Dennis W. Green, author of the Traveler series

About Dennis W. Green

Dennis Green is a writer, DJ, actor, sports announcer, web site editor, Masters swimmer, tech geek, husband, and dad, living and working in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His first book, "Traveler" is out from Mbedzi Publishing.

Dennis likes to say he lives life by these words from the great Robert Heinlein: "Specialization is for insects."

A master of many trades, as a DJ, his adventures were covered by newspapers from Anchorage to Los Angeles. As a writer, his work has been published in the small press, broadcast trade publications and the web site www.heartofamericatri.com. By day, he is the general manager of Iowa’s only jazz radio station, KCCK-FM. And if it’s 5:30 am, you can probably find him in the pool, working out with the Milky Way Masters swim club.


Dennis W. Green, author of the Traveler series
Traveler

Rating: Thumbs Up

Pages: 308
by Dennis W. Green
Series: The Traveler Chronicles #1

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In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.

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I talk about stuff on the radio. And write a little. Sometimes I swim.

Dennis W. Green,
author of the Traveler series

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How did you get started writing Traveler?

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The genesis of Traveler goes back more than twenty years. I was doing my afternoon show on WMT-FM and couldn’t find a CD that I JUST KNEW I had taken from the shelf. I looked through every pile on the desk, then went back to the shelf. Nope, wasn’t there.

Then I went back to the desk. You know how the story ends, of course. There it was. This caused me to muse to myself, “Maybe every time we locate something in a place we could have sworn we just looked, or remember something differently from someone else, it’s because we have somehow shifted to a parallel universe.”

As time went on, I started molding a story where the detective protagonist has to hunt another version of himself. I thought the idea of trying to track someone down who both was and wasn’t you would be unique and fun.

Fast forward many years, and my friends Rob Cline and Lennox Randon decided they were going to start a writers group with the goal of finishing and publishing book projects they both had on the shelf. They invited me to join them, and Traveler was the idea I decided to go with.

Dennis W. Green, author of the Traveler series

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At what point did you discover that Trav had at least one more adventure to share with the world?

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I had always thought of Traveler as a one-off, even though I purposely hinted there might be a larger story going on in the Trav-verse in addition to the one I told. But these days, it seems like everyone who writes something wants to make it into a series, and I didn’t want to get caught in that trap.

However, as I was nearing the end of writing Traveler, a scene occurred to me where Trav keeps finding dead and dying versions of himself. And of course, if you do two, you might as well do three. So, it will be a trilogy. But then it’s done. I promise!

Dennis W. Green, author of the Traveler series

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I know that you have attended ICON. My fans have been treated to several pictures from my adventures at ICON 39Mini-Con 50 and ConQuesT 46. What’s your favorite thing about attending author events and conventions?

Terri M. LeBlanc

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I grew up before Star Wars started us down the road to making sci-fi and fantasy appealing to a mass audience. So for much of my life, I was the only person in the room who liked Star Trek, comic books, and science fiction. And don’t even get me started on trying to explain Dr. Who (#3, that’s how old I am) to a bunch of mundanes.

I still remember inviting some friends to my apartment in the early days of my radio career, and when confronted with the twelve shelves of books which were pretty much my only furniture, blurted out “You’ve read all those?”

Even though these days everyone knows and likes big sci-fi and fantasy franchises, I still experience a sense of wonder when I can walk into a room FILLED with those who have the same cultural touchstones as me. Finally, I found my people!

For a new author, getting to be around other writers is the most fun of a con. My goal, of course, is to someday be well-known enough as a writer that I can say meeting my fans is the best part!

Dennis W. Green, author of the Traveler series

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What was the most difficult thing about getting published? What was the easiest? If you had to go back and do it all over again, is there any aspect of your stories or getting published that you’d change?

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I was very fortunate in that, just as I was getting the traditional early turndowns from agents, and I was trying to decide whether to chuck it all and self-publish, the great Jed Q. Petersen read Traveler and recommended I send it to his publisher, Karen Matibe at Mbedzi Publishing. She liked it and we were off to the races.

Unfortunately, where bigger distributors and stores like Barnes & Noble are concerned, independent publishers and self-publishers are pretty much the same thing. So, even though I’m published by a company, it doesn’t do me much good in getting bigger distribution. On the other hand, Karen lined me up with a professional editor, book designer and cover artist, in addition to editing me herself. Traveler is a MUCH better book for her involvement, and I will always be grateful to her for believing in the project, and to Jed for hooking us up.

Dennis W. Green author of the Traveler series

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What type(s) of books to you enjoy reading most and what three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?

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I go through phases. For the first thirty years of my life, I read sci-fi and fantasy almost exclusively. Then for some reason, I walked away from those genres completely and read nothing but mysteries and action thrillers for the next decade or so. These days, I bounce back forth among all of those.

I’m doing a little palette-clearing from sci-fi at the moment, so am catching up on one of my favorite mystery series, Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar books. I am a big Harry Dresden fan, and in fact, more than one person has said Trav’s voice is reminiscent of Harry’s, which I take as a huge compliment. The series that Traveler owes the most to would have to be Roger Zelazny’s Amber books. I recently went through those again, listening to the audio books for the first time. They’re read by Alessandro Juliani (you’ll remember him as Gaeta from Battlestar). He may be the finest audiobook narrator I’ve ever heard. Highly recommended.

Dennis W. Green, author of the Traveler series

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Well, our time here is almost up, Dennis. One final question! What’s your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you want to share?

Terri M. LeBlanc

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I took up competitive swimming as an adult, after never having been on a swim team before. At age forty, I broke a minute in the 100 free, a significant swimming benchmark. Two years ago, I completed a 5K swim and am training to do that again this year. Let me tell you, the late-night hangs at cons do not go with 5:30 am swim practice very well at all!

Dennis W. Green, author of the Traveler series
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Thank you, Dennis, for dropping by Second Run Reviews and being in the spotlight. As always, it was a pleasure chatting with you. I hope that my fans will pick up a copy of Traveler and check out Prisoner upon it’s release later this summer!

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