Thanks for dropping by my blog, Ashanti. Tell me a little about yourself.
I’m an after school instructor. I teach sports, poetry, and computers for the little ones. I also teach older adults how to use computers because my Masters degree is in Gerontology. I personally love life-long learning and always try gaining new skills. Currently, I’m supposed to practice on my Les Paul, but I’ve been cheating on her with writing.
What’s Barcode: The Legend of Apollo about?
Spencer Colt attends a university for gladiators that his father owns. He is praised as a god powerful enough to defeat the dictator known as Helios. Though he tries running from his responsibilities, a mysterious boy appears that violently motivates Spencer to accept his fate. He not only trains to fight his enemies, but works at defending the people he loves and his home.
This novel is a Fantasy/Science Fiction but the romance is definitely there. I believe it can be considered an Urban Fantasy as well.
What made you want to write it?
This story has bugged me for years. I’ve thought about it constantly since my college days. I normally write romances and wanted nothing to do with a science fiction or a fantasy. But one weekend, my in-laws were visiting and I needed something to do while they occupied my work station, the living room. So, I started reading Harry Potter and made plans for my story. Before I knew it, I was done.
How long did it take to write the novel?
It took three weeks to write my novel and three rewrites. I originally tried third person, but I’m not good at that style. My strength lies in connecting readers with the main character.
Who is your favorite character? Why?
My favorite character in the story is Kode for reasons I can’t say without giving the story away. But he’s very mysterious and has a dark past. He has hero like qualities–persistence, endurance, and motivating others–but he uses them for evil. Readers will find themselves in a love-hate relationship with him.
How do you think readers will respond to the story? How do you want them to respond?
I think readers may wonder where the plot in the story is for a few chapters, but once the story evolves, they’ll see a huge problem unravel. Then, they’ll cheer for some characters and hate others. I ultimately hope they love this story. I used a lot of my experiences and my favorite scenes from my other unpublished work to strengthen this novel. Hopefully it pays off.
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