Interview with my main POV character
(from De Novo Syndrome), Jim Buckner.
(I wrote the book under his name.)
Who is your favorite author?
Other than me? I kid, of course. But honestly, I never read much growing up. Over the last several years I've only had time for technical papers and such, very boring. Then of course I discovered the pulp of David Mark Brown--brilliant in its intricacies.
What do you think makes a good story?
People. How's that for a vague answer? You'd like a bit more? Well, how about people on an old-fashioned juicer. You know, the kind our parents used. Cut a person open and twist and mash em back and forth on that baby until there's nothing but pulp and rind. If the person was a particularly interesting one, you might get hundreds of stories. It's just not so fun when you find you're the one getting juiced.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
The moment I literally found my baby daughter left on my doorstep in a basket. I was twenty-four, single and completely ill-equipped to care for myself or anyone else. Here it is fourteen years later, and nothing has changed!
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Like many little boys, I wanted to be my father. In my case, that meant being a great scientist and adventurer. When I was eight, my mother bought me a mini field jacket and pair of boots like my father's. She even dug up an old Pith helmet. It wasn't quite like my dad's safari hat, but close enough. I wore them to church on Easter. Which might sound a bit odder than it was, especially after knowing my father wore his field getup too. That was the last year my mother forced us to church. Of course that was the last year we had together, but that's for another question.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Now this is an interesting question for me. As you may know (I've written several papers on the matter) for most of my life I suffered from what I call cascading thoughts. I won't go into detail other than to say relaxation wasn't really possible in the classic sense.
Anywho, as a youth I tried booze and drugs to dull the edge. After my daughter came along, I discovered free climbing. I know, I know. Some would call such recklessness anything but relaxing. But it brought me a certain quality of focused peace. Now my daughter and I watch spaghetti westerns.
What is the next big thing?
The truth. It might sound kind of corny, but humankind is just around the corner from making its biggest discovery of the nature of the universe and our place in it since Copernicus. I've already learned enough to blow my mind a dozen times over (and my brain is wired for more juice than most). Hold on to your garter, because it's coming.
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
My father told me over and over when I was a kid, "Failure is the beginning of adventure." That little bit has saved my life more than once.
He'll do anything to get her back, including evolve.
"The rabid, frothy pacing gripped me like the iron jaws of a junkyard dog and left me crying out for a literary tetanus shot! More please."
When Jim Buckner's daughter is kidnapped, his obsession shifts from discovering the lost genetic sequence for awakening human immortality to discovering who took her and how to get her back.
The journey reveals a hibernating side-effect of his research, telekinesis. At the heart of a secret war raging for over a century, Buckner discovers how far he'll go to get his daughter back--as far as it takes.
A father-daughter story written as paranoid thriller, De Novo Syndrome centers on a father learning to dedicate his heart, rather than his work, to his daughter. The fact his life's work has been to save his daughter's life, complicates the matter.
David has published novels, shorts, novellas and serials within the DMB universe. After fabricating the life of a dime novel writer by his own name, he began producing lowbrow pulp fiction known as the Lost DMB Files. Convinced he could do further damage to genre fiction, he took on the pseudonym, Jim Buckner, and sullied it with rollicking science fiction thrillers known creatively as the DMB Files. Never content, David muddied the waters of young adult dystopian literature with his serial based on The Green Ones.
Feel free to google, poke, fan, or like him. But do so quickly, before he is disappeared by the FBI.
Having been labeled master of the tightly-focused action scene and lord of diabolical dialogue, David turned his double-barreled literary genius toward the familial relationship. Blasting relationships apart with all the subtle grace of a two-bit thug sticking up a Kwik-E-Mart, he deftly stitches them back together without losing sight of tightly paced plotlines. Whether reading Fistful of Reefer, De Novo Syndrome, Paraplegic Zombie Slayer or the first season of The Green Ones, readers can expect flawed characters, atmospheric worlds and gripping stories.