Tuesday, December 18, 2018

#authorinterview with Peter Tieryas!

I'm really thrilled to welcome Peter Tieryas here to A Bookish Affair!

What inspired you to write "Mecha Samurai Empire?"

Mechas, strange foods, cat video games, my own childhood, dreams of underwater cities, the art of John Liberto, the games of Hideo Kojima, and so much more. I can never pinpoint the exact inspiration for any one thing as it’s like a whirlwind of inspirations that drives me to explore deeper and deeper until I’m lost and taken away, both physically and mentally into a different zone that ends up sucking my brains up until they’re neurons dancing on electrical pulses.

One of the things that I really liked about this book was the world building. How did you make the world of the book feel so real?

To be completely honest, it’s based on the real USJ that I actually got to visit using a transdimensional jumper and documenting what I saw on any given day, especially the food, arcades, and dialect. Shh, don’t tell anyone please.

Do you plan to write more about the United States of Japan?

There will be one final book to wrap up everything in a revolution that rocks the entire USJ and leaves the universe completely changed.

I've asked you this before in a previous interview but maybe your answers are different this time around. If you could bring three people to a deserted island, who would you bring and why?

How big is the deserted island? Is there food there or are we just basically waiting to die? In the case of the latter, no one. If it was a tropical paradise with all food provided and long days by the ocean staring up the stars, just my wife would be lovely.

The Man in the High CastlemeetsPacific Rimin this action-packed alternate history novel from the award-winning author ofUnited States of Japan. Germany and Japan won WWII and control the U.S., and a young man has one dream: to become a mecha pilot.
Makoto Fujimoto grew up in California, but with a difference--his California is part of the United States of Japan. After Germany and Japan won WWII, the United States fell under their control. Growing up in this world, Mac plays portical games, haphazardly studies for the Imperial Exam, and dreams of becoming a mecha pilot. Only problem: Mac's grades are terrible. His only hope is to pass the military exam and get into the prestigious mecha pilot training program at Berkeley Military Academy.
When his friend Hideki's plan to game the test goes horribly wrong, Mac washes out of the military exam too. Perhaps he can achieve his dream by becoming a civilian pilot. But with tensions rising between Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany and rumors of collaborators and traitors abounding, Mac will have to stay alive long enough first...
--Author Bio:
Peter Tieryas is the author of Mecha Samurai Empire and United States of Japan, which won Japan's top SF award, the Seiun. He's written for Kotaku, S-F Magazine,Tor.com, and ZYZZYVA. He's also been a technical writer for LucasArts, a VFX artist at Sony, and currently works in feature animation.


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