Interview with Austin Dragon, author of Rising Leviathan


 

ABOUT RISING LEVIATHAN

Title: Rising Leviathan
Genre: Science Fiction
Author: Austin Dragon 

Rising Leviathan is the latest sci-fi thriller in the After Eden series—a dramatic mix of politics, religion, and intrigue. The saga continues in the Russian Bloc (Yes, Russia “owns” Eastern Europe too) in the year 2096 with the inexplicable death of the Russian president. Or was it murder? As one leader falls, a deadly power rises. Will there be war or more than one? The march to the explosion of World War III continues— the first global war of the tek age, a hell we have never seen before.

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Austin.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

A: I’m a native New Yorker and after three years in the military (Upstate New York), living one year abroad in Paris, France, I moved to Los Angeles where I’ve lived for over twenty years. I wrote my first book at three years old. By middle school, I was writing full detective stories. Then “life” happened with my twenty-year career in corporate recruiting. I hadn’t written anything in almost fifteen years. Something about my current series made me pick up the writing pen again in 2011 and it’s been non-stop ever since.

Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

A: Rising Leviathan is my latest science fiction and international thriller in the After Eden series. The saga continues in the year 2096 with the inexplicable death of the Russian president. Or was it murder? As one leader falls, a deadly power rises. Will there be war or more than one? The march to the explosion of World War III continues— the first global war of the Tek Age, a hell we have never seen before.

Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

A: None really, because this is the third in the series and I have the entire seven book collection mapped out in my mind. Even the research about Russia and the surrounding area wasn’t a chore. I love history. The hardest part was just starting the series back in 2011 with a mountain of information, research and characters to compile, sort through, and organize.

Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it?  Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?

A: Yes, I do. It includes my bio, pictures, all the book specs and details, press releases, sample interview questions and contact info. It is on-line here: http://www.afteredenbooks.com/press


Q: Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV?  What are your upcoming plans for doing so?

A: I haven’t officially begun my speaking tour yet about the book, but I have appeared on radio. We are doing a crowd-funding campaign for the series. After that, I will be doing a lot more media on a consistent basis and plan to hire a publicist.

Q: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is?  If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

A: I don’t have an agent as I’m a self-published author. If you want to become a traditionally published author, it is a must. I only plan to get one when I’ve gotten to the point where I need to negotiate movie or television rights. With Big Publishing in such a state of flux, I believe I can start a successful small press publishing company on my own. I’m driven, knowledgeable, and more importantly, I can write three books a year. Why not keep my book rights and see what I can do on my own?

Q: Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?

A: I did this own my own. Not at the level I would have wanted, but that is because of my big crowd-funding campaign that is about to launch June 6th. All of these things are time-intensive, which is why I plan to hire a publicist to my team.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

A: Yes! I have already completed a companion novella to my After Eden Series and I will write three more. The After Eden series has four more books planned and Halloween I will publish my first horror novel. Next year, I will also release a mystery thriller series.
  
Q: Thank you for your interview, Austin.  Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?


A: Yes, they can learn more and connect with me at www.afteredenbooks.com  Also, they can buy my books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or any online book retailer.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Austin Dragon’s After Eden Series includes Thy Kingdom Fall (Book #1), Stars and Scorpions (Book #2) and soon-to-be-released Rising Leviathan (Book #3). He is a native New Yorker, but has called Los Angeles, California home for the last twenty years. Words to describe him, in no particular order: U.S. Army; English teacher; one-time resident of Paris; political junkie; movie buff; campaign manager and staffer of presidential and gubernatorial campaigns; Fortune 500 corporate recruiter; renaissance man; dreamer.
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