Uh oh, we’ve had ourselves a little problem. Last week Inquisitor Makhell sent out the witchunters to drag in the author of Already Comes Darkness, because it’d just been released! In fact, I told the inquisitor to drag the author in on the release day. It was all planned. You know what he did instead? Nothing. Literally. *facepalm* Anyway, excuses for (my) Makhell’s error aside, we’ve since had the intended author in the torture chamber and the results are plastered below the awesome covers. Peasants, I give you T L Greylock:
1. If I gave you an elk, where would you hide it?
“I would shrink it and keep it in my pocket. Who doesn’t want a pocket elk?”
2. Why would you be hiding it? Weird.
“Because it’s on the run. It took a swipe at some dude who wanted to destroy the National Parks. It keeps muttering something about pollution and mining and loss of habitat. Oh, yeah, and Cheetos. Can’t fathom why.”
3. Tell us something about your work in progress?
“My work in progress is super special because it’s invisible. You should be very jealous.
I started a new job late in 2016 and between that and putting out book three in The Song of the Ash Tree, I haven’t been able to do much with a new project. However, some of my favourite plot nuggets currently fermenting in my brain include a foray into Arthurian mythology, a Wild West dystopian fantasy, and a retelling of the founding of Rome. One of these days (soon), I’ll have to pick one and start writing it.”
4. If you were a tree, what tree would you be and why?
“Definitely a birch tree, but one that’s permanently stuck in autumn.”
5. Were you an avid reader as a kid?
“Does a bear shit in the woods?
When I was small enough to still sleep in a crib, my parents were known to leave a stack of books within reach of my short arms. I’d wake up early on a Saturday morning and keep myself occupied until a more civilized hour.”
6. Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
“I’d gather the hunters and make them work for me.”
7. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
“Blue Hour Odyssey – that blue in the sky somewhere between daylight and starlight with the sharp edges of dark silhouettes teetering on the threshold between reality and dreams.”
8. What was the last gift you gave someone?
9. What were you like in high school – nerdy, sporty, etc…?
“Basically I was Sporty-Nerd incarnate. I was a fairly anti-social athlete who exclusively played team sports and therefore had to be social. I played in my school’s orchestra, and not because I had to, and I, being an introvert extraordinaire, preferred reading and doing my homework to just about anything except playing ice hockey and lacrosse—see how this is getting cyclical?”
10. What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
“The Super Bowl. Because sports.*
*This statement never includes basketball, often leaves out baseball, frequently ignores American football, and definitely embraces curling.”
11. What do you want to be when you grow up?
“What’s that job where you get paid to travel around the world and go on cool adventures and read awesome books in exotic locations and learn outdoors skills—all while writing your next books?
Yeah, I want to be that.”
12. Describe the colour green to somebody who is blind.
“Limes and green apples and fresh cut grass and a dark, cool pine forest.”
13. Who would win a fight between Frodo and Sam?
“Depends. Does Frodo have the Ring? If so, then, yep, Sting would be tickling Sam’s ribs and intestines before Sam could say “Gaffer.” If not, then Sam might actually discover he has a backbone, and then he might realize that he’s tired of being treated like a second-class hobbit just because he comes from a family of gardeners, and he might come to understand that certain rich, snobbish hobbits have built their fortunes off the labour of others, and he might even realize said hobbits would starve without his potatoes and his strawberries, and then he might decide he was fed up with Frodo’s patronizing tolerance—and then, well, then we’d see Samwise Gamgee put all those second-breakfasts to good use. In short, he’d sit on Frodo until Mr. Baggins learned his lesson—or until Sam got hungry. Debatable as to which would happen first.”
14. A white rabbit hops through the door right now wearing a helmet. What does he say and why is he here?
““Avast me hearties!”
Captain Cottontail has lost his carrots. Or maybe it’s his parrots. And it’s entirely possible that the Feathered Carrot is a spaceship—lost, of course—and Captain Cottontail is therefore a space pirate rabbit.”
15. What’s your favourite game, be it video, board or tabletop?
“Assassin’s Creed, both by necessity (I’ve played a grand total of five video games in my life) and by choice (Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Need I say more? Plus, I’m surprisingly decent at it.). I still haven’t played Syndicate and I cry a little on the inside every time I remember that.”
16. The last book you read was…?
“I, Claudius, by Robert Graves. I have exceptionally fond memories of the BBC production—which I watched when I was entirely too young for it. I’m happy to say the written version more than measures up.”
17. Supercar, Superbike or Superboat, and why?
“Bike, but only if it’s the pedalled kind. I’d be an environmentally friendly superhero. And I don’t know how to ride a motorcycle.”
18. Where is your preferred writing space?
“At a desk in a quiet room. I can’t write in comfy chairs and I definitely can’t write in public spaces—except libraries. I wrote huge chunks of Already Comes Darkness at a public library when I needed a change of scenery.”
19. When’s your next book out?
JP: “Last week! (Sorry, T L)”
“It’s so exciting to have the full trilogy out there and I hope readers enjoy the end of Raef’s story. By the way, did JP tell you that in order to escape leave this web page, you’ll have to give me $15.95? In exchange, not only do you get your web browsing freedom back, you also get my new book, Already Comes Darkness! How cool is that?!”
20. Do you have a question for me?
“Do I ever! What does J. P. really stand for? Be honest, now. I’ll know if you’re lying.”
JP: “That’s an easy one, thanks! Jet Powered, of course. Either that or Jonathan Philip.”
And there you have it, T L Greylock… unlocked (sorry). I know a lot of folk like to wait for a trilogy or series to be finished, so now’s your chance to grab this wonderful trilogy, here! Or head over and pester Greylock on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and T L’s website, here.