Welcome to the Steamborn Book Blitz, by Eric Asher. Today, we will have Q&As with the author, and the opportunity to participate in the giveaway to win 5 paperback copies of Steamborn!
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Publication date: December 1st 2015
Genres: Steampunk, Young AdultJacob, a tinker’s apprentice and sometime thief, has lived his entire life in the mountain city of Ancora, protected by the city walls. These towering barriers keep the Deadlands creatures at bay, but the monsters move higher into the peaks every year. More and more, they breach the defenses of the Lowlands while the Highlands rest easy.
A swarm overruns the walls and wreaks utter devastation on the Lowlands. Charles, the old tinker, suspects the attack may not be natural. With help from Jacob’s closest friend, Alice, and Samuel, one of the city’s elite spider knights, Jacob and Charles will uncover a terrible darkness at the heart of their city.
Q & A with Eric
1) Tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.
I live in the suburbs of Saint Louis. My family has been in the area for as long as any of us can remember. I think the furthest any of us have lived from Saint Louis is about an hour and a half. I guess you could say we’ve put down some roots.
2) How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing casually since high school. It was 2005 when I decided I wanted to write an entire novel. I spent a year writing an excessively long space opera. Then I read it! It was terrible, but what a great learning experience.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
I have my own little office in our house filled with things I enjoy, and occasionally hoard. Just outside the door is our reading nook that houses two barrister bookcases with signed and hard to find books by our favorite authors. It’s inspiring to me, having those books close by, and is one of the reasons It is by far my favorite place to write.
4) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I tried that once … insert Grumpy Cat meme. That’s a definite no. I do multiple drafts to clean things up a bit, but Laura Matheson–my editor–is my saving grace. I’ve found if you try to edit your own work, your brain will fill in what it thinks should be there and you miss a lot of simple typos.
5) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I’ve long been a gamer. My spare time growing up was spent as a mallrat in the local arcades and bookstores. Outside of games, I read, play the cello and guitar, and collect Transformers toys.
6) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
Oh yes, I try to read quite a bit! C.S. Friedman is always at, or at least near, the top of my favorite authors. The Coldfire Trilogy, starting with Black Sun Rising, has been my favorite series for a rather long time now. Neil Gaiman, David Drake, Tad Williams, and Patricia Briggs are also perennial favorites. There are many more, but that would be a very long list.
7) When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?
The first draft usually comes quite easily, but then the editing starts. Editing really refines the story and firms up all the plots and subplots that creep into a novel, so it’s not surprising to me when editing takes longer than writing the first draft.
8) Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?
I’m allergic to just about every kind of animal imaginable, so instead I have a Worrible.
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