The Friday 13 with Keith McArdle

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Keith was born in a hospital, somewhere in Australia, when he was very little. He owns every David Gemmell book ever written (and two versions of some books), including the graphic novels. To maintain some semblance of sanity, Keith likes writing fast-paced stories ranging from Fantasy and sci-fi, to modern military thrillers. He now lives somewhere else in Australia with his wife and two whirlwinds of playful fury (one a German Shepherd and the other an American Staffy).

 

1.You are forced to pick a fist fight with one of the characters in your book. Who would you choose and why?

I’d pick Henry just after he’s rescued…because he’s starving and near death. At least I’d have a chance. Well, possibly. Is it bad if I picked the fist fight once he’s fallen asleep?

 

2.You are going to commit a crime, bank heist, murder, you can choose a co-conspirator from your book. What crime would you commit and who would you choose as your co-conspirator(s)?

I’d steal all the dogs that have themselves been stolen for dog fight rings and return them to their owners. Gorgoroth will accompany me. However, I can’t guarantee that any of the people who run these terrible groups will survive. Gorgoroth has no love for people at the best of times. But people who’d hurt animals for entertainment? That’s a done deal.

 

3.Do you have a uniform, a pair of shoes, a shirt, a watch or ring, that you wear every time you work? 

No, I don’t wear a uniform, I turn up nude. Well that was my first job, although, in my defence, I did wear a pair of shoes. I was fired inside the first minute. However, I do wear a uniform for my current job.

 

4.What element of this story can we expect in your future work? 

Real people struggling against the odds. Some will succeed and others won’t, unfortunately. Shitty as it is, sometimes good people die.

 

5.If you could choose any other writer, living or dead, to be your mentor, whom would you choose and why?

David Gemmell, because I love his style of writing as well as his ability to thread together an amazing story line. The man was a true master.

 

6.If I were stuck in a room with your main character, what would we be doing?

Yelling at some idiot on the other side of the door to unlock it.

 

7.Describe your muse.

I guess I’m inspired by stories of real people, with real fears struggling against the odds not only for survival but to make a difference. Sometimes they will be aided by skilled warriors, but even then they may not succeed. However, sometimes they most certainly will.

 

Warlord - Kindle Cover8.Without giving any spoilers, what is your favorite thing about this book?

Teamwork and the ability of the many to bond together, even though they may normally be adversaries, to overcome true evil.

 

9.You’re going to go back and visit yourself when you first started writing, at whatever age it was, and you can give yourself one piece of advice. What would it be?

Man, for the love of all things, will you stop with the friggin’ adverbs and filtering?!

 

10.Can we expect an audio book from you, and if you had the ability to choose anyone to narrate it, is there someone in particular you would hire?

Yes and Liam Neeson I think would do a great job.

 

11.If you could live anywhere other than where you are, where would it be?

I asked this question of my wife without explaining to her what it was for and her reply was exactly the country I had in my mind. Canada.

 

12.If you are casting your protagonist in a movie, what actor would you choose and why?

I think Richard Madden could play Vyder quite well, because he’s Scottish, but would also be able to carry the warrior ethos with it.

 

13.What is it about your genre that speaks to you?

Realism, void of ‘airy fairy’ BS.

 

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