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Author Interview: Kristyn Merbeth

Today I am interviewing Kristyn Merbeth, author of the new science-fiction novel, Fortuna, first book in the The Nova Vita Protocol series.

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

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

Kristyn Merbeth: Hi! Thanks so much for having me (again!). I’m the author of the post-apocalyptic Wastelanders series as K.S. Merbeth, and Fortuna is my first step into the space opera genre. I love video games, Dungeons and Dragons, cooking, and my bulldog, Albus. Since the last time you interviewed me here, I moved from northern California back to my hometown of Tucson, Arizona.

DJ: What is Fortuna about?

Kristyn: Fortuna is about the Kaisers, a family who smuggles contraband between five human-settled planets. After the family matriarch takes a risky job, the smugglers are drawn into the system’s first interplanetary war. The story is told from the alternating points of view of Scorpia, the pilot and family screw-up, and Corvus, who was the favorite child and intended heir before he left the family three years ago.

DJ: What were some of your influences on Fortuna and the series? 

Kristyn: The story began as a mash-up of the real-life discovery of Trappist-1 and the idea of a family of criminals from the show Animal Kingdom. Beyond that, it’s always hard for me to draw direct lines of influence, since I feel like I’m always subconsciously absorbing inspiration from all of the stories I read, watch, and play, across a variety of genres – from fun space opera jaunts like Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy, to games like Starcraft II and Frostpunk, to the work of my favorite authors, such as Kameron Hurley, V.E. Schwab, Paul Tremblay, and Riley Sager. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Paradox Delilah

Today I am interviewing Paradox Delilah, author of the new science-fiction novel, The Race.

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

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

Paradox Delilah: I’m an Australian-Canadian writer, currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Other than writing, I love eating vegan food, reading, hanging out with my partner and our cats, and my day job — I work as a boom operator in the film and television industry.

DJ: What is The Race about?

Paradox: Here’s my teaser for it… Ikka’s days are consumed with speeding across the endless desert, competing against other racers in her colossal eight-wheeled X-Runner. She is aware that she can only remember one day at a time, but she doesn’t know why. But one night, Ikka witnesses another X-Runner disappear, and her repressed memories begin to resurface in terrifying fragments. Soon she remembers being held captive, chained in a glass-walled cage. She doesn’t know who put her there, or how she ended up in the competition, but now she is faced with a choice. Hide and protect herself, or risk everything to uncover the true purpose of The Race…

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Race

Paradox: Coming from a film background, I must admit that the story is more heavily influenced by movies than by other books. Mad Max: Fury Road, The Matrix, and even Star Wars: A New Hope were strong influences in terms of world building, pacing and tone. Thematically, the story takes cues from the novels The Handmaid’s Tale and The Book of the Unnamed Midwife. Continue reading

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Author Interview: James Lovegrove

Today I am interviewing James Lovegrove, author of the new fantasy novel Age of Legends, the latest and last instalment in his Pantheon series, which consists of eight novels and three novellas.

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

James Lovegrove: You’re welcome.

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

James: I’ve been a professional author for three decades now (which makes me feel verrrry old). I wrote my first novel, The Hope, when I was fresh out of university, and since then I have published nearly sixty books. I also review fiction on a regular basis for the Financial Times and am a trained Pilates instructor. I live on the south coast of England with my wife, two teenaged sons and tiny dog. When I’m not writing, mostly I sleep.

DJ: What is Age of Legends and the Pantheon series about?

James: Age of Legends is set in a more or less present-day United Kingdom which is toiling under a quasi-fascist government whose main policy is Make England Great Again. Large numbers of foreign nationals have been deported, minorities are oppressed, and generally the country is in chaos. But a revolution is starting, and it involves people becoming the living incarnations – I call them “eidolons” – of figures from British folklore such as Puck, Wayland the Smith, Jack Frost, the Green Man, Robin Hood and so on.

DJ: What were some of your influences for this specific novel, Age of Legends, and then the entire Pantheon series?

James: The series as a whole hinges on the relationship between humans and their gods or, in the case of Age of Legends, the creations they have invented in past ages to account for natural and unnatural phenomena – which is, I would suggest, another way of describing gods. Do these things have a life of their own, independent of us, their creators, or do they rely on us to make sense of their existences just as we have relied on them to make sense of ours? It’s a question I’ve been exploring throughout the series in various different ways, and it’s been something I’ve long wondered about as a creator myself. These fictional worlds and characters that I wrench out of my head onto the page – where do they come from? And, more to the point, why have people told one another stories about strange, superhumanly powerful entities for centuries? It’s a tradition I feel part of, and I suppose that’s how and why the Pantheon books originally came about. You might say they were, ahem, divinely inspired! Continue reading

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Author Interview: Timothy S. Johnston

Today I am interviewing Timothy S. Johnston, author of the new science-fiction thriller, The Savage Deeps.

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

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

Timothy S. Johnston: Hi there, thanks for having me.  This is my fifth novel and the second book in the series The Rise of Oceania.  I love science fiction thrillers, and all I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember is to contribute in some way to the genre.  I grew up watching science fiction films of the 1970s, reading Asimov, Pohl, Heinlein, and Poe. In many ways the genre got me through my teenage years.  Now I can’t see myself doing anything else.

DJ: What is The Savage Deeps about?

Timothy: It’s an espionage thriller that takes place a little over a hundred years from now.  It takes place in a very real future where global warming and rising ocean levels have taken a deadly toll on the world’s populations.  The climate catastrophe has forced the superpowers to look elsewhere for resources to sustain populations. In this case, the world’s oceans.  Seventy percent of the world is underwater. There are untold resources in our oceans, and the concept of The Savage Deeps is that a new cold war has erupted as competition has increased underwater.  There is a silent, deadly, secret war being waged in the oceans, though sometimes it’s not so silent — it flares into outright hostilities and massive submarine battles.  That’s the idea behind the novel.

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Savage Deeps

Timothy: Cold war espionage thrillers like Fleming’s James Bond novels.  Also Michael Crichton’s technothrillers like Sphere and Jurassic Park.  I prefer my novels grounded in reality with a driving narrative that involves science in some way.  It has to be integral to the plot. In this case, the quest to develop the oceans depends on new technologies to dive deeper and move faster underwater.  The nations that have the best technology and weaponry will claim more resources than those that don’t, and sometimes nations will steal and go to war to gain technology they don’t have.  It’s all due to the climate catastrophe we’re currently witnessing on the surface. As our crops die and as our populations explode, we’ll need new resources to sustain our nations, and the oceans are a natural next step for us. Continue reading

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