Monday, November 12, 2012

Wastes of Space by Darcy Town Blog Tour Interview

In the early 21st century, the Cold War between the American and Chinese Empires slogs on in a stalemate. There’s a ceasefire in effect, but the peace is artificial—secretly enforced by an alien blockade that surrounds the planet. Earth is caught in a territory struggle between two warring factions: the Empire and the Resistance. Lacking harvestable talents, both groups classify Earthlings as Wasters.

Hidden among the Wasters is an alien girl with the power of moving spaceships. She teams up with Rake, a drug-addicted ex-Astronaut, to join an intergalactic war that Earth did not know existed…but first Rake has to realize he’s travelling with an alien to begin with.

Content Warning: Mature – language, sex, graphic violence, drug use/abuse, prostitution

About the Book:
Give me the blurb for the book in 140 characters or less: 

Wastes of Space is a dark comedy at heart with some major science fiction elements tossed in (aliens, spaceships, etc). Ultimately, it’s a story about redemption, second chances, and forgiveness. Rake has gone down the rabbit hole abusing hard drugs and has lost any direction other than down. Ravil is without a lifeline, alone and afraid in Bangkok with no one to turn to for help. They come together for survival, and they pull each other out of the dark places they’ve found themselves in. They also manage to kick some butt, party with astronauts, and steal a spaceship.

Do you have a favorite character? Why is he/she/it your favorite?

That’s hard, but I think I’ll have to go with Marx, the space cat Hunter extraordinaire. I love writing characters that have great dialogue and he/she has some choice lines throughout the book and the series as a whole.

What do you hope readers will get from your book?
Entertainment first and foremost. If someone isn’t entertained then I haven’t done my job right. My stories have deeper themes and I do want to inspire love, heartache and laughter, but sheer entertainment is always my top priority. 

About the Author:
What/Who inspires you?

Art inspires me the most. I’ve had the most random internet pictures inspire amazing storylines or new characters. I bookmark any artist that inspires me and some become a sort of muse when I need inspiration. Second to that is music. I have playlists for each series and if I’m stuck, I’ll often turn on the music and daydream until I’ve solved my writing problem.

Hardest aspect of writing? Best/Easiest?

Dialogue is the easiest for me, and writing battle scenes are the hardest (but they are super enjoyable). I suppose proofing can be considered hard, but it just takes a different part of the brain, and proofing can be a great way around writer’s block.
Who is your writing hero? 
Terry Pratchett, for humor, vibrant characters, amazing plots, and the sheer amount he has written and will continue to write. 

About the Future:
What’s next for you?

Finishing up writing book 7 of the Wastes series, proofing book 4 of the Wastes series (which is due out in 2013), and then starting my post apocalyptic series after that.

One outrageous goal for the future?
Making a comic or graphic novel out of one of my stories. I started out as an artist long before I was a writer, and I have long been in love with the idea of illustrating a story from start to finish (or meeting an artist that wants to create a comic).
Do you have any advice you'd like to share with other aspiring writers?
Set time aside every day and make a routine out of writing. Doing that is the only way you can turn something you love into a habit, and then turn that into a career and passion.

Sweet or salty? 


Beach, plains or mountains?


Online, letters or in person?

In person
Ebook or print? 


I earned a degree in Comparative Religion, so themes-wise that certainly pops up here and there in my writing (okay, more than a little here and there in some books).
I write what I enjoy reading/watching – which is fantasy/sci-fi with dark humor and a bit of romance. What I consider romance however is to some…a bit off (and kinked out). And when I say dark humor I mean black. But I always have lighthearted moments (I do not believe a story should be all one way or another). Gotta spice things up!
Speaking of…I like to write stories that cater to all sexual preferences in one story (as opposed to just writing gay/lesbian lit, etc). I have your typical male-female romances. I have male-male, female-female, transgender, bi-sexual, sub-dom, etc. This is mostly due to the fact that well…1. I like writing about it. 2. I see it in my everyday life. 3. I like having a well-rounded cast of characters from all walks of life.
I am the author of the Morningstar Trilogy and the Wastes Series.

Tour Schedule:
November 5th – Sabrina @ Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace
November 6th – Elora & Marie @ Lunar Haven Reviews and Designs 
November 7th – Darcia, Maria & Michael @ BestsellerBound Recommends
November 8th – Catriona @ Catriona Cullum 
November 9th – Jennifer @ Phenomenal Reviews 
November 12th – Brittany @ The Cover by Brittany 
November 13th – Flora @ From the Bootheel Cotton Patch 
November 14th – Delphina @ Delphina Reads Too Much 
November 14th – Val @ Musings of a Writer 
November 15th – Keira @ Keira’s Corner 
November 16th – Pavarti @ Fighting Monkey Press 
November 19th – Carin @ My Reading Obsession 
November 20th – Daniel @ Parenting from a Child’s Point of View 
November 21st – Dawn @ The Hellfire Herald
November 22nd – Stephen @ Stephen C. Ormsby 
November 23rd – Savannah @ Hugs & Nightmares 
November 26th – Tiffany & Ryan @ Book-Marks the Spot 
November 27th – Kristy @ Kristy Centeno
November 28th – Laurie @ Laurie’s Non-Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
November 29th – Jaidis @ Juniper Grove 
November 30th – Ladies @ My Home Away From Home 

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