Monday, August 26, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with Robert Poulin

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

I am a disability rights advocate and the Executive Director of the North Country Center for Independence in upstate New York. I've been legally blind since infancy, but this hasn't stopped me from achieving my goals thanks to a mom who taught me to be independent and hardworking. My first book is Wail of the Banshees, an urban fantasy ghost story. I am especially pleased to have been able to dedicate this book to my mom who is truly my hero.
Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

In Wail of the Banshees, Veronika Kane, a twenty one year old college student is murdered in the first scene. Veronika lives on as a ghost and must find her way through a new world ruled by evil ghosts, where slavery and tyranny are the norm. At first, Veronika is obsessed with getting revenge on the man who killed her and undertakes a quest to help the Philadelphia Police Department capture the killer. After some personal failures and much suffering, Veronika leads a revolution to overthrow the evil Master of shadow Philly. Wail of the Banshees features thrilling action on a scale reminiscent of The Matrix.

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

My first love during free time is reading. I love to read urban fantasy, science fiction, and epic fantasy. I also play video games and watch some TV. My favorite show is Sons of Anarchy, which I started watching for research on my third Ghost Wars Sage book. I am also a big tabletop RPG player and GM. I'm also a dog lover, our yellow lab died recently and we are currently looking for a new dog to join the family.

Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?

I love steampunk and epic fantasy. I'd love to write in both genres in the future. I am currently in the early planning stages of a paranormal steampunk on Mars series that I'm tentatively calling Paranormal Frontiers.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Right now my favorite character that I've written is named Alric Soulheim. Alric makes an appearance in book two of the Ghost Wars Saga, Death Toll. He is a five centuries old troll, the king of his race who are facing extinction. In book three of Ghost Wars Saga, Echoes of Madness, Alric will be joining Veronika as a point of view character. I love Alric because he is a survivor who will do whatever he needs to do to save his people. Alric is a troll with a personal honor code but he isn't held back by societal morals. Alric will personally be challenged when true love enters his heart. Will doing anything to save his people come into conflict with friendship and love? Stay tunes.
Veronika Kane is pretty much tied with Alric for a spot in my heart. She is my first published protagonist, and she's personally impressive. Veronika is courageous and determined. She has a strong moral code and is stubborn. She's a great character.

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

Book two of the Ghost Wars Saga is called Death Toll. Death Toll primarily takes part in the living city of Philadelphia and see Veronika team up with detective Frank Cooper, a wizard named Nathaniel Carter, and a were-ferret former CIA agent named Brianna Martin. Veronika and team are up against a cult that is trying to bring the Great Old Ones back into our world. The troll, Alric Soulheim will be making his first appearance, can anyone imagine a troll wielding the Liberty Bell as a melee weapon against fire giants? There's a free sample chapter of Death Toll in the back of all editions of Wail of the Banshees. Also, be sure to visit my tour stop on on August 27th for the debut release of the 6,000 word prologue to Death Toll.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

Death Toll will hopefully be ready for release by Christmas or by early spring 2014. I am hip deep in revision with my editor Jaimee Finnegan. I am also about fifteen percent through the first draft of Echoes of Madness, the third book in the Ghost Wars Saga.

What book are you reading now?

I just finished reading Seduced by Moonlight by Laurell K Hamilton a few day ago and I'm currently reading Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews. I'm a big fan of the Kate Daniels series.

What is in your to read pile?

I have the last three books of the Sign of the Zodiac series and two books of the Iron Druid Chronicles series to complete. I also have 2 books in the House of Night series and 3 in the Graywalker series to complete. I am also eagerly awaiting Jim Butcher's first steampunk novels. Also the sequel to Gods of Gotham should be out soon.

Wail of the Banshees
Ghost Wars Saga Book One
Robert Poulin

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Publisher: Ghost Watch Publishing
Date of Publication: June 19, 2013

mobi: ISBN: 0989446905
Print: ISBN13:  9780989446907
epub: 9780989446921
mobi: B00DH7JQNK

Number of pages: 350 print
Word Count: 100, 471

Cover Artist: Hannah Carr

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Short description

A murdered college student must help the Philadelphia Police Department track down the serial killer responsible for her death and then lead an improbable rebellion against the powers that be in the ghost realm of Limbo.

My name is Veronika Kane and dying, dying was just the beginning.

How was I supposed to know that getting smashed on my 21st birthday would lead me to becoming the 9th victim of a serial killer that’s been stalking Philadelphia’s streets for months? Now I’m a ghost and unlife is pretty scary. Reapers, wraiths, ghouls, gargoyles: all of the monsters that I thought were storybook characters are real! On top of it all, the powers that be in the ghost world want to enslave me and use me in their own diabolical plot to manipulate the people of the living world. Too bad I didn’t turn out to be the kind of ghost they wanted me to be, and I’m not about to let them turn me into one of their puppets. These ghosts are responsible for my murder and the murders of eight other women.

A rebellion is coming, and the ghosts that run this place are about to find out just how big a mistake they made when they had me killed.

My name is Veronika Kane and being murdered isn't the end of my story.

Wail of the Banshees is an Urban Fantasy Novel and the first book in the exciting Ghost Wars saga which features paranormal horror and action set in living Philadelphia and the ghostly world of Limbo.

About the Author:

Robert Poulin was born and raised in the New England state of Connecticut. After spending his late teenage years in Boca Raton Florida, Robert moved to upstate New York where he lived with his uncle Wilbrod Poulin and attended the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

After earning a Bachelor's in Political Science and a Master's in Teaching, Robert went back to Florida where he taught Social Studies for a few years. After returning to Northern New York, Robert took a job with the North Country Center for Independence: a disability rights and advocacy organizations.

Robert has worked for NCCI for thirteen years and is now the Executive Director.

Wail of the Banshees is Robert's first novel; he has been a huge fan of fantasy and science fiction since second grade when he discovered The Hobbit. Urban fantasy in particular has become Robert's favored genre in the past decade.

Robert has been legally blind since infancy, but thanks to a mom that encouraged independence, hard work, and a healthy dose of dreaming, the disability has mostly just been an inconvenience. Robert is currently in the editorial process with his second novel, Death Toll, and is writing Echoes of Madness the third novel in the Veronika Kane saga.

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1 comment:

Jamie Arnold said...

neat give away. still loving the blog