Category: Interviews

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Steven Erikson Interview – The True Gods of Malazan Shadow

Today I interview Steven Erikson who in my mind nothing less than writer who brought Sword & Sorcery elements into contemporary, even literary fiction and creating a landscape all his own. The author of my favorite series of all time (you can check out my thoughts upon completing The Malazan Book of the Fallen). Let’s do this!

protoculture hoarding, devil fruit eating, chilling in a house of leaves. Catch me @biglob or Jenius.blog

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Gareth Edwards Interview | Monsters

Gareth Edwards is not what you probably picture when you think of a special effects artist turned science fiction director:  he’s personable and energetic, as charming to look at as he is to listen to, and utterly enthusiastic about his new movie, Monsters.  If you haven’t heard about it, it’s a near-future in which a NASA probe brought back life from one of Jupiter’s moons, and the creatures have taken over half of Mexico.

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

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jeff vandermeer

Jeff VanderMeer Interview – Before Annihilation, Ambergris

This week my guest is a multiple Word Fantasy Award winning author and editor of efforts that have become recent fixtures in fan favorite lists, writing a brand of fantastic fiction that the Guardian admits “Could well be creating one of the dominant literary forms of the 21 century”. From City of Saints and Madmen, to Veniss Underground, to his collection Secret Life and now his latest work Shriek: an afterword to a book that doesn’t exist, every journey undertaken has been one to a different place, even if at times occurring in the same location or a few steps from it.

protoculture hoarding, devil fruit eating, chilling in a house of leaves. Catch me @biglob or Jenius.blog

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Charlie Huston

Caught Stealing with Joe Pitt – Charlie Huston Interview

Today we are pleased to present an interview with Charlie Huston. Coming off of a run on Marvel’s Moon Knight Charlie Huston is a writer who also has several novels to his credit, including being three books into the continuing vamp noir adventures of Joe Pitt, and The Hank Thompson trilogy. More recently, the Edgar nominated author, switched perspectives and wrote the stand-alone Shotgun Rule. The fourth book in the Joe Pitt Casebooks, Every Last Drop, is scheduled for a September 2008 release.

protoculture hoarding, devil fruit eating, chilling in a house of leaves. Catch me @biglob or Jenius.blog

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No Thrones – A George R.R. Martin Interview

I have always enjoyed reading interviews of George R.R. Martin. Not because they offer informative illuminating aspects to his masterpiece (and yes they do exist in epic fantasy) series A Song of Ice and Fire, which due to its multiple perspectives and often times subtle narrative at once offers the chance of being exposed to provocative information as well as the opportunity to be strung along on multiple elaborate red herrings. He historically refrains from talking about specifics regarding plot and characters. Neither is it especially because of any tendency by Martin to be controversial in his statements. What I find oddly compelling is that when I read interviews of Martin, I get this image of a busy writer who would rather be doing anything else but talking about himself while he has a book to write, and damn it, there’s something admirable about that.

protoculture hoarding, devil fruit eating, chilling in a house of leaves. Catch me @biglob or Jenius.blog

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For Love of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch Interview

My guest today is a less than a week away from seeing his debut hit the shelves in the U. and a month away until it debuts in the U.S. The book, The Lies of Locke Lamora, is the first installment in a planned seven book cycle titled The Gentlemen Bastards.

I first read the book in October of last year, reviewed it, and after reading it knew that Scott Lynch was somebody I needed to talk to.

protoculture hoarding, devil fruit eating, chilling in a house of leaves. Catch me @biglob or Jenius.blog

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At the Teashop | Zoran Živković Interview

This week our guest is World Fantasy Award winning author Dr. Zoran Živković. Publishers in the UK and USA have snapped up Živković’s stories, written in his native Serbian, in English translation at an ever-increasing rate as his literary star has risen. His work has been compared to that of Calvino and Borges and has received praise from such notable authors as Jeff Vandermeer and Michael Moorcock. His tightly written novels and collections, beginning with The Fourth Circle and continuing to such recent publications as Seven Touches of Music and Twelve Collections and The Teashop, combine modern characters with fantastic, sometimes absurd situations, that reward careful reading but do not demand a single interpretation. His fiction often weaves a connected whole out of many seemingly separate parts—which, come to think of it, is precisely what an interview attempts to do as well.

Matt Denault has never lost the seriousness of a child at play—especially when it comes to reading. He lives just outside Boston.

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Malazan ICE – Ian Cameron Esslemont Interview

After a long and trying journey into the Azath I was finally able to track down one of the architects of the Malazan world that I find myself completely addicted to. When I first read Ian Cameron Esslemont’s first book Night of Knives, I must admit my reaction was a bit lukewarm, not unwelcome but not a piece that impacted me. After I added more pieces to the puzzle and studied the ones I had with more scrutiny I tackled the book again and it was one of those books that made me review it.

protoculture hoarding, devil fruit eating, chilling in a house of leaves. Catch me @biglob or Jenius.blog

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Peter V. Brett Interview – The Warded Man Himself

For the longest time I knew I had conducted an interview with Peter V. Brett but for some reason maybe the file never carried over during various iterations of the site. I finally found a copy in my email circa 2008. This would have been right before his debut novel was released and I recall vividly I had one question I really wanted to ask him after reading, so I knew my interview wasn’t something I was just imagining. Here it is and I must say he gave some great thoughtful answers to some rather base questions by yours truly.

protoculture hoarding, devil fruit eating, chilling in a house of leaves. Catch me @biglob or Jenius.blog

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catherynne valente

Interview – In the Labyrinth with Catherynne M. Valente

I’m returning in style. One of my favorite writers in fiction, I was introduced to her work through my very past interview experience. The very first guest I had was one K.J. Bishop, and after I tied her up and demanded she give up writers of similar quality she finally uttered two names. One was Jeffrey Ford — the other was Catherynne M. Valente.

protoculture hoarding, devil fruit eating, chilling in a house of leaves. Catch me @biglob or Jenius.blog

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Patrick O’Leary Interview – The Gift

Behind Door Number Three is The Gift of The Impossible Bird…

When I decided to re-read Patrick O’Leary’s novels to see if they were as good as I remembered them to be I also set out to track him down. I wanted to see if he was still writing and if he had anything coming out as it had been awhile since we heard from him. I hoped that his pen wasn’t silent. After some digging around I heard from him and he agreed to talk to me and luckily he’s still writing. What follows is most of our discussion.

Brian loves both kinds of books — fiction and non-fiction. He is an all around book john and reviewing roustabout.

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Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Aaron Dembski-Bowden Interview | Warhammer 40K

Aaron Dembski-Bowden is a new author for The Black Library, Games Workshop’s publishing arm. Though only three novels into his Black Library writing career, he has fast developed a devoted following of both die-hard Warhammer 40K fans and people only recently brought into the fold. His radical approach to writing and his outspoken and uncensored view of both the 40K world and the challenges of writing within it have sparked discussion and controversy in equal measure.

Phillip is an Existential Psychotherapist and Teacher by day and a writer, gamer and all round geek in the hours of darkness. He claims to be enjoying the creative process enormously and secretly harbours the hope of publishing a novel one day…

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Adrian Tchaikovsky

Adrian Tchaikovsky Interview – Bugging Out Before Children of Time

Empire in Black and Gold was published by Pan Macmillan in July of this year, and kicked off the Shadows of the Apt series. Today we have a chat with its author, Adrian Tchaikovsky, to tell you all you need to know about him and a new Fantasy series coming from a publisher who has a a bit of a reputation of being on the ground floor when it comes to names we will all later know.

Time to talk bugs, empires, epics and ask the one question that matters with Adrian!

protoculture hoarding, devil fruit eating, chilling in a house of leaves. Catch me @biglob or Jenius.blog

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Traitor | a Michael Cisco Interview

First off, I’d like to thank Michael Cisco for agreeing to this interview and welcome him as our guest at Boomtron. Michael Terry Cisco is an American writer and teacher. He currently resides in New York City and probably best known for his first novel, The Divinity Student, which has won the prestigious of the International Horror Guild Award for Best First Novel of 1999. Other works by Cisco include The Tyrant (2003), The San Veneficio Canon (2004) and two books published last year, The Traitor and Secret Hours.

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matthew stover

Star Wars and Raising Caine – Matthew Stover Interview

Today I have Matthew Stover in for an interview I conducted last month. Stover’s novels chronicling the adventures of Caine are always among my most anticipated books and recently he delivered with the publication of his third Caine novel, Caine Black Knife, published by Del Rey last October. He is a NY Times Bestselling author of several Star Wars titles including Shatterpoint and the novelization of Revenge of the Sith. His next project is another Star Wars novel, Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor.

protoculture hoarding, devil fruit eating, chilling in a house of leaves. Catch me @biglob or Jenius.blog

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Joe Abercrombie, Best Served Cold Interview

Joe Abercrombie is the author of the First Law trilogy and Best Served Cold.  I have been a fan since the first book in the First Law found me in a bookstore, so I was very excited to ask him a few questions.  We talk shop on everything from doing research for fantasy books to the inspiration behind his next book to his favorite curse word and more.

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

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Adam Rex Fat Vampire Interview

Adam Rex is an amazingly talented children’s illustrator, as well as being an author of both children’s and YA novels.  I had the pleasure of meeting him in person last month at BEA, and I made sure to line him up for an interview later before we parted ways.  His new novel, Fat Vampire, is due out next month, and it ‘s not your typical vampire novel.  Nor is it your typical coming of age novel.

Here I’ve got Adam talking about his inspiration for the story, his influences as a writer, his view of what it would be like to live forever (hint:  it’s not all sunshine and roses), and much more.  Sink your teeth in and enjoy!

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

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Stranger Things – A Kelly Link Interview

Not quite two years ago I was reading The Guardian and came across a list of Top 10 Weird Fiction, offered by China Mieville. The list featured writers and works of known quality — dare I say superiority — that included the likes of M. John Harrison, Mervyn Peake, Philip K. Dick, Charlotte Bronte, Lewis Carroll, Stefan Grabinski, H.G. Wells, Max Ernst, the prodigious Jane Gaskell, and ended with an author previously unknown to me residing in the 10 spot. Being rather impressionable, I ran — not walked — to get my copy of Kelly Link’s collection Stranger Things Happen, an investment of which that was not marred even when it became available free for download, instead it was a rare moment of unselfishness, a gratitude that others would be able to share in the fantastic trips offered by Link, in what was, and explicitly still is,one of the most noteworthy collections in recent years.

protoculture hoarding, devil fruit eating, chilling in a house of leaves. Catch me @biglob or Jenius.blog

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EKATERINA SEDIA

Paper Cities | an Ekaterina Sedia Interview

Ekaterina Sedia’s second novel, The Secret History of Moscow, has made her a new author to watch. It has garnered critical praise, from no less than Neil Gaiman and is selling quite well.

The novel is set in Post-Communist Russia, where everyone is suffering under the growing pains of capitalism gone amuck. Thugs and gangs share the stage with those used to the old communist way of doing things, poverty and uncertainty abounds, and yet there is an excitement in the air.

Author of SEA, SWALLOW ME (2008), BEREFT (2013) & SKINDEEPMAGIC (Summer 2014). Lammy Finalist, Moonbeam Bronze Award, Silver IPPY Award

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Jacqueline Carey

Sundering Return to Terre d’Ange – Jacqueline Carey Interview

Later this year on August 1st today’s guest is releasing the concluding installment in a duology titled The Sundering. Following up Banewreaker, Godslayer will cap off an epic tragedy story that is a testament to her versatility. Prior to this, her Kushiel’s Legacy series, a thus far three book sequence, that includes, Kushiel’s Dart, Kushiel’s Chosen, and Kushiel’s Avatar, introduced readers to the setting of Terre d’Ange, where through the adventures of Phedre, Jacqueline Carey would become a fantasy fixture, while penning some of the most progressive genre work during the time.

protoculture hoarding, devil fruit eating, chilling in a house of leaves. Catch me @biglob or Jenius.blog

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Kingkilling with Patrick Rothfuss Interview

Patrick Rothfuss is a new author who has generated lots of buzz in the last couple of months, and now he’s  on Boomtron. His debut novel, The Name of the Wind, is the first installment of the The Kingkiller Chronicles trilogy.

Enough with the introduction – and on to Patrick Rothfuss…

Sarah is the author of “Pop Culture Cocktails,” a collection of cocktail recipes for popular television shows across a variety of genres. She continues to drink recreationally and watch television professionally while hanging out with her cats.

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robin hobb

Robin Hobb Interview – From Farseer to Soldier Son

My guest today is a name that has been a fixture in epic fantasy for more then a decade now, and an award nominated author even before that under the name Megan Lindholm. She is responsible for fan favorite series like the Farseer, Live Ship Traders, and Tawny Man trilogies. This year she leaves the successful and familiar setting of the 6 Duchies and with her latest release, Shaman’s Crossing, introduces us to the Kingdom of Gernia, an all new canvas to kick off the The Soldier Son trilogy.

Today Robin Hobb, where she touches on Shaman’s Crossing, Peter Jackson, why first is better than third, and her love for spoilers.

protoculture hoarding, devil fruit eating, chilling in a house of leaves. Catch me @biglob or Jenius.blog

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Dungeons to Singularity – Charles Stross Interview

This week my guest is Charles Stross, who is having one hell of a good year. The versatile author is nominated for this year’s Hugo for Best Novel for his novel Singularity Sky, not to mention has 2 novellas nominated for the Best Novella of the year. He is also nominated by Locus this year for Best Science Fiction Novel for Iron Sunrise, and for Best Fantasy Novel honors with the first installment of his Merchant Princes series, Family Trade. The second part of the Merchant Princes, The Hidden Family, was just released, and I want to thank Stross for spending some time with me amidst a very busy writing schedule.

protoculture hoarding, devil fruit eating, chilling in a house of leaves. Catch me @biglob or Jenius.blog

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Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman of Dragonlance – Interview

Boomtron is proud to introduce the Bestselling author tandem of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.  They were kind enough to answer some questions after just releasing their new book Bones of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras).

We are talking about the creators of Dragonlance!

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A Marjorie Liu Interview | Dirk, Steele, and X-23

Recently I was given the chance to have a phone chat with best-selling author Marjorie M. Liu, author of the “Dirk & Steele” paranormal romance series and “Hunter Kiss” urban fantasy series; Marjorie is also a current writer for Marvel Comics with “X-23” and “Daken.”

In anticipation for Marjorie’s latest Dirk & Steele novel, In the Dark of Dreams, we discussed the D & S series, working on comics, and the best way to bribe her if you want spoilers for her upcoming releases!

It is said in the annals of time that once Lexie had never, ever picked up a book. Obviously time lies because her parents swear she was born reading.

Imager with L.E. Modesitt, Jr. | Interview

L.E. Modesitt, Jr., is the best-selling author of several fantasy and science fiction series, and a name you can’t get through any bookstore’s SFF section without encountering.  I am only familiar with his work on the Imager Portfolio.  From the first book it became one of my favorite fantasy series, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to talk about the books with him.  While I did get some great insight into certain elements in the series, the discussion somehow veered off into cultural territory that I found even more fascinating.  Note on that:  I’m breaking from my usual interviewing presentation and leaving my responses intact, even when they are long, because I’m not sure his answers would make sense without my set-ups.  That being said, I hope you enjoy the perspective!

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

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sharon shinn

Fantasy, Romance and Writing – a Sharon Shinn Interview

Sharon Shinn is the author of nearly two dozen fantasy novels, including the bestselling Twelve Houses and Samaria series.  She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

Mark Charan Newton Interview | Nights of Villjamur

Mark Charan Newton is an urban fantasy author who’s currently two novels into his writing career and, judging by the sheer tonnage of critical acclaim which now includes a place in Library Journal’s top 5 best SF/F of 2010, is only just getting warmed up. For those of you already familiar with his work, Nights of Villjamur and City of Ruin, I suspect he needs no introduction…but I’m going to do it anyway.

Phillip is an Existential Psychotherapist and Teacher by day and a writer, gamer and all round geek in the hours of darkness. He claims to be enjoying the creative process enormously and secretly harbours the hope of publishing a novel one day…

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In the Black Library with Dan Abnett | Interview Part 1

For me this is the interview to end all interviews.

It’s not often one gets to interview a personal hero; I suspect this is mostly because heroes don’t enjoy mopping up fanboy drool, and frankly, who can blame them? This is going to be a little different from my other interviews, because while the others have been with relatively new talent, Dan Abnett has been writing for around 27 years and has done everything, and I do mean everything, from Marvel comics to Mr. Men, as well as a phenomenal novel set in a world of his own creation.

Phillip is an Existential Psychotherapist and Teacher by day and a writer, gamer and all round geek in the hours of darkness. He claims to be enjoying the creative process enormously and secretly harbours the hope of publishing a novel one day…

Pyr Editing with Lou Anders | Interview

This one’s for those of you who like to know what goes on before the book falls off the bookstore shelf into your hands.  Lou Anders is the editorial director of Pyr books, as well as being the man behind many anthologies on a wide variety of topics.  Over the past week or so I’ve had the pleasure of picking his brain about how he chooses manuscripts, how he builds anthologies, what he sees as the current state of science fiction and fantasy, and more.  If you’re a young editor, or someone trying to break into the field as a writer, or just someone who’s curious about the publishing industry from an insider’s perspective, be sure to read this interview!

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

Romancing the Nine Kingdoms | a Lynn Kurland Interview

Lynn Kurland is the author of the Nine Kingdoms romantic fantasy series, as well as a best-selling romance author.  For all my love of dark, bloodspurting, knights who say–er, frak–fantasy, I also love the lighter side of fairy-tale, love-story high fantasy, so this series fits right in to one of my reading sweet spots.  I enjoyed the chance to ask Lynn some questions about how this series came about, what’s been most different for her in switching between genres, how far the story might go, and more.  Keep reading to find out what she had to say!

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

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A Female Sort of Revenge – a Shana Abé Interview

Shana Abé is a bestselling author normally found in the Romance section, but whose latest books are fantasy (or at least fairy tale) crossovers.  She’s also a personal favorite of mine–verify on our favorites page, if you doubt–and has just finished up her fabulous historical-fiction shapeshifter series that started with 2006’s The Smoke Thief and continued through five books to last month’s The Time Weaver.  I was beyond pleased when she agreed to an interview and completed my trifecta of conversations with my favorite writers.

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

Night Angel | a Brent Weeks Interview

Our guest this week is Brent Weeks, author of The Night Angel Trilogy, recently published by Orbit Books.  Unless something changes in the next few weeks before the end of the year, The Way of Shadows will be my favorite book of the year. Not since Wes Unseld (NBA Players for the Bullets), in 1969, have I seen a rookie that has put together such a strong first showing.  Brent was a great fellow and even as I pull off an embarrassing interviewer faux pas and asked him pretty much the same question twice, and he answers them both, what a guy.  Now without further delay, let us all welcome Brent Weeks.

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Charlie Adlard Interview – Portrait of the Artist as a Walking Dead Man

Back in the nineties, I had the pleasure of working with Charlie Adlard on Topp’s The X-Files comic.  Ages later, the man who draws The Walking Dead was kind enough to spend some time catching up on Skype.  And it all went something like this…

Stefan Petruchaspent his formative years moving between the big city and the suburbs, both of which made him prefer escapism. A fan of comic books, science fiction and horror since learning to read, he later added a love for all sorts of literary work, eventually learning that the very best fiction always brings you back to reality, so, really, there’s no way out.

Entering The Doctrine of Labyrinths, a Sarah Monette Interview

My guest this week recently saw her debut novel Melusine released. A gifted short story writer who has forthcoming projects in an anthology by Ace in February titled The Queen of Winter with a story in the Melusine setting, and the sequel to Melusine, The Virtu scheduled for July of 2006.

I really enjoyed reading Melusine and I want to thank Ms. Monette for accepting my invitation as we talk Melusine, a passion for short stories, Tolkien, her future work and more.

protoculture hoarding, devil fruit eating, chilling in a house of leaves. Catch me @biglob or Jenius.blog

The Art Director | an Irene Gallo interview

I was finally able to get in touch with Irene, as she has a very busy schedule. This interview was all prompted from meeting Irene at last year’s New York Comic Con where I think I interrupted her lunch. Being the courteous person that I am, I figured I would let her finish lunch and track her down a bit later. That bit later took some stalking on my part and some annoying emails. I think Irene ended up finishing this interview just so I would not bother her anymore. All joking aside though I am very happy to introduce Irene Gallo, the Art director for Tor, Forge, and Starscape Books. I also want to thank Nicole Cardiff, one of my favorite young fantasy artists, who helped me with the questions for this interview.

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Mirrored Heavens | a David J. Williams interview

The Mirrored Heavens by debut author David J. Williams is described by Stephen Baxter as “Tom Clancy interfacing Bruce Sterling.”  Williams combines future technology and espionage with a richly imagined political climate, with action and mordant humor to spare. The main characters–the Razor (hacker) Claire Haskell and the Mech (assassin) Jason Marlowe hunt the terrorist group Autumn Rain through virtual and real worlds, not sure who to trust–even their own memories. The book is a rollercoaster ride, but Williams’ future is grimy and intense–this isn’t shiny new gadgets–and there is a serious exploration of the clash between the developing world and the first world.

Mr. Williams, fellow DC dweller and my occasional drinking buddy, graciously agreed to be interviewed for Boomtron.

Author of SEA, SWALLOW ME (2008), BEREFT (2013) & SKINDEEPMAGIC (Summer 2014). Lammy Finalist, Moonbeam Bronze Award, Silver IPPY Award

Goblin Quest | a Jim C. Hines interview

Jim C. Hines began writing in the early 90s, while working on a degree in psychology from Michigan State University. For many years, he focused on short fiction. His work has appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Turn the Other Chick, Sword and Sorceress XXI, and over thirty other magazines and anthologies.

Maria is the author of a few short stories, including the anthology Sage: Tales from a Magical Kingdom. She enjoys reading, cooking, gardening and forums. Stop by her website, BearMountainBooks.com and say hello.

Live Chat – Paul S. Kemp of the Forgotten Realms

On November 10th (2007) best selling author Paul S. Kemp joined us live for a chat in our chat room. Kemp has written several books perhaps most notable those featuring the adventures of his creation, Erevis Cale, in the Forgotten Realms setting. He also wrote an installment of the R.A. Salvatore presented War of the Spider Queen series, Resurrection, bringing it to a conclusion.

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Bringing it On | a Jessica Bendinger Interview

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking with Jessica Bendinger, screen writer, director, and now author.  Her best-known work, at least in my age demographic, is writing Bring It On.  Jessica also wrote and directed Stick It, with Missy Peregrim and Jeff Bridges, and last December she published her first novel with Simon & Schuster, titled The Seven Rays.  It’s a young adult caper into karma and destiny and love and teenage hilarity, and I got the scoop on her inspirations, intentions, and more in our conversation…which you can read below!

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

Michelle Page Talks Acting and Inspirations | Interview

Boomtron recently got the chance to interview up and coming actress, Michelle Page. At age 24, she has gotten many great performances under her belt with more on the way. She talked about being an actress in different medians and working with other actors.

Sarah is the author of “Pop Culture Cocktails,” a collection of cocktail recipes for popular television shows across a variety of genres. She continues to drink recreationally and watch television professionally while hanging out with her cats.

Hannah Marks Talks Necessary Roughness | Interview

We recently interviewed Hannah Marks, the young star currently portraying Lindsay Santino on the new USA show Necessary Roughness. We talked about her previous acting gigs and new starring role.

Sarah is the author of “Pop Culture Cocktails,” a collection of cocktail recipes for popular television shows across a variety of genres. She continues to drink recreationally and watch television professionally while hanging out with her cats.

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The Devil Colony | James Rollins Interview

The extremely talented author James Rollin is with me today to talk about his latest Sigma Force novel, the 7th in the series, The Devil Colony. Was America originally supposed to have 14 instead of 13 colonies? Who is a largely forgotten Founding Father whom you probably have never heard about in school? Did the Lost Tribes of Israel make it to America and settle here? From the dark secret origins of the United States to cutting edge nanotechnology, the action-packed and suspenseful novel The Devil Colony might be the best Sigma Force book yet!

I intend to get to the bottom of this and find out the answers to these and even more Burning Questions by water boarding–er, I mean interviewing James Rollins. Will there be any broken bones? I can’t promise that, for legal reasons. You’ll just have to read the following interview to find out for yourselves!

Professor Crazy here! I have obtained degrees from numerous colleges & universities both Major and Minor, with an emphasis on all of the Various & Sundry schools of Thought & Discipline.
I majored in Rhetoric at the University of Illinois, obtained a Master’s degree in English at Arizona State University In Tempe, AZ., and another Master’s in Secondary Education at UALR, in Little Rock, AR.
Then, there are the years I spent with the Swedish Bikini Team, touring throughout Europe…fond memories, those…especially that time in Amsterdam….

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Enuka Okuma – “Cookie” – Interview

Enuka Okuma is a young actress and now a director.  She will be back on ABC June 16th for season 2 of the summer series Rookie Blue “as the tough talking rookie cop, Traci Nash, that has a secret past and a killer right hook.”  She can also be seen on the big screen starting July 1, alongside Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks in the latter-directed Larry Crowne.

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

Have a Drink on Ali Liebert on Harper’s Island – Interview

I recently had the pleasure of putting some questions to Canadian actress Ali Liebert, who I (and my long-time Boomtron followers) know best as “Nikki the bartender” from Harper’s Island.  We talk about what her current projects are–hint:  she has a lot!–and what it’s like working with people who have household name recognition.  Read on to find out what she had to say!

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

An Interview With Justin Isis | On Manga Cafes, Convenience Stores, and the Taste of Human Flesh

Justin Isis. He’s like Jonathan Franzen if Jonathan Franzen was better looking and could write. Like Paul Leppin meets Kawabata in an empty brothel with cold tile floors. His just-published book, I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like, is plastic romance at its best—something sure to cause anger and distress and be gripped by lonely housewives at 2 a.m. while their husbands are in the backyard digging holes. This is neo-decadence for the unincarcerated—the book that will keep you up at night until your lips grow numb mouthing the words. So, cover your cheeks with glitter, paint a big pink heart on your depilated chest and read the following interview, because the price of food has just gone up again.

Brendan Connell’s newest books are Metrophilias (Better Non Sequitur, 2010), and Unpleasant Tales (Eibonvale Press, 201Brendan 0). He has forthcoming books from Chômu Press and PS Publishing.

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Troubled Waters | Sharon Shinn Interview

I had the pleasure of interviewing Sharon Shinn last fall with all of the questions that had built up over a decade or more of reading her work.  After reading her most recent novel, Troubled Waters, I found I had a few more questions, most of them related to the new book.  I caught up with Sharon via email to discuss how it felt to write a single novel after spending so long on a series, what some of her inspirations behind the setting were, and what’s coming up next for her.

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

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Jodelle Ferland Interview | Mum on Cabin in the Woods

Joss Whedon is a man of many secrets, and one of them is the precise nature of the threats or coercions he clearly uses to keep the cast of his latest project, The Cabin in the Woods, absolutely mum.  Is it hit squads?  Does he have the real-life model for Serenity’s unnamed Operative on speed-dial?  It has to be something about that dire, because no one on the Whedon-written, Drew Goddard-directed movie is talking.

I recently caught up with the young, talented, and fabulously self-possessed Jodelle Ferland on set in New Orleans.  I was there to talk about two of her other projects, but while there I couldn’t resist asking about The Cabin in the Woods, in which she plays a character named Patience Buckner, according to the movie’s IMDB page.  The most revealing thing I could get out of her was that she thinks “everyone will love it” when they finally see the movie.  And, no, Mr. Whedon, you don’t need to hit that #2 on your phone–girl stonewalled me like a divorce attorney.

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

The Painting and the City | Robert Freeman Wexler Interview

Robert Freeman Wexler’s latest novel is The Painting And The City, out from PS Publishing, and it was recently named one of the top 10 science fiction novels of 2009 by Booklist. He has also published a novella, In Springdale Town, (PS Publishing 2003 and reprinted in Best Short Novels 2004, SFBC, and in Modern Greats of Science Fiction, iBooks), a novel, Circus Of The Grand Design (Prime Books 2004), and a chapbook of short fiction, Psychological Methods To Sell Should Be Destroyed (Spilt Milk Press/Electric Velocipede 2008). The following interview was conducted by Brendan Connell via Skype and e-mail during the month of June, 2010.

Brendan Connell’s newest books are Metrophilias (Better Non Sequitur, 2010), and Unpleasant Tales (Eibonvale Press, 201Brendan 0). He has forthcoming books from Chômu Press and PS Publishing.

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Twilight with Jodelle Ferland | Interview

Jodelle Ferland is the young actress playing Bree Tanner in Twilight: Eclipse.  She’s got a resume a mile long already, even though she’s not even sixteen, and it includes working with heavyweights like Terry Gilliam and Jeff Bridges and on movies like Silent Hill and The Messengers , which pretty much everyone who likes horror movies saw when they came out.

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

Enclave | a Kit Reed Interview

We are pleased that Kit Reed, the author of Enclave, has agreed to be interviewed for us. She is also the author of many other books, many of which are mentioned in this interview, like The Midnight Children, Thinner Than Thou, The Baby Merchant, and the prestigious Tiptree finalist collection of stories, Seven for the Apocalypse. She has also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award.

Professor Crazy here! I have obtained degrees from numerous colleges & universities both Major and Minor, with an emphasis on all of the Various & Sundry schools of Thought & Discipline.
I majored in Rhetoric at the University of Illinois, obtained a Master’s degree in English at Arizona State University In Tempe, AZ., and another Master’s in Secondary Education at UALR, in Little Rock, AR.
Then, there are the years I spent with the Swedish Bikini Team, touring throughout Europe…fond memories, those…especially that time in Amsterdam….

Hater | a David Moody Interview

Author David Moody created an online sensation when he published his horror novel, Autumn, via the Internet, racking up more than half a million downloads and spawning a series of sequels. When he published Hater, producer Mark Johnson (the Narnia films) and Guillermo del Toro (director of Hellboy 1 & 2, Pan’s Labyrinth) asked David for the rights to make it into a movie. How’s that for success right out of the chute? Hater is a modern-day zombie story, sans the zombies. A genetic difference in one-third of the population awakens, causing them to violently attack those around them, out of the fear that if they don’t act, they’ll be the ones who get killed.

Professor Crazy here! I have obtained degrees from numerous colleges & universities both Major and Minor, with an emphasis on all of the Various & Sundry schools of Thought & Discipline.
I majored in Rhetoric at the University of Illinois, obtained a Master’s degree in English at Arizona State University In Tempe, AZ., and another Master’s in Secondary Education at UALR, in Little Rock, AR.
Then, there are the years I spent with the Swedish Bikini Team, touring throughout Europe…fond memories, those…especially that time in Amsterdam….

Cassandra Sawtell on Harper’s Island and Gilliam| Interview

Actress Cassandra Sawtell, whom we hear at the empire know from Harper’s Island, has been nominated for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) at the 2010 Young Artist Awards for her work on the show. Cassandra joins fellow nominees Valentina Barron, Ryan Newman, Miley Cyrus, and Miranda Cosgrove in the category.   The 31st Annual Young Artist Awards  will take place on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at The Beverly Garland in Studio City, CA.

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

Adam Bertocci Interview

Sunday morning I brought the internet gem that is Two Gentlemen of Lebowski to your attention.  Now I’ve got the man of the hour himself here to explain what possibly prompted him to combine Shakespeare and the Dude, why he thinks he’s qualified to do it, and how he went about putting together the greatest mash-up of all time.  Or, at least, of 2010.  So far.

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

Coffee and Conversation with Hegel and Manfried Grossbart – by Jesse Bullington

Jesse Bullington – Good morning, and thank you for agreeing to this interview.

Hegel: [Mutters something incomprehensible to Manfried]

Manfried: [Mutters back. This goes on for some time, until:] Uh huh. Mornin.

Hegel: Sure. Good mornin. What’s this?

Boomtron, upon whose behalf I’m conducting this interview, was hoping to gain some insight into the novel I wrote—

Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Jesse Bullington spent his childhood exploring the surrounding woodlands and reading everything he could lay his grubby mitts across. Before moving with his family and completing his adolescence in North Florida, he spent a formative year living in the Netherlands. His current location is a matter of some conjecture and philosophical speculation.

World’s Worst Interview with Victor Gischler

In case you haven’t noticed, over the past few weeks Boomtron has been republishing Victor Gischler’s World’s Worst Interview series, which he conducted on his old blog at the end of 2004 through the middle of 2005. Needless to say, I’ve been getting more than a few belly laughs out of the series, and after reading Gischler’s interview with George Pelecanos, I thought to myself,

“Ya know, self, you’re a pretty awful interviewer. You should try writing one of these things.”

And I said to myself, “Ya know what, self, fuck you. But you’re right. I bet doing one of these things would be a blast.”

So, I decided to go right to the source of the World’s Worst Interview—critically renowned pulp novelist, Victor Gischler.

I hope you enjoy.

Keith Rawson is a little known pulp writer who lives in the alkaline desert wastelands of southern Arizona with his wife and very energetic three-year-old daughter. His stories have appeared in such publications as Plots with Guns, Pulp Pusher, CrimeWav, Bad Things, Powder Burn Flash, A Twist of Noir, Beat to a Pulp and many others. You can find him most nights dicking around on either Twitter or Facebook, or stroking his already overinflated ego at his blog, Bloody Knuckles, Callused Fingertips.

The 7-part interview series with R.A. Salvatore continues

When you think of the most popular character from the Wizards of the Coast stable, I do not think there is much debate. Drizzt Do’Urden leads the pack. Today we have R.A. Salvatore answering some questions we had for him regarding Drizzt, some underlying moral lessons, how it was writing with his son Geno, as well as a few others.   I want to give special thanks to Philip McCall II for helping with the questions.  Also, be sure to check back in Wednesday for my review of The Ghost King.  Without further interruption let us get into the questions.

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Gabrielle Faust | Interview

Elena recently caught up with Gabrielle Faust, author of the Eternal Vigilance series, to talk about inspirations, favorite vampires, and what happened to Texas’s football stadium when Austin got bombed in the apocalypse.  Read on for a fascinating look at her thoughts on vampires, dystopian futures, and more!

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

Rogue Males | a Craig McDonald Interview

With Art in the Blood Craig McDonald wrote one of the indispensable non-fiction books of the the mystery/crime fiction genre. How does one follow that up? First, by starting what is shaping up to be, one of the great series of all time with Head Games, then a couple of years later giving us this companion piece.

Rogue Males is as equally indispensable as Art in the Blood and manages to surpass it in many ways. The final section The Desert Dialogues: Conversations with James Sallis and Ken Bruen offers up staggering profiles and is worth the price of admission alone.

The subjects are more expansive and the conversations are more in depth. Craig McDonald has written another book that belongs on every readers shelf.

Brian loves both kinds of books — fiction and non-fiction. He is an all around book john and reviewing roustabout.

Chris Dane Owens | Interview

I am delighted to bring you a BSC exclusive interview with Chris Dane Owens!  Chris has recently created one of the most magical and fabulous fantasy videos of all time to accompany his new single, “Shine on Me,” from his forthcoming album, Blue Stone.  He was kind enough to let me pick his brain via email regarding his vision and his process.  I hope you will check out his work and support his wonderful artistic endeavor.

So, without further ado, on to the questions!

Elena Nola is the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire.

Lilah Sturges Interview – Midwinter in the House of Mystery

Today we have a man of many talents, another member of the Clockwork Storybook crew! Matthew Sturges has two novels coming out from PYR, Midwinter (this March) and its sequel the Office of Shadow. He is also the current writer of my favorite comic being published by DC or Marvel, The House of Mystery, and it has just been announced that he will be co-writing The Justice Society of America with Bill Willingham, the same team who brings us Jack of Fables.

I want to welcome Matthew Sturges as we talk House of Mystery, short fiction, Midwinter, Alan Moore, Gene Wolfe, and more!

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Sharing Fables with Chris Roberson

Today we catch up with Chris Roberson in the mundane world to talk about some fables and Fables. Roberson is writing a forthcoming spin-off mini to the popular Vertigo title called Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love with superstar artist Shawn McManus (and sweet covers by Chrissie Zullo). We can’t talk specifics about the project, but we adroitly dance around it to give you some possible insight on the writer — a multiple time World Fantasy Award finalist, and a winner of the Sidewise Award for his fiction — who will be putting his talents to the much beloved Fables mythos. He is also the publisher of Monkeybrain Books which puts out nothing but the goods

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Deathtroopers? Star Wars Horror with Joe Schreiber – Interview

Another 10-question, topic specific, interview format, and today we have horror novelist Joe Schreiber. Schreiber is writing the forthcoming Deathtroopers, a Star Wars horror novel scheduled for a late 2009 release. Schreiber is the author of two previous novels, Chasing the Dead and Eating the Dark.

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Age of Bronze to Yellow Brick Road – Eric Shanower Interview

Images of Skottie Young’s Wizard of Oz work for Marvel comics have been on the net for some time now and I just fell in love with what he was doing and this project quickly got vaulted into my must read category. Young has been doing excellent work for awhile now, but he seems primed with this project to ascend to even greater heights. Then, I found out Eric Shanower was writing it and it became the #1 comic series I was most looking forward to at the end of the year and continuing in 2009.

I present Eric Shanower as we talk OZ, Troy, faith and accidental deaths . . .

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Launching G.I. Joe, Batman, & Alan Moore – Chuck Dixon Interview

I’ve always been a huge fan of the G.I. Joe and I still have very fond memories of Larry Hama’s work on the MARVEL run. I will generally at least give every incarnation of the line in print a chance and was both incredibly relieved and excited about the recently published zero issue by IDW that represented the publisher’s first handling of the franchise. I reviewed the issue a couple of months ago — a collection of three stories by the three creative teams that will launch the three titles forthcoming from IDW next year. One of those stories was written by veteran writer Chuck Dixon, who will be helming what looks to be the flagship title of the trio.

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Escaping Hell! with Hal Duncan – Interview

Today we join forces with Hal Duncan to talk Hell! Duncan is the author of two novels: Vellum and Ink. Vellum was nominated for the World Fantasy Award and BFS Award for Best Novel honors as well as getting nominated for the Locus and and Crawford awards for Best Debut Novel/Author. We talked about them with Hal when they were released, in fact, we did it twice.

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Singing in the Crystal Rain – Tobias Buckell  Interview

Crystal Rain really caught me at just the right time. When you are not only on these publicity lists but also a comic book guy you are exposed to covers on a daily basis but when I pulled the Crystal Rain galley out of the mail some 2 years ago the cover just spoke to me in a way that a lot of SF doesn’t. It’s not to say I don’t enjoy what other SF is saying but you look at Crystal Rain and it says you’re going for a ride — or beware, there be adventure here. I very rarely have that kind of interaction with covers (the only other recent example I can think of is from Paul Malmont’s The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril) and the story delivers high adrenaline, high octane that still delivers the questions and answers only Science Fiction has the gumption to raise and solve. I wrote a review of Crystal Rain when it came out and as we stand now — only a couple years later — Buckell recently saw published his third novel, Sly Mongoose, and has garnered Nebula and Prometheus Award nominations (for his second novel, Ragamuffin) for best novel while also being nominated for the Campbell recognizing the Best New Writer.

Today we have Tobias Buckell as we talk Sly Mongoose, Optimistic SF, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

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From Realms to STAR WARS, Making the Jump to Lightspeed – Paul S. Kemp Interview

Last week I talked with Jeff VanderMeer kicking off a new format of interview. In short it’s an interview limited to ten questions that focuses on one specific topic. It’s a feature meant to give me little more room to tackle and ask questions about news that pops up that doesn’t turn into full blown interviews. While being less comprehensive it’s also meant to be a bit looser, a little light-hearted. If the longer feature is an interrogation via IT-O then these smaller ones are a chat at the posh Manarai paid for via Black Sun coffers. As most may now know, it has been announced that Paul S. Kemp — the author of various Erevis Cale books set in the Forgotten Realms setting — is writing a Star Wars novel. Naturally, we had much to discuss.

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Sailing South China Seas with Predator – Jeff VanderMeer Interview

I have always conducted interviews that tend to be — or have become — lengthy and comprehensive features. Now we love doing these and will continue to do them, but I felt like they had become something that limited my ability to communicate with various creators and personalities on specific subjects only. For instance, if I just interviewed somebody at length and something new pops up that interests me a few months later in their career, I can hardly justify conducting another long feature. We also wanted to have a feature that while still informative was a bit more lighthearted and looser — a feature I could work on while waiting on/conducting my much more time consuming features. 10 questions, one topic.

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James P. Blaylock Interview – Where in the World is William Ashbless?

James P. Blaylock was one of the writers, along with Jonathan Carroll, that was at the forefront of reeducation of what Fantasy was or rather could entail, and it was work like The Paper Grail and The Last Coin that would eventually prepare me for what has come next which would include exploring frequent collaborator, Tim Powers. It would be easy to suggest that Blaylock was my first brush with what people call steampunk, but it was more than that, it was a step, one that was successful into what would eventually be several new worlds and spark possibility of appreciation of what constitutes most of my preferences: the unknown. If it was Zelazny who prepared me, it was people like Blaylock, de Lint, Crowley, and Carroll who first introduced me to words in fantasy like urban, whimsy, and perhaps even literary and more importantly how unimportant — as he puts it — how unimportant such jargon was before and after.

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Zombie Stripper | a Shamron Moore Interview

I am very happy to introduce Shamron Moore who has a lead part in the new film Zombie Strippers with Robert Englund and Jenna Jameson.  The synopsis of the movie from the official site is as follows:

When a secret government agency lets out a deadly chemo virus causing the reanimation of the dead, the first place to get hit is Rhino’s, a hot underground strip club.  As one of the strippers gets the virus, she turns into a supernatural, flesh-eating zombie stripper, making her the hit of the club.  Do the rest of the girls fight the temptation to be like the star stripper, even if there is no turning back?

Now on to Shamron Moore!

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Gridlinked | a Neal Asher interview

Combining large-scale space opera, intense, visceral action, and occasional elements of horror, Neal Asher is one of the most exciting authors to come out of the United Kingdom in recent years. Born in England in 1961, Asher spent many years writing stories for British small-press magazines. In 2001 his first novel, Gridlinked, was published by by MacMillan in the UK, and by Tor in the United States. His “Polity” future history, the setting of books such as Gridlinked, The Skinner, and Hilldiggers, is one of the most intriguing settings in science fiction today. He has also written stand-alone stories, such as his novel Cowl. His next novel, The Shadow of the Scorpion, will be published by Night Shade Books in May 2008.

John Markley is a writer from Illinois. He writes the video game commentary/humor site Pointless Side Quest and also blogs about science fiction and fantasy at Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic. His other interests include history, science, heavy metal, anime, movies, speaking of himself in the third person, and awkward, uncomfortable conversation.

Kill Clock | an Allan Guthrie interview

Today we present an interview Allan Guthrie, writer, editor, and agent, best known for his Crime Fiction. His first novel, Two-Way Split, was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award, won the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award in 2007. His next novel, Kiss Her Goodbye, was nominated for an Edgar Award and a Gumshoe Award.

Brian loves both kinds of books — fiction and non-fiction. He is an all around book john and reviewing roustabout.

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On Shadowbridge with Gregory Frost – Interview

This time around we have a writer whose work has been recognized as a finalist for honors like the Hugo, Tiptree, Nebula, and Sturgeon award. More recently he has created the setting and series of Shadowbridge that first drew life in his short fiction but realized in a novel for the first time in Shadowbridge. I read the novel last year and loved it and its conclusion, Lord Tophet is set to be published later this month by Del-Rey. You can read my review of Shadowbridge to get you primed for the interview should you require it.

Shadowbridge is a setting constructed by stories and to talk a bit about it we present its architect, Gregory Frost, to chat about its construction, its future, as well as some talk about Clarion, Comics, and Zelazny.

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Off the Grid with The Traveler – a John Twelve Hawks Interview

This is an interview Boomtron is presenting, but not one our regular contributors conducted. To obtain this privilege we had to go off the grid, see other web sites implode, and work cloak and dagger hitting the streets with our communicae network. We are proud to offer the mysterious John Twelve Hawks, author of 2005’s The Traveller and next month’s sequel (the second book in his Fourth Realm series) The Dark River in an exclusive interview conducted by Gabe Chouinard.

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Acacia Out of History – David Anthony Durham Interview

Today I chat with David Anthony Durham. With works of historical fiction already under his belt that include Gabriel’s Story, Walk Through Darkness, and Pride of Carthage, Durham’s forthcoming book, Acacia , is a stab at epic fantasy, the first in a series that has been grabbing pre-release accolades from seemingly all corners on its way to its release in June. Having read it myself, it’s quite clear that Durham’s foray into epic fantasy will be a welcomed one as he easily distinguishes his voice; an addition to the small group of writers who threaten to make the form more than just the production of heavy, empty tomes. He has something to say, something to show us, and a story to tell, so we are going to let him.

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Getting Jig with GoblinQuest | a Jim C. Hines Interview

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Hines author of Goblinquest. I want to make a comment here, just because an author has a smaller publishing firm you can find some real gems that way. Jim was a pleasure to interview and we both learned a little something I like to think. Without further interruptions let us get started.

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Multiverse Mapping with Ink, Hal Duncan Returns! – Interview

The author featured today is my first returning guest. We last spoke to Hal Duncan last year when his debut, Vellum was released in the UK. This time — our interview feature extended since then — we speak to him shortly after its U.S. release. Vellum is on the Locus shortlist in the Best First Novel category, as well as being nominated for the Crawford Award.

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The Year of Our War – Steph Swainston Interview

This time we bring to you an author who has just released her second heavily anticipated novel, No Present Like Time, on the heels of her first well-received and successful debut offering The Year of Our War, which has drawn praise like “Thoughtful, exuberant, incredibly inventive: a blistering debut, and honest-to-god unputdownable” from China Mieville. The Year of Our War also won the 2005 Crawford Award, awarded by the IAFA (The international association for the Fantastic in the Arts) recognizing the new writer in fantasy who demonstrates most promise, and is a nominee for the John W. Campbell award for Best New SF or Fantasy writer which will be awarded at Worldcon. Our guest this week is Steph Swainston, who was kind enough to agree to join us, her inclusion a necessity after I myself read her aforementioned impressive debut The Year of Our War. I’d like to thank Steph once again for sharing her time with us.

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Daniel Abraham Interview – The Long Price Before The Expanse

My guest today recently saw his debut novel, A Shadow in Summer, the first installment in his The Long Price Quartet released. Currently his story Flat Diane is a finalist for the Nebula Award, he has been published in publications such Asimov’s, and SciFi.com, and collaborated with George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois on the novella Shadow Twin.

I recently reviewed A Shadow in Summer, and Abraham answers question about his debut novel, future projects, and past work.

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The Prince of Nothing – R. Scott Bakker Interview

We like to try to cover all sub-genres in Fantasy and today we have one of the best regardless of category today. The author of what is in my opinion what is thus far one of the best series being written currently The Prince of Nothing. The author is, of course, R. Scott Bakker, an author who is unapologetic in writing epic fantasy, and does so in a manner that not only doesn’t require one but provides a stern challenge to those to deny the quality of his work as it pushes the boundaries to not just limits, which only implies change but not necessarily positive growth, but also helped push the ceiling of the epic genre to a new level that where he, George R.R. Martin, and Steven Erikson have a nice view as they survey the rest of epic fantasy landscape from above.

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Caitlin Sweet Telling with Silence | Interview

Since publishing her debut novel A Telling of Stars (2003) with Penguin, Canadian Caitlin Sweet has joined the burgeoning ranks of young, innovative fantasy genre writers. She has since released a prequel to A TellingThe Silences of Home (2005). Both novels have received high praise for their lyrical prose and emotional potency, and have been likened to the work of her Canadian counterpart, Guy Gavriel Kay.

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Starbridge to Roumania – Paul Park Interview

My guest recently released the opening installment of a brand new series, A Princess of Roumania, the reading of which had me on the search for his former works that include the 3-part Starbridge Chronicles, Celestis, Coelestis, and more recently historical ventures with The Gospel of Corax and Three Marys, as well as a collection, If Lions Could Speak from Wildeside Press.

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Light Ages on Summer Isle – Ian R. MacLeod Interview

This week I have a talented author who excels and has been recognized for both his novel length efforts and his short story offerings. My introduction to Ian R. MacLeod’s work was the The Light Ages; the 2004 Nebula Nominee for Best novel made me an instant fan, and the story continues in a release earlier this year, The House of Storms. In 1999, MacLeod garnered the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella, with Summer Isle (also nominated for the Hugo), a novella that this year we will see in its full length novel version, released by AIO Publishing. More of MacLeod’s short work can be found in collections like Breathmoss and other Exhalations from Golden Gryphon Press.

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On Melusine with Sarah Monette – Interview

My guest this week recently saw her debut novel Melusine released. A gifted short story writer who has forthcoming projects in an anthology by Ace in February titled The Queen of Winter with a story in the Melusine setting, and the sequel to Melusine, The Virtu, scheduled for July of 2006.

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Drinking, Vellum, & Delany – Hal Duncan Interview

This week I have the author of a major release, marking the debut of a new voice in speculative fiction. Vellum will be kicked off with the up coming World Con weekend, the first installment in a duology named The Book of All Hours, whose sequel Ink will be released next year. I have had the privilege to read Vellum already, and can only give it my highest possible recommendation.

Hal and I talk about Vellum, Ink, Samuel Delany, his future projects, and compare Mervyn Peake’s prose to Gin. Check out part II of this interview afterwards!

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The Emperor of Ice Cream – Jeffrey Ford Interview

This week I have one of my favorite authors. He is a writer whose name is mentioned quite often when I ask other authors what current writers they themselves admire. In fact, the first work I read by him, the 2003 World Fantasy Award winning collection, The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant was recommended to me by a previous guest, K.J. Bishop.

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In Mosaic – Richard Bowes Interview

I have a habit of paying attention to recommendations by authors whose work I admire. Whether an indirect recommendation or one given to me personally, or via an interview, it has really lead to some […]

Sarah Ash Interview – Music, Manga, and the Tears of Artamon Finale

My guest this week has her latest book being released later this month, the concluding installment of her trilogy Tears of Artamon, titled Children of the Serpent Gate. She is a member of a group called the Write Fantastic that wishes and strives to discuss and offer new perspectives of fantasy to its fans.

She was kind enough to participate even with a WorldCon schedule and in the midst of sending her proofs as we discuss her forthcoming book, music, and manga.

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The Archonate Gist – Matthew Hughes Interview

This week we have author whose work I was recently introduced to, and the reading has been such a compelling and enjoyable experience it has had me as of late searching feverishly for other examples of the author’s work. Mind, you, it is not a requirement to read the former novels Fools Errant and Fool Me Twice to fully appreciate the author, and our guest, Matthew Hughes’ latest offering, a psychological SF/Crime effort set in his trademark Archonate setting, Black Brillion, however a work of such competence, full of witty, sardonic repartee, reminiscent of Vance, almost demands one to take the time to search out more examples of Hughes’ work.

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Forgotten Realms and in Memory of Garet Jax – R.A. Salvatore Interview

This week I have a NY Times Best Selling author, and creator of one of the most popular and read characters in Fantasy, everyone’s favorite Dark Elf, Drizzt Do’Urden. I am of course speaking of Bob Salvatore. R.A. Salvatore’s publishing career started with the Crystal Shard, and since than he has written 16 full-length novels chronicling the adventures of Drizzt and his companions. His latest story-arc, recently completed and entitled The Hunter’s Blade trilogy, begins a short hiatus from his core characters as Salvatore currently is at work penning the highly anticipated Promise of the Witch King, which features mega fan favorites Artemis Entreri and Jarlaxle (my personal favorite character by RAS).

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The Guitar Hero of The Etched City – K.J. Bishop Interview

My first interview. We are going to start interviewing the various creative personalities in the genre. We will strive with this feature as we do with our reviews to offer the widest range possible related to Fantasy. We have several authors who have agreed to participate thus far and were kicking it off with K.J. Bishop, author of The Etched City, a novel that has drawn this quote from Michael Moorcock regarding some of Kirsten’s scenes “The Etched City is worth reading for these scenes alone, which are among the most mystifying and astonishing I have found in a fantasy.”

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