Check out the blurbage:
Gabe is a disenchanted twenty year-old that has been dragged down for most of his life by the bizarre legacy his deceased father left behind. At the age of seventeen, Gabe was contacted by government employees that once worked with his father, offering him an outrageous salary if he would take part in an effort to revitalize his father’s work. Bit by bit, Gabe discovers that the work his father was involved in was incredibly strange. His father was viewed by his peers as a mad scientist of sorts, dabbling in controversial projects concerning genetics manipulation, advanced space exploration, time travel, and ESP.
Cold Compass, the first book in the Everything Theory series, opens as Gabe is tasked with his first assignment as an unofficial member of a shadow organization known as the Center for Scientific Anomalous Research (CSAR). With the assistance of a CSAR official posing as an FBI agent, Gabe travels to the small town of Hasper, North Carolina where people are being killed by an ancient evil that lurks beneath the town. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Gabe learns that it could all very well be the result of one of his father’s failed studies.
Along the way, Gabe must also contend with the fact that he is beginning to see ghosts and is being hunted down by an enigmatic figure that calls himself Garrison Sleet. As he slowly unravels the mysteries of his father, Gabe slowly understands that even the evil lurking beneath Hasper is tied to not only his father’s work, but to some integral part of him as well.
Onwards, the interview!
1. What’s the first word of your book? (You can exclude articles, pronouns or prepositions.)
2. Tell me something about your book that I can’t find in the blurb.
The main character, a 20 year-old named Gabe, is a fan of ambient music and keeps an iPod on his person at all times. He’s also something of a smart-ass. There is also a reference to Brian Eno, which I nearly omitted out of fear that many people may not know who he is. But I left it in there because if you don’t know who Brian Eno is, you damn well should.
3. In one word, describe your main character. (You can expand afterwards, but limit your initial response to one word.)
4. Where does your book take place? Tell me about why you picked that location.
It starts out in Washigton DC because it sort of had to (it deals, in part, with the FBI and CIA). But the majority of the book takes place in the fictional town of Hasper. It’s a secluded little town tucked away in the forests of rural North Carolina. It’s the perfect place for unspeakable horrors to lurk around.
5. Tell me about your favorite character that you’ve written.
I could cop out here and say the character of Gabe from Everything Theory. But his story hasn’t been completely told yet (there will be 4 more books). If I am going from everything I have ever written, I think I’d have to go with Jason Melhor, the leading role in my novel The Masks of Our Fathers.
6. What’s your favorite verb?
7. What’s the last book you read?
Burden, Kansas by Alan Ryker
8. Who was your favorite fictional character as a child?
Orko from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
9. Tell me about an event that contributed to your decision to become a writer.
Not sure if there was an actual event…maybe the moment I finished the last page of Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show. That was when I seriously became overwhelmed with a desire to write—looking back to that book and saying, “Yeah, I want to write like that.”
10. What would you tell past you, if you could send a letter back in time?
“Stop being closed minded about what you read; don’t wait until you’re twenty-seven to read Cormac McCarthy. And stop messing around with learning guitar…it’s only going to frustrate you and that band you’re gonna spend 5 years with in bars and back yards is never going to cover Bjork. Oh, and for the love of God, finish college when you’re enrolled the FIRST time.”