The triumphant (semi-annual) return of Ours Goes To Eleven brings us an interview with author, Andy Peloquin.
- Tell us a little about yourself. — I’m a health nut, a writer to the core, and a teller of twisted tales. Born and raised in Japan, I’ve never had a place to call “home”. My experiences abroad has given me a broader understanding of the world around me, and I infuse that into my writing.
- Give us a five word synopsis about your latest work. — Demons, assassins, murder, betrayal, loss.
- When you’re finished with a piece, do you find that it tends to differ from your original idea, or does the original idea remain more or less intact? — The original idea remains more or less intact, but often the outcome of the story has changed. Perhaps the initial focus was on a certain aspect of a character or story, but things tend to change as they are developed. Always for the better, of course!
- If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters? — I’d DEFINITELY have Benedict Cumberbatch as one of the villains, but I’m not sure who would be the right choice for the protagonist. Perhaps an older, more grizzled Jared Leto. [Editor’s note: I approve of both of these casting choices, but most especially the choice of Benedict Cumberbatch.]
- What’s the best thing about being an author? Worst thing? — I love writing, but that “love” can often cross into “obsession”. It’s sometimes hard to function normally because my brain is so consumed by a story line or a plot twist. I’ve literally had to pull the car off the highway so I can type out on my iPad some clever story element that I didn’t want to lose or forget. I’ve gotten into far too many arguments with my wife because I can’t listen to her while my mind is working at some puzzle or problem.
- What writer’s blogs make your Top Three list? Why do they stand out above the other flobbity-jillion out there? — Scott Lynch, for his brilliant character development. Brandon Sanderson, for his spot-on writing style and flow. Michael J. Sullivan, for the depth and scope of his stories.
- What is your writing-time beverage and snack of choice? — I’m a total coffee addict (within reason, of course!). Coffee fuels my brain and speeds up my fingers, but I don’t want to get accustomed to the caffeine effect, so I limit myself to two cups per week. But I’ll have a hot chocolate with a bit of instant coffee to get through an afternoon of writing. As for a snack, anything a little sweet will do.
- Do you have any useful marketing tips for other authors? — Ask other authors for help! They’ve been where you are, so they understand the challenge of trying to reach readers. You can learn a lot by the mistakes and successes of other authors.
- What changes do you see taking place in the publishing industry over the next couple of years? — I’m not certain. I know things have been iffy with Amazon’s new update to the Kindle Unlimited payment system, but I’m not too worried about it. I try to make sure that every word I write hooks the reader enough that they’ll keep turning the page.
- What’s your next project? — Well, I have two projects in the works at the moment. First, I’ve got Books 2 through 5 (or 6) of The Last Bucelarii series. Second, I have a secret side project (a trilogy) that I plan to publish all at once after completing The Last Bucelarii. Both are dark fantasy (grimdark/Gothic), and they give you a pretty good understanding of the horrors HUMANS are capable of.
- In an epic, knock-down, drag-out fight between Professor Abraham van Helsing and Dean Winchester, who would win? — Dean Winchester, any day. He’s far less sporting than Van Helsing, and he’ll do anything to win. Now, if you said “Gabriel van Helsing” (from the movie “Van Helsing”), I’d say Van Helsing. I never vote against Hugh Jackman!
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