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Archive for June, 2012

Announcing a new ALPHA signing and some more interviews

Greg has just posted details of what may be the last of the ALPHA signings at his Facebook page. Mark your calendars for Monday, June 18 at 7:00 PM, when Greg will be at Murder By the Book in Portland.

And, again, as a reminder, if you’d like a signed copy of ALPHA, but missed Greg on his recent tour, contact Murder By the Book, and they’ll be happy to arrange one for you.

Greg talked to CBR’s Alex Dueben about all manner of things as part of the Sunday Conversation:

There is a three-book arc that this is the first part of. I’m undecided as to how final the ending of the third one will be. There may be more with these characters or characters related to them beyond that, but right now, “Alpha,” “Bravo” and — right now we’re calling the third one “Charlie”, though that may change — are a three book cycle, and ideally fairly self-contained as a result. Hopefully they’ll be easily accessible as well. There’s not a whole lot of continuity. I think the first book of a series you can come in and everything should be there. Jad as a character is pretty fully formed when you meet him, and clearly he has a body of experience and skill to justify the story in “Alpha.” But he’s got a journey to make. I’m working on the second one right now and the third one will test him even more than the second one does.

He chatted with MTV Geek about ALPHA:

What makes it different? Honestly, this started with me asking myself “what’s the most cliché action story I can think of,” and then trying to take all the pieces of the cliché and breaking them into something new. The book has everything short of a guy saying, “Man, I was three days from retirement, I bought a boat”—you know what I mean? There is an element—it’s not over the top—but there is a certain self-awareness in the story. The scenario is created as plausibly as possible. I mean, I do crazy amounts of research. I want this stuff to “work,” so to speak. I need to be, at least to me, believable—because if I feel if I cannot invest some element of verisimilitude, the reader is absolutely not going to buy in. And the emotional element of the story has to be sincere because if there’s no empathy you lose your audience. So at first blush, this book is about a guy with a gun chasing other guys with guns. But I do think what makes Alpha perhaps distinctive in the genre is both its self-awareness of what it’s doing. I’m certainly not the first guy to go, Hey, terrorist, amusement park, let’s run with it. But it’s the first time in my experience I’ve ever seen anyone run towards it, if that makes sense, the surrealism of the scenario.

And he chatted with John Siuntres for another dual installment of the always fascinating Rucka Debrief at Word Balloon. Here’s part one, and part two.