Every time we release a book, we’ll post an interview with its author during the month before the book is published. Our next novel, The Blessed, comes out on September 1st. The Blessed is a sequel to Sand to Glass, although the books don’t have to be read in order. Like Sand to Glass, it is a dark literary fantasy, and we are interviewing Remy Apepp, who loves to dig deeply into characters’ psyches.
Thinklings: In this sequel book, you’ve developed your world and mythology a bit further. What’s your favorite new element that you introduced?
Remy: Ah well, this book was actually the one I wrote first, so this book had all the original elements of the world mythology and it was actually Sand to Glass that expanded on that. Although the parts with the gladiators weren’t in the original draft but were sections I added in later, so I guess those. Oh and the last part of the book and the mention of Gamesh, I haven’t really written much with him yet, but I like his character a lot and I’ll be very excited to properly introduce him at some point. And I guess also the Deathless get something of a mention here and I really like them as well. There’s actually so much that I’ll be really excited to write more on at some point. . . .
T: Do you have any habits or rituals as a writer?
R: Er . . . no? I just write. . . .
T: Usually interviews ask for an interesting tidbit about you. We’ll flip that and ask: What’s a boring fact about you?
R: Well, if “interesting” means something that is different about you in comparison to others and “boring” means something that is the same about you as it is to others, then the most boring thing I could say is that I, like all of you, am human.
T: What, if anything, do you like to snack on while writing?
R: I have so many: Doritos, M&Ms, Pringles, anything chili . . . I LOVE SOUR CANDY *Gintoki* and that one chocolate that I can’t remember what it’s called. In conclusion, all junk food is my fave *Takasugi* (stolen with permission ’cause people I know are awesome).
T: Do you edit while you go along, or do you wait until after the first draft is done?
R: Most of the editing is done after the first draft is done, I think . . . unless I change my mind mid-writing and go back to change something to match the new idea. I don’t really pay much attention, to be honest. Sand to Glass I actually only edited once, though; this book I went through 12 different versions of. The original draft was 108,148 words, if you can believe that, haha. [It’s now about 58,000 words.]
T: Are you currently working on any writing projects?
R: Yes . . .
Very mysterious! We can’t wait for more Tales from the Mythusian Empire! Thanks, Remy (our fellow anime fan)!
The Blessed is perfect for fans of Anne Rice books and will be available on Amazon, starting September 1st, in paperback, hardback, and e-book formats.
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