Author Interview – Adam Dreece – “The Yellow Hoods”, “The Wizard Killer – Season One” & “The Man of Cloud 9” (Young Adult, Science Fiction, Steampunk)

Hey there everyone.

Have I got a treat for you all tonight……Yes I have and it is not a rhetorical question, I would never do that to you all on a Monday of all days 😉

It is with greatest pleasure that I introduce you all to another outstanding author in the Author Interview series.

Adam Dreece shares with us his writing experiences and inspirations to reveal himself to be a very entertaining and inspiring individual himself.

Enjoy the show folks and happy reading.

 

Hi there Adam, wonderful to have you here to discuss your work, your inspirations and the driving force behind everything that you do.

Let’s start with your very popular steampunk meets fairy tale series, The Yellow Hoods. Can you tell us more about the concept behind the series, the challenges your lead protagonists face across the course of their adventures and the overall themes/premise of the series?

At the heart of it, I wanted The Yellow Hoods to be an engaging series that my kids could enjoy when they were tweens, then again as adults, and once again as parents, seeing it differently each time. That meant writing it on different levels, and having to make sure that older audiences would have enough to sink their teeth into while kids wouldn’t be bogged down. Also, I loved the idea of having a world of wonderous inventions that was grounded enough to be an alternate history version of ours, but with fairy tales woven into its fabric as real.

On the fairy tale front, I was inspired by Ring-Around-the-Rosie and its relationship to the black plague. So I took rhymes like Rub-a-Dub-Dub and made that about a secret society called the Tub, which has always been led by a butcher, a baker, and a candle-stick maker. I took the idea of Santa Claus and deconstructed it, having two brilliant inventors who were in their twilight years, Nikolas Klaus and Christophe Creangle, with the latter having a daughter in her 30’s named Christina Creangle. I don’t make any of the books an explicit retelling of a fairy tale, but rather, I think of the events from each one of the books as being remembered centuries later by a fairy tale.

Tee, Elly and Richy are the main trio, though there are several very well developed secondary characters who have some great personal journeys. At the beginning of Book 1 – Along Came a Wolf, the trio are twelve-years-old and feel like masters of their world, living in a small mountain town. Everything changes as a stranger comes to town hunting for steam engine plans, and the trio start their journeys towards understanding who they are and what it means to be a hero. Tee and Elly, who are best friends and have been since pretty much birth, end up learning how far they will go for each other and what the costs of doing that are.

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You also have published two Adult novels – the post-apocalyptic fantasy book “The Wizard Killer – Season One”, and your science fiction novel “The Man of Cloud 9”. What are the concepts behind these particular books regarding the plots and the central themes that influence them?

The Wizard Killer was an experiment gone horribly, horribly RIGHT. I affectionately refer to it as my adrenaline-junkie book. It’s written in a “binge TV show” style, with every ‘section’ of the book being an episode, rather than a chapter, and every episode having its own micro-arc.

The core idea for The Wizard Killer was to create a world that had been at the height of magic as a technology (thinking levitating cars for the regular person), and nations were lead by wizards but not the Harry Potter type. The world then has its apocalypse, and we come into it through the eyes of a man who comes back from the dead for the third time, with scrambled memories. I’m told it has a Wasteland/Fallout feel with a Science Fantasy heart, and Western-twist. One of my critics called it “Harry Potter meets Diehard.” The magic and politics of it have been compared to Stephen King’s Gunslinger. The series has been popular with adults and kids age 12+.

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The Man of Cloud 9 is the opposite of The Wizard Killer in many senses. Set seventy years from now, it’s a character-centric technothriller. It follows a genius whose unable to let go of a vision he has for a banned technology, even after he’s revolutionized the world and created the biggest company of the era. It’s not enough to fill the hole inside. Like an addict, he never trusts anyone with the complete truth out of fear that they’ll take it away from him. Through all of this however, there’s one person he’s protected from the very beginning, which weaves down that twisted path of no good deed goes unpunished.

I drew on my 20+ years of experience in software, my time in Silicon Valley and Microsoft, and a lot of dark places that I’d found myself over the years, particularly when my life was largely about finding purpose in endless days of pain.

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If your novels were to be made into films (or even a TV series), who would you cast in the lead roles?

For The Yellow Hoods, I wouldn’t have been able to answer until I saw Logan. Dafne Keen could definitely be Tee, though finding the right Elly and Richy to balance things would be a challenge. Another pivotal character in the series would be Nikolas Marcus Pieman. I think for Marcus Pieman, Jason Isaacs could do it justice.

To play Niko Rafaelo, the genius at the heart of The Man of Cloud 9, my first thought is Hugh Jackman. He could communicate the sense of someone with emotions and drive, someone who is locked within a prison of themselves and fearful of the world around them, yet has a vulnerability.

As for The Wizard Killer? I’m stumped.

What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?

The hardest part for me is finding the ‘it’, the essential nugget that pulls everything together. I feel like an archaeologist digging all over an area, looking for the first signs of artefacts but when I find it, everything starts coming together. Coming up with initial ideas is easy.

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Who are some of the authors and historical figures that inspire you?

When I was in high school, I read the Dragonlance Chronicles by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. There’s a death in the second book that really hit me hard, and that was the first time I’d felt loss from written words. That same year, I read Brave New World by Aldus Huxley, and it made me go quiet and thoughtful.

Now, decades later, I paid tribute to Hickman and Weis in The Man of Cloud 9 (one of my Easter Eggs), and Brave New World has been moved to the non-fiction section.

What sort of research do you do to write your books?

I’ll lookup inventions, parts of history, but mostly I pull from my imagination and background. I had a career in taking ideas and trying to find a way to turn them into plausible systems of people and software and processes, and then having to lead teams to create those very things. Every experience taught me a lot about the human condition, and I made time along the way to sit down with people and try to understand who they were. Little did I realize that it would all become a wealth of information for when I would unleash my real self, my writer self.

When I’m dealing with a subject that is well outside my realm of experience, I hunt someone down to share their experiences with me. For example, in a story I’ve recently written, I have a trans-gender character and I wanted to make sure that they were authentic and the way I had written them wasn’t accidentally offensive. So I found a few friends who have been through that journey and they provided great feedback.

I believe that in being a story teller, we need to go explore the unknown and bring it back for everyone else.

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Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve always been an ideas person, someone asking what if, why and how. I could express some of that in software, but I was always limited by time, cost, and the dependency on vast teams (depending on the idea).

It took a serious medical event, months and months of horrible pain, to get me to see that my way of fighting against it would be to unleash my imagination in the most pure form that I could, by writing. My daughter gave me a nudge to start writing the first book, Along Came a Wolf – The Yellow Hoods #1. I haven’t looked back.

What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?

When the well runs dry, I stop trying to get more from it. I try to find things that will recharge me, that will get me thinking about something new. I’ll review my notes or force myself to give people a call and go for coffee. Sometimes I focus on another part of being an author, as writing is only one part of it.

At the end of the day, if all else fails, I go through all works of mine (from when I was a kid) or go through my old comics or role playing games, finding the little ideas that I’d left in there for me to rediscover years later. “Oh, that panel of X-Men 191, I remember reading that when I was 13 and I thought about a robot animal that could juggle. Hmm, HHMMMM maybe I could use that.”

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You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?

You aren’t a fraud, you’re dyslexic and a genius, and they are masking each other. Don’t believe the words being pounded into your head, don’t believe those who are jealous of you because they can see your gifts even though you can’t. You will become the mentor that you wished you’d found, and you will change the world for some people by giving moments of your time and through your words. The one can be right and the 100 wrong. You can change the world, one person at a time.

And don’t buy that Iron Man #1, it’s not actually in near mint condition. There’s a slice right through it on the bottom right that’ll degrade its value.

How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?

I’m a stay-at-home-dad, so when I’m not writing, or taking care of my 3 kids, or investing in my marriage which has been the backbone of my success, what else do I do? Is there any time left? These days, I’m DARING to get back into playing some video games. I haven’t played anything since I started writing my first book, in January 2014.

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Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?

I’ve got some novellas in the world of The Yellow Hoods planned, as well as Season 3 of The Wizard Killer. The biggest thing I’m working on is a whole new Dreece-verse, a fantasy space opera that will likely get compared to Lord of the Rings meets Battlestar Galatica, with a hint of Firefly. It’s called Tilruna.

Keep your eyes peeled this fall and next spring as you’re going to start seeing some really cool new stuff!

Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?

Give yourself permission to make a complete and total mess as you write. I don’t write from chapter one to the end, I jump around, I allow inconsistencies to exist at first. It’s like baking, the whole kitchen becomes a disaster zone, but then I start cleaning up and at the end, I’m left with something that is amazing. Too often we cage our ideas and our ways for getting them out, let go of that. If you want to bake cookies and have a perfectly neat kitchen along the way, you’re going to make it ten times harder for yourself.

And that’s a wrap! Thank you for being a brilliant guest and for sharing more about yourself and your books Adam, you certainly are an inspirational person 🙂

Thanks so much!

Bio:-

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Adam Dreece kicked off his indie author career with his best-selling steampunk meets fairy tale series, The Yellow Hoods, which struck a chord with kids 9-15 and adults. After four books in the series, the former software architect put out two more young adult books, the post-apocalyptic fantasy book The Wizard Killer – Season One, and then his science fiction novel, The Man of Cloud 9. The first two novels in The Yellow Hoods series, as well as The Wizard Killer, have been finalists for Book of the Year awards from the Independent Author’s Network.

When he’s not working on his next book, Adam can be found giving talks at schools, libraries, associations, as well as comic-con type events like CalgaryExpo and FanExpoCanada on subjects from how to get one’s ideas out and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, to how to give a successful book signing.

Along the way, Adam has faced many challenges, including working around his Dyslexia (reading and writing disorder), and needing to be ruthless with his time and energy in face of his severe asthma and chronic abdominal scar pain. He’s become an inspiration to some, and a symbol of tenacious hard work to others.

He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and children. He is an active online mentor at adamdreece.com, and is a busy public speaker, panelist, and author in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

You can connect with Adam on the following Social Media channels:-

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If you too would like to be interviewed on my blog at TooFullToWrite and you have a book or a series of books that you would like us to chat about then fill out the Contact Me form here with your details and we can arrange a future interview slot.

Still want more? Well, Adam is a determined and tenacious individual to be sure, by his own admission 🙂 For more articles on the theme of ‘Tenacious’ then check out the links below:-

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