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Author Interview: Django Wexler

Today I am interviewing Django Wexler, author of the new epic fantasy novel, The Infernal Battalion, final book in The Shadow Campaigns series.

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

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

Django Wexler: Hi! I’m Django, and I write fantasy — currently military fantasy in The Shadow Campaigns and middle-grade fantasy in The Forbidden Library. In my previous life I was a software engineer, and I’m a heavy gamer of almost every sort.

Django: It’s always hard to summarize without too many spoilers! The series centers on a brilliant, charismatic young officer, Janus bet Vhalnich, who rises rapidly to supreme command when his kingdom is convulsed by revolution. Underneath the politics, though, supernatural undercurrent loom large, and eventually break through to the surface.

DJ: What is The Infernal Battalion and then The Shadow Campaigns series about?

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Django: It’s always hard to summarize without too many spoilers! The series centers on a brilliant, charismatic young officer, Janus bet Vhalnich, who rises rapidly to supreme command when his kingdom is convulsed by revolution. Underneath the politics, though, supernatural undercurrent loom large, and eventually break through to the surface.

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Shadow Campaigns series?

Django: The most obvious was George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. After reading the first three books, I had the idea that I wanted to do something vaguely similar — I admired the way he’d taken the knights-and-castles fantasy back to its historical roots, and I wanted to do something historically based, with just a light touch of magic. Later I read David Chandler’s The Campaigns of Napoleon, and that seemed to fit the bill — it’s such a good story.
Another strong influence was S.M. Stirling’s books. He did a series with David Drake called The General, which is an SF retelling of the campaigns of Belisarius, and that got me going in the vein of historical retelling. Continue reading

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Boskone 53: Author Edition

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I know, I know; Boskone was almost 4 months ago now, but these book collection posts can take me quite a bit of time to put together! And, well, I’d kinda rather read or write a review of what I just read 🙂

Either way, here are all the books I got singed at Boskone 53!


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