Exclusive Author Interview: Rob DeBorde

SciFiChick.com was recently able to interview author Rob DeBorde to talk about his latest release PORTLANDTOWN and, of course, zombies!


Can you tell us a bit about PORTLANDTOWN in your own words?

Portlandtown is the story of the Wyldes, a uniquely talented family living in Portland, Oregon in 1887 who face off against an undead outlaw and his horde of living-challenged brethren. Okay, that’s the studio pitch. For the reader I’d add this: it’s not just about zombies. Yes, more than a few slack-jaws stumble their way through the pages of Portlandtown, but it’s much more of an adventure than the zombie apocalypse. Plus there are voodoo cowboys, steam-driven totem poles, and a tent-full of old-timey circus freaks. Zombies versus Old West oddities? Yup.

Who is Joseph Wylde?

Joseph is a husband, father, and owner of Wylde’s Booksellers & Navigation. The fact that he’s also blind has not hindered him in the slightest. In fact, he sees the world better than most, which makes him quite good at his side job helping to investigate and resolve delicate situations—the kind his clients would rather not talk about. He’s also a reformed criminal who once rode with a very, very bad dude known as the Hanged Man. Joseph would rather not talk about that.

Why do zombies and westerns seem to mesh so well together?

It’s the hat. Zombies look great in ten-gallon hats. Plus it’s a bit more of a challenge to take on the undead with only a six-shooter, a shovel, and not much else. And, of course, westerns are cool. Imagine the Man with No Name hunting zombies. That’s cool. Now imagine if the Man with No Name was a zombie. You see where this is going, right? Cool.

Zombies have become extremely popular lately. What makes PORTLANDTOWN stand out?

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Play Planet Baen and Earn Free Books!

Baen Books has put out a free online game that lets players earn free ebooks. It’s called Planet Baen (at PlanetBaen.com). It’s a thinker’s game, where you’re the leader of a group of space colonists building a settlement on a distant planet. You get to set your own politics, and your choice of politics affects how the game works. If you play 15 minutes a day for a week or so, you’ll earn a free ebook of your choice from the large collection of books at www.baenebooks.com, including tons of titles from Tor and Del Rey and Nightshade Books, as well as Baen’s huge catalog, and books from a surprisingly wide spectrum of science fiction and fantasy authors, like Catherine Asaro, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Lois McMaster Bujold, Jaqueline Carey, P.N. Elrod, Sharon Lee, David Weber, and Phil and Kaja Foglio.

Earn free ebooks just by playing a game? Sounds good to me! Be sure to check it out…

Received in September

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in September for review and/or giveaways:

47North / Amazon Crossing:
Tears in Rain by Rosa Montero

Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman
Alchemystic by Anton Strout
Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: The Dalek Project Graphic Novel by Justin Richards

The Vampire Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Bloodthirsty Undead by Roger Ma
Alpha & Omega: Cry Wolf: Volume 1 by Patricia Briggs

Bloomsbury / Walker:
TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code by Alex Scarrow

Crown Publishing:
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss

Redoubt by Mercedes Lackey

Harper Teen / Greenwillow:
Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Harper Voyager:
Initiate’s Trial by Janny Wurts

Health Communications, Inc.
Blood Zero Sky by J. Gates

Blessed By a Demon’s Mark by E.S. Moore

Seeds of Earth by Michael Cobley

Pathfinder Tales: Queen of Thorns by Dave Gross

Penguin / NAL:
The Hiding Place by David Bell

Pocket Books / Gallery Books:
Lust for Life by Jeri Smith-Ready
Borderlands #2: Unconquered by John Shirley
Ghost Town by Jason Hawes
Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Brinkmanship by Una McCormack

Be My Enemy by Ian McDonald

Scholastic Press:
The Golden Door by Emily Rodda
Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities by Mike Jung
The Bar Code Prophecy by Suzanne Weyn

Simon Teen / McElderry Books:
Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

Simon & Schuster / Touchstone:
Red Rain by R.L. Stine

St. Martin’s Griffin:
Portlandtown by Rob DeBorde

Titan Books:
Supernatural: Rite of Passage by John Passarella
The Martian War by Kevin J. Anderson
Resident Evil: Retribution by John Shirley

Ironskin by Tina Connolly
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

University of Minnesota Press:
Death Sentences by Kawamata Chiaki

WMG Publishing:
Blowback by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Wheel of Time iPhone Case

The 14th and final installment of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, A MEMORY OF LIGHT, will be released both in print and as an audiobook on January 8, 2013. Macmillan Audio is offering to anyone who pre-orders the CD audiobook a FREE custom iPhone case with the wheel of time logo up until 12/7!

Here’s a link to the website with all of the rules and regs: http://us.macmillan.com/macmillanaudio/promo/molpreorder

Book Giveaway and Excerpt: Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan

Courtesy of Tor Forge, I have a copy of Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell for three (3) lucky winners!

Contest is open to US and Canadian residents only. No PO Boxes, please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 5. I’ll draw names on October 6, and notify winners via email.

And keep reading below for an excerpt from Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan!

Good luck!

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Exclusive Author Interview with Sarah Beth Durst

SciFiChick.com recently had the opportunity to interview author Sarah Beth to talk about her latest release Vessel. Her novels Ice and Enchanted Ivy are two of my top favorite young adult novels that I always recommend. And last year’s Drink, Slay, Love was a fantastic vampire romance novel.

Ice: https://scifichick.com/2009/11/11/book-review-ice/
Enchanted Ivy: https://scifichick.com/2010/10/07/book-review-enchanted-ivy/
Drink, Slay, Love: https://scifichick.com/2011/09/20/book-review-drink-slay-love/


Can you tell us a bit about VESSEL in your own words?

VESSEL is about a girl who lives in a harsh desert land and is destined to sacrifice herself so her clan’s goddess can inhabit her body… but her goddess never comes.

Can you talk about Liyana’s character and the reason for her sacrifice?

Once a century, the goddess of the Goat Clan claims a human body and uses it to work the magic that fills the wells, revitalizes the oases, and increases the herds. Without this infusion of magic, the clan will wither and die.

Liyana has been chosen to give her body to the goddess. She doesn’t want to die, but she is willing to sacrifice herself for the sake of her clan and especially for the sake of her four-year-old brother. She is both brave and extremely practical as she faces her own death.

The creatures in VESSEL seem very unique. Where did the idea for the wolves of sand and serpents of glass come from?

I use the Rule of Awesome to develop my ideas. (Okay, yeah, I made up that term just now.) It goes something like this:

Me: I want to write about a desert.
My brain: Okay. But is it awesome?
Me: Deserts have sand storms. And wolves.
My brain: Okay. But is it awesome?
Me: The wolves are made out of sand.
My brain: Okay. But is it…
Me: And there are dragons made of sand… no, sky serpents made of GLASS. Unbreakable glass! And monstrous worms. And gods and goddesses that displace human souls when they…
My brain: Okay, okay! Write that.

This seems to be your first novel not set in world similar to present day Earth. Was that a natural progression that your fantasy world-building has taken?

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