Author Interview with P.G. Fogarty
Updated: Aug 28, 2018
This week 's interview is with new YA Dark Fantasy author, P.G. Fogarty! P.G. has just published his first book, A Father's Fire, and couldn't be more proud. Let's take a closer look and see what inspires this author's world!
1. Why do you write?
Few things lift my spirits like writing can. Particularly on a day where my mind is firing, and the plot is falling into place. Days like that give me a rush of adrenaline. I feel like writing is written into my DNA. I’ve wanted to tell stories since my first memories. And I need to flex those creative muscles. Same way a carpenter needs time in the garage or yard to work on their projects.
2. What’s an interesting fact about you?
Most social situations exhaust me. Small talk bores me. Get me in a room with a small circle of friends, and I’ll come alive a bit. But just a bit.
3. Do you have any other artistic talents beyond writing?
I’m pretty useless otherwise. Unless we count getting 100% trophies on Bloodborne (PS4). That was a proud day.
4. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Definitely energizes me as long as things are going right. Although, If I write for hours and hours during the day, I will struggle with sleep. Sentences keep flowing and forming even during my dreams. Most of them don’t make sense, but some are goddam gems. Unfortunately they never come back from the ether with me.
5. Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
I think it will help, generally. I think the more confidence you have in yourself, the easier it is to put yourself out there, or ask for things from people. On the other hand, that can work to your disadvantage. If you have rock solid faith in your abilities, your eyes and ears aren’t open to receiving criticism. I’m on the other end of the spectrum. Little confidence + introvert = difficult to put myself out there. Ideally, I’d like to be somewhere in the middle.
6. What is your writing Kryptonite?
It has to be the Internet. The true blessing and curse.
7. Have you ever gotten writer’s block?
All the time. For me, writer’s block is usually related to plot. I have it with a particular story I’ve been putting together for the past few years. I’ve come to understand that the wall is my mind telling me what I’m writing ain’t even captivating me, let alone a prospective reader. So that’s usually when a ruthless decision needs to be made. Characters, locations, or themes need to go, or get thrown into the blender. I do get the kind of writer’s block where you can’t even string a coherent sentence together. Usually some music or a walk down a wind swept river will help with that.
8. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Definitely. Purely to protect myself should I write some absolute stinkers. In the end, I decided to put my name to my work, albeit abbreviated.
9. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
To be honest, I don’t set out with either thought in mind. I write what I think is a soundly structured story (to the best of my abilities). I’ll make decisions purely for the story and characters, and to satisfy my internal critic. So I guess I’m writing for me first.
10. Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
I think there’s space for all writers. A voice will find an ear. Personally, I want to be moved.
11. What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I joined Twitter a few months ago and have met a wonderful range of writers. Too numerous to mention everyone that has helped or inspired me. I kind of expected most people would live in their own bubbles, retweeting and spamming their work. But the community has proven way more interactive than I thought.
12. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Well I use a deer as my Twitter profile picture, so I guess I’m stuck with that. Fear the day I replace it and nobody knows who I am anymore. Why a deer? I just want a peaceful existence, where I can walk nature’s pathways.
13. How do you select the names of your characters?
They just come to me. I’m not usually one for going through baby name lists, or combining words to find new meaning and so forth.
14. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Finding free time to write. Retreating to the writer’s room without feeling guilty that you’re withdrawing from your partner. Particularly when there is no financial reward to show for your work.
15. Does your family support your career as a writer?
Absolutely. My greatest challenge is getting my family to understand that I’m just another spark in a big, big fire, and not the greatest unknown writer of all time. I find myself managing others’ expectations before I manage my own :)
16. Tell us about your new book. What Genre?
A Father’s Fire is a Young Adult Dark Fantasy.
17. Who’s your favorite character?
Probably my villain, Prince Seraphis. I wanted to write a villain who was consumed by revenge, but not against the hero. I wanted his story to be very personal, with a worthy cause to boot. Even if the reader didn’t agree with the decisions he’d make, I wanted them to understand his desperation. In the novel, Seraphis’ decisions set him on a collision course with the main character, Roshin, entwining them both in a deadly race against time.
18. Why should we read it? Give me your best elevator pitch?
For those new to the fantasy genre, I think this would be an easy bridge in. It’s a purely character driven story that relies largely on its human elements as opposed to fantasy elements. Ultimately, this is a novel about the relationship between fathers and sons. But I’ve tried to tell it in an exciting, fun way. I hope I’ve succeeded.
19. What’s your idea of success about this book?
Just for people to read it. Each person that reads it is a triumph.
20. Where can we find your book?
You can find it on Amazon. Available on Kindle and Paperback. Click here.
21. If someone wrote a book about your life what would it be called? Who would play you? Daydream - But I think it would be much more interesting as a metaphorical spirit animal tale. We could bring that deer out of retirement.
22. Epitaph on your grave?
In among all the other indie authors. A line of gravestones all saying the same thing: ‘Read my book [Long Amazon Link]’
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