Posted by : Kai | July 13, 2014
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Today, I’m doing something a little special for a great author. And you can grab Longclaws for $0.99, or Alien Agenda today!
Welcome to the Longclaws and Alien Agenda tour, by Steve Peek – The following places will be hosting Steve on his journey in the next few weeks, as he tours around blogs and shares information about his writing process and more.
Hi Steve – welcome to the blog!
Hi Kai – it’s lovely to be here.
Could you tell me a little about yourself?
Sure! I’ve been writing for over fourty years – at first in the gaming industry, and then later my own brand of ‘science faction’. My books have an element of reality which forms a strong thread throughout the novels, giving the readers something to really think about and enjoy.
Why would you choose to write ‘science faction’?
I’ve always felt that there was fertile grounds for stories in some of the myths, legends and alien contact stories that are part of our popular culture. It’s plausible to me that it is possible that there are paralell universes and there has to be an element of truth to some of the stories that we see repeated the world over – or storytellers that travelled far further than we might believe. Who knows which is true.
Could you tell me about what you’re writing now?
Currently titled Islands, Steve is 60,000 words into one of his strangest tales of all. One morning, all over the world, people on the coast wake up to discover many islands occupying what was empty sea the day before. Governments and individuals are unable to set-foot on the islands. People begin to disappear. At first dozens, then hundreds, then millions simply vanish. The Earth’s population drops of 8 billion to less than 500,000 million. Civilization crumbles. As the story unfolds the remaining individuals are faced with a choice. It has been great fun to write.
When I read Longclaws, before we began working together, it wasn’t a trilogy, but you’ve changed that – could you tell me why you’ve changed Longclaws into a trilogy?
Longclaws is truly a labor of love. Written and re-written over 20 years there were many interesting stories and scenes that did not make it into the final version. The trilogy, when finished, consists of a prequel set in World War II England where a young Royce Mason is recruited to fight in a war of the occult. The final book brings the two main characters back together in the most hellish adventure imaginable. I hope they survive but sometimes my worlds just take over and things don’t work out so well for puny humans.
I think Alien Agenda is your highest rated book – can you tell me about that one?
Alien Agenda: Why they came, Why they stayed, is a book reviewers have dubbed science faction. Written in the style of James Michener and Leon Uris, it mixes accurate and detailed history that most of us lived through, while weaving fiction into the fabric of what actually happened. There is more truth in the book than fiction and it is often difficult for a reader to know what is real and what is not making it a very convincing work of science faction.
You can follow Steve as he blogs about his adventures writing this, Alien ‘science faction’ and more at Steve Peek’s Blog.
Their world is crowded with active volcanoes, sulfur and acid rains, permanent thick clouds turn day into deep twilight. It is a violent place: moment-to-moment survival is victory, every creature is constantly predator and prey, sleep is certain death. This is home to the longclaws, beings of super-human speed, strength and senses. Their predatory skills allow them only a tenuous niche in their hellish environment. Though smart and fierce, their rank in the food chain is far below the top. One clan leader draws from ancient legends of paradise and devises a plan to escape and take his clan to the otherworld – a world filled with slow, defenseless prey. The clan activates an Indian mound deep in southern forests and enters our world -hungry for prey. Torrential rains and washed out bridges force a runaway teen, an old dowser and a Cherokee healer to face the horrors of the clan’s merciless onslaught. Mankind’s legends are filled with vampires, werewolves, dragons and other nightmarish. Perhaps our legend of hell is based on the world of the Longclaws.
Longclaws is currently on sale at $0.99
Steve Peek grew up in a family of readers and writers. In the second grade a neighbor gave him a toy printing press and, using rubber linotype, he wrote and printed a neighborhood paper. His first short story won a competition in his third grade class. Sometimes he dreamed of being a policeman, fireman, lawyer, minister, soldier, politician, but in every dream he was also a writer. Peek loves games. He enjoyed a forty year career in the game industry which allowed him to travel the world where he was able to explore many of the ancient, mythical places he’d read about. Some legends associated with these enigmatic sites led him down a winding road to a junction where myth meets science and the hold of this magical place continues its grip. Over the decades Steve always wrote. Sometimes just here and there. Twice he managed to have books published. Now, with the precious time to write, Steve found the traditional publishing world in disarray and decided that it is more important for him to write than to sell books to the big publishing houses. The venue of the e-book makes this possible. So, for better or for worse, Steve sits at a kitchen table looking into the woods around his home in the Smokey Mountains and writes every day. Reviewers have declared his books Longclaws and Alien Agenda: Why they came, Why they stayed to be a new sub-genre, ‘science faction’. Much of the books are based on history and science while the story falls under fiction. Steve’s books are based on things that interest him and he works hard to make them interesting for his readers. He would like to hear from you via jstephenpeek on facebook or send him a message via his contact form.
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Steve is on tour between 12th and 26th July – you can check in with tour central here, and please check back each day to read more fascinating thoughts by this eloquent and interesting author.
Tour arranged by The Finishing Faire
, Steve Peek