I’m super excited to have Eric on today. He’s a Hydra Publications author, great group of people there. His new book Reality Check was just released and he even has a giveaway on goodreads so pounce on that chance people.
When a quantum supercomputer’s “reality simulator” program causes temporary insanity in its beta-testers, Lee Green rolls up his sleeves and dives into a virtual world to debug the problem. Only he discovers that place is more real than anyone imagined. He finds alternate versions of his friends in that mad science reality, their lives and relationships very different from those in the “real” world. Quantum entanglements become romantic entanglements as he meets his love again in each new dimension. Lee must save these other lives, decide which destiny is truly his, and what he’s willing to sacrifice to get there.
Congrats on joining Hydra Publications. Please tell me how that came about. –
Thank you! I met Frank Hall, publisher of Hydra Publishing, at his bookstore, That Book Plave in Madison, Indiana. It was at last year’s Authors Fair. I didn’t realize Frank was the proprietor or a publisher right away. He’s very friendly, I don’t think he’s met a stranger. We got to talking about publishing and self-publishing, and I mentioned Reality Check, since I was rewriting, editing and polishing it. He was interested and asked to see it. I submitted it months later, and also became involved in a project with Hydra Games.
Reality Check just came out in ebook through Hydra Publications on February 5th, and I’m very pleased!
Your novels are dark in nature demonic possession, sinister fairy folk why do you enjoy going there? –
Demons are slippery monsters, they get right inside you. Become you. Wear you like clothing. I like using demons in stories because a good way to explore some darker natures in otherwise good people. Was it really the demon, or was the demon just releasing something already there? Darkness adds a contrast to stories, bringing characters into sharper relief. Stories are all about conflict, so adding some dark mischief or outright malevolence drives that harder.
Your upcoming book Reality Check is sci fi with fantastical steampunk elements is variety the spice of life or is this just so in your writing? –
I am all about variety to keep things fun. I’d written four books in an urban fantasy series and wanted to do something different. Also, I’d had this world-hopping science fiction adventure idea rattling around in my head for years and then it finally gelled and I had to write it.
I do plan to return to the Road Ghosts series soon, as I’ve signed a six book contract with Seventh Star Press. I miss those characters, it’s been too long since I’ve gotten to hang out with them. I’ll feel the same about my Reality Check characters after some time away as well. Okay, so I already miss them….
Are there any genre that you have yet to take on but would like to do so? –
I’ve done urban fantasy and science fiction… I think I might want to try a more classical fantasy someday. Probably not your stock vaguely Tolkien-esque fantasy world, but something different. The fun thing about Reality Check is, I could possibly take characters from one of that book’s worlds and send them off to a fantasy realm. How’s that for variety spicing things up, hmmm?
What is your writing space and routine like? –
Most often, I write at or near my basement bar. It’s out of the way in my house, maybe not as comfortable as other places, but it’s somewhere I can work without distractions and lean into things. I usually have music going to provide a beat to what I’m writing, anything from celtic music, blues or electronica. Reality Check was pounded out to the relentless electronic beat of Daft Punk’s Tron Legacy soundtrack.
Some favorite books and authors –
Growing up, I read anything by Heinlein, Asimov and Piers Anthony. I’ve always been a fan of Tolkien. In the past couple of decades, I’ve been in love with the works of Neal Stephenson (especially Snow Crash) and John Varley (especially Steel Beach and the Thunder and Lightning books).
What are you reading now? –
I just got done with the Wizard Takes a… stories by Red Tash, and am resuming God’s Cradle, by Michelle Hammond. Red Tash’s stuff is always whimsical and intense at the same time, I love her writing. Michelle is an up and coming writer, the book I mentioned isn’t published yet, it’s a science fiction adventure set a thousand years from now as multi-generation colony starships arrive at an Earth-like planet, only to find conflict between the colonists and also the planet’s unfriendly ecosystem.
What is something about you that no one knows? –
I can’t say that NO ONE knows this, but my wife and I were paranormal investigators for many years up until a couple of years ago. I got to be known as the Simon Cowell of ghost photography. I’m really good at debunking false positives. Still that’s another answer to your question about why I gravitate toward darkness in my stories. I’m interested in things unseen, shadows in the dark.
Eric Garrison is active in the writing community in Indianapolis, Indiana. He lives in the Circle City with his wife, step-daughter and a cabal of cats. He also enjoys gaming, home brewing beer, and finding innovative uses for duct tape.
Eric’s latest novel, Reality Check, is a science fiction adventure released by Hydra Publications.
Eric has also written four urban fantasy novels. These include the Road Ghosts trilogy (to be released by Seventh Star Press), as well as Blue Spirit. His novels are dark supernatural fantasies, dealing with ghosts, demonic possession and even sinister fairy folk.
Eric’s short story, “Drag Show” appeared in the Fall 2011 edition of Strange, Weird and Wonderful Magazine. His flash piece, “Dark Reflection”, appeared in the Indiana Horror 2011 anthology.
BTW this is hard to explain but this line from your Goodreads review -- "What I got out of it is that we may not be the way we see ourselves and some people are just bat shit crazy" is actually one of my favorite things anyone's said about the book! somehow I feel like you've completely encapsulated my vision of the world here (which gives me a warm "my work here is done" type feeling... go figure!)
James Warner author of All Her Father's Guns