Jan 8, 2015

Dishin' It Up with @DeanFWilson, author of Hopebreaker

Dean F. Wilson

Sum the character Jacob from Hopebreaker up in three words.
Playful. Roguish. Plutomaniac.

Name three songs that would make the movie soundtrack for The Memory Magus.
More Than a Memory (Garth Brooks), I Don't Want to be a Memory (Exile), Mind is the Magic (Michael Jackson).

In your own words, how do you narrowly define the broad genre "speculative fiction' and what do you believe you offer to this vast genre that differs from other authors?
The definition is in the first word -- it's all about speculation. If fiction is about asking questions, then speculative fiction is about asking the question: "What if?" So, for the example of Hopebreaker, what if there were no more human births, and what if contraceptive amulets were used to stop women giving birth to demons, and what if a smuggler found himself caught up in a bitter war between the Resistance and the Regime? Speculative fiction covers many popular genres, including fantasy, science fiction, and, to some degree, horror. What if we lived in a world of knights and dragons? What if there was One Ring to rule them all? What if there was time-travel? What if there really were vampires and werewolves? It could be from the most plausible scenario to the most fantastic, but it's often about other realities, even ones that seem like they intersect with our own.

What would you consider your personal motto to be?
Pursue, perfect and persevere.

How do you battle writers's block?
I think it's mostly a matter of forcing myself to sit down and write, whether I feel like it or not. Often after the first few minutes, which might be a chore, something "clicks," I feel "in the zone," as it were, and things start to flow without resistance. Alternatively, if I feel I'm not getting anywhere with a scene, I may need to scrap it and start fresh, or come back to it later. In most cases, however, inspiration is invoked, not waited for.

Name the title of any book (and author) that describes your writing style.
That's a difficult one, as I'm not sure there is a single book or author that encapsulates my style. There's probably a bit of Dickens, a tid-bit of Tolkien, and a dose of King, among others. I would hope that readers find my style unique.

Thanks so much, Dean!

Dean F. Wilson was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1987. He started writing at age 11, when he began his first (unpublished) novel, entitled The Power Source. He won a TAP Educational Award from Trinity College Dublin for an early draft of The Call of Agon (then called Protos Mythos) in 2001.

His epic fantasy trilogy, The Children of Telm, was released between 2013 and 2014.

Dean also works as a journalist, primarily in the field of technology. He has written for TechEye, Thinq, V3, VR-Zone, ITProPortal, TechRadar Pro, and The Inquirer.

Publication Date: December 15, 2014
Genre: Steampunk Fantasy

n the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.

Between these two warring factions lies Jacob, a man who profits from smuggling contraceptive amulets into the city of Blackout. He cares little about the Great Iron War, but a chance capture, and an even more accidental rescue, embroils him in a plot to starve the Regime from power.

When Hope is an enemy, Jacob finds it harder than he thought to remain indifferent. When the Resistance opts to field its experimental landship, the Hopebreaker, the world may find that one victory does not win a war.


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Coming March 31, 2015!



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