If you had to describe your book Twitter style (140 characters or less), what would you say?
Wizards get magic by eating the bones of magical creatures. A thief goes after some of the most powerful bones of all: his father’s.
What books have influenced your writing?
Practically everything I’ve read in one way or another. A lot of Vonnegut, Wizard of Earthsea, the short stories of Ray Bradbury, lots of Stephen King, Tim Powers, and all that hard stuff that I read as an English major.
What’s your favourite part of writing a book?
I like the brainstorming before the actual writing starts when everything is still perfect and beautiful and full of potential. Then I start putting actual words down and ruin everything.
Do you have a writing routine?
I’m a slow-and-steady writer, as opposed to a binge writer. A thousand words a day, every day, adds up to a lot of words.
Is there any specific message you hope readers take away from your story?
Things in life inevitably go to shit, and getting through it is what friends are for.
Published by Tor on Jan 27, 2015
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction
Format: ARC from Publisher
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I’m Sam. I’m just this guy.
Okay, yeah, I’m a golem created from the substance of his own magic by the late Hierarch of Southern California. With a lot of work, I might be able to wield magic myself. I kind of doubt it, though. Not like Daniel Blackland can.
Daniel’s the reason the Hierarch’s gone and I’m still alive. He’s also the reason I’ve lived my entire life on the run. Ten years of never, ever going back to Los Angeles. Daniel’s determined to protect me. To teach me.
But it gets old. I’ve got nobody but Daniel. I’ll never do anything normal. Like attend school. Or date a girl.
Now it’s worse. Because things are happening back in LA. Very bad people are building a Pacific firedrake, a kind of ultimate weapon of mass magical destruction. Daniel seemed to think only he could stop them. Now Daniel’s been hurt. I managed to get us to the place run by the Emmas. (Many of them. All named Emma. It’s a long story.) They seem to be healing him, but he isn’t going anyplace soon.
Do I even have a reason for existing, if it isn’t to prevent this firedrake from happening? I’m good at escaping from things. Now I’ve escaped from Daniel and the Emmas, and I’m on my way to LA.
This may be the worst idea I ever had.
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