Author Interview – Andy Peloquin – The Last Bucelarii

Today I have an interview for you with author Andy Peloquin about his book, The Last Bucelarii, book one of Blade of the Destroyer.

Short author bio: 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.

ANDY Peloquin

Book Synopsis: 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?

 

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Hi Andy, tell us a little about your book.

The book follows the journey of the Hunter, an assassin who has risen to prominence in his city. He is ruthless, unrelenting, and near-immortal, but he has no idea who he really is–or what he is. His memories only stretch back 50 years, and they begin with him walking into the city of Voramis. His only possession at the time: Soulhunger, a dagger that feeds him power every time he kills.

He is the “top dog” in Voramis, but his profession has made him many enemies. For this reason, he has to hide his true identity, forcing him to wear disguises. No one knows who he is, so he has no real connection to humanity. This is very much a story about an outsider looking in on a world where he has no place.

What inspired you to write this book?

I started out writing the story of a classic villain (a half-demon assassin), but over time it morphed into something much deeper and more fascinating. It’s about this character trying to find his place in the world, as well as what happens when you have forces beyond your control–even internal forces–fighting for control over you.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes: everyone has a reason why they do what they do. What is perceived as “evil” to one person may not be, but until you understand the reason why, it’s impossible to tell. There is no such thing as a true “villain”–only shades of grey.

What’s your favorite part of the writing process?

The creative part, of course. I love to sit and create, writing a new story and making it something others would want to read. After the writing, of course, comes the re-drafting and editing–every author’s least favorite part.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?

You bet! No work is good enough to be published without an editor or three, and anyone who believes that they don’t need an editor is fooling themselves.

What are the future plans for you and this book?

This book is the first in a series of six, each of which takes the character of the Hunter further on his journey. He discovers more about his past, learns more about himself and his desires, and finds his place in the world–even if it’s not what he was expecting.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?

I do. Marketing is not my forte, but I’m very good at interacting with people. If I stop looking at it as “marketing” and focus more on talking to people and being friendly, it’s much easier!

How are readers/reviewers reacting to your book?

Pretty awesome, actually! The book still has a 4.6 star rating, and that’s after 50+ reviews. Fingers crossed that it stays that way!

What’s next for you? / What is your next project?

Book 2 in the series is already with the publisher, and I’m working on Books 3 and 4. I’m also working on a secret side trilogy set in the same world, but following different characters.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Yes: Plot is less important than characters. Write good characters that people can relate to and will want to read about, and they will love the plot. Without a good character, your plot–no matter how good–is going to fail.

 

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