JJ is delighted to be welcoming Ben Peek today
Ben Peek is an Australian author who lives in Sydney with books, a cat, and a photographer named Nik. He has written several books and contributed to many, many anthologies; a short fiction collection, Dead Americans, was published in March 2014, and the first novel in the Children trilogy, The Godless, will be published in August 2014.
Please summarise The Godless in 20 words or less.
The Godless is the story of an army laying siege to a small mountain town that has been built over the corpse of the dying god, Ger.
Please tell us about the characters in your book
There are three main characters in the book: Ayae, an apprentice cartographer, Zaifyr, a man adorned with charms, and Bueralan, a mercenary.
Each of them represent a different point of view in the events that unfold.
If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be …
Exs are always trouble.
Do you have a most creative time of day?
It tends to change. Right now, I enjoy writing during the day, but in previous years, I have liked the night, and the early morning more. I guess, like most things, changing it up is a good bit for your creativity.
Are you a panster or a plotter?
A mix of both. I tend to rewrite a lot.
The Godless is part of a series, what is in the future?
The second book is called Leviathan’s Blood. I turned that in just recently and have begun work on the third.
Do you think movie adaptations do books justice? Do you have a favourite?
Nah, I tend to think most are rubbish, if you have read the book first. Occasionally, if you have seen the film first, it works out alright. I quite enjoyed Joe Connelly’s Bringing Out the Dead, though I saw the film first, for example.
Have you done any creative writing/writing courses that you would recommend to others?
Actually, I have a doctorate in creative writing. Mostly, I recommend doing courses only if you have something you want to try, and want to push. It is a good way to put an artificial boundary around yourself early on, when the struggle to finish work is at its hardest.
What tips do you have for other aspiring writers?
Beware anyone selling you a short cut.
Thanks Ben. Looking forward to reading The Godless and wishing you success!
An exciting new fantasy series in the vein of Mark Lawrence’s Prince of Thorns and Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself.
Paperback: 438 pages
Publisher: Tor; Air Iri OME edition (14 Aug 2014)
Fifteen thousand years after the War of the Gods and their corpses now lie scattered across the world, slowly dying as men and women awake with strange powers that are derived from their bodies. While some see these powers as a gift – most call them a curse.
When Ayae – a young cartographer’s apprentice in the city of Mireea – is trapped in a burning building, she is terrified as a dormant power comes to life within her. The flames destroy everything around her but she remains unscathed – fire cannot touch her. This curse makes her a target for the army marching on her home – an army determined to reclaim the body of the god Ger, who lies dying beneath the city, and harness his power for themselves.
Zaifyr, a man adorned in ancient charms, also arrives in Mireea. His arrival draws the attention of two of the ‘children of the gods’, Fo and Bau, powerful, centuries-old beings who consider themselves immortal. All three will offer different visions for Ayae’s powers – and whatever choice she makes will result in new enemies.
Meanwhile, as the army approaches ever closer to Mireea, the saboteur Bueralan and Dark, his mercenary group, look to infiltrate and learn its weaknesses. Alone in a humid, dangerous land, they find themselves witness to rites so appalling they realize it would take the Gods themselves to halt the enemy’s attack – and even they may not be enough.
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