eSpec Books interviews Erik Scott de Bie, contributor to The Awakened Modern, edited by Hal Greenberg and Greg Schauer, funding now on Kickstarter.

eSB: Can you tell us a little about your story, Whiteout, from The Awakened Modern?

EdB: It starts like this: The first thing you need to know is that this is not an admission of guilt. It’s not an accusation, a cry for help, or a suicide note. It’s a record.

Magic seems great and all, but it’s just as much a curse as a blessing. On her 19th birthday, my heroine manifested the power to drain away memories at a touch. Her first victim? Her then girlfriend, who doesn’t remember her at all. Since then, she’s been on the run from family, friends, and a mysterious government agency determined to control her devastating power.

eSB: What interested you in writing for this series?

EdB: Aside from it being hard for me to say no to Hal, I find the concept of the Awakened mythology fascinating. We humans have been telling stories about the transition from child to adult for as long as there have been stories, and the Awakened presents a new kind of coming of age story. And applying that logic to our own world? Fantastic.

eSB: If you could have a special power or familiar, what would it be and why?

EdB: Teleportation, no question. The ability to be anywhere at any moment? That would be amazing. And save me a lot of GenCon expenses.

 eSB: What are some of your own works readers can look for?

EdB: I am the author of several novels in the iconic Forgotten Realms setting, as well as an ongoing post-apocalyptic epic series called the World of Ruin, which I describe as a collision between Game of Thrones and Fallout. I’m constantly writing more, and the best way to keep up with me is online.

eSB: How can readers find out more about you? 

EdB: Read my work, play a game with me, and/or hang out with me at a bar at GenCon. You can find out a lot about a person from how they write, how they game, and how they drink. 

Erik Scott de Bie is an American fantasy author and technical writer who has authored several Forgotten Realms novels. He has a degree in English composition and literature from Willamette University in Oregon. 


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