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Shane Lindemoen, author of "Breathless"

The Open Book

Shane Lindemoen, author of "Breathless"

Stephen H. Provost

Shane Lindemoen works as a private investigator. But now it's our turn to investigate approach to writing and his science fiction-horror release, Breathless.

THE AUTHOR

Name, age and occupation: Shane Lindemoen, 34, private investigator.

Where and with whom do you live? I live in the Midwest with my wife and son and our cat.

If you could co-write a book with any author, living or dead, whom would you choose? Living: first name that popped into my head was Autumn Christian, because I just recently discovered her stuff and it’s achingly phenomenal and weird. But there are so many to list. Dead: Ursala K Leguin, because she was an absolute titan.

Why do you write? I write to share a million ideas and a thousand dreams with people for the purpose of collectively examining questions about the human condition. And it’s great fun, too.

What imaginary land would you choose as your home, and why? Neverland. Endless adventure. You never age. Mermaids, magic, pixies, pirates and unassisted flight. When I die, that’s where I’d like to go.

What fairy tale describes your life, and why? Little Red Riding Hood, but instead of the woodsman, I cut myself out of that wolf’s stomach. I crawled out of it and met my wife, and we lived happily ever after.

Historical period you’d like to visit: All periods seem pretty dark and terrifying. If the optimist’s future counts – the future of progress, the future of Star Trek – that’s where I’d like to go. Forward. Always forward.

Shane Lindemoen has a knack for the spectacular, and his deftly plotted debut is like Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles run through the sieve of Kubrick’s 2001, reshot by Christopher Nolan in the year 2020.
— Davis Schneiderman, author of Drain and the DEAD/BOOKS trilogy
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THE BOOK

Title, genre and length? BREATHLESS. Sci-fi-horror. 145K words.

When and where does it take place? Sometime in the near future, after humanity has created near-sentient artificial intelligence and achieved life in space, but before interstellar travel. The story itself takes place in deep space, near the planet Saturn.

How did you come up with the title? An acquaintance named Miguel Santana da Silva actually suggested the title. I loved how it sounded and it’s relevant, so it stuck.

What inspired you to write it? Two of my favorite movies are Aliens and Predator. I just love the sci-fi-horror genre, and I always wanted to try my hand in it. So this is my Aliens, my Predator: an homage to that particular blend of genres. Which mainly sprouted out of this idea of vertigo – this conflict we all have within ourselves between the fear of falling and the desire to fall. So that concept in addition to a bunch of other concepts just sort of came together.

Is there a sequel in the works? No sequel for now. At one point I actually signed a contract with a publisher for this yarn, and because I wasn’t comfortable turning it into a series, the contract was ultimately made solvent, which was devastating. That’s primarily why I’m doing this Inkshares thing.          

Where, how can you get it? The complete first chapter is available to read for free on Inkshares. If the project reaches a critical mass of followers, I’d open it up for preorders. If it gets seven-hundred preorders, Inkshares or one of its imprints will offer a publishing deal. There’s also another independent publisher reviewing it now, so we’ll see. It could eventually be everywhere, or it could be nowhere forever. Fingers crossed.

Describe your book in one word that most people don’t normally use. Eigengrau. 

What would you select as your book’s theme song? Who would you choose to write the musical score? A Blessing, by Max Richter.

What’s your most interesting chapter title? Eigengrau.

Who would want to ban it? That’s a good question. It’s not political or religious in any way, so I have no idea. I suppose the Old Gods, because this yarn will surely disturb their eonic slumber. 

To whom did you dedicate it and why? I will dedicate it to my wife and boy, for making me feel important and relevant. 

Insanely imaginative and thought-provoking. Artifact delivers a mind-bending high, in which nothing is what it seems and everything is exactly what it appears to be.
— Mark Budz, author of Clade, Idolon and Till Human Voices Wake Us, on Lindemoen's 2013 release, Artifact

THE HERO

Name, age and occupation: Evelyn Fenroe, who goes from twenty-seven to forty-years-old over the course of the story. She is an astronaut, and a commanding officer within the agency that employs her.

Where and with whom does she live? She lives in the vacuum of space – in constant transit between Earth and Saturn aboard an artificially intelligent ship, with her eight crew members.

Who would play your protagonist in a movie? Hillary Swank or Mireille Enos.

What real-life person would be your protagonist’s hero, mentor or role model? Neil Armstrong. Valentina Tereshkova.

What’s her celebrity crush? She’s pop-culture illiterate; a career astronaut who never had time to crush on celebrities.

What’s her biggest fear/phobia? Losing a single member of her crew, because she loves them all with every piece of her heart.

On what TV show would she appear as a special guest? All of them, for being the first woman to set foot on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. She’d be in the history books, and everyone would want to hear her story.

What’s his/her favorite quote or motto? “Was it so hard, Achilles, so very hard to die? Thou knowest, and I know not; so much the happier am I.”  - Patrick Shaw-Stewart

Weapon of choice: an industrial plasma-cutter, used for welding rivets on the hull of her ship. Can also cut through all manner of bone and soft-tissue. . . very useful in deep space.

At the beginning of the book, our hero is … running for her life.

Worst habit? Making herself responsible for all the bad things that happen in her life.

Best feature? Her iron will.

Always one step ahead of the reader, Lindemoen never loses control of this tight, action-filled plot. It’ll leave you guessing, and wondering what you’ve just witnessed. You’ll be blown away, too.
— David Wellington, author of Chimera, on Artifact