Posts Tagged ‘Interview’

Interview with Michael Shean author of Shadow of a Dead Star

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Oh happy day! Michael Shean, author of Shadow of a Dead Star, stopped by the pub today to talk science fiction. Now if you’ve hung out in the pub before you know that only a few science fiction writers have made their way onto my bookshelves and Michael Shean is one of them. I love noir stories and the way he’s combined the two into a gritty and captivating story just blew me away. With that said, I’m super excited to have him here to talk about the possibilities of merging human with machine. And the best part about the interview? The Balvanie Scotch Michael has introduced me to. So pull up a barstool, grab yourself your favorite drink and listen up. Oh, and if you stick around after the interview I hear Michael’s buying a shots of Jaegermeister for everyone. Is this guy great or what? ;)

KD: Where did the inspiration for Shadow of a Dead Star come from?

MS: I was in a dark place a few years back, very angry with certain aspects of the world and how it was affecting myself and other people I knew – I started having strange dreams about the future, and I came to feel very distant from people and society.  Shadow is an artifact of that alienation.

KD: Your novel, Shadow of a Dead Star and your serial, Bones Wires, both take place in a futuristic Seattle. What is it about this time period and Seattle that draws you to set your stories there? 

MS: At the time I just thought Seattle was a good place to set the story.  It can be beautiful but also very grim and dreary, and I had friends who lived there talk about the penetrating gloom that they felt after living there for a few years.  It’s the paradox of the area that draws me there: I hear stories of isolation and despair, but also stories of vibrance and color.  I try to capture that, and I hope that I’ve done the city justice.

KD: You combined the darkness of noir with the endless possibilities of science fiction to create a bleak future full of illusions and disconnect. Is there a message hidden within your words regarding the path that we’re on in respect to technology?  (more…)

Interview with Holly Bush author of Romancing Olive

Thursday, January 19th, 2012
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Good Thursday, friends! Today I'm happy to introduce Holly Bush, a fellow Pennsylvanian, to you, my dearest friends. You may have caught my review of Holly's historical romance, Romancing Olive, this past Tuesday. Well, now the lovely lady has joined me for a crisp sauvignon blanc as we talk romance and the younger man.

KD: When and how did Olive’s story come to you?

HB: I’m not sure how to explain this without sounding odd but I see my characters in my head. They lodge themselves there. I saw Olive seated on the train west to Ohio, purse strings looped over her arm, bonnet tied and traveling coat buttoned-up, staring out the window at the passing landscape. She was very consciously not engaging other passengers and dreaming her dreams about raising her niece and nephew in her family home in Philadelphia. I didn’t have a clear picture yet of why Olive had to rescue these children, only that she did.  (I removed this entire opening chapter and worked bits and pieces into the current first chapter having decided it was too much back story and that the story really began as Olive waited impatiently for the sheriff to speak to her.)  (more…)

Interview with Billy Purgatory author, Jesse James Freeman

Thursday, January 12th, 2012
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Hey friends! It's my favorite day of the week, and yes, I like it even better than Friday. You want to know why? Because I get to talk to my favorite authors right here in my own little pub. I am super excited to have one of my favorite Twitter pals join me at the bar, the totally badass, Jesse James Freeman! What are you drinking, Jesse?

JJF: Whiskey with a Whiskey chaser with one ice cube which I have smuggled in from Hoth.

blinks ... Ooooooooookay. ahem Well, friends, grab yourself a quick drink, pass the peanuts and settle in for a lesson on badassery from the man himself, Jesse. Just let me grab my scotch and away we go. :)

KD: I think I fell in love in Billy Purgatory. Where did inspiration for his character, and his story, come from? 

JJF: Wow, thanks so much for saying that about Billy.  At his core, he’s kind of a knuckle-head – but I think he has some qualities that manifest themselves as the story goes along that catches people off-guard.  A lot of it, actually, caught me off-guard as I was writing him. (more…)

Interview with Preying Angels author Jeff Davis

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Hello friends! Welcome to the pub for another chat with one of our fellow authors. This time, thriller novelist, Jeff Davis is joining me. We just got cozy with our drink of choice, Irish whiskey and are about to dive into Jeff’s book, Preying Angels. So, grab yourself a tumbler of whiskey and settle in.

KD: Where did the idea for Preying Angels come from?

JD: Preying Angels came from several things. I was active in the ‘CB’ channels on CompuServe before the internet became affordable and available to everyone. I later got into the public chat servers out there. I saw a lot of “carelessness” when it came to people giving out information. At the same time, I assisted as a civilian consultant with some criminal investigations that were instigated in chat rooms. Each of those events helped me build the story that eventually became Preying Angels. (more…)

Interview with Headhunters author Charlie Cole

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

 

Good afternoon, friends! I have a very special friend joining me in the bar today! Mr. Charlie Cole has bellied up to the bar to talk about his debut novel, Headhunters. But I have to say the best part of this interview, besides the company of good friends, is the dark stout with its frothy head peaking just above the rim of the 20-ounce tulip pint glass… sigh Sorry, I get a little dreamy when it comes to my Guinness. That’s right, ladies and gents, one of the reasons I like Charlie so much is because he understands that when it comes to beer, Guinness is second to none. So, pull up a bar stool, grab a pint and enjoy the conversation!

 

KD: Where did the inspiration for Headhunters come from?

CC: I’ve been a professional headhunter recruiting talent for big companies for the past 15 years. That part was easy. That’s the day job. But before that I was a licensed private investigator and it always interested me how those lines could blur. I mean in both jobs I was paid to find information that wasn’t readily available. As a headhunter, I collected competitive intelligence on other companies. (more…)