Check out this author spotlight for Adam G. Fleming!
You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
Adam G. Fleming was raised in a hippie Mennonite commune on an organic strawberry farm in central Illinois. When he was 13 years old his parents moved the family to the savannah of central Congo for a year. These experiences made Adam a traveler and an eclectic artist with a wide variety of cultural influences. He has visited 21 nations and territories, and has lived three months or more in Egypt, Ivory Coast, France and Congo. His most recent adventure was a two-week, 200-mile hiking trek across northern Portugal and Galicia.
Adam writes about travelers, cultures, odd religions, and brings his own friendly, wacky brand of humor to his work as well. Adam published his first novel, White Buffalo Gold, in 2012. He has since written more than a dozen books, often creating worlds within other worlds. He recently completed The Satchel Pong Chronicles, a five-book steampunk fantasy series.
Adam lives in Goshen, Indiana with his wife Megan (m. 1998). They have four children.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
Not a fan of winter. I have found excuses to travel somewhere away from northern Indiana to somewhere tropical or at least more temperate (Belize, Congo, Thailand, Egypt, Portugal) between November and March I think probably ever since a trip to Andalusia, Spain; Gibraltar and Morocco in February of 2013, I only missed out on getting away from the cold in the winters of 2014-15 and in winter of 2020-2021.
Cat or dog?
Don’t have either but if they’re friendly, I’m friendly.
Morning or evening?
ALL DAY LONG
Library or museums?
Honestly, museums. Or bookstores. Occasionally I go to the library to get something specific but it’s in and out, I don’t browse. We have a great local independent bookstore, they stock my books, and I browse there and buy books to keep.
Hunter or gatherer?
I’d rather be a gatherer, if you find a nice batch of edible caterpillars you can just pluck off a tree and roast like a marshmallow, it’s so much easier than chasing down a gazelle. I’m lazy that way. Fewer calories spent, fewer calories to acquire. I’m actually a big fan of the Alone series. But I would never go do it because I don’t like the cold and also I’m not that much of a hunter and I would probably be eaten by wolves but mainly because I don’t like the cold. I would rather be killed by wolves than freeze to death in a lake.
Witches or wizards?
Wizards, I don’t get into a lot of dark stuff, and I feel like wizards have more potential for saying crazy stuff because they’re half senile. I guess witches could do that too, but I’m just not that interested in writing or reading about witches. I like old men with white beards. Maybe because I am one…
Ninjas or pirates?
Pirates. Much more flamboyant costuming and interesting talk. Or, in my Steampunk series they are called Dirates, because they fly Dirigibles. D + irates. They still say AARGH.
Mountains or beaches?
Beaches, Tropical. ALL WINTER LONG if I could!Plotter or pantser? Pantser. No reason other than this is who I am.
Standalone or series?
I read and write both. Prefer to read standalone because then I can move to something else. But I like writing series.
Book or ebook?
I prefer to read on paper by far over ebook or audio, though I have tried the other formats there’s nothing like having that book in your hands.
Hero or anti-hero?
Yes, I am both of these and sometimes I’m even a villain, thanks for asking.
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
Right now, I’m into reading about hippies. But that’s not going to last long.
4. What do you write?
Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings! I write all kinds of stuff. Lately finished a five book steampunk fantasy series. Now I’m working on audio book with a mix of serious poetry and silly flash fiction, called Vortex Street, I’m writing a nonfiction book about my travels on the Camino which will be titled Old Roads, New Friends… I have some nonfiction books around building great cultures and doing good listening. Basically, I write about weird religions, people who travel, cross-culture stuff, silly things, and friendship…
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
My most recent release is the fifth and final book in The Satchel Pong Chronicles. Here is a short blurb for the first book, Satchel Pong and the Great Migration:
Satchel Pong is a Meteorologist who is guarding a secret: the world is gradually getting hotter, but he doesn’t know why. He must lead his people to safety, and finally consults with the Dirigibles via the Wireless, who instruct him to leave his home and take anyone who will follow him. This is a completed 5 book series:
Satchel Pong and the Great Migration
Satchel Pong and the Search for Emil Ennis
Antoinette Xho and the Sky Dwellers
St. Kipstofer and the Miraculous Yarkarma The Prophets of Doom and the Leaping Hedgehog
All my books are available through www.adamgfleming.com and also at Amazon:
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
My real life inspiration is from a lifetime of travel, I have visited 21 nations and territories and I have lived in Congo, Egypt, France and Ivory Coast as well as the USA. Authors include humorists like Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, Garrison Keillor and also writers like John Irving and Barbara Kingsolver. I tried but I could not get into the Russian writers. And as far as poetry goes, Wendell Berry and Lao Tzu. My favorite movie of all time is the Big Lebowski. I enjoyed the Last Airbender with my kids and Katara, too. I like gritty shows like Peaky Blinders, Ozark and Casa de Papel (aka Money Heist) but I don’t write stuff that gritty. I listen to bluegrass and sometimes while writing I will put on lofi jazz stuff like Cowboy Bebop on Youtube.
I also love Winnie the Pooh.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
I don’t have a routine, I just make room for it in my schedule the same way you make room for a piece of fudge or a donut. Or a workout. Whatever you’re into. If it’s important you will fit it in.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
Start building an email list immediately
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!
www.Instagram.com/adam_g_flemingwww.Facebook.com/adamgflemingauthor Look me up on Goodreads Adam G. Fleming, and my website www.adamgfleming.com and feel free to email me, firstname.lastname@example.org I don’t bite and I really like shipping out autographed copies of stuff and it’s easy to buy via Venmo or Paypal or even Bitcoin or ETH on Coinbase, whatever you want. If you contact me off this blog via email and buy at least 2 autographed paperbacks, I’ll throw some kind of freebie in the box. It might be a book I recently read or something off my shelf. So, tell me what kind of stuff you like to read and which of my books you want and I’ll shoot you a special deal of some kind.