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Author Interview and Giveaway: Krist Charish

*Kristi Charish was kind enough to provided two (2) free copies (physical or Audible) of Owl and the Electric Samurai to go along with her interview! The link and details for the giveaway are located at the bottom of the post, following the interview 🙂

Today I am interviewing Kristi Charish, author of the new urban fantasy novel, Owl and the Electric Samurai, third book in The Adventures of the Owl series.

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

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

Kristi Charish: Hey DJ! Well, for starters I wear a couple of hats. For years I was a research scientist (I have a MSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a PhD in cell biology) where I used fruit flies and fruit fly genetics to questions about cell division and cell architecture, and how the two relate (it all fell under the cancer research umbrella). I also spent some of my early University days in Anthropology/Archaeology and Ecology.

So how did I go from academic research to writing SFF? I’ve always loved fiction and used to read novels in between experiments and on the bus, but I didn’t try writing until quite late – while I was writing up my PhD thesis. I figured why not finally give it a shot?

Owl was the first novel I finished, and I was lucky enough to pick up an agent. Simon & Schuster picked up the series and we’re now four books in plus another three in my other series with Random House Canada, Kincaid Strange (also UF).

DJ: What is Owl and the Electric Samurai and then The Adventures of the Owl series about?

Kristi: It is an urban fantasy/adventure series about a reluctant Indiana Jane (Owl/Alix Hiboux) who has to navigate a hidden supernatural world.

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Adventures of the Owl series?

Kristi: At the top of the list is Indiana Jones, one of my all time favorite series (the first three that is). But there are also a lot of other classic 80s style adventures thrown in, including The Mummy, Big Trouble in Little China, Romancing the Stone, The Goonies, and even a bit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I really loved the lighter, fun adventure movie tones that the 80s were famous for and it really informs a lot of the series.

On the book side, Ian Hamilton’s The Ava Lee series and James Clavall’s Taipan and King Rat are also heavy influences. Continue reading

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