Ari Marmell, author of Hot Lead, Cold Iron-this is an excerpt from the site My Bookish Ways, one you should put on you regular list) For the entire interview go here: http://www.mybookishways.com/2014/05/interview-giveaway-ari-Marmell-author-of-hot-lead-cold-iron.html
Let me note that Hot Lead, Cold Iron is the finest urban fantasy detective novel of the past few years. Both elements work equally and Marmell gives us an exciting read that is not without an incisive look at the present day and the heart of the genre itself.
From My Bookish Ways:
Have you always wanted to be a writer? Will you tell us a little about yourself and your background? I’ve always been a storyteller of some sort. It took the form of role-playing games and idle scribblings throughout childhood. I decided I wanted to make writing my vocation in my sophomore year of college. As college sometimes feels like it was so long ago that at least one of my professors was quite possibly a velociraptor, I suppose that qualifies as “always.”
My background is… not especially interesting, really. Born in New York, grew up in Houston, TX, now live in Austin, also TX. Spent most of my school career studying Dungeons & Dragons and fantasy novels, which may have prepared for me what I do now, but didn’t do my grades a whole lot of good. Degree in creative writing, married, have a cat, and very fortunate that I’ve had some success with the writing, because I’m utterly unequipped to do anything else.
Why do you think readers will root for Mick Oberon, and what did you enjoy most about writing his character? I think they’ll like–or at least sympathize with–him. He’s a very human character in many ways, despite being not human at all. I think readers will understand him, his motivations, why he does what he does (even if he grumbles about doing it).
Plus, you know, bad-ass fey with a magic wand, facing down enemies you really don’t want to see win.fortunate that I’ve had some success with the writing, because I’m utterly unequipped to do anything else.