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Author Interview with Andy Peloquin

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Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

I was born and raised in Japan, where I lived until the age of 14. I lived a fairly isolated life in a missionary compound in a small town a few hours south of the capital, but when I moved to Mexico at the age of 14, all that changed.

All of the experiences I have had (both in Japan and Mexico) have influenced my writing–in my opinion, given me a better understanding of the world around me.

When did you realize, writing was what you wanted to do?

I realized I had a talent for writing at the age of 10 or 11. I had a teacher passionate about literature, and he instilled in me a love of reading and writing.

I dabbled a bit during my teenage years, but nothing serious until the age of 17 or 18. That’s when I started competing (in small online competitions) and writing more regularly. I started In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent at the age of 18, but stopped writing a couple of years later. I didn’t finish it until 2014, which is about the time I started taking writing VERY seriously.

What do you want to achieve with your writing?

I want to make people think. I want to force them to see things in a new way, things they may be accustomed to, desensitized to, or never thought to question. If I can shake things up and twist the world upside down–even for one person–I will be happy.

What are you currently working on right now? Or plan to work on in the future?

I have just launched Book 1 in the dark fantasy series The Last Bucelarii. This book, Blade of the Destroyer, is the first book in the series about the Hunter, a half-demon assassin. The story will span 5 or 6 books, and it will tell the story of the Hunter’s search for answers about his forgotten past. He will find his place in a world that has no place for him and his kind, and the story will be about his growth as a character. Plenty of plot, plenty of action, but definitely a character-driven series.

What is your writing structure like?

I’ll sketch out a rough plot of the book I’m writing–at least the first half. I’ll usually come up with the ending as I write, and the plot details will sort themselves out as I go.

I’ll write a rough draft (just to get the story down), let it sit for a couple of months, then come back to do a first draft to send to beta readers. Once I get the comments and feedback, I incorporate the changes, print out the book, and do a final edit on paper before sending it to the editor/publisher.

How do you write (handwrite, computer, typewriter, voice recorder, etc.)?

Computer, always! I tried writing with Dragon Naturally Speaking (voice to text), but my brain doesn’t work well when my mouth is running. Heh!

What is the toughest thing about writing your current work? What’s the easiest?

The hardest part of writing this work is trying to get the balance of personality just right. The Hunter is this legendary, immortal killer, but he’s also fairly human in his flaws. It’s a very fine line to walk!

Who are your favorite authors?

Scott Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastards series is probably my favorite book series of all time. I’ll read anything Brandon Sanderson writes, and I love the Riyira books by Michael J. Sullivan.

What’s your favorite reading platform (e-book, paperback, hard cover, audio)?

I’m a total sucker for a good hardcover book, and paperback is a close second. But I’ve discovered that the right audiobook can make a good book great. For example, I have never “read” the Scott Lynch books (on paper or digital), but I have only listened to the audiobooks. The voice talent who recorded those books (Michael Page) did such an amazing job! I love audiobooks, as they allow me to read while I drive, sit in traffic, work out at the gym, walk on the beach, etc.

Tell us about your upcoming release.

Here’s what you need to know:

A faceless, nameless assassin. A forgotten past.  The Hunter of Voramis–a killer devoid of morals, or something else altogether? (Blade of the Destroyer–dark fantasy with a look at the underside of human nature)

The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer

The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin: ruthless, unrelenting, immortal. Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death.

When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?

Do you have any advice for other authors when it comes to writing, marketing, publishing, etc.?

Start NOW! I made the mistake of publishing In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent before I had a decent-sized following. The book never really got any traction, and I never saw the sales I would have liked.

To stand a better chance of success in this highly competitive market, authors need to start reaching out to people, making friends, connecting with other authors, and finding potential readers NOW–well before their books are launched!

How do you relax?

I love to read comic books, though I admit I’m a bit behind due to a lack of time. I’ll download all the latest digital comic books and read them (not enough space in my house for physical books).

I also love to watch TV, hit the gym, spend time with my four active children, hang out with friends, and read. I’m a simple man who loves the simpler things in life!

Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?

I think Edgar Rice Burroughs could have been a fascinating man to meet! I would have loved to talk to him about the John Carter of Mars books, and pick his brain for his creativity.

How long does it take you to write your novels?

I’ll get through 100,000 to 120,000 words of pure writing in about 2 months, so considering all the work that goes into writing a novel (polishing, drafting, editing, etc.), a book takes me about six months of solid work to complete.

Are any of your characters based off of real people in your life? If so, do they know?

I have based a few minor characters off people that I know or people I have met, but I am not going to tell the people I based them off of. They’ll try to get a cut of the proceeds!

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Interview with Jane Peskara/Audrey Valentine- An author of many genres with one common goal of helping people- 2/28/14

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Jane Peskara/Audrey Valentine- An author of various genres with the goal to make the world a better place.

 

I had the lovely privilege of being able to interview the lovely Jane Peskara this evening and find out more about her and her writing endeavors. 

 

Q&A:

How old are you? Where are you from?

Jane is 23 years old and from Vienna, Austria. She writes under the pen name Jane Peskara/Audrey Valentine, but her real name is Sabrina.

When did you realize that writing is what you wanted to do?

Jane has wrote stories since she first learned how to write when she was seven years old. She started out writing essays in school, amazing her teachers. In 2000, she started writing longer stories and then a few years ago she began writing her first novel. Jane realized then that she being an author was her dream. She said, “I am an author at heart already.”

What are you writing about?

 Mostly Jane writers thriller and love based books and trying to write an erotica book. She is also trying to write one or two children’s books.She already has many ideas. Besides novels she writers poems, and songs, and is also working on a biography.

Can you tell us a bit about your book?

She has ten novels that are already finished, and about forty new ideas, although none of them have been published yet. Jane said, “I now have enough courage to publish this year.” She will publish her first novel, SINFUL, that is about a guy who has everything but still starts having an affair. The affair leads to dramatic incidents, and he even has to fear for his life and the life of his family. Jane states, “Sinful is a thriller with some erotic scenes and some drama.”

What do you want to achieve with your writing?

Jane stated, “Well I would lie if I wouldn’t say I really would love to write for a living, which would be awesome, so my passion would be my job.”  But Jane said she knows how hard it is to become famous nowadays because everyone can call himself an author. She wants to achieve publishing her book, and hopefully more to follow, and gain readers who purchase and read the books. Jane wants to entertain them, scare them, make them dream big and escape for a while from their everyday lives. She also hopes to support people who suffer, that is why she posts blogs about bullying and such. She wants to help people in the way of giving them a place where they can go to with her books, and be there if they need someone to talk to. “I want to change the world for the better and I am serious about that.”

Do you have any idols?

Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, The Dali Llama and Fran Drescher (she’s an actress and has endured a lot), these people are her main inspiration for how she wants to live.

Jane’s writing inspirations are: Karin Slaughter, Lisa Jackson, Chris Carter, Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steel, Cody McFadyen, Lynwood Barclay, and Jodi Picoult.

Do you like to read? If so do you have any favorite authors or genres? What do you not like to read?

Jane loves to read, and has been able to read fluently since the age of six. Her favorite authors are the one’s mentioned as her writing inspirations, and her absolute favorite author is Karin Slaughter. Her favorite genres are thriller, horror, romance, poems, self-help, and Chicken Soup for the Soul, as well as Non-fiction. Jane doesn’t really like fantasy and mystery that much and she absolutely won’t read a sci-fi unless it’s for a good friend.

Is there something important you want the readers to know about you?

The most important thing you should know about Jane is that she is honest, loyal and has been through a lot of crap in her life, and it’s still far from being easy. She says she does fight and that some days she doesn’t know how to move on, but she knows that there are people who have things worse. She knows that she is stronger now and that she wants to help others. “And let me add: I love writing and reading, music and movies. And writing and to know others read it would be so amazing that I probably would collapse. So I think that’s important for others to know about me.”

What are your plans for the future (as a writer and private)?

Jane wants to reach people with her stories and one day even with her songs and poems. She wants to touch a person’s life, so not only writing for herself but for them as well. Jane never wants to be an author that writes just for the money, she wants to write because of the passion and love she has for writing. She also never wants to be the writer that writes 500 pages just because the publisher house wants it or to earn more money. “If my story is told in 50000 words then so be it.” Jane also wants to make screenwriting school so she can begin writing screenplays and wants one or more of her books to be turned into a movie one day. 

Jane’s private goals are to get a job, move out from home, and one day have her own home with a garden and a little pool with a pet or two and a child. She wants to start her life in Austria with her boyfriend from Australia, and knows that it won’t be easy. “But as I say “Dream big”.  You have to have goals and dreams in life. No one can tell the future so I can’t plan everything (sadly because I am an over thinker and analyze everything) but I can set goals and do my best to reach them.” She also wants to do some traveling.

 

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