I am so excited to be a part of Adam Dreece's book tour for The Man of Cloud 9! Adam Dreece kicked off his indie author career with his best-selling steampunk meets fairy tale series, The Yellow Hoods, which struck a chord with kids 9-15 and adults. After four books in the series, the former software architect put out two more young adult books, the post-apocalyptic fantasy book The Wizard Killer – Season One, and then his science fiction novel, The Man of Cloud 9. The first two novels in The Yellow Hoods series, as well as The Wizard Killer, have been finalists for Book of the Year awards from the Independent Author’s Network.
When he’s not working on his next book, Adam can be found giving talks at schools, libraries, associations, as well as comic-con type events like CalgaryExpo and FanExpoCanada on subjects from how to get one’s ideas out and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, to how to give a successful book signing. Along the way, Adam has faced many challenges, including working around his Dyslexia (reading and writing disorder), and needing to be ruthless with his time and energy in face of his severe asthma and chronic abdominal scar pain. He’s become an inspiration to some, and a symbol of tenacious hard work to others. He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and children. He is an active online mentor, and is a busy public speaker, panelist, and author in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.
I love meeting these amazing authors! Let's get to it! Hello Adam, welcome to an Angell's Life.
How are you?
I’m nervous, giddy, excited and terrified with the release of my latest book, and first science fiction book, The Man of Cloud 9. After having written four books in my steampunk meets fairytale series, The Yellow Hoods, and having put one the first installment in my ‘adrenaline junkie’ post-apocalyptic series, The Wizard Killer, I’m bringing a whole new side of me to the table, a more cerebral side, with The Man of Cloud 9.
How awesome! Switching genres can be really scary, it is almost like starting all over again, right?! What is the current book you are promoting?
My brand new, high-tech science fiction novel, The Man of Cloud 9. Seventy years from now, the world’s been ravaged by climate change. The greatest causality however, is the loss of appetite for innovation and visionaries. Against this backdrop comes brilliant inventor Niko Rafaelo, a Steve Jobs type personality with unrelenting vision.
Through the course getting the book ready for release, I managed to get some outstanding quotes, but none more humbling than from Rene Auberjonois, formerly Odo on Star Trek Deep Space Nine. Here’s what he had to say:
“Adam Dreece continues to surprise, enthrall, and sweep us, his avid readers, along - with his elegant prose and insightful story telling. If you, like I, enjoy the scifi/fantasy genre - you can’t do better than The Man of Cloud 9.”
Oh my gosh, that is sooo cool! I LOVE Odo! Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Niko Rafaelo, the central character to The Man of Cloud 9, is one of my favorite characters to date. He’s part Steve Jobs, part Nikola Tesla, and far more me than I’m comfortable admitting. He’s a visionary genius, but unlike some of the Silicon Valley geniuses we know, he’s not devoid of feeling, it’s just in the pursuit of greatness, there are sacrifices along the way. Scared by a key event when he was 17, his life’s path seems almost set, with two things above all else that he’s unwilling to let go in any way.
It makes me laugh when my friends read my books and they are always able to pin-point the character that is based off of me. They know me far too well. It is scary putting yourself out there like that, but totally worth it, especially to break stereotypes! What is your next project?
I’m currently writing Book 5 of The Yellow Hoods, entitled The Day the Sky Fell, as well as writing Season 2 of The Wizard Killer. Both of these will be releasing early next year. After my return to steampunk meets fairytale, and my post-apocalyptic fantasy world, I haven’t decided where I’m going.
Who inspires your writing?
More than anything, my daughter inspires me. She gave me the nudge to start writing The Yellow Hoods, and she’s always curious what I’m writing. The pride in her eyes is another great thing to see. My wife’s extremely supportive.
I can’t talk about inspiration without talking about the amazing friends and fans I’ve made through my writing. So many times they’ve picked me up, dusted me off, and gave me the push I needed to keep going.
Family support is so very important. Readers, ya'll don't know what our families sacrifice and how much they do to keep us going for you!
Thank you for joining us today, Adam Dreece, and for being so very open with us! It was a joy to get to know you.