Welcome to the Longclaws and Alien Agenda tour, by Steve Peek – The following places will be hosting Steve on his journey in the next few weeks, as he tours around blogs and shares information about his writing process and more.
Steve is talking about Longclaws today – here’s what he had to say….
Longclaws is a book that was written and rewritten more times than I remember over more than a twenty year period. The story was born of thinking about another book that was completed in 1984.
My book Otherworld is a non-fiction work that provides evidence, via world mythologies, that not only did parallel worlds exist, but that ancient men often had to deal with things that passed between one world and the next.
After completing Otherworld, Longclaws was born of wondering: what if?
One of the things I wanted to accomplish was eliminate the readers’ need to suspend belief. I wanted long claws to be a horror novel where no victim tripped over nothing while fleeing a vicious creature. I wanted the science to be solid and easily and quickly explainable so readers would know that it is feasible. I didn’t want any character to do anything stupid and I did not want to suspend any natural laws in order to bring the story together.
My reviewers, so far, confirm I succeeded.
Now, the big problem is making people aware this book exists in this universe or another one.
You can follow Steve as he blogs about his adventures writing this, Alien ‘science faction’ and more at Steve Peek’s Blog.
Their world is crowded with active volcanoes, sulfur and acid rains, permanent thick clouds turn day into deep twilight. It is a violent place: moment-to-moment survival is victory, every creature is constantly predator and prey, sleep is certain death. This is home to the longclaws, beings of super-human speed, strength and senses. Their predatory skills allow them only a tenuous niche in their hellish environment. Though smart and fierce, their rank in the food chain is far below the top. One clan leader draws from ancient legends of paradise and devises a plan to escape and take his clan to the otherworld – a world filled with slow, defenseless prey. The clan activates an Indian mound deep in southern forests and enters our world -hungry for prey. Torrential rains and washed out bridges force a runaway teen, an old dowser and a Cherokee healer to face the horrors of the clan’s merciless onslaught. Mankind’s legends are filled with vampires, werewolves, dragons and other nightmarish. Perhaps our legend of hell is based on the world of the Longclaws.
Steve Peek grew up in a family of readers and writers. In the second grade a neighbor gave him a toy printing press and, using rubber linotype, he wrote and printed a neighborhood paper. His first short story won a competition in his third grade class. Sometimes he dreamed of being a policeman, fireman, lawyer, minister, soldier, politician, but in every dream he was also a writer. Peek loves games. He enjoyed a forty year career in the game industry which allowed him to travel the world where he was able to explore many of the ancient, mythical places he’d read about. Some legends associated with these enigmatic sites led him down a winding road to a junction where myth meets science and the hold of this magical place continues its grip. Over the decades Steve always wrote. Sometimes just here and there. Twice he managed to have books published. Now, with the precious time to write, Steve found the traditional publishing world in disarray and decided that it is more important for him to write than to sell books to the big publishing houses. The venue of the e-book makes this possible. So, for better or for worse, Steve sits at a kitchen table looking into the woods around his home in the Smokey Mountains and writes every day. Reviewers have declared his books Longclaws and Alien Agenda: Why they came, Why they stayed to be a new sub-genre, ‘science faction’. Much of the books are based on history and science while the story falls under fiction. Steve’s books are based on things that interest him and he works hard to make them interesting for his readers. He would like to hear from you via jstephenpeek on facebook or send him a message via his contact form.
D Kai Wilson-Viola, or Kai, is a writer with many pen names. By day, she's a freelancer, but by night, she writes. Or at least, tries to.
Under Sabrann Curach (horror), Fayth C Reeves (erotica), Jaden Trinsic (transgressive), Kai Viola (girly stuff) and D Kai Wilson-Viola (almost everything else).
In the next six months she's got seven books planned, after sitting on them for years and years. She can also be found at Author, Interrupted or By Kai. When not writing she's usually scaring the life out of herself with extreme horror books and movies and knitting, chasing around after her two cats and two kids, or gaming with her partner. Currently, she's battering around on Heroes of the Storm.