Cover Reveal for Quill: The Cartographer Book 1

Fantasy Book Critic hosted a cover reveal for my upcoming Quill: The Cartographer Book 1. Special thanks to Mihir who arranged the reveal, Shawn T King who designed the cover, and Soraya Corcoran who’s map is featured in the background and who helped with several maps for the interior.

For more insight into the book, check out the short interview I did with Mihir as part of the reveal on Fantasy Book Critic HERE.

The book is slated for an official June 1st release, but $2 tier subscribers on Patreon should receive it around May 10th. Stay tuned for sample chapters, and a peek at some of the custom artwork I had commissioned for this series!

Interview with DK Holmberg

Hi everyone! AC Cobble here (which hopefully you gathered before coming to my blog). Today, I have an interview with the prolific fantasy author DK Holmberg. He has tons of books out and I constantly spot them on my Amazon Also Boughts, so I know we have a lot of crossover fans which is why I wanted to interview him. If you’re new to DK, it’s a bit intimidating figuring out where to start because there are so many books, but I suggest you try The Darkest Revenge in his Elder Stones Saga. It’s probably the best fit for a Benjamin Ashwood fan. I do ask DK himself about this, and you can see what he says below in the interview!

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AC: You have A LOT of books. I won’t even lie and say I counted them. Can you tell us how many there are, and how they are related?

DK: I’ve been writing for a while so do have quite a few books and series. I get asked often how they’re related. For my traditional fantasy, I currently have 6 different worlds. I enjoy creating new worlds, but occasionally I find myself drawn back to an existing world, wanting to know what happens after (or sometimes before). 

The first I ever released with The Cloud Warrior Saga, which is now 11 books. It’s that series that allowed me to write full-time. I wrote it wanting something I could read to my kids but that would interest older readers as well. As such, it’s a more YA type book, though the series is epic in scope. Within that world are two other series, including my newest series release Elemental Academy. 

My most prolific world is The Dark Ability world. What started as a novella became a world with 22 books and counting. There are 5 different series that can all be read separately, though there is some character overlap. The first book in that series was The Dark Ability, written following a novella where the protagonist in The Dark Ability was the antagonist in the novella. I found myself thinking about how he would have reached the point in his life that he did in the novella. That novella became the second book in a trilogy set in the same world. My Elder Stones Saga series that started this year is set in this world and many of the characters from previous series make an appearance, but they aren't the primary characters.

I have several new worlds I’m working on and am always planning ahead. I have readers asking me to return to their favorites, and I do enjoy the comfort of dropping back into a familiar world but the story has to be right to do so.

AC: With so many books, where is the best place for someone to start?

DK: Each series is really meant to stand alone, so a reader could start anywhere. If they’re looking for quick fun reads with lots of action, I recommend The Cloud Warrior Saga. The first book is the first I ever published and there are times when I think I should go back and rework it, but I think it kicks off the series well. If looking for something with multiple POV, then The Elder Stones Saga would be a good fit. Looking for a female protagonist? The Shadow Accords or The Lost Garden are good series for that. 

AC: I looks like you’re averaging about a book a month, how do you do it? Can you tell any prospective authors out there some about your process?

DK: I probably write more than a book a month these days, though it wasn’t always the case. When I started, my goal was to write 500 words a day and become consistent. I still had a full time job but figured I could carve out time for that many words. It took a while, partly because at the time I believed I had to be in a “writing mood” to get words out, but gradually those 500 words became 1000 a day. Then they doubled. When I was writing 5k a day consistently (I had several books out at that point and knew I could make a go at writing), finding the time was difficult until I left my day job. That was basically a book a month then. 

Now that I write full time, I average quite a bit more words a day. My day starts around 8 after the kids are off to school, I write in the morning, get to my word count, and then spend the afternoon working on revisions. I’m usually done working by 4-5, though I will often do administrative stuff in the evenings. I write Monday - Friday and take weekends off, something I never did when I was still working a “day job”. In my mind, I treat it like a job. It’s one I love doing, but it’s still a job. The biggest change in the 2 years since writing full time is that my books have gotten longer so they take longer to write (and revise). 

Scheduling can be a challenge when publishing frequently. I had to find the right team and process for me to keep to my publishing plans. I work with several different editors and am always looking for more. The key is editors who can stick to a schedule and help clean up my areas of weakness. I have several different artists and designers I work with for covers and try to keep well ahead of my release schedule. Software has made formatting easy, so there’s not the delay I once had with formatters. 

AC: That’s great advice for budding writers - treat it like a job. I always tell people they have to wear a creative hat, and a business hat to really succeed in self-publishing. Now that you are successful, do you ever consider pursuing a traditional publishing deal, to just write, and forget about this other stuff?

DK: When I decided to leave the day job, I knew I would have to treat writing as much or more of a business than I had before since I still needed the income to support my family. I enjoy most of the work (I don’t love revising. I’d rather create new.) and don’t find it to be work, which can annoy my kids when I’m taking an hour on vacation to put down ideas. I’ve considered traditional publishing in the past, and nearly released my series The Dark Ability traditionally. When my agent was first shopping the series, I was new to indie publishing and wasn’t sure which pathway I wanted to take. I started seeing significant success with The Cloud Warrior Saga and decided to pull back the series since the offer I was got as a “new” author (at least to trad pub at the time) was fine but I knew I would do better releasing the series myself. It turned out to be a smart move. 

I’m more open to a hybrid model now. Though I enjoy the creative control of choosing my editors and cover artists, there is something to be said about letting go of some of it. I can write fast, and as long as I can still release indie, I could gamble on the reach that a traditional publisher might be able to offer in print, or in the case of A-Pub, with their push. The offer would have to be right for me to pull the trigger.

AC: With so much out there, do you think there’s a point where you’d get tired of writing fantasy and switch to a completely different genre, or get bored of writing in general?

DK: I love fantasy so will probably always have a foot there. The first fantasy I ever read was Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. My sister got me the hardback for Christmas one year and I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. I was reading a lot of Tom Clancy and Stephen King at the time (this was early high school for me). I LOVED it. After that, I was hooked. I’ve got two years of stories planned out, with more ideas coming all the time, so I will keep at fantasy. 

I have dabbled in UF, and have a UF pen name that I enjoy writing. There are some ideas in other genres that I’m kicking around as well. 

AC: I was a big fan of Robert Jordan also. His writing, particularly the way he began his series, was a big influence on me. Can you tell us a little more detail about your influences?

DK: You’re going to make me go look at my bookshelf! I enjoy lots of genres, and really became a reader devouring Stephen King when I was young (probably too young - I remember reading Cujo, Christine, and It in fifth and sixth grade and have a distinct memory of asking my dad to tell me what decapitate meant). That might influence my writing in that I tend to avoid horror elements in my books. As I said, Robert Jordan is the reason I got into reading fantasy. Love Lord of the Rings books (and the movies). I read through everything I could by Raymond Feist and Terry Brooks. I’d love for Rothfuss to finish his series (and Martin). More recently, I’ve read the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. I do read indie fantasy as well and love KU for that.  

AC: Tell us a little bit about yourself, what influences your writing, what’d you do before you got into this gig full-time, and what’s your Mount Everest as an author?

DK: Let’s see… I’m married, have two kids, and live in Minnesota near one of the 10,000 lakes that I hope thaws so I can get out boating. My kids are pretty active; my son plays soccer 6-7 days a week and my daughter dances and figure skates. That’s how most of my free time is spent, but it’s a blast watching them develop. I worked in health care prior to writing (and while writing), and you can see that influence in many of my books. I don’t always intend to have it creep in, but sometimes it does without me knowing. Digging deeper, my family was a little messed up while I was growing up, and I think that influences things for me too. Lately, I’ve tried to incorporate aspects of places I’ve traveled into my stories. My long term plan is to be able to keep writing, though maybe slow down a bit. My kids want a movie made off something I’ve written, which I think would be cool. I guess if we’re talking Mount Everest, I really want a Harry Potter world of my own! If you haven’t visited, it’s amazing.

AC: A theme park, now that is a worthy goal. I’ve always had two. I want someone to get a tattoo inspired by my books, and I want to see a stranger reading my book on a plane. Unfortunately, the coolest “author story” I have is really lame and involves my mom’s cousins. What is the coolest thing that has happened to you as an author?

DK: I think it would be great to see someone reading one of my books too! I wish I could say I’ve been recognized and swarmed by adoring fans, but I’ve still had several cool things happen. One was an email early on from a mother writing to tell me her son loved my books and they got him into reading. That’s really rewarding. I’ve had that happen a few times now, and it never gets old. I’ve also had several readers/fans who have started writing and publishing and I love to see that too.

 AC: What is something no one knows about you?

DK: I’ve been writing since I was in high school, but the first things I ever wrote were the lyrics for songs for my (terrible) band. No one will ever see them!

Interview with Bryce O'Connor

A quick and mostly painless interview with best-selling author Bryce O’Connor. Many of you have already read his Wings of War series, but if you haven’t, it’s currently just $0.99 for the first 4 books, which I promise is a huge value! Keep reading to find out why Bryce is able to sell it so cheaply, and tons of other interesting little nuggets.

Wings of War Books 1-4

Bryce’s Website

Q1: Is it true that in 100% of the games we have played, I beat you in chess? (yeah, I opened with that)

Dude... Why you gotta make me start with fisticuffs?? Sure, this is technically true, but there are caveats and circumstance I think you may or may not be glazing over here, sir. Like that fact that we've only ever played a single game. Or the fact that you didn't give me a rebuttal. I'm still holding out for the day I get to take my long awaited revenge! MWAHAHAHA!

Q2: A lot of my fans have already read Wings of War, but for those who haven’t, can you tell us a little bit about it?

Lizard dude with big spear kills all the baddies.

But actually. That about sums it up. If you want me to be more eloquent, the dashingly handsome Dyrk Ashton, of Paternus fame, summarized it very well the last time we were together at Dragoncon: "The story of the Punisher, if Frank Castle were a dragon." I thought that was such a good outline, I've stolen it as my one-line elevator pitch for new potential readers. Just don't tell Dyrk.

Q3: You have tons of great art, both on your covers, and some custom pieces I have seen floating around. First, where is the best place to view all of the Wings of War art, and second, can you talk a little bit about the relationship between author and artist?

So as much of a bummer as it is, there isn't a great place to find all the art I've had done over the years for The Wings of War right now, mostly because myself and some of the artists are trying to figure out how to appropriately make the materials available as wallpapers, screensaver, life-sized body pillows (hehehe), etc. I do plan on putting an art section together on my site eventually, and who knows? Maybe by the time this interview sees the light of day it will be available for perusal at!

Now talking about artist/author relationships.... That's gonna go deep with me, but I suspect you know that. Most of my fans are aware that fantasy art is the largest inspiration behind my own writing. Todd Lockwood. Raymond Swanland. My own cover artist, Andreas Zafiratos. All major, major suppliers of my energy and passion. My Facebook ( is littered with daily posts of the crazy cool art I've found or had commissioned, and as a result of that respect for the medium I've evolved to think of the creators of those works as masters of their own domains. If an artist was able to wow you enough to ask them for a cover, I think it is generally best to let them do their thing with a piece and not strangle them with more feedback, criticism, etc., than they ask for. Having a good relationship with your cover artist(s) is essential to getting the end product you want out of your cover, and subsequently your book as a whole (or whatever related project you might be involved in). Respect them, treat them well, pay them what they deserve (this one is important!), and you will find yourself surrounded by talented individuals who are always ready to help you get what you need out of a piece. Strangle them, limit them, and try to gip them, and you'll end up with a bad reputation and uninspired work that you might think is great, but lacks the edge an artist who is enjoying his work can give to a his/her canvas...

Q4: You’re co-writing a project called The Shattered Reigns with the amazing LitRPG author Luke Chmilenko (Ascend Online). Is that going to be like your stuff, his stuff, or something in between?

Ok so first off, Luke is a world-building genius. If you haven't already checked out Ascend Online, do that right now. I particularly recommend the audiobook version, because Luke Daniel's masterfully brings the characters to life in a way we can't do as writers.

As for what The Shattered Reigns is going to turn out to be, I think fans of both mine and Luke's will find a lot to love in the work. We've had a hand both in the world-building and plotting, and while you'll see more elves and wizards and such classics than can be found in The Wings of War, you're also going to be neck deep in some really cool, trope-breaking characters and creatures that Luke and I have come up with together. I can't tell you how much fun it was to go back and forth creating a dragon that stays true to the common interpretation of its kind, while simultaneously turning the concept on its head. More importantly, it's been amazing having a partner who has this incredible ability to take one glance at the place you're stuck in and suggest a solution and plot direction that not only get the wheels going again, but usually adds some new, cool edge to the story.

Q5: How does co-writing compare to creating your own stuff? Can you talk some about both the technical and creative process differences?

Without giving too much of our process away, our system of co-writing has been awesome, despite some pretty significant initial challenges. Luke and I write very differently, and for a few weeks we found ourselves editing each other in circles. We met up, talked through the issues we were having, and came up with a solution that has, thus far, worked really well. We're both pretty laid back, so feedback and the go-between has been nothing but helpful no matter what the issue is, and it's been great bouncing ideas off each other. You find a rhythm in the end, working with a partner you trust, and everything settles from there.

Q6: You’re a full-time author now, but what did you do before, and how did you make the leap into writing?

Believe it or not, I worked in pediatrics! I was a physical therapist for children with special needs, working at a local school on getting kids to walk and run and jump and do all kinds of things that would hopefully one day drive their parent's crazy at home! It was really rewarding work, but the keyboard has been calling me for 20 years now, and when the opportunity came to go full time about a year and a half ago, I had to jump on it!

The story of my journey into the writing world itself is a pretty interesting one (at least from my perspective), because it was largely planned. I've wanted to write since I was 9 years old, literally. When Child of the Daystar hit the shelves three years ago, the first book in The Wings of War series, my best friend from high school rang me up and laughed about how I'd been talking about being a published author for the last 15+ years. My parents, who have been incredibly supportive and helpful, encouraged me to pursue my passion, with a single caveat: I had to be able to support myself after college. 

Fair, right? They helped me find a school I liked, going for a degree that would allow me to not only not live out of a cardboard box till the end of my days, but give me the time to continue to write after I graduated. I ended up at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, and six years later I finished my coursework with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and a Bachelors in Creative Writing. I spent the next three years doing the double shift so many authors go through, working the day jon and writing at night when I got home. Tough, but as they say: when you do what you love, you never work a day in your life. When Winter's King, book 3 in the series, broke into the market in a big way, I jumped ship without ever looking back.

Ok that's an exaggeration. I volunteer occasionally at the school when I can, but that's mostly just an excuse to see my work friends and give all my kids a hug :D

Q7: You’ve had a hugely successful series. It has tons of copies sold, great reviews, but now you’ve got a boxset of the first 4 books on sale for $0.99!? Can you peel back the curtain a little for my readers, and talk about why that is, and how authors can make money practically giving their work away?

Oh man... I really wish this question was posed more often, particularly by the sector of individuals who look at something like a $0.99 boxset and think only "Obviously it can't be any good, if that many books are selling at that price." I'm going to summarize it here, but for anyone looking for a more in-depth explanation, I posted a deep-dive into this exact concept on the r/Fantasy subreddit a few weeks back, which can be found here: Why Kindle Unlimited is GOOD For Authors

For those of you who prefer the short version, here we go:

What a lot of readers lack an understanding of (through no fault of their own) are the minutia involved in successfully navigating the eBook markets, specifically Amazon's Kindle Store, and specifically as a self-published author. In this particular instance, it's important to explain a essential part of the Amazon profit-model for authors: Kindle Unlimited.

For those of you who are unaware what Kindle Unlimited (KU) is, it's Amazon's subscription-based membership program which, for $9.99 a month (in the US at least) gives Amazon members access to all titles in the Unlimited program for no additional cost. Thing is: just because those readers are paying "nothing" for a book in KU directly does not mean that we, the authors, are not getting paid. On the contrary: KU pays out in what are called "page reads". That means that for every page of my boxset you read, I make a very small amount of money. Less at 1¢ per, in fact. BUT, recall that this is a boxset, and as a single product is more than 1700 pages long. All in all, while you might pick up my book for $0.99, the person who downloads my book through KU and reads it all the way through puts almost $15 dollars in my pocket.

So yes. To an outsider there is certainly an understandable confusion to be address when something like a successful series puts a boxset out for stupid cheap, but I assure you we know what we're doing ;)

Q8: You’re working on Wings of War 5, The Shattered Reigns 1, what can we expect next? Any other projects you’d like to share?

Ha, oh where to begin...

My author friends typically know I like to have my fingers in a lot of pies at once, so while yes, book 5 of The Wings of War and book 1 of The Shattered Reigns are my top priorities right now, there's a lot more going on in my downtime than is probably good for my health. I'm currently working on a children's book series that will be Kickstarted likely later this year, as well as a number of board and card games that should see the light of day sometime in the next 12 months or so. I'm also working on another co-authored fantasy series that I'm keeping under wraps for the moment, and some college friends and I are simultaneously debating putting together a separate Kickstarter for a therapy product we developed while we were in our grad years together, and have recently been granted a patent for. There's a few more things going on here and there, but nothing I'm free to talk about right now, so we'll have to leave some secrets for another day!

And that’s all for this month’s interview. Remember, you can find Bryce’s Wings of War Boxset Books 1-4 right here for only $0.99!

Interview with Andy Peloquin

AC Cobble:Hi Andy, thanks for taking the time to talk with us. First, I think my readers are most likely to know you from your Hero of Darkness (Darkblade Assassin) series. Can you tell us a little bit about that one, and what else have you written?

Andy Peloquin: There are two answers to this question…

The first is that the Hero of Darkness series is an epic, action-packed novel about a bad-ass immortal assassin. If you love heart-pounding fight scenes, breathtaking worlds, fascinating cities, and neck-tweaking plot twists, this is the story for you. Hero of Darkness follows the Hunter as he journeys from his city, wandering the world in search of answers about his forgotten past, his true identity as a half-demon. Though he begins his journey as a mostly amoral killer, he ends up a slightly more moral killer who ultimately is the “hero” who saves the world.  

But my real answer, the one that feels more genuine, is that the series is the story of an outcast seeking a place in a world where he doesn’t belong. As an assassin, he has to conceal his identity from the world, but that means he’s concealed HIMSELF from the world. He’s not human, so he can’t really relate to human problems. No matter where he is or who he’s with, he finds himself alone. 

For people like me—and so many others—a character like this is very real and relatable. I spent most of my childhood and teenaged years as an outsider (courtesy of my Autism Spectrum Disorder and my varying “odd” interests). The Hunter’s journey of self-discovery came at a time in my life when I was learning more about myself—I’d just been diagnosed ASD, so it was an emotional and psychological journey to understand exactly what that meant. Being able to walk this fascinating, complex, tortured character through many of the same difficulties I was dealing with was a way for me to understand myself and the world around me better.

AC: Your books sometimes delve into the darker side of human nature. What is it that intrigues you about that darkness?

AP: That stems directly from my diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. When I was diagnosed ASD, I found myself diving into the realm of psychology and neurology to understand why my atypical brain made me different than my wife, kids, and the people around me. 

As I did that, I found all sorts of fascinating links to conditions and diseases where the brain affected other people in other ways—psychopathy, sociopathy, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, Williams’ Syndrome, and the list goes on. The more I researched, the more I realized that these conditions are very common among not only real-life people, but characters in fiction. That was when I started incorporating them into my stories—both so I could better understand them, and to help readers understand them as well.

AC: A lot of us write characters that have odd tics, but mental illness is rarely explicitly dealt with in fantasy. Do you have any favorite books where the topic is addressed?

AP: Almost every one of my books deal with mental illness in some way. Different, Not Damaged is a collection of shorts focused on autism, PTSD, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, and other physical disabilities. The main character from my Hero of Darkness series is an assassin with schizoaffective disorder, which manifests as voices in his head that drive him to kill. 

Everything I write deals with the psychological effects of violence, death, loss, sorrow, trauma, and abuse. As I mentioned above, my diagnosis of Asperger’s lead me down the rabbit hole of psychology and neurology, and now I write it into everything I create.

AC: Does that explain why you love assassins so much?

AP: It’s because they’re just so damned much fun! They’re a sort of “wish fulfillment” character. We’ve all had bad days when we want to murder someone: that nitpicky boss, that irritating “friend”, the ass**** who cut us off in traffic, etc. Assassins actually DO it, and there’s a sense of justification and vindication when they do.

Of course, the elements of sneaking, cunning, clever planning, and wicked action scenes just make them so much better! 

AC: If you were to assassinate someone - let’s assume they were properly evil and deserved it - how would you go about doing it?

AP: I’m a battle-rager/barbarian type, so I’d probably go about trapping them in someplace and blocking off all exits, then going straight up the middle with heavy armor and a greatsword or battle axe. It’s just my personality type to have head-on confrontations.

AC: I heard you have some martial arts experience. Can you tell us about that, and how it influences your writing?

AP: I studied a mixture of Karate, Kung-Fu, Taekwondo, Hapkido, and MMA for about 18 months, got halfway to black belt (6 of 11 belts). You can see it reflected a lot in my earlier works, as I wrote those while I was still practicing. Seeing as I was very focused on learning each move, each sequence, and each technique, I wrote those into my books in greater detail.

Training in martial arts gave me a much better understanding of the human body, physical mechanics, muscles, joints, and the way weapons interact with our movements. My fight scenes no longer get into such great detail, but they still move the way a sparring match or training bout does. A lot of back and forth, ebb and flow, each person sizing up their opponent to find openings in their guard. 

AC: In my writing, I’ve found cultures that I experienced through travel provided a huge influence in my books, sometimes in obvious simple ways, sometimes in very subtle adjustments to the way people behave. Can you tell us how your own experiences with different cultures has bled into your stories?

AP: So, I was born in Japan, lived there until I was 14, then moved to Mexico, where I traveled around the country (and the US) and lived in 10 different cities for the next 16 years (before finally moving “home” to Canada at the ripe old age of 30).

I will say there are two huge influences resulting from this:

  1. My characters have no sense of “home”. I realized this as I was writing my second series, Queen of Thieves. All of my protagonists have been uprooted from their homes, have lost their parents, were raised as orphans, or had something else happen to take them away from their home. That’s definitely the result of my traveling around to many places where I don’t truly belong. Even in Canada, the country that should be “mine”, I don’t fit in because I spent so many years living among other cultures and people. My characters’ journeys reflect that—they always find that sense of “home” with people that matter, causes and missions that make them feel like they matter.

  2. My stories are varied and include elements from around the world. I love writing memories from my past and favorite places I visited into my stories, as well as places I’d like to visit in the future. Traveling around so much has exposed to so many amazing things, and it’s a thrill to share those with people through my stories.  

AC: How’d you get into writing?

AP: It’s all thanks to a passionate grade school teacher! He loved science and the arts (odd combination, but he was and still is a wonderfully odd man), and he would include a lot of extra-curricular activities in our classes. We’d go on nature walks and write poetry about a weird-looking tree, or we’d throw elaborate science fairs with all manner of crazy projects.

I come from an artistic family (musicians, writers, artists, graphic designers, etc.), but I had no art of my own until I discovered a penchant for the written word. It was my way of turning on the tap to let out the innate creativity within myself. Now, it’s such an ingrained part of my life that I can’t imagine living without it.

AC: What is your best experience as an author, or as a reader?

AP: As a reader, it’s being sucked into a book or series so completely it becomes an addiction. That hasn’t happened often in the last few years—maybe because I’m more cynical as an adult and a writer. But there are a few series I can think off off-hand—Scott Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastards, Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives, and David Weber’s Safehold,to name a few—that make me forget the world around me until only this fictional world remains. That’s a breathtaking feeling that I can never get enough of.

As a writer, it’s always nice to get those five-star reviews and comments saying, “I loved the book!”  But the real joy is when I hear people saying things like, “Whoa, I totally felt the Hunter’s loneliness and depression—it’s exactly how I feel” or “This character you wrote is exactly like me, or she embodies the qualities I want to have.” That connection with people is the reason I got into writing. I have a hard time in social situations, but being able to connect through my writing is the most rewarding feeling of all.

AC: What did you do before becoming a full-time author?

AP: English teacher, salesman, balloon artist, and copywriter/blogger. All fun jobs, but nothing close to writing!  

AC: Tell us something no one knows about Andy Peloquin?

AP: I’ve been dying to start a podcast/webshow where I read erotic scenes from romantic novels and utterly RUIN them—with the wrong voice and accent. I did it at a conference I attended in 2018, and I nearly suffocated laughing so hard. It was the most fun I’d had (and a terrible drinking game when attending a romance-heavy conference) and something I’d love to do more often.   

AC: Why were you at a romance conference? Any pen names you want to share with us…?

AP: No pen names, sadly. I just happen to write articles for the magazine that organizes the event, and I was up for one of their awards. The first year I had so much fun that now I go back every time. They’re just such wonderful, kind, friendly people—and many of them with utterly filthy minds! Endless amounts of laughter and fun there.

AC: Now that Hero of Darkness is complete, what’s next on the agenda?

AP: By the time you’re reading this, the new series, Heirs of Destiny, is already releasing. Heirs of Destiny is a sequel spin-off to both Hero of Darkness and my other series, Queen of Thieves. It follows the young (secondary) characters from both series, teaming them up on a mission to save a new city from evil creatures, corrupt politicians, bloodthirsty death cultists, and ruthless criminals. 

As that series is releasing (all five books are written), I will resume work on another series: epic military fantasy. Think Black Ops/Rainbow Six, but set in my fantasy world. A team of soldiers are handpicked to join the “Grim Reavers”, a team of special operatives given the most dangerous missions that could put an end to the century-long war gripping their continent. I wrote the first two of six books in 2018, and it’s going to be one hell of a fun series to both write and read!

Find Andy Peloquin’s Darkblade Assassin HERE or his new book in the Heirs of Destiny series, Trial of Stone HERE. That’s all, and happy reading!