Yesterday I published a review of William Dietrich's book The Three Emperors, the latest installment in his Ethan Gage series. I messaged Dietrich soon after and got a cordial reply. Now here is the result - an interview with Dietrich himself about his book series, his career and his influences. Enjoy and remember to donate! Be sure also to check out his website.
As I have said many times here, blogging is not free. I like the unique platform I have here - I am able to write about what I want and feel it's not a waste. I have been blessed with donations from readers and friends, as well as a small income from the paid advertising. Life is demanding however and, if you like what you read, please contribute so that I can keep doing this.
I was struck by the fact that you're from Seattle. There's another writer, Jim French, who created the character Harry Nile for radio dramas he produced and that were then aired locally. French lived in Kirkland most of his career and moved the character from Chicago to Los Angeles and eventually to Seattle. Are you familiar with him at all? Do you see any similarities with his character and yours?
What possessed to create the character of Ethan Gage?
What also possessed you to set him in the setting of nineteenth century Europe and America?
I read your article about Ethan Gage and ISIS. What similarities do you see between ISIS and the situation of radical Islamism now?
There was a great deal of Jewish folklore in The Three Emperors, part of why I liked it. What sort of sources did you research for the book?
What audience do you strive for with your novels?
I read "The Three Emperors" after reading Amitav Ghosh's Ibis trilogy. His books are set in India and China during the opium wars while yours are set in Europe during the Napoleonic wars. Both sets of books were really similar though - you both had a lot of fun writing about sex in nineteenth century language, both had appearances by Napoleon himself in your book and both of you depicted the wars of the various periods in stark detail. Have you read his books? How would you explain such similarities?