Book Giveaway & Author Interview: The Ocean and the Hourglass by Dan O’Brien

Welcome to Author Dan O’Brien

Dan O’Brien is a writer and screenwriter. He currently attends a California university and is pursuing a graduate degree in Psychology. He has written over 10 novels, several screenplays and is working on a graphic novel. A philosopher and martial artist, his days are filled with writing and training. Dan O’Brien is an eclectic writer who dabbles in many genres, though most have sweeping elements of scientific inquiry and reason. Most of the novels fall into the categories of science fiction and fantasy, though there is something for everyone. Romance, horror, young adult and even drama have found their way from his mind to paper. Considering himself delightfully average, he does often find himself opinionated when it comes to modern fiction. Most of what he writes seems displaced from time, reminiscent of the years when science fiction and high fantasy ruled the paperback realm. He has been told that he has the writing tenacity of Jack London, in his zeal to produce as many stories as possible, and a grasp of story like Robert Jordan or J.R.R Tolkien. When he was growing up, the works of Steinbeck and Hugo played a large part in his love of the written word. The likes of Jordan, Goodkind and Tolkien have played an important role in his grasp and love of fantasy. Phillip K. Dick and Herbert contributed to his love of science fiction. Lately, McCarthy and Chabon have helped him to craft his modern style.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
It would depend on what version of a time machine we are talking about. Are we talking about the DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future, H.G. Wells’ Time Machine, or the T.A.R.D.I.S? Personally, I would go with the T.A.R.D.I.S and travel to the future.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
If I went with five people who were alive, I would say: Cormac McCarthy, George R. R. Martin, Christopher Nolan, Richard Dawkins, and Daniel Dennett.
If I went with five people from history, I would say: Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Mahatma Ghandi, Victor Hugo, and Julius Caesar.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
A Kindle with a power cord (you can make charging stations out of fruit), a weapon of some kind (preferably something that does not run out of ammunition), and a case of waterproof matches. Or maybe just Benjamin Linus, he knows were the Others hide everything…

What is one book everyone should read?
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
You should read my book because to not read my book would be to deny the possibility of having the greatest experience reading a book you may ever have had the pleasure of doing up until this point in your life.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I have three novels currently in the works and I will be releasing four more novels in the very near future. Three of the novels are part of a science fiction/fantasy series and the other novel is the beginning of a high fantasy series.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
When I was about six, I created a play for my cousin’s birthday party. Apparently, I designed a set, made little characters on Popsicle sticks, and manufactured an entire story, complete with parts for my brother and cousins. From that moment on, I knew I would make stories for as long as I lived.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
I would to say A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R. R. Martin. A close second would be the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.

What is your dream cast for your book?
Abrams of Al’mander played by Liam Neeson is really the only character I feel has a real analog that I can think of. Also, Anthony Stewart Head, Giles from Buffy, as Mr. Thomspon. There are certainly other characters in other books that I would love to see played by Nathan Fillion or David Boreanaz.

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
I would have to say the old west, early 1800s. I know it was cruel and a tough place to live, but there is something fascinating about that time and place that makes me wonder what it would be like to live then. I realize that most people died quite young and were afflicted with terrible disease, not to mention violent deaths. But color me intrigued all the same.

What is your favorite Quote?
Be the change you want to see in this world
-Mahatma Ghandi

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Hands down, John Cusack. From the moment I saw Grosse Point Blank and through High Fidelity, there was this sense about him that he could play a normal guy who rose from being poor, to moderate success. I aspire for the kind of success that still borders on anonymity, with the exception of my words, of course.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
That is a long list, but it would certainly include: Douglas Adams, Ernest Hemmingway, John Steinbeck, Victor Hugo, Neil Gaiman, Cormac McCarthy, Larry McMurtry, J.R.R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Jane Austen, and H.P Lovecraft. The list goes on and on, but these fine writers would certainly top my list.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
The Dark Knight Rises. I am an unabashed Batman fan. Christopher Nolan has simply redefined both the comic book general and the entire Batman franchise. Tom Hardy as Bane should make for an interesting character study and the continued brilliance of the Nolan brothers collaborating on the next installment gives me nerd chills.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
Waiting For the Bus At The Dock: An Interlude To Confusion

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Douglas Adams, if he were still alive. I would love to see what would become of being in the same room – metaphorically – as George R. R. Martin.

The Ocean and the Hourglass

Dreams are not for the faint of heart, they are for the brave to follow. A Book, an Hourglass. Nicholas had always dreamt of faraway places, distant lands beyond imagination. Wandering into the library on a cold day, he finds an adventure that he had not been looking for. Transported to a distant world, Nicholas finds himself involved in sweeping adventures of a broken and lost kingdom. Filled with sea giants and ancient cities, the young man soon finds that the adventure was greater than he could have ever imagined.

Giveaway Details:
1 paperback copy open to US only
1 ebook open Internationally
Ends 2/1/12

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Paperback: BJ
Ebook: Susan Franklin