I sure can. I’m Anton Strout, and I write the Simon Canderous urban fantasy series for Ace Books, who also publish the Anita Blake, Harry Dresden and Sookie Stackhouse series.
Can you introduce us to the world that you have created?
Sure. Welcome to the Department of Extraordinary Affairs Other Division- New York’s answer to the underfunded world of paranormal investigation. It’s a job caught up in red tape, memos, and office politics, but its becoming par for the course for recent recruit Simon Canderous. After a life of petty crime and twenty four years of watching his power of psychometry—the ability to divine information solely by touching an object—destroy any chance of a real relationship, he’s joined the forces of Good hoping to gain some control. The series follows his adventures, which include such things as: magic, technomancy, ghosts, vampires, zombies, and raging, homicidal bookcases that crave the taste of human flesh.
What should readers know before stepping into your world?
That I write because I miss Buffy and Ghostbusters, paranormal with a bit of humor to it. It’s what made me want to tell the stories I want to tell.
Are there any special events, panels or galleys you are looking forward to?
There’s a lot going on that I’d love to get to, but it seems the bulk of it all happens to be on Tuesday for me. In interested in a lot of the social media ones or the one on what drives online book conversations. Publicizing yourself in the digital age is the area I have the most suck in. There’s some author friends and editors I’d like to say hi to. I’d also like to check out my dear friend Charlaine Harris at the Wednesday Breakfast panel, but honestly, I’m not sure I can wake up early enough for that.
Will this be your first time attending BEA or are you a veteran? Any advice for those who are going for the first time?
My day job happens to be in publishing for Penguin, so I’ve been to BEA many times in many capacities. My tips are comfy shoes… you will be walking A LOT and the rare booth has a padded floor they paid extra floor, but the main aisle carpet is thing and a pain on your tootsies. Also, bring water as the convention hall prices are a bit outrageous. I also suggest grabbing the BEA Mobile app, as it’s a phenomenal way to keep track of things and build your schedule. Signals not too bad in the convention center, so you should all be good.
Will you be doing an autograph signing at the expo? Any other fun stuff on your agenda?
I’m in the dead zone between when my books come out right now, so I’m merely there as a spectator, although I always jump at the chance to interview/podcast/talk to bloggers and what I’ve done and what I have coming up.
What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?
Right now I’m working on the first book of a new series for Ace. It’s called Alchemystic and it is book one of my Spellmason Chronicles, which is the tale of a young New York woman, a gargoyle, and the family secret that binds them. That will be out sometime in 2012. I’m also working on something I call my young adult Dickensian Iron Man Voltrony book, but I have yet to shop that one around. People can keep track of my progress and appearances here.