Q&A Jeff Provine
Carnival of Cryptid Anthology: Where is Captain Rook?
This, the second Kindle All-Stars anthology offered to raise funds to support The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is filled with stories featuring Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, Chupacabra. These are the names whispered by villagers and sailors and adventurers around the world. They fill the imagination with wonder and drive ordinary men mad in their quest to tame them. Join the Kindle All-Stars as they set off in search of the unseen. Journey with them into the heart of imagination itself, where the jungle grows dark and when something moves against you beneath the surface of the water, you dare not look.
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Proceeds of this beautifully written anthology go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Below is an interview with Jeff Provine, the author of the short story Where is Captain Rook?
Interview with Jeff Provine
I really had not heard of the mapinguari legend before. Are you a fan of mythical, yet hypothetically possible beings? If so, have you incorporated any other mythical beasts into your stories?
I’m a huge fan of the myth and the realities shown in them. There are so many stories out there that no one believes, and yet it’s a cultural memory of what is actually true. People believed komodo dragons were myths at one point, yet they’re some of the most fascinating creatures to modern science.
How interesting it would be for all the bipedal primates (yeti, bigfoot, skunk beasts, etc) to turn out to be something!
My latest book, Dawn on the Infinity, due out from Hydra Publications this fall, has a load of mythical creatures. It’s about a girl kidnapped by inter-reality pirates whose crew include a vampire, troll, and fairy. The story combines sci-fi and fantasy, giving explanations of how these creatures might work alongside a world with space ships and robots.
The story has an underlying theme of civilization being out maneuvered by natives as a sort of payback for prior abuses. Is this a theme that you have used in other works?
It’s definitely a theme I like to use and think about often. We’re so sure of ourselves with our modern technology and way of life, yet other cultures have so much to teach us. I’m always reading about different ways of living life… who knows if someone has better ideas that we could incorporate? The Kapauku people of Papua New Guinea believe it’s bad luck to work two days in a row. They might have something there.
My Celestial Voyages trilogy incorporates a fair bit of cultural exchange, showing the space-faring Edwardians that they might not know as much as they think they do. We all have a lot to learn from each other.
You are quite a prolific writer and have several novels published to date. Which one are you most proud of?
I think my absolute favorite is Venus from Celestial Voyages. It shows the Venusians as a people who take “knowledge is power” literally, giving great social status to the cleverest of people. While some of us nerdy fellows might like the idea, it runs into big problems when morals can be sacrificed for intellectual gain. The story also explores identity a great deal as the Venusians wish to clone humans to learn more about them, ending up with a duplicate of the protagonist who has the same memories but is physically a monster.
Steampunk appears to be one of your favorite genres. It’s one of mine as well! Please describe for us one of your favorite steampunk inventions.
Always great to hear from another steampunk enthusiast! I’ve loved it ever since seeing Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the old Disney one. With the exception of the structural integrity of steel and fuel considerations, everything aboard the Star’s Comet works. They have chemical batteries recharged by sunlight, hydrogen rockets, air purified by Amazonian plants, and magnetic boots to keep them upright in zero-G. My favorite invention, weirdly enough, are the pneumatic showers. A fan is built into the bottom of the shower, creating suction that allows the water to flow for scrubbing. Then the water is recycled into watering the plants in the botanical laboratory below, contributing to the recycling of air.
What are you currently working on?
My current projects are my web comic, The Academy, about kids at a magnet engineering high school and This Day in Alternate History, a blog that takes an event on each date of the year and gives it a little twist (e.g., What if Will Rogers had survived his plane crash, ending up President of the United States in 1945?). I’m always doing little side projects like Very Short Stories on Twitter, too, which are a hoot.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Jeff-Provine/e/B00B8TQUM4