Interview with Peter Dawes, author of Eyes of the Seer

Thank you for inviting me to visit. As with any visit to someplace new, I would like to assure both you and your readers I shall not bite. Well, not unless extended the invitation, that is to say. 😉

Thank you for the much-needed reassurance. Just looking at the cover gives me the willies. Who designed your cover art?
The very talented Ms. Christine Griffin. While modeling is not always my forte, she gave me ample incentive to sit still. And I must say, she captured my good side.
Anybody interested in viewing more of her artwork can find her on deviantART: http://quickreaver.deviantart.com

Christine Griffin is quite talented. Now that Eyes of the Seer is out, what’s next?
I am currently working on the second book of the trilogy, Rebirth of the Seer, putting the final touches on it. Then my editor shall take the manuscript and make it more closely resemble a novel before we release it this July.
Aside from finishing The Vampire Flynn Trilogy, however, I am also working on a paranormal romance with Ms. Karyn Mitchell and have a few other urban fantasy treats in store. Two of my short stories shall be in an anthology called Red Phone Box and another shall make an anthology being put together by my publisher, Crimson Melodies. I cannot say much about that project except it is well worth looking out for. Strange creatures, a supernatural bar, and a portal to other worlds. We have a talented team of writers all contributing to it.

Ooh! That sounds great. You’ve got a lot of characters to keep straight. Did any of your characters change roles in the creation of this story?
Yes, quite a bit. When I first wrote Michael/Robin into the story he had not been intended to be a major character. I shall never forget sharing one of the earliest versions of the manuscript with a dear friend of mine. During one very pivotal point in the book, she was overwhelmed with emotion and pestered me for the next few months to make things right in Robin’s world again. I had never anticipated such a response.

Positive feedback can lead to wonderful things. Have you ever made big changes in your story because someone didn’t like it? Was it worth it?
Quite a few changes, actually, and I am glad for every one of them. This is why one should never be afraid of constructive criticism. It is like trusting someone with a piece of your soul, and brings the risk that they might prick you deep enough to bleed. If you allow yourself to remain objective, however, and trust your instincts, you discover all sorts of possibilities to improve upon the prose. I rewrote Eyes of the Seer twice and each time I pick up our final edition, I see just how far the story has come. It is a thing of pride for me.

What about changes that happen because of the voices within? Have you ever battled with any of your characters over their personality traits? Who won?
Oh heavens, I battle with my characters all the time. When it is not over their personality traits, it is over how much they are drowning out another character I desperately need to finish a story. And then, the two of them argue, and before I know it, I am out in public with warring voices in my mind arguing over everything from bath soap to the color of the carpet. It would be nice if they allowed me my way once or twice. Or, at least listened when I asked them to be quiet.
Err… I mean, of course not. What? Do I look insane?

LOL You sound as insane as any other writer out there. How do you research the paranormal elements in your story?
During one of those infamous rewrites, a friend and I got into a two hour discussion centered on whether or not a vampire can truly ‘drain someone dry.’ What we determined was that aside from severing key arteries and using gravity or a vacuum system to syphon the blood, a vampire could drain roughly four pints before the human went into shock and once the heart stopped, attempting to drink the blood from two tiny puncture wounds would take a terribly long time. I have to be careful; I read other writer’s work and instantly declare, “No! He did not drain them dry!”
Then other people look at me strangely and I sheepishly go back to reading.

Please settle this mystery for me. Do you use a pen name?
Never. I am quite proud of penning my autobiography. Considering I am the world’s first vampire-seer, I have lived quite an extraordinary life thus far and figure it should be entertaining for somebody, at the very least.
In all seriousness, as you can tell, I have quite a bit of fun using Peter as my pseudonym. And I chuckle whenever I catch a comment on a review or a blog which points it out. My favorite was from an Amazon review:

I think, perhaps, the most disturbing part of this book is that the author named the main character after himself, as if writing an autobiography or story about himself. Things that make you go, “hmmm”.…..”

One final question, if I may. How do you fill your non-writing hours?
I am an audiophile and an Anglophile, which means British bands have magical, mystical powers over me which could probably coax me toward doing all their evil bidding. I watch movies or television whenever time permits. I favor Doctor Who, BBC’s new Sherlock series, and Supernatural. Sometimes, I indulge roleplaying games such as Dungeons & Dragons and World of Warcraft which proves I have never managed to grow up.

Now that Peter has given you a taste of his story, here’s the blurb.

Eyes of the Seer,
By Peter Dawes

It all started with a murder. Two victims lay dead at the hands of Peter Dawes, but what laid in wait for him was not the sound of sirens or the banging of a gavel. It would turn a doctor into a killer and a man into a monster.

Follow Peter as he exchanges his blood-stained clothing for tailored suits, his scalpel for fine-crafted daggers, and is reinvented as the newest vampire-child in a coven of decadent sophisticates. He even takes on the name ‘Flynn’ – a child of red – in honor of his new-found devilish side and to further distance himself from his human past.

For four years, Flynn embodies every bit the bloody immortal he was sired to become. Under the reign of his maker, Sabrina, he establishes a reputation as the most feared assassin to ever terrorize the covens of Philadelphia. But the surefooted-steps and quick hands that make him a virtuoso when it comes to killing humans and vampires alike are attributes of the mortal destiny which haunts him even beyond death. And despite all efforts, Peter’s humanity is not as dead as some would prefer.

On the verge of completing their vie for power, Sabrina’s ‘dark-killer’ will suddenly find himself wrestling his devotion to his mistress when an impish sorceress named Monica awakens the hidden powers he was destined to possess. In this world of macabre and shrewdly practical immortal beings, will Flynn’s supernatural gifts be used to orchestrate the wicked deeds of his maker? Or can the cold-blooded nature of a vampire be warmed by the compassion of a Seer?

EYES OF THE SEER is a gripping tale conspicuously authored by Peter Dawes – years later, he’s decided to put the story of his life to paper, albeit listed as ‘fiction’. (Vampires can’t really claim to exist, after all. It would ruin the whole gig.)

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About the Author:

Peter Dawes is an author of urban fantasy, native to the Philadelphia, PA area. The stories he writes often focus on the paranormal, with real life people being thrown into extraordinary circumstances. The clash of good vs evil and hero vs villain is a staple of his work, though he is never content to leave the hero unscathed by the end of the day. There is always a trial experienced and a lesson learned, even if it’s learned the hard way. Far from being an archetypal author, though, Peter Dawes recognizes that what is black and white is often painted with shades of gray and even the heroes fall while the villains rise above. To Peter, the classic struggle epitomizes something within all of us that digs deep for the last mile, doggedly holds on to love, and sometimes ignores the safe path for the road less traveled. He also may or may not be a vampire. He leaves that for the reader to determine. 

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