This is continuing feature on Archer’s Aim – Fantasy Authors Unplugged. I hope to frequently share an interview with a fantasy author. If you have authors to suggest and/or questions you’d like to see answered then leave a comment or send me an email. If you are a fantasy author and would like an interview please let me know and we’ll plan one that fits your schedule. Today, I welcome back Daniel Adorno who’s sharing his newest title due out on 8/5. Take it away, Daniel!
A. Originally, I planned to write a scifi novella in three months, but then it snowballed into something greater. I wanted to tackle three personal writing challenges: a new genre, a shorter work of fiction, and the first person perspective. Two out of the three worked out in my favor (the book became longer than a novella!) So in a sense the departure from fantasy was a creative experiment, but I’ve also been intrigued by the post-apocalyptic genre and thought it would be a good setting for a story.
Q. What are your thoughts as to the current popularity of this genre?
A. I think the genre is largely popular right now because of The Walking Dead TV show. I’ve never watched that show, but the themes of survival and humanity joining together for a common cause are compelling. Post-apocalyptic fiction is also popular because of the uncertainty of our own times. Widespread violence on a global scale, political corruption, economic fears, religious persecutions, cyber threats, and a whole host of other issues are reported on the news daily which feeds into the fear that our world is getting worse and the end times are just around the corner.
Q. What’s the plot of Thy Kingdom Come?
A. Many years into the future, a nanovirus outbreak occurs that affects the majority of the world’s population. The virus called Navitas alters human DNA and essentially turns them into machines with an insatiable hunger for electricity. Since the Mindless congregate where electricity is present, the surviving population has entered a new dark age to avoid infection. One of the survivors of the outbreak is Dex, a teenager who lost his family to the epidemic and now finds refuge in the basement of his neighbor’s house. In his spare time, Dex talks over the radio secretly with his best friend, Cassidy, who lives miles away. When the infected Mindless invade his new home, Dex realizes he doesn’t merely want to survive. He wants to uncover the cause of Navitas and how to stop it. A surviving member of his family, Uncle Richard, has the answers. But Richard lives in Minneapolis, which is ground zero for Navitas and the Mindless. Despite the dangers posed by infection and looting gangs squabbling for resources, Dex embarks on his quest not only to find Richard, but also save his best friend Cassidy.
Q. Have you changed your writing process since your first book? If so, how?
A. I have altered my process dramatically for this book since my last one. I used to just write with no plan or outline in place then go about editing multiple drafts. With this book, I made a concise outline of the major plot points I wanted to cover. After the writing was finished, I did a major content edit of all the beats of the story to make sure I hit all the high notes and kept the story fast-paced and engaging.
Q. What’s been the response for this latest book?
A. So far, the handful of advance reviews I’ve received have been overwhelmingly positive. People enjoy the action-packed storyline and the plot. It’s very encouraging and I can’t wait for the release!
Q. Is there anything that helped you write this book – a trip, music, etc?
A. There’s a song by one of my favorite bands, for King and Country, that constantly helped me focus as I wrote the book—it’s called Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. If this book had a soundtrack, that song would be on it!
Q. Are you thinking about writing a sequel or other science fiction? Anything dystopian in your plans?
A. There will be a sequel to Thy Kingdom Come, but it may be a while since I’ll be transitioning back to fantasy so I can finish my initial trilogy in that genre. No plans for anything dystopian, but never say never!
Q. What have you done differently in releasing this book versus your first one?
A. For this release, I’ve really reached out to subscribers of my email list to help me promote the book and I’ve contacted several authors to review and cover the book on their blogs. I’ve listened to multiple influencers like Jeff Goins, Michael Hyatt, and Chandler Bolt talk on their experiences in releasing best-selling books. In my first year of self-publishing, I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge about book launches and I’m trying to implement several key strategies to get this book in front as many readers as possible. We’ll see if it works!
Hi, my name is Daniel and I’m a fantasy/scifi author. Thanks for visiting my website and blog. Here’s a little background on me: I began writing back in 4th grade when my teacher assigned everyone to write a short book with construction paper and crayons. Little did I know then that my award-worthy book on race cars would be the start of my writing career. This year, I accomplished what I thought would be an impossible feat: publishing my first novel. You can learn more about it here.
I’m a Christian and a history buff, so my stories weave themes of faith and historical elements with fantastical plots and characters. My blog runs the gamut on topics, but typically you’ll find me covering these subjects:
- Self-publishing advice and resources
- Methods for being an effective writer/blogger
- Updates on my current projects.
My primary goal is to write stories that enlighten, inspire, and entertain readers who love the imaginative settings of fantasy and science fiction. However, I also feel a responsibility to help aspiring authors and writers, so I do my best to share what’s worked in my writing career through the blog. Some methods I’ve adopted may work for you as a writer, but some might not. The cool thing is we’re in it together as writers. So please, read the blog, sample one of my stories, or contact me for anything you might need. If you like what you read, then subscribe to my newsletter to receive blog posts and first access to new stories straight to your inbox. Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to knowing more about you.
You can find Thy Kingdom Come on pre-order at Amazon.
Thanks to Daniel for the interview today and kudos for taking on a few new challenges with your latest title, Thy Kingdom Come. As always I encourage everyone to check out this indie author’s work and support his efforts. If you’re a fantasy author and would like to be interviewed for “Fantasy Authors Unplugged” just contact me via email or one of my social media channels and we’ll set one up.
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