Today’s interview is more towards my style of writing: a dark fantasy author who writes about anti-heroes.
Introducing Andy Peloquin, author of The Last Bucelarii series!
Andy and I met in several writing groups before connecting and he helped me polish some writing before submitting it to a publishing house. While I think poor Andy wanted to pull his hair out (so much red ink in the comments of those word docs), we’ve remained good friends, so I’m excited to promote his interview.
It’s a special day, because his second book in a six book series released. So check it out after reading this awesome interview! Better yet, he’s got a launch party if you want to join! Everyone’s having a great time and there’s raffled books, so join the fun!
Now, onto the questions!
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I’m realistic and I know that I will never be “the best” writer out there. However, I intend to tell damn good stories, stories that will get people thinking, that will make them sit up and take notice. Money is nice and all, but what matters most to me is the ability to dream big and put those dreams on paper.
Which writers inspire you?
I don’t know if I’d say I’m “inspired” by many writers. I know I aspire to the writing level of Brandon Sanderson and the story-crafting excellence of Scott Lynch, but what really inspires me is seeing how far I can push my mind to new creative heights.
So, what have you written? What genre do you typically write? What genres are your books?
(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
I have a number of works to my name:
- A self-published historical fiction/fantasy/sci-fi novel set in Atlantis (https://www.amazon.com/Days-Tale-Forgotten-Continent-ebook/dp/B00J8U5JZO)
- A website where I regularly post my thoughts, along with writing resources (http://andypeloquin.com/)
- The first two books in a six-book series about the Hunter, a half-demon fantasy assassin (https://www.amazon.com/Blade-Destroyer-Last-Bucelarii-Book-ebook/dp/B012EI9M4A and https://www.amazon.com/Last-Bucelarii-Book-Lament-Fallen-ebook/dp/B01JJ5CKOU/)
- A short story accepted for an upcoming anthology published by J. Ellington Ashton Press (details forthcoming in the near future on my website…)
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
The Hunter is as unique as it gets. He is a typical “villain”: half-demon, amoral, ruthless, relentless, and a killer. Yet he is the protagonist, so there’s plenty about him that makes him a character you root for. I’ve striven to walk the line between hero and villain, creating a person that is memorable and stands out from the crowd.
What are you working on at the minute?
I’m working on the second draft of the fourth book in The Last Bucelarii series, as the third book is already submitted to the publisher. I’m also shopping a secret side project around to agents for future publications. Think the hard-edged woman of Throne of Glass meets the criminal underworld of The Gentlemen Bastards.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve always loved to write. I had an elementary school teacher who was a fanatic for literature and science, and his love of reading and writing rubbed off on me. In my teen years, I dabbled a bit with writing–most of it rubbish.
But it wasn’t until the age of 25 that I became serious about it. I received positive feedback on a piece I had written (the piece that is to be published in the JEA anthology, actually), and it encouraged me that my writing was worth reading. I took up the pen once more, and I haven’t looked back.
Why do you write?
Creativity is an innate part of who I am. Until I began to write, I had no way to express the deeper thoughts and feelings, the ones you can only share with the truly special people in your life. When I discovered writing, I had an outlet for everything, and it just began to flow. It was like the tension in my chest had been released, and I had peace. I write for the same reasons the Hunter kills: it silences the voices in my head. (My voices are less destructive and violent, however.)
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
I’ve always told myself, “I could write a book, if only I had something to write about.” I always saw myself doing something non-fiction–I even started a book about the 10 Laws of Success. But when I discovered the ability to tell stories, it was then that I knew what I really wanted. It wasn’t even a question of IF I would finish it, but how long I could survive without doing it.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I am fortunate enough to have a freelance job that requires less of my time than a typical 9-5, so I’m able to write part-time. However, as I continue to advance my career as a writer, my freelance career is taking more and more of a back seat.
How do you structure your day, by word count, hours or by pages?
Probably a combination of word count and hours. I have a limited amount of time to write, so I strive to hit a word count goal for the day. There usually comes a logical stopping point where my brain says, “Enough”, and I get on with the rest of my day.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Computer, definitely. I have TERRIBLE handwriting (thanks, Dad!), so it’s easier to write on the computer.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
A bit of both. I like to have an outline to work from, but I do allow for plenty of “pantsing” to let my brain wander and come up with quirky, out-of-the-box ideas in the moment. I’ve found that this works best to keep me on track without stifling me.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Not only do I have a better understanding of what goes into writing an interesting, cohesive, and complete novel, but I understand myself and my abilities better. I know what I can and can’t do, and where my limitations and strengths lie.
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I do a thorough once-over before submitting the book to the publisher, but I’m incredibly grateful for the team of editors that give my book a thorough reading in preparation for publishing. I’m just too close to the work to spot the little errors.
What process do you use to proofread or edit your books?
I’ll do a first draft, send the book to alpha readers, draft again according to the notes I received, send to beta readers, make more changes, print the book out to go over in written form, and make final changes before submission. This way, by the time the book is in the editor’s hands, it’s usually pretty clean.
How do you relax?
I love watching TV. Since I’ve learned more about the craft of writing, I’ve used TV shows to better understand stories, people, serials, sequels, prequels, and every other aspect of spinning yarns.
Of course, video games and comic books are also wonderful.
Here is more about Andy Peloquin… you know, the third person bio and where to find his wonderful work!
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.
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.
He can also be found on his social media pages, such as:
Alternative Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrew.peloquin.10