Friday, June 14, 2013

Blog Ring of Power Presents: D.C. Farmer

It's Friday! Whoot. The best part, the sun is out in good ole' New England.  That and I'm starting the Blog Ring of Power interviews this week.  So sit back, drink that wonderful mug of coffee or some hardier drink and take a look.

Don't forget to visit my buddies next week for the rest of the interview.  hint, hint, nudge, nudge.

Part 1 @ Right here, right now! - Friday, June 14th

Welcome DC Farmer to the Realm.  
 Once a successful doctor of medicine, DC Farmer now works two days a week for the NHS and, thanks to the wonders of Krudian physics, the other nine days a week for Hipposync Enterprises, as a scribe.

Hipposync was established in the early fourteenth century as a purveyor and publisher of rare books, the sort of stuff you are not able to get elsewhere and which contains information as varied as how to guard your castle against the Hordes of Maltasub using Harpie blood and tar, and how to change a beetle into a useful toothpick.

Of course, you will have gathered from all of this that Hipposync is, in fact, just a cover.  What lurks beneath that thin veneer of respectability (yeah, right) is much, much more interesting. Hiding behind an office on the banks of the canal in Jericho, Oxford is the Department of Fimmigration (as in Fae immigration). Hey, there has to be one, otherwise just anyone could walk in, right?

DC’s role in documenting the work of the Fimmigration Service  has, over the years, led to the realization that the world needs to know. Moreover, if he doesn’t tell someone soon he is going to burst. So, we begin with The 400 Lb Gorilla– which will soon be published in its totality by Spence City once appropriate clearance from the ‘authorities’ has been obtained.

Some people say that this is contemporary fantasy fiction. Believe me, it’s real enough on planet hipposync.
DC Farmer is alive and well in darkest West Wales.

 Okay, let's move on to the interview of doom, I mean, glory.

Section #1: About You

BRoP: How long have you been writing?

DC: twenty five years or more.

BRoP: When and why did you begin writing? 

DC: Always wanted to, but suppressed the urge to qualify as a doctor of medicine. Once that final professional exam was obtained, I was off to the races.

BRoP: Tell us about your early works—what was the first thing you ever wrote? 

DC: I was always fascinated by writing and my parents bought me an Olivetti typerwiter when I was in my teens (in the days before laptops and word-processors . With that I wrote a story about a child communicating with nature, called Verdance. Sheesh.

BRoP: When did you first consider yourself a professional writer? 

DC: When I got a parcel from my publisher with that squeaky clean book inside.

BRoP: What genre do you write? 

DC: Previously adult thrillers. Now MG science fantasy and Adult contemporary urban fantasy

BRoP: What is your favorite theme/genre to write about? 

DC: Urban fantasy. It gives you so much scope to take a sideways look at all sorts of contemporary themes, unconstrained by reality.

BRoP: If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be? 

DC: What I do nine to five. A doctor of medicine.

The 400 Lb Gorilla

Matt Danmore thinks he’s lucky. Not many people get to survive a near death accident with nothing more than a bout of amnesia, a touch of clumsiness and the conviction that the technician that did the MRI had grey skin and hooves.

Still,  It takes time to recover from trauma like that, especially when the girl that was in the accident with you has disappeared into thin air, and especially when the shrinks keep telling you she’s just a figment of your imagination.

So when she turns up a year later looking like a million dollars and wanting to carry on where they left off, Matt’s troubled life starts looking up.  But he hasn’t bargained for the baggage that comes with Silvy, like the fact she isn’t really an English language student, or even a girl.

Underneath her traffic stopping exterior is something else altogether, something that involves raving fanatics bent on human sacrifice,  Thames tsunamis, dimensionally challenged baked bean tins, a vulture with a penchant for profanity, and a security agent  for the Dept of Fimmigration (that’s Fae immigration for those of you not in the know) called Kylah with the most amazing gold-flecked eyes…

The 400 Lb Gorilla is a  caustically witty, vampire-free introduction to the Hipposync Archives: Contemporary fantasy at its sparkling best.

Website (But a re-design is in the offing)
Twitter  @hipposync.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for this, E.M. As mentioned people think I'm a bit mad to have two pseudonyms, but I've made my bed and I'm now enjoying lying in it.