Week two of 3Q’s begins with a bang! When I launched this feature, I actually had several people DM me in shock that today’s guest wasn’t the very first guest of this feature. Truth is – while I bother him and tag him relentlessly week in and week out, I get super nervous asking him anything that encroaches on his time (except signing books for me!).
But, alas, I broke down and asked and he accepted! So, please welcome, Andrew Pyper!
Steve: What does your writing time look like? Do you try and write at the same time each day? Do you have a word count you attempt to hit?
Andrew: When I’m working on a draft, I try to keep it Monday to Friday, starting first thing in the morning after the coffee and kids’ lunches are made. I tend to fade as the hours go on, so by noon I’m typically at 50% power (or less!). Hopefully by that time I’ve hit my word count, which varies the deeper I go into a project. At the outset, it could be as little as 600 words, but toward the end I’m often up to double that.
Steve: Out of all your releases, do you have a favourite character you’ve written?
Andrew: There’s a few different ways to evaluate “favourite,” from “the character I’d like most to hang out with,” to “the character I feel best realized in prose.” But splitting the difference, I think Ellen O’Brien from The Demonologist came to life in a way I was most pleased with.
Steve: Tell me about your newest release (novel/story/poem/novella) and why someone should read it!
Andrew: My most recently released project is Oracle 2: The Dreamland Murders, the audio drama sequel to my audiobook, Oracle. It’s an entertaining way to consume a story: the voices and sound effects of a radio play, with terrific performances from Joshua Jackson and supporting cast.
Steve: Bonus Question! Do you have a cherished book?
Andrew: I have a few very special volumes, but I think my signed copy of Dance of the Happy Shades, Alice Munro’s first collection, is the most valued prize.
Whoa! How amazing!
Thank you, once again, Andrew!
To find more awesome books by Andrew, check the links!