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Although I haven’t gotten to this book yet (in spite of having a copy for several months), I’ve read the first two books in the Cassie Tam Files series, and Cassie is one intelligent, confident, and snarky protagonist. Trust me when I say she finds herself in some life-threatening situations. Welcome Matt Doyle!
Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?
Hmm…as much as I’d love to see what alien life entails and view the universe from a different angle, I think I’d have to go with serial killer. The thing is, aliens are an unknown quantity, while serial killers are humans. If it’s a choice of a species that’s capable of interstellar travel and abduction or a human, which one are you most likely to be able to escape? So, yeah. I’ll go with serial killer because I’m fairly confident that I’d have a shot at getting out of it alive, if not entirely unscathed.
Would you rather be locked in a haunted insane asylum or lost in the woods with a killer on the loose?
Haunted insane asylum definitely, especially if the person locking me in is supplying some equipment. I have a big interest in hauntings, and would love to have the opportunity to investigate one. Again, there’s a degree of survival probability comparisons here too. Ghosts, on a whole, don’t kill you. Figuring out whether a haunted asylum is actually haunted would be fun, and if it was, it’d be scary but cool.
Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?
It’s terrible, but I picked this question because it’s so hard. I loved both the X-Files and Ghostbusters growing up. The more time I spent thinking about it, the harder I found it to choose too. Then, I found the solution…in 2014, IDW Publishing ran a comic series called The X-Files: Conspiracy: Ghostbusters. It followed the Lone Gunmen as they investigated the Ghostbusters. So, it’s a cop out, but I choose both! I’ll be an active Ghostbuster that acts a liaison with the X-Files team.
What is your favorite cover of all your books? Why?
Crikey, that’s a tough one. I’m going to say LV48, because of all the covers for The Cassie Tam Files, that has been my favourite so far. Natasha Snow does the covers for NineStar Press, and she’s so good. The figure on the front is spot on for the Light Vampire outfit in the book, and the colour effect fits really well with the LV tech abilities. It fits thematically with the other books in the series too, which is a real bonus as it creates some consistency. Outside that, I do want to mention the cover for The Spark Form Chronicles: Collected Edition too. The cover was done by a very talented artist called ValyceNegative, and it captures the feel of the card game in the story really well.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
A different type of writing. When I’m not writing/researching for books, I basically spend my time working on my website. The site is a hub for my creative work, and mostly runs as a pop culture blog. I do a lot of anime, comic, and video game reviews. I have a few companies that I work with who supply me review copies of releases too, so they always take priority. Which means spending great deals of time binge watching Blu-rays and DVDs while making copious notes. Then, once the posts are written, edited and queued up, I have to work on SEO and timed social media posts. There’s a lot to get done. Outside that, I love working on cosplay, and I’ll be branching out into video content soon too. Because, you know, who needs rest, right? If I manage to get a break between all that, then I enjoy drinking tea. And sometimes sleeping.
What are you working on now?
The fourth Cassie Tam book is currently going through editing with NineStar Press, and the fifth and final book is with them to review as well. So, those are kinda in the home stretch at the moment, and will bring the series to a close. With those now there, I’ve got another project on the go.
I’m currently working on a sci-fi horror novel. I’ve been so focused on The Cassie Tam Files for the last few years, that I haven’t had the opportunity to write anything else. So, this one is a standalone rather than a series. I’m basically at the stage of doing a lot of research for different things and trying to get the creature design to the best it can be. Basically though, expect space, death, and a sense of building tension. I may well work on both the screenplay and video game adaption at the same time too, as I’ve done both before (for different projects, obviously), and would love to get back into the swing of them.
LV48 [The Cassie Tam Files 3]
Sci-Fi / Mystery / Lesbian
New Hopeland City may be the birthplace of Tech Shifter gear, but it isn’t the only place that likes to blend technology with folklore. Now, a new nightmare is stalking the streets…
When PI Cassie Tam is attacked on the way home one night, she expects the police to get involved. What she doesn’t expect is to be forced into acting as bait to lure out a lunatic in a tech-suit that’s literally out for blood. But past actions have consequences, and doing so may be the only way she can get a clean slate from the city’s law makers.
If only that didn’t mean having to face down a wannabe vampire.
Matt Doyle is a UK based author, cosplayer and pop culture blogger. Matt identifies as pansexual / genderfluid, and specialises in hybrid genre stories with a sci-fi grounding and diverse characters. Over the years, Matt has worked in a number of industries, including spending ten years as a professional wrestler, and appearing in multiple national print magazines for various cosplay projects.