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‘5 Questions’ Interview With Paul Levinson! @PaulLev

February 26, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Paul Levinson to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series! Paul’s novel The Silk Code won the Locus Award for Best First Novel of 1999, and was published as an “author’s cut” Kindle edition in 2012. His short stories have been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Sturgeon Awards.

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!

The Silk Code (Phil D'Amato series) by Paul Levinson

Describe your book The Silk Code (Phil D’Amato series) in ten words or less

The Silk Code weaves together Neanderthals, Amish, DNA, NYPD, subatomic physics, and silk.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

When our kids were little, we used to travel to Lancaster, PA every summer, where I realized that the Amish had much more profound knowledge than we give them credit for.

Also, I’ve realized for years that there must have been all sorts of knowledge in prehistoric, preliterate times that has been lost to us.

Which of your characters (in this book) is closest to your heart and why?

Dr. Phil D’Amato: He’s an NYPD forensic detective, and I’m an author and professor, but Phil thinks and reacts the same way I would in extreme, fantastic situations.

And, for that matter, in everyday life situations, too. Or, at least, I think so …

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it and how did that affect your writing / publishing process?

I’m a Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. I love teaching, and I find it very conducive to my writing.

Not working a 9-5 job gives me much control over my time, and therefore much more opportunity to write.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

I was in the process of converting The Plot to Save Socrates into an ebook [now also available on Kindle).

I never believed that Socrates refused to escape Athens when he had the chance, and drank the hemlock. This time travel novel tells what really happened back then, and why …

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

The authors that most influenced me were Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein – I can only hope that if you like their work, you’d like mine.

Thanks again for stopping by, Paul Levinson! You can learn more about the author via his website: PaulLevinson.net, blog: Paul Levinson’s Infinite Regress, Facebook: paul.levinson, and Twitter: @PaulLev.

 The Silk Code (Phil D’Amato series) is available on Amazon (Kindle).

Check out Paul Levinson’s Amazon author page for more info and browse through his other books!

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