Rec My Weekend: Coastal Magic Featured Author Eric R Asher (Vesik Series)


Rec My Weekend is a weekend feature here, a way for me to share something new I’ve discovered, or an old favorite. And a way for YOU to help me increase my already-taller-than-me “to be read” pile. Because, really, there is NO SUCH THING AS TOO MANY BOOKS!! Feel free to share your “Rec My Weekend” recs in the comments below!

This week’s rec is playing double duty as a spotlight / interview with a Coastal Magic Convention Featured Author!! Eric R Asher has written a fantastic urban fantasy series, and I can’t wait to meet him in February. In the mean time, our friend Carol and I tag-teamed a “get to know you” interview. Below is that interview, and more about his necromancer, Vesik, series.

Carol: When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve been writing casually since high school. It was 2005 when I decided I wanted to write an entire novel. I spent a year writing an excessively long space opera. Then I read it! It was terrible, but what a great learning experience.

Jennifer: What happened in 2005 that made you “decide you wanted to write a novel”?

It wasn’t so much a singular event in 2005. I’d been wanting to do it for a while, and I finally had enough of a story jotted down in various notebooks that I thought could be expanded into a novel.

Carol: What kinds of books did you enjoy reading as a child and teen?

I was a Dr. Seuss kid, all the way. I found Fantasy and Science Fiction in my early teen years. Myth Adventures by Robert Asprin got me started, and once I read Northworld by David Drake and Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman, there was no going back.

Carol: What genres do you enjoy reading now?

My favorite genres now are pretty much the same. I like to read outside those genres a bit, too, just to see what else is out there. C.S. Friedman, Neil Gaiman, and Patricia Briggs are my perennial favorites, regardless of the genre they’re writing in.

Carol: Do you have a favorite secondary character to write?

I love writing strange creatures with big personalities, and not necessarily human personalities. Non-human critters that don’t speak, but have an unmistakable presence (like Bubbles the Cu Sith in the Vesik series; fur, teeth, and chaos), are the most fun.

Carol: Which do you find more difficult to write: humor or action?

They’re my two favorite things, so … yeah. I’m sure the folks who don’t appreciate my humor would definitely say I have a harder time writing humor. 🙂

Jennifer: Do you have a favorite action and/or comedic scene from the Vesik series? 

My favorite action scene so far is actually from the upcoming book, This Broken World. Since we can’t talk about that quite yet, I’d have to say my next favorite action see is the final battle in book 2. There’s a lot of emotion in that scene, and as hard as it was to write, I absolutely love reading it now. As far as comedic scenes, I’d probably have to go with the pigeons in book one. I get mixed responses to that one, but looking at it from Damian’s viewpoint just cracks me up.

Carol: What is one place you have never visited that you would really like to?

Ireland! I would love to go there one day. There are so many tales from Ireland that fuel our modern writings. I’d love to see it in person.

Carol: If you could have dinner with any writer living or dead, who would it be and why?

How can you pick just one?! Today we’ll go with Neil Gaiman. I’ve been a fan since I read the Sandman comics, and his novels have been just as stellar. But I may change my mind at any moment to C.S. Friedman, F. Paul Wilson, Patricia Briggs, David Drake, or, or, okay I’ll stop now.

Carol: What kinds of activities do you do for relaxation?

My spare time growing up was spent as a mallrat in the local arcades and bookstores. I’m still a bit of a gamer. Outside of games, I read, play the cello and guitar, and collect comic books and Transformers toys. Oh, and Worribles!

Jennifer: Worribles?

Yes, Worribles. Worribles are the creation of Andrew Bell of the Creatures in my Head. He does a lot of vinyl art and toys, and one of those happened to be Worribles. He teamed up with and created what is pretty much my favorite stuffed creature ever.

Carol: Do you ever attend fan conventions?

Yes indeed, and not always just for books. I enjoy going to comic and toy conventions as well. I ended up on Travel Channel’s Toy Hunter due to my extensive collecting problems, err, habits.

Carol: What is one question you never get asked in interviews, but wish you did?

What mythologies influenced the characters and creatures in the Vesik universe? I really enjoyed studying a large variety of legends and mythologies, which is why there’s such a diverse mixture inside Damian’s world.

Jennifer: Is there a specific myth or legend that you find particularly inspirational for this series? How much to you bend/change the original to fit into your world?

The Vesik series takes inspiration from a vast variety of myths and legends. You’ll find everything from the Native American Piasa Bird to the cu siths of Scottish and Irish folklore (technically cu sidhe in Irish folklore, but I picked a spelling and stuck with it). The cu siths are a great example where things were changed for the series. They’re almost pet-like in Damian’s world, with occasional reminders that they are very much not pets. Other figureheads from Egyptian and Mayan mythology also crop up here and there, with some of the usual suspects like fairies, werewolves, and vampires.

Eric R Asher’s Vesik Series

01_-_Days_Gone_Bad_-_400x600My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We’ve vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I’ve faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and … damn, I need a vacation.

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02_-_Wolves_and_the_River_of_Stone_-_400x600Philip, Zola’s boyfriend from one hundred and fifty years ago, is not nearly as dead as we thought. I really wish he was. Not only has he kidnapped Zola, but he’s raising an army to scour humanity from the earth. Hopefully the local werewolf pack will help. What could possibly go wrong?

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04_-_This_Broken_World_400x600An ocean of darkness lives in the journal of Philip Pinkerton. Ancient things with no place in our world are rising from the Abyss. Ezekiel, the arrogant, mad god has called us into battle. Does he think we can’t touch him, or does he know we can’t? I wish I knew. The world’s only hope lies in a forgotten weapon, the strength of our allies, and one necromancer of questionable ancestry. Yeah, this is going to end well.

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CoastalMagic2015Vertical4Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona Beach, FL. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. While there IS a schedule, there is also ample time for authors and readers to just hang out together, this is what we’re here for! Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “paranormal” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and also FREE to the public. We’ve got a Featured Author lineup, over 50 amazing storytellers, that showcases not only NYT Bestselling favorites, but debut and “new to you” authors that are sure to catch your attention. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015

One Comment

  1. Comment by Eric Asher:

    Thanks so much for the interview, Jennifer and Carol! I always love to spread the word of the Worribles when I get a chance. 😉

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