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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Author Interview: Tad Vezner author of Chasing Vegas




About Your Book: Chasing Vegas

When Ricky Vegas got out of jail, his parole officer told him to get a job and stay in Nevada. Hours later police spot Vegas entering Horizon Station - a tower of interstellar transit stretching to the stratosphere. He could only be going one direction: away.

When the search for Vegas turns into a manhunt of epic proportions, his parole officer, Geoffrey Sink, wonders why all the fuss for a simple fugitive. He stops wondering after a series of violent, bloody incidents lock the station down - and starts worrying when he realizes Vegas's flight up Horizon coincides with a rare appearance by the most recognizable people on Earth. The Originals - the first astronauts to return from deep space; the faces everyone thinks of when they stare up at the stars - arrive on Horizon to deliver their first speech since touching down in the desert five years ago.

And when Vegas gets accused of trying to kill them, Sink realizes there's more to chasing this ex-con than he ever wanted to know.

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What do you think readers will find most notable about this book?

Tad Vezner
The blending of noir style with near-future fiction. I've been a night cops reporter for years, and you'll see elements of that in the dialog, the hard choices and consequences, and the tiny bit of hope underneath it all. O.K. that last part wasn't from my job, but I threw it in there.

Also, the book is written in alternating third-person, largely between Vegas (the person on the run), and Sink (the person doing all the chasing). It was an interesting process.

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Have you acquired any good anecdotes surrounding this book? If so, could you share one?

Tad Vezner
It's early, but one reviewer said in the beginning it seemed like NCIS (the Naval Criminal Investigative Service) in space, but then realized it was more than that. I liked that initial comparison, though.

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Did researching and writing this book teach you anything or influence your thinking in any way?

Tad Vezner
I actually met several parole officers in the process of writing this -- including one who specialized in military personnel who ran afoul with the law. They (their clients) were mostly people having a hard time readjusting to being home, after being deployed. One quote struck me from talking with that officer: but for their clients' service to us, they wouldn't be in that situation. I think for the most part that's true, and that stuck with me.

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What would you most like readers to tell others about this book?

Tad Vezner
That for science fiction, it was realistic and easy to relate to.

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Can you suggest one question readers might find interesting to discuss, concerning you, your writing in general, or this book?

Tad Vezner
Well, how my job affected my writing comes up a lot. In a way, writing can be a stress relief.

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How can readers help you promote this book?

Tad Vezner
Leave a review on Amazon, Shelfari or Goodreads. All honest input welcome.

About You: Tad Vezner

I've been a night cops reporter at a major metropolitan newspaper in America -- the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota's Twin Cities -- for years. Prior to that, I backpacked across two continents, worked as an illegal banana picker, and did social work in Chicago.

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Why do you write?

Tad Vezner
For the freedom of it. To both get excited and relax at the same time.

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What is your greatest strength as a writer?

Tad Vezner
I like to think my dialog. But that's for other people to determine.

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What quality do you most value in yourself?

Tad Vezner
The ability to relate to just about anyone, and give everyone an honest chance to tell their story.

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In addition to writing, what else are you passionate about?

Tad Vezner
As a reporter, I love doing long, in-depth profiles of people. Outside of work, I'm passionate about my wife. :)

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What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?

Tad Vezner
There's a few stories I'm really proud of -- particularly one I did profiling an FBI whistle blower. But publishing a book wins out.

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Is there any new or established author whom you feel deserves more attention, and what is it that strikes you about his or her work?

Tad Vezner
Tough one. I think William Gibson's more recent releases are phenomenal, and he should get more credit for them. It amazes me that he wrote something like Pattern Recognition, for example. It was concise, hip, and not at all pretentious.

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