Such a weird title could not go unnoticed and boy, wasn’t I right.
Dragon(e) Baby Gone (Reports from the Department of Intangible Assets Book 1) by Robert Gainey released in June in the Mystery Fantasy genre.
Diane Morris is part of the thin line separating a happy, mundane world from all of the horrors of the anomalous. Her federal agency is underfunded, understaffed, and misunderstood, and she’d rather transfer to the boring safety of Logistics than remain a field agent. When a troupe of international thieves make off with a pair of dragon eggs, Diane has no choice but to ally with a demon against the forces looking to leave her city a smoldering crater. Facing down rogue wizards, fiery elementals, and crazed gunmen, it’s a race against time to get the precious cargo back before the dragon wakes up and unleashes hell.
When you think about how the FBI gets around by helicopter, you probably think of Black Hawks or at least heavy, coal-colored aircraft bristling with instruments and/or weapons. Something very spy movie, or at least crime drama. Hell, it’s what I imagine and, actually, what I was used to. So when we landed at a small airstrip a couple miles south of Las Vegas and the only helicopter in sight had a large yellow smiley face painted onto the side with a logo for “Big Bob’s Canyon Tours,” I figured I was in for a wait until my actual transport arrived. The stewardess thanked me for flying and closed up behind me as Tomas and I staggered down the stairs. I was rubbing sleep out of my eyes as two large men in khakis and flowered shirts came over from the chopper.
Now these were some violent men. The way they walked, the way they held themselves, and the way they carried very large pistols under those loose clothes made me immediately think they were professional, but still violent. I paused where I was, and they stood, arms clasped in front of them, easy expressions on their faces and an almost lazy posture. We all waited until the private jet taxied away toward the little fuel shack at the other end of the runway.
“What’s your name?” Oh boy, that’s not a polite first question.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Robert Gainey is a born and raised Floridian, despite his best efforts. While enrolled at Florida State University and studying English (a language spoken on a small island near Europe), Robert began volunteering for the campus medical response team, opening up a great new passion in his life. Following graduation, he pursued further training through paramedic and firefighting programs, going on to become a full time professional firefighter in the State of Florida. He currently lives and works in Northeast Florida with his wife and dogs, who make sure he gets walked regularly. Robert writes near-fetched fantasy novels inspired by the madness and courage found in everyday events.
What would we find under your bed?
Not much, I’m afraid, unless you count the warren of dust bunnies and snowdrifts of dog fur. Back when space was a premium, I used it to store all the surplus books that wouldn’t fit on my old bookshelf. Part of the plan when we set to build the new house was an actual space for a personal library, and now that I have twenty-six feet of wall dedicated to the care and storage of books, I don’t need to have my copy of The Foundation Trilogy gathering dust like a neglected hair tie.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
Back when I first got my paramedic certification, I was working for a small fire department out in the panhandle of Florida. Since paramedics were in short supply for that department, two weeks after I had the paper in my hand I was assigned to ride in charge of one of the three county ambulances. Now, by this point I’d had a few good fires, seen some interesting and terrible things, but this was different. When you’re the only paramedic in the vehicle, there’s not an opportunity to turn to someone and ask them to take over when it gets to be too much.
So, as these things tend to happen, my first shift riding in charge we get dispatched to an unconscious child. This kid’s somewhere between eighteen months and three years old, and when we arrive his mother just thrusts him into my arms, trying to explain in Spanish what’s happening. Nobody on scene’s available to do any kind of translating and the only information I have comes from what I can see, and I can see this kid’s very sick. He’s burning up, he’s unresponsive, he’s breathing like there’s a frog lodged in his chest. All of this coming together at once came close to being overwhelming, but I was fortunate enough to have received good training from some very skilled instructors. My partner and I load the kid and his mom up and start heading to the hospital, with me in the back starting treatment. It’s almost forty-five minutes to the hospital, but by that point the kid started coming around. He’d had a febrile seizure, a fairly common thing for kids that age with a spike in fever, and turned out okay in the end, but that call sticks out to me as one of the more frightening ones of my career. It’s not scary while it’s happening, mind you. While you’re in the moment, all you think about it the next step, the next solution. Training takes over and there’s no time for anything but fixing what’s wrong. The fear comes after.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
My Spotify playlist for writing is something like 27 hours long, so yes, I do listen to some music while writing. I’ve got such a wide variety of genres and artists on the list, it’s hard to think of something I don’t listen to. I’m a huge fan of the classics, so there’s a lot of Credence Clearwater Revival, AC/DC, Beatles, Styx and the like. Some more modern stuff, in the vein of Cake, Andrew W.K., Cults, Caravan Palace. I’ve been big into IDKHOW lately, and Alex Turner was my most-listened to artist of last year.
What is something you’d like to accomplish in your writing career next year?
I’d like to have the sequel to Dragon(e) Baby Gone under contract and on its way out into the wider world. Right now, I’m finishing up a final round of edits before moving forward, but Witches Get Stitches is nearing completion.
How long did it take you to write this book?
The first draft of Dragon(e) Baby Gone took me almost eight months to hammer out, with polish and revisions adding more time on top of that. Honestly, I was sort of writing it between other projects at first and it wasn’t until the last two months that I really settled down and got after it. Probably 75% of the book was written in that last stretch.
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