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Author Interview: S. Andrew Swann

Today I am interviewing S. Andrew Swann, author of the new fantasy novel, Marked.

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

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

Andrew Swann: I’ve been writing SF and Fantasy for a little over 25 years now, averaging a book a year during that time. I live in the Cleveland area, the setting for a number of my stories, including MARKED. I’m married and share a small sort-of farm with my wife, a horse, three sheep, two Boxers and a pair of cats.

DJ: What is Marked about?

Andrew: It’s about a woman, Dana Rohan, who has a tattoo-like mark on her back that allows her to go to various alternate pasts and futures. She doesn’t know the source of the mark or its powers, and she’s kept it hidden from those around her. She’s built a life as a police detective, where she’s secretly used the mark’s powers to help her in her job. Her life is upended when an apparently crazy man accosts her speaking a language she doesn’t know and is abruptly killed by an armored swordsman coming out of nowhere. The dead man bears a mark like her own. Soon after she’s chased by zombie-like creatures bearing their own perverse marks, and is racing through myriad alternate worlds in a quest to find out about the mark and her own past.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Marked?

Andrew: The most direct and obvious influence is Roger Zelazny’s AMBER series which I read in high school. It gave me the seed of the idea that would eventually become MARKED. But there are a lot of other influences, from various police procedurals, to the more recent DAWN OF THE DEAD and WORLD WAR Z. We can also blame the airships on GIRL GENIUS by Phil and Kaja Foglio. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Marshall Ryan Maresca

Today I am interviewing Marshall Ryan Maresca, author of the new fantasy novel, The Way of the Shield, first book in the Maradaine Elite series.

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

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

Marshall: Hi, I’m Marshall Ryan Maresca, I’m a fantasy author living in Austin, and I’m the author of the Maradaine Saga, which consists of four different series set in the same magical fantastical city of Maradaine, the latest of which is The Way of the Shield, which is the first of the fourth series, The Maradaine Elite.

DJ: What is The Way of the Shield about?

Marshall:  The Way of the Shield follows Dayne Heldrin, a pacifist warrior who is part of the Tarian Order, elite order who study defensive combat arts.  He returns to Maradaine after a costly error involving an influential family could lead to his expulsion from the Order, and he finds his principles put to the test as he tries to stop an insurgent plot to assassinate members of Parliament.

DJ: What were some of your influences The Way of the Shield and the series?

Marshall: I’ve been calling it Fantasy Captain America Meets Les Miserables, which should give you some sense of where it’s coming from.

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? What makes them compelling?

Marshall: The two main characters, Dayne and Jerinne, are both people who have a lot of doubts about their future, but they’re also people who immediately step into action when people are in danger. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Julie E. Czerneda

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Today I am interviewing Julie E. Czerneda, author of the new science-fiction novel, Search Image.

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

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

Julie: My pleasure. I’m a Canadian SF/F author, published by DAW Books. I’ve been doing this for a living since 1997, and love it. I’ve edited anthologies and worked in non-fiction as well. My background is biology, which tends to show up in my work and daily life.

DJ: What is Search Image about?

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Julie: Esen’s back and she, with her Human friend Paul, have opened their All Species Library of Linguistics and Culture for business. In short order, an interesting dilemma ensues. Well, more than one, all involving alien biology. Esen’s books are episodic, in that each is a complete story with a biology conundrum at heart, but there are threads from one to another.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Search Image?

Julie: Everything that lives. Really. Plus physics. A primary curiosity I have is about communication and how we—meaning anything alive—manages it, and why. Most of Esen’s predicaments, and solutions, come about through failure to understand one another. Incompatible plumbing. Often literally. There could be slime. Continue reading

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Author Interivew: E.C. Ambrose

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Today I am interviewing E.C. Ambrose, author of the new historical fantasy novel, Elisha Daemon, final book in The Dark Apostle series.

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

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

E.C. Ambrose: I dropped out of art school, where I was majoring in sculpture, to found my own wholesale gift sculpture business and focus more on writing. Alas for me, the business broke up a few years ago, but the writing took off around the same time. I live in New Hampshire with my family, and work part-time as an adventure guide.

DJ: What is Elisha Daemon and then The Dark Apostle series about?

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E.C.: The Dark Apostle follows the harrowing journey of Elisha, a barber-surgeon in 14th century England who discovers he has an unnatural affinity with Death. As his power grows, he confronts a gritty world full of injustice and tragedy—and discovers the shadowy necromancers who profit by the fear of others. Magic, intrigue and medieval surgery!

Elisha Daemon takes place in 1348: Europe has become a bottomless well of terror and death, from which the necromancers drink deep as the citizens sink into despair. If there is to be any chance of survival, Elisha must root out the truth of the pestilence at its unexpected source: the great medical school at Salerno.

But as he does, his former mentor, the beautiful witch Brigit, lays her own plans. For there may be one thing upon the face of the planet more deadly than the plague: the unfiltered power of Death within Elisha himself. Continue reading

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