Hello again guys! Today, I am so happy to be a part of Untold Press' release tour of Dragonthology! I have a deep seated love of Dragons and can't wait to get my hands on this! One of my favorite things about anthologies is that you get a little hint into several different authors writing styles. I've found some great new authors by reading anthologies.. Be sure to stay 'tuned' after the interview for more on the book and each of the authors!! And be sure to check out the giveaway as well!
My interview was with author Jay Wilburn. Enjoy !!
1. Let’s start out easy.. Tell us a little bit about your book.
I have a piece in Dragonthology with Untold Press. Each story explores dragons from a different genre or style.
2. What inspired you to write this story?
My story “Egg Hunt” follows a smuggler transporting dragon eggs through space. I followed the tradition of grand science fiction from the late seventies and early eighties. Hard science fiction presented characters with problems that led to more problems once they were solved. I really enjoyed combining these elements in this story
Space, dragon eggs? I'm hooked already!
3. What is the main lesson that your book is trying to teach?
Compassion can make things more complicated, but sometimes it is part of the solution.
4. Moving on to your writing career, how long have you been writing?
Most of my life badly and secretly. My first published story was in 2010. My first novel was published summer of 2012. I’m working on achieving a professional career in writing.
Congrats! Persistence pays off ! Good luck with your career :)
5. Did you always dream to become an author?
It was the original dream back when astronaut and superhero were still viable options. I went through a long period of surviving life instead of living with any passion. Now that I’m serious about writing with every spare moment I do so obsessively.
I sincerely miss the days when superhero was a viable option!
6. I’m always curious whether or not authors read the same types of books that they write. So tell us, what book genres do you love to read? to write?
I write horror and speculative fiction. I experiment out in other genres to stretch my ability and options.
I write so much that I have to make myself take time to read. I tend to read a lot of nonfiction including biographies, history, and social commentary. I read for reviews with Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. This includes many genre of fiction.
7. What are you reading right now?
Right now I’m reading an alternate history, Civil War novella by K. A. Harris called Huckleberry’s Hail Mary.
8. Have any particular authors inspired you to write? If so, can you name one and what you like about their style?
I’ve read a good bit of work by Chris Larsen including his forthcoming novel with Postmortem Press Losing Touch. He combines history and creative ideas in a way that makes me want to improve my quality of work.
In the same way, I read a short story by Doug Murano called “The Chopping Block” that let me know that apocalyptic short stories should strive for much more.
9. Do you have any upcoming projects?
I’m shopping a novel called Time Eaters that combines time travel and apocalyptic horror. I’m working on my next novel The Great Interruption that creates an analogy of growing up with an event that removes people from the world for a time.
Good luck with your next novels!! Thanks so much for stopping by today !
Good luck with your next novels!! Thanks so much for stopping by today !
Edited by Untold Press
Genres: Fantasy + Mystery, Sci Fi, Humor, Dystopian,
Published: Jan 1 2013
Untold Press www.untoldpress.com
Authors: G.L. Jackson, Jason Andrew, Marian Allen, Jay Wilburn, Troy Lambert, Sandra Graves, J.A. Campbell
Word count: 54 552
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Enter the pages of the Dragonthology. No single story has ever been great enough to contain the mystical, wondrous creature known as the dragon. We assembled the greatest draconian tales and put them between the covers of a single tome to satisfy your hunger for everything dragon. Seven magnificent stories, ranging from science fiction to mystery, await you within.
The Case of the Bloodstone Dragon by G.L. Jackson
A washed up has been, Private Investigator Clark is down to his last $100. That is, until the night a mysterious femme fatale walks through his door weaving a tale of intrigue in hope of recovering an artifact steeped in mystery and danger. What follows is a raucous ride through a little known human and dragon history, played out on the streets of New York City.
Unto the Breach by Jason Andrew
Jonathan Heller uncovers an unusual secret during one of the bloodiest campaigns of World War One in the middle of horrific trench warfare. Can he convince an ancient dragon that humanity is worthy of life during their darkest hour?
The Dragon of Sullivan Hall by Marian Allen
A dormitory full of fun loving female students, an angry red dragon with a litter full of hungry whelps, and a particular student of Irish descent. This won’t end well for the dragon.
Egg Hunt by Jay Wilburn
A lonely smuggler must make decisions he never dreamt possible in the darkness of space to elude capture and protect his precious cargo of dragon eggs. When one of them hatches, it threatens to damage his ship. Can a person change enough to save a ship, a dragon, and himself?
The Clan by Troy Lambert
Dragons return to the earth and humanity enslaves them with the last remnants of technology of their dying race. Now the technology of old is fading. Will the dragons be able to rise again? Will the humans declare war, or will a peaceful solution be found? It all rests in the hands of an ancient dragon, and a lowly shepherd and his clan.
Dragon Seeks a Wife by Sandra Graves
What happens when a dragon falls ill and is told he will die in a year and a day unless he finds his one true love? The only thing a dragon do. He sets out on a quest to win the hand of the perfect mate for a dragon–the daughter of the king. Aided by a Quetzal bird sorcerer, he begins his quest. An old fashioned fairy tale with a Meso-American twist.
Darkness Taken by J.A. Campbell
In a land where children are warriors and the only adults are mythical creatures, all are called to fight the Darkness. Til and her dragon partner, Heliodor, complete the perfect Welcome Ceremony, but their joy is short lived. The Dark has slain a unicorn and taken her foal back to the Darklands. Can Til and Heliodor venture where none go and rescue the young unicorn?
Marian Allen writes science fiction, fantasy, mystery, humor, horror, mainstream, and anything else she can wrestle into fixed form.
Allen has had stories in on-line and print publications, on coffee cans and the wall of an Indian restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky.
Allen is a member of Quills and Quibbles and the Southern Indiana Writers Group, and is a regular contributor to SIW's annual anthology.
Find out more about Marian at http://MarianAllen.com and follow her on twitter @MarianAllen
Julie has been many things over the last few years, from college student, to bookstore clerk and an over the road trucker. She’s worked as a 911 dispatcher and in computer tech support, but through it all she’s been a writer and when she’s not out riding horses, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer. She lives in Colorado with her three cats, her vampire-hunting dog in training, Kira, and her Irish Sailor.
She is the author of many Vampire and Ghost-Hunting Dog stories and the young adult urban fantasy series The Clanless.
Find out more about Julie at www.writerjacampbell.com and follow her on twitter @Pfirewolf
G.L. Jackson lives in the hills outside Portland, Oregon with her family. She's a licensed massage therapist, but when she's not working at that she's either writing, reading, taking photographs, or indulging in philosophical discussion with the birds, stray cats, raccoons, and other creatures that stop by on a daily basis. Much to the chagrin of her parents, she cut her literary teeth at an early age by writing and performing plays with her two sisters. From there she moved on to stories both short and long, but poetry has remained elusive. Born and raised on the east coast, she's fallen in love with the Pacific Ocean. The Case of the Bloodstone Dragon is her first detective story.
Find out more about Gwynne at gwynnejackson.wordpress.com and follow her on twitter @notsuestorm
Jay Wilburn lives in Conway, South Carolina with his wife and two sons. His novel, Loose Ends: A Zombie Novel, is available now. He has a novella, Circuit Rider, in the acclaimed anthology Realms of the Undead. He has published a number of horror and speculative fiction stories.
Follow his many dark thoughts @AmongtheZombie on Twitter or at JayWilburn.com.
Jason Andrew lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife Lisa. He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Horror Writers Association, and the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. His short fiction has appeared in markets such as Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic SF, Frontier Cthulhu: Ancient Horrors in the New World, and Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations. In 2011, Jason received an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow’s List for Best Horror of the Year for his story “Moonlight in Scarlet”. Jason also writes for awesome RPG games such as Vampire: the Masquerade and Shadowrun
Find out more about Jason at www.jasonbandrew.com and follow him on twitter @jasonbandrew
Raised in Colorado by European immigrant parents who passed on their love for both great literature and great music, Sandra has had her nose in a book since she first learned to read. When she isn’t reading, she’s either writing fiction or designing her latest artwork project. She also owns and operates her own business.
Sandra spent her school years in Denver and her summers attending musical events in the mountain valley of Aspen. Throughout her youth she was a talented cellist, achieving first chair position in the Colorado Youth Symphony as well as a position in a semi-professional symphony while in high school. She earned an MA degree in Anthropology from Eastern New Mexico University where she met her husband. They have been married for more than thirty years.
She currently lives in Minnesota, a state far away from her beloved mountains but featuring thousands of lakes and rivers. She is combating homesickness by writing a novel that takes place in the years of the Colorado gold rush. She’s looking forward to the necessity of doing on-site research within the next year.
Find out more about Sandra at www.IsisRising08.com
Troy began his writing life at a very young age, penning the as yet unpublished George and the Giant Castle at age six. He grew up in Southern Idaho, and after many adventures including a short stint in the US Army and a diverse education, Troy returned to Idaho, but the north end of the state this time, where he currently resides.
Troy works as a freelance writer and researcher by night, and the Museum Operations Specialist and Head of Research at the Wallace District Mining museum by day. He truly loves to write dark, psychological thrillers and released Broken Bones, a collection of his short stories, last September to great acclaim and with reasonable success. His new thriller Redemption is available now.
Troy lives with his wife of eleven years, two of his five children and two very talented dogs. He is a skier, cyclist, hiker, fisherman, hunter, and a terrible beginning golfer. The sequel to Redemption, titled Temptation will be released early in 2013.
Find out more about Troy at www.troylambertwrites.com and follow him on twitter @authortroy
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