Hello Friends. Forgive the late post. I’m telling you, when holidays hit and you work retail, your life becomes your day job and nothing else matters. I am so tired and so happy that Easter is done and over with. I hope you all had a lovely holiday.
Now let’s get down to business. I had the pleasure of interviewing Anderson Atlas. I had the chance to read a pre-release copy of his novel Fools Apocalypse.
Sadly, I do not have the cover with the new title, so I will share the image of the original name. I like having pictures!
Now, Fools Apocalypse does not release until June 1st so be prepared. I really enjoyed the story and you can see my review over at The Reading Bud.
On to the interview!
- What inspired Fools’ Apocalypse? While watching Walking Dead I realized that a long held fantasy about the end of the world was about more than just surviving hordes of horrible monsters, its about personal and political autonomy (self sufficiency) and greed. I wanted to be left alone from government and corporations and have anything I wanted at the tip of my fingers. But when I decided to write a book about surviving a deadly virus, I quickly realized how guilty I had for the ‘greed’ part of myself. It doesn’t take long for the medicines I use and the products I buy to go away or rot on the shelves. What is left is true isolation and self-sufficiency. While I still believe that freedom and the ability to guide our own lives is primordial and important for happiness, so is the economic system we are lucky to have been born into. Fools’ Apocalypse is a story about the people that contribute to the fall of society and how the guilt of it all, guides their every move, desire and changing beliefs.
- Are any of your characters modeled after any celebrities? No, but as an author who also loves movies, I’ve done my fair share of celebrity casting. For instance: Ian is Benedict Cumberbatch, Isabella is Michelle Rodriguez, Hana is a blond Emily Blunt, Markus is Charles S. Dutton, Ben is Kevin James ( a tough roll for him but it could be his break out of comedy role)
- What kind of research did you have to put into your novels? My antagonist uses my characters own political affiliations to manipulate them to do his bidding. This is based on all of my reading of political philosophy including Ayn Rand, Thomas Sowell, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek and others.
- When did you decide to become a writer? When I was twenty-five, I found myself working nine to five with no real aspirations. I was an artist, that’s all I knew, but I didn’t know what to do with my art. I only knew I had to do something.One evening, my roommate Dave, who is no longer with us, had to pick me up from the side of the freeway because my car’s tire blew out, sending me into the median. I didn’t have a spare because the tire that blew out was the spare. It was one of those odd-looking doughnut tires that don’t seem capable of holding up a one and a half ton car.
Dave, who was always good at lightening the mood, laughed and asked me if I had another spare in the trunk to slap on because he thought the doughnut made my car look hip. I didn’t have a spare to replace my spare.
At that time, buying one new tire was hard and buying two new tires, impossible. That night, Dave and I chatted about bills, life and careers. I don’t remember all the conversation, but I do remember his words of wisdom: he told me to just pick something and go for it.
I wish he could see the result of his advice.
I picked writing and illustrating books as my career choice. I focused on school and writing late at night and on weekends. Years later, I’ve found not only the ability to write and illustrate my stories, but the LOVE OF IT.
- Are you self-published, small press, or other? Fools’ Apocalypse is published by Synesthesia Books which is a new publisher dedicated to illustrated novels. I work with them and am helping them build their publishing list.
- How do you set aside time to write? And do you have a daily word or page goal? I write an hour a day at the minimum before I go to work then at night sometimes, if I just have to get something out of my head. Many Saturdays I write all day, which is when I really get going.
- What did you find to be the hardest part about writing? Editing, period. I’m a horrible self-editor. That is why my publisher has a fantastic team behind the book.
- How long have you been working on The Extremist Edge Series? This started pouring out of me about five years ago. It’s undergone many edits and sat on my digital book shelf for quite a while. But it is so perfect now, I’m very proud of the story and book 2 as well. That will come out sometime in the fall.
- What made you feel that you needed to write this series? This is my way of showing what liberty really is through story and art.
- Do you know how many books you plan on including in this series? There will be four books ( so far ) that will walk readers through the new world and into the revelations of all 6 characters.
- What are your plans after you finish this series? Move to the next story that is begging to come out of me.
- Do you want to make a career of writing or have you already made it a career? I will have a career of writing soon. I just need to find my audience and go from there.
- How long did it take you write the first book of the series? Give or take 4 years.
- Did you draw the illustrations in Fools Apocalypse and what made you include the illustrations? Yes, I started as an illustrator. But it was hard to find an author that wanted me to illustrate their story. So I wrote one. Then because of how terrible it was, I went back to school and years later, wrote another one.
- Did you have a professional editor polish up your novel? If so, how did you go about finding them? OH YES, this is a must. My editing team is finalizing the edits now. Fools’ Apocalypse will be released in June.
- What kind of books do you read? I read anything from The Light We Cannot See, to Lord of the Rings, to Enders Game. I love great stories!
- Do you have a favorite book or series? Favorite author? I’ve really gotten into the King Killer Chronicles by Patrick Rothfus, but there are so many authors I like.
- In the big debate of e-book or traditional hard copy, which do you prefer? Both. If I’m short on cash, I buy ebook. If I’m at a bookstore I pick up the hard copy. I tend to like holding a book in my hand though.
- What is your favorite movie? Too many to list.
- Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why? No one really. I respect the art of acting, writing, drawing, but I don’t feel the need to meet anyone.
- Lastly, what advice would you give aspiring writers? Write what you love. Even if you don’t ever get paid, the act of writing is so warming and you learn so much about language, intent and character it really helps in the day-to-day.
- Anything else that you would like to add that I didn’t ask you about? No, but thank you so much for reviewing and giving me the opportunity to be interviewed.
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Thank you Anderson Atlas for allowing me to pick your brain! Good luck with the book launch in June!