Today I am introducing Andy Peloquin, a speculative fiction author. For something different I asked Andy a series of questions and he has given some wonderful answers! Read on to find out about Andy, his writing, and learn from his experiences.
So, what have you written, Andy?
1) A fantasy/sci-fi/historical/metaphysical fiction set in Atlantis, called In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent. I had a lot of fun writing it, and I know it's a rollicking fun time of a read. (I'm giving it away on my website, if anyone is interested)
2) Blade of the Destroyer, the first part of a dark fantasy series. The main character is a half-demon assassin anti-hero, so you know it's going to be one heck of a great read.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
He's an interesting mix of human and inhuman. He's half-demon and has lived for thousands of years, but his memories only stretch back about 50 years. But those years have made him cynical, mistrustful of everyone, and a bit of a cold-hearted bastard.
Yet he has a soft spot for certain people--beggars and the outcasts of the city. He sees himself as a protector of sorts.
What are you working on at the minute?
I'm in the middle of finishing up Book 2 of the series, as well as a secret side-series set in the same world. This side series is a trilogy that will be published all together once this dark fantasy series reaches its conclusion--4 or 5 books from now.
Why do you write?
It's my way of giving the world a window into my heart and soul, but it's also my only way to be artistic. I've always envied artists, painters, and anyone who can create something out of nothing. Writing is my way to let out the inner creativity that has been bottled up for so many years.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I've come to understand a lot more about what makes a book "good" or "great". In reading, reviewing novels, and writing my own, I've realized that the plot is nowhere near as important as the character. If you have a good character, he/she can hook people, no matter how much of a bastard they are. Look at Loki from the Marvel movies--he's the fan favorite, not Thor.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Waiting! I had it ready to self-publish back in November 2014, but I wanted to shop it around to traditional publishers. When it got picked up in January of this year, I was hoping for an April launch date. And here we are in August!
Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I read voraciously, but not as much as I'd like. I listen to audiobooks while lifting weights, read while at the beach, and read e-books while on the treadmill. My favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, E.R. Burroughs, and Scott Lynch.
How are you publishing this book and why?
I'm going the traditional route of using a publishing house (J. Ellington Ashton Press). I knew this book/series had the potential to be amazing, so I needed more eyes to go over it and make sure it was up to snuff. It's all about putting out the best product possible!
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
The best advice I can give is "keep at it". If it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything, that means you've got to invest at least 15 years of writing 2 hours per day in order to reach that level of expertise. Better start now, right?
What do you think makes a good story?
A good character. Plot is not as important as the character. Suffering and failure are also key to making a story good. They are what make people human, and thus relatable. The more your characters fail, the more your audience will root for them, and the more their eventual success will mean.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
You can find me at ALL of my links, listed below:
Special Note: I'm giving away FREE copies of my first novel In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent on my website. Pop in there and grab a copy of your own!
A Writer's Tale
Scarlett Van Dijk
Writer of young adult, fantasy series, the Sky Stone series, poetry and short stories.
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