Untimed by Andy Gavin – Interview & Blog Tour Giveaway

Welcome to Author Andy Gavin

Andy Gavin is a serial creative, polymath, novelist, entrepreneur, computer programmer, author, foodie, and video game creator. He co-founded video game developer Naughty Dog and co-created Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter. He started numerous companies, has been lead programmer on video games that have sold more than forty million copies, and has written two novels.

His first book, The Darkening Dream, has been well-received by fans and critics alike. Publisher’s Weekly called it “gorgeously creepy, strangely humorous, and sincerely terrifying.” Untimed is an even more ambitious follow-up. It is a lavish production with a cover by acclaimed fantasy artist Cliff Nielsen and twenty-one full page interior illustrations by Dave Phillips.

INTERVIEW
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
For cool factor, I’d want to be an incredibly rich Patrician Roman, living by the bay of Naples a good 80 years BEFORE the eruption of Vesuvius. They had heated pools, awesome frescos, three day banquets, and… slave girls (just kidding). Actually, today is really the best, and that’s one of the themes of Untimed. We have more personal freedoms, more overall wealth, and much, much better medicine. Try getting an infection in the second century BC.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
My laptop, a coconut powered generator, and a satellite modem.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I’ve thought about this a lot. Probably I’d be a telepath/pusher like Professor X. The combo of reading minds and controlling them would be totally badass, if horrifically unethical. And I’ve always been keen on having all the information. A vampire wouldn’t be too bad either if I didn’t have to kill my victims, only snack a bit.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Really good Gelato (which means Italy) in complex dessert flavors like tiramisu or cassata. For example: http://all-things-andy-gavin.com/2011/07/21/eating-florence-gelateria-santa-trinita/
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Alexander the Great. Conquering half the world is just too cool to resist. Plus, he knew how to party.
Pet Peeves?
Phone support people where they make you repeat all your basic info every time even if they have the case ID.
Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles. It isn’t even close, they’re my favorite candy.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Untimed dares to imagine a world where not even history can be taken for granted.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Read, read, write, write, edit, edit, edit. And hire good professional help too. Friends and family can give you a sense of how the book reads, but they can’t usually tell you how to fix anything serious. I’ve read a lot of half-decent Indie books on my Kindle that are at their core good, but just need some serious tightening and polish. I’ve read plenty of big-six bestsellers you can say this about.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I expected to be EMPEROR OF THE KNOWN UNIVERSE, or perhaps the architect of a new revised humanity 2.0. I’m not really kidding. Still, I turned out pretty well J.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

I love when people tell me it’s the best book they’ve read in the last couple of years. What author wouldn’t?
What was your favorite book as a child/teen?

I used to love the Alexander Key novels like The Forgotten Door, Escape from Witch Mountain, and The Case of the Vanishing Boy. They combined kids with cool powers with really excellent writing and characterization. As an early teen, some of my favorite authors were Piers Anthony, Jack Chalker, and Orson Scott Card. Later, I added in more sophisticated stuff like Gene Wolfe.
If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Bad un-authentic chain restaurant food. Wave an Olive Garden “Stuffed Chicken Marsala” at me and I’ll be instantly cringing on the floor in agony.
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
My favorite show of all time is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I’ve seen every episode start to finish four times. Some guys might be embarrassed, but not me. I do have some real guilty pleasures though. This year, it’s probably Pretty Little Liars (which is actually a pretty darn good show).
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Yep. Right now, I’m writing two more novels and adapting Untimedinto a screenplay. The new books are the Untimed sequel and a totally separate short novel that involves old school fairies and iambic pentameter.

Untimed

Charlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, even his own mother can’t remember his name. And girls? The invisible man gets more dates.

As if that weren’t enough, when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don’t take him seriously.

Still, this isn’t all bad. In fact, there’s this girl, another time traveler, who not only remembers his name, but might even like him! Unfortunately, Yvaine carries more than her share of baggage: like a baby boy and at least two ex-boyfriends! One’s famous, the other’s murderous, and Charlie doesn’t know who is the bigger problem.

When one kills the other — and the other is nineteen year-old Ben Franklin — things get really crazy. Can their relationship survive? Can the future? Charlie and Yvaine are time travelers, they can fix this — theoretically — but the rules are complicated and the stakes are history as we know it. And there’s one more wrinkle: he can only travel into the past, and she can only travel into the future!

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