SPOTLIGHT ON: Nicholas Ozment
How did you get involved in the Authors Supporting Our Troops event?
I saw it on Facebook, happened to have some extra copies of my book lying around, and thought, “What a great idea. I can get behind that!”
What is your latest release and what genre is it?
Knight Terrors: The (Mis)Adventures of Smoke the Dragon. Humorous fantasy.
Quick description of it.
Like Terry Pratchett, but not as good. Still good, I think, so buy it if you’re in between Pratchett books. I’ve had at least one reader tell me she thought it was stupid the first couple chapters and she wasn’t going to keep reading it, but she did and decided it got a lot better and funnier as it went along. So if you do buy it, stick with it — or just skip the first three chapters. If I release a second edition, I’ll probably start with chapter four.
Something unique about it.
It may have jinxed two magazines and a small-press publisher? The first Smoke the Dragon story (which became chapters 1-3 of the book) originally appeared in Blood, Blade and Thruster issue 3 in 2007, which turned out to be the last issue of that magazine. The story that became chapter 4 first appeared in Abandoned Towers online; that website appears to have been abandoned over a year ago (although the towers are still standing, i.e., you can still read “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and other stuff there). And Ancient Tomes Press does not appear to have published anything after the year it put out Knight Terrors. So hopefully someday these copies are collector’s items.
Links for people to buy it.
I don’t think the link exists anymore — I couldn’t locate it with a quick Google search. I do note that there is still one copy available from Amazon (and if anyone wants to PM me, I have a few copies left). My real hope is to get it out in e-book form one of these days.
Your promo links.
Your short Bio.
I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, so what the hell I’m doing here in Minnesota where it’s -10 outside and buried under three feet of snow, I’m not quite sure. I do have a wonderful family here, though, to help me keep warm: a wife who is an awesome artist and has a black belt in tae kwon do — plus as a bonus she’s a redhead — and two funny, brilliant children.
I love books so much that I went and got a Masters degree in English Literature and Language and became an adjunct professor. I even got to teach a Topics in Lit course on Neil Gaiman. And Gaiman responded to my request for a suggestion on the course syllabus! (That was very helpful, let me tell you — not just his input, but how much it elevated me in the eyes of my students that their instructor actually corresponded with Neil Gaiman.) A couple years back, I got to sit on a convention panel with Gene Wolfe, Pat Rothfuss, and Allen Steele — talk about feeling unworthy, and, at the same time, privately gleeful. You can’t make much with an MA in English, but it is a handy ticket to meet your favorite authors.