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Question 1: Please name your favourite cake

Chocolate cake with salted caramel icing.

Question 2: Please name your favourite villain

Shakespeare’s Iago, with Abercrombie’s Glokta hobbling in his wake.

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?

“How did you find me?”

Question 4: What’s your most preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

“Where would you like me to put your MASSIVE CHOCOLATE CAKE?”

Question 5: What’s your least preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

I do not understand the question. People actually taking time – real TIME – out of their lives to think about my stuff enough to ask me questions about it? Bring it on.

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Swords of Good Men (The Valhalla Saga #1) was published August 1st 2013 by Jo Fletcher Books
 
What a good read. Snorri has some wonderful characters here, powerful personalities. Ulfar, Audun, Skuld, Olav and even the raging Harald. Great landscapes and mood. I enjoy norse story telling and mythology and this book was a nice adventure. The battle scenes are well done. The humorous touches a treat. For a first book this is a damn good showing. Bring on the next one.
 
Leanne
 
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A quick flashback to last year’s participants before we begin a new series that includes another bunch of incredibly talented authors.

Here they are:

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5404616Question 1: Please name your favourite cake

Wow. This is tough. German Chocolate? I’m more of an ice cream guy, really.

Question 2: Please name your favourite villain

And this is much tougher. Are we talking movies, books, TV, games, theatre, comics? I’m guessing books, but even there, there are still so many to choose from. Growing up, I read about the Saurons and Lord Fouls and other nefarious baddies, and while I always got a kick out of them, even as a kid I found myself asking “Why?” a lot. What’s the motivation? What is he so dang angry about? Just being villainous for the sake of villainy or evil seemed flat, limited, or less interesting than a more developed or nuanced character.

Don’t get me wrong—there’s certainly something to be said for scenery-chewing, maniacal, genocidal, assassin-god worshipping, remorseless villains. They can be terrifying, all right. But for my money, I prefer a villain that is human, flawed, conflicted, motivated by more than simple bloodlust of power-mongering. Give me batshit crazy Cersei Lannister, or slippery Iago, or devilishly cultured Hannibal Lecter. No, the villain doesn’t have to necessarily be “gray” (kind of tired of that whole thing) or sympathetic even, but having some layers or contradictions or nuance is always a plus.

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?

Well, I’d probably assume they were M16, CIA, Mossad, or some other elite intelligence agency or directorate that hand-picked me to be an ad hoc civilian operative for some really exciting, dangerous, and once-in-a-lifetime covert operation. And then I’d stand there, paralyzed, having no idea what to do, blinking, and as I tried to imagine what Brad Pitt would do, the stranger would shake his head, say “I told them a Salyards was a mistake” and walk away with the briefcase.

Veil of the Deserters (Bloodsounder's Arc #2) is out June 3rd 2014 by Night Shade Books

Veil of the Deserters (Bloodsounder’s Arc #2) is out June 3rd 2014 by Night Shade Books

Question 4: What’s your most preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

Anything that surprises me or forces to think about something I haven’t really answered much before. Even if it’s goofy or out of left field, if it’s an unusual question that makes me smile.

Question 5: What’s your least preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

Probably something along the lines of “Who are your influences?” I totally get why people ask that—I’ve asked folks. But it’s a pretty rote/routine question and tends to result in lukewarm or uninspired responses if the person has answered it elsewhere a dozen (or in the case of those bigshot writers out there, a thousand) times before.

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