This week we’re sitting down with Carla Hoch, who is going to give us a peek at what it’s like inside her head. Welcome Carla!
What was your favorite movie as a child?
E.T. I was a card carrying member of the E.T. fanclub. Not joking.
How many books do you own?
Seriously? That’s like asking a cat how many hours they sleep a day. Enough. That’s how many. Enough.
What book has made the most impact on you?
Breaking Reed, a book I self published years ago before I knew there were writers groups or classes on writing. It put me into the writing world.
The internet. It’s a double edged sword with a noose that swings in the middle! I can learn about how long it takes a person to bleed out while also watching a kitten fighting its reflection in a mirror.
What is your goal in and for your writing?
Enjoy myself. Whatever happens, happens. I’m not much of a high bar setter.
What is one piece of writing advice someone has given you that actually helped you?
Write like nobody will read it. – Tosca Lee
How did you get into your profession?
I enrolled in a self defense course about 5 years ago and fell in love with martial arts.
What kind of training did you undergo to get to the level you are at?
I started out with Hapkido based self defense then went on to train MMA, Taekwondo and Muay Thai style kickboxing. I’m currently a student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as Sayoc/Kali (Filipino bladework) and generally train five days a week. My most important training has been one on one with my coach whom I have assisted in the teaching of self defense. He has worked with me and continues to train me in street defense (defense of street weaponry as well as hand-to-hand combat). We meet regularly and go over his weapon of choice which may be nunchuks, a writing pen or his fists. It’s a lot of fun. And bruising.
I work as a fight scene editor with Quill Pen Editorial, write independently and am the Head Coach behind Fightwrite.net. I also host a monthly podcast called The Geek Block wherein I chat with spec fic writers.
What draws you to the speculative world?
Limitless possibility. Also, second breakfast.
What are you doing/teaching at the Realm Makers conference?
I’m teaching fighting for writers. I hope to give them enough hands on instruction to help them make their fight scene as realistic as it can be while also entertaining. We will go over the basics of not only hand to hand, but weaponry as well. Hopefully some of it inspires them not only to write great scenes but learn to defend their own self and those they love. If I’m not mistaken, I’ve already wrangled a few fellow writers into Jiu-Jitsu. Mwah ha ha ha!
Moments before the destruction of her home planet, Carla’s parents jettisoned her and her twin brother to earth. He was taken in by a kindly farmer in Kansas while she was embraced by a rather liberal clowder of feral cats in Houston, Texas.
While still a toddler, she bid farewell to her feline family and headed to Pace, Florida, a small hamlet just outside Pensacola. There she raised herself in a hollowed out tree trunk and taught herself to speak fluent Southern, ride out a hurricane like a pro and tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi by fizz alone.
As an adult, she fulfilled the dream of all feral cats and became a Spanish teacher and track coach. After nearly a decade in the classroom, she met a military cyborg who promptly married her and whisked her away to such exotic locations as Virginia and New Mexico. Now, a mother of twins herself, she and her husband have returned to the People’s Holy Republic of Texas and reside not far from where her pod originally landed.
Unlike her twin, Clark, Carla found her powers late in life. She was first introduced to them through a Hapkido based self defense class. From there she went on to train in MMA, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, street defense and is currently a student of Brazilian Jiujitsu and Sayoc. She has also assisted her coach Eddie Avelar (not altogether human himself) in the teaching of self defense. With him she continues the study of *street defense – or whatever he happens to throw at her. Literally. Sometimes he literally throws things at her.
Carla published more than 50 articles as both a color and ghost writer in her three years working for a local magazine. She is a contracted fight scene editor with Quill Pen Editorial, the author of Breaking Reed and is a featured writer in the Out of the Storm anthology. She is also the Red Writer bloggess of RedWritersHood.com and, as far as you know, not working with cats in their evil plot to overtake the world.
*Street defense is defense you would need in a street fight. It also includes gun and knife defense. It’s super fun.