Today I'm very happy to host the cover reveal of my friend Kai Kiriyama's special edition of BLAZE TUESDAY AND THE CASE OF THE KNIGHT SURGEON! I'm also featuring a special excerpt and an interview with Kai herself.
If you like pulpy noir mysteries, this book will be released on August 5, 2014. Purchase links will be posted primarily on Kai's website: www.theraggedyauthor.com.
Here it is! And as always, thanks for visiting <3
BLAZE TUESDAY AND THE CASE OF THE KNIGHT SURGEON is a pulpy noir set in a futuristic New York. The oil and technology market crashed in the mid-2000′s and the world has developed into a technologically advanced form of SteamPunk. Body modification has become commonplace with rebellious teenagers, but this time, it’s literal. Clockwork body parts are touted as a medical miracle by the companies who make them, and high fashion by the stars who sport them, and a lot of kids go through illegal surgeries. The sub-culture of Gearheads is full of kids with robotic body parts from poorly done surgery in less-than-sanitary conditions, and these are surgeries that don’t always take.
Blaze Tuesday is New York's most accomplished private investigator. A former police officer with a bone to pick with the corruption in the city, he's earned a name for himself as a guy who gets results, and who is willing to uphold the moral values so many others have forgotten, even if he has to break a few faces to do it.
Blaze is hired by Wayside Firms, one of the medical firms that produces the Clockwork, when a charity doctor who worked specifically with less-fortunate kids who have had botched illegal, is found murdered. As Blaze investigates the unfortunate death, he discovers a conspiracy that stretches from the lowest gutters in Hell’s Kitchen, to the highest corporate fat cats at the medical firms who create the Clockwork body parts.
Can Blaze get justice for the dead doctor, and bring some hope back to the kids in Hell's Kitchen who were counting on the Doctor's help? Or will he get caught up in the underworld of body modification and the big money it brings in?
I was on my way to Hell's Kitchen. I had taken a cab to the edge of the district and my cabbie refused to take me any further. Not even the offer to triple my fare was enough to convince him. What a pussy. I'd been in and out of Hell's Kitchen all my life, and I didn't even have a clockwork implant to show for it. Thankfully.
Q: Hi, Kai! Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. I'm excited to help share this awesome special edition of Blaze Tuesday and the case of the Knight Surgeon! Let's start with the main character of the story. Could you tell us a little bit about what inspired you to create Blaze?
A: Blaze came about because I decided that I wanted to write a noir. He was born during NaNoWriMo in 2012, and I haven't been able to get rid of him since! I wanted him to have a really cliched name, and there was a line from an old cartoon show (Anyone else remember Bonkers?) where he was being a PI and proclaimed, "My name is Tuesday, it was a Wednesday and I was eating a Sundae" and that kind of stuck forever with me and voila, I got the name Tuesday.
Q: If Blaze could pick a quote from his story that best describes his personality, what would it be?
A: "Modesty was my biggest virtue... Sarcasm was probably my biggest flaw."
Q: What do you see for Blaze's future? Is this book part one of a series?
A: This is book one of a series. I currently have four books planned with the possibility of a fifth, depending on how long it takes me to get through the current storyline. Depending on that, I might write a secondary arc, but we'll see. I have a ongoing serial that ties into the current world on my blog that I intend to keep up until December 2014 at least, and we'll see where it goes from there.. The serial will tie into at least the first two novels, and the special edition bonus story is an exclusive tie-in that I likely won't release elsewhere. I'd really like to write a comic series for him, but that's all dependent on how well-received he is when we comes out, you know?
Q: What were some of your favorite books when you were a child? Teenager? Recently?
A: Island of the Blue Dolphins was big for me as a child and into my early teen years. Then it was Harry Potter, Dracula, Frankenstein, Hamlet and the Vampire Chronicles, because really, who doesn't love Lestat? Interview with the Vampire is still one of my all-time favourites. Currently, I'm digging Mira Grant's Newsflesh series, Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series, and Terry Pratchett's Discworld, even though I've read all but the newest one. Stephen King's Dark Tower series is a very important series to me. It really stuck with me (I think it's time for a re-read!) And Neil Gaiman is always relevant. I could ramble for ages about the awesome books I've been reading lately but basically, just go look at the Orbit books publication
list and pick from there, I'm sure you'll find something that I've read and loved and that you'll love too.
Q: Are there any authors that currently inspire you?
A: Seanan McGuire is a huge inspiration. She's the only person I've ever become aware of (we haven't met outside of Twitter, alas) who works as well as I do on rigid schedules and writes in quantities that I'm jealous of. I typically pull off 10k word days and think nothing of it, but I mean, she wrote a whole book in a day. Her typing speed is something like 160 WPM, and she's something like 7 months ahead of all of her deadlines. Stephen Blackmoore has this awesome noir wizard who is a gritty version of Dresden and I'm completely in love with him. His writing makes me want to get darker and really push my comfort zone. This is another one of those questions that I could ramble for hours about and if you ask me tomorrow my answer would probably be different. It's true, though, you have to read widely to get better at your craft!
Q: If you could pick any place in the world to write, where would it be?
A: Stonehenge. I'd like to just sit against one of those old stones and listen until the words flow. Or Bag-End. I love that Hobbit hole. *dreamy sigh* Barring that, I'd like to have a cottage in the countryside of Wales, a farm where there's no one to interrupt me.
Q: Choose three adjectives to describe your writing process in general:
A: Spastic, abnormal and anal-retentive.
Q: Do you write with music, and if so, what would you say your most-played song was when you wrote this book?
A: I typically don't write with music. I tend to work better in silence. Sometimes I turn on the Baroque radio station on my TV, but Blaze was written mostly at night, in silence during NaNoWriMo fuelled by migraines
and too much caffeine.
Q: What can we expect from Kai Kiriyama in the future?
A: One day I will mutate into a scary hybrid author! Actually, you can expect more Blaze and I've got a few projects up my sleeves that I'm not ready to talk about yet. I'm still debating between releasing other projects I've done as a self-publisher or if I'm going to try taking them the traditional route. I can say that there is a lot of Shakespearean influence in these projects, some angry gods, some faeries, psychic powers, superheroes and voodoo.
Helen: Thank you for letting me be part of your cover reveal, and congratulations on your upcoming release!
Kai: No thank you for having me! This was awesome, and I'm so excited to share
Blaze with the world!
About Kai Kiriyama:
A writer of many things and many genres, Kai is currently working on a novel (you can pretty much always assume that she's writing something!) that involves murder, mayhem and probably a ghost or some other form of otherworldly creature. She is also working on some non-fiction but she's not entirely sure why.
Kai has been writing for far too long and she's convinced that both her "to be read" and "to be written" lists will never be completed before she dies. She has a diploma in palmistry and can read hands with an accuracy that scares even her sometimes. She is also accomplished at tea leaf reading and crystal divination, both of which she has also achieved a diploma for and scares herself with the accuracy of the things she has predicted.
A time-travelling, demon hunting, Asgardian geek, with an affinity for Pokemon and Shakespeare, you can be sure that there will be general insanity and dubious wisdom dispensed no matter where you chat with her. As always, she requests that you "be excellent to each other" while she's away.
Kai currently lives in Canada, but if she told you where, you'd have about fifteen seconds to assume the party position before the special ops team arrives.
She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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