Two More Interviews

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Please forgive me for another shameless self-promotion post but these are too cool to ignore. Firstly, young Adult author, Tash McAdam interviewed me for her blog. If you’d like to find out who I think should play Glitch in a movie version of Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet or what my favourite word is, this is the interview for you (And you can also read the first chapter of Unseen Planet there). And secondly, Hank Garner was kind enough to invite me onto his Author Stories Podcast. I’m a huge fan of the cast and he’s had people like Andy Weir, Nancy Kress, Hugh Howey, Nick Cole and Dan Wells on the show so I’m in amazing company. Hank is a great interviewer – he has a really relaxed style and the interview was a lot of fun so check it out. Hank also writes really good fiction so after you’ve listened to the podcast, take a look at his books as well. That’s it for the self-promotion for a while (probably) but here’s a picture of some baby seagulls to make up for all the Glitch posts. For a limited time you can pick up Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet on all ebook platforms including Amazon US, Amazon … Read More

The Leighgendarium Interviewed Me!

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Preston Leigh at The Leighgendarium Book Blog has just posted an interview with yours truly. I’m a big fan of the site, Preston has interviewed some great authors so it’s a real honour to be featured. I’ve done a lot of software related interviews in print, radio and TV (and I once dressed up as a gorilla to promote a video game), but I think this is the first interview I’ve done regarding my writing so I’ve put together a cool giveaway for a paperback copy of Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet. So, if you’re interested in finding out what new authors I’m enjoying reading, how I’d change The Girl in the City, why I’m nervous around penguins, or just want a chance to win a free book, check out the interview here. And if you’re interested in books, you could do worse than making The Leighgendarium a regular stop on your Internet journeys. For a limited time, I’m giving everyone who signs up to my mailing list 4 free books. Click here to sign up [Interviewed at the Leighgendarium by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 21st August 2015]

Apocalypse Weird Q&A: Jennifer Ellis

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This week, I’ve been posting Q&As with the authors of the first five Apocalypse Weird books. So far, I’ve spoken to Michael Bunker, Nick Cole, Chris Pourteau and E. E. Giorgi. Today, we have Jennifer Ellis, author of Reversal. Hi Jennifer, welcome to the site. Tell us a little bit about your Apocalypse Weird book, Reversal. Reversal is set in an isolated research station on Ellesmere Island where Sasha Wood and Soren Anderson wake up one morning to find that not only are they blind, and several of their colleagues are missing, but the poles appear to have reversed and giant methane-venting craters have opened up all over the tundra. They are cut off from the outside world, and the other researchers keep turning up dead, or on snowmobiles with guns. What follows is an action-packed thriller filled with feral polar bears, trips to the Antarctic, the four horsemen of the environmental apocalypse, and many questions regarding Soren’s past and his research on volcanoes. The Arctic is an unusual setting for an Apocalyptic novel. What made you decide to set the book there? Well, I’m from Canada, and I live in a ski town, so I love snow and generally prefer to spend six … Read More

Apocalypse Weird Q&A: E. E. Giorgi

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Next up in my series of Q&As with the first wave of Apocalypse Weird authors is E. E. Giorgi, author of Immunity. Hi Elena, welcome to the site. Tell us a little bit about your Apocalypse Weird book, Immunity. My book Immunity takes place in New Mexico and follows the stories of thrash metal lover and computer geek David Ashberg and career-driven scientist Anu Sharma as they fight an unprecedented viral outbreak. I set the story in New Mexico because I love the landscape and it’s quite easy to imagine a post-apocalyptic world out here in the high deserts. What can you tell us about your two main characters, Anu and David? The two are quite different, as David is mellow and good natured, whereas Anu is ambitious and very possessive of her data. Circumstances will force them to come together against a common enemy that’s far more evil than the virus itself. Your background is as a scientist, how did that influence Immunity? As part of my day job I research viruses (HIV in particular), so I wanted to give my unique spin to the Apocalypse Weird world and describe the apocalypse from the point of view of scientists. We work … Read More

Apocalypse Weird Q&A: Chris Pourteau

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For the third in my series of Apocalypse Weird Q&As, I’m talking to Chris Pourteau, author of The Serenity Strain. I’ve read several of Chris’ books, including his Pennsylvania fan fiction, Gettysburg and Susquehanna and he’s an excellent writer. I’m really looking forward to reading The Serenity Strain. Hi Chris, welcome to the site. Tell us a little bit about your Apocalypse Weird book, The Serenity Strain. Well, it’s a contemporary dystopian horror novel set in Houston, Texas. Basically, three huge hurricanes hit the city, causing massive damage. Remember Hurricane Katrina and the chaotic breakdown of society in the weeks after? Ramp that up on steroids! Before the hurricanes hit, a university researcher who’s trying out a new gene therapy to help control impulsivity—the root of problems like ADHD, addictions, and some violent crime—is weeks into his Phase 1 trial with his test subjects. Nicknamed the Serenity Six (named after the virus that’s introducing the therapy to rewrite their genetic makeup), the test subjects are murderers, the worst of the worst. (The thinking is, if it can modify their behavior, Serenity can help millions of people.) The therapy starts to go wrong (of course! It’s the Apocalypse!) just as the storms wreak havoc across Houston, … Read More

Apocalypse Weird Q&A: Nick Cole

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I remember very clearly when and where I first discovered Nick Cole’s writing. It was a Summer’s day a couple of years ago, and I was sitting in a park in Vancouver, looking for a book to read on my Kindle. I spotted Nick Cole’s The Old Man and the Wasteland and it sounded like a good way spend the afternoon. I was hooked right from the start, read it in one sitting and loved it. More recently, I read Soda Pop Soldier and just couldn’t put it down. Now, I’m reading his second Apocalypse Weird title – The Dark Knight, the sequel to The Red King, and it’s another great book. So, I was very pleased when Nick graciously agreed to answer a few questions about The Dark Knight and the Apocalypse Weird project   Hi Nick, welcome to the site. Tell us a little bit about your latest Apocalypse Weird book, The Dark Knight. Basically it picks up where the Apocalypse Weird: The Red King left off. We find the survivors building a castle, and by that we mean fortifying their townhome condominium complex into a modern medieval structure!  Holiday and Frank are struggling for control of the group and Ash rescues a special needs adults whose … Read More

Apocalypse Weird Q&A: Michael Bunker

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Today is the big day for Apocalypse Weird with five new books hitting the shelves: Texocalypse Now by Michael Bunker and Nick Cole The Dark Knight by Nick Cole (the sequel to The Red King) Reversal by Jennifer Ellis The Serenity Strain by Chris Pourteau Immunity by E.E. Giorgi I posted my thoughts on the project on Saturday, but I thought I’d also try something new to commemorate the event. So, I’ve lined up a series of Q&As with the authors of the five launch titles, and I’ll be posting one each day this week. First up is Michael Bunker, co-author of Texocalypse Now. Hi Michael, welcome to the blog. What can you tell us about the premise of Texocalypse Now and the Digger series? The overall premise is that in a Central and West Texas gone Mad Max, the apocalypse has left a vast, mostly deserted swath of Texas a dangerous place to be. Some small towns survive… for awhile… boarded up and on the defense. Precious Metal Pirates, biker gangs, and hordes of feral humans made crazy for protein by a diet pill they relied on prior to the collapse, criss-cross the basin looking to murder, salvage, or just consume anything that is left. In … Read More