And on with the questions...
What is it about characters like Lance Star and the Sky Rangers that draws you to writing/publishing (and reading) their adventures?
Jim Beard - For me, it's the thrill of flying, or the the kind of flying THEY do. I like flying on big ol' modern jets, but that bare-knuckle, seat-of-the-pants flying that Lance and his fellow airmen pull off is like science fiction to me...and that's what's so attractive about it. Plus, Lance can get into all kinds of WEIRD stuff, too, which is an extra-added bonus. What's not to love?
Ron Fortier – I’ve always been an aviation buff and especially loved any comic book or pulp that dealt with flying. As a kid I devoured BLACKHAWK from D.C. and their ENEMY ACE series. When I discovered the old pulp classics, I was immediately drawn to the likes of Bill Barnes, Dusty Ayers and G-8 & His Battle Aces. It’s no surprise when we started up our publishing house it was christened Airship 27
What has your experience been like working on this book?
Andrew Salmon - My tale proved to be quite a challenge albeit a worthwhile one. The research was a ton of fun. Writing the tale wound up being more difficult than I thought it would be but, ultimately, I'm happy with the result. Getting Lance and crew into tight situations then trying to figure a way out for them was the order of the day as I cranked out the tale. I enjoyed the process of writing the tale and being associated with the other great contributors to the book. It's been a treat adding a chapter to Lance lore!
Bobby Nash - Fun. For my story in this volume, I decided to do something a little bit different. My previous Sky Ranger tales have all been rooted in reality, albeit a pulpy one. This time out I decided to unleash the sci fi writer side of my brain and put Lance and the boys in a situation outside their usual comfort zone. Once I had the idea of a pterodactyl vs. an airplane there was no going back.
Tell us a bit about your story in Lance Star: Sky Ranger Vol. 4.
Andrew Salmon - In "The Devil's Arm Gambit", Lance and the Sky Rangers
Jim Beard - "Black Cloud Ace" is all about choices, those important times in our lives when we're presented with a choice and whatever path we choose will shape our destiny. The story begins with Lance testing an experimental jet - based on the real-life prototypical jets of that time period - and a strange black cloud that looms large in his path. Once he goes through it, nothing will ever be quite the same for our hero ever again as he takes a cold hard look at himself and a particular choice he's made in the past.
Bobby Nash - “Ring of Fire” sees Lance Star and his Sky Rangers journey to an island inside the mysterious Ring of Fire, a circular series of volcanic islands in the South Pacific. They are there to deliver supplies and evacuate all non-essential personnel off the island, which they discover upon their arrival is actually a volcano in the stages of pre-eruption. Complicating matters are stubborn scientists, Nazi agents, and prehistoric beasts that should not exist. All in all, another day at the office for America’s Air Ace.
Tell us a bit about Lance Star: Sky Ranger Vol. 4.
Bobby Nash - Lance Star: Sky Ranger Volume 4 continues the grand pulp tradition that Ron and I, along with the rest of the Airship 27 crew, started way back with the first volume in this series. We’re telling fun stories that I hope will entertain and delight readers of all ages.
Andrew Salmon - The best bet is my amazon page. As everything I've had published is available there for Kindle and in print, it really is the place to find out what I've been up these last few years:
Jim Beard - Folks can visit my Amazon Author Page (please leave me some reviews!) and say "hi" over at my Facebook page.
If they're really brave, they can check out my Sgt. Janus Spirit-Blog here.
www.bobbynash.com. I’m also all over social media. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, my Amazon Author Page, and all over the web. I also run the official Lance star: Sky Ranger website, which you can find at www.lance-star.com.
Where can readers learn more about Airship 27 and available titles?
Ron Fortier - Although the majority of our books are available at Amazon, pulp fans should check out our on-line site to see ALL OUR TITLES. Here’s the link.
As ever we thank them for their support.
Official Airship 27 Press Release:
HIGH FLYING THRILLS!
Once again its time to join America’s aviation ace, Lance Star and his faithful team; Buck Tellonger, Cy Hawkins, Jim Nolan and Red Davis as they fly into four brand new hair-raising tales. From discovering a hidden Nazis base on lost South Seas Island inhabited by prehistoric monsters to foiling an assassination attempt on President Roosevelt, the Sky Rangers travel globe tackling danger wherever they go.
“When you’re company name is Airship 27 Productions,” says Managing Editor Ron Fortier, “you’d better believe we have a real love of flying heroes and Lance Star-Sky Ranger is at the top of that list.”
So goose your fuel lines, spin the props of your Skybolts and Skeeter and prepare yourself for classic pulp action. Writers Bobby Nash, Sean Taylor, Andrew Salmon and Jim Beard have delivered a quartet of fast paced, high soaring stories to keep you buckled up tight.
This volume features a cover by popular graphic artist, Felipe Echavarria with interior illustrations by Warbirds of Mars’ own Scott “Doc” Vaughn.
AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – PULP FICTION FOR A NEW GENERATION!
LANCE STAR: SKY RANGER VOL. 4 is now available for purchase at the following:
Barnes and Noble (paperback)
Airship 27 Hangar (ebook)