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Author Interview: Tom Toner

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Today I am interviewing Tom Toner, author of the new science-fiction novel, The Tropic of Eternity, final book in The Amaranthine Spectrum trilogy.

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DJ: Hi Tom Toner! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

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

Tom Toner: Hello! Thanks for having me. I’m a thirty-one year old science fiction author from Somerset, England. My debut novel, The Promise of the Child, was released in 2015.

DJ: What is The Tropic of Eternity and then The Amaranthine Spectrum trilogy about?

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Tom: The Amaranthine Spectrum is a space opera series set in over 12,500 years, in the 147th century, when humanity has diverged into dozens of separate species and spread throughout the galaxy. The Tropic of Eternity is the third book in the series, wrapping up as much of the story as possible.

DJ: What were some of your influences for the The Amaranthine Spectrum trilogy?

Tom: SF/genre influences: Iain Banks, Brian Aldiss, Arthur C Clarke, Terry Pratchett. I’m a big fan of Colm Toibin and Hilary Mantel, too.

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? 

Tom: The main protagonist is a three meter-tall, colour-changing giant named Lycaste. Though he suffers from a crippling shyness he’s forced to leave his home, gradually coming out of his shell throughout the course of the series. In the second novel he makes friends with the supremely confident spirit of a murdered artificial intelligence named Perception, who I came up with after hearing the John Grant song ‘Greatest Motherfucker’. Continue reading

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Author Interview & Giveaway: Tina LeCount Myers

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Credit: Alec Joseph Bates

*Night Shade Books was kind enough to provided one (1) free copy of The Song of All to go along with the interview! The link and details for the giveaway are located at the bottom of the post, following the interview 🙂

Today I am interviewing Tina LeCount Myers, author of the new fantasy novel, The Song of All, first book in The Legacy of the Heavens trilogy.

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


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


Tina LeCount Myers: Hi! Thanks for having me. I describe myself as a writer, surfer, and gluestick artist. I’m also a lapsed academician and a Siamese cat servant. I have an MA in European History from UC Santa Cruz and currently live in San Francisco. When I am not at my desk at The Castro Writers’ Cooperative, you can find me catching waves, practicing my backhand, and tearing up magazines for my collage art. The Song of All is my debut novel.

DJ: What is The Song of All about?


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Tina: It is about two ancient warring tribes and a flawed man who is trying to save his son. It also includes parallel worlds accessed by song and poetry, psionics, sequential hermaphroditism, reindeer, and epic sword fights.

DJ: What were some of your influences The Song of All and the series? 


Tina: I grew up in a family that emphasized reading literary classics. Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables and Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina definitely had an impact on me and my writing. I loved the sweeping scope of their storytelling and the large cast of characters. But both works also have a tight focus on the nobility and pathos of an individual. The other significant influence on The Song of All were the fairytales my grandparents told me when I lived in Finland. They were stories about spirits in the north, about bears who turned into men, and sorceresses who lured lost hunters. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Neal Asher

Today I am interviewing Neal Asher, author of the new science fiction novel, Infinity Engine, final book of the Transformation trilogy.

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

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

Neal Asher: My pleasure DJ. About myself? I’m a 56-year-old SF writer who came up the hard way. I wrote while working in all sorts of jobs – engineering, building, all sorts, I even delivered coal once – didn’t get published for a while, then got the odd short story published, then a novella, a collection, another novella (all for buggerall money) until finally I was taken on by Macmillan in 1999. Since then my total of published books is about 23. I divide my time between Essex in the UK and the island of Crete. I’m a practical man and not one of those effete writers who delights in being unable to work with his hands. Having recently gone through a bit of a hiatus (I lost my wife) I’m back at the keyboard. I’m hoping to at least get above 50 books before they nail me in a coffin.

DJ: What is Infinity Engine and then the Transformation trilogy about?

Neal: Transformation … but I guess you want me to elaborate. The story concerns a blacklisted artificial intelligence called Penny Royal who went rogue after exterminating 8,000 human troops on its own side. It concerns this AI’s apparent search for redemption, the revenge motives of a resurrected human soldier who is pursuing it, and the search for explanations by those who were transformed by it.  

DJ: What were some of your influences for the Transformation trilogy?

Neal: My previous books, the thousands of SF books I’ve read, the films I’ve seen, the science I read…

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? 

Neal: Thorvald Spear is one of the 8,000 soldiers Penny Royal killed. He has been resurrected from a recording of his mind that turned up 100 years after the prador-human war during which this atrocity was committed. His immediate motive is revenge, but while he pursues Penny Royal he learns that the AI may have tampered with his mind – that he is acting in accordance with its wishes. Riss is an assassin drone – a killing machine made in the shape of a prador parasite whose sum purpose was to inject real parasite eggs inside prador to spread death and terror. Disenfranchised by the end of the war she searches for purpose and is … damaged by Penny Royal. She joins Spear in his quest. Sverl is a prador – one of the hostile crab-like aliens who went to war against the human Polity – having fled into exile after a new king of the prador made a truce with the humans, he does not understand how weak humans and detestable AIs nearly destroyed the prador kingdom. He again was once seeking answers and encountered Penny Royal. The answer the AI gave was his grotesque transformation into a tri-part being of prador, human and AI. He still wants answers… Continue reading

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