Today I am interviewing Steven Brust, author of the new fantasy novel, Good Guys.
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DJ: Hey Steven! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Steven: Coming back to this question after doing the others, no, thank YOU. This turned out to be really fun. And as for me, I’m a Minnesotan; we don’t like to talk about ourselves.
DJ: What is Good Guys about?
Steven: I’ve always loved teams. There’s a term I first heard from Elizabeth Bear: “competence porn,” the pleasure of watching someone do something he or she is skilled at. With a team, there’s the additional pleasure of seeing how they fit together. That’s one reason we all loved “Leverage.” We did all love “Leverage,” right? So Good Guys is about a team whose job it is to investigate, and sometimes deal with, abuses of magic. And of course, they each have different skills.
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?
Steven: What makes them compelling to me (I don’t know if they’re compelling to you, of course) is the way their particular skills manifest, and the way in which their personalities are expressed through their skills, and their skills are expressed through their personalities. Did that make sense? Two cooks might be equally good, but their approaches can be very different depending on their character: methodical or exuberant, careful or daring. Sometimes the way someone approaches a craft will be in line with other aspects of personality, other times it will be the opposite. I love playing with that stuff. Continue reading