M L Buchman is the author of I Own the Dawn. This is the second book in his Night Stalkers series. I love the covers for both books; they are so intense! I was thrilled when ML dropped by the virtual offices for a chat. After the interview, stick around for your chance to win a copy of I Own The Dawn!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[ML Buchman] Introvert Type A+, pedaled a bicycle around world, built houses, designed IT systems, crazy in love with wife, oh, and writes romance novels.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about I Own the Dawn?
[ML Buchman] Real-life Army secret helicopters. Pig-headed, kick-butt sniper—she’s from wrong side of tracks. Refined copilot from the right side. They help start a war and now must end it. But first they have to survive each other.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[ML Buchman] A crazy bit of serendipitous research while writing a foodie thriller, Swap Out! (the U.S. Army 160th is a really cool, secret helicopter regiment). A what if question (“What if the first women showed up and were assigned to the nastiest helicopter ever put in the night sky because they were just that good?”) And a goal (to write a romance that would be hard for anyone to put down, especially my wife). And Dilya, a Uzbekistani orphan, just showed up on the page one day and refused to go away. She stole Kee’s heart and mine.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Kee?
[ML Buchman] Kick-ass, stubborn, loyal
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Archie would never have in his bedroom?
[ML Buchman] Kee’s rifle, cracker crumbs, a TV
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Kee’s single most prized possession?
[ML Buchman] Her Heckler & Koch MSG-90A1 sniper rifle.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[ML Buchman] My wife (so much of what I write is to make her laugh or smile), my travels (I’ve met amazing people in wonderful places), and the written words of others that have shaped my life, my thinking, and my heart most of all.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[ML Buchman] Rock n’ roll (except opera on Sundays), a “What if?” or “What’s next?” question, any stretch of time over about 10 minutes.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[ML Buchman] Karen L. McKee’s romances. I just can’t get enough of them. Nor her science fiction as Karen L. Abrahamson.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[ML Buchman] Arthur C Clarke’s The City and the Stars. At 8 years old it took me from rereading Winnie the Pooh to devouring novels and I never looked back.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[ML Buchman] walking in new places with my wife (we hold hands a lot), watching movies (romances and B-grade science fiction mostly), teasing my step-kid
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[ML Buchman] http://www.mlbuchman.com. And please check out the contest page on my website: by following along my blog tour for the month of August, you will have multiple chances to win a signed copy of I Own the Dawn: http://www.matthewlieberbuchman.com/?p=294
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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I OWN THE DAWN BY M.L. BUCHMAN – IN STORES AUGUST 2012
Name: Archibald Jeffrey Stevenson III
Rank: First Lieutenant, Dap Hawk Copilot
Mission: Strategy and execution of special ops maneuvers
Name: Kee Smith
Rank: Sergeant, Night Stalker Gunner and Sharpshooter
Mission: Whatever it takes to get the job done
You Wouldn’t Think It Could Get Worse, Until It Does…
When a special mission slowly unravels, it is up to Kee and Archie to get their team out of an impossible situation with international implications. With her weaponry knowledge and his strategic thinking, plus the explosive attraction that puts them into exact synchrony, together they might just have a fighting chance.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
M. L. Buchman has worked in fast food, theater, computers, publishing, and light manufacturing. It’s amazing what you can do with a degree in geophysics. At one point he sold everything and spent 18-months riding a bicycle around the world. In 11,000 miles, he touched 15 countries and hundreds of amazing people. Since then, he has acquired a loving lady, the coolest kid on the planet, and lives in Portland, Oregon. For more information, please visit http://www.matthewlieberbuchman.com/.
Be sure to check the Contest page for a chance to win a free, signed copy of I Own the Dawn.