Wednesday, February 27, 2013

ANSA: Andy Gavin!

Welcome back to another week of ANSA!  Meet Andy Gavin everyone!!  He is currently on tour all over blogs.  Catch the other stops here.

Andy Gavin is a fantasy author, owner of Mascherato, and founder of Naughty Dog, Inc - a popular video game company who created the Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter franchises.  Andy graduated with a Ph.D. from MIT and worked with Cliff Nielsen and Dave Phillips to create his latest novel Untimed.

Andy's writing began with doodles in a notebook of a SciFi/Fantasy based world.  "I’m a lifelong creator and explorer of worlds. As far back as first grade I remember spending most of the school day in one day dream or another. I had a huge notebook stuffed with drawings, story bits, and concepts for an elaborate Sci-Fi/Fantasy world I cobbled together from bits of Star Wars, Narnia, and Battlestar Galactica. By fourth or fifth grade not only was I losing myself in every fantasy or Sci-Fi novel I could, but I was building Dungeons & Dragons castles and caverns on paper. Then from 1980 on the computer.

Over the following decades I wrote dozens of stories and created and published over a dozen video games all set in alternative universes. And as an avid reader (over 10,000 novels and who knows how many non-fiction volumes) it was no surprise that I eventually decided to write some books of my own."

His favorite authors include: George R. R. Martin, Dan Simons, Tim Powers, Orson Scott Card, Guy Gavriel Kay, Sherri S. Tepper, Octavia Butler, Ian M. Banks, Jack L. Chalker, Robin Hobb, Stephen King, Gene Wolfe, Katherine Kurtz, and Vernor Vinge.

Andy recently released Untimed in December of 2012.

Book Blurb:
Charlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, even his own mother can’t remember his name. And girls?  The invisible man gets more dates.

As if that weren’t enough, when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don’t take him seriously.

Still, this isn’t all bad. In fact, there’s this girl, another time traveler, who not only remembers his name, but might even like him! Unfortunately, Yvaine carries more than her share of baggage: like a baby boy and at least two ex-boyfriends! One’s famous, the other’s murderous, and Charlie doesn’t know who is the bigger problem.

When one kills the other — and the other is nineteen year-old Ben Franklin — things get really crazy. Can their relationship survive? Can the future? Charlie and Yvaine are time travelers, they can fix this — theoretically — but the rules are complicated and the stakes are history as we know it. And there's one more wrinkle: he can only travel into the past, and she can only travel into the future!

Untimed and The Darkening Dream can be found on their websites here and here.  Enter the giveaway below!!

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Andy's official bio:
Andy Gavin is a serial creative, polymath, novelist, entrepreneur, computer programmer, author, foodie, and video game creator. He co-founded video game developer Naughty Dog and co-created Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter. He started numerous companies, has been lead programmer on video games that have sold more than forty million copies, and has written two novels.

His first book, The Darkening Dream, has been well-received by fans and critics alike. Publisher’s Weekly called it “gorgeously creepy, strangely humorous, and sincerely terrifying.” Untimed is an even more ambitious follow-up. It is a lavish production with a cover by acclaimed fantasy artist Cliff Nielsen and twenty-one full page interior illustrations by Dave Phillips.

Keep up with Andy and his many adventures on his website, Facebook, Twitter, his blog, Pinterest, Goodreads, the tour website, and Tribute Books Facebook  page.  Happy ANSA day!!


Tribute Books said...

Hilary, thanks for inviting Andy to stop by :)

HilyBee said...

Loved having him! :D