Please welcome Andy Peloquin author of Blade of the Destroyer who is with us today. Welcome to Peachy’s Insights, Andy.
GP: I’m sure that our readers would like to know more about you. Please, tell us about your interests outside of writing. Family? Pets? Hobbies?
AP: I’m a step-father to four active children between the ages of 11 and 16, so you can imagine that my life is pretty busy. However, that just helps me to treasure my writing time more, and I am far more productive in the time that I do get to sit and write.
As for hobbies, I’m a pretty average guy. I hit the gym every day, read comic books, watch TV, and enjoy spending time with my family.
GP: I can definitely identify with the busy family life, we had four of our own with the same age spread.
A number of my followers are just beginning their journey into being authors. Tell us about your publishing experiences. Do you have some practical advice you think new indie authors should know before publishing their first book?
AP: One thing that backfired in the beginning was my desire to “get myself and my work out there” before it was really ready. I started building an author “brand”, but I didn’t realize how long things take in the publishing world. Now that I’ve gotten into it a bit more, I understand that everything moves at a much slower pace, so I am in far less of a hurry to get things written and done and published.
GP: Yes, I have read a few books that authors published before the book was polished.
What was the most valuable advice you received when you first started writing and who gave that advice to you?
AP: I see this all the time, but it’s something I can’t say enough: “Develop a thick skin”. I’ve gotten some pretty positive reviews on my work, but also some negative ones. Instead of taking them personally, I’ve tried to look at them logically (removing emotion from the equation) and see what I can take away from the review or feedback. Negative feedback (unless it’s just destructive for no reason) will always help you to improve your work. Treasure it–there are enough “Yes, this is awesome” men in the world!
GP: That is sound advice, everyone has room for improvement.
Has being an indie author had an impact on your life, say in the way you select books to read or the way you view your own writing?
AP: I’d say that it gives me a greater appreciation for the authors who have had their work accepted and published by larger publishers. It’s a highly competitive industry, and understanding that has changed the way I view my own writing. I’ve learned that I need to dedicate myself to being a consummate professional in every sense of the word. It’s not just about writing great stories to entertain, but it’s about adding value, creating something people want to read, and writing technically correct as well.
GP: Are your stories planned with an initial outline or do you just take and idea and start writing?
AP: I have to outline at least a bit before I start writing. I’ve never had writer’s block, but that’s mainly due to the fact that I’ll have an idea where the story is going before I sit to write. I may not know where it ends or have all the twists and turns plotted, but I will have a general outline to work with. As I go, I fill in the outline more and more.
AP: It’s an amazing action and adventure story about an assassin, but it’s also a look into the psyche of a killer. It takes a look at what would drive someone to kill, and what kind of person you would have to be in order to become a killer. It also examines the world from the perspective of an outsider who wants to find a place in a society where he doesn’t belong. Beneath the action and fun and violence, there is real depth–both to the character and the story.
GP: Blade of the Destroyer is book one of The Last Bucelarii series. What do you have planned for future books in the series? Can you give us hints about what you are working on now? Without spoilers of course.
AP: Each book deals with a different neurological/psychological disorder. The main character has classic symptoms of multiple personality disorder. In Book 2, he interacts with a paranoid schizophrenic. Book 4 takes a closer look at the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath. Book 5 examines what would drive someone inherently “good” to become “evil”. And Book 6 delves into the mindset behind the Holocaust (concentration camps) and cult mentalities.
GP: Looks like readers will gain insights into abnormal psychology as your series develops.
Who was your favorite character to create and develop and what made them special?
AP: The Hunter was and is, by far, my favorite. I see a lot of myself in him–the outsider looking for a place in society, a person who struggles with human connections, and a man trying to fight his own inner demons. Every time I write a new facet to his personality or character, I see a bit more of myself revealed in him.
GP: Where can readers find you and your books? Do you have links you would like to share so readers can find you and your books?
AP: Buy Links:
Amazon Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Blade-Destroyer-Last-Bucelarii-Book/dp/1515038955/
Book Launch Event:
One thing to note: I’m giving away a FREE e-book on my website (http://andypeloquin.com). Stop on over and check it out!
GP: Who can resist a free book? I want to thank you again, Andy, for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us today. I’m sure that readers will want to come back this Friday, November 6, 2015 for a review of Blade of the Destroyer. Check below for a short bio that Andy let me use.
Andy Peloquin: Lover of All Things Dark and Mysterious
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.