Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Exmortus - Todd Maternowski

Bio: Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Todd studied Ancient Near Eastern religion and early Judeo-Christianity at the University of Chicago before heading into the real world. He has since worked as a ballroom dance instructor, bass player, mediator, credit specialist, art preparator, janitor, journalist, copy editor, armored car money counter, mambo dancer and satirist. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his hyper-creative wife and baby girl.

Product description: EXMORTUS is the story of Ash Xavier, a headstrong young knight whose faith is challenged when the long-forgotten gods of ancient civilizations send their avatar to obliterate the remote holy fortress of Exmortus Abbey —his home.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book? EXMORTUS is not your typical, run-of-the-mill fantasy. It is a work of epic dark fantasy in the mold of George R.R. Martin or Gene Wolfe, with fresh angles on the classic literary problems of growing into adulthood, sword-and-sorcery adventure, love and sex, friendship and betrayal, guilt and innocence, murder and exile, battles on land and at sea, creepy demons and unsolved mysteries coming to life at the worst possible times.

Q: Why did you go indie? Two main reasons. First, a stunning number of fantasy publishers are failing financially, and of those that are still solvent, only three accept submissions from new authors. Secondly, the degree of creative control over the manuscript, ideas, cover art and marketing are all very attractive, even if it does mean I have to be my own sales team, which I'm terrible at.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre? George R.R. Martin, Robert Anton Wilson, Neil Gaiman, Gene Wolfe.

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