After reading The Gecko's Gate, Arianna knew she just had to interview Dennis Stein. He had a way with words that made her want to keep reading, so we sent a request to interview Mr. Stein.
He agreed to the interview and Arianna sent her questions. Please enjoy the interview and don't forget to pick up a copy of The Gecko's Gate!
1. What was your inspiration for your book?
The inspiration for the book was simply to tell a great story; something epic.
2. Who is your favorite character in The Gecko's Gate?
Even though most people might get right in there with the three friends, my favourite character to develop was (and IS) Cyrus. He is an amazing villain that I will delve deeper into as this story progresses.
3. How long did it take you to write this book?
This story was 9 years in the making, simply because of external things going on in my life that took precedence over writing.
4. Is there going to be another book that follows after The Gecko's Gate?
I think, based on my comments about Cyrus' character, that you might guess the answer. (It is already well underway, and it will not take nearly as long as this book!)
5. What is your favorite book? Favorite author?
My favourite book? I think I have read Earnest Hemingway's The Old Man and The Sea at least a dozen times, and he would have to be one of my favourite authors, along with Stephen King, because we ALL need a good scare at times.
6. How long have you been writing?
I only started taking writing seriously in about 2010, with The Magic Cat.
7. When was your first piece published?
The Magic Cat saw its first rough self-publishing in 2012, before it was polished by Sands Press, and later won a Pinnacle Award.
8. Do you have a favorite place where you write (i.e. couch, office, park, etc.)?
My favourite place to read/write is in a comfy chair in the late afternoon outside the side door of my garage, or at the breakfast counter in the kitchen when the weather is cold.
9. Any other interesting or unknown facts about you?
Wow. Yeah, when I wrote The Heart Of the Raven, it was on an old broken-down iPod touch. The screen wouldn't tilt when I turned it on its side, so I wrote 36,000 words of the story using one thumb, over 9 months, in my chair outside the garage. But it was still fun. That is what this is all about to me: fun. I love to tell stories, and The Gecko's Gate will be the greatest story I have ever told...
On behalf of Arianna and 5 Girls Book Reviews, we would like to give Dennis Stein a big:
not only for allowing us to read, review and interview him, but also for designing our logo! We appreciate authors like you!