I've read the first three installments of the serialized HELLstalkers, and if you love thrillers, this is your ticket. I've had a sneak peek at Eyes to See from The Hunt Chronicles and ooh boy , it's going to be good.
Please welcome Joe and feel free to ask questions and leave comments. Joe will be by to chat as time permits. Joe has generously offered a copy of Rogue Angel: The Spirit Banner as a giveaway. If you haven't tried the series here is a terrific opportunity.
SFG: Joe you have so many things on the go right now. Let’s start with your Hellstalkers digital project. Tell us how you got involved and what the project and story is about?
A major plot element in the story is the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. In reality, the Collider is designed to shoot protons at just shy of the speed of light directly into each other. The resulting impact can show us what the conditions of the universe might have been like just moments after the Big Bang, so there is a lot we can learn from the experiment. However, like most scientific advancements, there is some controversy surrounding the Collider, everything from the belief that it might form a black hole and devour the Earth itself to the religious rights protest against trying to simulate the moment of Creation.
The combination of controversy and cool science was just too much for my writing partner, Jon , and me to ignore. Our story revolves around an accident that occurs when the Collider is switched on and what happens in the aftermath.
SFG: How many instalments of the series do you have planned and will there eventually be a print version for us old-fashioned types?
We’ve actually scripted out the plotlines for several books and really hope we’ll get the opportunity to take it that far. A lot depends on the response to book one, The Cerberus Protocol, and whether or not the fan support has been enough to allow us to continue from there.
SFG: You co-authored The Cerebus Protocol with Jon Merz. How does that collaborative process work and can you tell us something about Jon?
I’ve found it very easy to work in collaboration with Jon. We have the same basic writing style and the same cinematic approach to storytelling, so the actual writing meshes rather well and our day-to-day process is a simple one. I’ll write a chapter and send it to Jon. He’ll edit it, add what he sees fit and then write the next one. I’ll edit those, write the next, and so on. This way our individual writing voices blend together into a new one that is the sum total of both our talents.
SFG: Last month you had The Spirit Banner, your first (I believe) Rogue Angel novel hit the shelves. I’ve always been curious about how writing a shared world novel is accomplished. What guidelines does the publisher give you? Can you give us an overview of the story? Are you allowed to tell us what the other titles are?
I love working on the Rogue Angel series and I hope to continue doing so for some time to come. Yes, The Spirit Banner is my first Rogue Angel novel, but there are three more coming down the pipeline. My second, working title Yin and Yang, will be out later this year, and I’ll have two others in 2011. Working titles are The Black Tor and Ghosts of the Confederacy.
In The Spirit Banner, Annja is hired to prove the accuracy of a map and journal that allegedly shows the location of the long-lost tomb of Mongol warlord, Genghis Khan. Of course, Annja and her friends aren’t the only ones looking for the tomb...
The publisher, Gold Eagle, works hard to maintain a sense of continuity between the books, but also requires that each of them stand entirely on their own. This way, should a reader come to them for the first time deep into the series they don’t have to go all the way back to book one in order to enjoy them; they can be read in any order.
As for guidelines, we received a short write up on each of the major characters and an overall sense of what Gold Eagle wants out of each book when we started out, but that’s pretty much it. Plotlines are run past the series editor and approved before we start writing, so that they don’t end up with several of writing about the same thing – i.e. more than one book set in the Arctic or more than one storyline featuring the Mayan underworld, that kind of thing.
SFG: You have a supernatural thriller trilogy called the Templar Chronicles that is very popular in Germany (German readers I understand are also huge urban fantasy fans). Can you tell us the story behind that and are there plans for a complete English release of the trilogy?
Cade leads the Echo Team, a special ops unit that is called in when things go from bad to worse, and each book in the trilogy features a stand-alone adventure while also furthering the overall story arc of the series.
I’d love to see an English language release for the entire trilogy, but we’ve (my agent and I) have had some difficulty selling a series that started at a different house, despite that fact that rights have all reverted back to me. A collector’s edition was planned for each volume, but that speciality press publisher just went belly up so those plans had to be scrapped. I’m currently pursuing other options so we’re not dead in the water yet.
SFG: You’ve also launched a new urban fantasy series called the Hunt Chronicles. You’ve said the first book, Eyes to See (Der Schattenseher) is already out in Germany and that the series will be published by Tor here in 2011. Please give us a sneak preview.
Eyes to See is the best thing I’ve written to date, in my view, and I’m very excited to see how the urban fantasy audience responds to it. Jeremiah isn’t the most likable character, but he’s someone that I think we all can identify with, for we all done something we regret and wish we could take back at one time or another in our lives. His desperate love for his daughter is his one redeeming trait and it is that love which allows him to slowly come back from the brink, at least to some extent.
SFG: What other projects are you working on that you can share with us?
As I write this, I’m waiting on word from a publisher for a zombie steampunk novel set in an alternate World War One, which has been great fun to put together. I like to think of it as a cross between The Blue Max, The Dirty Dozen, and Dawn of the Dead, if that gives you any sense of it. Zombies, biplanes, and weird science – talk about fun!
Kickstarter.com, where I’m trying to raise support to write an urban fantasy novel called The Mirror’s Road. The site allows anyone to create a project and ask for help funding it in return for giving the project backers an inside look into the creation process, effectively making them partners if you will, and providing unique rewards for their support and assistance.
The hook in this story is going to be the idea that all mirrors are connected. That behind the reflective glass lays a series of roads, a set of ephemeral ley lines if you will, that connect every mirror in the world with every other one. Those roads can be used to move from here to there. If you know the proper pathways, that is.
Of course, the roads are not always empty and strange creatures occupy the lost and lonely spaces in between. Travelers on the road are cautioned to move with care and not to linger any longer than necessary.
Our hero in this story is going to find out that the roads were built for a reason and that some people have more of a right to use them than others.
If you want to check it out for yourself, see what it’s all about and the cool prizes you can get by helping make the project a reality, you can do so at The Mirror's Road UF Project..
SFG: If you could have lunch and a conversation with any author, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I think I’d like to have lunch with the apostle John, the writer of both the Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation. As for why, John is supposed to be the only Gospel writer to actually have known Christ. I’d love to put a few questions to him...
SFG: Being the SciFiGuy, I need to ask – what is your favourite SFF movie and book?
My favourite SFF book is A Talent for War, by Jack McDevitt, followed very closely by Frank Herbert’s Dune. My favourite SFF movie is Aliens.
SFG: Tell us three things about yourself that nobody else knows (until now of course).
- Besides my four kids, I also have six dogs, three cats, and two guinea pigs.
- I love having written, I dislike the actual process of writing and struggle with it regularly.
- I’m afraid of heights but love rock climbing, both indoors (in the gym) and outdoors as well.
Thanks Joe for taking the time to chat with us!
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- One copy of Rogue Angel: The Spirit Banner to giveaway courtesy of Joe Nassise.
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