Betsy Dornbusch is a writer and editor. Her books are Quenched, Quencher, Lost Prince, Archive of Fire, and Exile. Her short fiction has appeared in print and online venues such as Sinister Tales, Big Pulp, Story Portal, and Spinetingler, as well as the anthologies Tasty Little Tales and Deadly by the Dozen.
She’s been an editor with the ezine Electric Spec for six years and regularly speaks at fan conventions and writers’ conferences. She’s the sole proprietor of Sex Scenes at Starbucks where you can believe most of what she writes. In her free time, she snowboards, air jams at punk rock concerts, and has just started following Rockies baseball, of all things.
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Question 2: Please name your favourite villain
Darth Vader before I knew his backstory. That ruined him for me. So now I would go with most of my friend’s Stuart Neville’s antagonists. They are all so well-motivated and legitimate.
Question 3: A stranger walks up to you on the street, hands you a briefcase and says “You know what to do”. How do you react?
Hmm, is it an attractive man? That’s funny, but not really a joke. I think it’s tough to not accept something someone is pushing into your hands. (Walk down the Vegas Strip and you’ll see what I mean.) It’s our natural inclination. And then it’s probably the attractiveness of that person that determines the rest of your reaction: is this someone who I want to impress? I might pretend to “know what to do.” Or is it someone I don’t trust or want to impress? Then I might shove it back or drop it. I might also be overanalysing the question… (this is why I write epic fantasy, sigh).
I really enjoy theoretical questions about writing and also about my stories.
Question 5: What’s your least preferred question from a fan/interviewer?
“How do you get inspired?” I always know when I’m in the presence of someone who isn’t a creative. Creatives are always open, always looking for inspiration. It’s not so much our imagination that runs on overdrive, but our thinking. Creatives are constantly curious. So curiosity inspires me.
Bonus Question: What is the followup to EXILE about?
It’s called EMISSARY. Exiled (anti)hero Draken must go back to his old country as a diplomat, where the King’s Law says he must be executed for setting foot on that ground again. Lies about his past force him into the journey, but, as they say, the truth will set you free. As in EXILE, Draken gets caught up in rebellion, magic he doesn’t want, and the the will of gods he resents.
Oh, and there might be a baby.Website: www.betsydornbusch.com Twitter: @betsydornbusch