Tag Archives: author interview

Author Interview: Christopher Hinz

Today I am interviewing Christopher Hinz, author of the new science-fiction novel, Starship Alchemon. 

◊  ◊  ◊

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

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

Christopher Hinz: I’ve written seven novels including “Starship Alchemon.” My first book, “Liege-Killer,” won the Compton Crook award for best first novel and earned a nomination for the John W. Campbell award for best new writer. I’ve also done graphic novels and screenplays, co-authored a novelette and scripted comics for DC and Marvel. 

DJ: What is Starship Alchemon about?

Christopher: Explorers aboard a powerful AI vessel sent to investigate an “anomalous biosignature” on a distant planet realize their mission has gone to hell. After numerous freakish and deadly incidents, the crew end up fighting not only for their own survival, but for the fate of all humanity.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Starship Alchemon

Christopher: The novel falls into the “monster on the spaceship” subgenre of SF. Similar works that impacted the story include Ridley Scott’s Alien and A.E. Van Vogt’s “Voyage of the Space Beagle.”

DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them? 

Christopher: There are extreme differences between the two main characters, Captain Solorzano and the young psychic woman, LeaMarsa. The captain is brave and virtuous whereas the psychic is deeply tormented by her abilities, a true lost soul. A character such as LeaMarsa — not really likeable in the traditional sense — isn’t normally found within the borders of SF. But I wanted to explore the genre’s outer edges.    Continue reading

Tagged , , ,

Author Interview: E.E. Knight

Today I am interviewing E.E. Knight, author of the new fantasy novel, Novice Dragoneer. 

◊  ◊  ◊

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

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

E.E. Knight: I’m a born-and-raised Upper Midwesterner, if you don’t count some brief stints in San Diego, the Pacific Northwest, and Canada as a child.  I’m married and we have three kids of elementary school age, currently living one block from the Chicago city limits. I’ve been a novelist since Way of the Wolf was published in 2001.

DJ: What is Novice Dragoneer about?

E.E.: It’s about a 14-year-old dragon-loving girl who has been fascinated by dragons since first meeting one as a child.  She runs away from her orphanage and tries to win an apprenticeship with an order of dragonriders famous throughout her little mountain republic.

DJ: What were some of your influences Novice Dragoneer and the series

E.E.: Anne McCaffrey was the original touchstone for so many of us, the Dragonlance books.  There are some early-aviation influences as well, like the Blue Max and Biggles books and the air warfare pulps.

DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them? 

E.E.: Ileth is a girl mixing with the upper crust.  Rich and powerful families in her land like to have a connection to the Dragoneers and they’ll send off sons, and once in a while, daughters, to make connections, much as you used to sort your children into lawmaking, army and naval service, or the priesthood.  On paper her republic is egalitarian, but there’s a lot of institutional memory from when the dragoneers were limited to the aristocrats. She has speech processing issues (a challenge I faced and my eldest son as well), and while the dragoneers admit both men and women – because that’s the way the dragons like it – she’s a poor minority in a wealthy man’s world. Continue reading

Tagged , , , ,

Author Interview: Jennifer Roberson

Today I am interviewing Jennifer Roberson, author of the new fantasy novel, Life and Limb, first book in the Blood & Bone series. 

◊  ◊  ◊

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

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

JenniferI have a BS in journalism, minor in British History, which seems fairly prosaic, but I was very fortunate to do my final semester in London on an American Foreign Studies program.  Classes were held three days a week, and the rest of the time I was taking trains all over England, Scotland, and Wales. While born in Missouri, at the age of four we moved to Phoenix and I have been an Arizonan ever since.  Currently I reside in Tucson with a collection of cats and Cardigan Welsh Corgis—the Corgi with the tail.  I’m also a former rodeo queen and have been a reporter, bookstore employee, advertising copywriter, and doggie daycare handler.

DJ: What is Life and Limb about?

Jennifer:   Life and Limb is the first volume in an ongoing urban fantasy series about the End of Days, and two perfectly ordinary young men who are strangers to one another who have been conscripted to join the heavenly host in a battle against Lucifer’s spec ops troops: demons who now inhabit characters and creatures from fiction, history, myths, legends, and folklore.  But the angels have agendas, and Gabe and Remi—an ex-con biker and Texas cowboy—must also come to grips with the unwelcome discovery that they themselves are not after all entirely human, even as they climb the steepest of learning curves in an attempt to save the world.  It’s myth, and magic; gods and goddesses; angels and agendas. 

DJ: What were some of your influences for Life and Limb and the series? 

Jennifer:  Books, certainly, but also movies and TV shows.  I intend it to be a very visceral, visual series, and it harkens to many of the archetypes and themes found in so many shows and films.  I call it a “kitchen sink” series in that everything and the kitchen sink will be thrown into the mix, including literature, pop culture, movies, myth, and music.  There are homages and references to many favorite f/sf shows. I think readers will sense overtones of popular genre shows such as X-Files, Supernatural, Once Upon A Time, Grimm, Highlander, and others.  Continue reading

Tagged , , , ,

Author Interview: Ricardo Victoria

Today I am interviewing Ricardo Victoria, author of the new science fantasy novel, Tempest Blades: The Withered King.

◊  ◊  ◊

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

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

Ricardo Victoria: First, thank you for having me here. I’m a Mexican author and I currently live in Mexico, where I work as full-time lecturer and researcher. I lived in UK for three and a half years while I was working on my PhD on sustainable design. I’m married and I have three little dogs. I started writing during college, mostly fantasy short stories. But the real push to be a writer came around the time I was getting married, when a few friends and I, started a collective writers’ press called ‘Inklings Press’ to develop our skills. Then came the Sidewise nomination for a story I co-authored about time-travelling, spacefaring dinosaurs. The rest, it has been just work and writing. And toy collecting.

DJ: What is Tempest Blades: The Withered King about?

Ricardo: Mostly, it’s a story about second chances and learning to forgive yourself and move on. That may sound too philosophical, but that’s part of the core message. At the outset, it’s an adventure, told mostly from the point of view of the character that is filling the role of a mentor – probably the most dangerous job in a fantasy story. Fionn is a retired war hero who has an ability – called the Gift – which manifests differently in each person that has it; in his case, as a healing factor. Fionn has been living in seclusion after a mistake derailed his life. But when a friend asks him for help to find a missing person, he returns to the game – albeit reluctantly. He ends up becoming the leader of an eclectic group and mentor to a new generation of heroes in a race against time to stop an ancient evil that is hell-bent on world domination. And Fionn, while he might be feeling down, is not planning to die anytime soon. So, I’m basically taking the trope of the mentor dying on the adventure and turning it upside down while trying to tell an entertaining story. I hope I achieved it. Continue reading

Tagged , , ,

Author Interview: Rose Marie Machario

Today I am interviewing Rose Marie Machario, author of the new fantasy novel, The Amulet of Elements.

◊  ◊  ◊

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

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

Rose Marie Machario: I am an actress, model, creator/hostess of my show Dream Big/Dream Big Radio, and I am now a published author. 

DJ: What is The Amulet of Elements about?

Rose: It is about a young girl who discovers she is destined to rid the world of an evil wizard, and the only one who can harness the true power from The Amulet of Elements. 

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Amulet of Elements ?

Rose: It literally came to me in a dream. I wrote everything down that I could from memory, and then the story was born. 

DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them? 

Rose: Princess Ellyria Rose was sheltered at birth until her sixteenth birthday, she was not confident at all, and her innocence ends up getting her in a lot of trouble. She has a kind heart, even when the man she fell for betrays her, she still helps him to rescue his father. The bond with her family is strong, but when she finds out from strangers that she is destined to be the Chosen One it devastates her. Although she may be insecure about herself, her bravery is the only part of her that helps her on the many challenges she faces. Her childlike essence is probably her biggest quirk per say.  Continue reading

Tagged , ,

Author Interview: Elle Katharine White

Today I am interviewing Elle Katharine White, author of the new fantasy novel, Flamebringer, final book in the Heartstone series. 

◊  ◊  ◊

DJ: Hi Elle! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview! For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Elle Katharine White: Hey there! Thanks so much for having me here. I’m Elle, I write sci-fi and fantasy books and love all things nerdy, especially things with dragons.

DJ: What is Flamebringer and then the Heartstone series about?

Elle: Flamebringer is the final book in the Heartstone trilogy, which started as a reimagining of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice in a fantasy world with dragons and dragon-riding monster hunters. I’d always wondered what life looked like for Elizabeth and Darcy after their happily ever after, and if they had to work as hard to keep their HEA as they did to find it in the first place. For the characters in Flamebringer, the answer to that question is a resounding yes. Unfortunately for them, they have the added pressure of saving their kingdom from a monstrous invasion, which will make for some very interesting marriage therapy sessions later in life.

DJ: What were some of your influences for the Heartstone series

Elle: The first book began with a mash-up of Pride & Prejudice and the movie How to Train Your Dragon, but in the second and third books I wanted to expand the world of Arle, giving it depth and history beyond its Regency counterpart. For that I turned to mythology. (I was and still am a huge myth nerd.) Many of the non-human characters were inspired by creatures I’d met in folklore. Continue reading

Tagged , , , ,

Author Interview: Kaaron Warren

Today I am interviewing Kaaron Warren, author of the new horror novel, Into Bones Like Oil.

◊  ◊  ◊

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

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

Kaaron Warren: I’m an Australian writer of short and long fiction. I grew up in Melbourne, but I’ve also lived in Sydney, Fiji and Canberra. I wanted to be a writer from the start, as soon as I learned how to read. This is my bio:

Shirley Jackson award-winner Kaaron Warren published her first short story in 1993 and has had fiction in print every year since. She was recently given the Peter McNamara Lifetime Achievement Award and was Guest of Honour at World Fantasy 2018, Stokercon 2019 and Geysercon 2019. 

She has published five multi-award winning novels (Slights, Walking the Tree, Mistification, The Grief Hole and Tide of Stone) and seven short story collections, including the multi-award winning Through Splintered Walls. Her most recent short story collection is A Primer to Kaaron Warren from Dark Moon Books. Tide of Stone recently won the Aurealis Award and the Australian Shadows Award, and was shortlisted for the Locus Award and the Ditmar Award. She has won the ACT Writers and Publishers Award four times and twice been award the Canberra Critics Circle Award for Fiction.

Kaaron was a Fellow at the Museum for Australian Democracy, where she researched prime ministers, artists and serial killers. In 2018 she was Established Artist in Residence at Katharine Susannah Prichard House in Western Australia. She’s taught workshops in haunted asylums, old morgues and second hand clothing shops and she’s mentored several writers through a number of programs.

DJ: What is Into Bones Like Oil about?

Kaaron: The novella is set in a rooming house, the sort of place where people live for a few years or a few months. The Angelsea sits above a beach, looking over the site of a long-ago shipwreck, and the building is haunted by the people who drowned at sea. The main character, Dora, has left her life behind after a terrible tragedy. She is driven by grief and guilt; these things direct everything she does. The ghosts and the living inhabitants connect in ways that will cause irreparable damage.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Into Bones Like Oil

Kaaron: This story came from many, many places and has been percolating for a long time. I stayed in a rooming house in Melbourne about 25 years ago and was fascinated by the daily routines, and by the relationships that formed in the dining room and the hallways. I was struck by how transient many people are in life, how we are who we say we are in new places where others don’t know us.

I also gathered stories of disappearances and murders where a rooming house was mentioned. “Last seen near…” There are quite a number of these. I’ve always been fascinated in the possibility of ghosts, and of messages from the ‘other side’. The possibility of absolute proof of an afterlife is interesting, and I like to explore that in different ways. Continue reading

Tagged , , ,

Author Interview: Trevor B. Williams

Today I am interviewing Trevor B. Williams, author of the new science-fiction novel, Eternal Shadow, first book in the Fall of Gods series.

◊  ◊  ◊

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

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

Trevor B. Williams: I’m very happy that you connected with me!  I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, but soon followed a job to Washington, DC. Today I presently live in Oakland, CA with my wife and three-year-old girl. When I’m not writing, I’m working for a healthcare tech company as a Senior Salesforce Administrator. And when I’m away from computers altogether I tend to go hiking or exploring museums with my family.\

DJ: What is Eternal Shadow about?

Trevor: Eternal Shadow is a story about perseverance in the face of the unknown, passion toward the sciences, and learning about what drives humanity – both the individual and as a species. This story focuses less on the threat to Earth, but how humanity copes with first contact and the existential crisis that is forced upon them. 

DJ: What were some of your influences Eternal Shadow and the series

Trevor: The idea of a planet-destroying object was certainly molded by both cinema and TV shows alike, from the famous Death Star in Star Wars to the Doomsday Machine in Star Trek: The Original Series. I’ve found such devices to be truly fascinating concepts. I’ve gotten older, my appreciation for such ideas have only driven me to look deeper into the fantastical plot device. My studies in behavioral psychology, too, played a large role in my wanting to explore this particular “what-if.” Understanding human behavior can be simultaneously quite simple but also terribly complex.  Continue reading

Tagged , , ,

Author Interview: Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Today I am interviewing Bryan Thomas Schmidt, editor of the new science-fiction anthology, Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers, second  book in the Infinite Stars series

◊  ◊  ◊

DJ: Hi Bryan! Thanks for stopping by to do an interview! 

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

Bryan: I am primarily known as the first editor of Andy Weir’s The Martian and numerous anthologies. I have also edited books by Alan Dean Foster, Tracy Hickman, Mike Resnick, Frank Herbert, Angie Fox–all bestsellers–and numerous others. I am also a national bestselling author and was a Hugo-nominee for short form editing. I have written official tie-ins in The X-Files and Predator for Fox, as well as bestselling literary series Monster Hunter International and Joe Ledger, and my first novel, The Worker Prince, made Barnes and Noble’s Year’s Best Science Fiction in 2011. My latest novel is Simon Says, my first thriller

DJ: What is Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers about?

Bryan: The Infinite Stars concept is to collect the best of space opera and military science fiction past and present. I collect stories going back to the 1930s through present day. About half are reprints and half are brand new stories in popular existing universes. With a few new things mixed in here or there.

DJ: What were some of the inspirations behind Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers

Bryan: Space Opera and Military Science Fiction are mainstays of speculative fiction. Star Wars, Star Trek, The Orville, The Expanse, Killjoys, Firefly–these are all examples of popular culture written in this subgenre. It may well be the most familiar of all subgenres of science fiction to audiences, the face of science fiction even, if you will. Continue reading

Tagged , , , ,

Author Interview: Steven Govorchin

Today I am interviewing Steven Govorchin, author of the new pre-historical fiction novel, Plateau Dwellers. 

◊  ◊  ◊

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

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

Steven Govorchin:  Thank you very much for extending this interview to me and taking an interest in Plateau Dwellers.  I was born in 1955 and grew up in Michigan. My great, eclectic journey began with military service in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, continued with a career in science and eventually expanded into the arts, including filmmaking, composing music and writing books.

DJ: What is Plateau Dwellers about?

Steven:  “Plateau Dwellers” is the story of a boy who comes of age in a primitive, unchanging culture that might have existed during the Neolithic Period of a hypothetical, alternate universe. His knowledge comes from the lore he has inherited and what his senses have told him about his surroundings. As he progresses through his teen years, he begins to question the validity of everything his society accepts as true, so he sets out on a long expedition to learn about the human condition and his world. Along the way, he builds the foundation for the most unexpected discovery of all: his own true nature.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Plateau Dwellers

Steven:  Like “Clan of the Cave Bear,” the adventure (in Part One) takes place in a primitive world.  Similar to “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” the main character is an alter ego of the author, who must figure out where knowledge comes from and its significance to his life.  As in “Atlas Shrugged,” a protagonist must acquire information and then struggle to overcome the limitations imposed by society.   Continue reading

Tagged , ,