Hello everyone! LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews are honored to have a prolific writer such as Christopher Golden with us today! With triple digit available titles, Christopher’s library of literary excellence would take pages to list outright. Instead, we’ll give you his formal biography, tell you about his newest release, his upcoming release, and then go from there.
His latest release, “The Shadow Men”, Book #4 in the HIDDEN CITIES series co-written with Tim Lebbon, was released on June 28, 2011 and has been called “an adrenaline pumping thriller”. For readers not familiar with the HIDDEN CITIES, we’ll do our best to explain the premise behind the series and give you the synopsis of Book #4.
In HIDDEN CITIES, there is another universe where the cities are basically sentient. This consciousness is embodied within a human Oracle whose main purpose is to help the inhabitants of the city and the city itself. “Mind the Gap”, Book #1 of the series was about London. Book #2, “The Map of Moments” told the tale of New Orleans, while Book #3, “The Chamber of Ten” took readers to Venice. “The Shadow Men” is set in Boston. As a side note, while written as a series, each book can be read as a standalone without confusion.
“The Shadow Men” Synopsis:
Queue dramatic music! ;-) Now let’s chat about Christopher’s upcoming release.
On October 4, 2011, Christopher will be releasing the official novel of Naughty Dog’s award-winning videogame franchise. The book is titled “Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth”.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: Hi Christopher! We’re honored to have you here today; glad to help you and Tim promote “The Shadow Men”, and excited to find out more about you and some of the other series in your extensive library of literary excellence.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: We like to start out by finding out a bit more about our guest author, and then we’ll dig into your work…
Q2): How and when did you start writing? Did you always know that you wanted to be an author?
Christopher: I started writing in junior high school but didn’t attempt it seriously until I was in high school. I still have a couple of those early stories. I submitted short stories to various magazines in high school and a couple of times in college, but it was only during my senior year at Tufts that I began writing my first novel and realized it was what I wanted to do for a living.
Q4): Who is your favorite musical artist?
Christopher: Again, an impossible question. I love music and I listen to a broad variety of artists. Growing up, it was Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band. Now it’s everything from Flogging Molly to Coldplay to Adele.
Q5): What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?
Christopher: I have a deep love for movies and good TV. Obviously I read, both books and comics. Any other time I have I spend with my family.
Q7): Do you have a specific writing routine that you follow for the days that you know will be hard-core, head down writing days?
Christopher: Put the music on. Try my damnedest to stay off the Internet. Fail at that, then try again. Screen my calls. Write my ass off. J
Q9): If they were to make a movie about your life to date, what would it be called?
Christopher: ODD DAD. My kids certainly have a strange character for a father.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: O.K, now let’s find out some more about some of your work…
Q11): Can you tell us a little bit about what it’s like writing the media tie-ins? It seems like that would be a lot of fun, but also challenging…
Christopher: You have to love whatever it is you’re working on. Doing it just for a paycheck is going to result in something less than your best…and maybe even less than that. I’ve been very fortunate in that I’ve gotten to write media tie-ins to film and TV and comic book properties that genuinely excite me. I’m very busy with my original work, but I still get excited about certain media tie-in projects that came along. I’ve turned down plenty of them, including one just a couple of weeks ago. I was happy to be asked, but I just wasn’t into it. But I’ve got two out this year, and both were a blast. DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK: BLACKWOOD’S GUIDE TO DANGEROUS FAIRIES is something I did with Guillermo del Toro, and UNCHARTED: THE FOURTH LABYRINTH ties into the video game series. These were two of the biggest challenges I’ve encountered with media tie-in work, but so much fun in spite of that.
Christopher: If you’ve played the UNCHARTED video games, you’ll know what to expect, but what I love about the games and what I loved about writing the book is that it has so much of what I love all packed into one series. History, mythology, folklore, adventure, and smartass remarks. Raiders of the Lost Ark and Doc Savage. [Influence-wise, I mean.] Ancient civilizations. All of that. And the characters are wonderful. THE SHADOW MEN takes a subject that’s always fascinated me—Boston’s immigrant history—and spins it into a story about three parallel versions of Boston, and what happens when a woman and her daughter slip from one into another…and her husband and best friend have to find a way to go after them.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: Christopher, thank you so much for being with us today! We feel privileged to have been able to talk to an author of your experience, and are looking forward to chatting a little bit more Live later on. J
Christopher: Thank you!