Calling all my fellow gaming and bookish nerds!
Deviating a bit from the usual dark and epic fantasy adventures, today I’m beyond thrilled to be kicking off the Entriss Online Book Tour presented by Storytellers On Tour. This week we’ll be featuring the first novel in David J. Pedersen’s LitRPG Watson’s Worlds series, Entriss Online. I’ve read a few books in this subgenre, and they’re always such a blast. Not gonna lie, this one quickly landed on my TBR and I can’t wait for the chance to give it a read. Have you read many LitRPG novels? Let me know in the comments!
David was kind enough to stop by to chat about how this book of his has come to fruition, his favorite characters he’s written, what lies ahead, and more. So, keep scrolling to learn more about the book and author, read the awesome interview, and enter to win yourself a copy of Entriss Online!
We’ve enlisted a group of wonderful and talented bloggers and Bookstagrammers to help us feature Entriss Online. This is what we have going on, so make sure to check out each and every one throughout the week for some brilliant content, including reviews and more.
AUGUST 22ND – THE KICKOFF
Whispers & Wonder (IG: @whispersandwonder)
Brinns Books (IG: @brinnsbooks)
Armed with A Book (IG: @_armedwithabook)
Beneath A Thousand Skies
AUGUST 28TH – THE ENCORE
Queen’s Book Asylum
For more info, visit the official tour page at Storytellers On Tour.
They were shutting down Entriss Online, and Ian had no way to stop them. The game was his life — by day, as one of their lead developers; by night, gaming as the accomplished Mandorf the Wizard. After years of leveling up, both professionally and personally, everything he had worked for was going to end. His goggles-and-gloves virtual reality MMORPG was being replaced with Everyworld Online, a next-gen game that provided full immersion so players could experience a world that looks and feels real.
After stumbling on an unknown quest that kills anyone who approaches, Ian discovers an enormous amount of orphaned code that had never made it into the game. Moments before being fired, he checks in the code, enabling The Left Hand of God quest chain, an unexpected world event, and the frightening reality of a fully immersive Entriss Online.
Meet The Author
David J. Pedersen is a native of Racine, WI who resides in his home town Kansas City, MO. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has worked in sales, management, retail, video and film production, and IT. David has run 2 marathons, climbed several 14,000 foot mountains and marched in Thee University of Wisconsin Marching Band. He is a geek and a fanboy that enjoys carousing, picking on his wife and kids, playing video games, and slowly muddling through his next novel.
Thanks so much for stopping by for a chat, David. Since we already have your official bio, care to tell us about yourself in ten words or less?
Thanks for having me!
Husband, Father, Author, Nerd, allergic to vegetables.
Give us an idea of how Entriss Online came to fruition.
My idea started with book four and a crazy plan for the overall Watson’s Worlds series. It’ll be awhile before I write the fourth book, but Entriss Online was an easy place to begin. I love writing fantasy and I’ve been a gamer since the Atari 2600 (I’m old). I had a lot of fun combining those elements and sprinkling in a bit of sci-fi.
Can you share with us something about Entriss Online that isn’t in the blurb?
One of my favorite things about writing this book was including pop culture references. There are a lot and they are an important part of the two main characters’ relationship.
Was there any specific research you’ve done or inspiration you’ve pulled from for this story of yours?
You can make up a lot when you write fantasy, but Entriss Online also takes place in the near future. I do research any time I get an idea that lands in the maybe zone. A great example is a scene towards the end of the book. I wanted a Humvee to do a 360, for reasons. A friend, who is also a mechanic, helped me figure out a way to make it somewhat plausible.
What do you hope your readers take away from Entriss Online?
My goal with almost everything I write is to entertain. If I can provide escapism, or make a reader laugh, then I’ve done my job.
What comes first, the plot or the characters?
My stories are very character driven, but the plot comes first. While I don’t typically outline, I write better with some direction. I don’t start writing until I know how the book will end, key things that happen along the way, and how it fits in the series.
Do you have a favorite character you’ve written? If so, who? What about them sets them apart from all the others?
This is a tough one because I have favorites from each book. Trevor is one of my favorite characters in Entriss. If I had to choose just one from all of my books, it would be Clod from Clod Makes A Friend. He’s both kind and brave despite having to deal with bullies for much of his life. (https://www.amazon.com/Clod-Makes-Friend-David-Pedersen-ebook/dp/B079Y9JM82)
What do you think makes a good story?
When I finish the book and miss the characters. Those are the books, or series, that I end up rereading.
If you could go back and change how you approached writing your debut novel, what’s the one thing you’d do differently?
Writing and publishing Angst was a great experience that I wouldn’t want to change. Not only was it a fun challenge to write, but I learned a lot about marketing and self-publishing. I’ve also had the pleasure of connecting with readers around the world who enjoyed it, some who have become friends.
Writing can be a stressful pursuit. Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
Be patient. Write when you can. Share with supportive people until you finish, and then hire a thorough editor who doesn’t know you and will be critical. I created a YouTube series, Believe in Your Story, to encourage writers and share some of my struggles. You can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOsORBU1YGChl5BfkJycocw
Ok, let’s see what kind of person you truly are.
Coffee or Tea?
Winter or Summer?
Winter. You can always put on more clothes when you’re cold. You can only take off so many when you’re hot or you’ll get in trouble.
Physical books or Ebooks?
Physical. I’ve loved hardcovers since high school when I worked at a bookstore.
Mountains or Oceans?
Beer or Wine?
Books or Movies?
Yes. Comic books too.
Cowboys or Aliens?
Was an underrated movie. Er, maybe that was Cowboys vs Aliens.
Pie or Cake?
Cake. See the cover of Clod Makes A Friend.
Rural or Urban?
Work hard or Play hard?
Is there another way? If someone knows how to make either easy, please share.
Thank you again for taking the time have a chat, David. Tell us what lies ahead for you!
Thanks for the great interview!
I’m working hard on the second Watson’s Worlds book. I’m doing something different and it’s been a fun challenge. Also, the Entriss Online audiobook comes out September, 21st. It’s the first time I’ve worked with Podium Audio. Not only has it been a great experience, the narrator, Alex Knox, did an amazing job.
You can listen to a trailer here: https://youtu.be/3P7wCVnuJMc
Or preorder the audiobook here: https://www.audible.com/pd/B09D8P8VGW
Enter to win a print copy of Entriss Online by David J. Pedersen! Grand prize winner gets an awesome hardcover, and the runners-up get an equally awesome paperback!
International • Ends 8/29