Monday, March 27, 2017

Dennis Meredith Author Interview + Giveaway

Sorry I haven't had the time to post any new reviews lately! If you're curious what I've been reading, please check out my Goodreads! I keep that pretty updated because it's easier. Also, don't forget that there are still 11 hours (as of 3/27) left for the YA Sci-Fi giveaway two posts down!

I've got another author interview and giveaway for you guys! Dennis Meredith answered a few of my questions, and has generously offered up 10 ebook copies of his book, The Cerulean's Secret! I've included the cover image, and the blurb below, and like always, everyone gets a daily FREE entry, so be sure to enter at the very bottom of this post! :)

Blurb:

Somebody has stolen the most beautiful cat in history!

It’s 2050, and the Cerulean cat, with its mesmerizing iridescent blue fur, is the ultimate genomic engineering triumph of the high-flying company, Animata.

Animata reaps massive profits creating and selling a marvelous menagerie of animals—including exotic crosses like cogs, dats, snurtles, alliphants, hamakeets, and feather boas. Its ultra-rich clients, however, clamor for the really spectacular specimens—dragons, unicorns. . . and now the Cerulean. The stunning cat had promised to bring billions of dollars from a corporation, a private collector, or an exhibitor.

Swept up in the theft is na├»ve young Timothy Boatright, a wanna-be writer and New York cabbie. He inadvertently picks up the thief and the nabbed Cerulean. The cops suspect he’s a partner in the crime.

To prove his innocence and save the cat, he tracks it down and steals it back. He ends up accused not only of catnapping but murder—fleeing the police, Animata thugs, a greedy drug lord. . . and Big Nasties! Somebody has set these 300-pound genetically engineered assassin-animals—with their three-inch fangs, razor claws, and night vision—on Tim’s trail.

Tim realizes that the Cerulean holds some explosive mystery he must solve to survive and save the cat. He must also save his friends held for ransom—the middle-aged, cat-loving former spy Callie Lawrence and her headstrong daughter Lulu, with whom Tim has fallen madly in love.


The Cerulean's Secret is a fast-paced thriller that projects today's amazing genomic technology into a future of incredible biological manipulation.


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I'm a cat person, so this sounds really interesting! Not sure the lengths I'd go to in order to get a blue cat...hmm.....
 
Anyway, here's the interview:
 
1.) When did you decide to start writing?
In high school, I took part in a contest called "Ready Writing," where
you walked into a room, were assigned a topic, and had to write about
it. I just loved writing and knew that's what I was supposed to do. I
knew I would end up writing science fiction because I loved science, as
well.

2.) Out of all of your works, which is your favorite, and why?
I'd have to say The Cerulean's Secret, because it started decades ago
with a simple question "What if there was a blue cat?" that just haunted
me, driving me to write it. It was very satisfying to see that one
question blossom into a richly plotted novel with characters I loved.

3.) Have there ever been any characters who were particularly difficult
to capture for any reason? Any that were very easy to write?
I've had no difficult or easy characters. They just come alive,
sometimes seeming to write themselves. I'll start with a very basic idea
for a character, and let the character grow--with more and more
complexity, personality, and quirks--as the plot unfolds.

4.) Tell us more about the book you're offering up for this giveaway.
What inspired you to write it?
As I said, decades ago, the question "What if there was a blue cat?"
popped into my head. I was working at Caltech at the time, where the
genetic engineering revolution was beginning, as biologists were
inventing machines for sequencing and synthesizing DNA. So, I thought of
the cat as being a genetically engineered creature. And that idea
spawned the idea of a whole future industry of genetically engineered
pets, with this cat being the crowning achievement. And the driver of
the plot was the theft of this amazing cat.

5.) What is one of your favorite books written by another author?
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury has always stuck in my mind. It's such a
haunting idea; of a time when books are burned.

6.) Do you have a website/blog, or any social media accounts where we
can go to find more information about current and upcoming works?
My web site is www.DennisMeredith.com , where you can get information
and sample chapters of all my novels.

7.) What is your favorite genre, and why?
I love science thrillers, because they incorporate real science into
fictional plots, encouraging readers to find out more about the science
behind the novel.

8.) Are you a plotter, or do you like to sit down and just write
whatever comes to you?
When I start a book, I know generally where the plot is going and often
how I want it to climax. I do come up with twists along the way,
sometimes twists that surprise even me.

9.) Tell us something random about yourself.
We just moved to the near-desert climate of southern California, and I
have become crazy about succulent plants. They're like alien organisms
from another world.

10.) Any last comments, or things we should know about you and your
work?
I have more than a dozen novel plots percolating in my brain, so there's
lots more to come!

 
Thanks for answering, Dennis!
 
All right, guys, you know the drill! Enter below for a chance to win an ebook copy of this book! We've got ten copies to giveaway! :)
 
 
 
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