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Andy Remic, author of the Combat K novel, Hardcore

Andy Remic

HARDCORE
 Combat K Novel

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2010-02-08: MilSciFi.com interviews Andy Remic, author of, Hardcore a standalone Combat K Novel.

MilSciFi: "Welcome. Please tell us a little something about your novel."

Remic: "HARCORE is a rollicking rollercoaster ride starring a Combat K squad, Keenan – the straight, tough-talking soldier, Pippa, the cynical female take-no-shit assassin, and Franco Haggis – mad, and ginger, demolitions expert extraordinaire with a love of tinned cheese and sausages. They are hunting for the birthplace of the Junks, an alien scourge spreading like a disease across the Four Galaxies. They are SLAM-dropped to Sick World, an abandoned medical planet with a dark and violent past. Here, the nurses, doctors and patients have been left in a thousand year-gestation of medical technological mutation, and as Combat K arrive, the baddies begin to awake… HARDCORE. You'll never look at a nurse the same way again…"

MilSciFi: "What inspired you to write this story?"

Remic: "My mother was extremely ill, and rushed into hospital a few times. Some of these experiences were good, and some were very bad – like waiting in casualty for 5 hours to be seen on the 1st January, with my mum's BP at 240 over 150, with the nurses and doctors arguing and in-fighting because they had to work New Year's Day and were pissed off at the world. Anyway, spending a lot of time in that environment, usually in a violent and angry state (rarely have I wanted to kill so much), I started to envisage a world of deviated medical staff and patients. The seed of the book was born right there."

MilSciFi: "This is the third novel on the Combat K series, are there more planned?"

Remic: "The Combat K books follow a very broad story-arc, but are all standalone adventures. I have about ten planned (in my heed), and we're just negotiating the next contract with Solaris Books for the next sequence. Announcements soon!!"

MilSciFi: "Is there any talk about making this into a movie?"

Remic: "Not yet (haha). I've made (with Colin Howarth) a short film to promote the book. I got tired of the book trailers where you get a few fancy pans across the cover, so I got together some friends, a steelworks and some real guns (including a cool Remington pump-action shotgun), and we made a film. You can see more (and it will shortly be live) at: www.grungefilms.com."

MilSciFi: "Does humor play and import role in your stories?"

Remic: "Oh yes!! All life is a big joke, isn't it? There's always been a lot of dark humour in my writing, which stems from either ridiculous situations, or gently mad people – so, just like real life then :-). This is why I like reading Iain M. Banks, because he also has a lot of darkly comic humour in his SF."

MilSciFi: "Do past or present real world events influence your work?"

Remic: "Of course, everything that happens around you and provokes an emotional response must in some way influence your work. I know I just hate terrorists, that idea of punishing innocent people to promote a cause – random killings and suchforth – in anathema to life, in my opinion. And every writer will tell you their work is influenced in some way by what happens to them in the real world. For example, I am plagued by my neighbours' yappy snappy shitty little dogs – which I would like to cook in a fine stew (no, really) – and as I was writing Kell's Legend, the little bastards started again, yap yap yap, (labrapoodle curry, anyone?) and Kell tells a story about how he kills his neighbours' yacking canines. Art imitating life? Pass me the machete. Couldn't help myself ;-)."

MilSciFi: "Do you have any control, or at least input, on the design of your books covers?"

Remic: "I am not an artist, but I know what looks good. I have been blessed with good cover artwork from day one, and although it states in my contract I have no control over this thing, if a publisher tried to put out a book with a shit cover I have to say, it'd be time to get the chainsaw out. But hey, that's never happened, and both Solaris and Angry Robot are wonderfully cooperative and open when it comes to artwork – a pleasure to work with! Marek Okon did the fine HARDCORE artwork, and Adrian Smith did the superb Kell's Legend and Soul Stealers covers. I really am over the moon with these guys and their work!!"

MilSciFi: "Is military science fiction the only thing you write, or is there something else out there we should be looking for?"

Remic: "I've been doing the fantasy series The Clockwork Vampire Chronicles for Angry Robot Books. This is the blurb for the first, Kell's Legend:

The land of Falanor is invaded by an albino army, the Army of Iron. A small group set off to warn the king: Kell, ancient hero; his granddaughter, Nienna and her friend, Katrina; and the ex-Sword Champion of King Leanoric, Saark, disgraced after his affair with the Queen.

Fighting their way south, betrayal follows battle follows deviation, and they are attacked from all quarters by deadly albino soldiers, monstrous harvesters who drain blood from their victims to feed their masters, and the twisted offspring of deviant vachine, the cankers. As Falanor comes under heavy attack and invasion, only then does Nienna learn the truth about grandfather Kell – that he is anything but a noble hero, anything but a Legend."

MilSciFi: "Do you have any other projects in the works?"

Remic: "I have so many projects it makes my head spin. After I've finished the Clockwork Vampire trilogy, I have ideas for another 6 books in that same universe, but following completely new story arcs; then I have three more Combat K books to write, plus some other ideas being talked about with different publishers. On top of that, I'm working on three film scripts and some short film ideas, because I'm an amateur film director and very much interested in telling stories visually. In fact, we've just finished a short film based on a scene from HARDCORE in order to promote the new book, where Franco Haggis (played by me… the horror, the horror) and Keenan (played by Paul Remic) and Pippa (played by Nicola Cross) are pitted against some dodgy nurse zombies. It was great fun to film, and is in post-production right now. This film is directed by my good friend, Colin Howarth. You can see more at www.grungefilms.com and www.andyremic.com. You can also see my short horror film, Chemical Man, at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPh3sk0egdA"

MilSciFi: "Do you have any upcoming author events?"

Remic: "I'll be at World Horror Con in March 2010, and Odyssey/Eastercon, London, in April 2010. You will find me at the bar. I always accept beer and whiskey."

MilSciFi: "Thank you, for your time."
 


Andy Remic's website is:
http://www.andyremic.com

HARDCORE, is published by Solaris Books:
http://www.solarisbooks.com
 


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