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Author Interview with Ami Blackwelder

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1.   Tell us a little bit about your current book(s).
My last novel was She Speaks to Angels. MY current projects are novellas. Midnight 1-3 and Zombified 1-3. Midnight is a twist on the vampire story and zombified is a collection of zombie housewives, zombie cowboys and zombie models novellas. Due August 2012. Afterward I will work on She Speaks to Angels novel 2: Falling Angels and 2 demon novellas based on a demon character from the angel stories. Due in 2012.

2.   Are you currently working on any projects? If so please tell us a little about them. 
See above

3.   What do you enjoy about writing fantasy vs. other genres?
I write in paranormal and scifi-paranormal primarily. Occasionally I do historical. I always have elements of thrillers, steampunk, or dystopia in many of my novels and overall I could be called a romantic suspense author. I love to write it and read it.

4.   What is your favorite fantasy series (book, tv show and/or movie)?
Star Wars, Twilight Zone.

5. If you could have any fantastical creature as a pet what would it be and why?  
 As a pet and so by that I take it to mean it obeys me…LOL. I would like like to have my wolf shifter Brendan as a pet. He would be cool to have on my side.


For more about Ami Blackwelder stop by her blog: http://amiblackwelder.blogspot.com/
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Author Interview with Tristan J. Tarwater

1.   Tell us a little bit about your current book(s).
The current books I have out are Thieves at Heart, a novel and two short stories, Little Girl Lost and Botanica Blues. Little Girl Lost and Thieves are Heart are both part of The Valley of Ten Crescents series and revolve around a half elf, Tavera and her misadventures as a thief in the Valley. They’re more…gray fantasy or dark fantasy, since there isn’t any absolute good or absolute evil but there are plenty of people whose motives you can question. Thieves at Heart and Little Girl Lost go into Tavera’s start as a thief and her relationship with her pa, Derk. Botanica Blues is…very different from the other two. It’s set in modern times and is about a private investigator who is looking into some occult activity. It’s more urban, there’s a definite Lovecraftian element in there. My upbringing on the Lower East Side of Manhattan had a lot to do with it.
 

2.   Are you currently working on any projects? If so please tell us a little about them. 
Currently I’m working on getting ‘Self-Made Scoundrel’ in the can, which is the second book in the series but also a prequel. It goes more into Derk’s starts, the politics of the Valley and the various organizations running around behind the scenes. There’s a bit of romance, betrayal, families and alliances are formed but it’s still on a very small, intimate scale. I’m also working on a collection of weird tales to put out later in the year. I dig the Lovecraft Mythos and it’s fun to write creepy stuff. I also write an ongoing column at Troll in the Corner (trollitc.com) called ‘Realty Makes the Best Fantasy’ about things from our world and history that can be translated to gaming and RPGs.

3.   What do you enjoy about writing fantasy vs. other genres?
I like writing fantasy because I guess I like writing about the foundations of things, the starts. I like word-building a lot and fantasy settings are kind of fake histories. I’m hoping to write something set in the future of Ten Crescents. It’s fun to make up a history and biology and economy and religions and pantheons and all that and then drop individuals with their own desires and fears and needs and watch them go and mesh and grate.
 

4.   What is your favorite fantasy series (book, tv show and/or movie)?
My favourite piece of media in the fantasy genre? Hmm. That’s hard to answer. I enjoyed watching the latest season of Game of Thrones, especially because it was different from the books. I was always anxious to see what was changed. I liked Queens of Langkasuka, which is a Thai film I watched because I love martial arts movies and it was nice to see something based not in fantastic Europe.

5. If you could have any fantastical creature as a pet what would it be and why?  
Well, hmm. Maybe one of those giant turtles that can grow a habitat on their back? I love turtles and tortoises in general and one that I could live on? Hello, awesome. Though I guess it would start out small, with a bit of moss, perhaps. I wonder how long it takes them to grow island-nation size?

Author Interview with C.S. Hand

1. Tell us a little bit about your current book(s).
First of all, thank you for inviting me to an interview!  Now, to the books.  Well, I wish they were my books, but they are translations from Christian Winter.  I came across these particular MSS (as well as others by different authors) while toiling away in the “Bodley” (what the oxonians call The Oxford Bodleian Library) one summer while I was supposed to be doing much more intensive research.  In the upcoming full length novel I detail how I found these old manuscripts.  Splatterism is the introduction to two much more expansive works of dark fantasy.  It is a tale from the villains point of view–or what a society has labelled as villainous–regarding the destruction of the world.  It is fast paced, witty, and inclement with moments of very lyrical and lush language.
2. Are you currently working on any projects? If so please tell us a little about them.
I am currently working on a less poetically swelling book of epigrams from a different author which I hope to have completed by Halloween, titled “The Withered Garland: The Deaths of Eminent Heroes, Sorcerers, and Adventurers.”  It is a light derivation off of the Lives of Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laertius and a collection of ancient Greek poets called the Anthology, which, as the introduction tells us, originally meant “garland.”
3. What do you enjoy about writing fantasy vs. other genres?
Sometime ago I jotted down my musings on what attracted me to fantasy.  For anyone who would like read the more extensive (though unfinished) meditation on it, you can find the post here; but for the moment I’ll try to compress my thoughts.  I understand fantasy as the true heir of the poetic tradition inaugurated by poets like Homer and Hesiod.  I don’t believe in the novel, whose artistic validity creative writing programs attempt to justify through a nervous genealogical prevarication (citing the novel as a continuation of poetry).  Less polemically, fantasy is a remarkably pliant medium in which one can explore myriad problems from contemporary social issues to abstruse philosophical problems in a highly artistic medium.  We are fortunate to still have such a bountiful resource at our supposedly “late” position in history (though perhaps we aren’t so senescent as most modern philosophers would have us believe).
4. What is your favorite fantasy series (book, tv show and/or movie)?
Before I saw the series Merlin BBC randomly one night on NBC I had been thinking about how to attractively translate a particular text about an assassin, with a movie pitch in mind.  However, I was really averse to the idea of departing from Winter’s fantasy land and setting the tale in our world, which would limit the scope of what was possible, and, to me at least, how exciting the story could be.  But I was conflicted because I thought a more “modern” setting would be easier to pitch.  It was because of how much fun I had watching a random episode of Merlin that I decided to keep the setting of the the fantasy world that Christian Winter had created.  I’m now waiting on the season four DVD to arrive and can’t wait to watch it.  Probably all in one sitting.  So in short, I love Merlin!
5. If you could have any fantastical creature as a pet what would it be and why?
An imbruted sword that would tell me stories which were so fantastic and wonderful that I would believe in them so powerfully that my doubt could not overcome them, freeing me from having to tell myself stories all the time.  Alternatively, I would love the company of really droll albino Yetti.