Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Interview with Dylan James Quarles




Dylan was born in Portland OR but moved to Washington state as a young boy. Growing up in a small town on the Olympic Peninsula, he spent most of his youth involved in various creative projects.
With a passion for films, music and writing, Dylan even had the honor of being featured in the Port Townsend Film Festival for his short film "La Niut Des Vampires".
After high school, he attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia where he directed two more films, "Resurrected", and "House On The Borderland".
Graduating a year early with a BA in film, he moved to South Korea and taught English in an after school academy. Deeply impacted by the experience, he returned to the States a much different person than when he left.
Shortly there after, work began on The Ruins Of Mars Trilogy and the next chapter of Dylan's life opened wide.

Interview

What inspired you to write this book?
Inspiration for The Man from Rome came in a dream. I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s true! I woke up one morning with this limerick in my head, this weird little poem about a man who lives forever, but not like a vampire or a God. He’s a flesh and blood biological entity, he’s just different—not from around here. Anyway, the idea fascinated me and I started developing it, tugging at the thread so to speak. What I ended up with is something I’m very proud of—a darkly driven tale of vengeance, betrayal, and immortality set against the backdrop of modern day Rome.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in (The Man from Rome)?
There are four main characters in The Man from Rome. We have the titular Man, an ancient immortal who lives his life in the shadows, waging a secret war against the House of Olympus.

Next we have Cato, one of the Man’s agents—an orphan, trained from birth for a mission he doesn’t yet understand.

After that we have Louisa, a Roman police officer with a personal vent. Her brother was murdered, but the official story didn’t add up for her. As such, Louisa begins digging into Rome’s shadier side, drawing dangerously close to the shroud that separates the natural world from the supernatural.

Lastly, we have Mr. Hannity—the villain. Now, I’m not one for run-of-the-mill, mustache-twirling villains. They’re boring and one-dimensional. Hannity, on the other hand, is anything but. He may be the main villain of the book, but he is also a person with feelings and thoughts. That said, Hannity isn’t the type to worry about getting his hands bloody.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Well, I got two trips to Rome out of it so there’s that! Seriously though, nothing beats on the ground research. You just can’t google the way a place makes you feel when you’re there.

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Rogue One, Dr. Strange) would play the Man.

James McAvoy (X-Men First Class, Split, Atomic Blonde) would play Cato.

Gina Carano (Haywire, Deadpool) would make an excellent Louisa.

And, Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men, Only the Brave, Goonies) would kill as Mr. Hannity.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
The Man from Rome is a must read because it’s decedent, sexy, and totally exciting. The action sequences alone make it worth picking up, but there’s so much more to it than just car chases and gun fights. See, the very soul of the Western world is steeped in Greco-Roman Mythology. The Man from Rome taps into that and uses it to draw the reader into a world both familiar and new, known and unknown. Couple that with a cast of alluring, attractive characters and you’ve got yourself a book that just begs to be read on a lazy Saturday.

Quoting from author L.E. Lecaille’s review: “The Man from Rome is truly one of the most enthralling novels I’ve ever read.”

Doesn’t get much better than that, does it?

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m currently working on a genre bending adventure story called, There Be Monsters. It’s about the crew of a 16th century sailing expedition, facing the unknown horrors of the New World. Throw in a little Nikola Tesla, some time travel, and a bloodthirsty mutant, and you’ve got the basic gist.


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The Man From Rome
by Dylan James Quarles
Genre: Urban Fantasy
323 pages

From the author of the highly rated Ruins Of Mars Trilogy:



Rome is a city like no other, protected by a man like no other.

He is the unnamed Immortal, the Man from Rome, and he is under attack.

An agent of his secret order has been murdered, her tongue ripped out, her throat coated in molten silver. The killing is meant to be a message, a warning that old enemies have resurfaced to punish the Man for the sins of his past. 

Forced to retaliate, the Man sets in motion a sequence of events which pit an American thief, a Roman policewoman, a heartless mercenary, and a fallen Olympian against one another in all-out war. The streets of Rome become a battleground where the supernatural clash with the mortal, and the Eternal City bears witness to yet another chapter in its storied history of violence.

Vengeance reigns supreme in this, the newest Novel from Dylan James Quarles.



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