James R. Tuck is the author of the Urban Fantasy series Deacon Chalk:Occult Bounty Hunter. He was a busy man at Dragon*Con participating in lots of urban fantasy panels and he was usually the only male author. He is the only guy on the author blog Word Whores …hmmm… looks like he is a smart man too<G> Katie and I were thrilled to talk with him.
Sharon: Your UF novels Blood and Bullets and now Blood and Silver is a hard-hitting action packed adventure! For you, what's been the most rewarding experience with bringing these characters to life?
James: I write books because I wanted to read those books its sort of how I started writing. I read a book that was supposed to be dark and gritty and violent and reviewers loved it, how could she write this,and I read it and put it down and said “I can write better s***t than that”
So I wrote the book I wanted to read and there is nothing like getting your book, a real book in your hand. It is a great feeling.
Sharon: Where did you find the hunky beef cake for yourcover?! *fan yourself*
James: I didn’t find him Kensington did. That is James DiNonno, he is a fitness model, he is a real person…
Sharon and Katie: And his phone number and address?
James: I don’t have that, but if you go on my facebook there are photos of him holding the book. He is a friend of mine, friend him and track him down and stalk him. But he is in New Jersey so he might be a little far away
Sharon and Katie: Road trip!
James: A ton. Deacon’s voice and his reactions to the world are very close to the way that I feel.
Sharon: Potty mouth
James: Very potty mouth, I am very profane. My wife is always “you should not curse as much”
Yeah, I wrote a lot of myself into Deacon. We have the same kind of thought patterns, he of course has been traumatized far more than I would ever, ever want to be. If I had to go through that, I would probably act pretty similar.
Sharon: You walk into a room and your theme song blasts! What is it?
James: Mine or Deacons?
Sharon: You can give me both
James: Deacons…I need a real kick ass song…Walk by Pantera, even though he isn’t really a metal fan, he’s a blues fan, but probably Walk.
For me it would be some really kick ass country song. I love country, I grew up on it.
Sharon: What was your favorite toy as a kid?
James: I had a ton of toys, I love toys. Even to this day, we have a toy collection. Some of my wife’s have to live in their boxes.My favorite would probably be this weird 12’ Incredible Hulk that I had. I played with that thing for probably 8 years. I had it when I was a wee child and kept it till I was way to old for it.
Sharon: Still have it?
James: No, I wish.If I had it I would have it on display in my house.
Sharon: Draw me a sheep!
Sharon: Remington or Browning?
James: Browning, because the guy who created the Colt 45(John Moses Browning), his company that he created after leaving Colt was Browning so that’s why it’s my favorite.
Sharon: Zombie Nurse or Vampire Bride?
James: Vampire bride
Sharon: Coke or Pepsi?
Katie: YEAH! *gratuitous celebrating and unsportsmanlike conduct*
Sharon: Hello Kitty or My Little Pony?
James: ohhhhh….G.I. Joe?
Sharon: *laughter* yes
Sharon: Sashay or Shimmy?
*And no, he didn't offer to do it*
Sharon: Early Am Rooster or Midnight Owl?
James: Midnight owl, I am nocturnal
Sharon: Jog or speed walk?
James: pfffff…lackadaisically stroll. I’m a stroller
Sharon: Deep fried or baked?
James: Fried, I’m a southern boy
Sharon: Team Bucky or Team Satchel?
James: I have no idea what that means..
*conversation about Get Fuzzy and how I can’t believe someone as cool as James doesn’t know what that is*
James, this is Bucky and Satchel…
Sharon: Anything else before we wrap up?
James: No, that will be it, read my books! Buy my s***t.
James then signed some things for us to give away and went to visit with his son and wife before his next panel.
James R. Tuck was born and raised in The South. Brought up on a steady diet of good southern cooking, country music, Jesus, and guns; he has always been a little weird. For over 15 years he has been a professional tattoo artist and owns Family Tradition Tattoo in his hometown of Marietta, Ga. Now he writes yarns about monsters, guns, hard-eyed men, and tough as nails women.
He puts the DARK in Dark Urban Fantasy.
His Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter series is a thrill ride spilling over with violence and mayhem.
Here there be monsters.
Strap up, arm yourself, and hang on for the ride
One of a kind signed sheep drawing, signed bookmark, Tuck s**t and Sheep s**t!
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