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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: ANDY PELOQUIN SCI-FI AUTHOR OF: Blade of the Destroyer CONTEST ENDS 12 MIDNIGHT FOR CHANCE FOR 2 EBOOKS AND 1 AUTOGRAPHED BOOK
ANDY PELOQUIN AUTHOR OF:
Rad-Reader: What was your inspiration for the character
Andy: It all started out as a short piece
of prose where a prisoner was fleeing a monster, absolutely terrified of the
thing hunting him. When I was looking for a new idea of something to write, I
loved the thought of writing a story from the monster's perspective. I tried to
think of what would drive someone to pants-pissing terror, and pretty much the
only thing that came to mind was a killer. Thus, was born the legendary
assassin of Voramis.
Rad-Reader: Did you come up with the City Voramis before
Andy: My world-building is mostly
spur-of-the-moment. I spend a lot of time thinking about characters, but the
world sort of paints itself into my head as I write. There are some elements
that were created before the writing, but for the most part it all came
together in the moment.
Rad-Reader: : The character "the First of the Bloody
Hand", did you come up with him when you thought of the Hunter? Or did he evolve during the writing of the
Andy: He was always going to be the
antagonist, but I wasn't certain what would make him a worthy foe for the
Hunter. I had written about 10 chapters before I realized what would be the
perfect way to set him as the ultimate antagonist. I'm very happy with the way
it came out (no spoilers!).
Rad-Reader: Was the Soulhunter that the Hunter carried something
you always had with the early rough draft? Or added?
Andy: You know, it's been so long (three
years can fly by) that I don't remember. Heh. I think I did have Soulhunger as
the something that made him so terrifying. After all, what's more horrific than
not only dying, but losing your soul? Plus, it was the Hunter's tool that made
him an even more effective killer.
Rad-Reader: Were you Planning on the underlying of good
and evil when you began the story or did that just happen?
Andy: It kind of just happened. I wanted
to write a story from the perspective of a more villainous character--an
anti-hero, really. So, I knew I had to make it very clear that this world isn't
about black and white, but it's more about shades of grey. But the true depth
of the characters didn't come out until the second or third draft.
Rad-Reader: Did you come up with the friends of the
Hunter before or during writing of the story?
As you can tell the process always amazes me on a book this entrenched
in a fantasy world.
Andy: The friends of the Hunter actually
didn't exist on the first draft, only Farida. But when my beta readers said the
Hunter was too cold, too "bad-ass". So, I delved into researching the
psyche of an assassin, and found that one of the basic motivations for killing
was "vengeance". I also needed to give the Hunter more human traits,
and his concern for the beggars tied in nicely to both his humanity and his
ultimate desire for vengeance.
Rad-Reader: What was your reasoning to having all of his
Andy: Spoilers! It set him down the path of vengeance, and it deprived him of
any semblance of "safety". That was very important for what came next
for the Hunter.
Rad-Reader: Did you ever think of
having the female (Fourth of the Bloody Hand) and the Hunter become love
Andy: I did and I didn't. I knew there had
to be something there, but it didn't need to go deeper than basic interest and
attraction. I didn't want genuine love interests in this book, as that would
have detracted from the mystery of the woman from his dreams/memories. Every
woman he's with is basically filling the void left by Her. We find out more
about her in later books.
Rad-Reader: How did you come up with Iron being the
weakness for him and the others?
Andy: A character who couldn't die is no
fun to write or read, so I knew I had to give him a vulnerability to avoid
making him "overpowered" a la Superman. In the Wiccan beliefs, iron is believed to have the
ability to "warn off malevolent spirits", and in other cultures it's
believed to be a metal of purity. It seemed fitting that it would be used to
drive off demons and those with demonic blood.
Rad-Reader: This book genre is Sci-Fi/Fantasy but while
I was reading your book I really didn’t feel that. It was intense, suspenseful, and mysterious. All of those.
Did you know that after writing it?
That it fit more than your two genres?
Andy: It's a fantasy book at its core, but
it brings in elements of horror, suspense, and mystery because that's what
makes for a good story. You have to have it all to keep people interested.
Rad-Reader: How long did you work on the lead character
The Hunter until you like the character?
Andy: I spent about 4-5 months writing the
story, editing it, and redrafting until I was happy with the character. I went
way too far into the "bad-ass" territory at first, so I had to make
sure I added the human elements to make him a more relatable character. It's
funny to think of a half-demon assassin as an "everyman", but a lot
about him are things we can all relate to: feeling like an outsider, the pain
of loss, a desire for control, and so on.
Rad-Reader: Normally we would ask about actors portraying
the characters for a movie. I think this
would make for a great video game with all of the different disguises, the
town, weapons, etc.… Your thoughts?
Andy: I would LOVE to see this as a video game, but I can't
think of how to differentiate it from Assassin's Creed. I think it would be a
killer TV show on a network like Netflix or HBO, the networks that focus on the
quality of the story rather than simply serializing it to engage with the
audience. Plus, the dark, gritty nature of the Hunter wouldn't come across well
on the more upbeat, sitcom-heavy channels like NBC or ABC.
Rad-Reader: How long have you known you wanted to be a
Andy: I sort of stumbled into it by
accident. How many writers say that?! I come from a family of artists, but I
have no skill with paintbrush, graphic design, or pencil. So finding that I was
able to paint a picture with words gave me a way to tap into my creative side.
It opened a whole new world for me. When I started writing at the age of 15, I
felt like a whole new person. It was a truly liberating experience!
Rad-Reader: Was your family always supportive of the idea
of you being a writer or did they say you need a real job?
Andy: They've always been very supportive.
My wife helps me to fit it into my schedule, and my kids are very understanding
of my need for time to write. One of my brothers is actually one of my most
critical (in a good way) alpha readers, and my sister is the one who designed
the covers. Rad-Reader: Bravo sister. Great Cover!
Rad-Reader: What 3 pieces of advice would you give to an
up and coming youth who wants to be a writer?
Andy: Keep writing, even when it feels
like "work". The main thing that separates real authors from hobby
writers is the attitude: real authors treat it like a profession, something
they do no matter how little they "feel it".
Prepare for a lot more work than
just the thrill of writing. The creative side of things only takes up about 20%
of the process. The rest is editing, marketing, and eternally striving to
Don't let anyone stop you from doing
it. If you want to write, write.
Rad-Reader: What is your three favorite things? Anything?
Andy: Hot wings, a long nap, and an awesome comic book.
Rad-Reader: What is your next project and when is it coming
Andy: The second book in The Last
Bucelarii series already published in August 2016, and Book 3 is due to release
in early 2017. The fourth book is about 60% done. However, I'm also releasing
another trilogy set in the same world, but different characters. The title of
the first book is "Child of the Night Guild", and it follows a young girl
sold to the thieves' guild. That one is also scheduled for release in early2017.
Here is your chance to win. Go to Andy Peloquin’s and our Facebook which I will see links below. Click follow for on both sites and then add in the comment section these words: “Andy Rocks!” When you do we will put your name in a hat and on Sat. at Noonish Facebook live we will announce three winners. There will be two e-books directly from the author and our copy of the autographed, the one we got at The InD’Scribe Conference. You must be in the USA for the large paperback to be shipped I am so sorry. The cut off time to enter will be 12 midnight Sat. PST.