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Exclusive Interview: “Grease Monkey” Editors Danielle Ackley-McPhail & John L. French

 

In science fiction, subgenres often give birth to other subgenres. Solarpunk, for instance, begat lunarpunk. It’s also how we got dieselpunk out of steampunk. But what exactly is dieselpunk? That’s one of many questions I put to Danielle Ackley-McPhail and John L. French, co-editors of the new short story anthology Grease Monkeys: The Heart And Soul Of Dieselpunk (paperback, Kindle), in the following email interview.

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Exclusive Interview: “The Play Of Light” Author Danielle Ackley-McPhail

 

As the co-founder and editor for eSpec Books, Danielle Ackley-McPhail has overseen all of the entries in the Systema Paradoxa series of novellas about cryptids. But now, after eleven previous entries, she’s taking matters into her own hands with her own installment, The Play Of Light (paperback, Kindle). In the following email interview, she discusses where she got the idea for this urban fantasy thriller, and how working on the other Systema Paradoxa novellas influenced it.

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Exclusive Interview: “Daire’s Devils” Author Danielle Ackley-McPhail

 

For years, people have written novels based on such table-top role-playing games as Arkham Horror, Twilight Imperium, and others. But in the following email interview with writer Danielle Ackley-McPhail, she explains how her military sci-fi novel Daire’s Devils (paperback, Kindle) came out of writing stories based on a game that isn’t out yet.

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Exclusive Interview: Baba Ali And The Clockwork Djinn Authors Danielle Ackley-McPhail & Day Al-Mohamed

 

The folk tale “Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves” is perhaps the most famous of the One Thousand And One Nights stories. And like all classic folk tales, “Ali Baba” has a universal appeal, even when told in a very different way. Which brings us to Baba Ali And The Clockwork Djinn (paperback, Kindle, audiobook), a steampunk faerie tale co-authored by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-Mohamed. With a new version being released by Danielle’s eSpec Books, I present the following email interview, in which they discuss what inspired and influenced this retelling, as well as what they changed for this new edition.

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Exclusive Interview: Footprints In The Stars Editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail

 

In first contact stories, writers explore what might happen when we first meet aliens. But in the new sci-fi short story anthology Footprints In The Stars (paperback, Kindle), the focus is instead on what might happen when we first get evidence that aliens exist. In the following email interview, Footprints editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail talks about how this collection came together, what subgenres of sci-fi are included, and why it features a bunch of writers with Star Trek novels in their oeuvres.