As part of my ongoing launch this week, I’ve been interviewing guest authors here and on the Facebook page. This has been a great way to discover new and exciting authors, and possibly win free copies of their work! My last guest this week is the wonderful Andy Peloquin, author of the Atlantis-inspired novel In the Days and the very well-received fantasy series The Last Bucelarii (book one, Blade of the Destroyer, is available now). Let’s see what he has to say!
Q. What do you write, and what inspired you to start?
I’m a fantasy writer, and since the day I picked up Lord of the Rings almost two decades ago, fantasy has held me spellbound. I’m creative by nature, and fantasy offers me unlimited freedom. I can create new worlds with their own rules and laws, and it’s truly an invigorating challenge!
Q. We all know writers love to drink—coffee, tea or worse! When you’re writing, what’s your poison?
Coffee is definitely a favorite of mine, but I try to limit it. I love Chai tea, hot chocolate, whiskey, and liqueur—anything sweet to help me get in the mood.
Q. Do you have a favorite line that you’ve written? If so, what is it?
It’s a quote from my series, The Last Bucelarii:
“There is no evil; there is only desire and what you will do to obtain it.”
Q. What are you most known for amongst your friends and family?
Probably for being a quiet, book-loving nerd/know-it-all.
Q. Have you ever seen a movie that you thought was better than the book?
Not that I can think of.
Q. Is there a message in your writing that you would want your audience to grasp? If so, what is it?
Everyone is capable of being a “hero” or “villain”. It’s all about what you want, and what you’re willing to do to get it.
Q. Seven is a something of a ‘power’ number in The Redemption of Erâth; it crops up rather frequently. Is there any similar symbolism or talismanic aspect to your own writing?
Thirteen is the common number. It’s the number of gods in the world I have created, and there is a lot that revolves around it.
Thank you for your thoughtful answers, Andy—and I can’t wait for people to discover your work!