1) LILITH was clearly a hit. Would you talk about what’s in the future for her?
LILITH was the first book of a trilogy, although the next two books will be released by a different publisher, Permuted Press. The second in the series, PRIMORDIAL, will be released in May 2016, and THE CAIN PROPHECY in June 2016. There is also a short novella that ties LILITH and PRIMORDIAL together, called THE LILITU, and that comes out in April 2016. I think people will be surprised by the turn of events that takes place in those books. They follow the same action/adventure/horror/sci-fi elements as the first one, but on an even bigger scale, believe it or not. It’s the most fun you’ll ever have being terrified.
2) If you could live during any era in any land, real or imaginary, where would it be and why?
I always thought it would be cool to live in the colonies during the early 1700s, when piracy was at its peak. Even though I’m a God-fearing man, I would probably be tempted to join up with Blackbeard the Pirate. Life was brutal and usually short, but man, what a life! Going from port to port, sailing the high seas with your mates, sharing in the treasure, drinking your fill of rum and just raising hell. Actually, it sounds a lot like my teenage years!
3) What are the next three books you plan to read?
I’ve got them lined up! I have to finish the books I’m currently reading: DEEP BLACK SEA by David M. Salkin and ANCIENT ENEMY by Michael McBride, both friends of mine. Next will be THE LOST ISLAND by Preston and Child, HIDDEN ORDER by Brad Thor and RUNNER by Patrick Lee. Douglas Preston is also a friend of mine – in fact, he endorsed my book, PRIMORDIAL.
4) Do you consider yourself handy around the house?
Absolutely. I’ve installed a gazillion ceiling fans, bathroom light fixtures, wall moldings, kitchen faucets, put in new doors, taken up carpet and refinished hardwood floors—everything but design a new house. My wife does almost all the painting. She’s painted like four rooms by herself, but I did move the furniture! She doesn’t trust me with a paint brush for some reason.
5) What’s your comfort food?
Seriously sharp Canadian cheddar cheese with Ritz crackers and a nice specialty beer, preferably Blue Moon.
6) What if you could trade bodies with one person for one day? Who would that be?
My wife. She gets all the compliments.
7) What life lesson do you wish you had learned much earlier than you did?
How to get along with people and not be a jerk.
8) Who would you like to co-author a book with?
I’ve always thought it would be cool if James Patterson called and said, “Hey, Toby, I’ve been reading your stuff and I think it would be nice to do something with a supernatural flare to it. What do you think?” My wife would probably have to call 911 to bring the defibrillator paddles.
9) What five people – living or dead- would you invite to a dinner party? (Universal translators will be provided)
Well, Jesus, of course, then probably Elvis, John Fogerty, Ray Bradbury, and Forry Ackerman. All of them had a part in helping me become who I am today – for better or worse
10) How do you want the world to remember you?
To be honest, I haven’t really thought about that. But while I’m here, I would like to do my best to make the world a better place and to treat people the way I want to be treated. Everyone is valuable in some way.
Thank you for stopping by Toby! It was great having you here. Scifi lovers should also check out The God Particle. It reminds me a lot of David Gerrold’s writing or early Heinlein – who doesn’t love that? He says it’s a series…but I’m still waiting! Maybe we can get him to come back with a new Chloe story if y’all buy enough. 😉