interviews Tony Ruggiero author of the upcoming military science
fiction/fantasy novel, Operation Save the
MilSciFi: "Welcome. What was your
inspiration for your story?"
Ruggiero: "During my
twenty-three years on active duty, I spent a four years working with the Navy
Seals. There is a justifiable mentality with any of the Special Forces—to be
the best and most efficient killing machine. My thoughts took this concept and
asked: “How could you improve upon this?” The answer was the vampire. With that
utterance of one word, the Team of Darkness Chronicles was born. What a superb
and perfect killing machine that vampire could be if you could control it. That
was the key to making this all work—how would they control the vampires."
MilSciFi: "What other upcoming
works are on the horizon for you?"
Ruggiero: "Well that’s a
good question…but I am not sure of the answer. I have three other books in
various states if accomplishment and another one that I just started. For the
immediate future, that is after April when this books is released, the
following year is book 3 of the series but I hope to crank something out before
that—or so I hopeJ"
MilSciFi: "How would you describe
your experience working on the book?"
Ruggiero: "Each book in the
series is invoking a learning process. It’s as if I evolve with the vampires
that I have created. As they learn new things or as their role shifts, I change
along with them. Wow—that’s scary—who is writing who here?"
MilSciFi: "What was your favorite
part, the concept that just really gets you going?"
Ruggiero: "The favorite part
for me is the tie in to our modern day world. To be able to take the mythos of
vampire and blend it into present day society. It’s trying to think from the
perspective of a one hundred year old creature who has experienced so much—and
trying to figure out how they would react to situations and what would interest
them—what would be their goals and desires?"
MilSciFi: "Give us the details on
your upcoming author appearances."
let’s see, I think it goes something like this:"
a convention called Itsnotacon in Columbus, Ohio
a convention called Stellarcon in High Point, NC
is RavenCon in Richmond, Virginia
is Balticon in Hunt Valley, MD
is Duckon in Naperville, Illinois
is Conestoga in Tulsa, Oklahoma
is Wolrdcon in Denver, CO
is Wold Fantasy in Calgary Alberta
I think that’s most of it.
MilSciFi: "Is this book a part of a
series? Tell us a bit about it."
Ruggiero: "The book is the
second book of a four book series. The first book was Operation Immortal
Servitude, or formerly known as Team of Darkness. In that book the vampires are
discovered and captured and brought back to the United States and pressed into
military service. In the second book, we pick up with the vampires and their
escape from the military captors as well as introduce a woman vampire,
Christina, and two small children. The rescue of the two children continues
into book III. Book IV will be set in Kosovo
where the vampires came from and to where the pursuit takes their military and
MilSciFi: "What is some of your
Alien Deception: Something to keep in mind with the
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whole life you think you understand who and what you are and then one day
you learn that it is all a lie. So what do you do? You have lunch with the
leading candidate for President of the United States…you and your alien friends.
Alien Revelation: Death has many meanings. For
some it is an end, while for others it is a beginning. Yet, for one human/alien
hybrid, it is a way to have one final chance to try and save his home, Earth, a
son he has never seen, and find an enemy that just won’t stay dead. The
exciting conclusion to Alien Deception.
Aliens and Satanic Creatures Wanted: Humans Need Not Apply. Aliens, Satanic
Creatures, and other alternate life forms have gathered together to make a
stand for literary fairness. Move over pesky human...a change is coming. An
anthology of short stories where the center character is not human; includes
the award winning story, Lucky Lucifer’s Car Emporium, as well as Electronic
Bliss, Invasion or Subversion, and Going up?
also have a short story called, Perspectives
in the military anthology, Breach the
Hull. In addition keep an eye out for a humorous tale called, The Importance of Undergarments &
Science Fiction Conventions, which will be appearing in the Writers For Relief Anthology II.
can read more about these novels and other works at www.tonyruggiero.com