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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Guest Post with Stephen Blackmoore - Bottle Demon

Photo Credit: Kari Blackmoore

Stephen Blackmoore is the Los Angeles based author of the noir / urban fantasy Eric Carter series, including DEAD THINGS, BROKEN SOULS, the upcoming HUNGRY GHOSTS, and the stand-alone CITY OF THE LOST. He has written tie-in novels for the role-playing game Spirit of The Century (KHAN OF MARS), the video-game Wasteland 2 (ALL BAD THINGS) and the television series Heroes Reborn (DIRTY DEEDS), as well as part of the Gods & Monster series (MYTHBREAKER). His short stories can be found at FIRESIDE FICTION, PLOTS WITH GUNS, and in anthologies such as URBAN ALLIES, DEADLY TREATS, DON'T READ THIS BOOK, UNCAGE ME and many others.


  • "No offense, but nobody showed up for the funeral."
    "I had a funeral?"
    "No, but if you had, nobody would have shown up for it."
  • "Eating souls take a lot out of you."
  • "Why's it a hobo?"
    "I merely assume it's a hobo. It's a body. Not sure whose, and I don't see how it makes much of a difference."
    "I think it makes a difference to the hobo."
  • "Well, isn't this a pickle?"
    "If you mean vaguely dildo-shaped and shoved repeatedly up your ass, sure."
  • "It's like fucking Hogwarts in here," I say.
    "Are you calling me Dumbledore?"
    "I was thinking more Voldemort, actually."
  • I know that lost look. You think you know all the angles. You think you know exactly what's going on, and then BAM, you get a truth bullet right in the forehead and you know just how wrong you fucking are.
  • I flip a few pages until I find an entry from the 1920s and point it out.
    "'Bird cage, brass: Do not open'," Gabriela says. "That's it?"
    "You really want to find out?"
    "Yes," she says.
    "Me too. I just haven't had time to go looking for it.
  • "Techno mages."
    "I dated one of those in college. Tried to make a flying car."
    "What is it with those guys and flying cars?"
    "Right? Anyway, he drove it off a cliff. It didn't work."
    "Sorry to hear it."
    "We were about to break up anyway."
  • "I've just got a carefully crafted shell hiding the fact that I'm a complete sociopath."
    "I thought we all did that," I say.
    "Yes, but I'm good at it.
  • "I'm just thinking that as soon as I think I know what the hell is going on, the universe pulls the rug out from under me."
    "Sure that's the universe's fault?"
    "No, but it's nice to have something to blame it on."
Journey to writing BOTTLE DEMON
Bottle Demon is the sixth book in the Eric Carter Necromancer series. A few major story arcs get resolved in this one and a couple new ones come into play that will go forward into the next three books.

Getting to this point has been a weird experience for me. I still have trouble with the idea that this is the sixth book. That there was ever a first book. Or that I ever got published in the first place.

My plans are not what you would call detailed. So though I knew what Bottle Demon was going to be about and how it would end I didn't have a lot of clarity on how I was going to get there.

I don't have Grand Plans. I have more like There's A Grand Plan Somewhere Over In That Direction I Think Maybe Oh That Road Looks Interesting Let's Try SHINY.

This works out for me most of the time. If I have something too heavily planned out I can get caught in a hole where I keep trying to make something work that doesn't and the answer is to simply ditch it and try something else.

I'm running into that right now on the eighth Eric Carter book, HATE MACHINE. I had in mind a scene I thought would be awesome but to do it I'd have to yank the story around in a direction that simply won't work. It wastes a lot of time.

Fortunately, with Bottle Demon I didn't run into that too much. My goal was to tie up a bunch of plotlines and clear the decks for new things. So I already had those pieces in mind when I wrote it.

Having multiple books to try to look back on and draw from helps immensely. At the same time keeping everything straight can be a challenge. I had a side character in this who I had forgotten I had named in a previous book, mostly because it's only mentioned once.

Fortunately my copyeditor caught it and I was able to fix it.

Overall, I'm happy with how it turned out and I hope fans of the series enjoy it as much as I did writing it.

The sixth book of this dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts.

The Necromancer is dead. Long live the Necromancer.

After being attacked by a demon in the one place he thought he was safe, Eric Carter has been killed, his soul sent to take its place as a stand-in for the Aztec god of death Mictlantecuhtli. But somebody on Earth isn't done with him, yet. Somebody with the power to bring him back from the dead. He doesn't know who, and worse he doesn't know why.

Between an angry death goddess, family secrets steeped in blood, a Djinn who's biding his time, and a killer mage who can create copy after copy of himself, Eric's new life looks to be just as violent as his last one. But if he doesn't get to the bottom of why he's back, it's going to be a hell of a lot shorter.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Georgia Clark Interview - It Had to Be You

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GEORGIA CLARK is the author of The Regulars, The Bucket List, It Had to Be You, and others. She is the host and founder of the popular storytelling night, Generation Women. A native Australian, she lives in Brooklyn with her hot wife and a fridge full of cheese. More at and on Instagram and Twitter @georgialouclark.


Greatest thing you learned at school. 
I actually learned to cook at school: I did a subject called Food Technology where every double period we did “pracs”; we cooked or baked something that I would then take down to the quad to share my pals. I also feel like I’m a pretty good kisser and I was definitely doing a lot of that in high school too.

When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill? 
Calling makes it sound so noble! I was always writing, dreaming, making things. I never consciously decided to become a writer: I just always wrote. I was a huge reader as a kid: magic faraway trees, the dark is rising, one ring to rule them all. We didn't have TV and the internet didn’t exist: I was addicted to being swept away in an exciting adventure. I have visceral memories of this joy and my hunger in seeking it out.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
Making friends with other authors, being part of a secret nerd club.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
I had so much fun working in rom-com, of course, I had to do it again. My next book is another ensemble comedy/drama that takes place in a wild and beautiful place: I promise you will have never read a book set there before. Its centered around two families, one Australian, one American, with a sweet-and-sexy queer rom-com at its giant beating heart. As someone who came out at 19, it’s bizarre to me that I haven’t written a central girl-on-girl love story yet. My next book will remedy that: fans of f/f will fall hard for Liss and Amelia. I’m having a ridiculously good time hanging out with this funny and charming cast, telling a beautiful, feel-good story surrounded by and learning from the natural world.

In your newest book, IT HAD TO BE YOU can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about the novel?
IT HAD TO BE YOU is a modern romantic comedy set in New York that centers around two mismatched wedding planners. For the past twenty years, Liv and Eliot Goldenhorn have run In Love in New York, one of Brooklyn’s top wedding-planning business. When Eliot dies unexpectedly, he even more unexpectedly leaves half of the business to his younger, blonder girlfriend, Savannah Shipley. Liv and Savannah are polar opposites: while Liv is a cynical New Yorker, Savannah would see the silver lining at a funeral. But what starts as a personal and professional nightmare transforms into something even savvy Liv Goldenhorn couldn’t begin to imagine. IT HAD TO BE YOU unites Liv, Savannah, and a diverse group of couples in a braided narrative. My aim was to write something sexy, tender, and charming.

I loved playing in the genre and finding ways to subvert it while still delivering what readers of romance want. While IT HAD TO BE YOU features five romantic couples, the pairing at the center of the story isn’t a man and woman, nor is it romantic. It’s Liv and Savannah, two women a generation apart from entirely different backgrounds whose mutual lover’s death ultimately allowed them both to form truer identities. That felt unique in a rom-com. It wasn’t until I finished did I realized I’d told a story about people coming together across deep, ideological divides.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your characters?
I truly loved being in every single one of these character’s heads: I’m a Pisces, prone to fantasy, so all I every really want to do is lose myself in a dreamy otherworld… It was fun being in Zach’s head. Oh, my darling Zach, I love him so much. He was a true joy to hang out with with. Not only is he outrageously charming and funny and a total horndog but as I spent time with him, I realized how deep Zach’s river ran: he’s a sensitive soul, and more complex than people give him credit for. Also I found him extremely hot.

I also really enjoyed channeling/getting to know Gorman. I did a pretty big developmental edit from the first to second draft, and the only characters who made it through were Liv (who was Jude in the first draft), her son Ben, Savannah, and Henry and Gorman. I relate to Gor’s ambivalence about marriage as an institution, his artistic ambition, and his dry-as-a-bone sense of humor. Gorman’s a dark horse; maybe I am, too.

Has a review or profile ever changed your perspective on your work?
I’m going through a phase where I’m not reading reviews. You never know if it’s going to be good or bad, and the bad ones really fuck with my mental health and leave me unmotivated to write, which is the opposite of how I want to feel. It’s just safer for me to avoid them. I haven’t checked Goodreads once this year: it’s been very freeing.

Your Favorite Scenes from IT HAD TO BE YOU
In no particular order; Zach and Darlene’s first super-sexy kiss outside Babbo; Savannah’s attempt to make fried chicken for her roommates; Zia and Clay’s meet-cute at Kamile and Dave’s wedding; Henry and Gorman’s dinner with Gilbert; Liv getting a little too relaxed for her Sex Date with Sam; the afterparty dinner for Charles; all the grand gestures, all the first kisses, every single one.

And of course, Vanessa’s first dance with her dad. Sob!

  • 1. IT HAD TO BE YOU was the third name, after BETTER WED THAN DEAD and IN LOVE IN NEW YORK.
  • 2. As part of the research, I moonlit as an assistant on a wedding to get a behind the scenes look at the life of a vendor.
  • 3. In the first draft, Liv was called Jude, and was a much darker character.
  • 4. I was planning and having my own wedding over the course of the book.
  • 5. The backyard of Frankie’s, Gorman and Henry’s fave spot, is one of my fave, too.
  • 6. I had my last book launch at Books are Magic, featured in the scene where Darlene bumps into Charles. I’ve also done an event at The Strand, also featured!
  • 7. In early drafts, other vendors included a cheerfully vulgar photographer, modeled on a Melissa McCarthy-type character, and a cute make-up artist called Ro, who eventually became Honey.
  • 8. I didn’t really have any actors in mind for any of the roles, except (strangley enough) Darlene’s ex-boyfriend Charles: I imagined Neil Casey, a great comic actor/improviser I know from my UCB days.
  • 9. Like Savannah, I’m also a big Taylor Swift fan, and like Honey, I also loved the TV show Feel Good.
  • 10. The hardest thing to write was the lyrics to Zach and Darlene’s song, “Dark Secret”. Truly painful! Easier to write a novel than that one song!
Meet the Characters
There are 10 central characters in IT HAD TO BE YOU. Liv Goldenhorn, 49, is a cynical New Yorker with a secret soft side. Savannah Shipley, 23, is a bright-eyed Southerner ready to take on the world. The other characters are Sam, a handsome chef; Honey, an aspiring restauranteur; Darlene, singer/songwriter who works professionally with Zach, a musician and a Brit; Zia, a server, Clay, and actor, and Henry and Gorman, a couple who run a flower shop in Brooklyn.

Your Journey to Publication
This is my fifth novel but wow, it took a long time to get here. I published my first book, a sweet and simple YA based on my experience being in a band with two of my best friends called SHE’S WITH THE BAND, at 28 thinking it would be a one-off. After I moved to NY the following year, I decided to do it again. I wrote one book that didn’t sell, then spent another 3 years writing an ambitious YA sci-fi/dystopia, PARCHED, which sold about 5 copies (I still really love that book). I changed tack for the next one; I switched genres, I invested in a developmental editor, I read more widely. I sold THE REGULARS in 2014, then wrote another book that didn’t sell, then THE BUCKET LIST, and then IT HAD TO BE YOU.

Writing Behind the Scenes
I’m trying to remember how I came up with the set-up for IT HAD TO BE YOU, but to be honest, most of my set-ups/premises emerge as hazy, dreamlike things—a combination of my life, what I’m paying attention to, what I’m reading/watching/daydreaming about—but okay here goes: I think I wanted a set-up that’d let me careen through a lot of weddings, which I had a feeling would be fun to see from the outside, from the view of the vendors (I was a big Party Down fan—remember that show, about cater-waiters in LA?). So, wedding planners. But you can never make life easy for characters, it’s got to be a bit of a nightmare. I liked the idea of a cynical wedding planner (Liv), and dyads—character pairs—generally work well in opposites. Super-southern Savannah Shipley showed up in my imagination with a fruit basket and a smile, and then, y’know, the thing starts to writes itself.

I always work from an outline, even if in the drafting it goes out the window. I’ve tried pantsing (writing without an outline) but it doesn’t really work for me; I’m a structure nerd.

When things are going well, I feel like a director working with a really talented and committed cast. I’m in charge, I call “action”, but it’s a group effort made possible by everyone’s willingness to open up or be funny or whatever the scene calls for. I love that feeling, that my characters and I are all in this thing together, trying our best to create a story we can all be proud of. Novelists are thought to be solo creatures but really, we’re team players.

Best date you’ve ever had? 
Obviously, the first date with my wife, Lindsay. She was very nervous and excited, which I found extremely charming. I fell for her straight away.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? 
Coffee and/or cuddles.

What is your most memorable travel experience? 
So many! My college girlfriend and I backpacked around Mexico and Guatemala for 3 months when were 19/20. Did some amazing mushrooms at these incredible ruins.

Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a heart break or have never loved before? 
True love.

If you had to go back in time and change one thing, if you HAD to, even if you had “no regrets "what would it be? 
Buying real estate in Sydney in my 20s. It was cheap!

What is one unique thing you afraid of? 
I used to be really freaked out by dragonflies.

What is the weirdest thing you have seen in someone else’s home? 
Unfortunately, it was my home: an old roommate of mine, Risha, kept a dead turtle in our freezer for months because she wanted to give it a Buddhist burial, but never got round to it.

The author of the novel The Bucket List returns with a witty and heartfelt romantic comedy featuring a wedding planner, her unexpected business partner, and their coworkers in a series of linked love stories—perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Casey McQuiston.

For the past twenty years, Liv and Eliot Goldenhorn have run In Love in New York, Brooklyn’s beloved wedding-planning business. When Eliot dies unexpectedly, he even more unexpectedly leaves half of the business to his younger, blonder girlfriend, Savannah. Liv and Savannah are not a match made in heaven, to say the least. But what starts as a personal and professional nightmare transforms into something even savvy, cynical Liv Goldenhorn couldn’t begin to imagine.

It Had to Be You cleverly unites Liv, Savannah, and couples as diverse and unique as New York City itself, in a joyous Love-Actually-style braided narrative. The result is a smart, modern love story that truly speaks to our times. Second chances, secret romance, and steamy soul mates are front and center in this sexy, tender, and utterly charming rom-com.

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Life’s A Beach Giveaway Hop

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Joan He Interview - The Ones We're Meant to Find

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Joan He was born and raised in Philadelphia but still will, on occasion, lose her way. At a young age, she received classical instruction in oil painting before discovering that storytelling was her favorite form of expression. She studied Psychology and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Pennsylvania and currently writes from a desk overlooking the Delaware River. Descendant of the Crane is her debut young adult fantasy. Her next novel, The Ones We're Meant to Find, will be forthcoming from Macmillan on May 4th, 2021.


Greatest thing you learned at school?
It’s so hard to pick one, but I will say that I’m grateful for all the science classes I was required to take as part of my high school’s curriculum. The concepts I learned in Chemistry, Biology, and Physics pushed me out of my comfort zone and have proved to be great fodder for my stories.

Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Philadelphia and grew up in the suburbs, before going to college in the city. So I would definitely consider the city and its vicinity home.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Seeing readers connect to characters and ideas that have come from my (at times very strange!) brain.

Tell us your latest news.
I just turned in my third book!

Can you tell us when you started THE ONES WE'RE MEANT TO FIND, how that came about?
The initial idea came to me in a dream: I had a very vivid image of a girl diving to the bottom of a sea, in search of something or someone. As I tried to figure out the “what”, my mind went back to the books I was reading as a teen. Some of my favorites at the time were YA Dystopias such as The Hunger Games and Legend. They left a deep impression on me, particularly in how they signaled the relatability of their main characters. A single scene with a younger sibling, for example, could frame a protagonist as human and vulnerable before they went on to topple dictatorships or save the world. I wanted to subvert that. What if, I wondered, the girl in my dream is searching for her younger sister, but that sister is more than a storytelling device? And so came the heart of the story.

What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating Cee?
I was surprised to find a loneliness within her—not just when she was alone on the island, but even in her memories where she’s surrounded by her friends. But on the whole, Cee was actually not that surprising of a character to create because I based her off of a composite of YA main character traits that I found were well-received by readers. When you get to the twist, you’ll understand why I did this.

What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel?
As I mentioned, I designed Cee in such a way that she checks more of the boxes of what YA deems as a worthy, fleshed out main character. Kasey is the polar opposite of Cee for a reason. Together, they are a microcosm of the question that climate change, and other global problems, pose on us: Does someone deserve more of our attention and care just because we relate to them more? All too often, it’s the people we do not see ourselves in—the people we sometimes do not see at all—who are most impacted by our actions, or lack thereof.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I’d love to introduce Kasey to Vanessa from MY DARK VANESSA. Both of them are aware that they’re missing something, this intangible something that makes the people around them react differently—perhaps more strongly—to the same situations. They both think that they’re broken. And yet despite their insecurities, they remain unapologetically themselves.

What was the single worst distraction that kept you from writing this book?
Perfectionism. The first draft poured out of me relatively quickly but I delayed in sending it to my agent because I felt like it wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be.

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Take a risk for your dreams.

If you could go back in time to one point in your life, where would you go?
I don’t think I’d go back in time, truthfully. Past-me was either way too stressed out or way too awkward—and I’m sure I’d say that of current-me in a couple years too.

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today?
For the longest time I thought I was going to be a professional artist. By the time I was thirteen, I’d be training for that career path for six years. My parents, teachers, and peers all thought I was gifted, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. But slowly I came to realize that I only liked art and did art because I was good at it, because I craved the praise and validation, and because I liked being seen as the artist. When no one else was in the room and no one was looking, I was secretly reading, not painting. And since any profession in the arts and entertainment is extremely difficult and subjective, you really need to be intrinsically motivated to have any sort of staying power. I was not cut out for it. I realized that, but I stuck with art for a few more years because the fear of letting down my parents was so huge. When I finally broke the news to them, it was as every bit as big and scary as I imagined, and my parents were saddened because they felt blindsided. But through that experience, I realized that it’s better to disappoint other people than to disappoint yourself. And it’s incredibly easy to be doing things for the wrong reasons or to get swept up in your own inertia.

What are 4 things you never leave home without?
My phone, laptop, glasses, and a good pair of running shoes. The last two things are because I wonder all the time about how I’d die if the zombie apocalypse happened, and I’m certain cause of death would either be because 1. I couldn’t run fast enough or 2. I broke my glasses (I can’t see more than a couple inches in front of myself without them).

Where did you go on your first airplane ride?
China, but I don’t remember it. This was before I was 1.

First Heartbreak?
I never confessed to any of my crushes throughout grade school, so I don’t know if you could call any of them heartbreaks. Just long periods of angsty pining.

Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a heart break or have never loved before?
True love and heartbreak.

Favorite quotes
“Celia had loved the sea. Loved the whitecaps that foamed like milk, the waltz of sunlight atop the peaks. Kasey did not. The sea was a trillion strands of hair, infinitely tangled on the surface and infinitely dense beneath. It distorted time: Minutes passed like hours and hours passed like minutes out there. It distorted space, made the horizon seem within reach.

And it was the perfect place for hiding secrets.”

“The problem with oceans? They always seem smaller from the shore.”

“Even in a sea, every life rippled far beyond its end.”

“Everyone lived at the expense of someone else.”

“When I dream of her, it’s in vibrant color, unlike the gradients of gray of my monochrome days. But everything is hazy when I wake. The details merge. The colors fade.”

“Others might believe there’s power in a single step,” murmured Actinium, the cadence of his breath brushing Kasey’s ear. Her eyes widened. His warmth was real. So was the brace of his arm. The press of his chest. “But most choices are made before you reach the edge.”

“The dominos had been set centuries ago. One quake, and they all fell.”

“Logic ended where love began.”

One of the most twisty, surprising, engaging page-turner YAs you’ll read this year—We Were Liars meets Black Mirror, with a dash of Studio Ghibli.

Cee has been trapped on an abandoned island for three years without any recollection of how she arrived, or memories from her life prior. All she knows is that somewhere out there, beyond the horizon, she has a sister named Kay. Determined to find her, Cee devotes her days to building a boat from junk parts scavenged inland, doing everything in her power to survive until the day she gets off the island and reunites with her sister.

In a world apart, 16-year-old STEM prodigy Kasey Mizuhara is also living a life of isolation. The eco-city she calls home is one of eight levitating around the world, built for people who protected the planet―and now need protecting from it. With natural disasters on the rise due to climate change, eco-cities provide clean air, water, and shelter. Their residents, in exchange, must spend at least a third of their time in stasis pods, conducting business virtually whenever possible to reduce their environmental footprint. While Kasey, an introvert and loner, doesn’t mind the lifestyle, her sister Celia hated it. Popular and lovable, Celia much preferred the outside world. But no one could have predicted that Celia would take a boat out to sea, never to return.

Now it’s been three months since Celia’s disappearance, and Kasey has given up hope. Logic says that her sister must be dead. But as the public decries her stance, she starts to second guess herself and decides to retrace Celia’s last steps. Where they’ll lead her, she does not know. Her sister was full of secrets. But Kasey has a secret of her own.

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Mike Bond Interview - America

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Bestselling novelist MIKE BOND has worked in many dangerous and war-torn regions of the world. His critically acclaimed novels portray the innate hunger of the human heart for good, the intense joys of love, the terror and fury of battle, the sinister conspiracies of dictators, corporations and politicians, and the beauty of the vanishing natural world.


Publisher : Mike Bond Books (May 4, 2021)
Publication date : May 4, 2021
Language : English

Praise for MIKE BOND

"Master of the existential thriller" —BBC

“One of the 21st Century’s most exciting authors … spellbinding readers with a writing style that pits hard-boiled, force of nature-like characters against politically adept, staccato-paced plots.” —Washington Times

“One of America’s best thriller writers.” —Culture Buzz

“A master of the storytelling craft.” —Midwest Book Review

“Bond never loses the reader’s attention … working that fatalistic margin where life and death are one and the existential reality leaves one caring only to survive.” —Sunday Oregonian

“One of the best thriller writers, in the same league as Gerald Seymour and Frederick Forsyth.” —NetGalley

“Mike Bond is not only an acclaimed novelist… His intellect and creativity dance together on the pages, braiding fiction into deeper truths about ourselves, our nature, our government, our history and our future.” —Where Truth Meets Fiction

“Bond touches on the vast and eerie depths that lie under the thin crust of civilization and the base instinct within man to survive.” —Nottingham Observer (UK)

“Mike Bond’s books are a national treasure.” —Art Zuckerman, WVOX

“Bond uses his gift for fiction to teach us hard truths about religion, human nature, and warfare.” —Masterful Book Reviews

“A highly distinctive writer.” —Liverpool Daily Post (UK)

Was there a defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer? 
I never really thought about it or wanted to be a writer. During my youth all I cared about was having fun, climbing mountains and being with young women.

Why is storytelling so important for all of us?
Stories portray and share our experiences, teach us of dangers and opportunities and of right and wrong ways of living, exchange our visions of existence. They give us multiple lives, and we gain awareness from each one.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author? 
I generally don't talk to other authors, and as best I can remember have never received any advice from another author. I have learned what I know principally from living. Most advice of value has come from people in the military and covert world, whose advice has meant for me sometimes the difference between life and death.

In your newest book; AMERICA, can you tell my the blogger community a little about it and why they should read your novel? 
The Sixties were an extraordinary time, with deep value for anyone who seeks the meaning of life, death, the universe and time, what the self is, and how to love. AMERICA is about that period, when many people, usually young, tried to make a better world, and to seek the profound depths of human understanding. I want to share that with people today.

What part of your characters did you enjoy writing the most? 
I enjoyed most the characters' search for adventure, danger, understanding, love, and meaning. Also their explorations of the pleasures of sex, drugs and rock'n roll.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why? 
I wouldn't ever do that. My characters have their own lives and I don't interfere in them.

AMERICA is a story of the wild, exuberant, dangerous 1960s. No other recent time has ever probed so deeply into life, when people lived so intensely, where so many profound questions were asked. I wrote AMERICA so everyone today could live and learn from this time.
  • It was an entirely different universe. No internet; phone calls were expensive and short. To connect with people you wrote letters by hand, or went to see them.
  • The world was far more pristine and beautiful. Huge regions that today are crammed with highways and concrete were forests, farmlands or empty coastlines and wild beaches.
  • There was much more adventure. You could hitchhike from Paris to Kabul, from Boston to San Francisco, or from Algiers to Capetown. Countries much more open and rarely visited.
  • Freedom had meaning. Nearly all of sex, drugs and rock’n roll was fun. It was normal when you met someone to share a joint, play music or have a quickie.
  • To wander wasn’t dangerous. You could live cheaply for months in Paris, the Yucatan, Greece, or a thousand other places. People in foreign countries were open and friendly.
  • The music was fantastic. Never has never there been a time when so much magnificent music was created by so many people. Music that demanded you to live more deeply, stop swallowing the bullshit that the media and government sold, and find out who you were.
  • The Vietnam War intensified everything. If you fought there, you risked atrocious death. And watched our government carpet-bomb, defoliate, and massacre human beings by the millions. So you learned a lot about not trusting government or the media, and about finding your own way. And you had nightmares for the rest of your life.
  • The Sixties were about following the path with heart. Learning who you were and how to live. Using psychotropic drugs to look inside your head, see the real world.
  • If you were young in the Sixties you learned that capitalism is bullshit, and the news, the television, politics and similar stuff were all soul-destroying.
  • So you wandered, took lots of drugs, drank lots of wine, enjoyed the beauties of nature, had fun with other people, slept with lots of people, made enough money to survive, and learned what life is really all about.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? 
Spend a month alone in the wilderness.

Best date you've ever had? 
Any time I spend with my wife.

When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper? 

What was a time in your life when you were really scared? 
Any time you spend in an active combat zone can be very scary. As well as climbing a cliff without ropes.

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today? 
I think we change over time, with each incident, sometimes the small ones as much as the major ones.

A decade that transformed America

The Sixties shook America to its foundation – the assassination of an idealistic young president, a tragic and unpopular war, a battle for civil rights, a cosmic clash of riots and burning cities, and an explosion of sex, drugs and rock’n roll.

For four young people, the Sixties is a decade of promise and freedom. For orphaned Troy, it’s the joy of living with his new family and exploring the world of flight and outer space. For Tara, the girl he loves, the power of song as she evolves into a rock’n roll star. For his new brother, Mick, a football hero and rebel, a time to question everything, including the fast-growing war in Vietnam. And for Daisy, the girl Mick loves, a chance to fight for equality, join the Peace Corps, and expand her study of the human mind.

America is the first of Mike Bond’s seven-volume historical novel series, capturing the victories and heartbreaks of the last 70 years and of our nation’s most profound upheavals since the Civil War – a time that defined the end of the 20th Century and where we are today.

Through the wild, joyous, heartbroken and visionary lives of four young people and many others, the Sixties come alive again, as do its questions: what is life? What is freedom? What was lost, what was won?

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