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Author Interview: Edgar Swamp
1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?
I wanted to write a book that had three major elements: a creepy little village, an unexplainable catastrophe, and a mystery so densely layered with misinformation that the reader has no idea what is really going on. What I came up with was essentially a mystery but with overtones of horror and fantasy. What compelled this idea was the desire to write something that would keep a reader interested throughout because they just had to know how it ends.
2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world?
I am the second child of four kids, the only male, and because of this, I got to have my own room and didn’t have to share any of my GI Joes or Bionic Man toys! Being the second youngest, I had only one sibling who outranked me (still does to this day) and two whom I often had to look after. I thank them all for giving me a well-rounded perspective of the world. At times, I am the one who needs looking after but can also be the one who you can entrust your care in.
3. Where is your favorite place to write?
have a job in which I travel all the time, so I am one of those writers who can
write anywhere; I have to out of necessity. That said, I like to do it in
private, I am not a coffee shop writer. When I write in public, I am too
distracted because I am such an avid people watcher. I need to be alone in a
room, but that room can be anywhere, and there can be companion animals with me
— in fact, I prefer it!
4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?
this question means what I think it does, I write within a genre in which there
are always many deaths, so I stack the deck heavily with characters I enjoy
killing. That said, as an element of surprise, there is always a character I
kill that the intended audience won’t see coming, and won’t like. The remains I
scatter to the wind with an Irish blessing of good tidings!
5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?
Vonnegut comes back from the dead and says he’d like to do lunch. I gladly
accept. While enjoying a tuna melt and a 22-ounce glass of Heineken, I ask him
what it was like to have a family that didn’t like his books and often told him
he should get a real job. I would then prepare myself for what would surely be
a lengthy tirade, given that he is one of the most talented and influential
writers of the 21st century!
6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.
is my deepest, darkest secret: I am the host of my very own non-reality show.
Every day, I explore new territory, narrating my random thoughts aloud to an
audience of either: no one, companion animals, or aliens observing me from
space. These musings are political, personal, sexual, and often incorporate a
lot of jokes. I’ve thought of seeing a shrink, but I’m afraid of the psychological
damage it may cause.
7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?
The first item would be the ultimate Swiss Army knife. It has everything a person needs if they are stranded in the wild, complete with a solar-powered generator, a laptop with Wi-Fi, and a portable chainsaw. The second would be an inflatable female that could also be used as a raft and a bed. The third would be a Kindle with every book ever written on it, with the exception of anything by Jeffery Deaver.
8. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be?
would love to have the power to stop time. I’d often daydream about that when I
was in grade school — to be able to stop time and leave and go do something fun
whenever the urge struck me. The hard part would be deciding to start the clock
9. Favorite snack?
Hanover honey mustard and onion pretzel pieces! Dang are they tasty!
10. Indy 500: Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?
In reality, I am a very good driver that observes all the laws of the road. As an analogy for life, I like to put the pedal to the metal and give it a thousand percent no matter what it is I am doing. I do know where I’m going, but I’m taking a lot of detours along the way so that I don’t miss anything that might be cool.
by Edgar Swamp
On July 15, 1991, an isolated village in Northern Wisconsin is ground zero for an unprecedented, fiery tragedy. Of the community’s 600 residents, there are only five survivors. Detailed accounts by the victims contradict each other; the only link is a man named Anthony Guntram, but because he is presumed to be dead, this claim can’t be verified. Further investigations reveal a culture enshrouded in mystery. What are the survivors hiding?
Only the villagers know the secret of Amber Hollow, a place where sanity is checked at the town line and the parameters of reality become blurred. An unconventional horror story by design, Edgar Swamp delivers an action-driven page-turner that will keep readers guessing until the calamitous ending.
The call came when they were five blocks from St. Mary’s, blaring from the radio in a raucous hiss of static that made both of them jump. Sadie looked at Jeremy, and the confusion in her eyes would be almost comical if the situation wasn’t so dire. He grabbed the handset on the radio, pressed the button.
“This is Detective Jeremy LeFevre. Please repeat the transmission.”
“There is a ten fifty-six A in progress on the Tower Drive Bridge, I repeat a ten fifty-six A.”
“We’re two miles from that location,” he said calmly, although his nerves suddenly felt as if they were live wires spitting enough electricity to power the entire city. “We’re en route.”
“Ten four,” the dispatcher said, and Sadie flipped a switch on the dash that fired up the siren. She then grabbed the bubble next to her, rolled down her window, and tossed it onto the top of the car where the magnet on the bottom held it firmly in place. For some reason, she always felt like she was in an episode of Starskey and Hutch when she did that.
“You thinking what I’m thinking?” Jeremy asked his partner.
“What are you thinking?”
“I don’t know, maybe I’m jumping to more conclusions, but somehow I think this is one call we need to take.” Turned out, he was right.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Edgar Swamp is the author of the “Gyre Mission,” “Glitch in the Machine,” and “Blackout.” His short stories have appeared in Alienskin, Macabre Cadaver, and Urban Reinventors. When he isn’t holed up in his office playing online poker, he likes to dig up the recently deceased and make furniture out of their skin. He lives and works in San Diego, California.