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Friday, April 15, 2016

'Silver and Gold' by David Sakmyster Tour- Author Spotlight

Silver and Gold
By-  David Sakmyster
Genre- historical thriller, historical fantasy, heroic, adventure
Published By- Dragon Moon Press

The Yukon Territory, 1895

A reclusive prospector comes to the aid of a Smithsonian explorer after she dares the frozen wilderness to capture a legendary beast known as the Sesquat. In his cabin, waiting out the storm, he regales her with the stunning and tragic tale of his life.

Historical Adventure

It's a life that takes him from the great gold rushes of California to the silver strikes of Nevada, and then on to the inescapable frozen lure of the Klondike. But it's also the story of a father and son striving to keep morally afloat as the surging tide of humanity sweeps upon their land to plunder its wealth. As this age fashioned the destiny of a nation, so too would it forge a hero...

The Gift that came with a Curse

A reluctant hero with the Midas Touch -- the boy, now a man,who must return to the world he's tried to avoid. To avenge his parents' murders, fight for the rights of his native people, and ultimately to embark upon his path into history.

The Legend

Teeming with fascinating characters and events from the times: from Samuel Colt to Herbert Hoover; from the Civil War to China's Boxer Rebellion; from icy maritime disasters to epic dogsled races, Silver and Gold is an ambitious historical adventure novel set against the backdrop of the Gold Rush era: an age defined by larger-than-life characters--arctic monsters, vile industrialists and noble heroes--all vying against the implacable wrath of nature.


Spotlight on David Sakmyster

Please tell us about yourself using 3 adjectives, 1 quirk and a pop culture addiction
Loyal, caffeine-loving, zombie-killing
The sound of a cat meowing makes my flesh crawl
The Flash (is but one of many pop culture addictions)

Top 3 Pet Peeves
  1. Pharmaceutical commercials featuring fast-talking morons who list every horrific side effect ever contemplated for a thing you can’t buy without a doctor telling you all this anyway (the #1 reason I love DVR)
  2. People that leave their dog out in the cold/or free to bark all night
  3. Slow web pages that never seem to load and make you feel like you’re back in the dial-up days

Who do you consider the most swoon-worthy man/woman in the literary world? How about on tv/in the movies? Literary World...I ‘swooned’ for Peter Straub once at a conference, but in my defense, he had just bought me a strong drink as we discussed writing.  TV/Movies...I’m sticking with the Black Widow herself, Scarlett Johanssen.

Top 5 Favorite Things
A mid-summer’s night sky full of bright vivid constellations
A nice bottle of ice wine
Cadbury Eggs
My daughter
Writing a really awesome scene/story/book

What are your thoughts on book covers- in your opinion do they make or break a book? a large extent, at least for beginning writers. Once you’re a household name it doesn’t matter and you can just have a pure black cover and it will sell, but until then you need to grab a reader’s interest in a second with something that screams, ‘open me and read my insides!’

What’s the last song you listened to?
Probably some really annoying pop song my daughter made me endure in the car :)

How do you come up with character names?  How do you come up with novel titles?
Character names do not come easily for me, and sometimes I finish the novel with a placeholder then go back and find/replace once I come across some better name. Also you have to take care to have your cast of names be different enough from each other so there’s no confusion. Sometimes I will dig into the etymology of names to ensure that some aspect at least is hinted at in the background, something the astute reader will pick up as well. Novel titles are easier, and usually pertinent to the story or a focus of the plot. My Morpheus Initiative Series all deal with psychic ‘remote viewers’, who in their terminology have ‘objectives’ that they attempt to visualize psychically. So each title in the series is  “The(---Something) Objective”. Apart from that, I try to visualize how the title will look on a cover and pick a really compelling one that is intriguing enough for someone to want to find out what it’s all about.

Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?
I know it’s been said before, but the best pieces of advice I’ve always been told is to a) write, a lot, and b) edit a lot, and c) know when you’re done, write The End and get to selling/publishing it, d) accept and/or ignore rejection and bad reviews and move on, and e) write (again)

This or That-

*Morning or Night? Night

*Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate

*Summer or Winter? Summer

*Ebook or Paperback? Paperback 

*Fantasy or Paranormal? Paranormal

About the Author-
David Sakmyster is the award-winning author of more than a dozen novels, including Jurassic Dead and The Morpheus Initiative, a series featuring psychic archaeologists (described as “Indiana Jones meets the X-Files”). He also has an epic historical adventure, Silver and Gold, the horror novel Crescent Lake and a story collection, Escape Plans. His latest is Final Solstice, and his screenplays, Nightwatchers and Roadside Assistance, have been optioned for production.

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