Interview (& Giveaway): EB Hudspeth, author of The Resurrectionist:The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black

Please welcome EB Hudspeth to the blog! He is an artist and the author of The Resurrectionist:The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black (out tomorrow!). He was kind enough to answer a few of my questions and we’ve got a copy of the book up for grabs, courtesy of the lovely folks at Quirk, so be sure to check out the details at the end of the post!

resurrectionistThanks so much for joining us!
Thank you for having me.

Will you tell us a bit about yourself and your background? Have you always wanted to write a book?
I have always wanted to write a book. I started writing seriously after high school. I’ve had my hands in the creative arts for years. I traveled around the country chasing work, doing odd jobs. It’s always a struggle to find work, but it’s what I wanted so I was pretty happy doing it. I think I focused more on art than writing in my life and now I’ve been able to marry the two together.

Your wonderful (and gorgeously illustrated) new book, THE RESURRECTIONIST, will be out tomorrow! Will you tell us a bit about it and Dr. Spencer Black?
It’s really two books. The first book is a fictional story portrayed as non-fiction about a scientist’s journey to solve the great riddles of the human body. Along the way he becomes convinced that we evolved from mythological creatures. His obsession with proving this destroys his career, his social standing and eventually his family. The second book is his Codex; over 100 pages of detailed anatomical illustration of 11 mythical animals presented as medical reference. It’s a classic mad scientist gothic horror story with an exhaustive art book to accompany it.

How long did it take to plan out and execute the book from start to finish, and what kind of research did you do for
the book?
My son had just been born and I started to gut the upstairs on our house to renovate it, so I was pretty busy with everything. The whole project was around four years—a few hours here and there. I researched as much as I could about the practices of medicine in the nineteenth century, the language and culture. I learned that we knew a lot more about biology than I had thought. Before the discovery of DNA scientists had been learning things a piece a time a hundreds earlier. Dr. Black is presumed to have been one of them, but one of the more gifted.

What, or who, are some of the biggest influences on your writing, and art?
It changes, this project was heavily influenced by the medical illustrations of the time. The tone of the writing was influenced by some of the speeches and lectures given by the great doctors of the time like Sir William Osler would be a good example.

If you could experience on book again for the very first time, which one would it be?
There are a few that come to mind, but to be fair, the first one was The Good Earth.

When you’re not busy at work on your next project, how do you like to spend your free time?
With my family.

What’s next for you?
I am now working hard on the sequel. There was always going to be one, I just have to make it special.

Keep up with EB Hudspeth: Website

1. You MUST fill out the form below (if you’ve signed into Rafflecopter before, it will remember you!)
2. Giveaway is for 1 copy of THE RESURRECTIONIST by EB Hudspeth to 1 winner
3. Giveaway is open to US addresses only
4. You must enter on or before 6/7/13
5. Giveaway book courtesy of Quirk Books
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15 Comments:

  1. Totally loving that cover, it’s such an attention grabber. Thanks for the giveaway, this looks like a lot of fun.

  2. Congrats to EB on the release! I’ve been reading such great buzz about this book 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow….i have read some wonderful reviews. Sounds great!!! Congrats on the release!!!
    Also, thanks for the giveaway!!!

  4. I spotted your bookon Goodreads and immediately added it to my TBR list. Your cover art is astonishing and the story is fascinating. Crossing fingers toes and eyes to win your novel!
    Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  5. Congrats on your release! Looks like a wonderful book! Really hope to win 🙂

  6. Victoria Zumbrum

    I would love to read this book. Sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. This book looks *so* awesome!

  8. This looks great and I love the cover. It really captured my attention. Thank you.

  9. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway EB. I can’t wait to read it.

  10. Sounds like a lot of fun.

  11. Your cover is so cool! The idea for this book is so original & I’ve read super good reviews for it. I look forward to reading it soon!

    Thanks for a chance to win a copy and best of luck with future books!

    Cheers!
    –Cecilia

  12. Love the cover, very eye catching. The book sounds amazing, thanks so much for the review and the giveaway.

  13. Love the cover!!

  14. adventure_chick

    This sounds like a great story! Can’t wait to read it!

  15. Looks like you ended it early. Teaches me for dragging my feet. 🙁

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