Deston "D.J." Munden is a fantasy and science fiction author, living near the Outerbanks of North Carolina. Somewhere in the vague realm of his late twenties and early thirties, he lives with his brother in a small house in the woods where he taught himself how to imagine and write down worlds with orcs, swords, and magic (and sometimes mutants and spaceships). When he's not writing, he's playing video games with his best buds, rolling horribly on multisided dice, eating double his weight in food, trying out new recipes, collecting samurai memorabilia and watching as much anime and reading as much manga as humanly possible (sometimes doing more than one of these things at once). His current work includes The Dargath Chronicles novels and Dusk Mountain Blues, his sci-fi series. He's a huge fan of the fantasy and science fiction genre, including both the modern and classic works. Nothing he loves more than finding new authors all over the genre and then recommending them to all of his friends (that are willing to listen at this point). This will be his official debut in the fantasy world he has grown up in (at least in his head) his entire life.
Good evening, Deston. Without releasing any spoilers, can you tell my readers what Dusk Mountain Blues is about?
Dusk Mountain Blues is a space opera and space western about hillbilly, moonshining mutants fighting off colonizers. It follows three generations of the Caldwells, following their perspectives in their fight against the Civilization and their hands of the law, the Bluecoats. It has themes of family, love, freedom, and conquering one’s past, all wrapped up in a fun read.
Who are your biggest writing supporters?
I would have to say my friends and my family. My parents and brother have always been a huge supporter of my writing career, often pushing me to write more and more. Then there are my friends, who are also writers. We get together and write on weekdays and discuss so many writing issues we have on the way. Without them, I would be lost.
What are you reading right now?
I am currently reading the Great Hunt by Robert Jordan, Book 2 of the Wheel of Time. It’s amazing. I’ll recommend it.