Interview with T.E. Butcher, Author of Armored Warrior Panzerter

13 Apr 2021

What can you tell us about your new release, Armored Warrior Panzerter?

It’s a military story as much as a sci-fi story. Veterans will recognize a lot of familiar situations and kinds of people in some instances. I’m not even talking about combat, but day to day things. Oh and there’s plenty of awesome Mecha fights.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

It was my own desire to tell stories. I’ve always been a storyteller in one form or another, weather it was through my experience with tabletop games or just telling my family members about something amusing or dangerous that I did. What it came down to was I just had so many ideas I wanted to explore welling up and lacked a medium to share them until I discovered self publishing.

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

Top five is tough, because it’s constantly changing. Number Five would have to be the Worldwar series by Harry Turtledove. Four I’m going to say is The Exodus Arks series by J.N Chaney, though I admit there’s a fair bit of recentcy bias there. Jurassic Park and The Lost World by Michael Chrition are solidly three and H.G. Wells the War of the Worlds is Number two. The original Dragonlance trilogy sits at number one for me as it got me into tabletop gaming and fantasy.

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

I would host George R. R. Martin and do a bit where I’m like a hard boiled detective and he’s a mob boss and I’m grilling him over where Winds of Winter is. If he could do an Italian accent that’d be even better. 

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is the stories themselves. I just get so excited when I’m hyper focused on the worlds I’m building and I’m in my element writing.

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up early , kiss my wife, go to my day job, come home in the evening, workout, then I work on writing for about three-four hours. Throughout the day I’m making notes, checking my email, editing, outlining and rereading parts on my lunch break and my bus ride. It gets busy, but I hope to write full time in a year or so.

What scene from Armored Warrior Panzerter was your favorite to write?

Honestly it’s the downtime scenes I love writing because I get to reminisce about my own time with my brothers in arms. Some of the downtime conversations are real conversations I’ve had.

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

Embrace the suck- an old Army mantra. Means that you’ll have to experience something unpleasant or different, but doing so is required to move forward so why sweat it

T.E. Butcher is the author of the new book Armored Warrior Panzerter

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