Welcome to the fifty sixth edition of 10 Questions With…
Today our guest is:
Eamon Ambrose is from Limerick, Ireland where he lives in the beautiful West Limerick countryside with his wife, three children and the ghosts of four dogs who really should have known better than to chase cars. Eamon has recently begun his own career as a science fiction author after many years of reviewing books and writing articles for various websites as well as his own blog. His first release, a futuristic and experimental short story, Zero Hour has been very well received, with praise from bestselling authors like Hugh Howey and Nick Cole, and due to popular demand, is now being continued as a serial.
1.) What is something that many people might not know about you?
I used to be a full-time musician, but gave it up when we started a family. I have two albums on Spotify!
2.) What inspired you to write your first book?
I love the concept of artificial intelligence, but most sci-fi tends to demonize it. With Zero Hour I wanted to explore it from a different angle, while also looking at how we deal with preconceptions within the genre.
3.) Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Carlos Fuentes. Even in translation his prose is elegant and intricate, and he creates atmosphere like no author I’ve ever read.
4.) If you could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Hugh Howey. He’s also one of my favourite authors and probably the reason I’m writing today. I was a prodigal reader, and Wool was the book that got me back into it, and his own story and advice on self-publishing encouraged me to do it. If he gets that boat of his to Ireland I hope to do just that! I can just imagine the stories from his current travels.
5.) What book are you reading now?
I’ve come across so many lately! Brian G. Burke’s The Other Of One is an epic fantasy series, Matthew Stott’s Tales From Between are wonderfully spooky. Adam Vine’s Lurk is one of the best horrors I’ve read in years, and sci-fi chops have to go to Jonathan Ballagh who’s doing some great work with The Quantum Door and his short Stone & Iris. There are so many more – Christopher Boore, Daniel Smith, Hank Garner, Stefan Bolz, Jason Anspach, Anthony Vicino, Bob Williams, Kim Wells, E.E. Giorgi, Chris Pourteau. I know I’ve missed a lot there. I could go on all night.
7.) If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in any of your books?
No. I think once that book is done it’s done. Once it’s released into the wild you have to let it go to a certain extent and move on to the next project.
8.) Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’ve just submitted a story for Samuel Peralta‘s The Illustrated Robot Chronicles called Nokyo Rising about a rogue office bot. It was a lot of fun to write. I’m almost finished part four of Zero Hour. This one is slightly different as it looks at the story from the point of view of the survivors, and re-introduces someone everyone loves to hate! My next book once Zero Hour is finished will be a full novel called Madeleine Strange that I started last year before Zero Hour. It’s a spooky modern gothic tale set in a U.S. coastal town. It’s got huge potential but that’s all I can say for now!
9.) What song best describes you and why?
Turquoise House by Jim White.
I’ve always strived to be different, and don’t always get it right!
10.) A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
“Why aren’t you writing Jefe?” He then spits regurgitated fish at me until I get back to work. I may hire him.
Go ahead, pimp whatever book you want:
Zero Hour Part 4 is released February 26th!
The Illustrated Robot Chronicles will be released at end of March or early April 2016!
GIVEAWAY: Eamon Ambrose would like to giveaway three (3) signed copies of Zero Hour Part 1. To get registered, answer the following question in the comment section:
Zero Hour features an unlikely pairing, Which famous sidekick would you rather have at your back in a crisis?
This giveaway will run until Friday, February 19, 2016 at 8:00 am (est). This giveaway is open to everyone. Good luck to all.
I would like to thank Eamon Ambrose for joining us today for this edition of 10 Questions With…
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