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Absolve me? Author Interview

Absolutionbk - Absolve me? Author Interview Absolution: Redux
(Elohim Trilogy, #1)
Louis Corsair
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Publication date: September 15th 2020

At the end of the original Absolution, the Executor traveled back in Time and altered Reality. But by doing so, he set in motion a plan to end his existence and collapse Creation. Because of his actions, there is Absolution: REDUX…

In 1947, a gangster murders private investigator Raymond Adams. In 2011, he’s brought back to life for 24 hours to solve the supernatural murder of a Hollywood Adult film star.

When the son of a Pit Lord is murdered in Hollywood, the celestial beings in charge of the Realms ask Raymond Adams to figure who did it and find the victim’s missing soul. Without memories of his life, he accepts the case to gain eternal peace. But the job is daunting:

24 hours to nab a killer…
24 hours to find a missing soul…
24 hours to unravel the victim’s exotic private life…
24 hours to stop a plot to send the universe into chaos…

With only the help of a possessed cop and a medium, Adams must trek through a Hollywood underground filled with pornography, prostitutes, and sadists, along with supernatural monsters. But can he solve the case when his own haunting memories keep surfacing, telling him exactly what kind of man he was in life?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Louis Says.

  • How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?

That honestly depends on the topic. If I am familiar with the subject, then the research is just a trip down memory lane. Though I try to stay away from topics that are far out of my experience range, it is always a pleasure to learn something new.

The longest I have spent on research is more than five years (and going). It is for a sci-fi story that requires interstellar travel. I don’t want to go the route of other such sci-fi stories—faster than light travel without explanation, worm holes, warp speed, light speed, ludicrous speed, etc. So I decided to spend time researching a viable way to travel around the galaxy.

For Absolution: Redux, I spent a good month researching. But, I do write as I research and adjust in revisions.

  • How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police, medics etc when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good way to approach them in your experience?

In my experience, whenever you approach someone and make them aware that they may be the inspiration behind a story, they are willing to help. That is an opportunity that is out of the ordinary; it flatters most. A few get too attached and want to make sure you write something that isn’t BS. About them. One or two won’t go for the idea at all.

  • If you need specialist knowledge to write a book, how do you obtain it? For instance, do you interview people? Go to the location? Use Google Earth? Apps?

Early on, I wrote a murder mystery that took place in the military barracks where I lived. I was a soldier, so the specific military knowledge, terminology, etc. were all available to me. These days, there is a plethora of information out there on the internet.

There are videos and printed interviews with just about every kind of man and woman in the world. That is also true of locations. Google Earth is fantastic. Youtube is a library of the human condition. The only app I really use is a map app. 

  • What do you read when you are ill in bed?

Hahaha. I mostly read comic books in bed. My ipad pro is big enough so I get all the comic book experience without the bulk. I borrow digital comic books from libraries. I’m living the dream.

  • If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author?

Nnedi Okorafor. She writes some outstanding scifi. I have not read a story from her that I did not like. She’s alive and still writing.

A dead author? Raymond Carver. He was a literary short story writer. “Cathedral” is fantastic.

  • Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?

I think there were unique influences in my writing at different periods. When I was young, it was Steinbeck (style, genre). Later, it was Cormac McCarthy.

In my 30s, I decided to write genre fiction, specifically speculative fiction (fantasy, urban fantasy). The biggest influences then were Neil Gaiman and Ursula Leguin. I know many writers name Tolkien as an influence, but (though I appreciate his extensive world-building and characters) he didn’t influence my style.

Leguin’s Wizard of Earthsea and the Earthsea cycle are astonishingly grounded for a high fantasy setting. There are scenes of domestic situations in that first book that have stuck with me all this time.

As for Gaiman… The way his stories develop and pay-off (particularly Sandman) showed me how to plant seeds that grow into a forest.

And who can forget George R.R. Martin? He will likely influence the writers of high fantasy for the next century.

  • In your opinion who is the funniest author now writing?

In my humble opinion, that would be Mr. Christopher Moore. I enjoy reading comedy. And Moore’s comedic style is right down my alley. When I do read any of his books (or any other comedy books for that matter) I make sure they’re in audiobook format. There’s no greater joy than to hear a voice actor drop a well-placed F-bomb. Har!

  • What music – if any – do you think inspires you to write? Is it different for each novel or the same?

Music sometimes plays a very influential role in my work. Each story has its own theme song—so to speak. When I can find a song or a sound for a story, it helps me visualize the events of the plot—the genre is irrelevant.

I play the music and the events appear in my mind like a movie trailer. For Absolution: Redux it is a song called “Waking up Beside You” by Stabbing Westward.

  • Do you keep a timeline and character traits pinned up on your wall? On post-its? If not how do you remember important items about your characters like height, weight, colouring, likes and dislikes etc?

You know…it got to a point where I had too many details to remember. Technology has helped me here. Google docs has helped me keep track of characters: I have a document with character names and descriptions. I use an Office calendar if I need to see where events fall.

For my upcoming novel, The Wizards Collide, I needed to carefully map all the events; there are 11 stories, which take place in November and December of 2020. Characters pop up in multiple stories and the events of one story influence the others.

For Absolution: Redux, I used pen and paper to keep track of the important events.

  • Should monsters /criminals be given a second chance? Can they be reformed? What is the best type of prison for them?

This question is at the heart of Absolution: Redux. The victim of the murder and several other supporting characters are criminals and have done horrible things. Many of them will end up in the Pit (the story’s version of Hell).

That’s not the whole story, though. The victim of the murder wanted forgiveness, a second chance, for himself, his girlfriend, and the world; he tried to perform a miracle that would accomplish this, but failed.

So, the reader will either sympathize with him and his actions or be repulsed. The dead detective trying to solve the murder has to grapple with this question, especially when someone close to him ends up in the Pit.

  1. Has the pandemic inspired you with any new stories to write? If so, what is the story premise?

The pandemic inspired me to change the ending of a story that takes place in the Los Angeles International airport. I was working there during the start of the pandemic and saw, first hand, how that place became a ghost town.

  • If you were asked to write a family saga which century would you place it in? why? What would be the main premise?

I am working on a family saga. It takes place in an alternate history version of Latin American during the 19th century. During that period in Latin America, there were many wars of independence, which led to bloody civil wars.

And I remember G.R.R. Martin was inspired by the War of the Roses to write his Song of Ice and Fire. So, why not write something similar that has Latin America as a background? Like A Song of Ice and Fire, my story follows an affluential family.

It is a fantasy story, so there will be a magic system and mythological locations, like the Fountain of Youth, and of course, an overarching magical struggle. It also incorporates the cruel story of the conquistadores. It doesn’t have a name right now, but I refer to it as the coffee bean war story.

What about ‘snark’? is it good or bad?

Snark always has a home in a story…in moderation. A character can have a moment of snark or you can include a snarky character. Sometimes, when it’s overdone, snark can lead to an off-putting story.

  • Is it easy to write humour?

Humor (humour) has to be part of your voice. Comedians don’t train like basketball players; they observe and put together material and try it on others.

If they are talented, humor comes easy to them. If they’re mediocre…crickets, man. For them, it’s tough since the audience is right there—and usually well-armed with tomatoes.

I tend to find humor in most situations, so I fall into the comedian crowd. Writing comedic scenes and events is a challenge because you don’t get to hear a reaction. You revise and edit to improve the timing.

Sometimes you delete a joke if you change your mind or if the scene didn’t need one (unless it’s a comedy book, then, yes, it needs one or two or three… Go nuts!).

At the end of the day, you hope someone laughs. There is always an audience for different types of humor, so there is no real limit to it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Louis Corsair is an eight-year veteran of the United States Army. Currently living in Los Angeles, California, he spends his time reading books, going on walks, writing, and enjoying the occasional visit to the beach–while trying to earn an honest buck. As a Los Angeles writer, he feels the weight of famous Los Angeles novelists, like Raymond Chandler, John Fante, Nina Revoyr, among others. 

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The Worst Always Happens

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The Chronicles of St Mary's #11
Jodi Taylor
Fiction
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April 14, 2020
512

The eleventh book in the bestselling Chronicles of St Mary's series. If you love Jasper Fforde, Ben Aaronovitch or Doctor Who, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor. I would have trusted this man with my life. Until a couple of days ago, anyway. You know what they say - hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Max is quite accustomed to everything going wrong. She's St Mary's, after all. Disaster is her default state. But with her family reunited and a jump to Bronze Age Crete in the works, life is getting back to normal. Well, normal for St Mary's. And then, following one fateful night at the Tower of London, everything Max thought she knew comes crashing down around her. Too late for plans. The worst has happened. And who can Max trust now? Readers love Jodi Taylor: 'Once in a while, I discover an author who changes everything... Jodi Taylor and her protagonista Madeleine "Max" Maxwell have seduced me' 'A great mix of British proper-ness and humour with a large dollop of historical fun' 'Addictive. I wish St Mary's was real and I was a part of it' 'Jodi Taylor has an imagination that gets me completely hooked' 'A tour de force'

So Jodi, I mentioned the yellow puddles to my husband- he wanted to know Why I was giggling_and the answer came back: Liquid dynamics;
pressure flow; pipe diameters and drips. So there you have it.
 I have read every book in this series so the beginning confused me.
I had last read of Matthew being grown, so to have him back as a child was wrong. However, I soon got back into the swing of reading, giggling, and sheer amazement at the characters' behaviour and pickles they find themselves in.
 I should point out though, that the flu pandemic mentioned about Paris, was no doubt COVIDI9.
 Just not recognized in this version of history.
 This is not the book to start the series though, and it really isn't standalone. There are too many characters who appear tangentially and too many past adventures.
 I love this series and the madcap weary disasters and  the strange romances between unusual characters. 
History is explained in a very readable form and thus the books are educational too! And very very funny, but with bathos and pathos, and sadness too.

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Let’s View the past – in contemporary time

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Chronicles of St Mary's
Jodi Taylor
contemporary fantasy, historical fantasy, time travel, steam punk
Headline
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Introducing the Time Police, the brand-new series by international best-selling author Jodi Taylor - an irresistible spinoff from the much-loved Chronicles of St Mary's series. Perfect listening for fans of Doctor Who, Ben Aaronovitch and Jasper Fforde. 

A long time ago in the future, the secret of time travel became known to all. Everyone seized the opportunity - and the world nearly ended. There will always be idiots who want to change history. 

And so, the Time Police were formed. An all-powerful, international organisation tasked with keeping the timeline straight. At all costs.

Their success is legendary, and the Time Wars are over. But now the Time Police must fight to save a very different future - their own.

This is the story of Jane, Luke and Matthew - arguably the worst recruits in Time Police history. Or, very possibly, three young people who might just change everything. 

Why is Nothing ever Simple:

A special Chronicles of St Mary’s Christmas short story

It’s Christmas at St Mary’s and time for the traditional illicit jump. Except this one is perfectly legal. It’s Major Guthrie’s last jump. To the Battle of Bannockburn, no less. An important moment in History for two nations – one that warrants everyone’s full attention.

But Max soon finds herself grappling with a near-lethal game of pooh sticks, another avian incursion and two turbulent teenagers intent on piloting their own illegal jump. And that’s all before they even get near fourteenth-century Scotland.

For this is St Mary’s and nothing is ever simple .

My Review
The series continues.

10 books and some small stories, and still more in the pipeline.

It is some time since I picked up this series but found the 2019 Christmas novella and read it immediately! Bannockburn and the removal of  the King’s   head by The Bruce. But did he do it? Major Guthrie wants to know. Who exactly did remove it is part of what's explored here_ and where was Mikey going with the Teapot? And what might have happened if they did go?

I then found 2 more short stories and a complete book I had missed!

'When Did You Last See Your Father?'

'And Now for Something Completely Different?

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Now for Jodi Taylor. ‘Doing Time’.

She is still working her St Mary’s series, but has branched out to take Matthew back to the Time Police, and is starting a spin-off about him and 2 unlikely colleagues becoming Time Police trainees.

As always it is full of humour as per this funny statement about the business of maintenance finding what small parts always roll around and then are lost into an alternative dimension- just like socks I think.  Speak to any woman and they will tell you about how 2 socks go into the washing machine, but when you go to pair them up, there is only l.

I cannot fault Jodi Taylor. Her ST. M. books always make me giggle.

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Just what is History’s Truth?






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An Argumentation of Historians




The Chronicles of St Mary's Series Book 9





Jodi Taylor





Historians, action and adventure, sci-fi




Accent Press Ltd




February 22, 2018




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They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max, obviously, gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back...

When I found out that some more books had continued – what I had thought was the end of – the Chronicles of St Mary’s, I immediately bought them.

This is one of my favourite series as I love history – and even took it for A levels. and here much of what you read in the story is historically very accurate, you just have a number of people involved in these events by accident through time travel. Or as St Mary’s prefers to call it – viewing history in contemporary time.

Stories about Alexander The Great are many – he did so much in such a very short time, and thus must have been an amazing person, and I can quite see why anyone would want to go and see him for themselves. And to see one of the fabled cities of the Old World before destruction and a fabled Library too…

But as always things don’t go according to plan for Max and her compatriots. And Jodi Taylor’s imagination is let loose on just what can go wrong when a city is burning, and there are lots of drunken people about, and soldiers celebrating a win, and…

Note to author: please explain more about Roman manages to keep his pod working and even gets more bought and people paid.

Great fun and good suspense. Well written stories.

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Off to see what really happened






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And the Rest Is History




St Mary's Chronicles





Jodi Taylor





contemporary fiction, romance, humour, sci-fi




Accent Press Ltd




April 13, 2017




320


five star - Off to see what really happened

No one knows quite how, but Max and her baby are safe at last. No one knows quite how, but Peterson has persuaded Dr Foster to marry him. No one knows quite how, but Markham's marital status remains unknown. Certainly no one knows quite how a twelve-foot-high teapot has mysteriously materialised on the South Lawn, but it has. But they do know that Clive Ronan is back. They do know that he hates them and that this time he has good cause. And they do know that he will bring death and destruction in his wake. Follow the disaster magnets of St Mary's from the Egyptian desert to the Battle of Stamford Bridge, and from Hastings to the Sack of Constantinople in this, the eighth book in The Chronicles of St Mary's.

I love this series – which is not about time travel – not at all – it is all about viewing events in contemporaneous time. which means using a pod to travel to certain co-ordinates in time and space and tying to find out what really happened.

The problem for St Mary’s – the ‘academic’ institute which houses the historians that undertake this – is that something tends to go wrong. Regularly!  Hence the need to have them accompanied at all times by Security guys and to have a fully functioning hospital ward or 2.

I spend most of these books giggling. Snorting. and with tears running done my face from the hilarious escapades. Especially, when they get bored and decide to recreate (the R&D dept) events. Like Cleopatra and the carpet. Or various war machines , or…

Max, the heroine, is relentlessly practical. Once things have gone awry. Her reports are a work of Art. And then we have the Muse of History popping up to ensure that this timeline remains the same – even though there have been time wars.

So these books are well written. Humorous. Full of real (researched) history and some quite unbelievable happenstances that add a certain panache to the stories.

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