Name (Mandatory) Bruce Durham
Give us a brief synopsis of your story: The remnants of a Peacekeeping force flee before the relentless approach of a corrupted madman who is nuking the world into oblivion. A glimmer of hope for the future presents itself in the form of a mysterious priest, a fabled horn and a legendary sword.
Why did you choose that time period/group of people to write about? I wanted to write about a slightly post-modern-day end of the world scenario, mix in some legend and myth and explore how modern-day soldiers would react to something completely out of the normal.
What is your usual genre? I’ve written across several genres, including historical, fantasy, Sf and horror.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? I’ll meticulously plot my story, then find some of the characters decide they have different ideas. It’s a bit of a struggle, but they usually win out.
If you could invite anyone from history or literature to dinner who would you choose and why? It would definitely be Robert E. Howard. His body of work was immense, encompassing fantasy, historical fiction, horror, poetry, westerns, boxing tales and pure adventure. Needless to say, his influence on me was immense. Just to pick his brain would be worth the steak dinner.
Name (Mandatory) Grace Matthews
Tell us a bit about yourself. I am a Peacekeeper. My rank is First Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment. I’m a career soldier, single, not that its anybody’s business. Not much else to say.
How do you come to be on this adventure? I was stationed in the Sinai with an aircraft control unit when all hell broke loose. From there it was a steady retreat across North Africa and into Spain. This wasn’t so much as an adventure as it was about survival.
Tell us a bit about the society in which you live. Right now? It’s a madhouse.
Are you brave? I don’t know. I know I have a duty to the well being of the people in my command. If that makes me brave, then so be it.
How do others see you? You’ll have to ask them. They haven’t deserted, so I must be doing something right.
Do you believe in a god? At this point I don’t know what to believe in.
What do you REALLY think of your author? I hope he rots for putting me in this situation. I just wanted a normal life, you know?
Do you have a moral code? Duty.
If you could have three wishes what would they be? To live. To love. To be in a sequel.
Do you think you make a difference in your world? Time will tell.
AUTHOR BIO (short)
Bruce Durham lives in Mississauga, Ontario. He has appeared in Paradox: The Magazine of Historical & Speculative Fiction, Lovecraft eZine, Flashing Swords, Return of the Sword, Rage of the Behemoth, Sha’Daa: Last call, Lawyers in Hell, Rogues in Hell, Poets in Hell and Heroika: Dragon Eaters, among others.
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