Character Interview with Adal and Arija From Zachary Paul Chopchinski’s Webley and the World Machine

Character Interview with Adal and Arija From Zachary Paul Chopchinski’s Webley and the World Machine

Today we are privileged to host Adal and Arija from Zachary Paul Chopchinsky’s Webley and the World Machine. As warned in the description, these are two sassy characters who don’t mind saying exactly what’s on their mind. Enjoy.

CLR: Hi guys, how is it going today?

Adal: Doing all right.

Arija: Happy to be here.

CLR:  So, let’s get right to it. I’ve read the description and I have to say, I’m intrigued by the world you live in. What is the best thing about it?

Adal: I mean to be completely honest what’s not to like about it? This place is rad! It’s like some kind of sci-fi movie…but real life. I’ve got this sweet ass bionic arm now and I can pretty much punch through anything…so…that’s cool.

Arija: Yeah, Adal maybe if you paid more attention in wrestling instead of staring at yourself in the mirror maybe you wouldn’t need that arm.

Adal: You’re just mad because you didn’t get this sweet upgrade. Don’t be hatin! Anyway, the Machine is a pretty dope place. I’ve got a bunch of kick-ass toys so I can basically just destroy shit all day. OH, and I get to fly these sweet ass machines…these flying sacs or whatever the hell their called.

Arija: HA! Right! As long as you’re not peeing yourself and crying for your mommy as you plummet 50 stories! Listen, the Machine is awesome! The Dwellers there, well they aren’t really human. They’re mechanical, but sentient. I could just sit on the docs or in the city of Aparat all day and just draw! In fact you can see some of my art in the book! Oh and let me tell you about all the scientific discoveries they’ve made! If I could bring back some of this knowledge to the Topside, we could really solve a lot of humanities problems!

CLR: (clears throat) There are two of you, so who is the leader?

Adal: Me.

Arija: I am.

*Both stare at each other neither backing down*

Arija: I’m definitely the leader. I’ve got the brains and the shotgun.

Adal: No, I’m the leader. Who saved your ass when that Geartha was about to slice your head off?

Arija: Oh, you’re bringing that up again? Listen, you got one lucky shot. How many times a day do I save your ass?

Adal: And what a sweet ass it is.

Arija: *rolls eyes* we can maybe discuss that “sweet ass” at another time…if you admit I’m the—

Adal: *eyes wide* you’re the leader!

Arija: See? What’d I tell you? I’m the leader.

CLR: Right then. Umm, last question. If you could do something else other than saving the world, what would it be?

Adal: Rockstar, no actor, no rockstar. No but seriously, I haven’t thought about it too much because my old man has always been up my ass about education and a career. To be honest, if I wasn’t saving the Machine, I’d still want to be here. What would I be doing? What wouldn’t I be doing? *nudges Arija*

Arija: *rolls eyes* If I wasn’t saving the world, I’d probably be an artist. Maybe somewhere like Paris or Rome. Maybe I would go back to Israel and draw the places my mother grew up. As long as I could come down to the Machine every now and then to keep this one in line *points thumb at Adal* I don’t even want to think about the havoc he’d wreck if it weren’t for me.

CLR: Great! Well that is about all the time we have for today. Thanks for joining us you two!

Zachary Paul Chopchinsky

Webley and The World Machine

To Save Humanity, They’ll Have To Leave It Behind

A world beneath our world.
An army of mechanical monsters.
A war to end all wars.

When childhood best friends Adal and Arija discover a steam-powered world hidden deep within the earth, the result is life changing. Webley and the Dwellers of The World Machine work to keep the Earth turning. But when Arija and Adal stumble onto a growing conflict that will destroy the Earth, they find themselves forced to fight.

Will they be able to stop the war in time or will they regret ever having set foot in The World Machine?

Webley and The World Machine is a YA Steampunk featuring two snarky and fun eighteen year olds, a dwarf-like giant and a whole slew of odd robotic creatures. It’s Sucker Punch meets Wild Wild West, and if you love sassy characters or all things steampunk you need this book in your life. 

WARNING: The characters in this book have a mind of their own and enjoy swearing and generally getting themselves into trouble.

Zachary is a bow tie wearing, formal vest rocking, pocket watch using, sarcastic monster of a writer. Currently residing in Orlando, Florida, he spends his days working, writing and procrastinating.

Zach has multiple college degrees, in the fields of criminal justice and criminology…because he wanted to catch ALL the bad guys. Now, coupled with being an author of young adult fiction he spends his days yelling at people for breaking regulatory laws.

Zach is the author of the Gabrielle series, a young adult fantasy with a paranormal-historical-time traveling twist (try saying that five times fast).

Book Review: Outsystem by MD Cooper

Outsystem: A Military Science Fiction Space Opera Epic (The Intrepid Saga Book 1)Synopsis:

In 4123, the greatest colony ship ever built is leaving the Sol System, and Major Tanis Richards has secured a berth.

Demoted by the military and hung out to dry, the media calls her the Butcher of Toro. However, despite her soiled record, Tanis still one of the best military counterinsurgency officers in the Terran Space Force.

The backers of the colony mission need her to stop the terrorists trying to destroy the GSS Intrepid, while in the final phases of construction at the Mars Outer Shipyards.

Getting the job done will be her ticket out of the Sol system, but Tanis discovers she is up against more than mercenaries and assassins. Major corporations and governments have a vested interest in ensuring the Intrepid never leaves Sol, ultimately pitting Tanis against factions inside her own military.

With few friends left, Tanis will need to fight for her life to get outsystem.


M.D. Cooper’s Outsystem is a fast paced, high tension power ride with vivid, multi-dimensional characters and an intriguing plot line. I was hooked from page one and fully invested by the end of the first chapter.

Full disclosure – I haven’t read sci-fi in a long time. Recently, most of my reads have been fantasy and/or young adult. But Outsystem made me rethink my trajectory. A lot of the reason for that had to do with Cooper’s protagonist, Tanis Richards.

Female characters in sci-fi stories, especially those with a heavy military angle like Outsystem, tend to be either frail princesses waiting to be saved, or hard-assed – erm, boiled veterans with little or no emotional side. Tanis is different. She is smart, savvy and more than capable of defending herself against the enemy, but Cooper also manages to provide her with a heart. Rather than shoving her into the mold of the male warrior as is so common, Tanis is presented to us as a fully-fledged, multi-faceted character with the same wants and needs of any normal human being.  She has been through rough times, and she carries that baggage, but she doesn’t come across as fragile or weak. Tanis is a hero anyone, male or female, can relate to and appreciate.

For this reason, plus a strong plot and an outstanding supporting cast of characters, Outsystem gets 4.5 of 5 stars. If you enjoy military sci-fi, this is a must-read.

Author Bio:

M.D. CooperMichael Cooper has been writing since he finished Return of the King and had to have more. Lately, he has turned toward science fiction and is working on a series of books which surround a colony ship leaving the Sol system for 82 Eridani.

When he’s not writing novels or software he can be found spending time with his wife and daughter or in his wood shop building furniture.

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