Oct162020

Gail Carriger interviews David R Slayton about White Trash Warlock

Hello my darling Gentler Reader! It’s been a while since I did one of these but please welcome the wonderful David R. Slayton to the blog today.

I met David at the dawn of time (shortly after Soulless came out). I believe it was at a book tour event at the Tattered Cover in Denver? David and I have since become friends. I am always excited to visit Denver the fact that I get to see him when I am there makes me that much more happy. It is a true joy to see him get published and join the pro author ranks. So, without further ado….

About you, the Author David R. Slayton!

Tea or coffee and how do you take it?

I like both, though I do drink more coffee. Cream in either, though a bit of honey too if it’s black tea.

Please describe your personal style for author appearances.

Upbeat goth. I have little sense of color, so I wear a lot of blues, grays, and blacks. That said, I try for a bit of dapper: a jacket or a vest. I like stylish boots. I have some black velvet jackets for the fancier conference parties.

If I were to observe the writer beast in its native environment, what surprising thing might I see? What does the environment look like?

Lots of books on writing. Some out of season Halloween décor, including a Lego haunted house. Video game art books: Dark Souls, Thief, etc. – I pick up the art books for games that inspire my books and flip through them. I have a wooden box of tarot cards for much the same purpose. Or perhaps it is the small planter of purple mushroom lights. I made them on a whim out of silicone and LEDs, even soldered it all together myself. They add a little charm.

If you could travel in any type of conveyance, what would it be?

I long to take a train across America, a long ride from Denver, where I live, to San Francisco. I think it would be heaven to write, sip tea or coffee, and look out the window.

No deviating: vanilla or chocolate ice cream on a plain or a sugar cone?
(Gail will use this to determine your level of sanity.)

Chocolate on sugar. Am I insane?
(Gail pronounces you entirely sane. Sorry.)

What’s most likely to make you laugh?

Pithy humor, and sometimes especially when it’s completely out of place. I once guffawed at a funeral. It was not my finest moment.

Since writers inevitably end up in the bar, what’s your poison?

Lemondrop martini, but never more than two.

David R. Slayton

I grew up in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where finding fantasy novels was pretty challenging and finding fantasy novels with diverse characters was downright impossible. Now I live in Denver, Colorado and write the books I always wanted to read while showing visitors the spookier and sillier sights, most of which show up in my books.

My debut, White Trash Warlock, is available now from Blackstone Publishing in paperback, ebook, and audio. You can find me on the web at davidrslayton.com or just search for David R Slayton – don’t forget the R, there’s a lot of David Slaytons running around!

About your book! White Trash Warlock

What should readers eat while consuming your novel?

Coffee and the food that most reminds you of your childhood, especially if you were poor. For me that’s fried salmon croquette patties and potatoes, both doused with ketchup.

What form does evil take within its pages?

Fear. In White Trash Warlock all the evil is done in the name of fear and the conformity it breeds.

Which one of your characters would you most want to kiss and why?

Jesse. I think he’d be quite good at it.

What’s your favorite period in history and does it influence your world building?

I deeply studied the classical civilizations of Greece, Rome, and the Byzantine Empire. I especially studied their transition to the Middle Ages. I’m afraid none of this has much anything to do with White Trash Warlock, though my epic fantasies wear these connections on their sleeves.

Which one of your characters would you most like to slap and why?

Bobby, for quite obvious reasons really. He is, to quote Adam, a dick.

Without spoilers, what’s the funnest (or funniest) part of the book?

How Adam can walk into a situation, often with powers far greater than himself, and annoy but also bond with them. He also lacks a filter sometimes.

If your story smelled of something, what would that be?

Blackberries and battery acid. Read it to find out why.

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Thanks for stopping by David!

I hope you enjoyed this interview and that you’ll give the charming White Trash Warlock a try. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!

Yours (destined to be killed by a tumbling TBR pile),

Miss Gail

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