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Q&A ft James Pyne | Big Cranky Book Tour and $25 Amazon GC #Giveaway | #Dark #Mythological #Fantasy #Action

Big Cranky: Fall Into Darkness by James Pyne is on virtual book tour. The dark mythological fantasy, action stops at Readeropolis w...

Big Cranky: Fall Into Darkness by James Pyne is on virtual book tour.

The dark mythological fantasy, action stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card (2 winners) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

I’ve been writing much of my life but seldom submitted my works. It wasn’t until a few years ago a dying friend made me promise to get the Big Cranky fragments published. She saw a novel there before I did. So, I worked at it, starting with submitting short stories in hopes of building up my credits and make new friends along the way. In 2016, from May to New Year’s Eve I had something like fifty-four short stories published in small press and mid press. Mostly horror. Some literary. I started focusing more on novels in 2017 but had about twenty-five stories published that year. Along the way, I made friends in the business (the complete story is the foreword and afterword of this book) while networking, one of them, Franklin E. Wales, who after getting to know me and my work, asked if I wanted to publish anything with him, “I want to see your name on a spine,” was the way he put it. I think he saw a writer unsure of his next move, so he threw me a lifeline. So here we are. 

Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!

You could say I’m the Mr. Bean in real life when it comes to traveling. First thought that comes to my mind . . . and I don’t know if it’s extremely interesting but back when I was in Japan in 2002, I was traveling with some students from Hokkaido University. We ended up in a village called Satori. Something we learned that every village seemed to be celebrating something every weekend. Satori was celebrating 1950s rock with Japanese bands doing some excellent covers. After the music, a Japanese dude came on stage with bongo drums. He asked for volunteers and my friends volunteered me, pushing me toward the stage. I got up there and there was a woman with the bongo drum dude who asked me my name and for some reason she thought I said James Bond. There were a lot of people at this festival sitting before the stage suddenly chanting Bond, Bond, Bond. My friends were getting a good hoot over it. The chanting was so loud the woman couldn’t hear me trying to correct her, so I just went with it and played the bongo drums to the Bonds chant, wondering if this was how rock stars felt? 

What are some of your pet peeves?

When people talk endlessly about the weather. I don’t know what I’ll talk about when I’m old. But it won’t be the weather.

Where were you born/grew up at?

New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. A place where solitude can be had.

If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

After a few phone or video calls of goodbyes, I’d like to think I’ll be typing stories right down to the last second.

Who is your hero and why?

I never had kids, so I’ll say parents. You got be a special kind of love and toughness to get through parenthood. Watching from the outside, not going to lie, looks like a slow death at times.

What kind of world ruler would you be?

I think it’s best I never be Supreme Leader of the world. I would take away a lot of things for about a year just for shits and giggles . . . for starters.

What are you passionate about these days?

I love reading books about World War 2, especially the frowned upon ones because I want to get both sides of the story. There were monsters on all sides in that one. A prime example of the winners writing the history books and leaving out many of their atrocities.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

Hop into a hot Epson salt bath and read a few chapters on my phone. 

Describe yourself in 5 words or less!

Attentive. Devious. Eccentric. Loving. Human.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I used to write a lot of stories about classmates back in elementary, so I’ll say about then. I never started steady until early twenties but always wrote in spurts before that.

Do you have a favorite movie?

Boondock Saints or Snatch. Or anything with Christopher Walken or William Dafoe. The Ten Commandments will always be a personal fave.

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

Big Cranky trilogy. 

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

In Mar Del Plata, Argentina 2003, and my friend Natalia and I hung out at Villa Ocampo where many writers like Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Graham Greene, Albert Camus and other distinguished guests had stayed and mingled with each other. I signed the book that other writers before me signed and they all left their own declarations and mine was something like, “Someday I’ll be among you published.”

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?


Big Cranky: Fall Into Darkness
by James Pyne
Genre: Dark Mythological Fantasy, Action 

Forget everything you think you know about myths and legends, James Pyne’s Big Cranky connects them all in an epic web of deceitful betrayal, love, and loyalty. A capricious tale of gods, showing human quirks are not only wasted on the mortals. A tale of many deities treading lightly around a superior as the world begins.

James Pyne hails from Nova Scotia, Canada, and has been a scribe for the Universe much of his life. He's a firm believer in being able to write in every genre, to make his world building and characters hopefuly come out genuine. No matter what he writes it will have some form of darkness, nothing is pure light in any worlds James creates and rumor has it, his surviving characters are plotting his demise. When it comes to his past time, much of it is spent learning the craft, but he does enjoy gardening and playfully tormenting those he loves. When he's not writing, or working his day job, he's traveling. The Andalusia region of Spain the last place that tolerated him. 

Favorite authors: John Gardner (Grendel, Sunlight Dialogues). Fyodor Dostoevsky (The Brothers Karamazov). Clive Barker (Imajica, Weaveworld, Books of Blood). Terry Pratchett (Good Omens, Bad Omens). J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings). And all the scribes who carried on the tradition of myths throughout the ages.

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1 comment

  1. Your cover sort of terrifies me! Yukky! At the same time, I keep going back to look at it. The scene makes me think of a horror story where someone tries to resurrect the poor non-survivors of a plane wreck!


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