Eric R. Asher
Today I’m happy to welcome Eric Asher to the blog. He’s answering a few questions and telling us more about his most recent release. Please help me welcome Eric!
Featured Author Q and A:
Can you tell us a little bit about your writing: What genres do you write? Do you prefer to write one genre over another?
Steampunk, horror comedy, and urban fantasy that crosses into supernatural shrillers. I enjoy them all, and it really just depends on my mood as to which I prefer. When a want to dive deep into worldbuilding and sweeping fantasy arcs, steampunk is my go-to. When I want something with a little more snark or grounded in modern times, I love urban fantasy.
What is your newest/upcoming release? Tell us about the book and series.
My next release is Skysworn, and that will conclude the sixth book in the Steamborn series. Only three more to go after that!
What is your favorite thing about the Coastal Magic Convention?
The people! I love seeing all the readers and authors every year. It’s such a unique event. Not so big you feel like you didn’t get to see anyone, and not so small you feel like you didn’t get to see anyone, haha. Just right, and Jennifer’s [the event organizer] approach to organizing panels and events is one of the best. There’s always something to do, and I love attending the panels as an audience member too.
Do you use real or fictional locations in your stories? What kind of research do you do for the setting?
It’s a mix for me. I use fictional settings in my steampunk world especially. For that I like to watch or read dystopian fantasies to get inspired, or look at dystopian artwork.
Vesik is far more grounded in the real world. Whenever possible, I like to visit the settings in person to get a feel for the place. Sometimes that involves driving to the middle of nowhere and confusing the hell out of my gps. Other times it just means taking a trip downtown. Some of my favorite memories are visiting the old Civil War battlefields to dig into that history and see how it’s changed over the years. Stones River especially left an impression, and it pops up a few times in the early Vesik books.
What books/genres are you reading right now? OR What are a few of your favorite reads from 2021?
Monstress is my favorite of 2021. Beautiful art and a fabulous story. Other favorites include Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab, Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs, and Dangerous Secrets by Mari Mancusi.
Coffee or Tea? Tea! Jasmine Phoenix Pearls in particular.
Beach or Pool? Beach. Sand and an infinite view, yes please.
Mermaids: real or fictional? Manatees are clearly real.
Cozies or police procedurals? Cozy
Cats, dogs, pigs, or other? Rodents! Love rodents and will one day meet a capybara.
THANKS so much for playing along, Eric! Now let’s learn more about his most recent title:
Dreams of the Forgotten Dead
This is the 19th Vesik book and features a standalone story that’s a great jumping on point if you haven’t read the Vesik urban fantasy series in a while, or possibly ever.
A hope lost. A fury reborn. An ancient warrior awakens.
Damian Vesik is back … but his time in the Abyss changed him. As he grapples to understand his oddly fluctuating powers, a call from his trusted mechanic Samir is the last thing he needs. But the strange occurrences at the autobody shop can’t be ignored.
Calling on Nixie—and a rather odd gift from a water witch clan—Damian uncovers a dreadful creature haunting Samir’s shop. Knowing he can’t face a basilisk in his current state, his only option is to seek out Gaia in his quest for answers.
Yet as destruction closes in on St. Louis, the only hope of salvation could be the ghost of an Utukku … one who is downright cranky about being dead.
Book Title: Dreams of the Forgotten Dead
Author Name: Eric R. Asher
Publisher: Eric R. Asher, LLC
Pub Date: August 24, 2021
Series: Vesik, Book 19
Genre: Urban Fantasy