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Author Interview: Eyal Kless

Today I am interviewing Eyal Kless, author of the new science-fiction novel, The Lost Puzzler, first book in The Tarakan Chronicles.

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

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

Eyal Kless: I am a performing classical violinist and a teacher (currently teaching violin in Tel Aviv University). The fact that I can now add the title ‘Author’ to my name is still mind boggling and I always hesitate when I tell it to people who ask me “what do you do for a living”

“Eh, I am a violinist… and an author”

The usually response is” wow, how interesting and exciting, but what do you do for a living?”

I am a devoted father to my four years old, I love martial arts and train MMA in a very sporadic way. I used to play D&D way too much and I still dream up new adventures in old rules. 

DJ: What is The Lost Puzzler about?

Eyal: Okay, it is a reasonable enough question, but to summarize 550 pages of exciting adventures, fights, chases, mysteries and fun dialogues to several sentences is quite a challenge for me, especially since I do not want to throw in spoilers (deep breath), right:

Four generations after a Catastrophe killed most of civilization, the survivors are spread thinly around the globe. Some are reduced to “sticks and stones” other still know how to use technology but not how to produce it (like most of us today). The only way to get your hands on high-tech is to raids the ruined cities of the mysterious Tarakan empire and brave its dangers. The mercenary groups sent to those cities are called Salvationists.

In the relative safety of the City of Towers, a secondary scribe is sent on a close to impossible mission: he must locate an elusive and dangerous Salvationist mercenary, Vincha, and convince her to tell the story of Rafik, a boy-mutant who disappeared long ago. This boy, now long dead, might be the key to yet another  dramatic change in human history, either bringing civilization back to the age of light or giving it one final, deadly blow. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Beth Cato

BethCato-steampunk-headshot600x900Today I am interviewing Beth Cato, author of the new fantasy alt-history novel Roar of Sky, final book in the Blood of Earth trilogy.

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

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

Beth Cato: I’m the Nebula-nominated author of two series out with Harper Voyager, the Clockwork Dagger duology and now the Blood of Earth trilogy. I also have quite a reputation for my baking, especially my cookies. I have a food blog called Bready or Not, and I post new recipes every Wednesday! I’m a California native who has lived near Phoenix, Arizona for over a decade now. I’m a wife, a mom, and usually covered in a rainbow assortment of cat hair.

DJ: What is Roar of Sky and then the Blood of Earth trilogy about?

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Beth: Roar of Sky is the grand finale. Ingrid has been on the run for her life since the first book, Breath of Earth. She’s a profoundly gifted geomancer in a world where women–and especially women of color–should not have power of any sort. This is a 1906 where world war has started on the Pacific side of the world, with America and Japan allied to take over mainland Asia. Against her will, Ingrid is deeply entangled in the war, and if she’s caught by the military, her incredible magic could be used as a weapon.

DJ: What was the inspiration for the Blood of Earth trilogy?

Beth: When I talk about the start of the series, I like to joke, “Spoiler alert: there’s an earthquake.” That’s because there’s no denying that the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire was the inspiration for the series, though the disaster happens for very different reasons in my telling! The plot emerged as I strived to explain how geomancy fit into this world. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Amy S. Foster

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Today I am interviewing Amy S. Foster, author of the new science-ficyion novel, The Rift Coda, final book in the Rift Uprising trilogy. 

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

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

Amy S. Foster: Hi! I am an author and a songwriter. The Rift Coda will be my fourth published book. I am a frequent moderator of panels at various Comic Cons (Go Intersectional Feminism!). I am married to a lovely man I met in High School. I have three kids and I live in Portland, Oregon. I’m an avid knitter and I probably watch way too much TV

DJ: What is The Rift Coda and then the Rift Uprising trilogy about?

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Amy: The Rift Trilogy follows Ryn Whittaker who is one of many enhanced teenage soldiers that guard a doorway to the multiverse. That’s the macro story. The micro story is about a girl learning how to lead like a girl and what that looks like up close day to day. 

DJ: What were some of your influences for the Rift Uprising trilogy

Amy: I’m a consumer of pop culture so everything from Twilight to the Hunger Games to X-men, Buffy the Vampire slayer and that whole slew of late nineties early 00’s WB/CW shows.

DJ: What was your favorite part about writing The Rift Coda

Amy: It was definitely creating all the different versions of Earths and the species and human societies that evolved on those versions. A modern day L.A. if the Roman Empire never fell? Now that was fun. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Nicky Drayden

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Today I am interviewing Nicky Drayden, author of the new science-fiction and fantasy novel, Temper.

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

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

Nicky Drayden: Hi! Thanks for having me! I’m Nicky Drayden, author of The Prey of Gods, TEMPER, and a whole assortment of weird short stories. I like bending genres and pushing boundaries and squeezing my brain into uncomfortable places. I got my start by participating in National Novel Writing Month twelve years ago, and have been consumed by the need to tell stories ever since.

DJ: What is Temper about?

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Nicky: At its heart, Temper is about a set of twins and how their relationship evolves as it’s tested by society, family secrets, and a demonic possession. It’s a pseudo-alternate history, set in a fantastical Cape Town where nearly everyone is born a twin, and the vices and virtues assigned to them during a religious ceremony determine their worth in the world. Auben, the main character, is assigned more vices than his twin, Kasim, and as a result, Auben is nearly guaranteed a life of poverty and strife. To make matters worse, Auben also starts hearing voices that speak to his dangerous side, and he must figure out a way to get rid of them before blood is spilled.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Temper?

Nicky: I wanted to tell a story of an African continent that escaped the ills of colonization, but the story that came out of me wasn’t what I had imagined. This world is full of oppression and injustice, of dark secrets and hidden hopes. I wanted to bring a completely immersive story to the reader, like Jemisin’s Broken Earth or Butler’s Dawn, something that throws the reader in the deep end and then teaches them to swim. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon

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BC433951-37F2-4929-983F-C09909F69D88Today I am interviewing Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, co-authors of the new fantasy novel, Blood of the Four.

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DJ: Hi Christopher Golden & Tim Lebbon! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

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

Christopher Golden: I write fantasy, horror, and thrillers…novels, comic books, screenplays, and more. My novel ARARAT won the Bram Stoker Award just this past weekend, and I co-created two comic book series (Baltimore and Joe Golem: Occult Detective) with Mike Mignola.

Tim Lebbon: I’ve been published for 20 years, but writing all my life. I’ve written over 40 novels (8 of them with Chris), and loads of novellas and short stories. I’ve won a few awards. And I’ve had two movies made from my work, Pay the Ghost and The Silence.

DJ: What is Blood of the Four about?

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Tim: Perhaps it’s easier to use the publisher’s cover blurb… In the great kingdom of Quandis, everyone is a slave. Some are slaves to the gods. Most are slaves to everyone else.

Blessed by the gods with lives of comfort and splendor, the royal elite routinely perform their duties, yet some chafe at their role. A young woman of stunning ambition, Princess Phela refuses to allow a few obstacles—including her mother the queen and her brother, the heir apparent—stand in the way of claiming ultimate power and glory for herself.

Far below the royals are the Bajuman. Poor and oppressed, members of this wretched caste have but two paths out of servitude: the priesthood . . . or death.
Because magic has been kept at bay in Quandis, royals and Bajuman have lived together in an uneasy peace for centuries. But Princess Phela’s desire for power will disrupt the realm’s order, setting into motion a series of events that will end with her becoming a goddess in her own right . . . or ultimately destroying Quandis and all its inhabitants. Continue reading

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Author Interview: David Pedreira

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Today I am interviewing David Pedreira, author of the new sci-fi, mystery novel, Gunpowder Moon.

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

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

David Pedreira: Sure thing, and thanks for having me. I’m a former reporter for daily newspapers including the Tampa Tribune and the St. Petersburg Times. Gunpowder Moon is my first novel. I co-own a small business and live in Florida with my wife and daughter—as well as a miscreant cat and a Chihuahua who thinks he’s a wolf. When I’m not reading or writing I hope to be on the water— fishing, surfing, scuba diving, or camping on a remote stretch of river somewhere.

DJ: What is Gunpowder Moon about?

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David: It’s a near-future science fiction thriller about the first murder on the Moon, and how that murder will lead to a full-scale lunar war if a veteran named Caden Dechert and his small crew of miners can’t solve the mystery of who is to blame, and why. It’s a gritty, realistic look at the frontier days of lunar colonization, where people live in broken-down and claustrophobic mining stations. There are a lot of things that can kill them, from moondust to the vacuum of space. I’d describe the novel as hard science fiction, and it has mystery and military sci-fi elements to it.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Gunpowder Moon?

David: That’s a long list that includes a lot of books and genres I grew up with. On the science fiction side, I’d say Jules Verne, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, and Ursula Le Guin (who will be sorely missed). There’s also this mystery component to the novel, so I’d add Agatha Christie, Dennis Lehane, and Arthur Conan Doyle. On the thriller/espionage side of things, John Le Carre, Len Deighton, and the early Tom Clancy novels. I’d even throw in Joseph Conrad for his visions of colonial expansion, and Michael Herr for his outstanding literary journalism about war.

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Author Interview: Nicky Drayden

Today I am interviewing Nicky Drayden, author of the new fantasy, science-fiction novel, The Prey of Gods.

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

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

Nicky Drayden: Hello! Thanks for having me! Well, I’m a systems analyst out of Austin, Texas who’s been writing fiction for about 15 years. I mostly dabble in science fiction, fantasy, and weird–usually all three combined.

DJ: What is The Prey of Gods about?

Nicky: THE PREY OF GODS is a near future thriller set in South Africa in which a diverse set of characters imbued with supernatural abilities by a street drug called Godsend must band together against a disenfranchised goddess who intends to remake their world and change the fate of humanity forever.

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Prey of Gods?

Nicky: The initial concept came to me after reading Ian McDonald’s River of Gods, which is set in a futuristic India. I’d been to Port Elizabeth, South Africa back when I was in college, and I thought it’d be interesting to imagine how the experiences I had there could translate into a work of speculative fiction.

As far as character influences go, the first character I wrote for this book, a disenfranchised demigoddess working as a nail tech, came to me while I was driving around downtown Houston and saw a salon sign that said “Magic Nails.” I thought about how cool it would be if they really did use magic to do nails, but then wondered what kind of person would be giving manicures if they could do magic…and from that character sketch Sydney was born. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Jay Allen

 Today I am interviewing Jay Allan, author of the new military science-fiction novel, Flames of Rebellion, first book in the Flames of Rebellion series.

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

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

Jay Allen: Absolutely. I write science fiction and fantasy novels, published through a variety of outlets, including my good friends at Harper Voyager. It’s somewhat of a second career for me, and I started doing it after I retired early from real estate development and investment, which I tend to consider a pretty weird origin story for a sci fi writer. I live in New York, and I’ve been writing for about five years now. I’m getting close to a million books sold in that time, which certainly exceeds any expectations I had going in.

DJ: What is Flames of Rebellion about?

Jay: Flames of Rebellion is the story of a revolution. I’ve been told I tend to have a dark view of things, and I’m inclined to see technology in many ways as the totalitarian’s dream. Can you imagine dictators of another era having the ability to track everyone wherever they go, or to listen in on virtually every conversation? So, I wrote a story of a new colony on another planet, one where the surveillance superstructure isn’t as developed as it is on Earth. Add adventurous colonists grown accustomed to a level of freedom beyond that available on Earth, and a home government looking to tighten the screws, and conflict is inevitable.

I read a lot of history, and I often incorporate it in my work. For Flames, I wanted to explore multiple aspects of revolution, and I used bits and pieces of three historical conflicts, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the Russian Revolution. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Elle Katharine White

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Today I am interviewing Elle Katharine White, debut author of the new historical fantasy novel, Heartstone.

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DJ: Hey Elle! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview! For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Elle Katharine White: Thanks for having me! I’m a reader, writer, obsessive drinker of tea, textbook introvert who occasionally likes to live outside of the stereotype, and professional maker-up of imaginary worlds.

DJ: What is Heartstone about?

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Elle: Heartstone answers the question “What would Pride and Prejudice look like in a fantasy world where Mr. Darcy rode dragons and hunted monsters for a living and Elizabeth was a healer with an eavesdropping problem?”

DJ: What were some of your influences for Heartstone?

Elle: Pride and Prejudice of course, and the movie How to Train Your Dragon. I was watching that when I first came up with the idea for a mash-up.

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? (aka What makes them compelling?)

Elle: Aliza Bentaine, the main character, is a trained herbmaster and healer who, despite her skills, still can’t stomach the sight of blood. She’s also an artist, and always carries around a stick of charcoal and a scrap of paper in case an interesting subject happens across her path.
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Author Interview: Mitchell Hogan

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Today I am interviewing Mitchell Hogan, author of the new fantasy novel, A Shattered Empire, third and final book in the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence.

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DJ: Hey Mitchell! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

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

Mitchell Hogan: Thank you for having me! I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings when I was eleven, and since then I’ve been an avid reader of both fantasy and science fiction. I have a science background — a degree in chemical engineering — which might explain why I love well thought out and detailed magic systems. Over the years I kept notes on ideas for characters and scenes that came to me, and one day I decided to write a novel or I’d regret not attempting it. So I quit my job and wrote A Crucible of Souls. I now write full time, and I’m eternally grateful to the readers who took a chance on an unknown author.

DJ: Before we get to talking about A Shattered Empire, in case anyone hasn’t started reading the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, can you explain to us what the whole series is about?

Mitchell: It’s about a young man whose parents were murdered when he was young, and he was raised by monks and initiated into the mysteries of sorcery. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to become apprenticed to a guild of sorcerers. But he is soon plunged into an age-old conflict that will bring the world to the edge of destruction, and realizes that his burgeoning powers may be more of a curse than a blessing. Continue reading

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