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April 1, 2014

Blog Tour: Secret of the Corpse Eater by Ty Drago – Interview and Giveaway

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Secret of the Corpse Eater (Undertakes #3) by Ty Drago

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The Corpses are up something.

U.S. Senator Lindsay Micha had been kidnapped and replaced with a “dead” ringer, the sister to Lilith Cavanaugh, the Queen of the Dead. Now Will Ritter must go undercover in our nation’s capital to ferret out the truth and try to stop this ambitious deader. But his mission becomes even more dangerous when he learns of a mysterious ten-legged monster that prowls the halls of the Capitol Building — a lethal monster with a taste for Corpse flesh.

Can such an alien “enemy of his enemy” truly become Will’s friend?

 

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Secret of the Corpse Eater (Undertakers #3) by Ty Drago
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books

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Chapter-by-Chapter-header---Interview

Top Favs with Ty Drago

You’re home alone, there’s a fire!  Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.

You mean BESIDES my wife? I’d grab the dog and both cats (yes, Gizmo, even you!).  Why? Because everything else is just stuff.  Even my written work is all stored up in the cloud where, supposedly, no fire can touch it.  Here’s a simple rule worth living by: Life first, everything else second.

Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why

Lee Child (alive), the author of the Jack Reacher series.  He’s one of the most entertaining writers I’ve ever read and his books are always great.

Jackie Morse Kessler (alive), the author of the Riders of the Apocalypse series.  She’s a brilliant writer who’s been woefully unappreciated.

Benjamin Franklin (sadly, dead), author and statesman.  He’s the man who coined the term “American.” Through his writings, he did more than any other single person to cultivate our national identity.  A true patriot and, in my opinion, the genuine “father” of our country.

 Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why

As a rule, I don’t eat while writing.  But, were I to do so, it would have to something simple – finger food.  So I’ll say, not in any particular order: Tootsie Rolls; Goldfish crackers; or celery and dip. NOT potato chips!  They’re too greasy; it gets on the keyboard!

Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why

THE SHINING by Stephen King remains, in my humble opinion, the single most important masterpiece of modern horror.  That book taught me more about writing than any other single story.

LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel is my all-time favorite book. While I would never presume to say that Mr. Martel influenced my writing, I like to think that his uncanny way of mixing simple emotion with profound insight inspired me.

BRIDGE OF BIRDS by Barry Hughart remains the most amazing fantasy novel I’ve ever read.  Its grace and humor has had a real effect on me.

Top 3 favorite songs to listen to while writing and why

I don’t have “favorite” songs when it comes to writing. Instead, for each new book, I spent a good deal of time compiling a playlist.  For the Undertakers, this playlist is quite long and rather eclectic.  But here are some songs that I consider the vanguard.

“E for Extinction” by Thousand Foot Crutch
“Paradise” by Coldplay
“Uprising” by Muse

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why

I’m relieved to say that I’ve never suffered from writers block.  But, if I find myself “stuck” at a particular part of a story, I’ll often seek a change of venue by doing one of the following:

1)     Take a walk.  Fresh air and sunshine often work wonders!

2)     Move to a different part of the house to write.  Occasionally, I choose unusual spots, just to see they’ll shake something loose between my ears. The basement, perhaps.  Or maybe the front seat of my truck!

3)     Take a drive.  Sometimes all I need to do is put on the book’s playlist and run an errand.  Music is wonderful for stimulating the creative juices!

Top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why

The Beatles.  They forever changed the face of music and wrote some of the greatest songs of all time.

Led Zeppelin.  Why? “Stairway to Heaven.” That’s why!

Muse. I really find their stuff exciting and inspiring.

Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.  It’s the movie I never believed could be made.  The other two were amazing in their own right, but I’ll never forget sitting in that theater and watching Frodo and Bildo come to life!

Casablanca.  It was made for a song, but it remains the most routinely quoted film of all time.  I never get tired of watching it.

The Fifth Element.  I know: it’s more of a cult classic.  But it is one of the few movies that my wife and I will watch no matter how many times it comes on. We both truly love it!

Top 3 favorite animated movies and why

Toy Story 3.  Not a dry eye in the house. It’s a movie more about growing up than anything else.

The Emperor’s New Groove.  Easily the funniest animated film every made.  It remains of the only kids movies that’s still capable of making me laugh out loud.

The Incredibles.  This film redefined the concept of the superhero, at least in my mind.  Brad Bird voicing Edna deserved an Oscar in my humble opinion.

Top 3 favorite movie moments and why

That moment in Fellowship of the Ring when, in the midst of all the squabbling chaos at Elron’s “secret meeting,” Frodo stands up and announces, “I will take the ring to Mordor … though I do not know the way.”  It is the essence of courage.

The dartboard scene in Young Frankenstein, only because THE SAME SCENE exists in the original “Son of Frankenstein,” complete with the one armed inspector.  It’s one of the most priceless pieces of satire I’ve ever seen.

The moment when Chris Tucker makes his first appearance as Ruby Rod in The Fifth Element.  I’d never seen him before and, frankly, he’s never done anything that good since!

Top 3 favorite actors/actresses and why

Kevin Spacey.  I’ve always been a fan, but his work in House of Cards has been amazing.

Jessica Lange.  She deserves an Emmy for American Horror Story.  I hear she’s returning for a fourth season.  I’m truly relieved.

Neal Patrick Harris.  He’s great in How I Met Your Mother.  But it was his stint as Dr. Horrible in Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog that really sold me!

Top 3 favorite gadgets and why

My iPad.  I write books on it.  I’m rarely without it.  Honestly, I can remember how I lived before I got one!

My iPhone.  It’s my first smartphone and it’s already made itself indispensable.

AppleTV.  Okay, I’m an Apple guy.  I’m not sure when it happened, but it did.  Besides, what do you think I’m watching House of Cards on???

Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why

China.  Walking on the Great Wall is high on my bucket list, as is seeing the terracotta warriors and the Forbidden City!

Africa.  My wife and I would love to take a photo safari.  Just need to work up the nerve, and the cash!

Australia. I’ve never been below the equator.  Do you think it’s true that toilets flush counter clockwise?

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---About-the-Author

Ty Drago

In addition to the first two books in UNDERTAKERS series, RISE OF THE CORSPES and QUEEN OF THE DEAD, Ty Drago is the author of PHOBOS, a Science Fiction whodunit and THE FRANKLIN AFFAIR, an historical/mystery about Benjamin Franklin. His short fiction has appeared in numerous venues, including the 2009 anthology YESTERDAY, I WILL …, and he has written articles for WRITERS DIGEST.  His first UNDERTAKERS novelette, NIGHT OF MONSTERS, is currently available for FREE on Smashwords.com and barnesandnoble.com.

 

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Chapter-by-Chapter-header---Giveaway

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5 Comments

  1. Julia Cosgrove
    4/1/2014

    Great interview! This book sounds great as well.

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  2. melissa cushing
    4/1/2014

    Love the sound of this fabulous book! Thanks for posting and for sharing!

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  3. Mary Preston
    4/2/2014

    This sounds fascinating.

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  4. Natasha
    4/7/2014

    Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  5. Anne Marie Carter
    4/11/2014

    Can’t wait to read your books, I love this type of Science Fiction.

    Thanks

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