Book Giveaway & Author Interview: AngelFall by S.E. Foulk

Welcome to Author S.E. Foulk


Bio:

S.E. Foulk was born in Camden, NJ, attended Eastern High School in Voorhees, and moved to Hawaii when he was 26. After meeting his wife and having a son there, he enrolled in the University of Hawaii and graduated in 2000 with a degree in Computer Science. 
He first encountered a copy of Dante’s Inferno when he was just 13 years old, becoming permanently obsessed with the Infernal landscape. He started writing his first book, AngelFall Book I – A Novel of Hell, in March of 2007 as a ‘short’ background story for a video game, and it developed into The AngelFall Series almost immediately. 
He currently resides in Newark, California with his wife and son. He has 2 children, and 2 grandchildren.

Website: http://www.theangelfallseries.com
Blog: http://www.theangelfallseries.com/wp


Interview:


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
The past of course! I have a lot of things I would set straight. The future? No, it’s already coming waaaay too fast!

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Alan Rickman, Bruce Willis, and George R.R. Martin

What is one book everyone should read?
The Hobbitt by J.R.R. Tolkien because it’s probably the best fantasy-adventure story of all his books!

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Cyberman – I would have to power to go into remote computer systems and make/reroute electronic money transfers; then I’d hit the Wall Street bankers accounts, offshore and locally, and clean them out.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
To fly! I’ve been desiring that since I can remember. It may be why I chose to write a novel like AngelFall. Funny though, I have a fear of heights. I would probably feel better if I could fly on my own power.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
No favorites there. I like quite a few, and some at sometimes better than others.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
My grandfather, who died in 1974. I have a few things to ask him, and a few things to tell him that I didn’t get to when I was a child.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Steak and eggs and beans! Something about a highly proteinous breakfast just really works for me. Of course, I dream of having a farming lifestyle one day, and such a breakfast only works when you have lots to do. I would get superfat if I ate like that everyday!

Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird sometimes, night owl others. I’m not set on either yet. I have a feeling I would be an early bird (for my farming, of course) if I had no TV.

Pet Peeves?
People chewing with their mouths open and smacking their lips loudly. it makes me insane!

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&M’s. Chocolate seems more real than the polymeric fruit-like substance known as ‘Skittles,’ but I eat them too.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
AngelFall is the story of someone who awakens in Hell, alone and without any explanation or memory of who they are, much like those of us born into our own personal Hell.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I have roughly 5 more books coming in the AngelFall Series, and then I will work on a project to create a video game for AngelFall. I have another book to write, totally unrelated, which I will publish, then try to get a movie made from it. I started it once, as a screen play, and it has never left my consciousness. After, I’m sure more stories will come, and I will write them too!

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I just love a good story! My grandfather used to read to my older brother and I at bedtime each night from a book called ‘The World’s Greatest Fairytales’, so when I could read I used to read so much I had to go to the encyclopedia to sate my appetite. I have always been in awe of writers, and I’ve thought up a lot of stories as a normal course of my life, always thinking I couldn’t write books; afterall, I got bad grades in English grammar! So I decided to create a video game one day, and of course you have to have a good story. So began AngelFall…
It was supposed to be 10 pages max, and after 50 pages I conceded defeat and continued to write my book. I was overjoyed, and scared at the same time.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
This is a tough question. I have three pretty good moments, and I like them equally. First, was when one of my younger readers, aged 15, told me Book I was ‘epic!’ Another reader, a Catholic priest, roughly 50-ish, said ‘I couldn’t put it down!’
The other good moment was when I got a publisher to offer me a contract. I realized that I should have already felt validated, and since then I’ve been much more at peace with myself, okay to acknowledge that I am a writer.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
It would be J.R.R. Tolkien’s world, of course! Not just because it’s a world of strange beings and beasts, but because it has a lot of nature still intact, and is clean and green!

What is your dream cast for your book?
I don’t actually have one. I think I would let the director surprise me.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Dante’s Inferno!

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
I have couple which have passed through my mind. (1) ‘Evanescence – Wake Me Up Inside’ comes to mind when, in my story, Aristotle finds the comatose form of Mortuus and (2) ACDC Hells Bells as an overall. I’m still looking for more too.


What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Go for it! Just do it! Don’t doubt yourself, don’t let others rain on your parade, or make excuses why you can’t. Start writing, and don’t edit until you finish!

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
North America, pre-colonial period (@1200-1400). Preferably in the northeast, New England area.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Another toughie. I still have to visit a few more places before I can conclude, but for now I would say somewhere in Canada. Tbd…

What is your favorite Quote?
I have lots, but Mark Twain said one that just cracks me up, especially since I once worked in the Hawaii Public School system. “Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.”

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
When I was little I said a lot of things, including ‘writer.’ But my overall was probably ‘explorer/adventurer.’

How did you know you should become an author?
I didn’t know, it just sorta happened, and I was very glad when it did!

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
J.R.R Tolkien, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Louis Sachar, Dante Alighieri, and probably some I’m forgetting.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I’ve come to realize, and long after writing AngelFall, that every character and creature represents some aspect of me. It’s a very strange realization, I must admit.

Hidden talent?
None. Sorry.

Favorite Food?
I love the wild game meats when they are cooked properly. My family and I went to Wyoming in 2005 and I ate a great meal of Elk. The next day, we went to Yellowstone Park, and when a trio of Elk walked by our car, my wife remarked “They’re so beautiful.” I added “And yummy!”

Favorite Candy?
A toss up between Caramel Creams, which I haven’t seen in years, and Reeses Cups.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
The movie is Harry Potter 7.5, but I’ve seen it and realized they cut it for what looks to be a Special Edition. I’m getting ready to read ‘A Game of Thrones’ soon as I get a break from writing/editing/publishing.

What was your favorite children’s book?
I read, in the back of my eighth grade reading book, a condensed story called Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl. It was an adaptation for 8th grade students which I have never seen again, but I read it like I was going to eat it! The adventure was excellent!

How do you react to a bad review?
It depends on the review, but I try to get what I can from it. I still have 5 more books in this series to publish. If the criticism is constructive I will absolutely use it to better my future writing. My 2nd and 3rd books are being edited now. If it is because the reviewer read it way too fast, or had a personal/political/religious issue with it, then there is really nothing I can do.

If you were a bird, which one would you be?
An eagle! High and far would be my flying range.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
You know, I’m not sure. When people ask me to sign my book I get pretty uncomfortable. I’m not an autograph seeker myself, so I don’t know why people care about such things.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
I’d fix my car! Then a Raw Food Retreat to get my health together, a personal trainer, a very good tax account, probably my brother, the CPA, and –
Okay, I’m going off here. You get the idea…

Which authors have influence you most how?
Dante did. I stumbled onto his Inferno when I was 13 years old and became so obsessed that I wrote a book based on it years later.

What do you do in your free time?
I’m a little strange, but one of my favorite things to do is walk in nature, but I bake, read, and I absolutely love a good movie!

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Fall is my favorite season, and I love the cool, crisp weather.

Write a Haiku about your book
Aristotle died
Limbo was his Hell placement
Mortuus he awoke.

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Stephen King!

AngelFall

A mysterious ancient prisoner has been freed from eternal sleep,awakened after millennia by the wandering Aristotle, who roams freely despite the edicts of the Elders Council. Tired of living within the gilded cage of Limbo, the great teacher has unknowingly opened Hells’ own Pandora’s box and set in motion a chain of events that will forever alter the infernal landscape.

Will the Fallen, those Dark Angels who reign over Hell, discover their loss? And why does this prisoner not know who he is? Can he evade capture and get to Limbo?

Giveaway Details:
5 Winners will each receive a paperback copy of
Giveaway Open to US, Canada, Europe & Australia
Ends 10/18/11

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