The Phoenix Blade
by Andrew Hess
Welcome to BK Walker Books Etc. I'm so happy you could join me today in Lindenhurst, NY.
BK: Looking out the nearest window, describe the scene you see.
AH: I would see green grass, the bright blue sky, and tall pine trees.
BK: Tell us about your office. Is it a mess like mine, or is everything in its place?
AH: My office is a complete mess, but that’s because everything I own is crammed into one room. Once I find someplace that gives me more room, I can setup my office the way I want and everything will be easier to locate.
BK: What is a must-have, such as coffee or a favorite pen that you need to write?
AH: I don’t really have a must have. As long as I have my computer, or a notepad and pen, I’m set and ready to go.
BK: Do you like to write in silence, or do you need music or background noise?
AH: I need some sort of sound in the room. I go stir crazy without either the TV or music being on. Unfortunately, that also works against me; as it becomes a distraction sometimes.
BK: Tell us a bit about your hero/heroine, and their development.
AH: Andrew Lancaster starts out as a nearly out of college boy who is still harboring feelings of hurt and paranoia; believing his mother was murdered six years earlier when everyone else ruled it an accident. He lets these feelings dictate his decision to take the Benefactor up on his offer in order to find out who killed his mother and get revenge for it. Once he goes after the killers, he and his friends are stuck in a web of lies, deceit, and murders that he can’t seem to get out of. Along the way Lancaster finds himself taking charge of his group and trying to find a way out to protect his friends and the woman he loves.
BK: As a writer myself, I'm always curious how other writers get through stumble blocks. When you find a story not flowing, or a character trying to fight you, how do you correct it?
AH: I’ve learned to push through it and write something. You can always go back and fix what you wrote. If you stay on one thought, it will take longer to get passed. However, there are times when you need to take a step back and relax, Usually that is when I sit in a dark room, listen to music and rest my mind.
BK: Using the letters of your first name as an acronym, describe your book...
BK: How did your writing journey begin?
AH: Originally it started in 5th grade when I was in the creative writing club and then in 6th grade when I wrote my own newspaper. However, the real story began when I was in college and I decided the government could be doing anything behind closed doors without everyone knowing about it and wanted to write something based on that. Ever since then, I kept getting new ideas of what I wanted to write and find new ways to take readers by surprise.
BK: Using the letters from the word, Summer, how would friends and family describe you?
BK: What is the craziest thing you've ever written about, whether it got published or not?
AH: The craziest thing I wrote had to be when I was a kid, but those stories are long gone and forgotten. Since then, the craziest thing would be a horror script called Graveyard Nightmares.
BK: Tell us one thing you've done in life that readers would be most surprised to know.
AH: I completed the Fight for Air Climb earlier this year which was climbing the 55 stories of One Penn Plaza for charity.
BK: What can we expect from you in the future?
AH: I am currently working on editing the sequel to The Phoenix Blade and also working a detective series.
This or That...
Coke or Pepsi?
AH: I don’t really like drinking soda anymore, but when I did I preferred Coke.
Night Owl or Early Bird?
AH: I’m an insomniac so I would have to say Night Owl.
Fantasy or Mystery?
Pen/Paper or Computer?
AH: Computer, it’s easier to make a mistake and fix.
Pizza or Burger?
AH: That’s a hard one. I love them both, but usually crave a good burger just a little more lately.
Rock or Country?
AH: Definitely Rock
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Beach or Mountains?
AH: Beach, it’s more relaxing to me.
Thank you so much for having us as one of your stops today. It has been great getting to know more about you and your book, and wish you the best of success!
About The Author:
Release Date: April 24, 2013
Follow the journey of Andrew Lancaster and his friends as they are thrown in the middle of the biggest government conspiracy to hit the United States. Andrew is contacted by a man known only as the Benefactor.; claiming to be a government official that has been monitoring Lancaster and his friends. He is told they have enough evidence to arrest them for treason, but would like to hire them instead for a top secret government project. As a bonus the Benefactor says he will reveal something Lancaster has wanted to know for the last six years. Who killed his mother.