Today I’m chatting with Erik Swett, author of the exciting new Urban Fantasy, Apocalypse Rising. Erik is giving away an autographed copy of Apocalypse Rising!! Erik, thanks for being here today.
Taking a book from first idea to finished product is a daunting task. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
There are two things I would have done differently. The first thing I would have changed is that I would have changed the bulk of the book from present to past tense. The present tense thing seems to turn some people off. I don’t read a lot of present tense material myself, but I was experimenting with style when I started writing it. The second thing is that I would have made the book longer and tied up some of the loose ends that I left dangling for the next book.
Present tense takes some getting used to, but the payoff–that sense of immediacy–can be huge. So can setting. How did you choose your setting?
I started off modeling the setting after the city where I live, Charlotte, North Carolina. However, it quickly morphed into something all its own. As big as Charlotte might be, it doesn’t match the scale of what I was picturing in my head as I went along. I pictured in my head this city where the downtown area with all of the corporate wealth and skyscrapers was separated from an older, darker part of town by a thriving, well lit suburb that could be found almost anywhere in America.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I like to read and play videogames, but I don’t get a lot of time for that. Most of my non-writing time is spent working or doing things with my wife and kids. I am a big time family man, so I would rather spend my time with them than anything else.
Being a family man, have you ever use a pen name?
I don’t use a pen name, but I have in the past. I might use one again in the future, but for now I am proud of who I am and what I have written.
What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
I hope they enjoy the story and the action, but more than anything, I hope it makes them think about what it means to have faith. I’m not just talking about faith in God, I’m talking about in people as well. I think that in this modern world we are all too eager to believe the worst in everyone, and that is a shame.
What was your favorite scene to write?
My favorite scene was the first fight scene in the book. I have always struggled with writing fight scenes because I can picture it all in my head, but I have a hard time putting it into words. I tend to be either too detailed or not detailed enough. I feel like I nailed this scene perfectly, so I am pretty proud of it.
Please share with us something that readers would be surprised to learn about you.
I almost have two personalities. When I first meet someone I can be REALLY shy. I’m not a wilting flower hiding in the corner of a room shy, but I feel incredibly awkward around people. The second personality comes out after I get to know someone. Once that happens I am the most outgoing and gregarious person you could meet.
Oh, I think lot of readers can relate to you on that score. Speaking outgoing personalities, who is your favorite hero of fiction?
I’m going to cheat here a little and use a comic book hero. I like Spiderman. It is not because of his abilities or his heroic nature that makes him a favorite. no, for me it is the quick witted comebacks. I suck at that. I always think of something great to say way after it is needed.
LOL, I totally get that, Erik. You should hear the witty zingers I come up with on the drive home! ☺
By Eric Swett
Cover Artist: Jan Marie Parupia
Long ago, an Angel surrendered his memories and his power when he left Heaven behind, so that he could make a difference in the real world. A couple thousand years walking amongst the teaming masses of humanity has left him disillusioned, but he refuses to give up. He spends his time with the forgotten souls of an urban slum, making a difference wherever he can.
When Justin witnesses the brutal murder of a woman at the hands of a ruthless business tycoon, he must run before his eternal life is cut short. Justin must swallow his pride in order to save himself, and the one friend he has left. The journey back to the fold is filled with danger and discovery as he finds himself in a race towards the end of the world.
About The Author
Eric Swett started writing a story at 100 words a day in the spring of 2011 as an exercise while he worked on his novel. One year later and that exercise turned into his first novel, “Apocalypse Rising.”
He is the husband of Tracy and the father of Zachary and Connor. He works in the IT industry and is a recent transplant to North Carolina. He loves all things science fiction and fantasy and openly claims the title of geek.
Connect With Erik
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