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Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

and the winners are....

Only Superhuman by Christopher L. Bennett - Ended November 10, 2012 - Read the Interview here

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question: Who is one of your favorite superheroes?

Jen B. who said...

I love Ironman. He is a superhero because he is smart (and stupid rich). But, and although he is technically classified as a superhero, I have to go with Dr. Who. I think he is just the ultimate superhero. He's smart, a little crazy, he's devoted and he always comes up with a way to do as little damage as possible.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Enslaved (Eternal Guardians 5) by Elisabeth Naughton - Ended November 9, 2012 - Read the Interview here. US/CANADA ONLY

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  Which Greek God, Goddess, Demi-God or Goddess would you like to meet?

Elizabeth H. who said...

I'd like to meet Persephone.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Blood Riders by Michael P. Spradlin (3 copies) - Ended November 8, 2012 - Read the Interview here. US ONLY

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite Western or Horror novels, comics, TV shows, or movies?

Debby who said...

I love the Louis L'Amour westerns. They were great!

AilishsMom who said...

This was one of those books I just didn't want to put down, early morning at work be damned.
The closest things to Western that I love are the original Wild, Wild West and more recently, Firefly.

LadyVampire2u who said...

My favorite Western series was The Rifleman. Favorite movie was Cowboys VS Aliens. Congrats on this new release!

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

The Haunting of Maddy Clare and ARC of An Inquiry into Love and Death by Simone St. James - Ended November 7, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here. (Two winners each get one of the books.) US/CANADA ONLY

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ARC cover will be different.

Question: What is your favorite scary read? What do you recommend I pick up – immediately??

    Winner of The Haunting of Maddy Clare:

Tore who said...

I would suggest Stephen King's It or anything by Stephen King or Dean Koontz. Thanks for the giveaway. I am a follower and email subscriber.

    Winner of the ARC of An Inquiry into Love and Death:

sherry fundin who said...

I don't have a favorite, but anything by King and Koontz is plenty scary for me. lol I follow the blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Savage Hunger (Jaguar 1) by Terry Spear - Ended November 5, 2012 - Read the Interview here. US/CANADA ONLY

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  What would you do if you found a jungle cat who wasn’t all cat??

Denise Z who said...

In my fantasy world, I would slowly approach, hold out my hand in peace and scratch behind the ears or under the chin. Should this be successful and I retain all my fingers, I would check for fleas and then invite him in our of the cold for a nice side of venison or bowl of mild LOL Thank you for taking the time and effort to share with us to day and for the imagination fun.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Alchemystic (The Spellmason Chronicles 1) by Anton Strout - Ended November 2, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

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Question:  A Spellmason can work magic on stone. On what would you like to work magic?

Natalia J who said...

i would love to be able to work on paper. So what ever I write or draw it happens.

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Choice of The Shadow Reader (McKenzie Lewis 1) or The Shattered Dark (McKenzie Lewis 2) by Sandy Williams - Ended October 31, 2012 - Read the character Interview here.

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Question:  Which character from novels, comics, movies, orTV shows do you find infuriating?

Texas Book Lover who said...

Bill from the True Blood show and books is one of the most infuriating characters I can think of. The books and shows have really digressed lately. I will tough out the last book but if Sookie ends up with Bill I will probably want to tear the book to pieces and for me that is totally sacrilegious.

I have to agree that Lori from The Walking Dead is really bad too. I'm kinda hoping the baby is a zombie and kills her during childbirth and I am normally not a mean or morbid person. Just love the show but am tired of her.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

A print copy of Crooked Fang by Carrie Clevenger and a beautiful Sasha Bracelet from Synde at Cemetery Cat Designs - Ended October 28, 2012 - Read the Interview here. US ONLY

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Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  Xan Marcelles is a bass player. What profession would you like to see a vampire in?

JC Jones who said...

I would like to see a vampire as a money manager. They could control the world that way. I am a GFC follower.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Lady X's Cowboy by Zoë Archer (digital copy) - Ended October 26, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  What’s your favorite kind of boot? What sort of boot do you want your heroes to wear?

Sheree who said...

I just want comfortable boots. I have fancier ones with stiletto heels but those hurt after a while and even my sturdier ones really aren't made for walking in (maybe they'd be okay for riding in).

As for heroes, anything they can walk in, I suppose. Nothing too fancy but functionality is a must - kind of how I like my men. ;)

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

The Witch of Babylon (The Mesopotamina Trilogy 1) by D.J. McIntosh - Ended October 24, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

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Question:  Do you believe that myths have some truth to them?

Martha Lawson who said...

Absolutely, I think myths are based on truth! Thanks for the chance.

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Winner's Choice on an Immortal Guardians Novel plus swag - Ended October 23, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

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Question: Do you enjoy a little humor in a Paranormal Romance novel?

Annwitch who said...

Everyone loves it when someone has a good sense of humor. In a romance I think it is imperative.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 US Eastern Time on Sunday, November 18, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Interview with Michael P. Spradlin, author of Blood Riders - November 1, 2012

Please welcome Michael P. Spradlin to The Qwillery. Blood Riders, Michael's most recent novel,  was published on September 25, 2012 by Harper Voyager.

Interview with Michael P. Spradlin, author of Blood Riders - November 1, 2012

TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Michael:  Thank you for having me. I actually enjoy writing with a Qwill!

TQ:  Bonus points for being the first author to write that!

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Michael:  Probably writing in long hand in a journal before I use the computer. It’s a more organic process to me that way. And it’s an extra stage of revision when I type the longhand into my computer. I call it a quirk because it drives my children and nieces and nephews crazy. They think I’m from the Stone Age.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Michael:  Hmm. I’m a plotter by the seat of my pants? Does that count? I almost always ‘get’ the plot first. I have dozens of plots lying around. I don’t do anything with them until they have a character to tell the story. Once I had the idea of a horror/western mash-up as with Blood Riders, it took a while before Jonas Hollister jumped onto the page and said, “Dude, I got this.”

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

Michael:  It’s always getting the words down. Some times they come easy and sometimes they come hard. Usually I find there’s a point in the novel when ‘the dam breaks’ and at that point you can’t get the words down fast enough.

TQ:  Describe Blood Riders in 140 characters or less.

Michael:  Big scry vpire thgs try 2 eat a guy but he has big guns & stuff. Meets rly hot vpire chick 4 romance & butt kicking. #bloodriders #awesome

TQ:  What inspired you to write Blood Riders?

Michael:  A magazine article I read about human evolution. I started thinking about the progression of humanity from Neanderthal, to Cro-Magnon, to Homo sapiens. Then I thought in the fictional realm, where we assume monsters are real, have werewolves, vampires, witches and so on always existed as we perceive them now? The modern vampire mythos for the most part descends from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. What if there were earlier ‘less evolved’ creatures than the Count? And then came the idea of an ancient race of vampires that is overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of humanity surrounding them coming to a crossroads. Retreat or fight to survive?

TQ:   What sort of research did you do for Blood Riders?

Michael:  I read a lot of critical texts on the vampire in fiction and literature. I also use Joseph Campbell’s Hero With A Thousand Faces as part of the research on most of my novels. Then there was the historical and period research. I also spoke to a gunsmith regarding the weaponry my characters use. Though a lot of machines and guns used are ‘made up,’ I wanted to be sure the technology existed so that these things could at least be ‘technically possible’ if it were thought of at the time.

I also did research on the ‘real’ people who are characters in Blood Riders like Allan Pinkerton, Oliver Winchester and George Armstrong Custer.

TQ:   In Blood Riders, you combine genres - Horror and Western. Why do you think that these genres work so well together?

Michael:  I think all horror and western drama, whether in movie or novel form, is ultimately about a character making things right. Most of the time you have a lone hero or small group of heroes who are willing to do what no one else will. They ride in and clean up the town or they’ll go down in the dark basement to save the child. The archetypical western hero is so familiar to us it just seemed like a good idea to take one in that period and have him face off against something supernatural. Jonas Hollister in Blood Riders is a lot like Gary Cooper in High Noon or John Wayne in Rio Bravo except he has to rid the ‘town’ of something far more sinister.

TQ:  You also have completely original characters, at least one fictional character from another vampire novel, and characters based on actual historical figures. Which characters were easiest to write and why? Hardest and why?

Michael:  The hardest are always those you create from scratch. This was also the first novel I’d written for adults and the first novel I’d written in third person. It was much more challenging getting started because in prior books the first person voice just took off and told the story. In Blood Riders the multiple viewpoints made some of the character development more challenging, because each of the characters all have different reactions and feelings toward each other.

The historical characters were easier in terms of describing their appearance and there was research available, in some cases, their own writings and speeches to give you a sense of what they might ‘sound’ like. General Philip ‘Little Phil’ Sheridan was notoriously profane, for example. But in the end it’s fiction and they have to work as fictional characters within the context of the novel.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Blood Riders?

Michael:  Sergeant Chee was a really fun character to write. And I think a lot of his scenes are among my favorite in the book. One of my favorites is actually at the very beginning of the book when he and Hollister meet in Leavenworth. Hollister immediately spots a brilliant soldier who has been completely overlooked and ‘buffaloed’ by the very racist post-Civil War US Army. Once he realizes what he’s going to be facing he wants Chee along with him. Chee sees in Hollister a leader who is truly a leader. Someone who chooses the best person, moment and tactics to win. He’s not driven by bigotry, false piety or any of the other emotions that drove so many people at this point in history.

TQ:  What's next?

Michael:  Right now I have two more middle grade series in the works. The first is in collaboration with my friend Roland Smith. He has written the first three books in his series I,Q, the most recent is I,Q: Kitty Hawk. We’ll be co-writing the next three books in the series, starting with book four I,Q: The Alamo. The I,Q series is about stepsiblings Q (short for Quest) and Angela, whose parents are famous musicians. They travel the country on their parent’s concert tour. Along the way they become embroiled in a mystery concerning Angela’s mother, a Secret Service Agent who died in the line of duty. Or did she? Was her ‘death’ a cover for her to infiltrate a deeply embedded terrorist cell? You’ll have to read the books to find out: I,Q: Independence Hall, I,Q: The White House and I,Q: Kitty Hawk.

I also have a new series with Scholastic called Killer Species. The first book Killer Species: Menace From The Deep will be out in 2013. It’s a series about two boys who live near the Everglades and a well-intentioned but deranged environmentalist who takes it upon himself to tinker with nature in an effort to combat invasive species that are devastating the eco-system. Of course when a scientist plays with nature, nothing ever goes wrong!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Michael:  Thanks for having me!

About Blood Riders

Blood Riders
Harper Voyager, September 25, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Interview with Michael P. Spradlin, author of Blood Riders - November 1, 2012
The Western Territories, 1880. For four years, Civil War veteran and former U.S. Cavalry Captain Jonas P. Hollister has been rotting in a prison cell at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His crime: lying about the loss of eleven soldiers under his command . . . who he claims were slaughtered by a band of nonhuman, blood-drinking demons.

But now a famous visitor, the detective Allan Pinkerton, has arrived with an order for Hollister's release. The brutal murder of a group of Colorado miners in a fashion frighteningly similar to the deaths of Hollister's men has leant new credence to his wild tale. And suddenly Jonas Hollister finds himself on a quest both dangerous and dark—joining forces with Pinkerton, the gunsmith Oliver Winchester, an ex-fellow prisoner, a woman of mystery, and a foreigner named Abraham Van Helsing, who knows many things about the monsters of the night—and riding hell for leather toward an epic confrontation . . . with the undead.

About Michael

Interview with Michael P. Spradlin, author of Blood Riders - November 1, 2012
Michael P. Spradlin is the author of the New York Times bestseller It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies!, Every Zombie Eats Somebody Sometime, and Jack and Jill Went Up to Kill, as well as several children's picture books, the novels and manga volumes in the Spy Goddess series, and the Youngest Templar novels. He lives in Michigan with his family.

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What:  Three commenters will each win a copy of Blood Riders from Michael. US ONLY

How:   Answer the following question: 

What is one of your favorite Western or Horror novels, comics, TV shows, or movies?

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Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, November 8, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

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