The First two stops on the blog tour required me to do something I have never attempted before. They are “character interviews,” where I sit down in a virtual room and chat with the characters from my own worlds and novels …quite the change from other types of guest posts I’ve written in the past. Sort of half fiction, half real – and as it turns out, not a bad exercise in getting into the head of your own character. As it turns out, I actually had questions, and probably have a lot more – I limited myself this time out to things that relate one way or another to Nevermore…
At LAURIE’S THOUGHTS AND REVIEWS – there is an interview posted today with the protagonist of my series, The DeChance Chronicles… It’s an interesting way, I think, of showing how the series ties in with Nevermore, and hopefully convincing readers of Nevermore that they might want the entire story…and vice versa. Assuming Donovan has fans, I want them to know it is important for them to read Nevermore.
DNW: Today, I am interviewing Donovan DeChance, book collector, mage, sometimes private investigator – and some say – hero. The book Nevermore, a Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe would never have happened if not for Donovan’s chance visit with Poe so long ago, so I thought it would be appropriate to see what he has to say on the subject. I’ve spent a lot of hours chronicling your adventures, Donovan, but I must say – despite all of that, I still have a lot of questions.
DONOVAN: It would be my pleasure to answer, as best I can. You might find it interesting to note that, despite what most consider a very long and colorful life, this marks the first time I’ve been interviewed. As you know, there’s a certain air of secrecy to my work.
DNW: That would be something of an understatement. Anyway, as I said, I have a lot of questions, but for the sake of this interview, let’s concentrate on your meeting with Edgar Allan Poe, and your adventures in The Great Dismal Swamp. Your home is in California, but you seem to have spent an inordinate amount of time in my neck of the woods.
DONOVAN: It’s true, the Carolinas have drawn me back time and again, but I believe you’ll find, as we continue to document some of my more important – adventures – that it only seems as if I’ve spent a lot of time in the Dismal Swamp. Time is relative, after all, and I’ve enjoyed more of it than most.
Sometimes I think that I should put a tighter rein on my tongue. It was only the passing comment about having met Poe in your book Kali’s Tale that led to any knowledge of the events in this new book – Nevermore. Not all old tales should be told. Privacy has come to mean more to me as the years pass, and now that the tale of Edgar and Lenore has been made public, I fear too many rabbits are springing from too many baskets… ==> READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – leave comments – interact – BUY THE BOOK.
Also live today, at the virtual home and blog of author M. J. Schiller, there is a second interview. This was even more challenging, because it’s an interview with the protagonist of Nevermore, where I not only have to portray Edgar with some historical accuracy, but as the Edgar from my novel (and possibly upcoming novels) as well. Another interesting talk…
It is my distinct privilege today to interview one of my personal idols, a man formative to my writing. I have been asked to present certain questions, and I have – to the best of my ability – done so. Without further ado, I present poet, author, and adventurer Edgar Allan Poe. Mr. Poe could you tell me a little bit about what it is that you do? What do you think your particular strengths, or weaknesses might be?
The short answer is that I am a storyteller. I have been called an author, and a poet, a tragic romantic, and a wordy melodramatic hack, but in the end, it all comes down to the stories, doesn’t it? They come to me – often in dreams – and once they have lodged firmly in my mind, there is nothing I can do to rid myself of them but to put quill to paper and give them a proper voice.
As for strengths and weaknesses, I have a tendency toward melancholy. I love far too deeply and though I have traveled and searched, trying my hand at a number of solutions, I have never been able to shake off the cloud of depression that seems to find me its proper home. This translates to my writing in the form of very detailed descriptions in which I try to capture every sensation in every scene. I’m told this can be tedious, but for me it is a therapeutic process. The more I managed to get onto the page, the less remains with me.
Those that I love? They die. If I have strength, it is in daring to go on, writing, and living. I believe if it were not for my constant companion, Grimm, who readers will meet in your novel, I’d want to be gone from this plane of existence altogether. Pardon me for such gravity, but I have not lived an easy life… ==>READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW WITH EDGAR at the Blog of Author M. J. Schiller!