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Interview with Katherine Harbour, author of Thorn Jack - June 22, 2014


Please welcome Katherine Harbour to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Thorn Jack will be published on June 24th by Harper Voyager.



Interview with Katherine Harbour, author of Thorn Jack - June 22, 2014




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing fiction?

Katherine:  Thank you. I began writing when I was seventeen, after a gym/English teacher explained how the writing process was like a game, that writers create characters and worlds. My first novel was a Narnia rip-off featuring a unicorn named Nrocinu—that’s unicorn spelled backwards.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Katherine:  I’m definitely a plotter now. I begin with a journal of ideas, sketches, and character biographies. I organize the plot points on a chapter by chapter basis, with arcs for the main characters, and incorporate ideas as I go.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing? Do you think being a painter influences how you write fiction?

Katherine:  I think the most challenging thing is getting what’s playing through my head onto the page. The first draft is spontaneous, and also difficult, and I try to write straight through without any major backtracking. The second draft is where I feel confident and actually know what I’m doing. As a painter, I see the stories, but I need to immerse the reader into that world with words and sentences, which are like the paint.



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Katherine:  Some of my literary influences are Gothic writers such as the Brontes, Mary Shelley, and Arthur Machen. Fairy tales and mythology are definitely strong inspirations. My favorite contemporary authors are Tanith Lee, Barbara Hambly, Elizabeth Hand, Charles de Lint, John Crowley, and Caitlin Kiernan.



TQ:  Describe Thorn Jack in 140 words or less.

Katherine:  Eighteen-year-old Finn Sullivan moves with her father to the town of Fair Hollow, New York, to put the tragedy of her older sister’s suicide behind her. There, she meets Jack Fata, a charismatic and striking young man who reveals to her a hidden world of nomadic spirits, abandoned places, and dark magic. Their attraction to one another has consequences, however, and Finn must eventually confront Jack’s dangerous and mysterious family to save him, herself, and unravel the mystery of her sister’s death.



TQ:  Tell us something about Thorn Jack that is not in the book description.

Katherine:  I wanted Thorn Jack to have the elements of a ghost story and Finn’s and Jack’s romance to also be a mentor/apprentice relationship. Jack is Finn’s guide, her supernatural aid, in her hero’s journey.



TQ:  Thorn Jack is described as a "...retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad, Tam Lin..." What attracted you to Tam Lin? Why did you set the novel in Upstate New York?

Katherine:  What attracted me to the ballad of ‘Tam Lin’ was the idea of a girl rescuing a mortal man from eerie, beautiful creatures who had made a pact with Hell/Death. The mortal man always seemed a little sketchy—did he really love the girl, or was she just a way to escape his being sacrificed? And did the fairy queen love the man? I set Thorn Jack in upstate New York because I wanted an antiquated and seasonal atmosphere and the abandoned mansions like Wyndcliffe, along the Hudson, added that element of ruined glamour. Also, I was born in upstate New York.



TQ:  What sorts of research did you do for Thorn Jack?

Katherine:  Most of my research was on Irish fairy lore and Celtic mythology, as well as romantic poetry. I also fiddled with Celtic and Gaelic words to create the language of the Irish Fatas in Fair Hollow.



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Katherine:  I think the easiest character to write was Finn. Even though, in the beginning of the story, Finn is in an almost Sleeping Beauty state of grief, she needed to have a sense of humor and become fiery when she learns the Fatas are going to sacrifice an innocent young man to her true enemy, death. The most difficult character was Reiko Fata, because I didn’t want her to be a stock villain—she had to be a malicious queen of ancient creatures, yet still act like any heartbroken young woman.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Thorn Jack.

KatherineThey call us things with teeth, which is what Lily Rose tells her young sister, Finn, the night Lily ends her own life. My second favorite line comes near the end, when Finn says to Reiko, “I’m eighteen—I already have the world.”



TQ:  What's next?

Katherine:  My next book will be Briar Queen, the sequel to Thorn Jack. Finn, Jack, Christie, and Sylvie journey into the perilous, border realm called the Ghostlands to learn what happened to Finn’s sister. There, they must avoid the Big Bad Wolf—the elegant and evil Seth Lot, the Fata who was once Reiko Fata’s lover.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Katherine:  Thank you!





Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel
Thorn Jack Trilogy 1
Harper Voyager, June 24, 2014
Hardcover and eBook,  352 pages

Interview with Katherine Harbour, author of Thorn Jack - June 22, 2014
A spectacular, modern retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad of Tam Lin—a beguiling fusion of love, fantasy, and myth vividly imagined and steeped in gothic atmosphere.

Their creed is "Mischief, Malevolence, and Mayhem."

Serafina Sullivan, named for angels and a brave Irish prince, is haunted by dreams of her older sister, Lily Rose, a sprite, ethereal beauty who unexpectedly took her own life. A year has passed since Lily's death, and now eighteen-year-old Finn and her college-professor father have moved back to Fair Hollow, her father's pretty little hometown alongside the Hudson River. Populated with socialites, hippies, and famous dramatic artists, every corner of this quaint, bohemian community holds bright possibilities—and dark enigmas, including the alluring Jack Fata, scion of the town's most powerful family.

Jack's smoldering looks and air of secrecy draw Finn into a dangerous romance . . . and plunge her into an eerie world of shadow and light ruled by the beautiful and fearsome Reiko Fata. Exciting and monstrous, the Fata family and its circle of strange, aristocratic denizens wield irresistible charm and glamorous power— a tempting and terrifying blend of good and evil, magic and mystery, that holds perilous consequences for a curious girl like Finn.

As she becomes more deeply entwined with Jack, Finn discovers that their lives and those of the ones she loves, including her best friends Christie Hart and Sylvie Whitethorn, are in peril. But an unexpected ally may help her protect them: her beloved sister, Lily Rose. Within the pages of the journal that Lily left behind are clues Finn must decipher to unlock the secret of the Fatas.

Yet the wrathful and deadly Reiko has diabolical plans of her own for Finn, as well as powerful allies. To save herself and to free her beloved Jack from the Fatas, Finn must stand up against the head of the family and her clever minions, including the vicious, frightening Caliban—a battle that will reveal shocking secrets about Lily Rose's death and about Finn herself . . .

Evocative and spellbinding, rich with legend, myth, and folklore, filled with heroes and villains, ghosts and selkies, changelings and fairies, witches and demons, Thorn Jack is a modern fairy tale and a story of true love, set in a familiar world, where nothing is as it seems.





About Katherine

Interview with Katherine Harbour, author of Thorn Jack - June 22, 2014
Katherine Harbour was born in Albany, NY, where she attended the Junior College of Albany and wrote while holding down jobs as a pizza maker, video store clerk, and hotel maid. She went, briefly, to art college in Minneapolis, and sold her oil paintings of otherworldly figures in small galleries and at outdoor shows. She now lives in Sarasota, FL, where she works as a bookseller and dreams of autumn and winter in her stories.


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Interview with James Walley, author of The Forty First Wink - June 20, 2014


Please welcome James Walley to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Forty First Wink was published by Ragnarok Publications on June 16th.



Interview with James Walley, author of The Forty First Wink - June 20, 2014




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing fiction?

James:  Thank you for having me. I've always wanted to write, 18 months ago I got to a point where I told myself to stop procrastinating and take the plunge. Since then, I can't stop, it's addictive.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

James:  Whilst I consider myself to be very much a pantser, I don't think that the two are mutually exclusive. I love the freedom to let the story play out like a movie in my head, but also like to have a few waypoints marked out in the plot. It's like planning a trip, and highlighting a bunch of places you want to visit along the way, then just getting in your car, closing your eyes and putting your foot down. It's probably not a good idea to literally do that though.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

James:  Keeping my preference for certain characters in check. I outright love some of the characters in 'Wink', and it's hard not to focus too much on them. I want to give all my characters an equal amount of limelight, but it's difficult sometimes when you just want to write pages and pages about a crazy, fun character that you've just dreamed up.



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

James:  I am a huge Douglas Adams fan, anything Hitchhiker related that he wrote has had the print read off it and sits proudly on my bookshelves. In terms of genre, I enjoy how authors like Terry Pratchett and Robert Rankin take fantasy, make it even more fantastic, and put a comedic spin upon it. Basically, how fantasy would sound if it were narrated by a demented, talking ostrich.



TQ:  Describe The Forty First Wink in 140 characters or less.

James:  Epic tale of boy dreams world. Pursued by his nightmares and aided by cheeky, pint sized pirates. And that's only scratching the surface!



TQ:  Tell us something about The Forty First Wink that is not in the book description.

James:  I love it when a chapter ends on a good cliffhanger, so prepare yourself to think "Just one more chapter" a few times. At least I hope that's what you'll be thinking!



TQThe Forty First Wink seems to be a genre blending novel. How would you describe the genres in your novel?

James:  It's a bit of a melting pot. It's based heavily in fantasy of course, but has a lot of humour too. There are dark, almost horror flavours, as well as a nod to nostalgia, and childhood innocence. There's even a quirky love story thrown in. If you're going to genre blend, why not use everything in the cupboard?



TQ:  What sorts of research did you do for The Forty First Wink?

James:  I napped a lot, which seemed to help with the dream stuff. Other than that, I researched a lot of nautical, and specifically pirate terminology. Also, there is a mystery character who's dialogue required that I read up on a lot of very specific, and very random information. That sounds very cryptic, and that's exactly what I was going for with the character.



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

James:  Timbers and Oaf were the easiest to write, simply because there were a joy to create. They embody a carefree and mischievous innocence that most of us lose when we are saddled with adulthood. I could go on and on about them both, simply because they are so much fun.

The hardest was probably Mr Peepers, the main antagonist. I wanted to ensure that he was steeped in mystery, whilst also conveying a malevolence and very real fear factor. That was a bit of a juggling act, but I think that he comes across as suitably creepy.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from The Forty First Wink.

James:
"The demonic clown was suddenly upon them, close enough to shock Marty into losing his grip on the ladder, retaining some purchase with one hand. Wheeling around, he was now face to face with Mr Peepers, who craned closer, his grin now impossibly wide and his eyes even wider. Marty winced as he caught a face full of hot clown breath.
It smelled like candyfloss, he thought. Candyfloss and terror."

"The short corridor which led to the gift shop now felt impossibly long, and seemed to stretch out still further as they charged headlong away from their pursuers. Surprisingly keeping pace with his much taller companions, Timbers drew alongside Marty. "Hey!" the little pirate chirped, in a voice that carried a flippant tone that in no way fit their current fraught situation. "Wouldn't it be awful if one of us fell over now, like you see in movies?" Marty's already whirling mind started a new spin cycle, and he just barely managed an incredulous double take at the tiny scuttling buccaneer before the distraction nearly caused him to fall over, like you see in movies."


TQ:  What's next?

James:  Hopefully a lot. I have a short story entitled "Santa Claus Wants You Dead" coming out in an anthology from Fireside Press later in the year, and I am currently working on a sci fi, post apocalyptic novella called "The Late Outdoors". Both are very much in the same crazy, fun vein as 'Wink'. Of course, I am also raring to go on the second 'Wink' novel, which is already partly storyboarded, and will be part of an eventual trilogy.



TQ:  Is a nod as good as a wink to a blind bat?

James:  Only if it goes with a nudge, nudge. Know what I mean?



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

James:  You're most welcome, it's been fun!





James Walley

The Forty First Wink
Ragnarok Publications, June 16, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 214 pages

Interview with James Walley, author of The Forty First Wink - June 20, 2014
Marty is having a bad morning. Roused from slumber by a gang of polo mallet-wielding monkeys and a mysterious voice in his wardrobe, he must quickly come to terms with the fact that the world outside his door is now the world inside his head. Lying in wait amidst bleak, gloomy streets, deserted theme parks, and circus-themed nightclubs, lurks the oppressive shadow of a myriad of giggling, cackling pursuers, hell bent on throwing a custard pie or two into the works.

Assisted by a string of half-cocked schemes, a troupe of tiny unlikely allies, and (literally) the girl of his dreams, Marty sets out on a heroic quest to wake up and get out of bed.

Early reviews have compared it to Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. Equal parts epic, funny and dark, The Forty First Wink plummets headlong into the realms of askew reality, adding elements of the macabre, and squeezing in an unlikely love story for good measure. It will take you on a journey where not even the sky is the limit, and literally anything could be around the next corner. The question is, do you have the guts (and the sanity) to find out?





About James

Interview with James Walley, author of The Forty First Wink - June 20, 2014
Arriving in the rainy isle of Great Britain in the late '70s, James quickly became an enthusiast of all things askew. Whilst growing up in a quaint little one horse town that was one horse short, a steady diet of movies, '50s sci fi and fantasy fiction finally convinced him to up sticks and move to Narnia — also known to the layman as Wales. Since there was no available qualification in talking lion taming or ice sculpture, he settled for a much more humdrum degree in something vague but practical, and set out to find a talking lion to make an ice sculpture of.

Mystifyingly finding himself behind the desk of a nine to five job, he kept himself sane by singing in a rock band, memorizing every John Carpenter movie ever made, and learning the ancient art of voodoo. Finally deciding to put his hyperactive imagination to good use, he ditched the voodoo and picked up a pen. A few months later, his debut novel, The Forty First Wink, was born. With a clutch of short stories in the offing, James is now loving his new life as an author, and still sings when plied with alcohol or compliments.

He also recently developed a penchant for fiercely embellishing his past. He really was a singer, although The Forty First Wink may not have brought about world peace. Yet.

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Interview with Auralee Wallace, author of Sidekick - June 14, 2014


Please welcome Auralee Wallace to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Sidekick was published on June 1st by Escape Publishing.



Interview with Auralee Wallace, author of Sidekick - June 14, 2014




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Auralee:  As far back as I can remember, I wanted to write, and I did. I crafted countless stories ranging from epic high fantasies (if you can call 5 pages of double-spaced block letters epic) to Chick Lit vignettes written from a third grader’s perspective (odd sounding, but I don’t know how else to describe a story involving spilling pizza on a favorite dress while accidentally kicking over a garbage can in front of the entire class). I did not believe, however, that it was something I could do professionally. It took me a long time to get to the point where I thought I might give it a try.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Auralee:  PLOTTER. Sorry for the all caps, but I am a big plotter. I think it is essential for the type of book I write. My goal is to take readers on a screaming roller coaster ride, and that takes planning…otherwise (to extend the metaphor) people fall out and die horrible deaths.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Auralee:  The most challenging thing for me is getting past the fear of the page that I know will soon be filled with an expression of me. It’s hard to put yourself out there, but it’s worth it when you connect with others who enjoy your work.



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Auralee:  There are so many, but recently I was thinking about how much I loved Jane Yolen’s Pit Dragon Trilogy when I was maybe ten or eleven. Her books really took me away. For a while, I felt like I lived in the world she had created...with beautiful dragons. I think that is what we all wish for when we open a book, and it is such a gift when it happens.



TQ:  Describe Sidekick in 140 characters or less.

AuraleeSidekick is just like Cinderella…if Cinderella wanted to be a superhero.



TQ:  Tell us something about Sidekick that is not in the book description.

AuraleeSidekick is a little out there. Sometimes I think there should be a warning on the cover that states: DANGER: SCREWBALL COMEDY AHEAD. If readers are expecting something dark and angst-ridden, they will not find it in my book. I have always admired characters, and people for that matter, who can remain positive in the worst of circumstances, and who want to do the right thing, just because it’s the right thing. There seems to be an overwhelming abundance of anti-heroes out there these days (and I enjoy a good anti-hero) but I do think straight up heroes should get the credit they deserve.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Sidekick? What drew you to writing about superheroes?

Auralee:  I love superheroes for the escape they provide. We live in such a complicated world with complicated problems. The realm of the superhero is like a psychological balm. It holds the promise that no matter how bad things get, there is someone working to make it better.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Sidekick?

Auralee:  I didn’t do a lot of “superhero” research. Really, I spent most of childhood doing that. I did, however, do a lot of reading on writer’s craft. For the longest time I thought that just because I loved books and my education was focused on literature, I could write a compelling novel. I have since learned there’s a lot more to it.



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Auralee:  I would have to say Choden – the guru mentor of my superhero. In my writing, I often take stereotypes and flip them inside out for comedic purposes. Choden’s character, based on the stereotype of a Tibetan monk, is still a bit of a mystery to me, a mystery I hope to explore in later books.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Sidekick.

Auralee:  “It was clear that I had no real skills or abilities when it came to crime fighting, but I had gumption. And wasn’t gumption worth more than anything else? Why would reality TV lie? “

“He was tall, at least six four, maybe five. Blond hair. Blue eyes. And yes, ridiculously muscular. He looked a little like the end result of a heated night of plastic passion between action figures.”



TQ:  What's next?

Auralee:  Currently, I am working away on the sequel to Sidekick, Sidekick Returns. I’ve also been dabbling with a cozy mystery. No matter what I’m writing, though, I think readers can expect a comedic edge. When I write, I lose myself in the story, so I figure, it might as well get lost in a place that will make me smile.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Auralee:  Thank you so much for having me!





Sidekick

Sidekick
Escape Publishing, June 1, 2014
eBook, 249 pages

Interview with Auralee Wallace, author of Sidekick - June 14, 2014
Heroes meets Bridget Jones in this brilliant, hilarious debut novel about a girl who just wants to save the world...

Bremy St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James.

Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start her own crime-fighting career.

Ryder has no need for a sidekick, but it turns out the city needs Bremy’s help. Atticus St James is planning the crime of the century, and Bremy may be the only one able to get close enough to her father to stop him.

Now all she needs to do is figure out this superhero thing in less than a month, keep her identity secret from the man who could very well be The One, and save the city from total annihilation.

Well, no one ever said being a superhero would be easy...





About Auralee
(from the author's blog)

Interview with Auralee Wallace, author of Sidekick - June 14, 2014
Auralee Wallace is an author of humorous commercial women’s fiction and occasional guest blogger at Penny Dreadful Books and Reviews http://pennydreadfulbooks.me/. She is a member of the RWA, and her debut novel, Sidekick, a superhero urban fantasy, placed as a finalist in the Virginia Fool for Love Contest, The TARA Contest and The Catherine. Sidekick has been picked up by Harlequin’s Escape Publishing and is due for release June 1st, 2014. Auralee has a Master’s degree in English literature and worked in the publishing industry for a number of years before teaching at the college level. Her latest project, Camp Murder, a cozy mystery with an edge, combines the traditional elements of a good whodunit with a little romance, a little danger, and a lot of fun. When this semi-natural blonde mother of three children and three rescue cats isn’t writing or playing soccer, she can be found watching soap operas with lurid fascination and warring with a family of peregrine falcons for the rights to her backyard.

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Interview with Monica Byrne, author of The Girl in the Road - May 19, 2014


Please welcome Monica Byrne to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Girl in the Road will be published tomorrow by Crown.



Interview with Monica Byrne, author of The Girl in the Road - May 19, 2014




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Monica:  Oh, five or six. I made “books” by drawing a series of themed pictures, captioning them, and then stapling them all together. My favorite is THE ADVENCHR BOOK.

Why? Because I was a kid. I still am a kid. ;)



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Monica:  I had to look up the latter to find out what it means…!

I switch back and forth. With my novel, I certainly began by plotting, but then in the sheer need to rack up wordcount, pantsed, which meant that something surprising would show up. Which then necessitated re-planning.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Monica:  Just making sure I carve out those [at least] two hours a day. I’m pretty good about it at this point, but hey, I’m human. I get sucked into Colbert Report rabbit holes.



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Monica:  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Teju Cole, Kim Stanley Robinson, Toni Morrison, Annie Dillard, Ursula K. Le Guin, Mary Renault, J. K. Rowling, Arundhati Roy, Norman Rush, Zadie Smith, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Haruki Murakami, Frank Herbert, and Jorge Luis Borges.



TQ:  Describe The Girl in the Road in 140 characters or less.

Monica:  Two women undertake heroic journeys after fleeing from trauma, one across the Sahara and one across the Arabian Sea, both towards Ethiopia.



TQ:  Tell us something about The Girl in the Road that is not in the book description.

Monica:  It’s a metaphorical autobiography of my twenties.



TQThe Girl in the Road is a genre blending literary novel. How would you describe the genres mixed together in your novel?

Monica:  I get a certain evil glee at all the reviewers who say they they can’t describe The Girl in the Road. That’s what I wanted—to defy all genres. But if I had to, I’d describe it as a mix of literary fiction, thriller, science fiction, magical realism, and mystery.



TQ:  How have your own travels influenced The Girl in the Road?

Monica:  Whew. A lot. The research trip I took in 2009 (to Ethiopia, India, and the South Pacific) became the primary inspiration for The Girl in the Road. Many of my experiences abroad are somehow “translated” in the novel—things I saw, people I met, ways I felt.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Girl in the Road?

Monica:  There was the experiential research (traveling and journaling) mentioned above, but also tons of book research, to get the details right. I watched an awful lot of YouTube videos to, for example, understand what the streets of Nouakchott feel like.



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Monica:  Francis was the easiest to write. He was modeled on a dear friend of mine, who I actually first met when I was a child and he was my sister’s boyfriend in college. Francis’s big-brother-like interactions with Mariama are very much based on our chemistry, then.

Meena was by far the hardest to write. She embodies so many contradictions—brilliant, shy, resentful, bold, loving, promiscuous, devoted; calling herself simple but actually very complicated. It took a long time for me to hear her voice clearly.



TQ:  Give us one of your favorite lines from The Girl in the Road.

Monica:  “Such beauty cannot amount to nothing or the universe would not cohere.”



TQ:  What's next?

Monica:  I’m working on a new book set in three different millennia, in the Maya caves of what is now western Belize. It justifies a lot more “research”—i.e., going back for jungle adventures and margaritas every winter. No complaints here!



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





The Girl in the Road

The Girl in the Road
Crown, May 20, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Monica Byrne, author of The Girl in the Road - May 19, 2014
Stunningly original and wildly inventive, The Girl in the Road melds the influences of Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, and Erin Morgenstern for a dazzling debut.

In a world where global power has shifted east and revolution is brewing, two women embark on vastly different journeys—each harrowing and urgent and wholly unexpected.

When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her and she must flee India. As she plots her exit, she learns of The Trail, an energy-harvesting bridge spanning the Arabian Sea that has become a refuge for itinerant vagabonds and loners on the run. This is her salvation. Slipping out in the cover of night, with a knapsack full of supplies including a pozit GPS system, a scroll reader, and a sealable waterproof pod, she sets off for Ethiopia, the place of her birth.

Meanwhile, Mariama, a young girl in Africa, is forced to flee her home. She joins up with a caravan of misfits heading across the Sahara. She is taken in by Yemaya, a beautiful and enigmatic woman who becomes her protector and confidante. They are trying to reach Addis Abba, Ethiopia, a metropolis swirling with radical politics and rich culture. But Mariama will find a city far different than she ever expected—romantic, turbulent, and dangerous.

As one heads east and the other west, Meena and Mariama’s fates are linked in ways that are mysterious and shocking to the core.

Written with stunning clarity, deep emotion, and a futuristic flair, The Girl in the Road is an artistic feat of the first order: vividly imagined, artfully told, and profoundly moving.





About Monica

Interview with Monica Byrne, author of The Girl in the Road - May 19, 2014
Photo by Donald E. Byrne III
Monica Byrne is a writer, traveler, and playwright based in Durham, North Carolina. The Girl in the Road is her first novel.











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Interview with Tom Doyle, author of American Craftsmen - May 10, 2014


Please welcome Tom Doyle to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. American Craftsmen was published on May 6, 2014 by Tor Books.







TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Tom:  When I quit the law, I went on a personal pilgrimage to clear out my old self and start forming a new one. Among other things, I stayed in a Zen monastery, traveled to Rio for Carnival and Jerusalem for New Year’s Eve, interned at Boston University’s Center for Millennial Studies, and formed a rock band that played Guided by Voices covers. After this pilgrimage period, I thought about a new career. It had to be intellectually stimulating yet not involve others telling me what to do, so I decided on writing science fiction and fantasy. I first attended a Strange Horizons workshop, and then I went to Clarion. I started selling stories soon after that.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Tom:  I’d call myself a pantser with a strong sense of trajectory. I usually know where I want to start and roughly where I want to finish, but having these end points still allows for plenty of serendipitous surprises and course changes along the way.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing? Where do you write?

Tom:  My biggest challenge is avoiding distractions. I’m not a fast writer, so I need to impose a lot of structure on my day. I mostly write at a big wooden desk on the third floor of my nineteenth-century brownstone home. I have a turret, which helps keep me in a fantasy mindset.



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Tom:  Off the top of my head, China Mieville, Jacqueline Carey, my Clarion instructors, Dickens, Hemingway, and Roddy Doyle. The transparent styles of the last two are good antidotes to infectious bad prose. But I also really enjoy the vatic voice that I pick up from some poetry and song lyrics.



TQ:  Describe American Craftsmen in 140 characters or less.

Tom:  Two soldiers will fight through the magical legacies of Poe and Hawthorne to destroy an undying evil, if they don't kill each other first.



TQ:  Tell us something about American Craftsmen that is not in the book description.

Tom:  The craftsmen of the title are magician soldiers, but “American craftsmen” is also a nod to the early American authors of the fantastic such as Poe and Hawthorne. For my book, I’ve assumed all these authors were writing thinly veiled nonfiction.



TQ:  What inspired you to write American Craftsmen? What appealed to about writing a genre blending Contemporary Military Fantasy novel? Do you want to write in any other genres or sub-genres?

Tom:  Oddly enough, one of my initial inspirations was L. Frank Baum. When he began telling children’s stories, he had the idea of discarding the existing European folk tales and building a fantasy that was modern and distinctly American. That’s how we got The Wizard of Oz.

     I wasn’t going to write a children’s story, but the idea of confining myself to a U.S. mythos for an adult fantasy was very appealing. At first, my book was going to cover a whole secret world of American magic. But the reader of my earliest draft section, author Stephanie Dray, saw the military intrigue element and said, “This is great. Do this.” I really owe her a lot for getting me to focus on that plotline.

     I’ve written stories across the speculative spectrum (though no high fantasy epics yet), and I have a couple of novel manuscripts in different SF/F sub-genres that I’d like to see published. I don’t see myself doing non-speculative fiction anytime soon. For now, it’s the otherworldly stuff in odd combinations that keeps me intrigued.



TQ:  Please tell us about the magic system in American Craftsmen.

Tom:  Rather than use a traditional magic system, I drew up my list of supernatural powers from three main founts. First, any occult event in American literature was fair game. In The Scarlet Letter, for example, the hidden sin of the minister is visible as a red letter “A” in the flesh of his chest, which matches the red fabric letter worn by Hester Prynne. So my protagonist, Dale Morton, has the ability to see sins as glowing letters radiating from other people’s bodies.

     Second, American history is full of the uncanny, for example, instances where an abrupt change of weather saved an army, and the dreams that Lincoln had before significant events, including his own assassination. I imagine this uncanniness as being the result of magical powers still being exercised today.

     Finally, to be elite operatives, soldier and spy mages would need powers that enhance their combat skill and strength. They aren’t superheroes, but they can endure a bit more, heal a bit quicker, and shoot a bit better than normal soldiers.

     In my story, different practitioners see these powers in different terms. The atheistic Dale Morton sees magic as a sharp skewing of probabilities inherent in nature, and he wields his power with a meditative concentration. The religious Michael Endicott believes all such power comes ultimately from God and frames his spells as prayers. Both get the same results.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for American Craftsmen?

Tom:  I read or reread the works of Poe and Hawthorne and other nineteenth-century authors of the American canon. As an example of how I used some of that reading, the parlor of the House of Morton has sickly yellow wallpaper in a nod to the early feminist story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

     I had already read a lot of military history, so I read more about modern elite military units and special operations. I toured the Pentagon. I continued to tour Civil War battle sites, which came in handy for one section of the book.

     A crucial part of my research was discussing special operations with a friend who had fought in the first Gulf War.



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why? Who is your favorite character in American Craftsmen?

Tom:  Dale, my main protagonist, was relatively easy; his personality and his outlook on life are familiar. Endicott was harder. In my earliest draft, he started out as an almost totally unsympathetic character, which didn’t work. He’s evolved into something quite different.

     Two of my favorite characters are Sphinx and the Appalachian. They’re both older women who’ve paid for their wisdom with some portion of their sanity, and that makes them interesting.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite lines from American Craftsmen.

Tom:  “Prague’s old world occult irritated him. Every assignment turned noir here. Like foreign movies, Prague missions tended to end badly and absurdly.”



TQ:  What's next?

TomAmerican Craftsmen is the first book in a three-book series. I’ve recently turned in book two, The Left-Hand Way, and I’m hard at work on book three, The Master Craftsmen. But I also have two other novels that I think would be great as stand-alones or first books in different series. One is the continuation of my award winning story, “The Wizard of Macatawa,” a fantasy about L. Frank Baum in 1899 and a kid growing up on Lake Michigan in the late ‘70s. The other is the continuation of my twisted space opera, “Crossing Borders.” I hope they’ll see the light of day at some point. If you’re interested in a preview of what those novels would be like, the short story precursors are available in my collection, The Wizard of Macatawa and Other Stories, or you could listen to the audio versions at www.tomdoylewriter.com.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





American Craftsmen
Tor Books, May 6, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

In modern America, two soldiers will fight their way through the magical legacies of Poe and Hawthorne to destroy an undying evil—if they don’t kill each other first.

US Army Captain Dale Morton is a magician soldier—a “craftsman.” After a black-ops mission gone wrong, Dale is cursed by a Persian sorcerer and haunted by his good and evil ancestors. Major Michael Endicott, a Puritan craftsman, finds gruesome evidence that the evil Mortons, formerly led by the twins Roderick and Madeline, have returned, and that Dale might be one of them.

Dale uncovers treason in the Pentagon’s highest covert ranks. He hunts for his enemies before they can murder him and Scherie, a new friend who knows nothing of his magic.

Endicott pursues Dale, divided between his duty to capture a rogue soldier and his desire to protect Dale from his would-be assassins. They will discover that the demonic horrors that have corrupted American magic are not bound by family or even death itself.

In Tom Doyle's thrilling debut, American Craftsmen, Seal Team Six meets ancient magic--with the fate of the United States hanging in the balance . . .







About Tom

The Internet Review of Science Fiction has hailed TOM DOYLE's writing as “beautiful & brilliant.” Locus Magazine has called his stories “fascinating,” “transgressive,” “witty,” “moving,” and “intelligent and creepy.” A graduate of the Clarion Writing Workshop, Doyle has won the WSFA Small Press Award and third prize in the Writers of the Future contest. He is the author of American Craftsmen.






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Interview with Timothy Baker, author of Path of the Dead - May 4, 2014


Please welcome Timothy Baker to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Path of the Dead, Timothy's debut, will be published on May 5, 2014 by Ragnarok Publications.



Interview with Timothy Baker, author of Path of the Dead - May 4, 2014





TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Timothy:  Thank you. Delighted to be here *looks around for snack comp table*. Back in 2010 when a writer friend enticed me to participate in that year's NaNoWriMo. I had been retired from firefighting for 5 years, had returned to college and took a Creative Writing class, got straight A's, and thought what-the-hell, I'll give a shot at a thirty day first draft. After making the last day deadline at +500 words, and looked back on what my first novel (mess though it was), I figured it might be worth taking a new career chance. I was 54 and looking for something to do, so I got in the writing game. Kind of late in life, I know, but here I am!



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Timothy:  A little of both. For short stories, pretty much panster, that is, when I'm wearing pants at my desk, but that's another tale. I get an idea that trips my trigger and where I want to end it, then sit down and jam it out. The first novel (unpublished) taught me a lot, mostly that I wasn't able to see the big picture. So the next novel, Path of the Dead, I made a rough chapter outline of the story, marking the set pieces, then pants'ed my way through the parts in between. It was good to know where I was going and seeing chapters ticked off, but leaving open places where I could let my imagination free.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Timothy:  I'm a relatively slow writer, mulling over things for long periods before I commit to the chair. I envy those writers that post their FB status with, "I wrote 35.2 bajillion words today on my new novel. Now I can get to work on the 5 short stories and novella I'm working on for tomorrow's deadline!" I also hate them. Who else is with me on this?



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Timothy:  I'm an old dude and was raised on comic books, fantasy/horror/ SF/pulp adventure fiction. Stan Lee, Poe (everything), Lovecraft (mythos stories), Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan and John Carter), Rod Serling (everything), Ray Bradbury (The Dark Country), Arthur C. Clarke, Tolkien, Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange and The Wanting Seed blew my mind), those I would say were my early influences. Later came Stephen King, Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, and the writers I put on my highest pedestal: Cormac McCarthy and Elmore Leonard.



TQ:  Describe Path of the Dead in 140 characters or less.

Timothy:  Damn zombies, can't get away from them, even in Tibet. They'll follow you up a mountain just to snack on you.



TQ:  Tell us something about Path of the Dead that is not in the book description.

Timothy:  It's short and it has a big kitty in it.



TQ:  Why did you set the novel in Tibet?

Timothy:  The story was written with a Buddhist POV and Tibet is steeped in it. And Tibetan Buddhism has a huge mythology to mine, with gods and demons and shape changing monks, and has been influenced by the indigenous Bon religion, which is somewhat animistic, and nature born. Nature is one of the running themes in the story and it allowed me to broaden the fantasy aspects of the narrative.



TQPath of the Dead is a blend of dark fantasy and horror. What inspired you to write a dark fantasy / horror story?

Timothy:  It's been said to "write what you know" and I have fifty years of dark fantasy/horror books and films in my head that have created nightmare ideas, twisting around like snakes, needing to escape. I write dark fantasy/horror because it's what I know--and to remain sane.



TQ:  The book description mentions a "plague of apocalyptic proportions" resulting in the dead rising - the undead. Are your undead Zombies or something else?

Timothy:  Oh, they're zombies, for sure, the classic Romero zombie. I didn't want to recreate the wheel, only take the genre where it hasn't been.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Path of the Dead?

Timothy:  Of course, lots on Tibet in general: the history, terrain, flora and fauna. And being a Buddhist student from way back, I had to go back and reread some of the Tibetan mythology and pull out their sutras (teachings) to reference.



TQ:  In Path of the Dead: Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why? Who is your favorite good 'guy', bad 'guy' or ethically ambiguous character in Path of the Dead?

Timothy:  Easiest would have to be the female nun, Gu-Lang. She doesn't speak, so dialogue was easy for her, only facial expressions and body language. She's a soldier of sorts, a skilled fighter, an easy read when she's communicating her emotions. Very direct. The hardest was Chodren, my young (10 years old) protagonist. Getting in his child's mind and keeping it consistent without over playing it, was a bit tricky to navigate. Definitely my favorite was my main protagonist, Dorje, the Shoalin trained monk. A 'good' guy through and through, he's complex, torn, doubtful, contemplative, confident, and driven. And he can fight like the characters in an old, Chinese, kung-fu movie.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Path of the Dead.

Timothy:  Oh, this is tough. But here's a couple...
" All distilled down into a monster of infinite size, pure in its vengeful message, one in its endless clouded eyes, countless arms with grasping hands, and the gnashing teeth, driven by one singular desire—hunger for the flesh of the living."
And...
"The panther seemed to accept his point and wandered off to find prey with lesser debate skills."


TQ:  What's next?

Timothy:  Well, I'll be starting on Hungry Ghosts Book Two. And of course, more short stories (I love writing them) and I have a couple of novel ideas in mind: Dark Country, a story of a country Sheriff and a serial killer occupying the same county where strange things take place; and a yet to be titled story of a young man coming back to his old small town to live in his dead mother's old abandoned house, and three witches that wander the grounds disguised as cats.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Timothy:  No, thank you. It's been a great pleasure. Now where's the snack comp table?





Path of the Dead

Path of the Dead
Hungry Ghosts 1
Ragnarok Publications, May 5, 2014

Interview with Timothy Baker, author of Path of the Dead - May 4, 2014

Nestled on the foot of Tibet’s sacred Seche La Mountain is the village of Dagzê. The normally quiet streets are bustling with the steady stream of arrivals and preparations for the coming Festival of the Medicine King; a time of celebration, healing, and renewal. But a shadow is sweeping the world, a plague of apocalyptic proportions—the dead are rising and devouring the living, and no place is safe where humanity thrives.

As Dagzê burns, overtaken by the hungry undead, five people come together: Lama Tenzin, an elder monk; Gu-lang, the silent warrior nun and Tenzin’s protector; Cheung, a private in The People’s Army, driver and escort of the Lama; ten-year-old Chodren Dawa, witness to his sister’s death and rising; and Dorje Cetan, a Shaolin-trained hermit monk of Seche La and a dreamer of a dark portent. Together they must fight their way out of Dagzê to an abandoned Buddhist hermitage clinging to the mist-shrouded cliffs of Seche La.

With the undead following and gathering at Eagle’s Nest gate, they barricade themselves inside their dead-end haven, and are soon forced to battle the beasts without, as well as the ones within.





About Timothy

Interview with Timothy Baker, author of Path of the Dead - May 4, 2014
Timothy Baker is a retired firefighter and an aspiring, perspiring, horror writer. He is published in Fading Light: Anthology of the Monstrous by Angelic Knight Press, and the forthcoming Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed from Tor. Tim has also received a commendation in the Australian Horror Writer’s Association 2009 Short Story Competition.



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Interview with David Ramirez, author of The Forever Watch - April 29, 2014


Please welcome David Ramirez to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Forever Watch was published on April 22, 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books.



Interview with David Ramirez, author of The Forever Watch - April 29, 2014




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

David:  The when was third year in high school. I started writing for fun then, and not just for the occasional bit of homework with leeway for creativity. Though it took a while for me to move on from poor attempts at poetry….

The why is because a lot of my life was lived in daydreams even before I was writing. Imagining other lives, other times, other worlds.

It fed on itself when the right outlet came along. Writing was that outlet. It just took a long time for its importance to me to really sink in.

From childhood up through college, I was determined that I would either be a scientist or a doctor (or both—I was thinking about MD/PhD programs). But the writing thing would not leave me alone. Slowly, gradually, it took on more and more importance to me, until something I had started as a hobby became something I couldn’t not do anymore.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

David:  For short fiction, I’m a pantser.

For long work, I prefer to be a plotter. Everything is easier when there is a formal map, even if there are occasional unplanned side-trips. I didn’t finish my master’s in computer science, but had more than a taste. The formal process of programming, with specification, design, planning, implementation, documentation, and so on, actually helped me a lot in thinking about writing fiction.

However, sometimes my being a plotter does not work out. Sometimes I start writing, and the scenes tuned to the plan feel stale despite tweaks and re-planning. So when all else fails, I sit there and pound the keys and see what happens next, all preparations tossed to the wind.

It needs editing at the end anyway, whether plotted out or pantsed. I guess if I had to be classified as a writing type, it would be “re-writer.” That’s where all the real work happens for me. My initial stages of revising aren’t typo fixes or cutting out a scene here or there—I tend do major reworking. Characters may change significantly; entire story arcs might be rearranged. I’ll go into that more when replying to one of the later questions.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

David:  Sustaining focus. The hardest part of writing is writing even when nothing is going right and my mind wants to be elsewhere. It’s about facing the fear of not knowing if what’s going out onto the monitor is good or lousy and going forward anyway.



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

David:  The question of influence is difficult to answer from the inside—others can probably see in my writing what has shaped it better than I. My guesses for who have influenced me most are William Gibson, Michael Moorcock, and Katsuhiro Otomo. I could be wrong. There are many books and comics I read when I was younger that made a deep impression on me and became part of that influence without my noticing or remembering. Every note comes from somewhere.

The list of my favorite authors is pretty fluid and changes depending on my mood. The authors I most admire who are always at or close to the top of that list are Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and Haruki Murakami.



TQ:  Describe The Forever Watch in 140 characters or less.

David:  Risking all, Hana and Leon search for a killer whose existence is kept secret by the very authorities charged with the survival of humanity.



TQ:  Tell us something about The Forever Watch that is not in the book description.

David:  The world of Forever Watch came to me in nearly complete form in a dream. The testing, the rigid society, the ship, the major plot devices, etc. In the dream, I held and read documents describing one of the most important secrets of the ship.

So, at first, I tried too hard to write out my dream.

In the earliest version of the story, the main character was Detective Barrens. Dempsey was an almost passive noir “good” woman—nearly a side character to be admired and protected.

It was not working. The characters felt stilted and predictable. The biggest secrets in the story were very complicated, resulting in a messy multi-tiered caste system. It would have been a longer and slower story.

Many things were changed. The world-building was simplified, so the plot tightened up. Dempsey became the lead, which brought some of the most important parts of the ship’s society to life, like Breeding Duty, and the social norms that are tweaked to maintain crew efficiency. The character grew into that expanded role, and as Dempsey changed and became more complex, so did Barrens.



TQ:  What inspired you to write The Forever Watch?

David:  I was in the middle of writing another story when The Forever Watch hit me and I had to write it. But it did not come out of the nowhere of the subconscious—at the time, I was thinking a lot about issues of freedom vs information and censorship. I was displeased by the narratives forming in the news about wikileaks and whistleblowers. They seemed overly simple.

So, while a lot of it was the fortuitous firing of the subconscious, there was also my very conscious desire. I wanted a story in which something that is self-evident to most, differing only based on what side one is on, becomes very different from how it seems on the surface.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Forever Watch?

David:  Not a lot. I tried to refresh myself somewhat on Machine Learning, but I did not want to bloat the exposition, and let the technical correctness slide based on feel. I hope my CS friends will read those parts and shrug off the looseness—I like to think that they have to put up with a lot less accurate portrayals of hacking in other stories, like certain police procedurals on TV….

Other than that, the power ratings for psychics involved several minutes of messing around with a calculator and looking up which wattage unit goes, approximately, with which size task (kilowatts vs megawatts).



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

David:  The easiest character to write was Barrens. It is not that he is simple, but that his motivations and desires are intense and always running high. He is a character who has problems with his behavioral brakes. And his complexities are sort of primal—a very physical type who is also an idealist, a thinker without the education to make the most of himself, and so on. I mostly had to think in extremes.

The hardest character to write was Dempsey. I was always worrying about the authenticity of her experience. And then there was her emotional state. I went back and forth on whether it was overdone or underdone. Balancing her negative emotions with the needs of the story and the goal of keeping things enjoyable for readers was tough. I may have wanted to write her as real as I could but she still had to work as a heroic figure.

I’m sure there are going to be some readers who find her too maudlin, while others may think I’ve trivialized terrible things because she does not seem traumatized enough. Readers are diverse and there’s no knowing whether I hit a good balance point until lots of people start reading and reacting to it.



TQ:  Give us one of your favorite lines from The Forever Watch.

David:  “This is how I deserve to die.” I think that line and that moment are the essence of that character.

There are others I like more, but there is no sharing them without spoiling the plot.



TQ:  Why did you choose to write Science Fiction, particularly Space Opera? Do you want to write in any other genres?

David:  I like science fiction and fantasy because while working within real world rules is about skill, working beyond those rules is about imagination. All those possibilities and impossibilities give the largest possible space to play around with for stories. They can be used to reflect aspects of humanity and the world in ways that aren’t straightforward. Societies and human interactions can be explored with very different limits, or with no limits at all.

I want to write many types of stories. Aside from SF, I’d like to be able to do horror, epic fantasy, pulpy sword and sorcery, superhero stories, magic realism…. I would love to be able to write all the kinds of stories I like to read, eventually. Even with just science fiction, there is still a lot to the craft I need to improve, so I’ll probably never develop the skills to write all these things, but who knows? I like to dream. That’s the only reason I’ve gotten this far.



TQ:  What's next?

David:  What’s next is another science fiction story, though it’s near future and there are no psychics or space ships. It’s about a young girl with a talent for manipulating social media, who comes across a hoax that’s gone viral about a mysterious stationary object in the sky.

I thought I wouldn’t be hit by the sophomore curse because The Forever Watch is not actually my first completed novel (it is the first one that broke through the slush pile). So wrong! For various reasons, my next project has been very difficult to write. In the end, I’m having to seat-of-my-pants it to proceed. I foresee much rewriting in my future.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

David:  Thank you.





The Forever Watch

The Forever Watch
Thomas Dunne Books, April 22, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with David Ramirez, author of The Forever Watch - April 29, 2014
An exciting new novel from a bold up-and-coming sci fi talent, The Forever Watch is so full of twists and surprises it's impossible to put down.

All that is left of humanity is on a thousand-year journey to a new planet aboard one ship, The Noah, which is also carrying a dangerous serial killer...

As a City Planner on the Noah, Hana Dempsey is a gifted psychic, economist, hacker and bureaucrat and is considered "mission critical." She is non-replaceable, important, essential, but after serving her mandatory Breeding Duty, the impregnation and birthing that all women are obligated to undergo, her life loses purpose as she privately mourns the child she will never be permitted to know.

When Policeman Leonard Barrens enlists her and her hacking skills in the unofficial investigation of his mentor's violent death, Dempsey finds herself increasingly captivated by both the case and Barrens himself. According to Information Security, the missing man has simply "Retired," nothing unusual. Together they follow the trail left by the mutilated remains. Their investigation takes them through lost dataspaces and deep into the uninhabited regions of the ship, where they discover that the answer may not be as simple as a serial killer after all.

What they do with that answer will determine the fate of all humanity in David Ramirez's thrilling page turner.





About David

Interview with David Ramirez, author of The Forever Watch - April 29, 2014
Photo by Ging Lorenzo
DAVID RAMIREZ is an ex-scientist who divides his time between Oakland, CA, and Manila, Philippines. Once a molecular biologist who worked on the Human Genome Project, Ramirez returned to the Philippines to get married. He currently dabbles in computer science and programmed part of the information system for the chronobiologists of EUCLOCK, a cooperative project between European research groups on the study of circadian rhythms in model organisms and humans.







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