Getting personal with Andy Peloquin

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!

Andy Peloquin is an amazing guy. He has the best sense of humor and will make you laugh till you cry. He was recently a guest on The Panic Room Radio Show where he did a reading from his new book and involved both the hosts. It was priceless. The link to the show is below and I highly recommend you listening. The man can write. If you love the fantasy world then he is your man. If you don’t know him or haven’t had the chance to read his work you are missing out! Please help me welcome Andy Peloquin to Roadie Notes ………

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I think I was 9 or 10 when I sat down to pen my first story—a totally rubbish thing called “Tally the Tigermaster”. I didn’t actually complete anything until I was in my mid-teens. Most of what I wrote at that time was short fiction/prose. My first novel was completed in late 2014.

2. How many books have you written?
To date, I have published 6 novels, with a 7th on the way in late October.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
I’m not a huge fan of Happily Ever After. As wonderful as it is, I feel it’s a bit unrealistic. As a married man myself, I know how much work goes into keeping a relationship alive. THAT is what I want my readers to understand about the romance I write.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
Age: 29 (hitting the big 3-0 this year!)
Married: Yes
Kids: 4 (ages 13 to 18)
In addition to being a novelist, I supplement my income by doing copywriting and blogging.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
I’d have to say I LOVED writing Thief of the Night Guild (Queen of Thieves Book 2) and Queen of the Night Guild (Book 3). The antagonistic relationships between my main character Ilanna and so many of the people around her was just such a fun dynamic!

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
An elementary school teacher instilled in me a love of writing from a very young age. His passion and enthusiasm for all the arts rubbed off on me, and it just so happened I wrote well. Given that I come from a very artistic family, it was a joy to find a creative outlet that I could use to express myself.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
In addition to writing, you mean? I LOVE the time I spend bringing my stories to life.
I also enjoy video games, reading great books, and watching TV. I’ve gotten some of my best ideas while watching TV shows, in fact.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
I take a week off between projects to sort of clear my brain and make room for the next book. I’ll usually spend that week catching up on projects that went uncompleted during the final stages of finishing the previous book, and I often come up with the story lines for the next book I’m going to write. Really, by the time that week is done, I’m champing at the bit to get started with something new.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
MUSIC! I have a playlist with about 350 songs: techno, trance, pop music, heavy rock, dubstep, a few quieter instrumental songs. You’ll find Selena Gomez, Five Finger Death Punch, Simon and Garfunkel, and Skrillex all mixed into my list.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I wish I could write shorter stories! Heh. A lot of authors put out more books than I do because they know how to tell smaller, shorter stories. It seems everything I write just gets bigger and bigger.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I don’t know about famous. I would like to know my books are changing people’s lives or helping them cope with the hard times, just like books have done for me. But I feel that earning a comfortable living and being able to dedicate myself to telling stories and writing great books is my perfect life.

12. Where do you live?
I live south of the U.S. border, in Baja California.

13. Pets?
Children. Teenagers, actually—ages 13 to 18.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I love being able to bring a character to life. Whether it’s a blind assassin, an autistic savant, or a competent thief girl, it’s a thrill to see a new person born into the world through my stories.

15. What is coming next for you?
After finishing Queen of the Night Guild (Queen of Thieves Book 3), I’m going to be moving on to something new—but what, I’m not sure. I’ll be putting out feelers to my newsletter list to see what they want me to write about. I’ve got romantic fantasy, military fantasy, a prison novel, a series of urban fantasy stories, and so many other things I want to write. I can’t wait to find out what my readers want to read!

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