For the last few weeks, I’ve been sharing with you the writing talents that comprise Seven Realms Publishing’s newest book: THE GAME, an anthology of short stories inspired by Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game. Well, the good news is that now we’re no longer PREVIEWING this awesome book!! It’s now available in both ebook and print. I’ll have links to where you can pick them up at the end of tonight’s post. But for now…I wanted to let author David Wood talk to you a bit about his contribution to The Game, as well as his own books and what he has in store for the future.
If you’re unfamiliar with Dave (Egads! I pity you if you are and highly recommend you go pick his books up as soon as possible), he has a written a series of treasure hunting adventure novels featuring Dane Maddock and his Native American partner Bones. Together, they have hunted some major cool treasures and got themselves into a ton of fine messes…all with a certain flare that is the hallmark of a fantastic thriller.
Besides, his own writing career (in which he has just recently started doing full time!!! (Every author’s dream)), he also is the co-host of ThrillerCast…a podcast dedicated to talking about all the facets that make up the very broad genre we call “thrillers”. It’s honestly one of my favorite “radio” shows and I rarely miss an episode when I can. You can take a listen to it here (http://thrillerpodcast.blogspot.com/
So anyway, without further ado, I’ll let David Wood talk to you for the rest of the post. 🙂
A WORD FROM DAVID WOOD…
My first encounter with The Most Dangerous Game was in high school English. I remember being stunned, not only by the story itself, but by the fact that my school actually required us to read something cool! The concept of man hunting man touches us on so many levels. For some, it represents the ultimate test of strength, skill, and cunning, while others will view it as the highest-stakes chess match in which a person could engage. For many, it will conjure up dark images from history, or stir up or deepest fears. Regardless of what one brings to the table when sitting down to read such a story, the premise is certain to elicit a strong response in the reader.
When I was asked to immerse my signature characters, Dane Maddock and “Bones” Bonebrake, in this scenario, I leapt at the opportunity. I figured if Rutger Hauer and Ice T couldn’t mess the story up, neither could I. But by whom should my characters be hunted? I reflected on their personal histories, reviewed their bios, and there it was! Bones is a Native American who grew up in the south and had his share of bad experiences with people from the shallow end of the gene pool. Or, to put it like Eric Cartman, he hates rednecks. Once I chose the antagonists, I first considered a Deliverance-type scenario, but felt that would not pose enough of a challenge for a pair of former SEALS. Instead, I decided to drop them into unfamiliar terrain, unarmed, against skilled hunters, and see where it went from there. The result is my contribution to The Game, a short story titled “Dark Entry.”
I can’t tell you what an exciting summer it’s been for me as I have made the transition to full-time author, and The Game is just one of the many highlights. Quest, the latest Dane Maddock adventure, has gotten off to a terrific start and is currently sitting at #1 on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases” chart in the Men’s Adventure category. I’ve also released my first young adult book, a dark humor-laden zombie novella called The Zombie-Driven Life. I’m also wrapping up Callsign: Queen, a novella I’m co-authoring with Jeremy Robinson in his Jack Sigler/Chess Team universe. If that’s not enough to get you good and tired of me, listen to me and my evil henchman, author Alan Baxter, on our ThrillerCast podcast. (No, it’s not about Michael Jackson- it’s about reading, writing, and publishing in the thriller genre.) Also, please visit me on the web at www.davidwoodweb.com, stop by my blog, or connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.
I’m grateful to Kent and the Seven Realms family for including me in this truly top-notch anthology.
Thanks David. And we wish you the very best of luck! If you want to be one of the cool kids and be up to date on this exciting up-and-coming author, here are a few links for you to pick up copies of his books:
And while you’re in a book buyin’ kind of of mood…remember to pick up a copy of THE GAME anthology!!! Here’s the link to the Kindle version of the book:
And for whatever reason, Amazon hasn’t listed the print version yet….so here’s a link to both the print and Nook version through Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-game-sean-ellis/1104527754
If you buy the print version now, you can pick it up for only $7.93! Regular price is $12.99, so that’s a bargain!