1--What is the title of your latest release?
DOUBLE-BOOKED, A Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Adventure
2--What’s the “elevator pitch” for your new book?
The eighth book in the zany humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. He’s back from the dead and back on the case, with werewolves, zombies, mummies, vampires, ghosts…and any other unnatural who needs a crime solved.
3--How did you decide where your book was going to take place?
In this series, all of the resurrected monsters live in the Unnatural Quarter…like Sesame Street with ghosts and goblins. A hilarious noir version of New Orleans.
4--Would you hang out with your protagonist in real life?
Absolutely! Dan Shamble is a great guy to have a beer with, though I’d prefer to sit at the bar stool at the Goblin Tavern upwind!
5--What are three words that describe your protagonist?
Determined, clueless …. Dead.
6--What’s something you learned while writing this book?
I write big, epic science fiction and huge doorstop fantasies. The Dan Shamble series allows me to embrace my silly side. I have so much fun writing these books.
7--Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done?
I’m a fast writer. I outline first, and then I blitz through and write the first draft, and then do the first edit.
8--What’s your favorite foodie indulgence?
Craft beer - IPAs
9--Describe your writing space/office!
The state of Colorado. I do all my writing by dictation while out on the trail. I go on local hikes, or off into the mountains for major expeditions.
10--Who is an author you admire?
Dean Koontz. I study his work carefully and learn from the master of suspense.
11--Is there a book that changed your life?
DUNE by Frank Herbert
12--Tell us about when you got “the call.” (when you found out your book was going to be published)/Or, for indie authors, when you decided to self-publish.
My first novel was published in 1988, but I remember that call with perfect clarity. Maybe because my agent left it on my answering machine. From that day forward, everything changed.
13--What’s your favorite genre to read?
Science fiction, if done well.
14--What’s your favorite movie?
Several options, but probably Blade Runner
15--What is your favorite season?
Autumn. In Colorado, the leaves change, but the air is still warm enough for hiking.
16--How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
I love it when people take me out on a pub crawl to local craft breweries.
17--What’s a recent tv show/movie/book/podcast you highly recommend?
I really got caught up in the two seasons of the gripping political thriller TEHRAN
18--What’s your favorite type of cuisine?
Good food. I love Indian, Mexican, Italian, Persian, sushi, German. I like variety, and I like food done well.
19--What do you do when you have free time?
I write more.
20--What can readers expect from you next?
A parade of great stories. I just finished my steampunk Clockwork trilogy with the late drummer from Rush, Neil Peart. I have a new DUNE novel coming out with Brian Herbert, I have a monthly Dune: House Harkonnen series from BOOM! comics, and I will be running a Kickstarter for a new novel in my amusing fantasy con-game series that started with The Dragon Business. Never a dull moment.
Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. #8
In the Unnatural Quarter, the Plot Thickens . . . and then runs uncontrollably!
When Howard Phillips Publishing announces the 12 + 1 anniversary edition (due to unavoidable production delays) of the famed Necronomicon—the very book that caused the Big Uneasy in the first place—it takes zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux, a.k.a. “Shamble,” to root out the diabolical schemes surrounding the book, and the fanatics who wish to destroy it.
With enough plot twists to confound a professional contortionist, Dan Shamble doesn’t have time for light reading. Along with his ghost girlfriend Sheyenne, his firebrand lawyer partner Robin, his best human friend Officer Toby McGoohan, and his ultra-cute vampire half-daughter Alvina, Dan faces an unnatural caseload.
Entire neighborhoods in the Quarter have simply vanished into thin air.
Rogue werewolf cop Hairy Harry struggles to write and market his memoir.
Customer complaints turn monstrous over an auto-mechanic shop run by gremlins, to whom “repair” is a foreign concept.
And when unnatural doppelgangers appear in the shadowed streets, it does not mean double the fun.
Entangled in it all is the mousy virgin librarian—now turned superstar celebrity—whose blood sacrifice, through an accidental paper cut, brought back all the monsters thirteen years ago.
That anniversary is indeed an unlucky number.
Fantasy | Mystery Paranormal [WordFire Press, On Sale: November 22, 2022, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 978680573527 / ]
Kevin J. Anderson was born March 27, 1962, and raised in small town Oregon, Wisconsin, south of Madison -- an environment that was a cross between a Ray Bradbury short story and a Norman Rockwell painting. He first knew he wanted to create fiction when he was five years old, before he even knew how to write: he was so moved by the film of War of the Worlds on TV that he took a notepad the next day and drew pictures of scenes from the film, spread them out on the floor, and told the story out loud (maybe this is what led him into writing comics nearly three decades later!). At eight years old, Kevin wrote his first "novel" (three pages long on pink scrap paper) on the typewriter in his father's den - "The Injection," a story about a mad scientist who invents a formula that can bring anything to life . . . and when his colleagues scoff, he proceeds to bring a bunch of wax museum monsters and dinosaur skeletons to life so they can go on the rampage. At the age of ten, he had saved up enough money from mowing lawns and doing odd jobs that he could either buy his own bicycle or his own typewriter. Kevin chose the typewriter . . . and has been writing ever since. He submitted his first short story to a magazine when he was a freshman in high school, and managed to collect 80 rejection slips for various manuscripts before he actually had a story accepted two years later (for a magazine that paid only in copies). When he was a senior, he sold his first story for actual money (a whopping $12.50), but he never slowed down. He sold his first novel, RESURRECTION, INC., by the time he turned 25. Kevin worked in California for twelve years as a technical writer and editor at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of the nation's largest research facilities. At the Livermore Lab, he met his wife Rebecca Moesta and also his coauthor, Doug Beason. After he had published ten of his own science fiction novels to wide critical acclaim, he came to the attention of Lucasfilm, and was offered the chance at writing Star Wars novels; he ended up doing 54 projects for them. Along the way he also collected over 750 rejection slips, and a trophy as "The Writer with No Future" because he could produce more rejection slips by weight than any other writer at an entire conference. When asked for advice about how to be a successful writer, he answers quickly: PERSISTENCE! After living in California for 15 years, he and his wife moved to Colorado where they have spent the past decade. He is an avid hiker and camper, doing much of his writing with a hand-held tape recorder while on long walks in Death Valley, the redwoods, or the Rocky Mountains. He is also a great fan of fine microbrews.
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