Interview with R.C. Ducantlin, Author of Shiny Pennies

30 Jun 2021

What can you tell us about your new release, Shiny Pennies?

Shiny Pennies is the story of a small group of people nurtured and trained to be spies and assassins. Aydin knows they are broken but does not know why or how to stop. He is only happy when “the game is on.” The rest of the time, he is curt, surly, and generally unpleasant.

Happy, sad – doesn’t matter. That was then. This is now. – Aydin Trammell

Aydin is tall, good-looking, wealthy, and lives an idyllic life with his gorgeous wife, Allison. It is all a façade.

Fresh from SpecOps, they’re now freelance operatives, working for the highest bidder. Unfortunately, Allison wants out, and she needs Aydin to come with her – to escape to Colorado and the serenity they’ve always dreamed about. But before they can act, Aydin’s reckless past finally catches up with him; assassins determined to settle old scores have abducted Allison.
Growing up in The Program has made Aydin notoriously self-reliant and more than willing to pull the trigger, vowing to find Allison and kill those responsible is easy. Coming full circle with his memories won’t be.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

  • Dune – Frank Herbert
  • Exodus – Leon Uris
  • On Wings of Eagles – Ken Follett
  • Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
  • Lord of the Rings / A Song of Fire and Ice / Many more.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Stephen King, Id’ ask him how he would adapt On Writing to today’s market and self-publishing.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Fiction / Fantasy / Sci-Fi – I create the world.

What is a typical day like for you?

Start writing by 06:30, write until I am tired, then do something else. It is the Hemmingway approach to writing.

What scene from Shiny Pennies was your favorite to write?

When Miranda confronts Pops. Start with “Put down the rifle.” On page 243.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

In Vampire Unicorn, which also comes out on the 29th, I wrote:

I create my future.

You create your future.

We create our future.

Our future is an expression of today’s creations.

Either that or: Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up. – Jim Valvano


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