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Author Interview: Joel M. Andre

Interview

Joel M. Andre (born January 13, 1981) is an American author known for his dark poetry and controversial horror works. Interlinked Destiny is his first full length novel.

Use three to five words to describe yourself.

I am a passionate individual who uses compassion to approach the world. I love loud, wear my heart on my sleeve, and try to approach each situation that arises with kindness.

Can you give us a little background on your debut?

Interlinked Destiny is a view at a fictionalized version of America. It plays off the real world political plagues in the land and brings to light topics people are passionate about. With the Holiday Hellion, I wanted him to utilize elements of holidays from around the globe, and create an inclusive piece of horror.

The goal is to open up dialogue and to allow people to look into the minds of others. Some elements are shocking. I have several characters who do not match my own real world view on things. But they were still from a group of people who struggled to see how their takes on people, actually continue to harm. The characters are all very human too. They make mistakes and there are both good and bad elements in each character. The point being a single inherited flaw in a person doesn’t make a good person evil.

There are cultural elements in the Holiday Hellion’s crimes that are pulled from the holiday. Not as a means to disrespect a culture. Instead, to add to an understanding off some of the elements of the day. When people read the holiday themed crime scenes, I hope they explore all the cultural elements woven into the details. Earlier short works exist with him under the name of The Holiday Killer online. A friend showed me a comic book series featuring a killer with a similar name, so I opted to change it to the Holiday Hellion. The characters are vastly different as are their storylines. But I did enjoy watching the films on HBO Max.

While The Holiday Hellion is a focus on smaller social commentary, President Mrziti (Russian for Hate) is designed to view the political turmoil in the air. You get to enter the mind of some of his followers and experience the darkness in their minds and the hoops of justification they go through to justify their hate. I am almost certain there are several characters that will offend someone. That is not the goal, rather to expose a darkness that needs to be addressed.

Can you give us any insight into your planning and writing process?

Before I write, I explore the climate and get feelings and views on the topics I will cover. I speak with both sides to gain a deeper understanding of their feelings and their struggles. These are the elements on when I craft characters and begin to lay them out.

I wrote horror where a ton of people die. Their deaths are not a commentary on their race, gender, sexual orientation or anything else. I believe in equality for all. No person is greater than another. There is a small group of people who believe otherwise. They do not speak for everyone.

Silence or music or other when writing/editing?

Music when I am writing. I jam out to Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Reba McEntire, Disturbed, Eminem, Nicki Minaj and others. Silence when I am editing. Because I am the king of typos, I try to have absolute silence when I edit.

You can erase one book or series from your mind entirely so that you can read it again for the first time, which do you erase?

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. It is one of the most brilliant books ever written. It is one of the few books where the love and the passion in the words feels authentic. I know everyone loves, Interview with the Vampire. But I would argue this is her best work.

Who are some of your favourite authors/books?

My favorite authors include J.A. Jance, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Edgar Allan Poe, Clive Barker, and Michael Connelly.

Who are your favourite book characters?

Joanna Brady is a beloved character to me. I never pass up a work with her or any work with Miss Marple.

Do you have any favourite magic systems?

There are no rules to magic. Only consequences.

You can bring one world from a book or series to life and live there, which world do you choose

Castle Rock would be my choice.

What book or series would you love to see on the big screen?

Besides, Interlinked Destiny? The Mayfair Witches series needs to be a think. Netflix or someone needs to pick it up.

You can collaborate with one other author, who do you choose?

Agatha Christie

Have any cultures/civilisations inspired your writing?

Mexican, Irish, and American culture are very apparent in the book.

What is your favourite mythical creature?

The Banshee

What is your favourite mythical race?

I lovingly refer to people as elves. So, I am going to say elves.

You can have one superpower, what is it?

The ability to abolish hate in the heart of people and replace it with love and acceptance.

You have the ability to morph into any real creature. Which creature do you choose?

The Dodo Bird.

You can go back in time and live a different period of history, when do you choose?

I would want to go back to the Cretaceous period. My dreams of being the dinner of a T – Rex could become reality.

You can meet any five people in the world, who would you choose?

If I had to choose five people let’s go with Kane Hodder, John Carpenter, Anne Rice, Rob Zombie, and Reba McEntire.

Would you rather…

  • ride a dragon or fly a spaceship?
    • While a dragon would be fun, imagine the worlds you could see in a spaceship. I would much rather explore space.
  • have the ability to fly or be indestructible?
    • The ability to fly. I have a fear of flying, so never having to get on a plane again is a plus. Immortality is a curse which seems like a blessing in our youth. I embrace the natural ending to my tale.
  • be an elf or an orc?
    • Orc because I already have elves in my life.
  • have the ability to travel to mythical worlds, from your favourite books, or the ability to travel faster than light and visit planets and solar systems in this world?
    • Mythical worlds would be fascinating to come to life, but I worry they wouldn’t live up to a person’s expectations. I would go with the planets and solar system in the real world. To see all the wonders that exist and experience them.
  • face one orc or three goblins in battle?
    • Can I choose all four? It sounds like a good time.
  • be an expert swordsman or archer?
    • Swordsman. I have terrible aim. Even if you made me an expert, I would still find a way to mess it up.
  • be able to wield elemental magic or raise and control the dead?
    • Raise and control the dead. But then I would allow them to rest. There are more terrifying things in the real world anyway.
  • live in a city under the ocean or one floating in the clouds?
    • To quote a brilliant character, life is much better down where it’s wetter.
  • be able to see the past or see the future?
    • I’ve seen the future. I’ve experienced the past. I like to see what magic is in every moment.

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