Thursday, August 19, 2010
Robert J. Duperre-- The Fall: The Rift Book 1
Robert J. Duperre is a lover of all fiction, horror in particular, who lives in Connecticut with his wonderful wife, children, and one-eyed dog. His goal as a writer is to create works that blend genres and transport the reader into worlds much like their own. The Fall, the first of a four-book series, is his initial foray into publishing.
The Rift Book: An ancient evil, trapped in the ruins of a lost Mayan temple for centuries, has been unleashed. It takes the form of a deadly virus, one that causes violent insanity in the living and the recently departed to rise and walk. It spreads around the globe, throwing the world into chaos and war.
As it progresses, those in the States who find themselves far away from the epicenter watch it unfold with unbelieving eyes. From Washington D.C. to Dover, New Hampshire, regular people are hurled into an existence outside their control, left to deal with catastrophic situations that they find themselves unprepared to handle. Life becomes a nightmare, and that nightmare is spreading.
First time author Robert J. Duperre presents this scenario with The Fall: The Rift Book I, the first of a four-part series. In this book, he throws his characters into a gambit; when the alternatives are life or death, self-preservation or the protection of others, what path will they choose? Is there a darkness that resides in everyone, from every walk of life, that is screaming for release? When society falls apart and we are left to our own devices, will we make the right decisions, or let the tide take us where it may? There is horror, there is death, there are the walking dead, and all around are choices.
The novel is fully illustrated by Jesse David Young, whose drawings capture the intense feel of the events happening within. There are twenty illustrations in all, as well as the cover art he provided. These add to the reading experience and help to throw you, the reader, head-first into the world they have created.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
I think folks will appreciate the scope and feel of the novel. It is dark and frightening, but it's about real people. These are folks we've known, hung out with, and even shared a drink. I'd like to think that when we see them struggle, when we observe in our mind's eye the horrors they're faced with, we have no choice but to sympathize and ask ourselves, what would I do?
Also, the illustrations that Jesse Young provided are rocking, and they add a lot to the text.
Q: Why did you go indie?
I'm thirty-five years old. I stopped writing for a long time in my twenties, when my life felt empty, and by the time I picked it back up again, I was almost thirty. When I finished this set of novels three years ago, I submitted a round of queries to agents. The response times took forever, if they came at all. So I came to the conclusion that the best way for me to succeed as a writer was to publish the book myself, build a readership, and hope that the attention I gain will catch the eyes of publishers down the road.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
I've always been a huge fan of Clive Barker - his worlds-within-worlds are both fascinating and addicting to me. But I've never been one to stick to one genre. As a matter of fact, I'm beginning to stretch my horizons by reading indie authors almost exclusively. I've read some gems lately, by the likes of Jason Letts, John Fitch, Dawn McCullough-White and Daniel Arenson. They're all over the place as far as genre goes, from science fiction to fantasy to young adult. But they're all talented, and they're all worth the read.
At Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Fall-Rift-Book-ebook/dp/B003OQUNEA