January 27, 2009
Today I post a quick interview with David J. Williams, another of my SFNovelists buddies. David has a new book coming out this week — the paperback edition of Mirrored Heavens. Enjoy the interview!
Tell us a little about MIRRORED HEAVENS.
My agent sold it as “John LeCarre on SF crack”; I’ve never managed to get my hands on any such drug, but I suspect if one took it one would see visions of spaceplane hijacks and maglev train chases while various spies, handlers, and agents ran desperate missions and double-crossed/triple-crossed each other.
Who are your antagonists?
The mysterious terrorist group Autumn Rain. They blow up the world’s space elevator about ten minutes into the book, and vow that further strikes are imminent. It becomes evident pretty quickly that their real goal is to infiltrate the U.S. government, replace the president, and give orders in his name: i.e., they’re takeover artists. Someone’s gotta stop them, and that leads us to…
Who are your protagonists?
- Claire Haskell, the data-thief who gets reunited with wet-ops specialist Jason Marlowe, her first love—even as both of them start to suspect that their spymasters are manipulating their memories for reasons unknown…
- Strom Carson, the operative assigned to hunt down his onetime mentor, Leo Sarmax, a legendary assassin believed to be in league with Autumn Rain and last seen on the Moon, deep in the wastelands of the lunar South Pole mountains.
- Lyle Spencer, the mercenary who escapes from the ultimate prison with the secret of the Rain and a price on his head.
Who’s your biggest inspiration?
That’s easy. Judge Dredd. I grew up on him: not the lame-ass Sylvester Stallone version, but the original, cool-as-hell British comic icon. Dredd took on everybody from aliens to the mafia, dispensing deadpan witticisms while he was doing it. Little did I know, but he was also teaching me how to write SF the whole time…
What are you working on right now?
Well, I’ve been finetuning my website at www.autumnrain2110.com, which features all sorts of cool geopolitical and military data about the world of the early 22nd century. And I’ve turned in the sequel THE BURNING SKIES to Bantam, so now it’s on to the last book of the trilogy. Which is a very weird feeling…
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January 22, 2009
Alan Baxter is a friend of mine from Australia who has recently published his second book, MageSign. I first met Alan at the Magic Casements Speculative Fiction Book Festival in Sydney, Australia back in early 2006, and we hit it off from the start. He has a great sense of humor and a thoughtful approach to his craft. He also has followed an interesting career path thus far that should be of interest to new writers everywhere. Recently I asked Alan a few questions about his approach to writing, his novels, and his life:
January 19, 2009
Today’s post, “Publicizing my New Release,” which is both a shameless plug for my new book and a discussion of self-promotion steps I’ve taken with the releae approaching, can be found at http://magicalwords.net. Please check out the site and enjoy the post.
January 18, 2009
With my newest book, THE HORSEMEN’S GAMBIT, book II of Blood of the Southlands, due out this coming week, I’ve posted a new interview on my web page. In the interview I discuss the new book, the series, and other writing-related issues. I hope you’ll take the time to read the interview, which can be found here.
This is my tenth published novel, and I can safely say that the excitement of a new release never entirely goes away. I’m not off the wall nuts with anticipation the way I was with my first book, CHILDREN OF AMARID, which came out twelve years ago this coming May, but I am every bit as excited, and every bit as nervous, as I have been with just about every subsequent book.
For those of you who have already read the first book in the series, THE SORCERERS’ PLAGUE, I hope that you’ll enjoy this one as much if not more. For those of you who have yet to start the Blood of the Southlands books, now is a great time to jump in!