SCI-FI/URBAN FANTASY INTERVIEWS
Sci-Fi Fantasy Author
Liz Butcher resides in Australia, with her husband, daughter, and their three cats. She’s a self-confessed nerd with a BA in psychology and an insatiable fascination for learning.
Liz has published a number of short stories in anthologies and released her own collection, After Dark, in 2018. her debut novel, Fates' Fury, released September 2019, followed by LeRoux Manor in 2020 (which was awarded gold in the Literary titan awards) and Never, Never in 2021. She's currently working on her next novel, Sunrise, and her first paranormal thrillers series.
June 30, 2021
EDWARD M. LERNER
Edward is a physicist and computer scientist (among other things). After thirty years in industry, working at every level from individual technical contributor to senior vice president, he now writes full-time. Mostly he writes science fiction and techno-thrillers, now and again throwing in a straight science or technology article.
Ed’s short fiction has appeared in major science fiction magazines, anthologies, and collections. His short story “Grandpa?” became the award-winning short film “The Grandfather Paradox.”
He writes nonfiction, too, on topics as varied as nanotechnology, privacy in the Internet era, defending Earth from asteroids, and the role of language in science fiction. He also teaches the occasional writing class, blogs regularly on the state of science and science fiction, and has spoken at, among other venues, the Library of Congress and the US Naval Academy. His fiction has been translated into ten languages.
The varied career(s) didn’t just happen: Ed’s education is almost as eclectic, with degrees in physics, computer science, and business.
Lerner is a member of the Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and SIGMA (not an acronym, and sometimes known as “The Science Fiction Think Tank”).
June 23, 2021
Sci-Fi Fantasy Author
A few words on Fantasy. I wrote my first fantasy novel at 14; I promise you will never see it. I have been a Fantasy reader since my mum read me ‘The Hobbit’ at age 5; I consume Fantasy novels the way some people eat chocolate. Some of my favorites, and heavy influences on everything I write, and not just Fantasy: The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien; The Worm Ourobouros, by E.R. Eddison; everything by Glen Cook; everything by Steven Erikson, CJ Cheryh, Larry Niven, David Pournelle, Lois McMaster Bujold, Steven Brust, Jim Butcher and Terry Pratchett. And perhaps first, William Morris; The Red Knight owes a debt to all these books, but perhaps most to The Sundering Flood.
I have been a Fantasy reader since my mum read me ‘The Hobbit’ at age 5; I consume Fantasy novels the way some people eat chocolate.
June 22, 2021
Kristi is a scientist and science fiction/urban fantasy author who resides in Vancouver, Canada. Kristi writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists with the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix. She is also a co-host on the popular Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing Podcast.
The first installment in her debut urban fantasy series, OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Simon & Schuster) is out and available in bookstores and through online ebook retailers. The second in series, OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS, is out Jan 2016. Her second series, KINCAID STRANGE (Random House Canada), about a voodoo practioner living in Seattle, is out May 2016.
She received her BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and her PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. She is represented by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.
June 2, 2021
Sci-Fi Fantasy Author
Richard began his writing journey as a freelance writer in 1984 and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon. His 20-year sports writing career was highlighted by the 2001 California Newspaper Publishers Association award for Best Sports Story.
In 2010, Richard retired as a sportswriter and returned to his fiction writing roots. Since then he has written seven novels, two non-fiction sports books, and has appeared in several anthologies including five Sherlock Holmes collections. He has won several awards and his novel, Escaping Infinity, was a 2017 Dragon Award Finalist for Best Sci-Fi novel.He is currently co-writing the six-novella Timeless series with his grandson, and offers exclusive content to premium subscribers to his blog as well as excellent free content to non-subscribers: www.scifiscribe.com
June 1, 2021
V. S. Holmes is an international bestselling author. They created the BLOOD OF TITANS series and the NEL BENTLY BOOKS. Smoke and Rain, the first book in their fantasy quartet, won New Apple Literary's Excellence in Independent Publishing Award in 2015 and a Literary Titan Gold in 2020. Travelers is also included in the Peregrine Moon Lander mission as part of the Writers on the Moon Time Capsule. In addition, they have published short fiction in several anthologies.
As a disabled and non-binary human, they work as an advocate and educator for representation in SFF worlds. When not writing, they work as a contract archaeologist throughout the northeastern U.S. They live in a Tiny House with their spouse, a fellow archaeologist, their not-so-tiny dog, and own too many books for such a small abode.
April 15, 2021
Sebastien de Castell had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realized how much he actually hated archaeology and left to pursue a very focused career as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor, and product strategist. His only defence against the charge of unbridled dilettantism is that he genuinely likes doing these things and that, in one way or another, each of these fields plays a role in his writing. He sternly resists the accusation of being a Renaissance Man in the hopes that more people will label him that way.
Sebastien's acclaimed swashbuckling fantasy series, The Greatcoats. was shortlisted for both the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy. the Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut, the Prix Imaginales for Best Foreign Work, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His YA fantasy series, Spellslinger, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and is published in more than a dozen languages
April 13, 2021
Urban Fantasy Author
I love to travel to locations in my books to soak up the sensory landscape. In 2017, I climbed Croghan Hill in Ireland to survey the land my king will rule until he is ritually murdered in Hollystone Mystery Book Four — To Kill a King. That’s where this photograph was taken. I just finished writing that book and it will be published on March 21, 2021 to celebration Spring Equinox.
I am a seeker and a mystic at heart, fascinated by language and mythology. I love prehistory, archaeology, myths, and magic. And like Sorcha O’Hallorhan, my Irish archaeologist in To Sleep with Stones, I long to travel back in time to experience cultures as they once were. Perhaps, that’s why I sent her, Estrada, and Dylan time-traveling back to Iron Age Ireland. Where they go, I go.
As a pagan, I’ve explored Wicca, Druidry, Mediumship, and Psychic Development. I’m a Tarot reader and energy healer. You’ll see shades and shadows of this in my books. The Hollystone Mysteries are based on a coven of witches who solve murders using ritual magic and a little help from the gods. But magic realism finds its way into everything I write because it’s how I live.
April 12, 2021
Ian Cadena started writing when he was a kid. Instead of paying attention in school he wrote out scripts to act out later with his action figures. Later, he discovered Dungeons & Dragons and as a Dungeon Master wrote out his own stories for his fellow players and gave them their own unique backgrounds and history.
He accomplished a degree in Theater and Writing. He is a Reiki Master and enthralled with all things mystic and paranormal. He possesses numerous tarot decks and has had at least one out-of-body experience... maybe two.
When he's not concocting a new story from his secret lair, he's brewing up some eats or drinks in his cauldron (kitchen).
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April 7, 2021