Next Big Thing Blog Hop

4844301193_e0d71bf6baHello again, Ladies and Gentlemen, and thank you for joining me again. While I am used to being the one who gives interviews on this blog, today I’m the one being interviewed. The awesome, 80s hair metal werewolf-loving author David Jon Fuller asked me to be a part of this. It’s half blog tagging, half self-promotion and considering the point of this is to go more into our current Work in Progress, I jumped on the opportunity.

So, imagine him in the interviewer’s chair while I hop up on the hot seat. Hmm, I think my mic keeps falling off. Is this thing necessary? And seriously, why didn’t one of you tell me this chair needs a cushion. I’m about to slip…


Now, onto the questions…

What is your working title of your book?

The working title was simply “Julian’s Story”, in a sheer stroke of brilliance which rivals my calling an order of supernaturally gifted humans The Supernatural Order. My better half – JR – saved me from myself and recommended the title Inevitable Destiny, which is in part an homage to Star Wars.

The Force is strong with that one.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I blame Jessica Fortunato. In her review of Rebirth of the Seer she mentioned that she wouldn’t mind learning more about Julian, the seer who chases after Flynn for most of the book. It’s funny, because I didn’t really know all that much about him at the time, so I prodded him (what you do with the voices when you want them to speak) and tried to figure out what made him who he was.

The plot of this story came tumbling out from there.

What genre does your book fall under?

Dark fantasy, definitely. No romance anywhere near this, unless you count the stolen kiss Ian and Jasper exchange as romance. To me, it’s more along the lines of villainy celebration.

Yes, there are very mild gay references. If you can’t deal with two guys exchanging one brief kiss, then you probably won’t much care for the rest of my work.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

The Ties That BindJoseph Morgan, who plays Klaus in The Vampire Diaries, would be my casting for Julian Reichlin, at least at the time this takes place. He’s nineteen when he gets his gifts. (Probably one of the younger seers called. Peter, at twenty eight, was one of the older ones not to yet have his gifts.)

As far as Jasper Ashcroft is concerned… Tom Hiddleston. I know he’s a generic catch-all for villains at the moment, but I could see him being able to pull off a very old, very devout vampire cultist, if you will. Birgit – Julian’s sister – I often see as a blonde Evan Rachel Wood. Perhaps even a Jennifer Lawrence, depending on how well ERW could pull off being a tough-as-nails German sorceress.

Honorable mentions: A smug Timothy Olyphant as Berwick, the man responsible for handling the seers in the London headquarters. And there’s a character modeled after Phil Coulson from the Avengers. I’ll let you try to figure out who.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

In a world filled with… No, wait, that’s the movie trailer.

New seer Julian Reichlin goes head-to-head with dark magician Jasper Ashcroft, who is bent on destroying the Supernatural Order.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

My works are all published by Crimson Melodies Publishing. So, neither. We’re a small micro-press run by me and my real life significant other, JR Wesley, though I should say we’re mostly run by JR. I’m more of the writer monkey than the brains behind the operation.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Two months. Admittedly, I was battling a massive cold in the middle of all that, which makes writing much more than, ‘Just kill me now,’ a little difficult.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Most of my work in the Flynn series is a mish-mash of Anne Rice meets Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files and occasionally goes out with Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake (the early books) for drinks. The darkest shades of urban fantasy, if you will. This one in particular is a little more Harry Dresden because it focuses on the spellcasters rather than the vampires.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Again, I blame Jessica Fortunato, and will be dedicating the story to her. 😉  Though, I have to say, Julian piped right up with the story of his life when I finally coaxed him into talking.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Four words: Giant Unicorns with Lasers.

Seriously, I know this book is going to mostly be for the Flynn fans and they’re the people I’m writing it for. At the same time, non-Flynn fans, I’m hoping, will appreciate the look into a secret society filled with vampire hunters, and what happens when they’re outwitted by the very thing they’ve fought against for nearly a millennium. The vampires are legitimately the bad guys in this story, so if you like the old fashioned struggle of good vs evil, you’ll love this story.


Now, onto the tagging. These are the victims I have selected to speak about their current work in progress. When they fill out their blog post, I’ll add the link to this entry. (If they decided to take the bait.)

  1. Jessica Fortunato – [blog link] | [post link]
  2. Justine Dee – [blog link] | [post link]
  3. Noree Cosper – [blog link] | [post link]
  4. MR Graham – [blog link] | [post link]
  5. Ava Doran – [blog link] | [post link]

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About Connor

Peter Dawes is the pen name of USA Today bestselling author of dark and historical fantasy, Connor Peterson. Local to the Philadelphia, PA area, Connor is the wordsmith behind the Vampire Flynn and Deathspell series and has also contributed to the story cycle Red Phone Box (published by Ghostwoods Books) and the anthology Nocturnal Embers (published by Crimson Melodies Publishing). He is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community, an active participant in the Philadelphia writing community, and volunteers as a municipal liaison for National Novel Writing Month. While Peter Dawes is also the name of the fictional protagonist of the Vampire Flynn books, Connor assures the reader he is not now, nor has he ever been a vampire. (Any similarities are purely coincidental.) You can follow him on Twitter (@peterdawes) and Facebook (@AuthorPeterDawes), where he actively avoids being on time for any of his publication deadlines.

8 Responses to Next Big Thing Blog Hop

  1. Holy crap, giant unicorns with lasers! Sign me up!
    Just kidding. Always interesting when you look at a “minor” character and realize that person may have a fascinating backstory that demands to be fleshed out.

    • Peter says:

      Thanks so much for tagging me! I admit, my girls got sick and I dropped the ball in finishing this post before it was scheduled to make its public debut. All fixed now. (Unicorns with lasers still present, mind, but some actual substance to follow. 😉 )

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  3. MR Graham says:

    I’m not sure whether you’re serious or not, but “GIANT UNICORNS WITH LASERS” needs to end up on a coffee mug. No illustration, just those words. In Arial type.

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  6. Noree Cosper says:

    So, are you ready for a new Blog Hop? I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. Details here:

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