Jubal Van Zandt and the Revenge of the Bloodslinger
A Jubal Van Zandt Novel
by eden Hudson
Date of Publication: October 14th 2016
Publisher: Shadow Alley Press Inc.
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Cyber Punk
Narcissist, sociopath, and shameless backstabber Jubal Van Zandt is the best damn thief in the history of the Revived Earth...and he won't shut up about it.
But not everybody in the swampy, soggy, feudal future approves of Jubal's vocation. The Guild—the religious fanatics who helped rebuild civilization after the collapse—in particular are waiting for their opportunity to slip the noose around his neck.
Which is why when the renowned Guild knight Carina Xiao—a.k.a. the Bloodslinger—contacts Jubal about an off-the-books job that violates Guild Law, he's too intrigued to say no. He is the best damn thief in the history of the Revived Earth, after all.
Part bizarro ecopunk, part outworld thriller, part odd-couple roadtrip, Jubal Van Zandt and the Revenge of the Bloodslinger is a 150% futurepunk quest for blood and betrayal across the Revived Earth.
I am invincible. I am a mutant. I have 3 hearts and was born with no eyes. I had eyes implanted later. I didn't have hands, either, just stumps. When my eyes were implanted they asked if I would like hands as well and I said, "Yes, I'll take those," and pointed with my stump. But sometimes I'm a hellbender peeking out from under a rock. When it rains, I live in a music box.
But I'm also a tattoo-addict, coffee-junkie, drummer, and aspiring skateboarder. Jesus actually is my homeboy.
MY INTERVIEW WITH EDEN HUDSON
How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
I would describe it as “cinematic plus” because I like to make up descriptions. I do my best to write stories that you experience more than read, similar to a movie, but with all the added senses and internal monologues that movies can’t deliver. I want you to forget you’re reading a book and feel like you’re riding shotgun with the characters.
What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
To be honest, I’m not much of the routine type. My husband and I have two very energetic little boys, and we travel the country fulltime, going wherever the wind blows us, so trying to plan or prepare for anything is wasted effort. But I do have a favorite writing spot: outside. No matter what I’m working on, I get my best writing done in my lawn chair right outside the camper where I can relax and enjoy nature. That’s why the laptop was my favorite invention of the 20th century.
Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
Characters tend to come to me fully fleshed-out. I feel like I’ve known them forever, so the adventure of writing for me is in throwing them into dark and uncomfortable situations and watching the ways they grow and change. Most of the time, as the story progresses, they evolve into their own entities and end up doing things that I could’ve never seen coming.
Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)?
All of them. Every character I write about is a piece of me, so I’m whole-heartedly invested in portraying them in an honest light—whether that makes them look good or bad. Jubal’s been particularly fun in that regard because he’s such an antihero. Not in the sexy, brooding way, but in the entirely-lacking-redeeming-qualities way. He’s a sociopath with no conscience, in love with himself, an unrepentant coward when it comes to life-threatening situations, too paranoid of other people’s motivations to get close to anyone, and secretly self-loathing. The only thing he’s got going for him is his sense of humor and he relies on that more than anything. There have been and still are plenty of days when I’ve felt all those things, and so I put all my eggs in the humor basket and pray there’s not a hole in it.
Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?
Jubal was that character! He percolated in my brain for about three years while I was trying to finish the Redneck Apocalypse series, always popping up at the worst times to say something hilariously inappropriate. It’s been a huge relief to finally unleash him on the world.
Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced?
What doesn’t spur me to reach for the unexperienced! I love exploring new places, trying new foods, reading new books, learning and doing new things. That’s one of the main reasons my family chose the nomadic lifestyle—every mile brings us something new and unexpected.