Book Description: Lament of the Fallen:
The Hunter of Voramis is no more.
When he stumbles upon a bandit attack, something within urges him to help. His actions set him at odds with the warrior priests commanded to hunt down the Bucelarii.
Left for dead, the Hunter must travel to Malandria to recover his stolen birthright. There, he is inexorably drawn into direct conflict with the Order of Midas, the faceless, nameless group of magicians that holds the city in a grip of terror. All while struggling to silence the ever-louder voice in his mind that drives him to kill.
From feared assassin to wretched outcast, the Hunter’s journey leads him to truths about his forgotten past and the Abiarazi he has pledged to hunt. His discoveries will shed light on who he really is…what he really is.
What gave you the idea for the novel Lament of the Fallen?
The idea for the Last Bucelarii series came about when I was reading over old pieces of prose I had written in my teens. I found a story about a terrified man fleeing a relentless, immortal monster, and–true to form–the monster kills him in the end.
I wanted to write the story from the monster’s perspective, but I figured it would be more enjoyable to make that a figurative monster, someone people are terrified of. That led to the creation of an unkillable assassin, the Hunter. But to make a character like that the protagonist, there had to be something human and relatable about him. The story essentially wrote itself (loss, betrayal, death, murder, mayhem…and demons), and Lament of the Fallen is the “what next?” after the events in Blade of the Destroyer.
Why do you write horror? How did you start? What draws you to this genre?
I write dark fantasy, which involves elements of horror in a fantasy setting. I love how the grim, gritty tone of dark fantasy makes the stories so much more compelling than the bright, shiny hopefulness of epic or heroic fantasy. For me, it’s being able to tell the stories about the darker side of human nature, the part we all try to keep hidden, even from ourselves.
How long have you been writing? Tell us about some of your past books.
I’ve been writing for almost three years now. Time flies!
My first book was self-published, a work titled In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent. It’s set in Atlantis before it sank, and it’s a rollicking fantasy/sci-fi/historical fiction adventure that I had A LOT of fun writing!
Blade of the Destroyer is the first book in The Last Bucelarii series. It was my first chance to really flex my grimdark muscles and delve into the mind of a killer.
What is the writing process like for you? What is your writing day like?
I am fortunate to have a day job as a freelance writer, so I work from home. This gives me the freedom to set aside a chunk of time in the afternoon to write, once I get my work out of the way.
I’ll usually get about 60-90 minutes of solid writing time a day, though some days more than others. I’ve learned to sit down and work until I reach a natural stopping point or my desired word count, then move on to other tasks. That way, I avoid overworking and burnout, but I still get a lot of work done.
What is your favorite book (other than your own book, of course) and why?
From the moment I opened the page, I fell in love with Scott Lynch’s Lies of Locke Lamora. Nowhere else have I found such a fascinating, humorous, complex, intriguing, and intelligent world and set of characters as his.
What are you doing next?
Aside from waiting patiently for The Last Bucelarii Book 3 (already submitted to the publisher)? Well, I’ll be about 50% done with Book 4 by the end of the year, and I’m querying agents for another grimdark series set in the same world, but with different characters. I’m also getting into comic book scripts, and more potentially awesome things (which are still secret). I have a short story coming out in an anthology later this year as well.
What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Keep it up! Even when the writing process is tedious and you feel like you’ve submitted your book to 200 reviewers with no positive responses. The people who keep going are the ones who stand the best chance of making it. It requires a lot of skill, an awful lot of luck, and an ungodly amount of perseverance to be an author in this day and age. But it’s so worth it!
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.