The Call of Agon by Dean F. Wilson – Book Giveaway & Author Interview

 call ofThe Call of Agon

THE LAST LINE. THE LAST WORDS. THE LAST CHANCE.

Ifferon is one of the last in the bloodline of the dead god Telm, who mated with mortal women, and who imprisoned the Beast Agon in the Underworld. Armed with a connection to the estranged gods in the Overworld and a scroll bearing Telm’s powerful dying words, he is tasked with ensuring the god’s vital legacy: that Agon remain vanquished. Fear forces Ifferon to abandon his duty, but terror restores his quest when the forces of Agon find his hideaway in an isolated coastal monastery.

Weighed down by the worries of the world, but lifted up by the companions he encounters along the way, Ifferon embarks on a journey that encompasses the struggles of many peoples, the siege of many lands, and discoveries that could bring hope to some—or doom to all.

 

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dean resizeAuthor Dean F. Wilson

Dean F. Wilson was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1987. He started writing at age 11, when he began his first (unpublished) novel, entitled The Power Source. He won a TAP Educational Award from Trinity College Dublin for an early draft of The Call of Agon (then called Protos Mythos) in 2001.

He has published a number of poems and short stories over the years, while working on and reworking some of his many novels. The Call of Agon is his first published novel.

Dean also works as a journalist, primarily in the field of technology. He has written for TechEyeThinqV3The Inquirer, and VR-Zone.

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Interview

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
The past, for two reasons: a) I absolutely love history, and I would love to learn more about certain eras; b) we don’t know what will happen in the future, so that could mean travelling to a dystopian world, or to a destroyed planet, or something equally horrific. I would precede travelling to the past with study so that I could ensure I’m not putting myself or others in danger.
If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Night Owl.
If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Daylight.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Common sense. (Fans of Deadpool should get that one.) Really though, probably flight or telekinesis.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Croissants, but I usually have something healthier like muesli.
One food you would never eat?
Soylent Green. In truth, probably sushi. I’m not a big fan of fish in the first place, and raw fish doesn’t sound that appetising.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Read The Call of Agon because it is an engaging page-turner, and the story and words will live on well after you have closed the book.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Book Two of The Children of Telm is well underway and should hopefully be out by the end of the year. I also have several other novels and series in the works, though they are on hold until I have finished writing the current trilogy.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
A love of words, language and sound. It was a childhood dream, now fulfilled—and still fulfilling.
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Hermes, because of his link with language and magic.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
At first, Batman. Then when I was a bit older (around 10 or 11), a writer. I’m still working on the Batman part.
If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Someone amazingly good-looking and intelligent. Honestly though, I think that’s impossible to say.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Definitely. I think it is inevitable that a part of the author goes into each character, even the ones that are very different. I might not be a woman or a prince or a knight, for example, but who the characters are is always projected through the lens of the author. So, on one side there are the more overt facets of an author’s personality, which family, friends and avid fans might pick up on, and on the other side there are characters who represent how the author views the world or certain issues that face humanity. All of this said, we are all influenced by what we read, see, experience, and so forth, and these affect how characters are portrayed. Generally speaking I would never write a character based on someone I know, but subconsciously they, along with everyone and everything else, would filter into my writing in some shape or form.
How do you react to a bad review?
Internally it always hurts, to varying degrees depending on how constructive the criticism is. A judgement of an author’s book ends up being a judgement of the author, since the author is reflected in the creation. Externally, however, every author must be dignified in how they communicate with anyone, but especially their readers. Without readers, the author is like an actor with no one watching. Language is all about communication, so it needs an audience. In the end a book will never please everyone. Even the best-sellers invoke such contrasting views and opinions from people.
What’s your favorite season/weather?

Autumn or Spring, and temperate weather. I’m not a huge fan of the heat, but than neither is my pale Irish skin. Thankfully Ireland tends not to have the extremes that some other countries have.

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

Neil Gaiman. His collaboration with Terry Pratchett in Good Omens was excellent.
What do you think of book trailers?
They are hit and miss, just like film trailers. The problem is most authors and publishers don’t have the money to make really high-quality productions, and books and film are obviously very different mediums. It doesn’t hurt to have another medium through which readers can find your work, however. Speaking of which:

What words or expression do you overuse?
I used to say “what-cha-call-it” a lot when I was a kid. It was my “emm.” Nowadays it’s probably “grand, thanks” whenever I’m shopping.
If you were President for a day,what is the first thing you would do?
Make a 2 day working week and 5 day weekend. There would be chaos though. Still, vote for me in the next election!
If you could leave this world for your “book world,” would you?
No, because then I couldn’t experience all the other book world possibilities. While fiction, like many other forms of entertainment, is often a form of escapism, life is here to be lived and enjoyed in all its facets. Books can be an asset in helping us get the most from life.
If you were not a writer, what would you like to do?
Act. It’s not modest of me to say it, but I think I’d be quite good at it. As with all things, I would attempt to perfect my performance.
Do your characters really talk to you?
I wouldn’t say they talk to me, but they certainly live out their own lives. Some more than others. I think that is really the test of how well developed a character is. They start to react to situations seemingly of their own accord. The job of the writer then is to put them into different situations and capture what they say and do.
Are you for or against books being made into movies?
I am all in favour of it. I understand that there are many bad film adaptations, but I think readers need to understand that they are two very different mediums. They should not be compared in a literal sense, and most books would not translate well if they were taken word for word. Indeed, much can be lost in that process simply because books rely on language, even if they are written in a very visual manner. In the end movies can help bring a new audience to a book, which is always a noble purpose. For those movies that are terrible, they are what they are, and in my mind they do not reflect upon the books they are derived from.
About how long does it take to write a book?
It really does depend on the person, how focused and disciplined they are, how well developed their idea is, and how few distractions they have. Theoretically I could see it possible to write a book in a month, but for me that simply would not work in reality. I am a perfectionist, so I would most likely end up thrashing what I had done and starting over, and then rewriting the new version, and so on. Six months is probably the minimum time possible for me. ForThe Call of Agon it was 13 years, but a lot of that time was spent growing up, experiencing life, learning my craft, and figuring out not only what the story of this book was, but what the overarching story of the trilogy would be.

This or That

 
TV or Movies? TV.
Hot or Cold? Cold.
Black or White? Black.
Night owl, or early bird? Night owl.
Print or Ebook? Print.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla.
Regular or Diet? Diet.
Coke or Pepsi? Coke.
Horror or Romance? Horror.
Action or Drama? Action.
Pizza or Pasta? Pizza.
Skittles or M&Ms? Skittles.
Sweet or Salty? Salty.
Summer or Winter? Winter.
City or Country? City.
Harry Potter or Twilight? Harry Potter.
Gum or Breath Mints? Breath Mints.
Spontaneity or Planning Ahead? Planning Ahead.
PC or Mac? PC.
Beach or Pool? Beach.
Shoes or Sandals? Shoes.
Cats or Dog? Cat.
Apples or Oranges? Oranges.
Cause or Effect? Cause.
Heads or Tails? Heads.
Facebook or Twitter? Twitter.
Truth or Dare? Truth.
Text or Talk? Talk.
Introvert or Extrovert? Introvert.

 

 Giveaway Details

1 signed copy of The Call of Agon

Open Internationally

Ends 5/5/13

 

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Comments

  1. Thank you for this amazing chance! I would really love to read this book. It sounds amazing! Congrats to the author!

  2. I have to say that I would travel into the past too as I enjoy studying history. The book sounds very interesting – mix of myth, history, and fantasy.