A Warm Place to Call Home Blog Tour & Giveaway
Just a Boy
I grew up “humbly” in Venice (Southern California, not Northeastern Italy), and for a while my only dream was to be rich. I would be a millionaire—you know, as my job. I didn’t spend much time thinking about what sort of vocational training would be required for such a career, but I did devote a hefty dose of focus toward how I would spend all that money. My mansion would sport all sorts of trap doors and secret passageways, I would have my own jet(s) and helicopter(s) to fly me where my wealthy whims determined, and at a moment’s notice.
On occasion, my mind would slip into a puddle of doubt—are these aspirations foolish? And then I would laugh inside. “No, silly goose I didn’t actually refer to myself as silly goose], it is the doubt that is foolish.”
It is only in retrospect I realize that my characters embody much of my younger self’s fantasy outlook. The protagonist, Matt Turner, in my debut novel, The Dig, has the ability to read the imprints people leave on inanimate objects. At 19 he figures out he can use this power to trace rare items such as silver coins and doubloons to other sunken treasures. He becomes a multimillionaire overnight and goes through money like it’s tissue paper. The demon in my latest novel, Frederick, can be whomever he wishes, and lives a life free of worries (or responsibility). He doesn’t care that possessing a human body leaves the person wiped and in a vegetative state when he is through with them. It is only after decades of freewheeling body-hopping, when he returns to his place of “birth” in Maryland, that he finds love and attempts to live a more restrained life.
Like Frederick, I’ve discovered what’s most important in life is not money or travel or getting everything you’ve ever wanted…no, I take that back. I want it all.
It would be dishonest to claim these characters are only manifestations of a long-lost, infinitely less mature me. I’m still just that boy with a glint in his eye. It might be cleverness or it might be evil, or maybe it’s when I see the same thing in someone else’s eyes…
As Frederick would say, I am what I am. The difference is that I care about others, and enjoy doing and getting things for other people more than for myself. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a secret passageway planned for my house.
Frederick is a demon. Born in Maryland in the early 1980′s, he hasn’t a clue where he came from or why, but feels an irresistible desire to occupy a human body. Once inside, he finds the previous occupants’ consciousness and memories forever erased, an inevitable side effect that gives Frederick pause when switching bodies, but not so much as to truly halt his ongoing enjoyment of human lives. In various bodies, he travels the world for decades–aimless–sampling cultures and experiencing life from the points of view of males, females, young, old, rich, poor.Now, Frederick has an urge to return to his roots in America, explore the mystery of his origin, find someone to love, and settle down for a while. In his hometown, his mission bears fruit much faster than he expected, as person after person presents themselves, and following his impulses, he is lead directly to love, tragedy, answers, and the humanity he never knew he wanted.
Warm Place to Call Home (a demon’s story)
By Michael Siemsen
Genre: Paranormal Romance with Urban Fantasy Undertones
Publisher: Fantome Publishing
Released March 4, 2013
Michael Siemsen struck it big with his debut novel, The Dig, a paranormal archaeology thriller that reached Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s Top 100 Bestseller lists, and spent weeks as the #1 Science Fiction book in 2011. Its success allowed him to escape his soul-leeching job and work as an author full-time. The sequel, The Opal, was released a year later, and the third and final book is in the works. His new novel, released in March of this year, A Warm Place to Call Home (a demon’s story) is a departure from his Matt Turner Series.
Michael has been featured by Barnes & Noble, been reviewed on several major blogs and sites such as Penny-Arcade and Boing Boing, and received a glowing recommendation from author Charlaine Harris.
He is currently at work on the prequel to A Warm Place to Call Home (which should be released this winter) while enjoying spending more time with his family, lazy dog, and mentally-unstable cat in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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