I’m a twenty year old from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I take classes at Temple University and live in house near campus with some friends. “Descendants” is my first full length novel, but I have tons of ideas in a word document and various short stories.
Did you always want to be an author?
Absolutely not. Writing had always been my least favorite part of school and I couldn’t stand it. Then one night I was sitting around with nothing to do, complaining to a friend. She suggested since I was always reading, that I should try writing something. I thought “What the hell? Why not?” and in the next ten minutes I wrote what turned out to be the first page of my novel. When I took it to my Dad he gave me a skeptical look and asked if I’d actually written it. It all pretty much spiraled on from there.
I love the intellectual and creative release. It’s a great feeling to take some hair-brained idea or a weird dream and create a story, person, or world from absolutely nothing.
It takes place in modern day society, and the world is the very one we live in. The catch is that the Knights of the Round Table still exist behind the scenes and protect society from unknown supernatural threats. The main character is one of those Knights and must go on a journey to stop a brewing war between humanity and the trolls, while battling an ancient evil looking to corrupt and control him. It’s a fast paced, fun novel, full of action and sarcasm, and I had a great time writing it.
“How the hell are you so freaking quiet?” I asked him with a scowl.
It’s a valid question since Dev is seven-foot-two and built like a young Andre the Giant with an additional fifty pounds of slab muscle. He also happened to be my best friend since I was ten years old, and my adopted brother.
“It’s a gift I guess. Did you actually do what I heard you did?”
“That really depends on what you heard now doesn’t it?”
“Did you truly kill off the rest of the bloody gnomes?”
“Did Melinda Clark really slap you in the face when we were thirteen?”
“Are you going to continue to answer all my questions with questions?”
“That depends, does it annoy you half as much as I hope it does?”
“You are aware that I could step on you, right?”
That seemed like a good time for me to knock it off. I looked at him and shrugged. “I’m assuming that if you’ve heard about it, so has the rest of the castle. Yes I did. But my official stance is that they really deserved it.”
I started it in late September of 2011 and finished in mid February of 2012.
Where do you get your inspiration?
From the various books I read and more importantly the people around me. I’ve had friends read some of my work and laugh because they recognize a conversation that we’ve had or mannerisms of themselves or others. I borrow a lot of characteristic of the people close to me and put them into my writing. It’s so much realer that way.
Honestly, I outline as I write. I go in pretty much blind, but as a story starts to develop I’ll outline vague details of where I want it to go. It doesn’t always turn out the exact way I want it, but that’s another thing I love. A good story can sometimes tell itself.
What book have you most recently released?
“Descendants” is my first and only feature novel; it will release tomorrow on August 10.
The character interactions. The characters are living creatures with emotions and aspirations, and it was a great experience bringing them to life through one another and their reactions.
Yup, I’m working on a sequel to “Descendants” right now. It should be completed sooner than later.
As a new author myself, I would say just don’t sweat it and have fun. Write what you want, because it will be better than trying to force something.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be? Would you write or read there, or do something else?
Just a secluded beach somewhere. It wouldn’t really matter as long as it wasn’t too crowded and I could sit in the sun with a book to read and a notepad to write on.
Great interview, Andrew. It was so nice to have you here today and hear about your book. I'm already about half-way through it and am really enjoying the change of pace (since I mostly read romance). The characters are fun and I can't wait to see what happens.
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