Sunday, August 12, 2012

Interview and Promotional Spotlight with Descendants Author Andrew Katz

Hello Fallen Friends,


     I'm very pleased to have a special guest author at the Seraphine Muse today. Not only does he have a great book with tons of potential but he is also a fellow member of my team CHBB...Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly Publishing. Let's start by taking a look at his debut novel. And later we will take an up close and personal look at this exciting new young author and his writing life. 


Descendants
Andrew Katz
Knights are dead and gone since the days of Camelot. The ancient battles pitting sword and shield against one another are just a distant memory, one that very few even give validity, and that’s exactly how it should be. I mean honestly, if people knew half of what really went on in the shadows and under the bed they’d probably wind up institutionalized.

Luckily, that’s where people like me come in. I’m a Knight. That’s right, an armor-clad, sword-wielding powerhouse of old, with all the powers and responsibilities that come with that position. We’re not all gone, but unfortunately, trouble is brewing in the Kingdom hidden in North America… and it’s kind of my fault. I killed a bunch of gnomes, which in turn pissed off some trolls. Now they’re trying to kill me and start a war with all of humanity. And all while and ancient evil is awakening to try and block my path at every turn.

Let's take a look at a small excerpt from the novel

No more than five steps out of the building, I became very happy I had prepared for trouble. Standing in the way of my now wrecked Jeep Wrangler, were four very unhappy looking rock trolls. They were all muscle, stone, and snarls, and just like good old thugs they brandished weapons.

They had a baseball bat, tire iron, chain, and spiked knuckles between them. Bad news about the weapons, they all seemed to be made of dragon bone and would be able to do quite a bit of damage. I wondered where low life thugs would have gotten weapons like that, and why they’d fashion dragon bone into them, but that wasn’t the most pertinent thing at the time. The trolls themselves ranged from about six and a half to seven feet tall. I glanced at Dev. He had slipped on two knuckle-dusters (made of my special alloy) and was smiling an anticipatory smile that didn’t touch his eyes. It occurred to me that not one of the trolls were as big as he was and that it was probable that none of them had even a thousandth of the training we did.
Outnumbered two to one, we would mop the floor with them. And of course as my confidence peaked, four more of the blasted things circled in behind us.

I dropped out of my coat, rolled my sleeves up to the elbow, and pulled my blade from the back of my jeans. It didn’t make a sound as I flicked it open. I looked at Devin and asked as nonchalantly as I could manage. “Which four do you want?”

Oh, by the way, my name is Sir Godric Patronar, Knight of the Realm, Anointed Warrior, Master Blacksmith, General Smartass, and Heir Apparent to the Kingship of North America.  


About the Author:

Andrew Katz is a young, up and coming author from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His novel, “Descendants”, is his first full length work. Action, adventure, and a healthy dose of sarcasm are staples of his writing. He has also published a short story in the anthology “Dark Light”, centering on the same protagonist as his novel. Andrew loves music, reading, his dog George, and relaxing in the sun. He may not be the most exciting person, but he makes up for it with imagination and… unpredictability.


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Now we'll take a moment to get to know Andrew Better

What inspired you to write your first book?

It’s actually kind of funny, I would definitely have to chalk my first inspiration to sheer boredom. I never really loved writing in school and never tried creative writing, but mostly just stuck to reading. There was one night in September of 2011 where I had run out of book and was complaining to a friend about not knowing what to do with myself. She said that I was always reading so why not try writing something. I took her advice (she probably could have talked me into streaking through a retirement home I was so desperate to do anything) and brought what turned out to be the first page of my novel to my father. He encouraged me to continue on and lo and behold here I am.

Do you have a specific writing style?

My writing is very “me”. That is to say that I allow my personality to dominate a large part of my stories and characters. It is very dialogue driven with a heavy emphasis on sarcasm and witty humor. I also lean to towards writing in the first person. I think it feel more personal to the reader and that it’s easier to translate it onto paper.  

How did you come up with the title? Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes, but it’s not very deep or philosophical. I write to entertain. Yes, there is symbolism. Yes, there are metaphors. But I really don’t think that there is any single overpowering message of my book. I want anyone to be able to pick it up and simply enjoy reading it. So I guess the message is just to enjoy reading.

What are your current projects?

I’m busy working on bringing multiple short story ideas to fruition as well as working on the sequel to “Descendants”. There is a Microsoft Word document in my library full of story ideas, and I’ve been going one by one trying to flesh them all out. Not all are winners, but there are definitely some good ones.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

All of the incredibly supportive folks at Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. They are all massively supportive and so helpful and warm. They’re always there to answer any questions I might have or give general advice. They’re great.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Here’s a little excerpt from “Descendants”:
            I was still standing around lost in thought, brooding, when an explosion happened directly in my left ear. Oddly enough the bomb seemed to say Boo! I turned and glared right into Devin’s stupid smiling face.
            “How the hell are you so freaking quiet?” I asked him with a scowl.
            It’s a valid question since Dev is seven-foot-two and built like a young Andre the Giant with an additional fifty pounds of slab muscle. He also happened to be my best friend since I was ten years old, and my adopted brother.
            “It’s a gift I guess. Did you actually do what I heard you did?”
            “That really depends on what you heard now doesn’t it?”
            “Did you truly kill off the rest of the bloody gnomes?”
            “Did Melinda Clark really slap you in the face when we were thirteen?”
            “Are you going to continue to answer all my questions with questions?”
            “That depends, does it annoy you half as much as I hope it does?”
            “You are aware that I could step on you, right?”
            That seemed like a good time for me to knock it off. I looked at him and shrugged. “I’m assuming that if you’ve heard about it, so has the rest of the castle. Yes I did. But my official stance is that they really deserved it.”

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Trying to fill in all the various plot holes. I’m a huge stickler when it comes to plot holes in books, movies, or TV shows, and it’s tough not to be a hypocrite. You never understand how hard it is to make everything fit in a believable way until it’s your turn to actually do it.

Who designed the covers?

Paragraphic Designs. She’s AMAZING and did a truly wonderful job on the cover for “Descendants”.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Enjoy.

Thank you for taking the time today to connect with the Seraphine Muse's wonderful readers. I wish you the best of luck in all of your writing endeavors and feel free to come back and visit us anytime!

You can connect with Andrew on his Facebook page at:  http://facebook.com/AndrewKatz.Author



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