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Guest Author: Dean Smith-Richard

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  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? Yes, literally as long as I can remember.
  2. What is your favorite color? Purple
  3. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? Podunk, Nowhere AKA Enumclaw, Washington. Tiny, redneck town. I grew up there and ran away after college.
  4. What is your favorite football team? I like both the Seahawks and Redskins. Seahawks get the edge because they have the better team and a non-racist name.
  5. Who is your favorite author? Can I give you a few? I’m going to give you a few: Asimov, Twain, Dumas and Stevenson.
  6. What is your favorite book? The Count of Monte Christo. I love revenge, adventure, etc and bittersweet endings.
  7. What do you do when you are not writing? Lots. Football and baseball are frequent distractions, I love to kayak and snowboard. I try to spend a healthy amount of time away from the keyboard to keep my mind fresh.
  8. Do you have a day job as well? At the moment, no. I just finished a project, so I am waiting for the next (if I make enough off writing to not go back, I will be OK with this)When I am doing the day job thing, I am a project manager for commercial and industrial construction.
  9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Keep learning. Find a good editor. Don’t take shortcuts. Accept criticism, but don’t read the comments.
  10. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? Gift, certainly. 
  11. Where do you write? Two places: I have a bedroom converted to an office in my house, and the cafe in Village Books
  12. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? Usually, I listen to music of some kind. When I have to really focus, I prefer silence.
  13. What do you typically drink while writing? Depending on my mood, gin and tonic, some manner of whiskey, tea or coffee.
  14. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? I don’t think anything terribly unusual- I actually didn’t write much for years after college, work was pretty intense but enjoyable. This last project was so stressful because of a lot of things out of my control that I needed something to take my mind off it. I started writing again, this time with the goal of publishing and making a living. I know there are a lot of people who go on about writing for writing’s sake, etc, but for me, it was important to set goals and define that this was something I planned to sell.
  15. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? I started working on the 3024AD universe on April 24 2012, and it came out April 23, 2013. I have no clue how I did that and work massive overtime.
  16. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts? It would honestly be really hard to see them portrayed by anyone. I think the characters are really well defined, so I can’t really say.
  17. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? I think so. We both have authority issues and like good drinks, so we’d have a good time.
  18. How do you market your book? What avenues work best? You should probably ask someone with more experience- and success- than I. So far the things that have done well have been offering review copies no only to review sites, etc, but to everyday people who are likely to rate and review on GoodReads and web stores. Engaging readers who love it has been wonderful, because they inclined to tell others.
  19. What has been the toughest criticism so far? This is kind of a hard one. Having a book out there, you really open yourself up. I could say the editing process, but really, I learned so much and expected it, it was a fantastic process. I don’t know if this counts, but one review totally missed the point of the book (being short stories and non-linear, I see how this can happen), but dressed me down in the review. It stings because I want to shout “you just didn’t GET it!”, but you have to let it go and move on (see #9)
  20. What has been the best compliment? This book has been (aside from the guy mentioned above) loved, so having random people tweet at you that they love love LOVE your book is just special.
  21. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Mostly imagination? There are a lot of historical references, particularly names, in there, so if you’re a history buff expect a lot of “ah-ha!’ moments. Out of my life? Not really.
  22. How did you come up with the title? Ha, I couldn’t really think of one, so I have the most boring title in history.
  23. Will there be a sequel? Of sorts- it’s a large universe, so there are two other books that take place concurrent to this one, and a couple after it, at least.
  24. What project are you working on now? The other 3024 books- one is a novel, the other another short collection. I’m also working on a new project called The Broken Land, which could best be described at clean-punk. Somewhat post-apocalyptic, with elements of steampunk, but with clean energy.
  25. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? I could eat breakfast foods every meal of the day.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and read a book

3024 AD Short Stories Series 1  Synopsis: 

In the future, humanity is still much itself. The modern world has expanded into outer space, and thousands of businesses and corporations possess planets instead of factories. Slavery is common. Frontier planets, barely livable, are worked only by the bravest. Titan Station, once mankind’s greatest achievement, orbits Jupiter, abandoned to gangsters. New York City is a commonly known archaeological dig. The conquered universe is a political powder-keg, ready to explode on dozens of stations and planets. Meanwhile, Badger chases freedom. Magdalena Aznar chases ideals. Sabrina Trent chases the past. Digger is simply an anomaly.

This collection of stories reaches into the future one thousand years. It tells the tales of several persons, with dark and secret pasts, with only a hint of a promise of revelation. It tells of humanity in the future, how small choices matter and how small paths cross- for good or evil. Read onward for rapid space battles, deathly cost, rebellion, and mystery, but only if you care to discover danger in 3024 A.D.

Purchase 3024 AD at: http://www.3024ad.com/

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2 Comments

  1. Is it just me, or does he look like Matt Damon?
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