Friday, June 13, 2014

Interview & Giveaway: Dean Carnby

     As a fan of science and fantasy novels since my childhood, I spend most of my free time learning about our world and worlds created by our imagination. I believe that everything can be made light of, especially the things we would rather not examine up close.
     One does not have to travel to other dimensions and meet exotic aliens to live a life of adventure. Given the right framing, a battleship gray cubicle can be just as terrifying as a tentacled monstrosity. If you do not believe me, just look up which one drives more people to madness in actuality.
     I am not much of a sentimentalist, so the only things I collect are wrinkles and experiences. I hope you will enjoy my blend of sarcasm and serious storytelling in my upcoming books. There are many tales I want to present to my audience, assuming that I can find them.
     If you have had at least one thankless, dead-end job before, I am counting on you.

Favorite reads?
     The Mistborn series by Sanderson and The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov are the most memorable books on my bookshelf. The former is a brilliant piece of genre-aware fantasy. The latter is a blend of biting social commentary, romance, and humor that stood the test of time.

Inspirations for the book?
     I credit all callous, humorless, and overly bureaucratic people I had ever met for giving me inspiration for Wednesdaymeter. As I encountered a growing number of absurdities in life, I wondered if there was some kind of grand conspiracy connecting them. I didn’t find anything of the sort, but I did devise a magical alternate reality where many strange things from our daily goings make perfect sense.

Did you know you wanted to be an author when you were little?
     When I was little, my career aspirations were more creative than realistic. I think I wanted to be a fire truck at one point, and then a politician. Thank goodness neither of those came true.

Any Pet Peeves?
     Even though I’m not a pirate, I hate porcelain. I use glass products to substitute most things people would use porcelain for, such as mugs and vases. I especially dislike the sounds knives make on porcelain dishes.

Chocolate or Peanut Butter?
     I’ve preferred dark chocolate for as long as I can remember. Minty and fruity versions are a great way to earn bonus points with me. For some arcane reason, my book also features chocolate consumption...

The weirdest thing you've ever done?
     I once experimented with lucid dreaming for about a year. I had many seemingly useful story ideas, but each one turned out to be totally useless upon careful examination. I guess I shouldn’t expect too much from someone who is asleep, even if it’s me.

Is there a soundtrack to the book/Favorite music?
     Anything low-key and depressing would suit the story nicely. As for the corporate scenes, something along the lines of the Office Space soundtrack seems like a natural fit.

Do you need anything to write?
     Being well rested makes all the difference for me. As long as I can write without numbing fatigue, I’m rather efficient at ignoring anything else.

How long do you write on any average day?
     This is entirely dependent on my other tasks, such as making a living and folding my clothes. I write something new or at least brainstorm a bit each day. Although I try to take a structured approach to most things in life, I prefer discovery writing over heavy outlining. This results in quirky solutions whenever I write myself into a corner.

Give us the number one reason to read your book.
     If you don’t read this book, then the first sabertooth potato you meet will catch you defenseless. Just ask a mammoth how dangerous they are. Oh wait, it’s already too late for that…

Author Info:
     You can check out my website for updates about any upcoming stories. You can read the first three chapters of Wednesdaymeter as a free sample in epub, mobi, or pdf format to see whether this is the kind of story you would enjoy.
     I use Twitter to note any real life events which resemble my book’s world. When someone steals a 30 foot mango statue in actuality, you know something’s up with those wicked fruits.

(Ends 6/27)
20 Copies

Over the next two weeks, I would like to offer 20 copies of Wednesdaymeter in epub, mobi, or pdf format to those interested in a tale of corporate absurdities and the terrors of a magically mundane life. I welcome any feedback and thank my readers for taking the time to delve into such a strange world.

An eggplant wails, a ladder breaks, and the guise of civility shatters…
A professor of festival studies, a potato hunter, a deadly career counselor, and a part-time terrorist are struggling to retain their sanity in a magically mundane city. Their carefully laid plans fall apart when they meet Mr. Pearson, an everyman who suspects a conspiracy of evil polygons behind his company’s absurd practices.
Theirs is a world in which people use raw produce and wasted time to alter reality. If it were not for the stringent safety standards on fruits and vegetables, the citizens would live in misery. Most live a life of willful ignorance instead, desperate to avoid facing the threats surrounding them.
Festival season is about to begin, but the colorful banners cannot hide the tragic past any longer. A three-step ladder breaks at the worst possible moment, and the guise of civility melts away.
Wednesdaymeter is the first book set in a world full of stories yet to be told. It is a stand-alone novel, although some characters will return in other books.

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