Sunday, August 28, 2011
First up is Airship 27’s Air Chief, Ron Fortier.
LSSR: Tell us a little about yourself and where readers can find out more about you, your work, and Airship 27 Productions?
http://www.airship27.com/) where I update a Flight Log every Friday morning. This is the one central place people can learn more about Airship 27 Productions, what books we’ve done and which we have coming out.
LSSR: Who is Lance Star? What makes pulp characters like Lance and the Sky Rangers appeal to you as a writer, a reader, and a publisher?
RF: Lance Star is a character we, myself and several Airship 27 writers, created to emulate the great 1930s aviation pulp heroes like Bill Barnes, Dusty Ayres and G8 to name a few. I’ve always had a fascination for flying and been a huge fan of exciting aviation adventure stories. As a publisher, I believe that appeal reaches thousands of people and so creating an aviation hero for our line was a must in my book.
RF: That’s an easy one. They can expect four fast paced action adventure yarns that send Lance and his Sky Rangers all over the globe pre-WWII to combat various threats and villains such as Oklahoma cattle rustlers to Chinese terrorist in the far orient. This volume has more spills and thrills per page than you’d find in a half dozen other titles.
LSSR: Cornerstone Books and Airship 27 currently have two Lance Star: Sky Ranger anthologies in print and there are Lance Star: Sky Ranger eBooks, iPulp Fiction individual digital editions, and a Lance Star comic book. What’s next for these pulp heroes?
LSSR: The Airship 27 Print-On-Demand library is currently changing venues. Where and when will previous editions be re-released?
RF: Right. We recently closed down our Print-On-Demand on-line shop for several sound business practices that needed our attention. Over the next year, we will be uploading all our titles to another such outfit, Ka-Blam and have begun that process. Once a book’s files have been set up there, then the book will be made available via their retail site, www.IndyPlanet.com – Note, one of the reasons for this move was to lower the prices of our POD books. At Indy Planet, all our titles will sell for $15. This is a saving of several dollars from the old shop. Note, all three Lance Star titles have been uploaded and will soon be on sale there.
RF: We’ve just completed our third Jim Anthony Super Detective title, “Mark of Terror” by writer Joshua Reynolds which we hope to have on sale by the end of Sept. See attached cover by painter Jeff Herndon. This is an exclusive first to this site. And our recent release of DAMABALLA by Charles Saunders is still getting overwhelming positive response from the pulp community as it debuts the very first African American pulp avenger ever. It is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other reputable book sellers. Finally, a real tease here, we hope to release the first ever full length LANCE STAR – SKY RANGER novel some time in 2012. That’s going to be big.
LSSR: Thanks, Ron.
RF: My pleasure Bobby, thanks for the opportunity.