I’ve known Dan Willis for a long time. We met working on a Star Wars fanfilm together that Dan had written. It was an inspiration then, and I always love seeing Dan around at the signings and various to-dos around town these days.
He’s a great guy and incredibly creative. I think The Flux Engine might just be something you need to check out.
I’ve already downloaded mine and can’t wait to get through it.
Without further ado, here’s Dan to introduce himself and tell you what it’s all about.
I’m Dan Willis and I grew up in Maryland, in the shadow of the Nation’s Capital. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer (though there might have been a year or two early on when I wanted to be a cowboy). I wrote my first work of fiction at the tender age of ten, in Mrs. Hammer’s fourth grade class. It was a Halloween story and I had to read it in front of the class. It definitely wasn’t Shakespeare, but it did have a beheaded skeleton in it, one that coincidentally showed up in stories other students read the next day. I was thrilled, imitation and flattery and all that.
I started writing professionally for Wizards of the Coast. You might know them as the people who brought you Magic: the Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons. I wrote three Young Adult novels for their DragonLance: the New Adventures line, including one of the most popular books of the franchise. Later I wrote for their regular DragonLance line until WotC decided to get out of the publishing game in 2010.
Now I’m striking out on my own with a brand new Steampunk novel set in the even wilder west, entitled The Flux Engine. In this alternate history, the east coast was destroyed by the War of Independence and the Colonies have fled west to start anew. It’s a world of airships, flux pistols, and Tommys (ten foot tall, steam powered metal men).
Well, I’ll let the book speak for itself, here’s the cover copy:
John Porter didn’t expect his experiment to go horribly awry and send every Tommy in town on a rampage. The steam-powered metal men tore down half of Sprocketville before they were stopped. John expected a visit from the sheriff, not a robber who stole his heirloom crystal and then shot him in the chest for good measure. In a day filled with the unexpected, the biggest surprise of all was surviving to be interrogated, and then deputized, by legendary lawman, Wild Bill Hickok.
Now John must accompany Wild Bill and track down his stolen crystal before his would-be murderer can use it to create the most powerful and deadly weapon ever known.
Get your copy of The Flux Engine for Amazon’s Kindle today, and thanks for reading.