I recently had the opportunity and honour of a Q&A with Andy Peloquin, author of Dark Blade Of The Destroyer, which I read and reviewed.
Andy Peloquin–a third culture kid to the core–has loved to read since before he could remember. Sherlock Holmes, the Phantom of the Opera, and Father Brown are just a few of the books that ensnared his imagination as a child.
When he discovered science fiction and fantasy through the pages of writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card, he was immediately hooked and hasn’t looked back since.
Andy’s first attempt at writing produced In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent. He has learned from the mistakes he made and used the experience to produce Blade of the Destroyer, a book of which he is very proud.
Reading—and now writing—is his favorite escape, and it provides him an outlet for his innate creativity. He is an artist; words are his palette.
His website (http://www.andypeloquin.com) is a second home for him, a place where he can post his thoughts and feelings–along with reviews of books he finds laying around the internet.
Here’s what he had to say:
1: Were you always interested in writing?
Since I was very young, writing has been my only way of expressing the creativity I have inside. I come from a very artistic family, but with no skills in the arts or music, writing is the way that I share myself with the world.
2: Are there any writers who inspire you?
I find myself drawn to the characters and stories of Scott Lynch. I aspire to make my writing as fascinating for others as his work was for me.
3: What have you written?
I have written two books. The first is a story set in Atlantis, before it sank into the ocean. The second is the first book in a series about a half-demon fantasy assassin with an accursed dagger that drives him to kill.
4:What genre are your books?
The Atlantis story was a mix of historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and metaphysical, while the story about the assassin is very much grimdark/dark fantasy.
5:What draws you to that genre?
I like how it allows me to explore the underside of human nature. Instead of trying to write about people doing heroic things, I get to look at the things that drive people to do HORRIBLE things. That, for me, is far more fascinating!
6:What are you working on at the moment?
I have just submitted Book 2 in the series to the publisher, and it’s a continuation of the story of this assassin character–very much an anti-hero. I will continue work on Book 3 immediately.
7: When can we expect it to be released?
Book 2 should be released sometime in early 2016, with Book 3 hopefully coming out at the end of the same year.
8: Where do you find inspiration for the characters?
Everywhere! TV shows, movies, real life, books, comics, even video games. I don’t necessarily need to FIND the inspiration–it hits me over the head and demands that I add it into the book.
9: What is your writing process like? ( do u have a playlist)
My writing process is fairly simple. I have about an hour or so per day (around 10 hours per week, all told), so I make the most of that time. I’ll write anywhere from 1,000 to 2,500 words.
At this rate, a 120,000 word book takes me just over two months to write, and it goes through multiple drafts and edits. From conception to submission, it’s about six months of work.
My writing playlist is VERY eclectic. Selena Gomez, Skrillex, Five Finger Death Punch, and Simon and Garfunkel are all on the same playlist.
10: How important do you think the cover art is in marketing your book?
One of the most important things. Without a good cover, very few people will ever look at the words within your book. It’s the “face” that sells the rest!
11: What are you thoughts on reviews?
Vital, both for me and readers. I want to know how I can improve, and readers need to know what to expect.
12: Do you promote on social media?
I do. I use Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and my blog for marketing, interacting with people, and general promotions.
13: How can readers connect with you?
You can find me on all of my social media accounts:
Check them out on Amazon, or, for those few lucky enough to live in San Diego, you can find them at the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore.
In The Days: A Tale Of The Forgotten Continent:
Blade Of The Destroyer: