Thursday, May 4, 2017

Hell Holes Series by Donald G. Firesmith Interview

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Blog Tour ~ Hell Holes Series ~ (What Lurks Below & Demons on the Dalton)

Author: Donald G. Firesmith

Genre: Science Fiction /Paranormal/Fantasy

Dates: 1st – 12th of May

Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours


Blurb: When hundreds of huge holes mysteriously appear overnight in the frozen tundra north of the Arctic Circle, they threaten financial and environmental catastrophe should any more open up under the Trans-Alaska Pipeline or any of the many oil wells and smaller pipelines that feed it. An oil company sends a scientific team to investigate. But when the geologist, his climatologist wife, two of their graduate students, a local newspaper reporter, an oil company representative, and a field biologist arrive at one of the holes, they discover a far worse danger lurks below, one that threatens to destroy all of humanity when it emerges, forcing the survivors to flee south towards Fairbanks. 4d534-addtogoodreads

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 Blurb: When hundreds of huge holes mysteriously appeared overnight in the frozen tundra north of the Arctic Circle, geologist Jack Oswald picked Angele Menendez, his climatologist wife, to determine if the record temperatures due to climate change was the cause. But the holes were not natural. They were unnatural portals for an invading army of demons. Together with Aileen O’Shannon, a 1,400-year-old sorceress demon-hunter, the three survivors of the research team sent to study the holes had only one chance: to flee down the dangerous Dalton Highway towards the relative safety of Fairbanks. However, the advancing horde of devils, imps, hellhounds, and gargoyles would stop at nothing to prevent their prey from escaping. It was a 350-mile race with simple rules. Win and live; lose and die…


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 Author Bio:.
  A geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books, written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He's also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered somewhat by his fear that the term "distinguished" makes him sound like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineer whose beard is still slightly more red than gray. By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, action and adventure novels and relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky, and his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs, cats, and birds.


1.  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was a teenager, I read a LOT of science fiction books. That prompted me to write science fiction short stories.
2.  How long does it take you to write a book?
Most books take from one to two years to take from an idea to a published book? I’ve been working on and of on some books for roughly a decade.
3.  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I primarily write a couple of hours in the evening during the work week and during the mornings on weekends.
4.  What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I write both speculative fiction (science fiction, paranormal, fantasy, and horror) and technical  books (system and software engineering).
5.  How do books get published?
My technical books were all published by major traditional publishers. I am proud to be an indie author with my own imprint for my fiction and non-engineering non-fiction books.
6.  Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Depends on the book and type of book. My technical books are based on what I’ve learned over the years as a software and system engineer. My wand book was writing because (other than small works for charity) JK Rolling never wrote any of the books we heard about in the Harry Potter books that I wanted to read. My Hell Holes series came when I learned about the mysterious giant holes that were found in the permafrost of Northern Siberia a few summers ago. I thought, what if there were thousands all north of the Arctic Circle instead of a handful and what if they all occurred overnight?
7.  When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I had my first technical book published in 1993 when I was 41 years old. I published my first fiction book when I was in my late 50s.
8.  What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I make and sell hand-crafted magic wands out of woods and gemstones.
9.  What does your family think of your writing?
They are very supportive. My wife is especially understanding considering how much time I spend writing.
10.             What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
My third Hell Holes book will involve a nuclear bomb. I was surprised by just how much one can learn via the Internet.
11.             How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? I have written 7 technical books and three fiction books (so far). Probably Hell Holes 1: What Lurks Below, because it was my first successful novel. The positive reviews by strangers help convince me that I was a real novelist.
12.             Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Invest money in a professional editor and use lots of beta readers. You can never spot all of the mistakes you’ve made on your own, no matter how many times you go over your books.
13.             Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? I would love to hear more from my readers. So far, it is primarily via their book reviews. I do interact a fair amount with a few other authors who have read my book. I welcome anyone who reads this interview to feel free to contact me via my author website: or via my Facebook page:
14.             Do you like to create books for adults? Yes. While I very much enjoy reading young adult books, I like writing books with adult characters because I can relate to them, being one myself.
15.             What do you think makes a good story?
A good three-part plot (initial setup of characters and  conflict, a series of increasingly difficult unsuccessful attempts at resolving the conflict, and resolution of the conflict), interesting believable characters you care about, and interesting and memorable dialog, environments, and scenes). 
16.             As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a scientist. I minored in physics as an undergraduate, and still read tons of popular science books in all fields.
17.             What would you like my readers to know? My books, especially my Hell Holes series, fits into many of the subgenres of speculative fiction: apocalyptic science fiction, modern paranormal fantasy, and horror. As a relatively new and unknown author who is just beginning to develop a fan base, I hope that this interview will convince them to give my books a try.

His magical wands and autographed copies of his books are available from the Firesmith’s Wand Shoppe at: Visit him at: Website: Facebook: Twitter: Amazon: BOOKTRAILER: 


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