Friday, 21 October 2016

Q&A with Eden Hudson, author of Jubal Van Zandt‏ and the Revenge of the Bloodslinger

Now available to purchase from Shadow Alley Press Inc. is the urban fantasy, cyber punk novel, titled "Jubal Van Zandt And The Revenge Of The Bloodslinger" by Eden Hudson.

The author has taken a few minutes out of her busy schedule for a Q&A about her newest novel.

When did you become interested in storytelling?

When I was little, I spent tons of time in my grandpa’s shop listening to farmers, cowboys, and hunters tell each other stories while they worked on tractors or waited for the fur buyer. There’s an art to storytelling, a science to carrying on a conversation with your listeners, and those guys and gals were masters. I fell in love with the way they talked—their voices, speech patterns, and dialects—as much as I did with the adventures they were relating. Maybe more. When I learned to read, it opened up a whole new world of storytelling for me. I realized that people could write books as a job. Once I realized that, I never wanted to do anything else.

What was your first book/story published?

In 2014, I published Halo Bound, the first book in the Redneck Apocalypse series. I finished out the fourth and final book in the Redneck Apocalypse this past February with God Killer, and now with Jubal Van Zandt and the Revenge of the Bloodslinger, I’m starting a whole new series.

What inspired you to write Revenge of the Bloodslinger?

Everything from videogames, comic books, and good anime to friendships, nightmares, and my grandpa. But the initial spark came one night a few years ago, while I was talking with a friend about the way he viewed time and how neither of us felt we had enough of it. To cheer him up, I wrote him up a couple hundred word flash fiction about a self-centered thief who snuck into the garden of time while his beautiful partner fought off the immortal guardian. Jubal and Carina were born.

What character in Revenge of the Bloodslinger is the most like you, and in what ways?

Jubal, which is both a good and bad thing. On the one hand, it keeps me from caring too much what other people think about me. On the other hand, if I didn’t have a filter between my brain and my mouth, I would constantly blurt out things like, “I hope your children die screaming,” at bad times. Also, I’m the best thief in the history of the Revived Earth.

What is your favorite part in Revenge of the Bloodslinger?

That’s a tough call. You’d think it would be all of the shoot-em-up scenes, crazy magical action, Jubal’s hilarious sexcapades, or his and Carina’s back-and-forth odd-couple sniping, but my very favorite scene is just Carina and Jubal having breakfast together one early morning. I didn’t see it coming, and definitely never planned for it to happen, but now whenever I think of that scene, it gives me the warm fuzzy feels all over.

What was the hardest part to write?

The end. It took a lot out of me, emotionally. I kept wishing that Revenge of the Bloodslinger would turn out differently, but the story and the characters just weren’t having it.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

Country singer. Assassin. Pirate captain. Cowpoke. Barbarian raider. Underwater welder. One half of a very crude podcast team. Videogame creator. Comic book artist. Drummer for a rock band. Professional skateboarder. As you can see, I’ve carefully considered my fallback options in case this whole writing thing doesn’t pan out.

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing? 

I do read reviews of my books, both to see what’s working and to try to learn from any criticism. As a writer, I always want to be improving, moving forward, and getting stronger. I never want to become complacent or start letting things slide as “good enough.” I want to write books that are better than good enough; I want them to be spectacular.

What well-known writers do you admire most?

Stephen King, Michael A Stackpole, Bill Watterson, Douglas Adams, Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, Terry Pratchett, and Robert Jordan. I love their dark and wonderful brains.

Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

Right now I’m working on the second book in the Jubal Van Zandt series, Jubal Van Zandt & the Beautiful Corpse.

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About the Author: I am invincible. I am a mutant. I have 3 hearts and was born with no eyes. I had eyes implanted later. I didn't have hands, either, just stumps. When my eyes were implanted they asked if I would like hands as well and I said, "Yes, I'll take those," and pointed with my stump. But sometimes I'm a hellbender peeking out from under a rock. When it rains, I live in a music box.

But I'm also a tattoo-addict, coffee-junkie, drummer, and aspiring skateboarder. Jesus actually is my homeboy.

You can follow the author on her blog and on Goodreads.

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