Today I am interviewing Dexter Herron, author of the new humorous, sword & sorcery novel, Shard’s Thugs.
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DJ: Hey Dexter! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Dexter Herron: Thanks for having me, DJ. I am from Brooklyn New York, now a Connecticut resident. I’m a former Marine stationed in Eastern Europe and North Africa. I’m a recently retired Police Lieutenant. I’m a Boy Scout Leader and Eagle Scout. I own a ’74 VW Super Beetle. I’m a goody two shoes to the point of being annoying. I am also a member of a Medieval Recreation Group, the Society for Creative Anachronism.
DJ: What is Shard’s Thugs about?
Dexter: Shard is a goblin. After his unit is crushed by human forces, he scrambles together what’s left of other goblin units and launches a desperate counter attack which unknowingly garners the wrath of a vengeful dragon and hilarity ensues.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Shard’s Thugs?
Dexter: Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe’s Rifles. The hero, like Shard, finds himself in charge of a unruly bunch of soldiers and has to keep them alive against the invincible Napoleon army. Unlike Shard, hilarity doesn’t ensue.
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?
Dexter: Shard gets his point across by kicking people in the junk. His second in command, Smiley, is bright, eager, hopeful, and sadly, dim. His senior enlisted officer, Ribsplitter-Jones is the classic drill sergeant, lovable in his brutal training techniques and enjoys killing stupid goblin officers, which happens more than not. Captain Momoo, Shard’s contemporary, believes the more goblins he looses in battle improves his chances of getting laid. Finally, the Princess: intelligent, powerful, and addicted to battle lust, has a castration machine and a marked propensity to use it. Continue reading