Publication Date:August 3, 2012
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! Thanks for stopping by today. I am excited to find out more about you and your Beasts of the Del . So…what can you tell us about it? Walking City
Beasts of the
(http://beastsofthewalkingcity.com) is a contemporary fantasy novel about a guy named Blackwell, who’s working for Al Capone. Blackwell’s a member of a race of occasionally time-traveling beast-creatures who have been mostly exterminated. He’s bitter and broke and on a last-chance mission to just keep he and friends from starving in the war-torn city they call home. He has no idea that he’s stepping into the middle of a whole lot of things: gangster families at each other’s throats, magical artifacts that rise up out of the sea, huge cities that float over the ocean on lines of power. He’ll also fall in love, and someone will fall in love with him. Walking City
It’s a fun book that moves fast, and despite the fact that it’s set in another world it’s filled up with a lot of real characters, both male and female, that reviewers say they’re really connecting with.
There’s a lot going on in this book, but you seem to keep the plot really moving and it doesn’t get bogged down. How’d you pull that off?
I set out to create an entirely new, modern, urban world that’s based around different magical technologies from those you normally see in fantasy books. I wanted create a rich, deep, complex place that uses the energies they have available to them in very modern ways, for very modern things, and I wanted them to have a deep sense of history. I also wanted to do it without falling back on too many Earth cultures wherever possible—while that helps readers quickly understand your book, relate to it, and buy it, I wanted to see if I could be more original than that.
And, I didn’t want to drown readers in volumes of endless descriptions. I think readers have a lot to distract them these days—I know I do. So I intentionally kept the book pretty fast-paced, and focused on characters and dialogue and interesting things happening, verses lots of discussion of politics and history. When I did feel like I needed to bring those in, I kept it very light and made sure it was coming out through one of the characters, so not only are you getting to know the world better, you’re getting more connected to the people living it it.
Important to note: Beasts is vampire, elf, dwarf, and werewolf free. Why write about them when everyone else seems to be?
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
If you like Fantasy or SciFi, it’s a fast-paced, lively read with a lot of fun characters in peril and some crazy & interesting things going on. And, if you don’t like it, drop me a note and I’ll give you your money back!
How do you describe your writing style?
Fast. Fun. Literate, but not snooty. I like to have a good time when I’m writing, and create these small, unexpected moments that are there to be discovered by an interested reader.
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
Read a lot, both inside and outside the genres you want to write in. Write a lot, and expect it to be crap when you’re starting out, but give yourself space and time to work through it and know that if you keep at it, you probably will get a lot better. Be a sponge and learn from everyone and everything. Be patient. Be persistent. Be yourself. Make unusual choices with your life and take notes.
Writers develop at different speeds. Don’t let someone else’s success get to you—your turn might be next. Stop criticizing yourself so much and just write another story.
Oh, and get a day job you like, but don’t like TOO much.
Do you have a Website or Blog?
Yes, you can find me at http://HouseOnBearMountain.com, or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/douglawson. I’d love to connect with more readers and writers.
Doug Lawson’s writing has appeared in numerous literary publications, including Glimmer Train Stories, the Sycamore Review, Passages North, repeatedly in the Mississippi Review, and has received an Honorable Mention from the O. Henry Awards. He's won a Transatlantic Review Award in fiction and a fellowship in fiction from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. His first collection of short fiction, A Patrimony of Fishes, is available from Red Hen Press, and his second collection The Mushroom Hunter, is forthcoming in the fall of 2014. He also writes a series of contemporary fantasy novels as the writer Del Law, the first titled Beasts of the Walking City, available now from Amazon.com. His blog is online at HouseonBearMountain.com
Doug lives with his family in
California’s rural . Contact him directly at doug (at) houseonbearmountain.com. Santa Cruz Mountains
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