Jeremy Robinson author interview, guest post, and free Kindle contest!

I’m delighted to welcome SciThri five-star author Jeremy Robinson to ScienceThrillers on his blog tour.  Read more to learn how Jeremy uses science in his fiction, and how you can enter his contest to win a free Kindle ereader.

Welcome to Jeremy Robinson’s Great Kindle Giveaway and Blog Tour.

“Hurray for free Kindles!” you say, but who the hell is Jeremy Robinson? Allow me to introduce myself. I’m the author of eleven mixed genre novels, published in ten languages, including the popular fantasy YA series, THE LAST HUNTER, and the fast-paced Jack Sigler series (also known as Chess Team—not nearly as nerdy as it sounds), PULSE, INSTINCT and THRESHOLD from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press. I’m the co-author of an expanding series of novellas deemed the Chesspocalypse, which take place in the Chess Team universe. If that doesn’t wet your whistle, I’m also known as Jeremy Bishop, the #1 Amazon.com horror author of THE SENTINEL and the controversial novel, TORMENT. For more about me, or my books, visit www.jeremyrobinsononline.com.

I have watched for years as my fellow authors held online events called blog tours. Some would visit ten blogs. Others, as many as ninety. And every day they would bring something different, waxing eloquent about a multitude of topics. When I finally decided to have a blog tour of my own, and settled on doing each and every weekday in October, my first thought was, “This will be cool,” which was immediately followed up by, “Holy crap, I can’t think of something interesting to say twenty times in one month!” I can barely think of something worthwhile for my own blog just once a month. The solution is what follows; each blog participating in the tour could ask me ANY three questions. That means, if the subject matter bores you, I’m not to blame! Huzzah!

But fear not. There are other rewards for sloughing through the questions and answers. I’ll be giving away two Kindles to two randomly selected readers who sign up for my newsletter. Details on the giveaway can be found below. On to the Q&A!

1. Here at ScienceThrillers.com, we like science in our fiction. In what ways do you use science in your stories?

Science is often the path to chaos for me. I love telling stories with creatures and have used just about all the sciences to create them. I bring the Hydra back to life with genetics. I create golems through noetics. Biology, oceanography, paleontology, microbiology, astronomy, archeology—I don’t think there is a single “ology” that I haven’t touched on. I suppose I should tell some stories where science comes to the rescue, but in general, science is wielded like a weapon by those who would use it to harm others.

2. For science thriller fans who haven’t discovered your books yet, which one book would you recommend to start with?

For science thriller fans, the clear choice is PULSE, the first book in the Jack Sigler series. Jack Sigler is the leader of Chess Team, delta operators who deal with the worst threats to the U.S., whether that be terrorists or mythological creatures reborn in a laboratory. After PULSE comes INSTINCT and THRESHOLD, as well as the six books of the Chesspocalypse, a series of novellas with each one following an individual member of the team. Each book is titled after the character is follows: CALLSIGN: KING, CALLSIGN: QUEEN, etc. My next hardcover, SECONDWORLD (due out in May 2012) will also be a fantastic choice for science thriller readers.

3. In what ways do your novels veer from science-based plot elements into sci-fi? Do you try to disguise the point where you cross from fact into fiction, like Michael Crichton does in Jurassic Park, or do you openly cross it, like James Rollins often does?

I’d say I openly cross it, like Rollins. I do attempt to explain everything using real science, but there is no doubt that I’m pushing things to the fringe. While I adore most of Crichton’s books, I often skip right past the five page scientific explanations. I don’t need a dissertation to believe that dinosaurs can be brought back to life. I’m more interested in how the characters are going to keep themselves from being eaten. The action and characters are more important to me than the science. What Crichton takes pages to explain, I do in sentences.

Hope that was as good for you as it was for me. Now how about that kindle giveaway?

Here’s the deal: to be entered to win one of two free kindles all you have to do is visit my website—www.jeremyrobinsononline.com—and sign up for the newsletter. That’s it. The first kindle will go to a randomly chosen newsletter signup on October 31. For the second kindle, there’s a catch. The second giveaway will only be triggered if one of my kindle books hits the Amazon.com bestseller list (top 100). So pick up some books (most are just $2.99 a pop) and spread the word! If one of the books squeaks up to #100 for just a single hour, the second kindle will be given away to another randomly chosen newsletter sign up on October 31.

*When you sign up for the newsletter, be sure to indicate ScienceThrillers in the field provided for the referring blog. I’ll be giving away two $50 Amazon.com gift certificates to the blog that refers the most sign-ups and another to the blog who referred the first kindle winner.  {“Vote” for ScienceThrillers, folks!}

** I will announce winners via Twitter, Facebook, my blog, and newsletter (which you will be signed up for!) but I’ll also e-mail the winners directly—I’ll need to know where to ship those kindles!

Thanks for spending some time with me today. Hope you enjoyed the Q&A, and good luck with the kindle giveaway!

— Jeremy Robinson

ScienceThrillers review of INSTINCT

If you like Jeremy Robinson, you might enjoy: Petroplague by Amy Rogers

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