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Author Interview:Daniel H. Wilson

Today I am interviewing Daniel H. Wilson, author of the new science-fiction novel, The Clockwork Dynasty.

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

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

Daniel H. Wilson: I’m a science fiction writer who lives in Portland, Oregon. I started out as a roboticist, then I wrote a novel called Robopocalypse that did well and I’ve been a full-time writer ever since.

DJ: What is The Clockwork Dynasty about?

Daniel : It’s a thriller that imagines an ancient race of humanlike robot that has been blending into humanity and serving the great empires of antiquity for centuries. In the present day, these robots are running out of power and cannabilizing each other to stay alive. When an anthropologist named June Stefanov discovers the existence of these creatures, she is thrown into an adventure in which she must learn where they came from and how to replenish their power to save her own life.

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Clockwork Dynasty?

Daniel : I’ve always loved the high-stakes you get from eternal enemies in movies like Highlander, and that’s certainly present. And the organic descriptions of Victorian London in Interview with the Vampire were inspiring as well. And I was definitely inspired by a lot of cool history, like the ancient dynasties of China, the reign of Peter the Great in Russia, and the battles of the East India Company in colonial India. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Lee Irby

Today I am interviewing Lee Irby, my former college professor and gym buddy, and author of the new thriller novel, Unreliable.

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DJ: Hey Professor Irby! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

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

Lee Irby: I’m a history professor at Eckerd College who has published three novels in addition to my usual scholarship, which is on trailer trash as a cultural construct.

DJ: What is Unreliable about?

Lee: The novel is about a writing instructor named Edwin Stith, who drives home to Richmond, VA, for his mother’s wedding. He’s done something, we’re not sure what, and since he’s a failed novelist, he understands the conventions of the mystery/thriller genre, and so he toys with the reader—has he killed his ex-wife? A waitress at a TGI Friday? Is he on a killing spree—or is he just a lonely man with few friends and a boring life he despises?

DJ: What were some of your influences for Unreliable?

Lee: Edgar Allan Poe. He is from Richmond, as I am, and I based the entire story off of his last trip to Richmond before he died, when he re-united with an old flame whose brother hated Poe. That became the outline of my plot. Continue reading

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