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Author Interview: Jon Del Arroz

Today I am interviewing Jon Del Arroz, author of the new steampunk novel, For Steam and Country.

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

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

Jon Del Arroz: Happy to be here, thank you! I’m a sci-fi/fantasy author who started with a superhero webcomic, Flying Sparks, which garnered a lot of attention back in 2011-2013. From there I was picked up as a staff writer for the Doomtown: Reloaded card game, producing a short story or more for the progressing storyline there that was set in the Deadlands RPG universe. Over that time I wrote four novels, of which two have been released now. Star Realms: Rescue Run, a space opera based on the card game, is my most famous to date, but there’s a lot of rave reviews for my new book, For Steam And Country.

DJ: What is For Steam and Country about?

Jon: It’s a Steampunk fantasy adventure about a girl who inherits an airship and has to make hard decisions on how to help her country of Rislandia fend off an invading army. It’s a true hero’s journey.

DJ: What were some of your influences for For Steam and Country?

Jon: Elizabeth Moon really informs my writing style more than anyone else. Though it’s a different genre, I try to utilize characterization/prose much in the same way she does. Sharon Lee is another on that front. Both have beautiful books. On the steampunk side, Beth Cato’s Clockwork series did a lot for my imagination. The Final Fantasy video games did as well, of which you’ll see a lot of easter eggs referencing those games in the book. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Jon Del Arroz

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Today I am interviewing Jon Del Arroz, author of the new science-fiction novel, Rescue Run.

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

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

Jon Del Arroz: Sure! I’m an avid gamer and writer. I started the former with Magic The Gathering and a lot of other collectible card games, and the latter I began selling short comic stories to different magazines. I ran a web comic for a long time which had a decent following called Flying Sparks, before the site got hacked, and then transitioned into prose writing because art is expensive! Star Realms: Rescue Run is my first published novel, though I have 3 others written.

DJ: What is Rescue Run about?

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Jon: It’s about a former military operative turned rogue who is sent on a mission by her government to rescue one of the greatest military strategists of the empire from the clutches of their enemies.

DJ: Can you tell us about what Star Relms is? Were you a player before you began writing Rescue Run?

Jon: Star Realms is a deckbuilding game which is small-box and inexpensive and easy to learn. It also has a free app that people can try out the game. It’s two players squaring off making decks of bases and battleships and playing them to do damage to the opposing player until they have had their authority vanquished from the galactic scene. Super fast pace, simple to learn yet with some deep strategy as well. I started playing the game soon after the Kickstarter came out and dreamt up the book idea from there. Continue reading

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