Dragon: Tea? I have Earl Grey or apricot herbal…. A scone?
Eric: Does the scone have bacon? I have this thing about bacon …
(For just a moment the Dragon thinks it smells like bacon in the kitchen and he draws in a deep breath savoring the possibilities. the Dragon likes bacon. The old adage comes to mind “you are what you eat.” The Dragon wonders if Eric’s toes taste like bacon…)
Dragon: (clearing his throat loudly) Many of us are not truly familiar with your furry Worrible friend… and his genetic heritage. Is he edible? Does he have a name? What is his story?
Eric: I haven’t heard of anyone trying to eat a Worrible. I understand they’re not very flammable. Worribles are the glorious creation of artist Andrew Bell from “the Creatures in my Head”. I’ve had a few folks ask what Worribles have to do with my book. That’s a simple answer. Nothing. They’re just so cute and fluffy.
(A worrible might taste good and is possible very easy to catch…)
Dragon: Tell us a little bit about your writing method. Do you plan things meticulously? Or do you let your characters dictate the action?
Eric: I usually (emphasis on usually) have a rough idea of where I’m going. There are times the characters will argue about going there. Sometimes they’ll decide to take a different path altogether that they think I obviously should have seen while plotting, but that’s how some of my favorite scenes came to be.
Dragon: Who was your favorite character in Days Gone Bad? Why?
Eric: Tough question from the dragon. As much as I love Foster, Sam, and Damian, at the moment I’m going to have to go with Zola. I can’t particularly say why, as it would include some spoilers, but I really enjoy learning about the time period she grew up in.
Dragon: You created a world containing Fairies that can grow from tiny creatures to giant dangerous sizes. Included zombies, necromancers, vampires, demons and ghosts…Why no Dragons? Have we yet to see all the types of creatures in Damian’s world?
Eric: You’re quite a perceptive dragon. There are far more creatures lurking in the shadowy corners of Damian’s world. Some of them are variations on creatures we’ve already met; others are not.
Dragon: Tell me a little bit about your blog… Do you plan on doing interviews? Writing stories? Tell us about the contents if you will.
Eric: I usually post about once a week, or every other week. I’ve thought about getting better about that. I may continue thinking about getting better about that. 😉 I will absolutely be posting stories on the blog in the future. I post information about giveaways, book-related trips I’ve taken, and occasionally some thoughts on writing.
(Yay! The Dragon likes stories almost as much as bacon!)
Dragon: When can we expect the sequel to your novel? Is there a release date in sight? We are all looking forward to more. Can you tell us a little about what will happen?
Eric: I can tell you we’ll soon have a new cover for Days Gone Bad and book two from the wonderful folks over at Phatpuppy Art. Claudia does some amazing work with Teresa Yeh, and I can’t wait for everyone to see what they’ve done.
I’m actually working through book two with my editor as we speak. We are aiming to wrap up the editing process sometime in September with a release date soon after. We’ll have an exact date as we get further along. What will happen? Stuff will explode. Edgar will not be happy. 😉
(Maybe Edgar will be roasted… with a few onions would be tasty.)
Dragon: If you could be a Dragon like me, what color would you be and why?
Eric: Blue and gray. There are a few reasons—like blue being my favorite color—but if you’ve read the book, you may have an idea about some of the other reasons.
The Dragon thinks this “blue and grey” thing is a not-so-veiled reference to a time period in American history.. After all who with any real sense would want to be anything except red? He sniffs at Eric suddenly realizing that the proverbial bloom is off the rose and the man indeed DOES NOT smell like bacon.
Such a disappointment! He will not devour Eric or his toes today but allow the next story to be written and await it anxiously.
the book? O yeah… Days Gone Bad