Gateway To The Past (The Last Bucelarii Book 3) By Andy Peloquin Interview
Why A Wandering Mind is a Good Thing
For those of you who don't know me (most of you), I'm the kind of person who HATES sitting and doing nothing. I can't simply stare off into space and let my mind wander—I have to be doing something: playing a game, writing, working on marketing, talking to people, reading a book, etc.
But for the sake of my creativity, I've had to FORCE myself to sit still and let my mind wander. Sounds unproductive, right? That's how I felt at first, but an article on Psychology Today made it clear that it was a good thing.
According to the article, letting your mind wander is a way to think more clearly about the future, including goals and tasks we want to achieve. Brain scans found that the hippocampus was more connected with other parts of the brain after allowing the mind to wander, leading to mental stimulation that helped the person to find multiple paths to achieving a goal. It helped the people be more creative in their problem-solving!
I don't know about you, but for me writing a novel takes A LOT of problem-solving. Not only do I have to figure out who my characters are, but I have to present them with a challenge, put them through a series of obstacles, encourage character growth, include tension and action, and make it all smooth and cohesive. A lot of problems all wrapped up into the pages of a book.
As I get more into the novel-writing process, I spend more time sitting and allowing my mind to wander. I don't focus on any one thing—it's not meditation, just sort of daydreaming—and my subconscious mind will usually work on the problem at hand (my novel). As my mind wanders, it begins to make connections between various elements and plot points. Before I know it, some new problem, obstacle, solution, character change, or theme is dancing its way through my mind. All I have to do is pluck at the thread and see where it leads. The action of sitting and letting my mind wander has led to some amazing stories.
If you find your mind wandering, it's not always best to corral your thoughts. Sometimes, if you let your thoughts drift, you may find yourself going down fascinating paths—leading to stories, solutions, answers, and creative ideas that you'd never have come up with on your own. I highly recommend setting aside a bit of time to do it every day. It can do wonders for your creative process!
What book/s are you reading at present?
I'm about half-way through a book titled The Dead City by Dylan J. Morgan. Not my usual fare (post-apocalyptic military thriller), but one I'm HIGHLY enjoying.
Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.
The first cover was inspired by a random piece of artwork I found on the internet (so random I can't even find it again). I wanted something that conveyed the dark, gritty tone of the world. The rough sketch and outline of the character was perfect, and the addition of the red tones help to emphasize the bloody nature of the book.
Once I saw the book cover, I knew I had the perfect theme for all the books. The cover of The Last Bucelarii (Book 3): Gateway to the Past shows the interaction between the Hunter (main character) and Hailen (the child he saves). Specifically, how physical contact with the Hunter causes the boy's fingernails to bleed (physiological reaction to contact with the demonic blood)
Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?
I haven't been fortunate enough to be on the radio or TV, but I hope to be someday soon. I LOVE talking about my stories and the things that go into "making the sausage". I have so much fun on podcasts and web-based radio shows that it would be a blast to do one live.
In what formats is your book available?
eBook and Paperback, available via Amazon:
How do you relax?
I LOVE reading, and I'm big on board games, card games, video games, and puzzles. I'm also a bit of a TV nut, and follow a lot of TV shows—for research, of course. I got lots of novel ideas from the various shows I watch.
What is your favorite quote?
"I'm on the wrong side of Heaven, and the righteous side of Hell."—Five Finger Death Punch. That's sort of my motto for writing the character of The Hunter.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing, even if you don't see success within a year or three. A writing career is built over the course of years, not months. It's very rare to see overnight success, so don't plan for it. Plan to put in 5-10 years of daily writing, marketing, outreach, talking to people, and building your author platform. That's the only realistic way to do it!
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I've found that the human brain/mind/psyche/emotions can be truly terrifying! The demons in my book are far less scary than the people doing terrible things to one another for the sake of greed, desire, lust, love, hatred, jealousy, or power.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
You can find me on ALL my social media profiles under Andy Peloquin, as well as my website (links in attached Media Kit)
What does your family think of your writing?
They love the fact that it makes me happy, and that it gives me a way to express myself creatively. None of them are real fantasy nuts (or at least not dark fantasy), but they like the fact that they can say, "My brother/son/parent is an author." Or, at least that's what I tell myself. Hehe