April 2017 Author of the Month: Andrew Gordon
Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.
Since devouring The Lord of the Rings as a preteen, he has been a fan of all things fantastical. His imagination has helped him create works of high fantasy, paranormal thrills and touch of the futuristic. He also writes the occasional contemporary story.
He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his husband of twenty-two years. Together they are raising their pre-school age daughter and three dogs. Andrew tries to squeeze writing time in around his most important jobs, being husband and ‘Papa.’ Along with teaching how to kick a soccer ball or ride a scooter, he has become fluent in cartoon characters and children’s books.
So, what have you written?
This seems like such a simple question, but it was harder to answer than I thought. My first book was (Un)Masked. This was a co-written with Antya Sunday. It was a paranormal mm romance. But romance (of any stripe) isn’t my passion, fantasy and paranormal (of all stripes) are what I love to write. So after that I began writing the Champion of the Gods series, which is a high fantasy series with LGBTQ characters.
How many books to your series? (if it is a series)
Champion of the Gods will be five books in total. Books 1-3 are available (and on sale for the month of April 2017) and book 4 – Child of Night and Day is being released April 11, 2017. No release date for book 5 yet, I’m not done tinkering. There is also one ‘prequel’ and a second one with the editors and cover artist.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
Like so much else, the answer isn’t black or white. Free books work if you have a true series and you want to hook readers on overall story arc. Free books also work if they are specially written for your fans, i.e. short stories that fill in the gaps or flesh out minor characters or important events from the past. But I don’t think it works nearly as well if there is no compelling reason to read more from the author. With all the free books available, even a prolific reader could probably find enough free books to go a year or more without buy a new book. (Probably a lot more to be honest.) Certainly there are a number of readers who when they find someone they like will go devour everything else that author has written, but I find a majority of people who get free books (and I don’t mean by winning one, I mean downloading a perma-free book) enjoy it and then move on to another of the free books in their TBR pile. Not because they are cheap or won’t buy a book, but because they have so many others they want to read.
What do you love most about the writing process?
Finding my groove. When a story is flowing, things like food and sleep become annoyances. The cliché about characters writing themselves has a fair bit of truth to it. It is those times when I could write as long as I could stay conscious that really excite me.
Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than any others?
As I said above, I’m more of a fantasy writer. Action, tragedy, magic, these are easy for me. Romance is harder, but love scenes are the hardest. And I don’t mean the carnal, let’s get naked and sweaty kind of love scenes, I mean showing the reader how in love these two are. This is where showing not telling is such a truism. It’s not what they say, but how they look, the small touches, the nuanced body language. Getting those just right so the reader feels the connection between the two are the hardest scenes for me to write.
What do you think makes your book stand out from the crowd?
Telling the world why I’m so great is always a struggle for me. I’m a horrible self-promoter. (Even in my day job.) I don’t know what others think makes me stand out from the crowd, but I know what I want to set me apart. I put a lot of thought into how ‘magic works’ (or the special talent or power) in my stories. When someone finishes a scene where magic or power is used, I want the reader to smile and say cool. I don’t want the reader to roll their eyes and think, ‘that was lame,” or the scene lacked imagination.
Is there a character you feel especially connected to? Why?
Will Morgan from Purpose. He is probably the most flawed and complex of my paranormal characters. His story also draws heavily on my life experiences, both in terms of the settings and some of the plot. The police involvement and details mirror the procedures of the D.C. Police Department as I’ve experienced them for the last nineteen years. And I took pictures of places to help me describe places as accurately as possible. Excluding the speculative fiction elements, it’s very accurate as to time, place, and characters.
The book blurb (Series Blurb)
In the Great War of ancient times, Neldin, the God of Death, sought to rule the world. He almost succeeded, but Kel, the Champion of the Six, destroyed Neldin’s bridge into the world and closed the Eight Gates of Neblor. Some thought forever.
But Neldin returned. His servant, Meglar, surprised his enemies and all the great wizards who opposed him. The Six chose a new Champion to save the world. Young and untested, Farrell struggles to unite those who oppose Neldin. With each confrontation, however, his task seems ever more impossible.
Child of Night and Day—Champion of the Gods book 4 will be released April 11, 2017. To celebrate, DSP Publication is having a Champions of the Gods sale. Now through the end of April you can get the first three books in the series for $4.48.
- Book 1: The Last Grand Master—free
- Book 2: The Eye and the Arm—$.99 cents
- Book 3: Kings of Lore and Legend—$3.49
- Book 4: Child of Night and Day—Pre order now $6.99. (Available April 11, 2017.)
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