I’m doing my absolute best to refrain from starting this post off with a bunch of GIFs because I am SO excited for today’s interview!
It’s a little different than the ones I usually share, but in a wonderfully fun way!
I’m interviewing an author and a character! And they are both awesome.
Not only that, but this interview was so priceless. Both of these guys were a hoot and I truly hope you have a blast reading it as much as I did. *winks*
With that said, it is with such excitement that I gladly welcome author Kyle Robert Shultz and Nick Beasley from The Beast of Talesend!
About the Book
Private eye Nick Beasley lives in a world where fairy tales ended a long time ago – where zeppelins now soar the skies instead of dragons, and where the first automobiles have taken the place of flying carpets. He’s made a name for himself across the Afterlands by debunking fake magicians and exposing fraudulent monsters. This is the modern age, after all. Magic and monsters are long gone.
At least, that’s what Nick believes. Until he gets magically transformed into a monster, that is.
The only person who may be able to help Nick is Lady Cordelia Beaumont, one of the last enchantresses in the Afterlands. But in order for her to cure him, they’ll have to retrieve a powerful artifact from a ruthless crime lord – who is also Cordelia’s father.
The fate of the Afterlands lies in the hands of a runaway enchantress and a monstrous ex-detective. What could possibly go wrong?
Perfect for fans of Doctor Who, Once Upon A Time, or The Dresden Files, the Beaumont and Beasley series features high adventure in a world where fairy tales are history.
– Welcome gentlemen! I am SO excited to have you both here on Unicorn Quester! For those who don’t know you Kyle and Nick, what three words would you use to describe the other? (Thought I would switch it up here a little bit on you two. Hehe!)
K: Grumpy, stubborn, noble.
N: Diabolical, maniacal, evil.
K: I’m pretty sure those three words all mean roughly the same thing.
N: It bears repeating
– Haha! Interesting choice of words there, Nick. Can you tell us a little bit about your friendship? Do you guys have a goofy friendship or is it more cordial? (Though I’m not sure I could see the cordial side of it with Nick’s sarcasm. Haha!)
N: What friendship?
K: *gives Nick a reproachful look* Ouch. We have a love/hate relationship. I supply the love, he takes care of the hate. Not sure why.
N: You ruined my life!
K: I also gave you your life. Get some perspective, Shaggy.
– Kyle does have a good point there. 😉 I’m curious as to what would happen if you both switched roles. Nick the writer and Kyle the Beast. How would you both react? What would you do?
K: First thing I’d do is try to see the bright side of the situation, unlike Nick. I mean, there are some advantages to being a Beast. Strength, agility, combat skills, etc. I would then go on to do something that’s strangely never occurred to Nick—use all those awesome skills to become a superhero. I’d build a Beast-Signal in Talesend, invent a Beast-Mobile, design Beast-a-rangs to throw at criminals…though I’m not sure what shape they would be; that might be a problem…
N: AHEM. Are you done?
K: Uh…yeah. Go ahead.
N: Me as the author? *rubs his hands together and grins wickedly* Oh, that would be fun. First, I would invent an awesomely powerful villain (based on myself) to be a perpetual thorn in Kyle’s paw.
K: *snorts* No pun intended?
N: Quiet. I would then drop Kyle in a pit of vampire aardvarks, then banish him to the frozen wilds of Skazka, then have him eaten by hippogriffs, then abandon him in the deserts of Sharazad, then…
K: Are YOU done?
N: No. Basically, I’d have every subsequent book in the Beaumont and Beasley series revolve around terrible things happening to Kyle while Crispin and Molly get married and live happily ever after. Cordelia can marry the me-based villain.
K: So you’re admitting you like Cordelia.
N: Er…next question, please.
– Wow! I have to confess that I love what both of you would do in switched roles, especially you building a Beast-Signal in Talesend, Kyle! What a genius idea! Speaking of Talesend, what’s both of your favorite places in the Afterlands? Any places either of you would want to visit?
K: My favorite place in the Afterlands and the place I’d most like to visit is the undersea kingdom of Aegiris. Lots of adventures to be had there. I’d also enjoy hopping across the pond to Neverica, which is a fairly dangerous but exciting country.
N: My favorite place in the world is my home city of Talesend, but I certainly wouldn’t mind a vacation in Perrault, the capital of Contefay. It’s our counterpart to your Paris, I believe. I’ve only been there once, a few years back, and I didn’t get to stay very long. Sharazad might be an interesting spot to visit, as well.
K: *scribbling notes* That last one can and will be arranged.
N: Wait! I take it back! What horrible thing are you planning now??
– Ooo a vacation to Perrault! That sounds like it could maybe be a relaxing trip! As we know, a certain someone gets turned into a mer-person. If either one of you were happen to turn into one, what do you think you would look like? What’s something you would want to do?
K: I’d probably be a selkie. That would be my preference, anyway. I’d use my new form to make a fortune in recovering undersea treasures, and to visit places where humans can’t normally go.
N: Another transformation? Heaven forfend. With my luck, I’d probably end up as some hideous shark-monster. The first thing I’d want to do is get changed back. The ocean’ s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.
K: You’re no fun.
Nick sticks his tongue out at Kyle.
– Aww! I don’t think you would quite turn into something like that Nick. The ocean would be a fun place to visit though. 🙂 Whelp! You both just got turned into a person/creature from a fairy tale! Who have you become?
K: A dragon, definitely.
N: That’s all we need. Don’t you do enough spreading of ruin and desolation as it is?
K: I repeat: you’re no fun.
N: I’d be a wizard. A human wizard. Or an elf, at least; all they have to cope with is pointy ears. Preferably a powerful enough wizard to rewrite all those pesky, nonsensical “rules” of magic.
K: Good luck with that.
– Those both would be awesome to turn into! Thanks so much for chatting with me, Kyle and Nick! This interview was a blast! 😀
K: You’re very welcome!
K: Would you quit growling?
N: That might be easier for me to do if you hadn’t TURNED ME INTO A MONSTER.
K: Dude, let it go already.
About the Author
Kyle Robert Shultz began writing in his early teens after being bitten by a radioactive book. As a Christian, he strives to write fiction that is entertaining and wholesome, but devoid of overt “messages” or agendas. He lives in the wilds of southern Idaho, removed far enough from civilization to keep humanity safe should any of his rough drafts break through the electric fence. Aside from writing, his other passions are worship music, digital art, horseback riding, and raising miniature sheep.
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