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Author Interview: Kyle Richardson

Today I am interviewing Kyle Richardson, author of the new fantasy novel, Beast Heart, first book in the Steambound trilogy. 

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

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

Kyle Richardson: Hi DJ! Thanks for having me. A little about myself? Let’s see … I’m a Hawaii-born author who now lives in snowy Canada, an oft-bumbling husband, a father to two little rascals, and I’m still waiting for my superpower origin story (which I’m hoping will result in a traditional power, like telekinesis, rather than something bizarre—like the ability to tickle insects, or something).

I’m a traditionally published writer of flash fiction and short fiction, have worked as an assistant editor and co-editor, and now I’m making my novel-length fiction debut with Beast Heart.

DJ: What is Beast Heart about?

Kyle: This is a question that appears so simple, yet strikes fear into the hearts of writers everywhere. Oh, the challenges of summarizing an entire story in a paragraph or two! 😀

We follow two strangers, Gabrielle and Kemple, as they navigate their youths (and, later: their teenagehood) along the fringes of Iron Bay, a city full of carriages, airships, clockwork beings, and creatures that go bump in the night.
Their two lives will inevitably intertwine, in the most explosive of ways, but neither of them knows it … yet.

DJ: What were some of your influences Beast Heart and the series? 

Kyle: I didn’t write with any specific influences in mind, though I’m sure the book owes a lot of its ideas to the various stories and films I consumed growing up. Looking at the finished product, I can definitely see a lot of Bubblegum Crisis in it (a cyberpunk Anime from the late 1980s, following a team of young women in mech-suits who fight monsters to protect the city), along with a healthy splash of American Werewolf in London. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Tricia Reeks and Kyle Richardson

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Today I am interviewing Tricia Reeks and Kyle Richardson, editors of the new superhero anthology, Behind the Mask: An Anthology of Heroic Proportions.

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DJ: Hey Tricia and Kyle! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

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

Tricia Reeks: I am the founder of Meerkat Press and the editor of Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology. I recently transplanted from Atlanta to a mountainside in Asheville, North Carolina where me, my husband and my two ferocious French bulldogs do our best to stay out of the way of the bears and wild-turkeys. I am a lover of great stories and can’t complain that my job at Meerkat Press is finding them!

Kyle Richardson: Hey there, DJ. Thanks for having us. Officially, I have three titles that I’m grateful for: father, husband, and struggling writer (a joyful emphasis on the struggling part). I’m an American Canadian, I think long walks on the beach are best done with steampunk goggles on, and I didn’t don an editor’s cap until Tricia approached me with a unique opportunity: she’d stocked up on too much red ink and needed someone to help her use it all.

DJ: What is Behind the Mask: An Anthology of Heroic Proportions about?

Tricia: I think Kyle said it best in a line from his intro: “It’s a spotlight on the more intimate side of the genre. The hopes and dreams of our cape-clad heroes. The regrets and longings of our cowled villains. That poignant, solitary view of the world that can only be experienced from behind the mask.”

Kyle: It’s a look at the human side of the superhero genre—as imagined by twenty talented short-fiction authors.

DJ: What were some of your influences for creating Behind the Mask: An Anthology of Heroic Proportions?

Tricia: Kyle suggested superheroes and I ran across Kelly Link’s “Origin Story,” which was such a touching view of the normal struggles of two people, Bunnatine and Biscuit, who happened to have superpowers. That story had a big impact on  the focus of the stories we chose.

Kyle: A love of illustrated superhero fiction—and a desire to show how it feels when skilled prose authors take a crack at it. Continue reading

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