Monday, March 24, 2014

Meet Author D.T. Krippene!

Today I am introducing the fabulous D.T. Krippene, a man with a fabulous acerbic sense of humor and fabulous writing style. He’s represented by Victoria Lea from theAponte Literary Agency and writes New Adult/YA.  Please welcome him, and let me start grilling…I mean asking questions…
Author D.T. Krippene

What genre to you write? What drew you to it?
DT: I always had a wild imagination begging for the written word, but could never master a typewriter without gallons of whiteout fluid.  It wasn't until word processors came into being, when my fingers could fly with my thoughts and the backspace key killed a requirement for erasable bond paper.
MVF: This is true. I loved my typewriter—but sadly I made a ton of mistakes. I adore the computer for writing.

Do you write more than one genre, why?
DT: What started out as a fantasy short story for my twelve-year-old daughter (now grown), became 300 pages. I was hooked after that. I started with humor articles for an overseas magazine, and then moved to historical paranormal and alternate-world fantasy.  I'm currently marketing a dystopian science fiction.
MVF: I love that you wrote for your daughter. I did something similar, I told stories to my kids. Now, I didn’t know you wrote humor articles—what magazines?
DT: It was a expat community rag in Taiwan, called "Centered on Taiwan". I had a monthly humor page called Taipei-Taipei.
MVF: That is awesome!

Tell me about your current work (Blurb/book cover here if appropriate) or just give a blurb on a story you are wrestling with.

It's call Lasty.

A human endogenous retrovirus has wiped out 95% the human population and rendered survivors unable to bear children.  The end of the anthropogenic era is near.  Two years after the virus has run its course, a tiny number of women became pregnant.
Eighteen-year-old Ryan Townsend is a Lasty, a derogatory term for the last children born on earth, Leap Day, February 29, 2052.  Raised within the strict confines of his religious mother, Ryan is fed up with the notoriety of his mysterious birth.  No one will tell him why the watchful eye of the Directorate monitors his every move.  Ryan’s world implodes when he stumbles on a wolf attack about to tear a girl to shreds. Penny McGuire is unaware she may be the world’s answer to pulling humans from the precipice of extinction. Life-hardened and on the run from Australia, she drags Ryan along for the ride.
MVF: I am intrigued! I love stories like this.

What inspired you to write (the above) story?
DT: On a shared blog I post on, I wrote a bizarre article (which is typical for me) about Alien Lizard Love. Somewhere during a fun and lively exchange of comments, the idea for it popped in my head.
MVF: That is amazing—and Alien Lizard Love…thank you for posting that! *Grin*

How do you write?
DT: I'm a hardcore pantser and write best in the morning.  Evening hours are for cocktails. I have a finished basement office I call the man cave where I write.  No windows, no music, just me and the radon.  I'll write for hours, several days at a time, then get caught up in things neglected.  Not unusual to hear my DW's voice through the heating grate, "When are going to cut the lawn?”
MVF: That is awesome to write in the morning, it’s also my favorite time. But, I get the same thing when I am writing—many things get neglected (who needs dinner?). I am also impressed you are a pantser—do you find you are doing a bit more plotting now and then? Or still winging it?
DT: I've tried the notebook thing, the Scribner thing, the "Beat Sheet" for plotters and pantsers.  I'll start it, then once I get in the zone, my fingers kidnap the process, the notes become one of many ignored sheets of paper that crowd my desk.
MVF: This shows me, at least, you internalize the story—a gift.

Name 3 books/authors you’ve read which have had an impact on your writing?
DT: Only three?  Childhood favorite – Robert A. Heinlein, who wrote the stuff of dreams.  As a grownup (a highly overrated term, btw), I'd pick Stephen King, who kept me up at night, JRR Tolkien, who kept me in my room for days at a time, Michael Crichton, for his mastery of technical suspense, and Barbara Kingsolver, who's every word is silk, to be savored with a sigh.
MVF: Oh, I loved Robert Heinlein in my day, and certainly J.R.R. Tolkien! Stephen King does cause the shivers—and is a master of it. I’ve only recently put Barbara Kingsolver on my pile to read. This is why I ask this question—I write down the ones I haven’t read yet….
DT: Her latest, Flight Behavior, is about a young Appalachian mother and shattered dreams because of a high school pregnancy, and how an environmental event involving butterflies, changes her.  Poisonwood Bible is on King's must read for writers. You'd love Animal Dreams.
MVF: Thank you!

I’m a Sci-Fi/Fantasy buff, I love movies/shows in this genre, was or is there a T.V. Show or movie which has inspired you (doesn’t have to be Sci-fi /Fantasy).  Name one or at least three.
DT: Star Trek for certain, all versions, first season of Deep Space Nine my favorite.  Babylon Five and Battlestar Galactica, both of which are best watched in marathon sessions. One movie that I watch at least once a year (like Groundhog Day), is The Fifth Element. 
MVF: Very interesting! I think I’ve watched the Fifth Element once—now I am going to go back and watch it again.

For the geeks like me: If you watched Firefly: Which character drew you the most? Or were you like me and all of them did (see, I was going to put this in one way or the other!)
DT: It's hard to pick.   Nathan Fillion's Reynolds pretty much sets the tone.  I'm going to pick Alan Tudyk's character – Wash.  "I am a leaf in the wind."
MVF: Ha! Wash really helped the show along—I still think it was one of the best ever.

What fictional character (Book, show, movie) would you most love to meet?
DT: Korban Dallas (Fifth Element).  I want to ride in his taxi.
MVF: See, another reason I have to re-watch this movie!

Tea or Coffee? (Water is a given). 
DT: Both.  Coffee in the morning, a 50/50 blend of Pu-erh and White tea during the day when I'm writing. Then ambien at night to counteract all that damned caffeine.
MVF:  Ah, yes, coffee and tea, my vices. I haven’t heard of Pu-erh but I am going to look into it!

Thank you D.T. for stopping by—it’s been a pleasure and I look forward to seeing your book in print. I hope you visit my blog again—I would love to have you!
 AUTHOR BIO: A native of Wisconsin and Connecticut, DT deserted aspirations of being a biologist to live the corporate dream and raise a family.  After six homes, a ten-year stint in Singapore and Taiwan, and an imagination that never slept, his muse refused to be hobbled as a mere dream. Now a full time writer, DT writes mostly science fiction and alternate-world fantasy.  His latest story is a dystopian tale of humanity at the edge of extinction from a virus plague and a reluctant teen destined to stem the tide.
Represented by Victoria Lea of the Aponte Literary Agency
You can find DT Krippene at:
Searching For Light in the Darkness
Twitter @dtkrippene


  1. Great interview! Glad you have a nice man cave for writing, and I'm glad I'm not the only author who has to be reminded to such silly, mundane things as lawn mowing (not to mention laundry, cleaning, and cooking something other than grilled cheese sandwiches for my kiddos).

    1. Hi Dana,
      Oh, I am *so* with you about having to be reminded to do things, this is why we need house elves. And Grilled cheese--yum.

    2. Hi Dana,
      If I still had kiddos wandering about, I probably wouldn't be hovering in writer's universe. Kudos for making it happen and not burning the grilled cheese.

  2. Great interview! You both have awesome imaginations. Good luck with Lasty, D.T. It sounds amazing.

    (BTW, M.V., I love Anne Stuart's Ice series, too. I saw it on your Favorite Reads.)

    1. Thanks, Diane. It's been an honor to be on MV's site. Hopefully she'll let me do it again some day.

    2. Diane--Awesome that you like Anne Stuart's Ice series! They are addicting to me!

      And D.T. I would love to have you back on my site! :)

  3. Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver is my favorite. She is so talented. And reading her non-fiction books and essays makes me appreciate her integrity and intelligence.

    Thanks for sharing your writing process. Wish I could go "hours at a time" but my brain gets tired and I have to break to do something physical. Nothing like the old "but in chair" advice. :)

    Thanks for such an interesting interview Mary and D.T.

    1. Debbie,
      I really need to read Barbara Kingsolver now! :) And I understand about writing hours at a time. I can do it--but like you I need to take breaks.
      Thanks a bunch for stopping by!