“Fantasy transcends age, gender, religion, race, or lifestyle.”
As the One Book Interview moves into its second half century, we’re lucky enough to have another award winning writer with us.
“It is our way of believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable.”
Author 51’s dark fantasy books have hundreds of positive reviews on Amazon US alone.
“It is a way of discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand new way.”
Good people of the Internet, writing out of Somewhere in the US – Andy Peloquin
Name one book:
1 – everyone should read
The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes.
No one else will ever be as spectacularly clever, and no matter how many times I’ve read this series, I can keep reading it and still find new surprises and discoveries.
2 – you would take with you if you were going to be marooned on Mars
Warlord of Mars.
I know it’s fiction, but it would make me so happy to imagine myself as John Carter of Mars, leaping around the planet, swinging his sword, and being a total bad-ass!
3 – you took a chance on and were pleasantly surprised by
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames.
I’m the sort of person who DOESN’T do something just because everyone tells me I should. My Fantasy Fiends Podcast co-host told me to read the book pretty much every week for three months. When I finally caved and read it, I was very happy I did
4 – you’ve written that is your favourite
It’s one hell of an action-adventure heist story, and a whole lot of fun to write.
5 – that has influenced you most as a person
Probably The Chronicles of Narnia, specifically The Last Battle.
There’s one scene at the end where Aslan (the Jesus-esque character) tells one of the people, “All the good things you did in the name of the bad god went to my credit, and all the bad things done in my name went to the credit of the bad god.” Basically, it made me realize that the name—God, Yahweh, Allah, the universe, Gaia, and so on—doesn’t really matter. All that matters is the intention, action, and outcome.
6 – that has influenced you most as a professional
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.
It set the bar high for me to write amazing characters!
7 – of yours that prospective readers should start with if they want to get to know your work and where they can get it.
It’s the introduction to the Queen of Thieves series, and the beginning of journeys that will span 10 full-length novels.
You can find Andy here.
I am, 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!
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