Blog Tour & Author Interview: Crossline by Russ Colchamiro


This is my stop during the blog tour for Crossline by Russ Colchamiro. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 18 March till 7 April. See the tour schedule here.

CrosslineCrossline
By Russ Colchamiro
Genre: Science Fiction/ Space Opera
Age category: Adult

Blurb:
Perfect for fans of Firefly, Flash Gordon, Stargate, and Escape from New York...

Hotdog pilot Marcus Powell has been selected to test Taurus Enterprises' Crossline prototype craft and its newly developed warp thrusters, which, if successful, will revolutionize space travel as we know it.

But during his jaunt across the stars, Powell is forced into a parallel universe -- including a parallel Earth -- where he finds himself at the center of an epic battle he may have been destined for all along.

Meanwhile, back home, reclusive oil tycoon and Taurus CEO Buddy Rheams Jr. -- who sent Powell on that very mission -- has a mysterious past and a secret agenda, one that could prevent Powell from ever making it back to his wife and little girl.
From author Russ Colchamiro, Crossline is a psychedelic, action-packed romp across time, space, and dimension that asks the question: once you cross the line, can you ever really go back?

You can find Crossline on Goodreads

You can buy Crossline here on Amazon

Excerpt:
An open-air man, Powell had been to cities. To Houston, and Denver, and San Francisco that one time for his cousin’s bachelor party. But there was something about the city ahead that made him shudder. It reminded him of his few trips to New York, that city that never sleeps. If you could make it there, the saying went, you could make it anywhere, and maybe even if that was true, Powell never understood why anyone would want to make it there, even if they could.
Powell had that rush he would get on the road to the launch pad. The pre-flight butterflies that caused his chest to tighten, his face to go flush, and the taste of adrenaline to coat his mouth, down to his teeth and gums. The difference between now and then was just so very small, but even if for just a few seconds, that intense queasiness would make him question in a shameful, shaky handed way if he knew what the hell he was doing, and consider that maybe he’d be better off hauling ass in the opposite direction and skipping out on the whole damn thing.
But then the intensity of the panic subsided—the urgency of the present snapping him back from his fears of a worst pos- sible future, one that would require him to confront the demon at the gates. He steadied himself, because like his father told him: Nerves only mean you ain’t completely stupid. Get over it, boy. There’s work to be done. The clarity and confidence of his father’s voice resonated more than ever.



About the Author:
Russ ColchamiroRuss Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure, Crossline, the zany SF/F backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and is editor of the new SF anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.

Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, two ninjas, and crazy dog Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. Russ has also contributed to several other anthologies, including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, Altered States of the Union, Camelot 13, TV Gods 2, They Keep Killing Glenn, Camelot 13, and Brave New Girls.

He is now working on the first novel in a new series featuring his hardboiled private eye Angela Hardwicke, and the first of three collaborative novella projects.

Russ is repped by The Zack Compnay.

For more on and Russ’s books, you can visit www.russcolchamiro.com, follow him on Twitter @AuthorDudeRuss, and ‘like’ his Facebook author page www.facebook.com/RussColchamiroAuthor.

You can find and contact Russ Colchamiro here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads
- Amazon

Interview:
Q: What inspires you to write?
Russ: Being a writer isn’t just what I do; it’s who I am. I have an unquenchable need to write. To tell stories, to explore ideas. For me, I’m not so much the writer but the conduit. The characters, the stories seem to come from the ether, and then channel themselves through my fingertips! It’s a strange experience, but I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember.
Q: How often do you write?
Russ: Pretty much every day. But ‘writing’ has different components. If you mean ‘clacking the keys’—seeing words appear on the page—then, on average, probably five days a week. But there’s also the plotting stage, where I’m thinking about story ideas and characters, working out the plot in my head, working out issues where I’m stuck. So even on the days where I’m not clacking the keys, I’m still ‘writing’.
Q: Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
Russ: I do my best writing on a schedule, which these days is around 9 pm, after I’ve walked the dog and put my kids to bed—I have 8-year-old twins. But after I’ve written my first draft, I print out hard copies and do hand-written edits on page. Those I often do the train to and from work, or whenever I have spare time. But no, I don’t wait until I feel ‘inspired.’ That approach, which works well for some writers, is too inconsistent for me. Writing is a daily part of my life.
Q: Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
Russ: Both. Before I clack the keys, I tend to have the basic ideas for a story or novel already worked out, which might include specific scenes, plot points, character developments, dialogue, etc. But I leave enough room to let the story go where it wants. For me, most of my most engaging work comes during those times when I just shut my off brain and go.
Q: What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
Russ: Depends on the day! Exhaustion is an ever-present issue. I work a full-time job in the real estate industry, have a long commute, a crazy dog, and two kids. So fatigue is always a problem. But that’s just how it goes. I work through it.
Q: What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?
Russ: When I’m in the zone and the ideas are flowing, I can’t tell if ten minutes go by or four hours. That’s when I know I’m really on fire.

Giveaway
There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Crossline. These are the prizes you can win:
- one physical copy of Crossline by Russ Colchamiro (US Only)
- three e-copies of Crossline by Russ Colchamiro (INT)

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