We’re a lucky bunch, Curiosity Quills crew. This time, fortuitously tumbling into our laps is one Michael Shean, a talented spinner of tales whose cyberpunk saga’s first enty - Shadow of a Dead Star - has made a splash among both hardcore Gibson groupies and more casual dabblers in the genre.
Welcoming Michael with open arms, we put forward ten questions that we hope will shed some light on this captivating author’s creative process, inspirations, and challenges – not to mention his book’s fascinating peek at a possibly-not-so-unlikely future.
Without further ado…
CQ: Tell us about your twist-filled cyberpunk noire, “Shadow of a Dead Star“, first novel of the Wonderland Cycle. What personal message do you hope your readers will take away?
Walken’s assignment at the beginning of the book is to intercept a trio of ‘Princess Dolls’, which are little girls who have been kidnapped and transformed into sexual toys for the wealthy and corrupt. When they’re snatched from federal custody, Walken gives chase – but as everyone connected to the girls starts coming up dead he finds himself on the defense very quickly. As Walken attempts to find the truth, however, he will find not only his career in jeopardy but his mind and even his soul as well.
CQ: On your blog, you wrote about how a difficult period in your life, filled with pain and negative feelings, inspired you to create “Shadow of a Dead Star”. How did you channel the negativity to create something wonderful? What advice can you give to other creative folks going through a rough patch?
CQ: What it is it about the Cyberpunk genre that made you want to write in it? Have you ever entertained other genres or styles of writing?
CQ: What books, movies, music, or art inspired your creation? For that matter, what do you turn to when you just want to take a break from it all?
CQ: Are there any parallels in real life, or glimpses on the horizon of technological development today, that evoke thoughts of your imaginary universe?
CQ: Clearly not all literary escapism is for reasons of missing or desiring something that doesn’t exist in the real world. What aspects of the universe you created frighten you the most, and why?
What frightens me about the world I’ve put together is that, at least to me, so much of it is entirely possible given human frailties as they are.
CQ: If you woke up one day and realized you were magically transported into the world of the Wonderland Cycle, what are some things you’d want to do on your first day there?
CQ: Would you want to see the Wonderland Cycle becoming a Hollywood adaptation in the future? If so, do you have a possible casting in mind for your main characters?
CQ: What tools, websites, and resources do you turn to when working on your books? Is there something you wish you had access to, but don’t for whatever reason?
CQ: How does it feel to be self-publishing your creation? Are you facing any unexpected challenges? Any advice for others going the self-publishing route?
Where Can We Find Your Book?
total customer reviews…