Speed-Date an Author!

Don’t get too excited, this isn’t a romantic proposition. I have wilfully plundered the ideas of my betters; Bookends, LLC are posting speed-date sessions with some of the authors they represent.  This seems like an excellent way to get some vital statistics written down.  So, here is my Speed-Date an Author profile:

Vital Statistics:

Name: Jonathan D. Beer

Speed Date Bio: A man of bold proclivities, I enjoy most things steampunk and all things historical.  I write with these two angels (demons?) sat upon my shoulders, celebrating my turn of phrase and chastising me for the improper use of semi-colons.

Web Link: www.jonathandbeer.blogspot.com

Current project, completion date: Currently untitled, I am working on a short story for submission to the Mammoth Book of Steampunk anthology.  I’m hoping to get it finished by 7th March.

Agent: Currently unrepresented.



About Me:

Real Name of Pseudonym: Shockingly, my name is Jonathan Daniel Beer.  I go by Jon mostly.

Currently Reading: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.  Yes, I know – I am late for just about every trend, ever.

Next on my Reading List: Either Prospero Burns, By Dan Abnett, or Caledor by Gav Thorpe.  Whichever I get my mitts on first at Black Library Live! next month.

Twitter: @jonathandbeer.  I am relatively new to the ways of Tweeting (ugh), but I’m getting the hang of it.  Basically, I spew my views and thoughts out onto the people that follow me, for some reason.

Three authors living or dead you want to have dinner with: Terry Pratchett (Sir Terry), Bernard Cornwell, and Jules Verne.  I have met two out of these three already; now I just need a means of resurrecting the dead…

Jet-setter or armchair traveller: The places I travel to can’t be reached by planes, trains or automobiles.

Glass half full or half empty: I top off my glass regularly.  That is not a smutty sentence.

Tea or Coffee: Hot chocolate.  I’ve not acquired the taste for hot water and caffine, and, judging by my co-workers, I am better off without it.

Live to write or Write to live: I live to live; I write to live many lives.

About My Writing

What time of day/week I write: Evenings and weekends; I plan and ponder in notebooks just about all the time.

Writing soundtrack: Generally classical music and soundtracks, the tempo changing depending on the mood of what I am writing.  Some Rammstein and other metal sneaks in when the swords are drawn and the battle-lines clash.

Character Inspirations: The better class of war films; flawed heroes and unconventional women; my friends, at their best and worst.

Plot Inspirations: Escapism; a desire to affect Big Things and have grand events dance to my tune, muwhaha!

Setting Inspirations: History; the steampunk aesthetic; the grand and the dark of science fiction and fantasy, and real life.

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If you have any questions you would like me to answer on my “method”, my ambitions, or the colour of my chest hair by all means ask away!  Peace out y’all o/