Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Interview with Alex Gulczynski Author of Eustice: Reaper Corps Book 1

Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

My name is Alex Gulczynski. My pen name is Alex Gulczynski because pen names are for chumps. Well, not really, but I do think if you have enough passion to write something, you should have enough passion to put your real name on it.

I write mainly toward the fantasy end of fiction, but have plans to write an autobiographical tale of my own experiences in High School as a stutterer. I live in Seattle with my wife and son where I write and teach science to young kids. I can also freeze water with my mind.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Eustice is a fantasy/paranormal story of epic proportions and enjoyment. The story is told from the prespective of a teen girl who has recently passed on to the afterlife. There she finds herself in a surreal world of lost souls, angels, and demons. She is drafted into the Reaper Corps and forced to hunt down rogue mortal before getting caught up in sinister plot as old as time.

It's epic I tell you!

Are you a mom (or parent)?

My wife and I just had our first child, a boy, two months ago.

If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

Yes, but not as hard as I thought. Being two months our baby does need a lot of attention but he also sleeps a lot. So, right now I can find time to write between him and my day job. Though, I'm more tired now than I ever have been. Which means sometimes that writing time turns into staring at the cursor and dreaming about my bed time.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

I wrote Eustice mainly to be entertaining. I didn't have an explicit message to convey. That said, I'm sure there are a few in there. I'm curious what the readers of the book think. Readers tend to find hidden gems that authors don't know they buried.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

Eustice is the first of a planned three part series called The Reaper Corps. The next part is nearly done. I'm aiming to have it finished and published by the end of the month. We'll see if my son agrees with that time line or not.

It is difficult to share anything about the next book without spoiling what happens in the first. I will say that this book follows Eustice as she leaves Purgatory in search of something. Likewise, it is also epic.

What book are you reading now?

Right now I am reading A Sea of Storms from George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire aloud to my wife feeds at son at night. It is a great way to wind down and relax. I've read the book before but she has not and we're looking to finish it before the next part of the TV series comes out and before my son can understand what the words I'm reading mean.

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Reaper Corps Book 1
Alex Gulczynski

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

ISBN: 9781476255484

Number of pages: 242
Word Count: 84000

Book Description:

Eustice P. Jennings awakens alone and confused on an ugly piece of office furniture in Purgatory. Being dead is the least of her problems as she is quickly drafted into the dangerous Reaper Corps and plunged headfirst into the endless conflict between Heaven and Hell. Friends and allies are few and far as Eustice struggles to find her place in a surreal world she never imagined could exist.

About the Author:

Eustice is Alex Gulczynski's debut novel. He is currently living in Seattle and teaching science to elementary students. He and his wife had their first child in December. He is using these sleepless nights to work on the next book to further the story of Eustice and Thayer. He hopes to have it out by March 2013.

Twitter: @alexgulczynski

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