Today I am interviewing Steve Myers, Author of Nowhere Nowhen, and Garden of the Falling Moon.
Published by Eternal Press and Damnation Books.
Hello Steve and welcome!
Q: Those are some great book titles. I find Garden of the Falling Moon intriguing in particular. How does the title relate to your story?
A: The title refers to the garden where the woman Esther Marie swings at night and plays the recorder. The falling moon refers to the fact that the moon really does fall toward the earth and as one character says, "Everything falls together." It also refers to Esther's hopes and the result.
Q: Are your books part of a series or set in the same universe?
A: GARDEN is not part of a series exactly, but I have written a story for the first three decades of the 20th century that place the characters in the world of their times. I plan to write one for each decade. NOWHERE NOWHEN is set in a dystopian future and may be book one of a trilogy if I can work it out and if there is interest.
Q: Halloween is nearly upon us. Which book should readers buy for the season and why?
A: GARDEN is definitely a book with an autumnal mood, although it takes place in August. Several of the characters are shady and do bring terror.
Q: Who are your literary influences?
A: When I was young it was: Hemingway, then Joyce, then Faulkner, and once I was an adult I began to appreciate Chekhov, Pushkin, Leskov, and Tolstoy. There are writers I admire: Jane Austen, Katherine Ann Porter, Dreiser, Hashek -- but I don't think there is much influence. I read a lot of poetry at one time (Shakespeare in particular) and that might have helped tighten up my prose.
Q: Garden of the Falling Moon is a Historical-Thriller. What elements fall under the category of Secret History Or Alternate History?
A: I don't think the history is really secret just merely not well known: there were very active bands of terrorists at that time and people were killed with bombs. Women, immigrants, blacks, the poor were discriminated against and had rough lives. And the mafia was up and running, especially in New Orleans. All of that is a key part of the story. No one chooses the time or the world they're born into and that becomes the history they have to live.