If everything is going according to plan, I am currently sitting beachside with a copy of Titanshade in one hand and a margarita in the other!
**If everything is not going according to the plan, someone might want to send bail money.
After vacation edit: I survived. No bail money required!! I was grateful enough to start Titanshade beachside and hope to finish it by the end of the month!
But, you are not here to talk about my beach adventures. You are here because of your desire to consume and devour books and hopefully find a new book obsession, right? Lucky you, I have this fun little interview with the author of Titanshade, Dan Stout and all of the info one could desire about his newly released noir fantasy thriller…TITANSHADE!
This noir fantasy thriller from a debut author introduces the gritty town of Titanshade, where danger lurks around every corner.
Carter’s a homicide cop in Titanshade, an oil boomtown where 8-tracks are state of the art, disco rules the radio, and all the best sorcerers wear designer labels. It’s also a metropolis teetering on the edge of disaster. As its oil reserves run dry, the city’s future hangs on a possible investment from the reclusive amphibians known as Squibs.
But now negotiations have been derailed by the horrific murder of a Squib diplomat. The pressure’s never been higher to make a quick arrest, even as Carter’s investigation leads him into conflict with the city’s elite. Undermined by corrupt coworkers and falsified evidence, and with a suspect list that includes power-hungry politicians, oil magnates, and mad scientists, Carter must find the killer before the investigation turns into a witch-hunt and those closest to him pay the ultimate price on the filthy streets of Titanshade.
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Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes about fever dreams and half-glimpsed shapes in the shadows. His prize-winning fiction draws on his travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim, as well as an employment history spanning everything from subpoena server to assistant well driller.
Dan’s stories have appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Nature, and Mad Scientist Journal.
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Everyone welcome Dan Stout to Booked & Loaded!
B&L: Welcome, Dan! I have been looking forward to getting my hands on Titanshade after being struck curious by its cover and totally intrigued after reading the blurb! I will never apologize for being a cover junky!!!
Dan: Thanks for having me. And no need to apologize— I am unashamed about my love for cover illustration and design! This past year I scored a major holiday haul when I was gifted copies of Art & Arcana and Paperbacks From Hell, both of which are deep dives into the kind of cover art and illustration I loved as a kid and an adult.
B&L: What did expect before seeing the cover for yourself?
Dan: So, one of the incredible things about working with DAW Books is that they love it when the author has a vision for the cover. My editor, Sheila Gilbert, asked if I had any suggestions, and I was able to pitch a rough idea. When the cover artist, Chris McGrath, got involved, he got an advance copy of the manuscript, and checked in regularly to make sure the artwork was in-line my vision of the characters. DAW just connected us on email and let us go at it. Seeing my characters come to life like that was geek heaven.
Of course, Chris is a brilliant artist, so he took my rough concept and delivered something far beyond my initial ideas. He pretty much blew my mind with every sketch and iteration. He also brought a ton of small details that help put it over the edge—things like the aviator sunglasses that really make the cover pop.
B&L: Do you feel it accurately reflects the feel of Titanshade?
Dan: Absolutely! After seeing Chris’s artwork, I knew that the final look was going to be good, but the finished design exceeded my expectations. From the slight tilt to the artwork to the spray-paint feel of the title logo and the distressed treatment give the book a torn and ragged feel that’s a perfect match for the story inside. It’s so clear that the team at DAW really got the feel of the book and took the time to bring it to life. I’d love to give a shout-out to Katie Anderson, who did the jacket design, and Alissa Rose Theodor, who did the interior.
B&L: What inspired you to write a book where 8-tracks are high tech?
Dan: I’m really fascinated by the concept of fantasy worlds apart from ours: …