I’m so excited to be taking part in the Authors Around The World Kindle Fire Blog Hop! There are so many great authors, books and locations to discover, as well as prizes to be won, so hop around. If you collect all the various locations featured, you can enter them into the rafflecopter for an extra 25 entry points to win your very own Kindle Fire. And there are only 15 blogs, so it shouldn’t be too overwhelming. I am also giving away a $25 Amazon gift card, which you can win by simply leaving me a comment below.
For this hop, I’m pleased to be highlighting author Suzanne van Rooyen, to is here to tell us more about her book Dragon’s Teeth and a little about her corner of the world.
Synopsis of Dragon’s Teeth
You can never outrun your past…
After years of war ravage the globe and decimate humanity, civilization is revitalized in the city of New Arcadia, a cybernetic playground where longevity treatments promise near immortality. Detective Cyrus, fond of fedoras and narcotics, is hired by Benji MacDowell, heir-apparent to an eugenics empire, to find MacDowell’s long-lost biological father. Employing his network of shady contacts within the underbelly of the city, Cyrus uncovers a murderous web of corporate corruption and political conspiracy with ties to the old Order, a tyrannical organization whose sole intent was perfecting the next generation of genetically engineered soldiers.
Now Cyrus knows too much and finds himself caught in the cross-hairs of super-soldier assassins while the dark secrets of his past snap at his heels, forcing him to confront the truth he’s been running from… and discover his own terrifying purpose.
First, Suzanne, can you tell us what gave you the idea for the book?
It was originally intended to be a tech-noir short story to fit into a noir anthology. The idea came to me after rewatching the TV series Dark Angel and the film Equilibrium. I wanted to write about soldiers and genetic engineering but with a hardboiled detective element to it in a post-apocalyptic world. Thus Dragon’s Teeth was born.
Who are your main characters?
There are two sets of characters. The first is Cyrus, my edgy, drug-addicted, fedora wearing P.I who operates in the grey area between legit and illegal. Then there are my genetically engineered twins, Zia and Nur, who slowly discover their humanity despite their circumstances.
And who is your favorite character and why?
Wow, impossible question. Maybe Zia. He’s stoic, courageous, honourable but conflicted. I really love how he develops and how he deals with the bleak truth of his world. (Trying not to give away too many spoilers)
Share one quirky trait in one of your characters.
Cyrus is a hardboiled fiction fan. He wears vintage clothes, emulating the detective characters of J.M Cain and Raymond Chandler. He even has a cat named Cara.
What was your biggest challenge writing this book?
The military content. I had to read the US Marine’s patrol handbook to get about two sentences worth of a scene. I also had to read up about weaponry and guerrilla warfare strategies to make certain scenes believable.
Now, where do you live?
I live in Helsinki, Finland.
What’s a cool, unknown spot in your city?
Well there are tons of secluded nature spots throughout Finland but a lesser known awesome spot in Helsinki would probably be Rajasaari – an island that’s also a dog park so you can take your furry friends there for a day on the beach.
Tell us a little about an interesting landmark in your country.
The Turku Castle. It was built on a junk of land surrounded by water, a natural mote for defensive reasons. This is pretty much the only castle in Finland and was the seat of power when Turku was capital of the country when Finland was under Swedish rule. What’s really interesting is that the land of Finland is still expanding after the last ice age. Finland actually gains a couple of millimetres of coastline every year so now the once island-situated Turku Castle is completely landlocked.
And what’s a little known fact about Helsinki?
Well, it’s home to the largest gay club in Scandinavia. It’s called Don’t Tell Mother
What is the one thing tourists must do? Apart from visiting the gay club, of course!
Try ‘terva’ or tar ice cream. It’s really traditional and so delicious, tasty a bit like burnt treacle. You got a lot of different tar products in Finland, from soap to candy.
Do you have a favorite restaurant?
There are so many awesome restaurants in Helsinki. I love Chico’s an American diner that serve awesome burgers, there’s also Domo that make the best sushi and Harald’s that serves some of the best traditional Viking food ever!
What are you giving away on your blog?
I’ll be giving away an ebook version of my novel Dragon’s Teeth.
And who is the author you are highlighting on your blog?
I’m thrilled to be playing host to J.L. Campbell, author of Distraction
Where can readers find out more about you and your books?