Yay! My Baron of Books has been telling me for a while how much he loved Django Wexler’s The Thousand Names and I finally arranged a playdate with Django. His flintlock fantasy story is on my TBR mountain even more after reading The Barons review. 😉 Click HERE to see why.
Django is a darlin’ and plays well with my brand of crazy. 😛 Enjoy the silly and make sure to enter my giveaway too.
The Queen of Tarts
Me: Welcome to The Book Tart Django! (By the way I adore your name! It’s loads of fun to say!) Come on in and get comfy on my virtual couch. It’s red and fuzzy. <g> Plus I has snacks. Oh! Can I get you a drink? Coffee, water, soda… hot toddy or something else festive? I’m going for hot chocolate with rum! (‘cause it’s not gone. 😛 )
Django: If there’s one thing I like, its couches. And hot chocolate. That may be two things.
People are always telling me, “Man, you have the best pen name ever!” And I always have to break it to them that it’s my actual name, so I can’t really take credit for it. Apparently my parents just chose perfectly with my future career in mind! (They may be wizards.)
Me:I think they ARE wizards. *nods* It’s a wonderful author name. 😉
*passes Django his drink and flops on the couch* Please tell me how you came up with The Thousand Names and your intriguing mashup of flintlock and fantasy? My Baron of Books absolutely positively loved your story and it’s on my towering TBR pile. 😉
Click HERE for his review 😉
Django: I hope you enjoy it! Basically, I really liked what George R. R. Martin did in A Song of Ice and Fire, bringing a more grounded, historical context to fantasy, so I decided I wanted to do something like that. But that meant looking a bit farther afield for a setting, since the traditional fantasy knights-and-castles world has been pretty well covered now.
I was reading about the campaigns of Napoleon at the time, and I thought would make a really excellent model. The original draft of The Shadow Campaigns storyline was basically just a fantasy retelling of the Napoleonic Wars. As I went on I put a lot more fantasy into it, so it veered off in new directions. (Which I’m really happy about!) But the setting and the military focus comes from its origin as a Napoleonic story.
Me: Have you been to any conventions that you get to dress up in costume? I love dressing up! I went to Dragon Con a few years ago and our group dressed as the groupies for Captain Hammer (The Baron of Books dressed as Captain Hammer lol) Sooo do you dress up?
Django: Not often, I have to say. I’m not very handy with crafts and such, so I only really do that sort of thing when someone else is making the props or costumes. One of my friends had a cosplay wedding, which I went to with a sword and a black leather trenchcoat, but that’s about as close as I come. Seeing the awesome costumes is one of my favorite parts of going to cons, though! This year I was at NY and San Diego Comic Cons, and there were tons of amazing people.
Me: Fun! Fun! Fun!!! I so want to go to one of the Comic Cons. And a cosplay wedding? *sigh* Nice!
*munches popcorn and passes bowl to Django* Are you at all ready for the holidays? I’m not! Do you decorate and do your cats knock down the ornaments?
Django: Om nom nom. Getting there. I have some edits I need to turn in before I go on vacation, so I’m working hard to get through those! Once that’s done, I’ll be ready.
Holidays are actually the loneliest time of the year for the cats. I usually go back to NY, where I grew up, to spend the season with family, so friends here have to come over and make sure the kitties are fed and watered. I don’t do much decoration here, but back in NY there’s always a big tree and other fun stuff.
Me: I’m so glad you get to visit family! I just came back from Thanksgiving with family and it was so wonderful.
Can you tell me what you are working on now? I’m so intrigued by your middle grade story The Forbidden Library… and I know The Baron wants a sequel to The Thousand Names.
Django: You’re both in luck! So, in April, The Forbidden Library comes out. It’s a middle-grade fantasy about a girl who is sent to live with her strange uncle after her father disappears. She sneaks into his library and finds out that she has the power to use the magical books inside, and then gets into a lot of trouble! There’s also talking cats.
Me: Sold! I wants it. 😀
The sequel to The Thousand Names is The Shadow Throne, and it comes out in July. It’s getting close to done, there’s probably a couple of rounds of editing left. In between rounds of that, I’m working on editing the sequel to The Forbidden Library, which doesn’t have a final title yet, but I’m already really excited about! After that, it’s on to book three of The Shadow Campaigns for 2015. Lots to keep me busy!
Me: Wow! We’d love to help you spread the word. Book birthdays are one of my favorite things to celebrate. 😀
Thank you for playing with me but the fun’s not done…. Before I let you go let’s have a quickie… 😉
Me: You are a very good playdate! Thank you. 😀
PS. Make sure you enter my contest! *waves down*