Gods of Athenia (Author Interview)



Gods of Athenia looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about it?

Gods of Athenia a story about a demon created by a fallen god that’s seeking to secure its unchallenged immortality by eliminating any possible threat to his power, and on one of the planets his empire invades they encounter 4 beings each with a unique power that have been brought together by more than just fate. These four are seen as a possible threat to the demon’s dominance over the galaxy and the story is about the coming together and journey of these four individuals. So the story begins with four protagonists, but only one of them is the main focal point of the story.


Any plans to turn it into a series?

I have already finished the manuscript on book 2 and am half way through book 3!

This story is a 4 book series and it was planned as a 4 book series from the very beginning. When the day comes and finish all 4 books, I would like to write some other stories based in the same galaxy.


That’s an amazing cover.  Can you tell us a little about it?

The cover is basically the cover of the Book of Souls which is the sub-title of the story, the evil eye watching and the black snakes are significant to the story. I wanted the cover to be griping and I believe this design does just that.


What inspired you when writing Gods of Athenia?

I began as an illustrator growing up and started this project as a graphic novel, however due to my produced work being good, but not at the standard I wanted, I took up writing after reading Lord of the Rings and a few Harry Potter books. I believe I could tell this story in words opposed to drawings and I started writing the manuscript in October 2003.


Can you tell us a little about Vargon?

He is the main villain in the series, he is a demon created by a fire god as an instrument of destruction. His power is unmatched and his rage was deemed untamable.  However Vargon decides to become his own master and cages his rage deep within his being, in doing this he develops a personality and builds an empire that’s continually growing. His empire invades planets, takes ownership of them and uses their resources.


How did you come up with the story and ideas in Gods of Athenia?

I was inspired by watching Anime, playing video games with good storylines and developed characters were also greatly inspiring; I also drew inspiration from the likes of Lord of the Rings, the original Star Wars Trilogy and Harry Potter.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Gods of Athenia?

Writing itself can always be difficult when you work full-time and have a family. Finding time to write is always a challenge, but what is also challenging is writing when you actually have time but want to do other things, so it’s not always easy.


What do you like to do when not writing?

I spend time with my family when I’m not working, but when I’m at home I’m usually watching Anime, reading Manga or watching English Football. I love video games but lately my gaming time has reduced massively. I’m also a big fan of movies, TV series and cartoons of the 1980’s (the era I grew up in as child)


Where can readers find out more about your work?

My website


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