One of my favorite things about being an author is that I’ve gotten to know a lot of incredible authors over the years. AND, I’m in a position where I often get books before they even come out. I read Horseman, a fantasy-lined western novel by Kyle Robert Shultz (one of the authors in the Phoenix Fiction Writers) on Wattpad a few years back. I currently was able to get a review copy of his new release Deadwood. I love this series. Everything about it. So I was really excited for a chance to get Kyle on to talk about it. Check out what he has to say.
You are the author of multiple books now. Would you describe your primary series for us?
Beaumont and Beasley is the story of a skeptical detective in a world of forgotten magic. He gets transformed into a storybook beast and has to team up with an enchantress to find a cure for his curse. Crockett and Crane is the story of an outlaw centaur and a magic-wielding marshal who hunt monsters in an alternate, magical Wild West.
Now these books all take place in a multiverse aptly called the “Afterverse”. What exactly is the Afterverse.
The Afterverse is a world where every myth, legend, fairy tale, and classic story is real and part of history. All these tales have converged to create a “modern” world not unlike our own...though decidedly different in many respects. Plus, the books I’ve written in this setting so far take place in earlier time periods than our current era. Each of my series stands on its own, but there are fun connections and Easter eggs for fans to pick up on as they read the entirety of my work.
In Horseman (haha, ironic how that title fits both the villain and the protagonist) one of my favorite things was hearing the conversation of a certain feline friend of Todd’s. Though I’m not sure the cat would consider him a friend. If your blurb was written by said cat, how would it read?
“A human who is sometimes partially not a human does too many things which do not involve feeding cats. Or, more specifically, feeding me. Feed me.”
Yeah, I don’t think I’ll be having Rex take over blurb duties anytime soon.
If you were somehow magically thrown into the Afterverse, what magical creature do you think you would be?
Definitely a dragon. I would greatly enjoy giving my dragon characters a run for their money. Though I’m not sure I could take them down even in dragon form.
Speaking of which, how is your Main Character in Deadwood, Todd, most like you?
Mainly in his tendency to defuse tense situations with humor. I’m pretty sure that if I were being pursued by some terrifying monster, I would find myself saying something I thought was funny about it. Whether or not the quip in question would be considered funny by the other people running from the monster is another matter entirely. I could see both me and Todd getting killed off early in horror movies; possibly by the other protagonists.
How is he the least like you?
Todd tends to be impulsive and leap into the fray without a detailed plan. That’s a quality I occasionally envy in people, but for the most part, I can’t stand not having a plan before I tackle a problem.
If the merry band of main characters from Deadwood (Todd, Amy, Julio and Meg) were thrown into a Dr. Who episode, what would happen?
I think they’d probably manage quite well in dealing with whatever monster the Doctor was facing that week, but I imagine the Doctor would throw them out of the TARDIS early on in the proceedings. Especially if this was a Twelfth Doctor episode.
Horseman includes a creature who is created through story-telling. What book would you be most terrified of coming reality?
It’s a little frightening how many books with dangerous creatures I would love to be real...but I think we’d all be in serious trouble if anything by H.P. Lovecraft became reality. If I had to pick a specific one, I’d probably go with The Color Out of Space.
So, if Todd played a country song backward, what would he get?
Given Todd’s luck, I’m guessing the only thing he’d get back would be his first girlfriend...and considering that she was literally the Wicked Witch of the West, that would be a serious problem for him.
Finally. In anticipation of what will most assuredly be an incredible story that NONE of us want spoiled: what is the one thing in this book that is the least important, but gave you the most joy when you created it?
When I wrote the initial draft of Deadwood (which was available on Wattpad originally), I didn’t bother following up on a minor plot point in Horseman about Julio having a penchant for inventing things. He didn’t get many opportunities to put this talent to use in Book 1. But when I was revising Book 2, I decided that I really needed to deal with that loose end. So I wrote in a miniature mechanical pet dragon for him, which was loads of fun. Also, thank you! I hope everyone enjoys the book.
Thank you for your time, Kyle. I wish you a brilliant release day!
Deadwood will release tomorrow (June 30th 2019) If you haven’t gotten in on this yet, be sure to grab a copy as soon as possible. And be sure to pop back on tomorrow when I am going to be able to interview Todd, the main character from Deadwood.
Buy Deadwood : www.kylerobertshultz.com/deadwood
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