What inspired you to write this book? The Bloodmoon Chronicles started off as a series of notes I jotted down to pass the time while I was working at a crappy job some years ago. That was how my first novel Inquisition was born. Recently I published the sequel called Agents of Chaos and I'm working on the last book in the series called Death March. Both books are self-published..
Can you tell me about the book? SPOILER ALERT! The Bloodmoon Chronicles is a dark fantasy that takes place in the fictional city of Premia. The plot revolves around the Bloodmoon Scrolls, four ancient but powerful artifacts that'll give anyone, villain or hero, god-like powers.
What is your writing process like? With my Bloodmoon Chronicles series I didn't write an outline; the story is created as I go along. For my other manuscripts I wrote chapter summaries and made detail notes.
Was the character inspired by a real person? If so, who? Dean Jayden, my main character is a mix of real people I've known in my life. Some of these people lived “interesting” lives, that's where I drew from. Other characters like Emerson Ellis, Femme Fatale Grace and Isaiah “ID” Douglas were a mash of real and fictional people. Overlord Darius was drawn from another fictional character.
What do you think happened to the characters after the book ended? Let's see...after the series ends I could see Dean Jayden and his brotherhood becoming a guns-for-hire. The Deimos Nomads would probably go back to their nomadic lives. King Rogerio would most likely fall sick and Clan Darkskye returns home to Nagle.
Does writing energize or exhaust you? Oh I could write without stopping.
What are common traps for aspiring writers? Allowing writer’s block to hold them back from their project; anytime I've experienced it I worked on something else until ideas for my current project start flowing again. Getting discouraged when being rejected; we all go through it, we just need to keep on submitting our manuscripts (or take a break if need be).
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? I definitely want to bring something new to my readers, in the hopes of giving them what they want. (Visual: ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?) Just kidding!
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? Unlike the Bloodmoon Chronicles, my other projects are all stand alones, no connection to each other.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? I've self-published two novels so far. As for my other projects my goal is to find a reputed publisher. Codename: Scarlett is in the beta reading stage. ICONs of Mayhem and Damaka the Alakian are both first drafts.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? I'll read up on certain topics like conspiracies or paranormal let's say for example, or I'll watch YouTube videos on the Templars or specific war that took place. The research will take me about a couple of months, but by then I'll have jotted down a few words for my project.
How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one? Hahaha! I'm still a part-time author!
How many hours a day do you write? Given a busy work week, I try and get about an hour every night. If it's thr weekend then I'll go for as long as I can.
What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult) Adult.
What did you edit out of this book? There wasn't much I edited out of my novels.
How do you select the names of your characters? I look up names from other nationalities and try and fit them with my characters.
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work? I work a full time job right now, would love to write full time!
What was your hardest scene to write? The hardest scene for me to write was Dean Jayden and him facing hard decisions (sorry, I don't want to give too much away for those who haven't read my novels).
How long on average does it take you to write a book? About two years.
Do you believe in writer’s block? I believe that if you have writer’s block, then working on something else other than your manuscript would be the solution; it'll help declutter your mind so that ideas will start flowing again.
What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand? I find using Google Docs on my phone works because if I have an idea for my story, rather waiting and possibly forgetting I could just enter it and done. That and computers.
When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer? About eight years ago, working at a really crappy job; I would write down anything just to keep my sanity until it turned into entering ideas on my phone using a notepad app, morphing into my first novel.
How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something? It was challenging at first, but once I got into a good flow the writing process was smooth. It also helps having my notes with me.
Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day? Not really but I probably should! The only time I actually set a goal for completing a certain number of words per day was during NaNoWriMo.
Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you? I've been led by wherever my ideas take me for the Bloodmoon Chronicles.
Do you read much and, if so, who are your favorite authors? Hmm...Greg Iles (Penn Cage series), Matthew Reilly (Shane Scofield series), George RR Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Tad Williams. I've enjoyed reading Glen Cook's Black Company series.
What is the most important thing about a book, in your opinion? You can have an awesome story, but if the cover doesn't catch the reader’s eye and the description doesn't pique their curiosity, then nothing will make that potential reader pick up that book.
Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read? The first novel I read (without being forced by the teacher in high school...lol!) was one called Crisis Four by Andy McNabb. Needless to say that I was hooked; I ended up either buying the books for the Nick Stone series or receiving them as gifts.
How much of yourself do you put into your books? Very little. The only thing my character Dean Jayden has of me is my interests in martial arts.
Who are your books mostly dedicated to? My readers.
Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family? My girlfriend, my sister, of course my parents.
Writers are often believed to have a Muse, your thoughts on that? Artists definitely have that source of inspiration that they could tap into; whether it's a religious figure or someone who was a major influence in their lives.
Is it true that authors write word-perfect first drafts? I don't believe any first draft is perfect.
Did any of your books get rejected by publishers? Not the novels from the Bloodmoon Chronicles, but my manuscripts outside the series have.
What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any? If it benefits both authors then I don't see it as a problem. I myself have not co-authored any.
Is writing book series more challenging?
I can only speak for myself when I say that no, it wasn't challenging; all my ideas and story-lines would not have fit in one book.
Does it get frustrating if you are unable to recall an idea you had in your mind some time earlier? It does when I don't write them down at the moment, especially when working at a day job.
Have you ever destroyed any of your drafts? I've lost my original first draft (Inquisition) and another project I was working on when my phone crapped out. Not a good time, though I look back and laugh now. It also forced me to write new ideas.
Can you tell us about your current projects? Absolutely. I'm working on the 3rd book in the Bloodmoon Chronicles series called Death March. Codename: Scarlett is a sci-fi about a young orphan who is on a quest for revenge and faces powerful enemies in her path; this novel is a stand alone and is in the beta reading stage. ICONs of Mayhem is a dystopian about an underground organization fighting for its existance after an unexpected event, the first draft is complete. Damaka the Alakian is a post-apocolyptic about two realms (the dark realm of Alak and the realm of Suryia, home of the Beakons) at war upon the ravaged world of Erde, first draft.
Had any of your literary teachers ever tell you growing up that you were going to become a published writer one day? I had one English teacher, Mr. Pastoor who believed in my potential after reading my version of Romeo and Juliet, even got an A for that assignment.
Were your parents reading enthusiasts who gave you a push to be a reader as a kid? My parents were readers who would push me to pick up a book. I was my mother who convinced me to read the Iliad and the Odyssey.
Do you enjoy discussing upcoming ideas with your partner? If yes, how much do you value their inputs? I like bouncing ideas off my partner. She’s presented some cool ideas, some I try to incorporate in my stories, but I try not bore her as well...lol!
Have you ever turned a dream or a nightmare into a written piece? No, but I do have a vivid imagination! I've also written dream sequences in my projects.
How can readers find out more info about you and your books? My Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/Author-William-Diaz-1480236135588937/.
Inquisition: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/inquisition/id952565562?mt=11 http://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/inquisition-william-diaz/1120923506?ean=2940046460629 http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/inquisition-10 http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/500790 https://www.scribd.com/mobile/users/Smashwords/collections/8058764 http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00OARFNOC/ref=mp_s_a_1_10?qid=1420481163&sr=1-10&pi=AC_SX110_SY165_QL70. Agents of Chaos https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/x/id1447035533 https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/agents-of-chaos-1 https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130014673?ean=2940155911432 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MFZPJ38