Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Voss Foster, author of Tartaros

Author Bio:
Voss Foster lives in the middle of the Eastern Washington desert, where he writes speculative fiction from inside a single wide trailer. On the rare occasion he can be pried away from his keyboard, he can be found cooking, singing, practicing photography, and belly dancing, though very rarely all at the same time (Belly dancing outfits leave far too much skin exposed to be safe around hot burners.).

Title: Tartaros
Author: Voss Foster
ISBN: 978-1-61040-417-4
Page count: 222
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
Price: $6.99 (eBook) $14.95 (Paperback)
Tell us about your book:
Tartaros is a trudge through a dying Earth. The dregs of familiarity remain, but, a as a whole, the barren, almost unlivable landscape of this new Earth is just that: new. New and terrifying. Demons run rampant, and only the smallest number of demon hunters remain. An even smaller number remain active. When Daniel Tartaros arrives, a new threat arrives with him: Lilith, the Queen of Hell. And she has no intention of playing around. She knows her goal, and she will mutilate, manipulate, and murder to get there.

How long did it take to write the book?
I wrote the first draft (which I've never let anyone see) in 27 days. Editing, on the other hand, took about a year and a half.

What inspired you to write the book?
A picture I took in my senior year of high school. It was a friend of mine, and I liked it, so I hung it on my door. One day, I was walking past and the thought occurred to me: He would make a really good demon hunter. From there, I just had to figure out what his story was, and that was the fun part.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
I used the NaNoWriMo writing process for this: 50,000 words in a thirty day period. When I sat down to write, I would put on some music (usually death metal of some kind) and go at it. I had a very basic outline, but I strayed from it by the end. As for research, I didn't actually do any for this particular book. All the subjects were very much in my comfort zone: folklore, Wicca, demonology, homeopathy.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
The sense that there's always something bigger out there, whether it's love, the Universe, or some grander plan.
Excerpt from book:
Daniel rose to his feet and stared at Yolanda. Light shone from her eyes and mouth. Her muscles pushed against the skin. The blood from her cuts sizzled again as Daniel stared at her arm. The three slashes he made were already replaced with tiny scars.
Her muscles continued to bulge out. “Daniel?” Her voice, weak and scared, quivered from her throat. “Are you there?”
He heard sudden cracks coming from her body and saw her legs bend forward. Bits of bone fell from her shattered knees and floated around her. He rushed at her, but when he made contact, an electric pain raced up his arm. He flew back to the opposite wall and crashed into the window, sending glass shrapnel across the floor. He watched her body curl and tighten into a ball.
Rathbone crawled through the broken glass and threw a bottle into the fray. It shattered before it hit her and the contents, whatever they were, swirled around with the bone fragments. Yolanda’s blood crashed to the floor next and splashed into the whirling sphere in turn. Daniel couldn’t move, couldn’t even cry for terror. Panic paralyzed him as he looked on.
Yolanda’s form obscured behind the thin veil of blood and bone, soon disappearing all together. When he could finally move, Daniel dragged himself across the floor, pangs of agony sliding through him with every bit of glass that cut his body. He reached up to the ball of blood and pushed his hand through. A beam of light shot out of the puncture and bounced around the walls. He fell back to the floor as more light washed over his body. The sphere broke apart and blood spattered around the room, filling up the carved runes with bright red.
Then everything went blank and Daniel felt nothing.

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  1. Wonderful interview! Best of luck with a great book. :)