Featured Interview With Guy Worthey
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in Wyoming, but I traded spurs and lassos for telescopes and computers when I decided on astrophysics for a day job. These days, whenever I escape the gravitational pull of stars and galaxies, I write sci fi/fantasy adventure fiction.
I live in Washington state with my amazing violinist wife Diane. I like cats and dogs and I play keyboards and bass guitar. My favorite food is called creamed eggs on toast, but once in a while I heed the siren song of chocolate.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve always been a reader and writer, and from time to time in my youth, I would send a short story off to “Analog: Science Fiction, Science Fact.” None got accepted, for good reasons, I’m sure, but the experience of selling a story never happened. This delayed my descent into disreputability.
That is, instead of becoming a writer, I just went to college, eventually picking astronomy as a career. In my day job, I have to write technical papers, and that counts as writing. However, the sweet and seductive call of creative writing (was that Scylla? or Charybdis?) could not be evaded forever, and now I’m back at fiction writing, this time armed with more confidence.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I have a vast array of influences! As a kid, I loved Tom Swift and Nancy Drew and The Hobbit. I consume a ton of sci fi and mysteries and nonfiction and literary fiction. Anything with clean humor in it I tend to love, such as P. G. Wodehouse, Bill Bryson, or Douglas Adams.
Ace Carroway is powered by my love of pulp fiction most of all. Authors like Raymond Chandler, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Lester Dent, Andre Norton, or Lester del Ray. Pulp stories tend to be short, action-packed, and a bit bizarre. The characters are spare, but sharply drawn. A good pulp yarn gives the reader the feeling that they are in the hands of a good storyteller, but the reader cannot guess how the tangled threads will connect at the end. That’s the sort of thing I strive for.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
The Ace Carroway series is about dastardly villains, narrow escapes, humorous banter, and outrageous plots. It’s basically 1920s earth, but with undiscovered lands and a few touches of steampunk advanced technology. Our hero is Cecilia “Ace” Carroway. She’s strong and smart, and trained throughout childhood to get that way. She leads a totes-adorbs collection of five male associates of different shapes and sizes, abilities, and dispositions. Mostly, she gets them out of trouble, not vice-versa.
Each Ace Carroway book is short, and I’ve got two written as of now, but I’m on a pace to keep churning them out every four or five months.
ACE CARROWAY AROUND THE WORLD opens with the murder of Ace’s father! A local detective named Drew Lucy does his best to unravel the case, but he gets off to a slow start. Ace pulls his fat from the fire a couple of times. Near-death experiences tend to accelerate the learning curve, but there’s no guarantee it will be enough.
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