Everyone, please welcome Kerry Denney to the blog today. He’s here to chat about his books, movies, TV series, favorite authors and plenty more. Enjoy! Also, Kerry is offering an awesome giveaway – 1 ebook of each of his books, Jagganath, Soulsnatcher, & Dreamweavers. Scroll to the bottom for info on how to enter.
If you had to choose someone to rescue you from the jaws of certain death would it be a superhero, supernatural creature, or a space alien?
A supernatural creature first, then a space alien. A superhero would just rescue me and then leave to rescue someone else (or take down a nefarious super-villain, lol). But I could potentially learn something interesting and/or valuable from the other two. A supernatural creature might stick around and teach me secrets about the other side, beyond the grave—secrets about life and death, or parallel dimensions and alternate universes, some of my favorite subjects. A space alien might teach me about other worlds, other life forms—including intelligent, sentient species—and possibly reveal the mysteries of the universe… if they don’t serve me for dinner first.
But then again, this answer could get me into big trouble: the supernatural creature might steal my soul or turn me into a newt (yes, a Monty Python reference) after it rescues me, or the alien might be intent on conducting medical research involving anal probes and the like. 🙂
If I only get to choose one each (what a conundrum!)…
Book: WATCHERS by Dean Koontz. One of my all-time favorites, read it five times, because I absolutely LOVE the main characters: Travis, Nora, and especially Einstein—and the creature is amazing too, and even generates sympathy for its hopeless plight and nature despite its savage, relentless ferocity. That’s swiftly followed by THE ANUBIS GATES by Tim Powers, SWAN SONG by Robert R. McCammon, THE STAND by Stephen King, and THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin—because they were all incomparably spectacular. Okay, so that’s five. Who could choose just one?!?!
Movie: Really, only one? THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR. Highly underrated and way overlooked as a true classic tale of love, loss, friendship, betrayal, and ultimate redemption. After watching it for the first time, I was transported into a most pleasant reverie for hours, and the theme and storyline stuck with me for weeks: multiple virtual realities within virtual realities, wow. I’ve seen it at least ten times, and own the DVD. But then again, I also absolutely loved Bruce Campbell vs. Army of Darkness. Good, bad, I’m the guy with the gun. Shop smart. Shop S-Mart. Everybody got that?!?!
TV series: FIREFLY, of course. I was reluctant to watch it at first, even with all the numerous rave 5-star reviews on Netflix. I figured the reviewers were just diehard sci-fi fans, and that I wouldn’t like it. I didn’t watch it until 2012, but I binged on it once I started watching. When I finished watching the last episode, I was hyper-Jonesing for more… fortunately there was SERENITY to tie things up. Firefly was one of the greatest shows I’ve ever watched. The characters are all well-written, well-acted, and realistic, and the writing was superb—not to mention the excellent laugh-out-loud humor prevalent throughout the show! Joss Whedon outdid himself with this short-lived series. A swift kick in the teeth, ass, and family jewels to the buttholes who cancelled this extraordinary show.
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 think the publishing industry is evolving quite well in handling this trend. We’ve recently been inundated and even overwhelmed with movies made from PC games, and some of their plots actually play out like a video game, lacking character development and personality. But you can’t argue with their success, despite their plasticity and deficit of realism or believable situations. I enjoyed most of the “Resident Evil” movies (although Milla Jovovich certainly helped with that, a lot), and the “V for Vendetta” movie was an excellent, well-written, and entertaining adaptation of the graphic novel (and yes, Natalie Portman helped with that too). And then there’s the extraordinary show “The Walking Dead”, also adapted from a graphic novel… a show on which I and countless others are hopelessly and happily hooked (and I don’t even care that much for zombie stories).
As for taking my works into the multimedia realm, I’ll be happy to… I just need some help with that at this point in my progressing writing career. How cool would that be if someone like Joss Whedon read one of my novels and decided he wanted to make it into a movie? Or even if some popular producer wanted to turn my work into a TV series. Terry Goodkind was catapulted into mega-success when the SyFy Channel took his “Sword of Truth” fantasy series and turned it into the popular “Legend of the Seeker” TV series, and the multimedia scene is replete with similar amazing success stories.
I look at it this way: If you’re going to dream, dream big. I certainly do. It’s the only way to make the Big Dreams come true.
How many do I get to list, lol? And a quest in search of what? 😉
Charles de Lint, Patricia A. McKillip, Stephen R. Donaldson, Ursula K. LeGuin, Terry Goodkind, Tim Powers, and Douglas Adams (if I could resurrect and reanimate him).
Which ancient or historical works have you not read and periodically kick yourself for not having made time for them yet?
There’s not a lot of them I want to read that I haven’t. Probably the top five are A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and Paradise Lost by John Milton.
One of the greatest classics I have read is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, the ultimate tale of revenge.
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 give credit to readers for being smart and knowing how to find what they love the most. In fact, I love that we have numerous categories in which our books can be found. It works very well for me, because I write in a way that blends several genres—sci-fi, fantasy, horror, paranormal, supernatural, dystopian, and post-apocalyptic, along with suspense and thrillers—and can therefore be listed in any and all of those categories. I think that helps increase my exposure to a more eclectic selection of readers and helps me reach and build my target audience. Some reviewers of my two previous novels JAGANNATH and SOULSNATCHER have even commented in their customer reviews on Amazon and Goodreads about my ability to successfully mix genres in my work, and I consider that high praise indeed. Bring it on!
As for my own search for good reads, I can only ask one question: Leisure reading time, what’s that, lol? I’m always busy writing something, seeking publication for my previous works, editing a finished novel, or creating a new work-in-progress. But yes, I still do find the time to read a good bit in my favorite genres—which just happen to be the multiple genres in which I write.
I’m a huge James Rollins fan, and feel especially proud, honored, and privileged to have received rave testimonials from Mr. Rollins for both SOULSNATCHER and JAGANNATH. His blurbs can be seen in the “Editorial Reviews” section on the product sales pages for those novels on Amazon. I’m also a huge Dean Koontz and F. Paul Wilson fan, among many others. So no, I have definitely not been lured outside of my comfort zone with this trend. It works in my favor, and I’m sure it does for other writers as well. I even like the extensive list of sub-categories within genres.
Tough question. I appreciate and enjoy a varied selection of famous art. I’m a huge Salvador Dali fan, and as creepy as the art of Hieronymus Bosch is, I love his demented works too. Escher’s work is a trip also.
It would be spectacular to own The Scream by Edvard Munch, not because it’s such a great piece of art but because it has riveted so many art lovers over the years, drawn such appreciative worldwide attention, and horrified generations with its simple but elegant theme of darkness. However, I’d be happy with The Temptation of St. Anthony or Enigma Without End by Dali.
And yes, I’d display it for all the world to see, damn right!
If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you choose to do?
Easy: I would spend all my time and effort figuring out how to travel to a parallel dimension or alternate universe where I can be a writer, because a writer is what I am.
I’ve been a writer of different sorts all my life: from winning a first place award for a short story when I was fourteen to 30+ years of writing, playing, recording, and performing my songs as a professional musician, including the release of four CDs.
We can no more change the nature of what we are than we can fly through the sun and come out the other side alive and intact.
If you could sit down and have tea (or a beer) with 5 fictional characters, who would you invite to the table?
Bugs Bunny, Tom Sawyer, Sherlock Holmes, Jilly Coppercorn from The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint, and Audrey Parker from the show Haven (rowr!). But I’d be fine if the others couldn’t attend for some reason or another as long as that wascally wabbit was there.
Finally, what upcoming events and works would you like to share with the readers?
My new paranormal thriller DREAMWEAVERS was published on August 4, 2015 by Juju Mojo Publications. Paperback and e-book editions available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads. Amazon link:
My short story From Darkness We Come was published in the popular anthology series AT HELL’S GATES 3: BOUND BY BLOOD on July 31, 2015. It’s an honor to be in such good company with so many talented authors and colleagues, but it’s especially an honor and a privilege to be published in this anthology because 100% of proceeds goes to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a charity that provides financial support for the dependents of United States military personnel lost in performance of their duties. God bless our troops!
Come join me and award-winning online party hostess Leslie Whitaker at Facebook online for the DREAMWEAVERS Book Release Party on Sunday August 9, 2015 from 3 to 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (2–5 p.m. CST, 1–4 p.m. MST, 12 noon–3 p.m. PST). Lots of fun contests with prizes awarded! Six Amazon Gift Cards and several different e-books will be won by someone… maybe you. Plus plenty of other wacky fun and overall general madness. Best of all, you can attend the party online and win prizes in the comfort of your own living room or wherever you take your laptop or tablet.
For more information on all my novel and short story publications—along with lots more great links including my blog and various awards and rave reviews—please visit my author’s website Kerry Alan Denney is The Reality Bender at http://www.kerrydenney.com.
Places to find Kerry & his works
Post-apocalyptic sci-fi/ horror thriller JAGANNATH (#1 bestseller!) on Amazon
Paranormal thriller SOULSNATCHER on Amazon
2nd Place Winner – 2014 Book of the Year: The Drunken Druid’s International Book Award
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Kerry Denney is generously giving away 1 ebook each of Jagannath, Soulsnatcher, and Dreamweavers. Each is a stand alone novel, so we will have 3 winners. Giveaway is open INTERNATIONAL! Ends September 3, 2015 midnight. To enter, do the Rafflecopter thing below or answer the following in the comments: 1) If you were sent on a magical quest, which fantasy authors would you take with you?; 2) Leave a way to contact you should you win (email preferred); 3) Do you have a preference which book you win?