Welcome to another stop on the book tour for Karma City by Gardner Browning! Today he’s telling us a little bit more about his writing and some of his secret wishes in life. Please enjoy this interview and an excerpt from his book before you download your own copy. Feel free to ask more questions in the comments section. And then be sure to follow the tour to leave even more and to have bonus chances to enter the giveaway!
Will we see these characters again?
Yes. The major characters of Karma City will return in the sequel. There are a few new characters to enjoy as well. I’m very excited about it!
Tell us about your other published works.
In 2009, I released my high seas adventure, “Cerulean Isle.” Published by WiDo Publishing. It won a literary award in New Hampshire for “Readers’ Choice: Outstanding Work of Young Adult Literature.”
In 2012, WiDo Publishing released my fantasy novel, “Everblade.” It’s a sword and sorcery tale. Think the 1980s movie “Willow” meets Conan. I loved writing this because I always wanted to write and publish a medieval fantasy story.
In 2016, I accepted a freelance job for a major doll company, Carpatina Dolls. They hired me to write “The Magic Moonstone” based off of an outline they had developed. It’s a middle-grade fantasy featuring their newly released boy doll, Prince Stephan. I had a lot of fun writing this story for younger readers.
All of these are currently available for purchase on Amazon.
What is your favorite part about writing?
My favorite part of writing is the escape it provides me. There’s nothing more soothing to me than losing myself in the moment of writing. When I’m through writing for the day, I feel renewed and my mind is clear.
What book and/or author changed your life?
I love the classics. There are so many wonderful authors from the early 1900s that set a timeless standard. I love H. G. Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Though, my absolute favorite writer is Robert E. Howard and his Conan stories. Howard’s writing is beautiful; his characters are more alive than any I’ve ever read. His world is so layered and rich in detail that after reading, I feel burned by the sun or tired from trekking the hot sands. Howard’s stories are felt by all the senses. Reading his work, I am always deeply inspired.
Some other favorites that inspire me are the great Ray Bradbury and the incredibly intelligent Michael Crichton.
What is one skill you wish you had?
I wish I was handy with tools, specifically, I wish I was a mechanic. I’d love to be able to confidently repair things. As it stands right now, if the job can’t be accomplished with a multi-tool, hot glue, or some tape, it’s beyond me.
What is something on your bucket list you have accomplished? Want to accomplish?
I’m a lifelong fan of professional wrestling and at some point, I really want to attend a Wrestlemania! But I’ve got to have good seats, not in the nose-bleeds.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would invest to secure the future of my family. Then I would travel abroad and help bring clean water, medicine and food sources to struggling parts of the world. There are too many children suffering with hunger and sickness and too many wealthy people not doing their part to help.
For fun, I’d like to go on a fishing trip somewhere along the Amazon River with either Jeremy Wade or Cyril Chauquet!
A microscopic parasite has crippled humanity with night terrors and paralyzing anxiety. In this world of increasing dystopia, hope yet remains in Karma City. But when mercenary drifter, Jameson Shoals, learns that a famous scientist has created a stronger parasite to kill the original, it isn’t until the bodies litter the streets that he realizes the horrifying truth: the new parasite is a killer with a mind of its own, and upon dominating Patient Zero, this killer acquires legs, hands, and eyes. It falls upon Shoals and his partner, a deadly female mercenary, to stop PZ and his mob before they can overcome and supplant humankind.
Read an excerpt:
Though the degradation in society perpetuated by the Malady parasite crippled advancements in industry and commerce, coal mining prevailed in the mountains and parts beyond Karma City, producing abundant fuel for steam engines and thermal power plants. As a result, the railroad had become the people’s last lifeline. Two 4-8-4 steam locomotives, antiquated yet reliable engines, wheeled along cardinal tracks transporting people, medicine and goods back and forth from Karma, Rime, Lobos and many other unnamed stops in the endless Void Lands. The masters of these locomotives were the rifle-bearing men and women sworn to a life on the tracks— the cold-hearted, Iron Tribe.
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Gardner Michael Browning is an award-winning author and professional wrestler. In addition to receiving a New Hampshire Literary Award, two of his novels were part of an international English literacy program for middle grade readers. Browning enjoys classic literature, fishing, playing guitar and spending time with his family.
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