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Welcome to Mass Musings Larry!
MM: Many authors relate their characters to people they know. Is this the case with your characters and do you see yourself in any of them?
Yes. In THE SIXTH PRECEPT, there are aspects of my personality in both of my two protagonists—Kim Yoshima and Wayne Brewster. I’ve imbued Kim with certain philosophies that I try to live my life by such as trying to make a difference in the world and respect and tolerance for my fellow human beings. With Wayne, it’s a little different—my love for comic books and the influence they’ve had in my writing are all over him. Batman was my favorite super-hero growing up so the name, Wayne Brewster, is a takeoff on Bruce Wayne and ArcNight is the Dark Knight.
MM: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I’d have to say Kim Yoshima. I actually wrote four short stories featuring her well before I was inspired to write the novel (Two of those stories have been published—“Time Noir” in M-Brane SF and “A Concerned Citizen” by IFWG Publishing). I’ve kept coming back to her because she’s strong-willed yet compassionate and can kick butt! She’s also very intelligent and is not afraid to put herself in the line of fire for her colleagues, friends and family. And did I mention she can kick butt?
MM: Who is your most favorite character from any book of all time?
Wow. That’s a good question. I guess I’d have to say Molly Millions from William Gibson’s “Johnny Mnemonic,” NEUROMANCER and MONA LISA OVERDRIVE. At the time (early ‘80s), she was very unique and flashy, to say the least. The idea of her being a “street samurai,” having mirror shades surgically attached over her eyes and thin claw-like razors extending from her fingertips was something I’d never seen in a character before. Plus, I think Gibson had a liking for her as well, having featured her in two novels and a short story. Too bad he wasn’t able to write her into his script for the movie version of “Johnny Mnemonic” because of some copyright issues.
MM: If you could dive into the pages of any book, which book would it be and what character would you be?
It would be my favorite science fiction book, HYPERION, by Dan Simmons. Of all the characters in this futuristic CANTERBURY TALES, I’d love to be the Templar pilot, Het Masteen , captain of the Treeship Yggdrasill. The treeships are such a great concept and to be able to fly around the universe in a living starship powered by the force field of the alien erg would be so cool! What an imaginative idea!
MM: If your book was to become a movie, which actors/actresses do you see playing the parts of your characters?
Lucy Liu as Kim. Not only is she a terrific actress and absolutely gorgeous but she’s about the right age (early to mid-forties) and can handle action scenes extremely well.
Robert Downey, Jr. as Wayne Brewster. Though a little older than I envision Brewster (very late thirties), Downey’s got the requisite attitude and action chops for the role. I think he’d make the character shine.
MM: What can we expect from Larry Ivkovich in the future? Any new projects?
My second novel, MAGUS STAR RISING, will be published by IFWG Publishing sometime next year. It’s a far future science fiction novel taking place on a “backwater rim world” and features a bunch of human and alien characters involved in all things mysterious and dark. I’m currently working on the sequel to THE SIXTH PRECEPT.
MM: Where can readers connect with you?
Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today. It's been a wonderful pleasure.
You’re welcome and thank you! It’s been a great opportunity to be on this tour.
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Genre – Urban Fantasy
Publisher – IFWG Publishing
Release Date – November, 2011
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The Sixth Precept In 16th century medieval Japan, Yoshima Mitsu, who is gifted with psychic powers, uses her prescient abilities to send her young attendant, Shioko, into the future. There, Mitsu believes Shioko will be safe from the purges of the maniacal warlord Omori Kadanamora, his warrior monks and his half-human, half-bestial Shadow-Trackers. In present-day Pittsburgh, police Lieutenant Kim Yoshima is attacked by a creature out of someone’s twisted nightmare. In the aftermath of that terrifying struggle, Kim finds a young Japanese girl named Shioko, lost, confused and calling Kim “Mitsu” and her monstrous attacker a “Shadow-Tracker.” Wayne Brewster dreams of the costumed hero, ArcNight. But more than that, he feels bizarrely connected to the fictional crime fighter as if ArcNight and his comic book world are real. And in all of his dreams, Brewster sees one constant, one face repeated over and over--the face of Kim Yoshima. Empowered by a mysterious book, The Five Precepts to Enlightenment, Kim realizes her destiny is in the past. Using her own burgeoning esper powers, Kim, accompanied by Shioko and Brewster, travel by means of a temporal rift to feudal Japan. There they must assume different personas to fight Omori and creatures of Japan’s mythological world to fulfill ancient prophesy and modern historical fact. If they fail, history will be altered and the world will change forever.
EXCERPT #1 – 16TH Century Japan
The attempt on his life had been an act of desperation, he knew. The battle was lost, the opposing forces broken and scattered. Without the inspiration of Soun Ujitsuna, the Odawaran armies had been routed. Omori Kadonomaro had vanquished those foes who had defended this city as he had crushed everyone else who had ever opposed him. Even now, most of his own army and all but a few of his warrior monks were rounding up prisoners or putting to the sword any who offered even token resistance. But the assassins’ threat had been real enough, though for a different reason entirely.
He had led a small party of his warrior monks and a trio of shadow-trackers in the hunt for the shirabyoshi spoken of by Eela. He had no desire to sit and wait, to allow others to do his work for him. He had always been a man of action and the Prophecy of the One Child concerned him greatly.
Though the shadow-trackers had no real scent or clue to rely on, through the magic urging of the majo, one of them had led Omori and his men to the market district of the city. The creature’s manner was agitated yet focused; the beast appeared like something out of a traveler’s tale. Naked, it moved like a ghost, spiriting almost invisibly in and out of the smallest places as it used the shadows as cover.
Omori had never gotten used to them but the creatures did serve his purpose. Whatever magic the witch called upon to create such monsters was the warlord’s to control. At least for the moment.
And he meant to keep it that way.
Located near the lower west gates, the marketplace was the one area his attacking land forces had been able to breach. Parts of it lay in smoldering ruins; the remaining residents hiding fearfully behind closed and latched doors.
The city’s defenders had been beaten but the fear of Omori and his allies—the sohei, the witch and the shadow-trackers—still hung thickly in the air. To most of the downtrodden Odawarans, it was their worst nightmare realized.
Eela rode by the daimyo’s side. Both men’s armored horses picked their way among the scattered rubble and trash that lay strewn about the streets. “My pet seems sure the one we seek is here, Lord,” the majo said silkily. “He is the best of the three and can discern his prey with very little assistance.”
His pet. Omori frowned. Eela’s skills had extended to supervising the breeding, raising and training of the shadow-trackers, skills Omori appreciated but which gave the majo another point of power in his favor. “Just make sure your pet finds her,” Omori said distastefully. “I will stop this child once and for all.”