Monday, March 3, 2014

Fantastic interview with Steven Shrewsbury!

Steven Shrewsbury was kind enough to sit down and answer some of our questions and I think you will find his answers beyond enjoyable!  

V:  What is your inspiration? What helps you get through writer's block?
S:  I have a few friends that really make my life easier, be it a silly nudge or just to listen to me rant. They help a great deal.

V. Do you listen to music when you write? Have a completely silent space?
S: It all depends, sometimes, I have crazy music filtering out of the computer or others, I want silence. However, with kids in the house, silence is rare.

V. If you had to choose another genre to write, what would it be? Why?
S: I already do horror and weird westerns…what is left, romance? I actually have an indea for a barbarian romance novel, s’true.  I AM writing a thriller, no monsters, other than the people.

V: List all of your titles with a one sentence synopsis of each.
S:    PHILISTINE-Ultimate champion Goliath wars with political factions, the priesthood, monsters and an unseen force trying to destroy him as revolution grips Philistia.

OVERKILL-Gorias La Gaul is contracted to return the heir to a Queen, and ends up battling pirates, bad folks and those dealing in dragon fire.

BLOOD & STEEL: Various tales about 700 year old merc, Gorias La Gaul.

HELL BILLY-In reconstruction ear Memphis (1868) Nathan Bedford Forrest is called in after members of the occupying military are slain in a fashion unique to one of his old troopers…a dead soldier who keeps returning each night, even after he is killed again.

THRALL-When visiting his grandson, Gorias La Gaul is thrown in the middle of amassing armies, and a cult trying to bring back their master in the form of an undead dragon.

BAD MAGICK-While taking Rasputin to see the prayer shawl of Mary outside El Paso in 1901, one armed ex-Confederate Joel Stuart encounters Aliester Crowley, crazed Jesuit commandos, the birth of the Great White Buffalo and cannibal Anasazis.

HAWG-A seven foot tall man-pig-monster sporting steel tusks terrorizes a rural Illinois town.

STRONGER THAN DEATH-Souls trapped in a civil war relic want revenge on their jailer, and the ghost of a one armed Missouri Guerilla inspires his drunken descendant to action against a brigade of the undead.

TORMENTOR-A national guard/marine (& former boxer) John Kern recovers from the effects of a car bomb in Germany, and clashes with evil followers of a returning demon. 

GODFORSAKEN-Historically based fantasy about the origins of Odin.

NOCTURNAL VACATIONS-Short stories about albino government killer, Dack Shannon

BULLETPROOF SOUL-more tales about Dack Shannon

DEPTHS OF SAVAGERY-eBook of early fantasy tales.

V: Who is your favorite character? Why?
S: Joel Stuart, the one armed confederate in many of my works (many unpubbed so far) probably because he is based on a family member and he just flows out of me.

V: Who is your least favorite character? Why?
S: Mosnar in TORMENTOR. He was a slimeball.

V: Which character was most difficult to write?
S: Goliath’s mother in PHILISTINE. She was frightening.

V: Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
S: A few, the main guy is usually very tall, like me.  I hope I’d be as brave as my leading men in moments of dire trouble.

V: If you could take the place of one of your characters, which one would you choose and why?
S: Gorias La Gaul, he gets the girls a lot.

V: If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do?
S: Prolly Australia. I hear the outback is like the old West here in America and the accents are awesome.

V: What is your favorite TV show/movie from your childhood?  What is it now?

V: Best Sci-fi show or film of all time and why it is superior to all others.
S: DOCTOR WHO because it can be a clean slate every show, any time, any where. 

About the Author: STEVEN L. SHREWSBURY lives, works, and writes in rural Illinois. Over 360 of his short stories have appeared in print or electronic media along with over 100 poems. 9 of his novels have been released, with more on the way. His books run from sword & sorcery (PHILISTINE, OVERKILL, THRALL, BEDLAM UNLEASHED) to historical fantasy (GODFORSAKEN) extreme horror (HAWG, TORMENTOR, STRONGER THAN DEATH) to horror-westerns (HELL BILLY, BAD MAGICK, and the forthcoming LAST MAN SCREAMING).

He loves books, British TV, guns, movies, politics, sports and hanging out with his sons. He’s frequently outdoors, looking for brightness wherever it may hide.

Be sure to check out Steven's new release:

Book Synopsis: The Philistines, a mysterious warrior people known now for mainly one man: Goliath. The giant.

Goliath. A name grander than even the man himself. You've heard of his infamous end at the hands of a shepherd as written in a famous book, but what of the life of the man himself? What book tells his tale?

A warrior among warriors, a son of a god, a living legend. Goliath, the warrior champion of the Philistines. On the battlefield, he runs like a horse, wields killing instruments no normal man may heft, and revels in the fear his presence evokes. Off the field, his will is immutable, his trust invaluable, and his appetites unbearable. Goliath. This man knows no challenge.

But such a reputation will not discourage all men. Scheming rulers and generals, prophetic priests and powerful cults, dauntless warriors looking to make their own legend. Monsters. Gods. For one seemingly unkillable, at the very least, these things can ruin an otherwise pleasant day.

Along with his shield bearer, Abimelech, and soldiers more in awe than they are useful, Goliath will set out on missions for kings, face foul magic users, and walk in the shadows of mysterious halls. History tells us Goliath died at the hands of an Israelite.

Goliath may have something to say about that.

Philistine is the first Tale of Goliath, set in the same world as Steven Shrewsbury's novels such as Overkill and Thrall, and his Blood and Steel: Legends of La Gaul short stories.

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