Author Spotlight: Andy Peloquin

In his own words, Andy Peloquin is "first and foremost, a storyteller and an artist—words are my palette. Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I love to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. I'm also a freelance writer, a book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people and spend hours talking about my fascination for the worlds I encounter in the pages of fantasy novels.

Fantasy provides us with an escape, a way to forget about our mundane problems and step into worlds where anything is possible. It transcends age, gender, religion, race, or lifestyle--it is our way of believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable, and discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand new way. Fiction at its very best!"

1.    Where did you grow up?

I was born in Tokyo, Japan, where I lived for the first five years of my life. I then moved to a tiny town on the tip of the Boso Peninsula. I was fortunate enough to live on a mountain (forests, waterfalls, hiking trails, beautiful views) that was a short drive from some of the best surfing beaches in Japan.

 2.    Who did you read as a kid?

Probably the major influence in my reading life was Sherlock Holmes. I read a lot of the classics (Phantom of the Opera, Gulliver's Travels, Robinson Crusoe, etc.), but it was Sherlock Holmes that started me down the path to speculative fiction. I fell in love with this fictional, mystical, dark world the author painted, which led me to Tarzan, Solomon Kane, and John Carter of Mars. From there, it was a short leap to Conan the Barbarian and I was hooked!

 3.    Were movies a big influence?

I can't say they were. I didn't watch too many movies as a child, but spent a lot of my time reading. I'd read pretty much anything I could get my hands on.

 4.    When did you start writing? When did you decide to pursue it as your career or vocation?

I started writing in my teens. I had an arts teacher who instilled in me a love of creating. As a bored teenager with no internet access but too much time on my hands, I had very few channels for my energy. Writing happened to be one of them, and I fell in love with the ability to tell stories.

I really only took it up as a career in 2014. I found some of the older pieces I'd written and turned them into novels (one of which become BLADE OF THE DESTROYER, my first novel ever).

 5.    Why do you write, and what drives you?

I write fantasy, but it's darker fantasy. I do get to use monsters and magical creatures, but I prefer to use the darker side of human nature as the enemy. It's a thrill to showcase how our own desires and psychology can do things far worse than anything a werewolf, vampire, or demon ever could.

 6. Who inspires you?

I'm inspired by the authors I love to read: Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, Michael Sullivan, and others. I've fallen in love with their characters, worlds, and stories. I want to emulate that—I want people to be as fascinated by my writing as I am with theirs.

7.    What inspires you?

I find inspiration in everything. I often get amazing ideas while I'm running, lifting weights, or driving, but I can get inspired by TV shows, comic books, novels, random pictures, even just an off-handed remark or a typo in a file.

 8. How do you dream up your characters and situations?

They just come to me. The stories usually start with a premise (an assassin that everyone's afraid of, a girl having to be tough to survive in a male-dominated world, etc.) and slowly take shape as I think about them. The stories flesh themselves out in my head before I sit down to write, so things will usually flow when I actually get to creating. 

 9. Is there a single thread/ idea/ belief which appears in everything you write?

It's a quote I created that is now a tattoo on my forearm: "There is no evil, only desire and what you will do to obtain it." The "what you'll do" is the only thing that separates my heroes and anti-heroes from my villains.

 10. How can we find you and your work? 

You can find me on my website/blog, at http://www.andypeloquin.com, where I post random thoughts and musings, book reviews, articles I write about the psychology of my characters and worlds, etc.

I'm also all over social media as Andy Peloquin:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndyPeloquin  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andyqpeloquin

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYAKG5k06vcmc02Uy4fGLfA   

https://www.amazon.com/author/andypeloquin  

https://plus.google.com/100885994638914122147/about 

Newsletter Sign-Up: http://andypeloquin.com/join-the-club/

10 Things You Need to Know About Me:

  1. Hot wings, ALWAYS!
  2. I never forget a face, but rarely remember a name.
  3. I'm a head taller than the average person (I'm 6' 6")
  4. Marvel > DC
  5. I was born in Japan, and lived there until the age of 14.
  6. Selena Gomez, Skrillex, Simon & Garfunkel, Celine Dion, and Five Finger Death Punch are all in my writing playlist.
  7. Aliens are real, but it's self-centered of us to believe that they would come to visit Earth.
  8. Watching sports: suck. Playing sports: EPIC!
  9. I earned a purple belt in Karate/Hapkido/Taekwondo.
  10. I dislike most Christmas music, aside from Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

 

A Few of My Favorite Things

Favorite Books: The Gentlemen Bastards by Scott Lynch, The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson, Sherlock Holmes by A.C. Doyle, Warlord of Mars by E.R. Burroughs

Favorite Songs: Wrong Side of Heaven by Five Finger Death Punch, Prayer by Disturbed, I'm an Albatraoz by AronChupa, Look Down from Les Miserables, Shatter Me by Lindsay Sterling and Lizzi Hale

Favorite Movies: 300, Red Cliff, Shoot Em Up, Love Actually, Princess Bride

Favorite Comics: Anything with Deadpool, Wolverine or Doop in it

Favorite Foods: Hot Wings, Meat-Lover's Salad, A good sandwich (made by me), Yaki Soba, Sushi

Favorite TV Shows: The Flash, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawaii Five-0, Brooklyn 99, Firefly (too soon!), The Last Ship, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones

 

And check out Andy Peloquin's Child of the Night Guild (Queen of Thieves Book 1)

"They killed my parents. They took my name. They imprisoned me in darkness. I would not be broken."

Viola, a child sold to pay her father's debts, has lost everything: her mother, her home, and her identity. Thrown into a life among criminals, she has no time for grief as she endures the brutal training of an apprentice thief. The Night Guild molds an innocent waif into a cunning, agile outlaw skilled in the thieves' trade. She has only one choice: steal enough to pay her debts.

The cutthroat streets of Praamis will test her mettle, and she must learn to dodge the City Guards or swing from a hangman's rope. But a more dangerous foe lurks within the guild walls. A sadistic rival apprentice, threatened by her strength, is out for blood.

What hope does one girl have in a world of ruthless men?

Fans of Sarah J. Maas, Scott Lynch, and Brent Weeks will love Queen of Thieves…

Buy Links:

Amazon Kindle and Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Child-Night-Guild-Queen-Thieves-ebook/dp/B01N1TC3VW/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Child-Night-Guild-Queen-Thieves-ebook/dp/B01N1TC3VW/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33412715-child-of-the-night-guild

 

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Michael Schutz

Michael Schutz was born and raised in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, where the macabre tales of Ray Bradbury and Stephen King kept him warm at night. He’s seen way too many horror movies to be healthy and blogs and podcasts about them on Darkness Dwells. Watch for his new novel, Edging, from Burning Willow Press in spring 2017. He is the author of the novel Blood Vengeance and the novella Uninoch. His short fiction has been featured most recently in Dark Moon Digest, Sanitarium, and the anthologies Beasts: Revelations, Beyond the Nightlight, and Cranial Leakage: Tales from the Grinning Skull. He lives with his three naughty cat-children in northern California.