Saturday, January 9, 2016

Destroyer Rising by Eric R Asher

Title: Destroyer Rising
Author: Eric R Asher
Series: Vesik #5
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Release Date: December 29, 2015
It’s been three years since we failed Vicky, the child once known as Elizabeth Gray. Three years she’s lived as something not quite alive, but far from dead. Her path grows darker, even as she spreads light and hope through a tortured world. The Destroyer has come to claim her, and I can’t fail her again. I won’t. Elizabeth’s fate lies in the Burning Lands, and we will storm the gates.

I slammed my fist onto the stone, and was surprised when it shattered beneath the blow. I expected pain and blood across my knuckles when I turned my hand over, but there was none. Bits of stone floated around me for a moment before pattering onto the earth.

“This place weirds me out,” I said, brushing the crushed stone away from the divot I’d made. “Almost as much as this damn book.” I slid the Book that Bleeds back into the pack and threw it over my shoulder.

“We need to move faster,” Mike said. “You are slowing us down too much, Damian.”

“What the hell? I’ve been moving just as fast as you. Sometimes faster.”

“Yes,” Mike said, “well, let’s not do that again. Ride on Jasper’s back. The wolves can run indefinitely, as can the bear.”

“I’m sorry?” I said, raising my eyebrows. “You want me to do what?”

Jasper’s tree-trunk like legs whumped into the earth as his gray scaly body erupted all around me. Claws long enough to impale Aeros scratched at the stone around us. His wings swept back, adding a fleshy canopy above our heads.

Bubbles thought this was fantastic. She chuffed and bounded up the dragon’s back, settling into the crook of his neck. Her massive tongue waggled in the air before Jasper’s chest.

What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve loved reading since I was very young. Filling out those little maps the library used to hand out as a “reading challenge” was one of my favorite summer activities between school years. At some point in time, I’m not sure when exactly, I would to wonder as I read ‘Wouldn’t it have been neat if they’d done this, or a character had this ability, or if the rules of the world were just a little bit different?’ It eventually led me to write stories and that led me to write my own books.

If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?
Foster. He seems to be super popular. ;)

Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed making up stories. I had some fantastic teachers in high school that always urged me to pursue writing. I wasn’t really into the idea at the time, as I was still convinced I’d be a rock star. Let me tell you how well that worked out … ;)  It wasn’t until about 2005 when I realized I really wanted to sit down and write an entire novel.

What books have most influenced your life?
I will always owe thanks to Robert Asprin for his Myth Adventures series. They are such a wonderful blend of humor and adventure that I loved when I was a kid. Northworld by David Drake single handedly turned me into a huge fan of military science fiction.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Right now, at this moment, my favorite author is Neil Gaiman. What has always struck me about his work, ever since The Sandman, is the flow of the story and the flow of the prose. Everything is clean and the visuals are stunning.

What book are you reading now?
I recently finished the Scorched series by Mari Mancusi and Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman. Completely loved them both. Before that was Hit and Follow Me Boy by Delilah S. Dawson. If you haven’t read her work, it’s a must! I’m currently reading The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher.

What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks? 
Yes! That’s probably my collector mentality coming through a bit. :) I love the wonderful convenience and portability of ebooks. Of course, I also buy the hardcover releases of all my favorite authors, or paperbacks if they aren’t available in hardcover.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I would like them to know how much I appreciate them taking the time to read these books. Being able to share these stories with other people who enjoy them has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

Tell us about yourself – where  you live, your family, and those sorts of details.
I live in the suburbs of Saint Louis. My family has been in the area for as long as any of us can remember. I think the furthest any of us have lived from Saint Louis is about an hour and a half. I guess you could say we’ve put down some roots.

How long have  you been writing?
I’ve been writing casually since high school. It was 2005 when I decided I wanted to write an entire novel. I spent a year writing an excessively long space opera. Then I read it! It was terrible, but what a great learning experience.

Do you have a favorite place to write?
I have my own little office in our house filled with things I enjoy, and occasionally hoard. Just outside the door is our reading nook that houses two barrister bookcases with signed and hard to find books by our favorite authors. It’s inspiring to me, having those books close by, and is one of the reasons It is by far my favorite place to write.

Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I tried that once … insert Grumpy Cat meme. That’s a definite no. I do multiple drafts to clean things up a bit, but Laura Matheson--my editor--is my saving grace. I’ve found if you try to edit your own work, your brain will fill in what it thinks should be there and you miss a lot of simple typos.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I’ve long been a gamer. My spare time growing up was spent as a mallrat in the local arcades and bookstores. Outside of games, I read, play the cello and guitar, and collect Transformers toys.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
Oh yes, I try to read quite a bit! C.S. Friedman is always at, or at least near, the top of my favorite authors. The Coldfire Trilogy, starting with Black Sun Rising, has been my favorite series for a rather long time now. Neil Gaiman, David Drake, Tad Williams, and Patricia Briggs are also perennial favorites. There are many more, but that would be a very long list.

When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?
The first draft usually comes quite easily, but then the editing starts. Editing really refines the story and firms up all the plots and subplots that creep into a novel, so it’s not surprising to me when editing takes longer than writing the first draft.

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?
I’m allergic to just about every kind of animal imaginable, so instead I have a Worrible.

Author Bio:
Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.



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