Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Anthem's Fall By S.L. Dunn Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway

Anthem's Fall
S.L. Dunn

Above a horrified New York City, genetics and ethics collide as the fallen emperor and a banished exile of the same herculean race ignite into battle over the city’s rooftops. In the streets below, a brilliant young scientist has discovered a technology that can defeat them both, yet might be more terrible than either.

Set both in modern New York City and in the technologically sophisticated yet politically savage world of Anthem, Anthem’s Fall unfurls into a plot where larger than life characters born with the prowess of gods are pitted against the shrewd brilliance of a familiar and unlikely heroine.



The sharp knife of apocalypse struck without warning, burying itself into the unsuspecting skies of a sun-swept afternoon.

In the northernmost continent of Anthem, the remote city of Municera abruptly reported massive and inexplicable reports of rioting and hysteria. The limited transmissions that came out of the city were fragmented and unclear. Imperial Army regiments were at once dispatched to restore order to the city of Municera, yet all troops lost radio contact within minutes of their arrival. Powerful reverberations shook through the surrounding lands, reaching miles in every direction. It felt as though the gods themselves were hammering the very world with furious impacts. From a distance, billowing black pillars of smoke could be seen reaching high into the sky above the smoldering city. When the smoke and cloud of ash dispersed in the northern winds, the glimmering skyscrapers that had long been an icon of the elegant Municera had vanished from the skyline. Their steel and glass splendor was replaced with a blanket of alarming ruin. By midafternoon, the once prominent city was nothing more than wreckage against the horizon.

Most disturbing were the spreading rumors that a number of Imperial First Class soldiers had flown into the chaos of Municera and had yet to return.

The migration out of the region—an anticipated exodus for which the Imperial Council had quickly prepared—never arrived, and as a disquieting sun set on the remaining cities of the Epsilon empire, the truth became increasingly clear. There were no survivors.

Municera had been home to seven million Primus.

S.L. Dunn is the debut author of Anthem’s Fall, a novel he wrote amid the wanderings of his mid twenties. He has written while living intermittently in St. John USVI, Boston, Maine and Seattle. Raised on big screen superheroes and pop science fiction, he sought to create a novel that bridged a near-sci-fi thriller with a grand new fantasy. He currently resides in Seattle with his girlfriend Liz and their dog Lucy, and is hard at work completing the next book of the Anthem’s Fall series. Get in touch at

Where are you from?
          I’m originally from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. It’s about a half hour northwest of Boston. Most of Anthem’s Fall was written and edited while I lived in Somerville, Massachusetts and St. John, USVI.
Late last summer I moved to Seattle, and I’m enjoying the Pacific Northwest so far!

Tell us your latest news?
          These days I’m busy gearing up for the July 31 release of my debut novel, Anthem’s Fall. This involves a balancing act between promoting my first book while simultaneously writing its sequel. Fingers crossed for a fall release of book two! I’m also working on a few short stories to release over the summer.

When and why did you begin writing?
          In 2009 I was struck with the idea for Anthem’s Fall. The idea came to me during an autumn morning after my graduation from college. I was driving on a highway in Vermont and the cloudy forms of three characters presented themselves to me all at once: the genius, the dreamer, and the leader—and between them all a technology of inconceivable power.
          The premise and the characters seemed so evident and clear to me that I knew I had to start writing. When I got to page ten, I knew I would write the entire novel because I had never felt so passionate about anything.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
          “Writer” is a term with considerable gray area. I have been actively writing fiction for four years now, so in that sense I would say I first considered myself a blossoming writer four years ago.

What inspired you to write your first book?
          I had an itch to write for a long time, and when the idea for Anthem’s Fall came to me, I knew it was time.

What would you like my readers to know?

On my website is a free excerpt of Anthem’s Fall for anyone to check out. I’m also running constant giveaways from my website, Goodreads, Librarything, and the blog tour. Sign up for one!
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  1. A great interview. I like how the story first came to you.

  2. Congratulations of the release of your debut book. What do you think is harder for you to do as a writer: create the characters or create a whole, new world in which they live? And what comes first?

  3. I enjoyed the interview, thank you.

  4. I liked the author's interview.

  5. I like the idea of the story goading you into writing!


  6. Your inspiration from the clouds in Vermont is so cool! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thank you I enjoyed the excerpt and the interview

  8. The excerpt is great, but just gota say glad i don't live in Municera that sounds kinda a bad place to live lol, really sounds like a good book, thanks for the giveaway

  9. The subject of apocalypse really fascinates me, thanks for the giveaway as well!

  10. I like the author interview. I keep going around in my head thinking about a book and I always like to see how others got started.