Speaking of the giveaway of awesome, I’m trying out a new comment system on the blog. If all goes well, it should eliminate the need for you to have to leave your email addresses in the actual comment section when you enter. I know not everyone was real jazzed about needing to do that, which I totally understand, so I’m trying to come up with a better way. It also gives everyone more direct interaction with each other and with the authors when they come to visit. It seems to be working well so far from my end but I’d love to know how it’s working for you guys too. If anyone has ANY trouble leaving comments, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can enter you in the giveaways that way. I certainly don’t want anyone to miss out on the goods because I’m over here messin’ with the system.
Ok, now that I’ve rambled on about blog stuff, time to introduce you all to Peter and his fantabulous book.
Amara: Hi Peter! Welcome to my Place. Come in, come in, please, make yourself comfortable. I’m so excited that you’re here. *smiles* Thanks for coming to sit and chat with me. To start, howz about you tell me a little bit about yourself.
Peter: Hey, Amara! I'm a teacher and a shameless history geek who loves building imaginary worlds. I live in Buffalo, NY, where I enjoy walking along the Erie Canal and insulating my windows with clingfilm. One day I hope to perfect the art of the vegan tamale.
Amara: OMG I am soooo clingfilm challenged, maybe you can help me do mine too. :D Um, yeah… sorry, we’ll talk about clingfilm later. So tell me about your current book, whatch’ya got going on.
The year is 1926. Eldritch creatures roam the darkness, preying on the dying and the desperate-to-live. To save his own life on the battlefield, Edouard Montreuil made a pact with a monster--a pact with a steep price attached. Aboard the Flèche, a grim submarine with a nightmare captain, Edouard must give his body each night as the bells sound for the first watch. As the days stretch into months beneath the waves, Edouard becomes desperate for escape … and calls on his old comrade Farid Ruiz to help him break this devil's bargain.
Amara: Ooooo, vera cool. Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Peter: If you've ever read Lovecraftian horror and wondered just how flexible those tentacles were ... then this is the book for you.
Amara: *laughs* Well, that works. How has it been working with Riptide?
Peter: I've been consistently impressed by the high caliber of editing, cover-art-soliciting, and promotion I've seen at Riptide. They're interested in challenging their writers to improve; they care about our careers and our work, and it shows in their attention to detail.
Amara: That’s awesome. I’ve sure been impressed with what I’ve seen so far. Do you have any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Peter: I'm starting on a sequel to "First Watch" set during the Spanish Civil War, and depending on how many loose ends I have left at the end of it, I'd like to write a third story set during World War II. By then, I'll probably be sick to death of war stories, so I'm also working on a contemporary short story for Storm Moon Press's Like It or Not anthology and a novel set during the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Amara: Awesome. I will sooooo be watching for those.
Were there things you discovered in your research that surprised you?
Peter: So many things! Because "First Watch" is a dieselpunk story with Lovecraftian horror in, I was willing to take liberties with technology, but sometimes I didn't have to. Apparently Napoleon was a major proponent of tinned sardines, and pre-1930 Sardinia was a hub for experiments with short-wave radio and long-distance cable transmission. By happy coincidence, I also learned that Google-searching "Sardine" to mean "something from Sardinia" was a no-go.
Amara: Really? Interesting. You’re characters are so vera interesting. I’m curious, which are most like you and in what ways?
Peter: I empathize a lot with Farid. He's a genuinely good man who will do anything to help a friend, and he's a genuinely smart man who makes excellent snap-judgments in times of crisis ... and he has absolutely zero comprehension of the terms "common courtesy" and "inside voice." He doesn't entirely understand secrets or politesse, and although he knows how to lie, it never occurs to him that other people might be lying to him. In many ways, he's incredibly naïve--and I'll cop to it; I'm as naïve as they come.
Amara: What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you'd be embarrassed to admit?
Peter: Look, My Little Pony is a cultural phenomenon, okay?
Amara: *Chuckles* okay. What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Peter: Definitely The Illearth War, the second book in Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever. Whereas the first book, Lord Foul's Bane, was more a quest story, Illearth War was--as the title suggests--a war story. Looking back, I'm not sure how I got through the rape/incest dynamics with Lena, Elena, and Thomas Covenant; the main characters were deeply troubled people with whom I could not empathize at all, and I spent all of their pages with my face firmly fixed in D: position. What saved the book for me was Hile Troy, blind tactician and professional badass. I grew up wanting to be as brave, dedicated, and cunning as he was. While Illearth War wouldn't make it onto my top 100 books today, it was an important, formative book in my early years.
Amara: Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Peter: Rammstein's "Reise Reise" (lyrics: http://herzeleid.com/en/lyrics/reise_reise/reise_reise ). Dark, atmospheric, and industrial, and it speaks well to a maritime culture in which death is inescapable. It's also the sexiest fishing song I've ever heard.
Amara: *gasp* I love that one. I just had that on the other day. Awesome. *smiles* That was fun. Thanks coming and chatting with me Peter. I hope we get to do this again. You rock. *whispers* so does your story. :D
Check Peter out online, trust me, you want to…
Email address: email@example.com
Website URL: http://peterhansenfiction.weebly.com/
Twitter: P_HansenWrites ( http://twitter.com/#!/P_HansenWrites )
Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/peterhansen
This Week's Giveaway...
First Wave Winner’s Choice: Pick any one backlist book from Rachel Haimowitz, Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Brita Addams, or Cat Grant (“Frontlist” books, i.e. Riptide releases and newest non-Riptide release, are excluded, as are the Courtland Chronicles).
The fine details...
- This week’s giveaway is for an eBook copy as listed above.
- To enter, leave a comment on this post.
- All commenters will also be entered in end of tour giveaway of AP 3 prize packages. Details here.
- All comments will also be entered in the year-end Riptide grand prize giveaway of an ereader; Kindle, Nook or iPad. Each post commented on counts as an entry.
- Please include a valid email address or we won’t know where to contact you.
- Backlist book giveaways do NOT include books released in the last 3 months.
- This week's giveaway doesNOT include Riptide releases.
- Winners will be selected at random using Random.org
- If the chosen winners do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
- By entering the contest, you are confirming you are at least 18 yrs old.
- eBook giveaways open worldwide.
- Swag giveaways USA only
Also this week...
First Watch Excerpt