Thursday, May 15, 2014

Author Thursday: Interview with Keith Melton

Keith Melton is an evil genius. The best kind of evil genius--an author. I'm a huge fan of his Nightfall Syndicate series, and his book The Zero Dog War is on my list of books I'd want if I was stranded on a desert island. It's just that awesome. (Here's a quote from my Goodreads review: "It's like all of my urban fantasy favorites thrown in a blender and turned into an addictive alcoholic beverage.") YES.

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Warning: Put your coffee down now. Don't make the same mistake I did and end up nasing it while reading this interview. Damn you, Keith Melton! *shakes fist*

1. What flavor is your writing? (Spicy? Action? Space odyssey? Ninjas? All of the above?)

Space Action Ninjas. Or, as we like to say in the biz, SAN. We have a diametrically opposing viewpoint to those degenerate Space Inaction Ninja bastards, because, honestly, what is more boring than a ninja who does nothing? They’re like Romulans who never decloak at the worst possible time for the Enterprise. Yawn.

2. Where do you get your inspiration?

Avoiding antipsychotic medication.

But seriously folks, the list of inspirations is too long and complex to handle in anything but a dissertation. And we all hate those. However, I’m often inspired by good writing in a wide range of genres.

And yes, I’ll be here all week.

3. Why do you hate elves? Sub-question: Does this hatred extend to other pointy-eared species, like Vulcans?

No, I like Vulcans, though I think their strength rating needs to be nerfed. I mean, how do they even hold a tricorder without crushing it?

Elves...where to start? How about the fact that they’re the only race in LOTR with rings of power that didn’t either A) become corrupted by Sauron or B) have their finger bling either stolen or eaten by dragons?

  • They don’t like dwarves. [Robyn's note: Dwarf racist party dad says "All aboard the party elk!"]
  • They think humans have the average lifespan of a weasel dancing on an electric fence in a rainstorm.
  • They are really full of themselves.
  • They’re too quiet.
  • They’re too beautiful.
  • They are too invisible.
  • They are too accurate with ranged weapons.
  • They have all the magical loot.
  • They dislike Balrogs.
  • They show up everywhere. Seriously. EVERYWHERE.
  • Elves invented music and pottery and possibly body surfing and have no qualms about bragging about it.
  • They prefer fancy fonts to Comic Sans and Courier.
And all the other reasons would go here, but we’re out of space.

4. What are you reading now, or what books do you have in your TBR pile?

I just finished Leviathan by Scott Westerfield. Good stuff. Next I want to read Dr. Sleep by Stephen King because I love, love, loved The Shining.

5. What are you working on now?

Rewriting and editing things. I hope to have another book release in 2014, probably something with a more serious UF vibe. Also, I’ll be writing another Zero Dog novel at some point. I’ve been toying with a high fantasy novel, so we’ll see.

You can find out more about Keith at these sites:
Dark Ride Dogs, by Keith Melton

Death prophecies, ghost clowns, homicidal redcaps…this town has really gone to the dogs.

Zero Dog mercenary Andrea Walker used to love fortune cookies—until the day she received a death prophecy inside one. Of course, believing a mass produced fortune from a baked good would be insane—until a berserker shows up on her doorstep claiming he’s been sent by an infamous oracle to save her life. She must hire him or die.

Hell really breaks loose when the Zero Dogs are contracted to stop a ghost-summoning goblin’s plan to bring his Eternal Malevolence Carnival and Incredible Show of Evil to Portland, starring a company of ghost performers—clowns, acrobats, and nefarious balloon-twisting mimes. Meanwhile, Andrea’s normally shy succubus friend seems to be falling for the mysterious berserker. Too bad a malfunctioning charm spell has the redcap goblin yearning for her as well.

Now Andrea must elude a death prophecy, discover if her new-hire berserker can be trusted, and avert the looming ghost clown apocalypse. Just another mad mission for the Zero Dogs.

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