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DJ: Hi Weston! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Weston: I’m a military veteran with 35 years of service and counting. I’ve written about 30 books and won a few awards. One of my books has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. I have three Great Danes and am married to the author, Yvonne Navarro. I like Fly Fishing, wine, and exercise. My favorite authors are Donna Tartt, Cormac McCarthy, Ray Bradbury, Peter Straub, Marisha Pessl, Robert McCammon, and John Irving. My favorite book of all time is A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.
DJ: What is Burning Sky about?
Weston: At the core it’s about loss of self, it’s about what is real and what isn’t, it’s about what it means to be who we think we are, but I’ve hidden these questions and their answers in a novel about a team of adrenaline junkies who want to change their fortune and become better than they are.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Burning Sky?
Weston: Cormac McCarthy was a huge influence in the book. His continuing theme of man vs nature and man’s inability to overcome nature is the fulcrum in the novel which the plot circles. I especially mined his masterpiece Blood Meridian, using some of the motifs like how he never names any major character but instead uses titles for them. In Burning Sky, the members of the team are never referred to by their names while in Afghanistan. I also loved the way McCarthy landscaped Blood Meridian and tried to use some of the landscape in Burning Sky as a dark mirror to the McCarthy’s terra damnata. I also mined several cultural icons that when seen, can’t help but bring us memories and stir our thinking. Images such as The Falling Man from the Twin Towers during 9/11, or the Burning Monk and the Napalm Girl from black and white photos from Vietnam. Each one of the images is shorthand to something terrible and I used them as interactive touchpoints for readers. Continue reading