1) Myths and beliefs that we would consider fiction or fantasy in modern literature once upon a time shaped history (think of all the hunts for unicorns & dragons). Do you see modern fantasy fiction affecting human cultures today and how?
I hope so. I think they reach into our subconscious and evoke deeper truths than we experience in much of our media today. More people need to understand that while our world requires rational thinking, our thoughts cannot end there. We have to understand that there is much more to our universe than we may perhaps ever comprehend. Hence my interest in sci fi as a bridge to fantasy with Smashwords – The Sword of Agrippa: Antioch – a book by Gregory Lloyd.
2) Conventions, book signings, blogging, etc.: what are some of your favorite aspects of self-promotion and what are some of the least favorite parts of self-promotion?
I’m new to the world of writer and publishers and prefer writing to promotion. That being said I’ve made many new friends at Goodreads and via emails that mysteriously turn up from someone thousands of miles away with common passions and interests. It is amazing.
3) What has been your worst or most difficult job? How does it compare to writing?
Early in my career (while in high school) I was a janitor at a fast food restaurant. One day the manager didn’t like my positive attitude and sent me to spend a few hours scraping gum off of the sidewalk among those waiting to place or receive their orders. I like writing much better than scraping gum. Note: I quickly forgot about the incident/task. Years later I ran into the manager and he apologized to me. He reminded me and I quickly remembered… I did dig ditches one summer in grad school. In Texas. Red clay. Hot. That was perhaps a tougher job.
4) More and more we see fiction being multimedia – a book, a TV show, a PC game, a graphic novel. How do you see the publishing industry evolving to handle this trend? Any plans to take your works in the multimedia realm?
I like the idea of bringing words to life, so that they can resonate with more people. I think movies and especially documentaries can be as or even more powerful than books. I’m waiting for Russel Crowe to agree to play Agrippa. Then I’m in. 🙂
5) With the modern popularity to ebooks, a book is no longer limited to a specific genre shelf. It is now quite easy to label place an ebook in multiple genres (i.e. YA, Fantasy, Horror). How do you see this affecting readers? Have you been inadvertently lured outside your reading comfort zone?
I generally pick books from the “people who liked this then bought this” aisle. I hover around the perspective shifting types, from Lawrence Durrell to Bulgakov, Calvino and even Coelho (Aleph) or books that create a tension of wonder between science and spirituality/intuition/. New Age speculators plus provocative scientists and archaeologists are my favorite authors. I have yet to be lured into romance novels.
6) Who are some of your favorite book villains? Who are your favorite hero duos from the pages?
The Ian Fleming villains are classics. By far my favorite. After that perhaps Ellsworth Toohey. Elmer Gantry.
7) Care to share an awkward fangirl/fanboy moment, either one where someone was gushing over your work…..or one where you were gushing over another author’s work?
I was having dinner with three great sci fi writers. A fan of one of them had too much to drink and kept babbling on about various books, scenes, plots, whatever. The writer finally said “Will you let me finish a fucking sentence?” There was a pause. Then the gusher started back gushing. I was wrapping up my first three chapters and I would have loved to get some advice…
Book Blurb for The Sword of Agrippa: Antioch
Roy Swenson, banned from the US, hits Prague on a quest for energy which will transform the world and lead to a new tech revolution, a new renaissance.
He is forced to continue his research in Eastern Europe. From Prague he sets the stage for the next battle. One he hopes to win.
His experiments with DMT, pineal glands and the properties of a strange new substance (graphene) propel him into the spotlight, and the pressures build. The war begins.
Mainstream industrial, political and religious leaders view him as a threat, not a joke. Dark energy could disrupt humanity’s view of everything.
Roy’s dreams take him to Egypt as a young Roman soldier, Marcus Agrippa. He falls for Samia, an Egyptian slave priestess. In the secret chambers of the Great Library, she guides him through mysteries political and cosmic.
Dreams power Roy/Agrippa through devastating events and sacrifices. Join his quest.
Travel from Prague in 2020 to the Great Library of Alexandria in 48 BC, on a journey linking ancient scrolls, dark energy sensors, majestic temples, and torch-lit torture chambers.
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