Auspicious Apparatus Press is pleased to welcome A.M. Dunnewin for a quick interview. She is the author of several works of fiction, including The Benighted. She can be found on the web on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, and on her blog


If one of your books was to be made into a movie or television series, who would you cast--if given the choice--to play your main characters?

If The Benighted was ever made into a movie, I'd definitely cast Henry Cavill as Harlin Brien. I haven't been shy about him being my muse for the character, so it would be a dream come true if the book hit the big screen with him as the leading man. For Skylar Mandolyn, Amber Heard would be my first choice, just because she has the look that would go perfect with amethyst-colored eyes. For Cross Lutherus, I'd have to choose Tom Hiddleston. I'd hate to place him in the role of the bad guy, but he would definitely be able to bring out the slyness that is Cross Lutherus.

If you could collaborate with another author, who would it be and why?

That's a tough one. I'd love to work with J. K. Rowling, but I already know that I'd end up starry-eyed and she'd be doing all the work. I wouldn't want to interfere with her genius creativity. I also think George R. R. Martin would be cool to work with because we share a lot of the same ideals in our writing, but because of that, most of the characters probably wouldn't make it through the first chapter. I could definitely see myself working alongside Sharon Gibbs. She's a brilliant writer, and it would be an honor to work alongside her on a fantasy or Steampunk story. Other authors that come to mind would be David Grann for his wonderful storytelling in nonfiction, George Mann for his love of Steampunk, Sean Michael Hayes for his dark realism yet poetic touch, and Sarah Zama for her passion in Dieselpunk, which is also a guilty pleasure of mine.

Do you buy new or used books, or both? 

Both. I love buying new books, but I also love going to used bookstores, which I can never leave empty handed. I collect antique books, so most of the time I'll browse through the classic literature section or the areas where the oldest books are kept. I also started the Jason Bourne series by buying the books at used bookstores, which so far I've kept as a tradition.


A. M. Dunnewin inherited her love for mysteries and thrillers from her family, which motivated her to pursue a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Although her stories cover a wide range of genres, she primarily writes historical fiction and thrillers. An avid reader at heart, she's also a passionate collector of both antique books and graphic novels, and has been known to search for stories in the most random places. She lives in Sacramento, California.