I’m pleased to have Steven Shrewsbury on today for an interview to discuss his latest book Overkill, today’s my day on the book tour but many others are taking part as well. I’ve got the list of blogs taking part below the interview, be sure to check them out and read up some more on Overkill, many are having giveaways so go take a look and enter.
Thanks for being on Steven, please tell us about yourself –
SS: I’m a blue collar guy, live on a farm and have been telling stories my
entire life. Even in the sandbox I had army men trying to take the walls of
Jericho. I write hardcore fantasy and historical horror.
What do you do when not writing?
SS: Work at a printing factory, wrangle my two sons, enjoy the outsdie
world and listen to a lot of sports radio.
What is your work space and routine like?
SS: I have a wooden desk in the corner of a huge front room (decorated
kinda antebellum style, the room that is); The top of the desk is strewn
with collected silliness that says alot about me: A statue of Shakespeare,
a small Cletic cross, a vial of dirt from Robert E. Howard’s grave, a
precious moments bear, a glass collie dog, an evil mask made by one son, a
Boba Feet action figure, and authentic arrow heads. I arise early each day
and answer email and try to get edits done, then the real writing comes
later after lunch before I have to get to work in the evening.
Favorite books and authors?
SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE by Krut Vonnegut, HOUR OF THER DRAGON by Robert E.
Howard; BLOODSTONE by Karl Edward Wagner,CALGIRCH THE SWORDSMAN by Gordon Shirrifs; LAST OF THE BREED by Louis L’Armour; BEST SERVED COLD by Joe
What are you reading now?
SS: BEFORE THEY WERE HANGED by Joe Abecrombie; SHOILOH by Shelby Foote
You have multiple books published many of which I’ve found from my
research to be horror, why the change to sword and sorcery?
SS: I started with S&S lol but at times write in other genres. It all
depends what gets accepted. Sometimes, ya gotta get the sword down and
swing. GODFORSAKEN, history-fantasy was my first novel before HAWG and the
Do you think you will write more horror while at Seventh Star Press?
I have two horror novels coming up from bad Moon Books, HELL BILLY and LAST
MAN SCREAMING. I’m not opposed to doing horror for Seventh Star as they are
terrific to work with. I’m alway working on something new.
How did you become part of the Seventh Star Press family?
SS: Stephen Zimmer saw me read at HYPERICON and we got to know each other.
I begged to sub something to him, THRALL and in time, the editors accepted.
Gorias is quite the ladies man is there more lady love for him in
SS: I dunno about romance, haha, but I think Gorias beds 4 different women
Is Overkill more a sequel to Thrall or is it stand alone?
SS: It stands alone, but is a prequel to THRALL.
Tell us about Overkill what do we have to look forward to?
SS: It’s a broad fantasy tale, full of action, pirates, wild folks, monsters, demons and dragonfire. Gorias is contracted by aging Queen Garnet of Transalpina to attain the last heir to her throne, lost amongst the
pirates. With an Amzon guard Goria ssets out on hsi quest all while trying to figure the oppressive motives of a new local religion to trip him up and hwo is slaying politicians with dragonfire. It’s a harsh work, rough and tumble, with a twist Rod Serling would envy at the end.
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