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Author Interview: R.S. Ford

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Today I am interviewing R.S. Ford, otherwise known as Richard Ford, author of the new fantasy novel, A Demon in Silver, first book in the War of the Archons series.

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DJ: Hi R.S.! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

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

R.S. Ford: I’m the author of five published novels, including the steampunk adventure Kultus, published by Solaris, and the epic fantasy trilogy Steelhaven from Headline (both published under the name Richard Ford). I’ve also written a few short stories for the Black Library and I’m currently one of the writers on the Elite: Dangerous computer game. Other than all that, just an ordinary bloke

DJ: What is A Demon in Silver about?

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R.S.: In a nutshell, it follows a young woman called Livia Harrow, who lives in a land where magic disappeared a hundred years earlier. When Livia begin to manifest strange powers that haven’t been seen for a century all kinds of nefarious characters decide they want a piece of the action. Blood, guts and adventure ensue!

DJ: What were some of your influences A Demon in Silver and the series?

R.S.: The original seed came from wanting to start at ground zero – to have a society that was bereft of magic and whose only knowledge of it was in dusty tomes – then see how the story would develop when sorcery returned. How would those in power view it? With reverence or fear? How would someone who was previously powerless react to being able to wield magic in a place where it didn’t exist? Continue reading

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Author Interview: Dana Fredsti

Today I am interviewing Dana Fredsti, author of the new dark urban fantasy novel, The Spawn of Lilith, first book in the series.

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

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

Dana Fredsti: Hi there! Thanks for having me as your guest! Let’s see… a little bit about myself. First of all, to quote my official bio: Dana Fredsti is an ex B-movie actress with a background in theatrical combat (a skill she utilized in Army of Darkness as a sword-fighting Deadite and fight captain). Through seven plus years of volunteering at EFBC/FCC, Dana’s been kissed by tigers, and had her thumb sucked by an ocelot with nursing issues. She’s addicted to bad movies and any book or film, good or bad, which include zombies. She’s the author of the Ashley Parker series, touted as Buffy meets the Walking Dead, the zombie noir novella, A Man’s Gotta Eat What a Man’s Gotta Eat, and the cozy noir mystery Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon.

And that’s enough of talking about myself in the third person.

I love writing, reading, wine-tasting, am involved in animal rescue, and live in San Francisco with my husband, a horde of cats, and our dog Pogeen (which means “little kiss” in Gaelic). David, my husband, is also a writer and we’re co-writing a science-fiction series for Titan Books called Time Shards.

DJ: What is The Spawn of Lilith about?

Dana: Well, for a short and spoiler-free answer, it’s about Lee Striga, a stuntwoman who discovers there’s more in her family tree during a film shoot that’s plagued by demons. Supernatural creatures of all sorts are a part of the world of Spawn of Lilith, although they go under the radar for the most part.

It’s hard for me to give a detailed response because the story arcs of each book are, to some degree, intertwined with the series arc and we all hate spoilers. Each book stands on its own as far as wrapping things up for that particular piece of the series arc, while also giving a little more of Lee’s background and family history. So hopefully readers will not finish any of the books with Empire Strikes Back syndrome. My second book in the Ashley Parker series really did end on a “Han frozen in carbonite” cliffhanger, but I ran out of my allotted word count. Continue reading

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