Now I cant stop writing. I have written on average 1k-1.5k a day, but haven’t taken a day off since 1 may 2020.

I have two amazing editors Jim Bessey and Emilie Knight who is finishing her own trilogy as two books are out now.

Children books based on in the world will be sprinkled throughout this five year stretch.