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Author Interview: D.B. Jackson

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Today I am interviewing D.B. Jackson, author of the new epic fantasy novel, Time’s Children, first book in the Islevale Cycle.

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DJ: Hey D.B.! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

D.B. Jackson: Gladly – and thanks so much for taking time to chat with me. I’m a veteran of the fantasy and science fiction field, having been at this professionally for over twenty years. Writing as D.B. Jackson, and also under my own name, David B. Coe, I’ve published twenty novels and at least that many short stories. I’ve written epic fantasy, urban fantasy, media tie-ins, and a bit of science fiction. I’m probably best known for the the LonTobyn Chronicle, my first series, which won the Crawford Award, and for the Thieftaker Chronicles, a historical urban fantasy set in pre-Revolutionary Boston. I also have a Ph.D. in U.S. history. Most important, I’m married to the World’s Best Spouse, and I have two daughters, ages 23 and 19.

DJ: What is Time’s Children about?

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D.B.: Time’s Children is the opening volume in an epic fantasy/time travel series. It tells the story of Tobias a fifteen-year-old time traveler, or Walker, as they’re known in Islevale. He is sent to a royal court, where the sovereign directs him to Walk back in time 14 years to prevent a war. Just after Tobias arrives in that past, though, the sovereign, most of his ministers, and most of his family are killed by assassins. Tobias survives, as does the sovereign’s infant daughter. Tobias, with help from Mara, his friend and love, who follows him back through time, has to keep the princess safe, restore the royal line to power, and find his way back to his own time. But he’s being pursued by the assassins, and, well, it kind of takes off from there.

DJ: What were some of your influences Time’s Children and the series?

D.B.: The world itself is an homage to Ursula K. LeGuin’s Earthsea. The original Earthsea trilogy has long been among my favorite works – along with Lord of the Rings, it’s the reason I fell in love with fantasy. I’ve created lots of worlds through my career, but I wanted this one to be different from those others, and so I made it a world of islands and seas, archipelagos and straits. As I say, similar to Earthsea, though it has plenty of unique elements.

And then, I would say that I was influenced in this project, as with all my work, by the novels of Guy Gavriel Kay. Guy may well be my favorite fantasist. I so admire the flow and beauty of his prose, the complexity of his settings and characters, the intricacies of his plotting. I strive for the same qualities in my own writing. Continue reading

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Author Interview: N.S. Dolkart

14754448Today I am interviewing N.S. Dolkart, author of the new epic fantasy novel, A Breach in the Heavens, final book in The Godserfs series.

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DJ: Hi N.S! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

N.S: Sure! I’m an author, Israeli Folk dancer, and cooking enthusiast from the Boston suburbs. I’ve read a lot of Torah in my time, and have many opinions about it, some of them delightfully blasphemous. I have a tremendous amount of fun and I can’t get away from myself, so I must be fun to be around, right?

DJ: What is A Breach in the Heavens and then The Godserfs series about?

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N.S: The trilogy follows a group of foreign refugees as they seek community, safety, and meaning on an unwelcoming continent, choosing which gods to appease and which to defy and just generally trying to survive when it seems like everyone in heaven and on earth might have it in for them. And that’s not to mention the fairies, who definitely want to eat them.

In the first book, Silent Hall, the main characters stuck together for safety and comfort while doing everything they could to avoid getting squashed by some god or other. They made some questionable choices, but seemed to come out of it okay.
In the second, Among the Fallen, they split up to pursue individual goals, sometimes to disastrous effect, but still managed to keep it together and even advance in the world, for all the danger that that entails.

Now, in the final book, their questionable choices from Silent Hall really come back to bite them as they seem to have unwittingly set an apocalypse in motion. They’ve all got their separate power bases and their separate ideas for how best to respond, and their allies are pushing them in different directions too. Something’s got to give, and, um, that “something” might well be the sky? Continue reading

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Author Interview: Lauren C. Teffeau

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Today I am interviewing Lauren C. Teffeau, author of the new cyberpunk novel, Implanted.

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DJ: Hey Lauren! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Lauren C. Teffeau: I’m a speculative fiction writer from New Mexico. I grew up on the East Coast in the suburbs outside of Philly, went to undergrad and graduate school in the South, worked as a university researcher in the Midwest, and now live in Albuquerque. I love writing and reading (natch!), biking, hiking, video games, and spending time with my family.

DJ: What is Implanted about?

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Lauren: The book is about a young woman named Emery Driscoll who’s blackmailed into working as a courier for a shadowy organization and what happens when the life she was forced to leave behind comes back to haunt her after she’s left holding the bag on a job gone wrong. Action and adventure abound, along with high-tech gadgets, light espionage, romance, and hard questions about the future.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Implanted?

Lauren: Take Johnny Mnemonic, add a dash of Person of Interest, mix with Logan’s Run, and wrap it all up in a Blade Runner-meets-solarpunk aesthetic.

DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little more about your main character Emery?

Lauren: Sure! Emery has just graduated from the prestigious College of New Worth and is debating whether she wants to meet one of her close friends in person for the first time after years of synching via their neural implants, which allow for the near-instantaneous exchange of thought-text. (Hello, cyberpunk!) But after growing up in the Terrestrial District, Emery’s slow to trust, even though they have so many things in common, including a love for the city’s Arcades where their implants pair with the latest cutting-edge tech for super-immersive games like the one that introduced them in the first place. She also has a BIG secret she’s been keeping from him, and most everyone else in her life, making her easy prey for the folks wanting to turn her into a courier. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Jeff Noon

2040D016-DE0C-4F3D-94DE-CFB3ECA53A64Lisa (@ Over the Effing Rainbow), Jorie (@ Jorie Loves a Story) and imyril (@ One More) are delighted to bring you WYRD AND WONDER, where they plan to celebrate all things fantastical throughout the month of May!


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Today I am interviewing Jeff Noon, author of the new fantasy novel, The Body Library, second book in the Nyquist series.

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DJ: Hi Jeff! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!



For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?



Jeff Noon: I started writing plays in my early 30s, had some success with that, and lots of rejection slips! And then I switched to novels in the early 1990s. My first novel was Vurt, an attempt to portray the city of Manchester as I witnessed it around me at the time, while projecting it into a slightly alternative reality. The book came out on a tiny independent publisher but was lucky enough to win the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and so that was the start of my career as a science fiction author. I have written a good number of novels and short stories since then, in various styles, all of them hovering somewhere around the avant pulp interface.



DJ: What is The Body Library and then the Nyquist series about?



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Jeff: The Body Library is the follow-up to A Man of Shadows and continues my SF Private Eye series. Each novel is set in a different city, and each city contains a different weird or fantastical element. So the first book was set in a city called Dayzone, where the sky is completely covered in lamps of various kinds: it never goes dark. The novel explores the concept of time as a liquid substance. Because the city is completely cut off from the normal cycles of day and night, time has dissolved into a complex series of interconnecting time lines. Nyquist leaves that city at the end of the book and The Body Library finds him taking up residence in a new city, one obsessed with language and stories. He gets caught up in a murder mystery that takes him closer and closer to the heart of storytelling, until he actually becomes a character and enters the story. The book explores many different ideas of narrative and what stories mean to different people. The Nyquist series as a whole places a lone individual against a world he can barely understood in its entirety, and then sets him on a path that leads to the very heart of the mystery. I tried to make sure that the second book stands on its own, separate from the first book, so they could be enjoyed separately. Although, of course, they work best as a series.

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Author Interview: Tristan Palmgren

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Today I am interviewing Tristan Palmgren, author of the new science-fiction novel, Quietus.

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DJ: Hi Tristan! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Tristan Palmgren: Hello, and thank you for having me!

I’ve been writing science fiction since grade school, and knew I wanted to keep writing. Unfortunately, that was about the only thing I knew about myself. In my other lives, I’ve been a teacher, a lecturer, a clerk, a technician, a secretary, a store manager, and a rural coroner’s assistant. Quietus is my debut novel.

DJ: What is Quietus about?

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Tristan: Quietus is a science fiction novel set during the Black Death, about a transdimensional anthropologist, a Carthusian monk, the weight of loss, and compassion in impossible circumstances.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Quietus?

Tristan: The research! It was in reading about the Black Death that I realized that I wanted to write about it. Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century does not dwell on the Black Death, but the pages it spends on plague were so evocative that I immediately started more research. Barbara Tuchman is a novelist’s historian, and I try to take lessons from her craft every time I read it. Julie Kerr’s Life in the Medieval Cloister helped me solidify Niccoluccio. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Alex Wells

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Today I am interviewing Alex Wells, author of the new science-fiction novel, Blood Binds the Pack, second book in the Hob series.

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DJ: Hi Alex! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Alex: I’ve been professionally writing science fiction and fantasy for about eight years now. I’m also a geologist; I got my MS in sedimentology, which I’ve been told shows a little bit in how I write things. Deserts landforms are my favorites, which explains a lot about the setting for the books at least!

DJ: What is Blood Binds the Pack and then the Hob series about?

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Alex: It’s about the worker population on a company-owned and controlled planet striking to try to better their living conditions–but it’s also about ultimately who is going to control interstellar travel in this universe, even if they don’t quite realize it. It’s about working people asserting their right to survive and thrive and have control over their own destinies. There’s also, I will note, witchiness. (I’ve been told that Blood Binds the Pack manages to stand on its own, but if you read Hunger Makes the Wolf first, you’ll know the characters better.)

DJ: What were some of your influences for the Hob series?

Alex: Definitely Dune and Firefly are aesthetic influences. The biggest influence is actually historical, though. A lot of what happens in these books is influenced by or even directly related to the Colorado Coal Field Wars, which was a series of clashes between company and government men and the union coal miners.  Continue reading

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Body Library (John Nyquist #2) by Jeff Noon


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.


The Body Library (John Nyquist #2) by Jeff Noon

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Author Interview: Jay Posey

Today I am interviewing Jay Posey, author of the new science-fiction novel, Sungrazer, second book in the Outriders series.

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DJ: Hey Jay! Welcome back to MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape! This is actually your third time here 🙂

For readers who might have missed previous interviews and aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Jay Posey: Hi DJ, thanks for inviting me back!

I’m Jay Posey, author of the post-apocalyptic Legends of the Duskwalker trilogy, and the military SF Outriders series. For my day job, I’m a writer and game designer for Ubisoft/Red Storm Entertainment, where I’ve worked on things like Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six franchises, and most recently the VR game Star Trek: Bridge Crew.

DJ: What is Sungrazer and also the Outriders series about?

Jay: The Outriders series is about Captain Lincoln Suh and his 519th Applied Intelligence Group (aka “the Outriders”), an elite team of death-proofed special operators who go do all of the jobs that no one is supposed to ever find out about. To this point in the series, most of their time has been spent trying to prevent the outbreak of the first interplanetary war, between Earth and Mars.

In Sungrazer, Lincoln and his team have to track down a missing city-killing space-based weapon before its deployed. Naturally, it’s even harder than it sounds.

DJ: What were some of your influences for the Outriders series?

Jay: The biggest influence is undoubtedly the work I’ve done in game development, particularly on the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon franchise. I’ve had the genuine privilege of getting to meet and interact with a number of special operators over the years from a variety of branches, and that’s played a big part in informing the series and the kinds of stories I wanted to tell.

There’s so much more to special operations forces than kicking doors and pulling triggers, but often that’s the only part we focus on in video games. So the Outriders series is, for me, a way to look at other aspects of that world.

There was also an old pen-and-paper RPG called Living Steel back in the late 80s that I discovered when I was a kid. It was my introduction to the idea of powered armor, and it left quite an impression on me (even though I never actually played a campaign, because the rules were so complex!).

The Outriders have extremely advanced power armor, but it’s designed primarily for reconnaissance and infiltration rather than full-on assault, so that’s been a fun concept to play with. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Wendy N. Wagner

Today I am interviewing Wendy N. Wagner, author of the new sci-fi novel, An Oath of Dogs.

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DJ: Hey Wendy! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Wendy N. Wagner: I live in Portland, Oregon, and my day job is working as the managing/associate editor of Lightspeed and Nightmare magazines. I also used to write tie-in fiction for the Pathfinder role-playing game, including two novels. That was a great way to get free RPG materials! Everyone in my whole family is obsessed with games (role-playing, board, and video–it doesn’t matter), so that was a nice perk.

When I’m not writing or gaming, I’m usually puttering in my garden. I’m a total dirt nerd!

DJ: What is An Oath of Dogs about?

Wendy: It’s about a woman and her therapy dog who move to a new planet. When they get there, she begins to suspect her company killed her boss–and that it’s part of a much larger corporate cover-up.

DJ: What were some of your influences for An Oath of Dogs?

Wendy: It’s mostly inspired by my experiences growing up in southern Oregon in the early ’90s. We lived in a beautiful area where it rained more than 100 inches a year, and beautiful mossy forests stretched everywhere. The planet in Oath is very much like that: giant trees, lots of moss, constant rain.

But since there are lots of trees, the timber industry is very powerful. My hometown was entirely dominated by the timber industry–everything depended on those companies. Not just the loggers and the millworkers, but the restaurants, the churches, the schools, local law enforcement. When the timber industry dried up, my hometown essentially died. I wanted to write about what it was like to live in a town where one industry could dominate not just the economy but the entire culture and landscape of a community. Continue reading

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