Interview with Joshua Landeros

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
A number of things really, but some of the top things off the top of my head would be the films "Children of Men", "V for Vendetta", and "Blade Runner". Not only are all of these fantastic films, but they all comment on different aspects of society which I definitely wanted to do in my work. As for the character of Will Marconi himself, I drew the biggest influence from Alucard from the Hellsing series and Roland from King's The Dark Tower. Both are anti-heroes that do unsavory things to get what they want, and yet at the same time the audience can still feel for them.
What are you currently working on?
My God, a whole lot! I've already written a sequel to Reverence which is currently in the editing phase. That will take about six to seven weeks and after that comes cover design. People can expect to see it released by April 2017 I'd say. I'm also in the works of writing a prequel the Reverence saga. I can't say much, but what I can say is that you can definitely expect it to be released this year as well.
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
Keep on writing first and foremost! If you have an idea, no matter how small or dumb you may think it is, work on it, develop it! Making a great story, as cheesy as it may sound, is like forging a sword or making a good IPA. You have to work at it because it won't be as good as it can be overnight. Secondly, always get outside opinions. You don't have to necessarily embrace every little suggestion, but it can help out point out things you may have missed in your work.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Without a doubt expressing your ideas. In middle school and high school, hell honestly even now in college, I'm always distracted by little ideas coming up in my head. I can see the dismal damn that blocks off the puddle known as "Lake Perris" and think to myself "How scary would it be if a monster all of a sudden loomed its head over that damn?". While it's true to be a writer as an occupation you should even you don't want to, it's imperative to still have fun while doing so.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
The best remedy for me is watching a really good movie or reading a very good comic or novel, namely because you watch or read them and you just sit there thinking "Man, I really want to create something that leaves that kind of mark on someone when they're done reading it". It leads to brainstorming on bigger and bolder decisions for your individual character arcs as well as your overall story. Also, a glass of bourbon can dust off the cobwebs from time to time.
Who is your favorite fictional couple, and why?
Hmmm, as far as books go I will definitely go with Eddie and Susannah Dean from King's Dark Tower series. Their relationship had such an interesting start to it and it kept evolving over the course of the books to boot. That's how King sucked you in to the characters of that world.
Published 2017-04-13.
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Books by This Author

Reverence
Series: Reverence. Price: Free! Words: 87,700. Language: American English. Published: June 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
William is a cyborg soldier who fights unquestionably for the global superpower known as the UNR. His loyalty will be tested when he's faced with the most dangerous terrorists he's ever fought . They threaten to destroy all he loves and in order to defeat them he may have to destroy a piece of himself.