After pumping gas for nine years to put himself through college, DAN KROKOS, now twenty-six, writes full-time. He enjoys watching TV, playing MMORPGs, and drinking coffee. His YA novel, False Memory, debuted from Hyperion in Fall 2012. Currently, he’s hard at work on the next book in the Planet Thieves series
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
The future, definitely. I want to see where humanity ends up. Any time before the industrial revolution would be scary since if you coughed funny you were sacrificed to some god. Or burned at the stake for being a witch. Or just plain dead from a simple infection since there was no medicine.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
A satellite phone, a boat, and a cache of food and water.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Vanilla. I don’t like ice cream with lots of stuff in it because the flavors cancel each other out. I want something simple. I like cookie dough too. And peanut butter cups. I like vanilla and one thing, if I have to have a thing.
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Cleopatra, just to see what the big deal was about.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Huevos Racheros. I love eggs and bacon. Oh my god I want some eggs and bacon right now.
One food you would never eat?
Any kind of brains. My grandma made me eat fish brains when I was a kid, which she should still be sent to prison for.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m working on some screenplays at the moment. Soon I’ll get to work on the third Planet Thieves book, and the next YA for after the False Memory trilogy is wrapped up. I’m also editing an adult book.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I read a lot of RA Salvatore when I worked at a gas station. His books helped me escape real life. I wanted to help other people escape.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
This is easy: meeting with readers at conventions. It’s too cool for words.
Second place: visiting studio lots in Hollywood.
If you could jump in to a book and live in that world, which would it be?
Harry Potter, but only if I could be a wizard and be friends with the core group. Like who wants to be a normal wizard and just be like, “Wow Harry and his friends are cool” but not get to hang with them?
I would also like to live the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, even though things go badly for pretty much every character in them. But I wouldn’t want to be some farmer who gets killed for his crops.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Everyone seems to give the same advice, so I’ll try something I don’t see often: Live life. Go out and do things to add to your writer bank. If you don’t live life you can’t write about it. Seriously, get out there. Absorb everything. You are a sponge. Then squeeze yourself onto the page. This is getting weird.
If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
Now, of course, unless I could go to the future. See my answer about time travel. I bet everyone before like 1980 probably smelled really terrible, too.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
London, maybe. But I’ve never been there so maybe it sucks. I would also like to live in LA because I like nice weather.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
An actor, or a comedian.
Who are your favorite authors of all time?
George RR Martin
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Mason Stark from The Planet Thieves definitely has the same sense of justice as I do. I can’t stand when things aren’t fair. It’s the only thing that really makes me angry. It makes Mason angry too. Luckily he can do something about it.
Two weeks ago, thirteen-year-old Mason Stark and seventeen of his fellow cadets from the Academy for Earth Space Command boarded the SS Egypt. The trip was supposed to be a short routine voyage to log their required spacetime for summer quarter. But routine goes out the airlock when they’re attacked by the Tremist, an alien race who have been at war with humanity for the last sixty years.
With the captain and crew dead, injured, or taken prisoner, Mason and the cadets are all that’s left to warn the ESC. And soon they find out exactly why the Tremist chose this ship to attack: the Egypt is carrying a weapon that could change the war forever. Now Mason will have to lead the cadets in a daring assault to take back the ship, rescue the survivors, and recover the weapon. Before there isn’t a war left to fight.
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