Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Escapist Book Co. virtual book tour for Daniel Meyer’s Urban Fantasy novel Credible Threats! Today, I am excited to help kickoff the tour by sharing an interview with the main character from the book, Sam Adams!
You can find our Q&A below, along with all of the info about the book, the author, and links to purchase a copy of Credible Threats for yourself! Also, be sure to take a look at the schedule here or at the top of the post and follow along to see the stops from our other awesome hosts!
Credible Threats by Daniel Meyer
Series: Sam Adams
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Intended Age Group: YA to Adult
Published: November 15, 2022
Publisher: Self Published
Sam Adams, sixteen-year-old wizard, has zero interest in saving the world—but staying out of the line of fire isn’t an option for wizards.
When a new designer drug hits the streets, giving ordinary humans magical powers and leaving a trail of bodies in its wake, it threatens to turn his city of Williamsport’s long-simmering conflict between the haves and the have-nots into a full-scale war.
The only one with the skills to protect the city, Sam finds himself thrust into a conspiracy far darker and more dangerous than he ever imagined, with tentacles stretching into the criminal underworld and the wealthy elite—and into the spirit world. Fighting for his life, surrounded by enemies, Sam has to dig deeper than ever before to keep Williamsport from going up in flames.
But even magic has its limits.
The Dresden Files • Die Hard • Can’t Hardly Wait
Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Sam Adams. No, I don’t know why I’m named after a Founding Father. I was once attacked by a goose. And I’m a wizard. Hello.
What music do you listen to?
The good thing about our modern-day internet is that you can find all sorts of random stuff, so it’s all over the map, but I’m a rock fan, mostly. Motorhead, AC/DC, stuff like that.
Plus, the incomparable poetess Melissa Etheridge provides the song for my ringtone.
What are 3 items you can’t live without?
A good pair of shoes; I don’t have a car, so I have to walk everywhere. My denim jacket; the perfect style accessory for the teenage wizard, and the K-Bar I keep in the lining of said jacket, in case magic can’t get the job done. (Maybe don’t tell anybody about that.)
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing you’d like to have with you?
What is your biggest pet peeve?
The fair city of Williamsport, my hometown. It looks like some quaint seaside city, but scratch that Norman Rockwell surface just a little, and things get weird fast.
The Williams River that splits off from the bay divides it in half, between North (the haves) and South, (the have-nots, including me.) You can’t live here and not have it cause trouble for you. There’s crime and gangs, drugs, shootings, things like that, on the South Side, anyway. If you live in a decent neighborhood, you can kind of avoid the worst of it but it’s never too far away. And the North Siders may or may not hunt humans for sport. They run the town. The government, the cops, everybody else of importance, they’re all more or less the North Siders’ employees. You hear rumors about all sorts of unsavory stuff, and I’m guessing most of it is true. Everyone who lives here has a few stories about the misadventures they got into thanks to, shall we say, Williamsport’s unique way of doing things, and they tend to sound like crime thrillers. So yeah, that’s kind of a permanent pet peeve.
What do you do in your free time?
Other than practicing my magic, just a lot of super normal and mundane teenage stuff. Listening to music, watching soccer, hanging out with my friends, going out to eat, TV, reading, school events, whatever. When people are making a habit of trying to kill you, you really appreciate the little moments when they’re not doing it.
What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?
What makes me want to get out of bed? I don’t. Getting out of bed means I have to go to school, and I only do that because the government forces me to.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
It wasn’t one specific thing; it was just the knowledge of what my magic was and how to use it. When my magic first started manifesting, I didn’t have any frame of reference for it, so I didn’t know what was happening to me. My Familiar was drawn to my power and laid it all out for me, and helped me get myself together.
What do you carry in your bag?
School stuff. I know that’s a pretty boring answer, and you’re probably looking for something more interesting, but in real life, wizards don’t really carry magic wands or bottles of potions.
What’s your favorite animal?
My cat put you up to this, didn’t he? Very funny. No doubt he wants me to say Catrick Swayze, my Familiar, a seven-hundred-year-old talking cat. Well, Swayze, if you’re listening, my favorite animal is the noble zebra.
What do you think about [other MC(s)]?
Well, I already told you about my cat.
Jason Clay is my best friend. He’s such a decent guy. He’s known about my magic for years now and hasn’t run away screaming. I want to keep him away from the supernatural aspects of my life, but I find I need his help more and more. John Rodriguez is a cop, and I’m very predisposed not to trust cops, but I think I can trust him. It’s safe to say the Williamsport PD isn’t the most honorable of institutions, but the more I get acquainted with him, the more I think he’s not going to go along with that.
My parents and my sister Ella, I want to keep them out of my, let’s say, magical controversies, but that’s getting harder and harder to manage as well.
Regarding Elise and Eressen, well, I’m not sure what to think about them. Yes, I am: FEAR. Eressen is a Shal’gasa; you’ve probably never heard of the Shal’gasa. They’re not like werewolves or something, creatures with their own horror movies. They typically hold themselves aloof from humanity, unless they have some dark purpose, which they clearly do now. Eressen showed up at my school one day and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I have no idea what they want with me or what they’re trying to accomplish, but the Shal’gasa play at a much higher level than I do. The ‘gods and archangels and eldritch empires’ kind of level. They’re famously bloodthirsty and Machiavellian, and the instant one crossed my path I knew I was swimming in a pond that was way, way too deep for me.
As for Elise, she’s a vampire, and it’s best to watch your neck around those things. They sometimes have a tendency to get too thirsty. She’s a throat-ripping death machine. And I don’t know what she wants, either. She’s even more of a mystery to me than Eressen. She’s alluded to working with other people and they 100% don’t have my best interests at heart. She’s made a habit of roaming around Williamsport saving my life, but that doesn’t make me trust her.
And then there’s Alexandra Tyler. Even her name is fancy: Alexandra. Just let that sophistication roll off your tongue. She’s been in my class my whole life, but we don’t exactly run in the same social circles. She’s a North Sider. Rich, popular, beautiful. She’s not what I expected. I suppose I expected her to be as ghastly as the rest of the local aristocracy, but that wasn’t the case. There’s a lot more to her than meets the eye.
Do you have favorite saying?
I’ve never thought of myself as having a favorite saying. I tend to remind myself ‘one problem at a time’ when I’m in a crisis. It’s sort of grounding, I guess, when violence is breaking out.
What is your favorite holiday?
Definitely Halloween; whatever else you can say about Williamsport, it goes all out for Halloween. So many great memories. Or at least, it was my favorite holiday until my entire life became Halloween.
If you could go anywhere in [the book’s world], where would you go and why?
‘Away from Williamsport’ is the first thing that comes to mind. The place is toxic, and I certainly don’t want to spend the rest of my life here.
If you’re looking for something more specific, I’d like to see Italy one day.
What do you do to relax?
Mostly just be happy I’m not in imminent danger. See question six. It’s getting harder and harder to relax these days. I can’t turn around without things blowing up or people getting eaten. And there are dark things happening under the surface, things I still don’t understand but are going to spell trouble for yours truly. Things that are a lot bigger than just good old Williamsport.
What is your favorite food?
It’s hard to beat a good, juicy cheeseburger.
What is your favorite season?
Fall. Sweet autumn leaves. Halloween around the corner. Not too hot, not too cold. Jacket weather.
How would you define happiness?
Happiness was my freshman year of high school. Back then magic was fun and easy. Nobody was trying to kill me. I didn’t have to worry about saving lives. I was optimistic about the future. I loved being a wizard. I had Abby. That was happiness for me.
What are you passionate about?
Is it too obvious to say magic? Once I understood what wizardry was, I loved it. Ate it up with a spoon. I should have realized back then the kind of trouble it could bring into my life. I knew magic could be dangerous, but I was fooling myself, thinking that would never happen to me. But it did. It would be nice to get a break from saving the day, so I could maybe get a little of that old enthusiasm back.
How do you feel about your government?
Like, the government of America? I can barely manage to survive Williamsport, I don’t really have much time to worry about things on a national scale. Historically speaking, wizards and other shady supernatural entities know how to either stay out of government’s way or manipulate them to their own ends. So, you know, the law of the land isn’t something we have to worry much about.
If we’re talking about the government of Williamsport, that’s another story. They don’t like me or my antics very much. I’m sure most of them would like nothing better than to whack me, but I’ve made some arrangements to keep that from happening. Although we’re not exactly dealing with geniuses here. It wouldn’t surprise me if they decided to take a potshot at me anyway.
If you could change one thing about [the book’s world], what would it be?
What else can I say? Abby would still be alive.
What’s your biggest secret?
Well, it WAS that I was a wizard. But lately that’s getting to be worryingly common knowledge.
What do you hate?
Getting stabbed has to be near the top of the list. Getting shot isn’t much better. I don’t particularly care for demonic possessions, kidnappings, car chases, or sentient fireballs, either. And a blood mage called King Death. I hate that guy.
What’s your biggest fear?
It already happened.
What do you think your best quality is?
Magic? I guess that’s a pretty obvious answer, but I’m not a guy with a ton of other hobbies.
Or I could say my delightful sense of humor, but some people seem to get so fussy about that.
How would you describe the world you live in?
The first word that comes to mind is… big.
Being a wizard, my world isn’t just regular old Earth. It encompasses the spirit worlds, of which there are more than anyone knows, existing outside our reality. It’s something that’s best not to think about too much, or it’ll melt your brain. I’m more than happy to stay in my little corner, but there’s always a danger that something lurking in one of those other worlds is going to take an interest in me.
About the Author
Daniel Meyer tried his hand at a few careers, but fearing they were too realistic and achievable, he became a fantasy writer instead. Now he spends his days writing stories about magic and explosions. He is a lover of Eighties rock, an occasional kilt-wearer, and a supporter of raccoons. He lives in Missouri, where, as ever, he’s working on his next novel.