Now, it’s not just because of the pulse-quickening nature of his best selling works like The Plague Year trilogy, the Long Eyes anthology, or his otherworldly Frozen Sky novella. No, running is a requirement in Jeff’s world due to the length, depth and sheer speedy brilliance of his thoughts, concepts and idea which come at you rapid fire. Where the worlds of wit and imagination collide, you’ll see Jeff there, holding up his side of the sky like a modern-day Atlas.
I fell into Jeff’s world at 2011’s Westercon in San Jose, CA, when I had the good fortune to serve with him on a mid-afternoon panel on horror themes and tropes. While his well-deserved reputation as one of modern lit’s up-and-coming thriller writers preceded him, I was even more impressed after our time on stage. Quick insights and good humor abounded and far too soon our hour and half as panel-mates was over.
Not being a fool, I tackled Jeff after the panel to make him the subject of Writer’s Block’s first in-depth profile. And to my delight and relief, Jeff agreed, which lead to almost four hours of interviews over the course two days. In that time, I got to know not only the finely-tuned creative mind, but an author of our uniquely 21st Century times, whose passionate dedication for his craft was only surpassed by his devotion to his wife and sons. Funny, articulate and thought-provoking all come to mind when describing Jeff Carlson. And that’s just his writing.
Before I tell you to vote for him, let’s let the man himself do the talking. These conversations were recorded between July and August of 2011 between various print jobs for the interviewer and soccer practices for the interviewee.
Enjoy, and make sure to put your running shoes on.
Excerpt One: The Future of Sci-Fi
Excerpt Two: The World of Jeff Carlson
Excerpt Three: Movie Rights, The Writer’s Craft, Monkey Matters and Cookies
From the Author’s Website: Jeff Carlson was born on the day of the first manned moon landing and narrowly escaped being named Apollo, Armstrong, or Rocket. His father worked for NASA-Ames at the time, and his granddad on his mother’s side was a science fiction fan whose library included autographed copies of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy.
Both men were strong, early influences—and in the high tech 21st Century, it’s easy to stand with one foot in reality and the other in sci-fi. Jeff’s writing alternates between mainstream and genre fiction.
Jeff is the international bestselling author of the Plague Year trilogy, hailed by New York Times blockbuster James Rollins as “Harrowing, heartfelt, and rock-hard realistic. Not to be missed.” He is currently at work on a new stand-alone thriller. Other stories and nonfiction articles have appeared in leading venues such as Boys’ Life, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and the Fast Forward 2 anthology.
To date, his writing has sold in fourteen languages. Jeff’s novels have been translated into Spanish, German, Romanian, Russian and Czech. H
is short fiction has also appeared in most of those languages as well as Dutch, Esperanto, Estonian, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, and Portuguese.
Jeff lives with his wife and sons in California.
Read Jeff’s fiction:
Plague Year (Ace/Penguin)
Plague War (Ace/Penguin)
Plague Zone (Ace/Penguin)
Or to contact Jeff: http://www.jverse.com