Today I introduce you to one of my local Portland, Oregon authors. Please welcome Rob DeBorde.
Rob's current release is Portlandtown / A Tale of the Oregon Wyldes. I'm always interested in checking out books that give Portland a whole new spin or alternate reality. Portlandtown looks awesome. Lets see what Rob has to say about his book.
Please describe your current title in two sentences.
Portlandtown is the story of the Wyldes, a uniquely talented family living in Portland, Oregon in 1887 who face off against an undead outlaw and his horde of living-challenged brethren. If you like supernatural adventures about 19th century booksellers, voodoo cowboys, and zombies in the rain, this is the book for you.
What inspired you to write about a paranormal Portland, Oregon?
Besides being an awesome place to live and write, Portland has a certain vibe to it—an undercurrent of the unnatural. You can’t help but feel it walking around town, particularly in the fall, when the leaves have changed and the Halloween decorations are up. I wanted to tap into that, to find its source, and I did. In 1887.
Who is your main character and what makes him/her interesting?
Joseph Wylde is a husband, father, and owner of Wylde’s Booksellers & Navigation. He’s also blind, which has not hindered him in the slightest. The truth is he sees the world better than most, which makes him quite good at his second job helping to investigate and resolve delicate situations—the kind his clients would rather not talk about in public. He’s also a reformed criminal who once rode with a very, very bad dude known as the Hanged Man. Joseph would rather not talk about that.
What's different about your Portland, OR than the real one?
Historically speaking, my Portland of 1887 is very close to the real deal—or it tries to be. There are a few obvious differences, such the glowing orange ore that seems to have found its way into all forms of technology, but overall it’s pretty accurate. As for the zombies, we have those in Portland, but they’re much less “bitey” than those in the book (plus they drink lots of beer and coffee).
As a Portland native, what hot spots should I look for in your book? Is there anywhere I will now avoid?
Sadly neither Voodoo Donuts nor Powell’s Books were around in 1887, although I like to think they’re on the page in spirit. You could certainly walk some of the streets in the book—a lot of the layout remains the same, along with a few of the buildings. But if you really want the Portlandtown experience you’ll need to get yourself a time machine (or read the book).
Is this the start to a series? If so, where does book two pick-up and when is it out?
Yup. Portlandtown is the first “Tale of the Oregon Wyldes.” The second story picks up a few months down the road with our heroes...wait a minute—you almost got me to spoil the ending! Very sneaky. Anyway, there will be more tales. As for when, stay tuned.
Thanks so much for joining us. I look forward to checking out your book and seeing Portland from your perspective. With the fall leaves starting to drop and Halloween just around the corner, this is the perfect time to get started.