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Interview with David Constantine - March 9, 2012

Please welcome David Constantine to The Qwillery.  The Pillars of Hercules was published on March 6th by Night Shade Books.  You may read a guest blog by David about the cover art of his novel here.



TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

David:  Robert Howard, for swashbuckling tales of high adventure...

Jack Vance, for for his ability to create worlds that are at once crazily exotic and more than a little familiar....

Michael Moorcock, for creating such a memorable hero....

As to more recent authors, I read George R.R. Martin and Pat Rothfuss obsessively.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

David:  Definitely a plotter. I'm not one of those writers who can just dive in and rely on their subconsicous and inner creativity to see them through. When I do that, my subconscious kicks me off a cliff.

Which doesn't mean that there isn't improvisation in the moment of writing. There has to be. But I'm all about equipping myself with all the tools I can before I get there.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

David:  Finishing the book and having to deal with the fact that I have to say goodbye to it.

TQ:  Describe The Pillars of Hercules in 140 characters or less.

David:  A steampunk /alternate history novel set in the age of Alexander the Great, Athens, and Aristotle.

TQ:  What inspired you to write The Pillars of Hercules?

David:  I'm obsessed with ancient history, but with history, you always know what the ending is. So I wanted to write something that would leave readers guessing.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Pillars of Hercules?

David:  I thought I knew the history pretty well, but the deeper I got into the primary sources, the more I realized that there were so many fascinating aspects about the period that no one has really emphasized before. This was especially true of the technology-- obviously I amped that up, but the truth of the matter is that the ancient world had way more tech than we give it credit for. Heron of Alexandria, for example, invented the steam engine in the first century, but it was never put to widespread use (obviously).

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

David:  Alexander was the hardest. I wanted people to see an Alexander the Great unlike any they've seen in fiction--I think too many of literature's Alexanders are way too idealized, and I wanted mine to have some edges. He's the book's antagonist, true, but no less impressive for it.

As to the easiest character, that's probably Lugorix. He's based on Fritz Leiber's Fahrd (of Fahrd and the Grey Mouser fame), obviously, with a few twists of my own.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The Pillars of Hercules?

David:  When the characters finally reach Atlantis, and realize what that place really is.

TQ:  What's next?

David:  Well, I've just put up the new website at www.thepillarsofhercules.com. And I'm working on another book set in the same era....

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

David:  Thank you!


About The Pillars of Hercules

The Pillars of Hercules
Night Shade Books (March 6, 2012)
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with David Constantine - March 9, 2012
Alexander, Prince of Macedon, is the terror of the world. Persia, Egypt, Athens . . . one after another, mighty nations are falling before the fearsome conqueror. Some say Alexander is actually the son of Zeus, king of the gods, and the living incarnation of Hercules himself. Worse yet, some say Alexander believes this . . . .

The ambitious prince is aided in his conquest by unstoppable war-machines based on the forbidden knowledge of his former tutor, the legendary scientist-mage known as Aristotle. Greek fire, mechanical golems, and gigantic siege--engines lay waste to Alexander's enemies as his armies march relentlessly west--toward the very edge of the world.

Beyond the Pillars of Hercules, past the gateway to the outer ocean, lies the rumored remnants of Atlantis: ancient artifacts of such tremendous power that they may be all that stands between Alexander and conquest of the entire world. Alexander desires that power for himself, but an unlikely band of fugitives--including a Gaulish barbarian, a cynical Greek archer, a cunning Persian princess, and a sorcerer's daughter--must find it first . . . before Alexander unleashes godlike forces that will shatter civilization.

The Pillars of Hercules is an epic adventure that captures the grandeur and mystery of the ancient world as it might have been, where science and magic are one and the same.


About David

Interview with David Constantine - March 9, 2012
David Constantine lives in Los Angeles with his not-so-loyal army of cats. THE PILLARS OF HERCULES is his first novel.

Website

The View From Monday - March 5, 2012

Happy first Monday in March! Spring starts later this month. It's my favorite time of the year.

At The Qwillery this week -

Monday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Thomas Morrissey. Faustus Resurrectus will be published in April.

Tuesday - Interview with Allison Pang. The 2nd novel in Allison's Abby Sinclair series, A Sliver of Shadow, was published on February 28, 2012.

Wednesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Chuck Wendig. Blackbirds (Miriam Black 1) will be published in May.

Thursday - Interview with Christina Henry. The 3rd novel in the Black Wings series, Black Howl, was published on February 28, 2012.

Friday - Interview with David Constantine, author of The Pillars of Hercules, which will be published tomorrow.

Saturday - A surprise

Sunday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Ted Kosmatka. The Games will be published on March 13, 2012.


A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking HERE. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)."



March 5, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
High Rise: A Novel (ri)
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
J. G. Ballard SF
Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
A. Lee Martinez F




March 6, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wicked Edge
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Nina Bangs PNR - Castle of Dark Dreams 5
Now or Never
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Michele Bardsley PNR - Wizards of Nevermore 2
Bridge of Dreams
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Anne Bishop F - Ephemera 3
Twilight's Dawn (h2mm)
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Anne Bishop F - Black Jewels 9
Fair Game
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Patricia Briggs UF - Alpha and Omega 3
Dying Wish
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Shannon K. Butcher PNR - Sentinel Wars 6
Betrayer (h2mm)
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
C. J. Cherryh SF - Foreigner Universe 12
Intruder
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
C. J. Cherryh SF - Foreigner Universe 13
The Pillars of Hercules
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
David Constantine F/AH
The Yearning
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Tina Donahue PNR
The Vampire Files
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
P. N. Elrod F/H - Vampire Files Vol 5
Night Hunter
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Vonna Harper PER
Dead in the Family (mm2tp)
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire 10
Oracle's Moon
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Thea Harrison PNR - Elder Races 4
Donor
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Elena Hearty H
The Star Beast
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Robert A. Heinlein SF
The Slipstream Con
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
S. Reesa Herberth
Michelle Moore
SFR - Ylendrian Empire
The Sorrows
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Jonathan Janz H
Eventide
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Elle Jasper PNR - Dark Ink Chronicles 3
The Drowning Girl
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Caitlin R. Kiernan F
The Mask (ri)
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Dean Koontz H
Jane Carver of Waar
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Nathan Long SF
Far From Heaven
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Cherrie Lynn PNR - Sweet Disgrace 2
Discount Armageddon
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Seanan McGuire SF - InCryptid 1
Deep Magic (ri)
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Joy Nash PHR - The Druids of Avalon
The Forerunner Factor
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Andre Norton SF - Forerunner Omnibus
Crucible of Gold
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Naomi Novik HF - Temeraire 7
The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Joshua Palmatier (ed)
Patricia Bray (ed)
F - Anthology
Haunting Warrior (tp2mm)
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Erin Quinn PNR - Mists of Ireland 2
The Haunting of Maddy Clare (d)
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Simone St. James Hist/GS
Darkness Undone
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Jessa Slade UF - Marked Souls 4
A SEAL in Wolf's Clothing
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Terry Spear PNR - Heart of the Wolf 9
Anchor
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Jorrie Spencer PNR
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 6
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Jonathan Strahan (ed) SF - Anthology
Doubletake
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Rob Thurman UF - Cal Leandros 7
Dire Needs
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Stephanie Tyler PNR - Eternal Wolf Clan 1
Nightborn
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
Lynn Viehl PNR - Lords of the Darkyn 1
A Rising Thunder
The View From Monday - March 5, 2012
David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 13



d - Debut
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
mm2tp - Mass Market Paperback to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

AH - Alternative History
F - Fantasy
GS - Ghost Story
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy

Guest Blog by David Constantine - Cover Art

Please welcome David Constantine to The Qwillery. David's novel, The Pillars of Hercules, will be published in March by Night Shade Books.


Thanks to all of you for hosting me on the Qwillery; it’s great to be here. And for your consideration I’d like to offer the cover art for my debut THE PILLARS OF HERCULES, due out from Night Shade Books next month. I think Night Shade did a bang-up job with this; they created a cover that’s at once both in-your-face and subtle. For a start, we know immediately this is a book that’s set in the ancient world—the helmets and swords and armor may as well have come straight out of 300, and the fact that most of the background (where a city can dimly be seen) is engulfed by inferno allowed the artist to deploy really vibrant colors, combined with earthier tones on the back.

Guest Blog by David Constantine - Cover Art

And I love that red streak down the spine, just behind my name. Too often covers are simply viewed as a function of the book front-piece itself, but to me it’s the entirety of the external art. And if you look closely at both the front and back you’ll see a lot of wheels and gears--a little hard to spot on the front, but hard to miss on the back, thereby underscoring the steampunk heart of the book. The cover blurb spells it out: “A saga of the ancient world – as it might have been”, and that’s what I’ve done here: created an ancient world on the cusp of a steam-driven industrial revolution, and placed Alexander the Great at the center of it. What the uninitiated in the book call magic is really forbidden technology, and sorcerers and mechanists are terms that are used interchangeably by those in the know. So the book goes well beyond just a giant epic battle (though there’s plenty of those!), ultimately giving us a view of the edges of a world that wasn’t…..a view provided by Night Shade’s cover, for which I count myself most fortunate.


About The Pillars of Hercules

The Pillars of Hercules
Night Shade Books (March 2012)
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Guest Blog by David Constantine - Cover Art
Alexander, Prince of Macedon, is the terror of the world. Persia, Egypt, Athens . . . one after another, mighty nations are falling before the fearsome conqueror. Some say Alexander is actually the son of Zeus, king of the gods, and the living incarnation of Hercules himself. Worse yet, some say Alexander believes this . . . .

The ambitious prince is aided in his conquest by unstoppable war-machines based on the forbidden knowledge of his former tutor, the legendary scientist-mage known as Aristotle. Greek fire, mechanical golems, and gigantic siege--engines lay waste to Alexander's enemies as his armies march relentlessly west--toward the very edge of the world.

Beyond the Pillars of Hercules, past the gateway to the outer ocean, lies the rumored remnants of Atlantis: ancient artifacts of such tremendous power that they may be all that stands between Alexander and conquest of the entire world. Alexander desires that power for himself, but an unlikely band of fugitives--including a Gaulish barbarian, a cynical Greek archer, a cunning Persian princess, and a sorcerer's daughter--must find it first . . . before Alexander unleashes godlike forces that will shatter civilization.

The Pillars of Hercules is an epic adventure that captures the grandeur and mystery of the ancient world as it might have been, where science and magic are one and the same.


About David

Guest Blog by David Constantine - Cover Art
David Constantine lives in Los Angeles with his not-so-loyal army of cats. THE PILLARS OF HERCULES is his first novel.

The View From Monday - January 30, 2012

It's the last Monday in January! January has been incredibly busy here and has flown by. February will be jam-packed as well. The Qwillery is ending January and will start February with a lot of 2012 Debut Author goodness!

Monday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Myke Cole. Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) will be published on January 31, 2012. The Control Point cover by Michael Komarck is devastating the competition in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for January! Go vote.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with David Tallerman. Giant Thief (Tales of Easie Damasco 1), David's debut, will be published on January 31, 2012.

Wednesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Elisabeth Staab. Elisabeth's debut, King of Darkness (Chronicles of Yavn 1), will be published on February 7, 2012.

Thursday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Eowyn Ivey. The Snow Child, Eowyn's debut, will be published on February 1, 2012.

Friday - Guest post by Laura Kaye. In the Service of the King (Vampire Warrior Kings 1), an e-novella,  will be published on February 1, 2012. North of Need (Hearts of the Anemoi 1) was published in November 2011.

Saturday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Tes Hilaire. Tes' debut, Deliver Me From Darkness (Paladin Warriors 1), will be published on February 7, 2012.

Sunday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Post by David Constantine. The Pillars of Hercules, David's debut, will be published in March 2012.


Here's the book list for this week. There are a lot of books to choose from. And to help you shop, you can find a printable PDF of this week's book by clicking here. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)."


January 31, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Faceless
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Simon Bestwick H
The Witch's Daughter (h2tp)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Paula Brackston F
River Marked (h2mm)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Patricia Briggs UF - Mercy Thompson 6
Control Point (d)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Myke Cole MSF - Shadow Ops 1
All Things Wicked
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Karina Cooper PNR - Dark Mission 3
Deception
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
William C. Dietz SF - Mass Effect 4
The Sacred Band (h2mm)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
David Anthony Durham EF - Acacia Trilogy 3
The Plain Man (h2mm)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Steve Englehart F - Max August 3
High Bloods
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
John Farris UF
Lair of the Lion (ri)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Christine Feehan PNR
The Crucible of Empire
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Eric Flint
K.D. Wentworth
SF - Jao 2
Undone Deeds
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Mark Del Franco UF - Connor Grey 6
A Devil Named Desire
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Terri Garey PNR - Devil's Bargain 2
Darkest Highlander
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Donna Grant PNR - Dark Sword 6
Third Grave Dead Ahead
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Darynda Jones UF - Charley Davidson 3
Intensity (ri)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Dean Koontz H
Shadows West
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Joe R. Lansdale
John L. Lansdale
H - Story Collection
Earthblood & Other Stories
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Keith Laumer
Rosel George Brown
Eric Flint (ed)
SF
Carousel Tides (ri)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Sharon Lee UF
Burned
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
J. F. Lewis UF - Void City 4
A Little Night Magic
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Lucy March PNR
His Dark Bond
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Anne Marsh PNR - Fallen Angel 2
Greatshadow
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
James Maxey EF - Dragon Apocalypse 1
The Questing Road (h2mm)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Lyn McConchie EF - Questing Road 1
When We Were Executioners
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
J.M. McDermott F - Dogland Trilogy 2
Wrong Side of Dead
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Kelly Meding UF - Dreg City 4
Embassytown (h2tp)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
China Mieville SF
Kings of the North (h2mm)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Elizabeth Moon EF - Paladin's Legacy 2
The Unremembered (h2mm)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Peter Orullian F - Vault of Heaven 1
The Quantum Thief (h2mm)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Hannu Rajaniemi SF - Quantum Thief 1
Sadie Walker Is Stranded
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Madeleine Roux H
Heir of Novron
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Michael J. Sullivan EF - Riyria Revelations
(omnibus)
Giant Thief (d)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
David Tallerman EF - Tales of Easie Damasco 1
The Great Game
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Lavie Tidhar SPTh - Bookman Histories 3
After the Golden Age (h2mm)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Carrie Vaughn UF
In Fire Forged
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
David Weber SF - Worlds of Honor 5



February 1, 2011
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dream Space
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Julie Armstrong F
Firelight (d)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Kristen Callihan PNR - Darkest London 1
Ember (e)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Kristen Callihan PNR - Firelight Prequel
Zombiestan
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Mainak Dhar H
The Thing on the Shore
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Tom Fletcher H
Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention (ri)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Paul Guinan
Anina Bennett
SP
The Snow Child (d)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Eowyn Ivey F
In the Service of the King (e)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Laura Kaye PER - Vampire Warrior Kings 1
Sun of Apollo
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Darab Lawyer
Clinton Libbey
SF - Revelation 911
Eyes Like Leaves
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Charles de Lint F
The Dread
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Gail Z. Martin EF - Fallen Kings Cycle 2
Nocturnal Whispers (e)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Caridad Pineiro PER - novella



February 2, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Lost Goddess
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Tom Knox Th w/ PE



d - Debut
e - Ebook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback


EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
MSF - Military Science Fiction
PE - Paranormal Elements
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPTh - Steampunk Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFN - Urban Fantasy Noir
Interview with David Constantine - March 9, 2012The View From Monday - March 5, 2012Guest Blog by David Constantine - Cover ArtThe View From Monday - January 30, 2012

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