Monday, February 17, 2020

Book Spotlight, Author #Interview, & #Giveaway ~ The Wrath of Leviathan (The BetterWorld Trilogy Book 2) by T.C. Weber ~ #SciFi #Cyberpunk #Thriller ~ @savethereefs @RABTBookTours

~ Please welcome T.C. Weber to the blog today ~

Interview with T.C. Weber:

How long have you been writing?
I’ve pursued writing since childhood, and learned filmmaking and screenwriting in college, along with a little bit of physics. I transformed those interests into novel writing while trapped at home during the "Snowmageddon" of 2010. I’ve been writing nearly every day since then.

What are your hobbies?
My wife and I like to travel, although we can’t do it as often as we used to. I like long hikes in nature, and used to (before moving to Maryland) fish and dive a lot.

Do you have another job other than writing?
Yes, I work as a policy analyst for Defenders of Wildlife. Before that, I was the conservation science manager at the Conservation Fund.

Some writers have something playing in the background. Do you, and what?
I create playlists for all my characters, and also playlists for particular kinds of scenes (e.g., combat or romance). Listening to a character’s favorite songs (or a close facsimile) is one of the best ways I’ve found to connect with them. For example, Gabriel likes a Brazilian band called Chico Science, and Waylee prefers industrial/punk/thrash music like Ministry, Orange 9mm, and Rage Against the Machine.

What's the inspiration behind your books?
In Sleep State Interrupt and Wrath of Leviathan, a giant media corporation has taken over the Internet, created an addictive virtual reality called BetterWorld, and controls nearly all information. Politicians do their bidding and a brainwashed humanity serves a privileged few. I've always been worried about the concentration of media and the decline of journalism, and the threats those trends pose to independent, critical thought and democracy. I am a huge cyberpunk fan, so I wove these concerns into a techno-thriller plot, developed outcast characters who feel compelled to take action, and added details of a near-future world.

What authors are your inspiration?
All books I’ve read, whether good or bad, have inspired me to write. For the BetterWorld trilogy, of which Wrath of Leviathan is the middle book, I wanted to write in the cyberpunk genre. William Gibson and Neal Stephenson were my role models there (plus the myriad of other cyberpunk books, movies, games, and anime series).

Do you have any pets?
My wife and I have two miniature schnauzers, Zeke and Paisley, that we initially fostered and then adopted.

BetterWorld, Book 2
Science Fiction (Cyberpunk) / Thriller
Date Published: September 1, 2018
Publisher: See Sharp Press

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About the Book:

In Wrath of Leviathan, the second book of the BetterWorld trilogy, Waylee faces life in prison for daring to expose MediaCorp's schemes to control the world. Exiled in São Paulo, her sister Kiyoko and their hacker friends continue the fight, seeking to end the conglomerate's stranglehold on virtual reality, information, and politics. But MediaCorp and their government allies may quash the rebellion before it takes off. And unknown to Kiyoko and her friends, a team of ruthless mercenaries is after them and is closing in fast.

About the Author:

T. C. Weber has pursued writing and music since childhood, and learned filmmaking and screenwriting in college, along with a little bit of physics. Trapped at home during the "Snowmageddon" of 2010, he transformed those interests into novel writing. His first published book, Sleep State Interrupt, was a Compton Crook Finalist for best debut speculative fiction novel. By day, Mr. Weber works as an ecologist and has had a number of scientific papers and book chapters published. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Karen. He enjoys traveling and has visited all seven continents.

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