If you’re like me, you probably read a lot of books without knowing much about the people who wrote them. Working with the fifteen authors to put together the Fall of Magic anthology seemed like a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on some of my fellow authors. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting interviews with many of them.
Today’s author is Andy Peloquin, an award winning author of epic and dark fantasy. His story The Forgotten Children, is his second urban fantasy story set in Heartland City. Heaven’s Assassin, is the first and has been published in the Elementals anthology. It “…introduced Heartland City, the explosion that killed my characters’ parents, and essentially gave them their powers.” Andy has the main character of Heaven’s Assassin make a cameo in The Forgotten Children and he said, “Elle’s coworker Gav is a character in Heaven’s Assassin.”
These connections between stories help build a world with depth that readers are sure to love. Andy says the two stories are the start of what will become “a full novel series.”
When asked who he’d want to play his main character in a movie, he says he’d pick, “Jennifer Lawrence, but I’d be happy with Emma Watson, Chloe Grace Moretz, or even Tristin Mays (from MacGuyver).” All wonderful actresses.
Andy’s interest in writing started at an early age, and he credits one of his teachers for encouraging his efforts. “I had a science and arts teacher who was so enthusiastic about art (writing, drawing, poetry, etc.) that I was infected with his drive to create.”
However, life doesn’t always give us a straight and clear path to our preferred profession. It wasn’t until Andy found himself without a job that he dove back into writing. “I had a knack for writing interesting content, so I leaned into that talent and started earning a living doing that,” Andy said. He started with copy-writing and blogging, but the seed of writing fiction had already been planted.
Then Andy decided to take a chance.
“One day, I sent one of the short stories I’d written during my teenaged years to a publisher friend, and she was so encouraging in her feedback. It made me think, “I can do this!” I sat down to write (a graphic novel script that will soon be turned into a novel), and I haven’t looked back since.”
Several years ago, Andy was diagnosed with mild Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s written on his website about “the desire to understand my brain” and how it’s sparked an interest in how similar disorders affect others. He wrote a collection of short stories where “Disability becomes Power.”
Different Not Damaged is a collection of six impactful stories that stems from his desire to understand himself and others. Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, calling the work “perfect,” “eclectic,” and “compelling.”
Andy brings a perspective to his work that is rarely experienced. All three of the characters in The Forgotten Children deal with unique, yet increasingly relatable difficulties. “For example, Aiden is autistic, Kaden is an amputee, and Elle deals with social anxiety. The character from my other Urban Fantasy story is blind. It’s fascinating to use these disabilities in fiction—not only to create real characters, but to show that these things perceived as “weakness” could actually be real strengths.”
Random Facts about Andy Peloquin:
- He’s a father of four.
- He’s a runner, weightlifter, and a gamer.
- Andy loves Wheel of Time, Lord of the Rings, and the Stormlight Archives.
- His favorite fiction-to-TV/movie adaptations are Game of Thrones and Deadpool.
- He enjoys conventions like San Diego Comic Con, WonderCon, New York City Comic Con, and InD’Scribe.