1. We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.
I just started writing The Rose Vol. 2, the second instalment in my dystopian science fiction series. I’m about two thousand words into the story, setting up the infrastructure for what’s to unfold and getting ready for the first battle between Phil (a rebel freedom fighter) and Sanos (the main alien vampire). Then I’ll be creating the alien vampire city in hollow earth. I’m stoked and can’t wait to discover those little unexpected turns and character twists they seem to enjoy throwing my way. I’m shooting for a July 2021 release. And then there are my horror novels, Golem and Jigglyspot and the Zero Intellect. I finished writing Jiggly about a month ago and he’s waiting to be sent off to my editor soon. Golem is a bit further along in the editing process, I’m just about to complete the content edits and send it off for a line edit. Golem takes place in late 1940’s and early 1950’s New York City, and follows a young detective, John Ashton, on a missing persons case whose only lead is a psychiatric patient, Alena Francon, who tells Ashton how she incarnated a demon into a statue she created named Golem whose infiltrated every aspect of New York’s infrastructure in an attempt to take over the city. It really is disturbing how far across the line the imagination can go.
2. In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.
The Rose Vol. 1 is a dystopian science fiction thriller novel released worldwide on October 7, 2020. The Rose features a sophisticated although primal species of underground alien vampires who have conspired with elite human beings and telepathic evil greys to turn the human population into chemically altered zombies in order to achieve planetary and interstellar domination. But there’s a glitch in their matrix, a fly in their ointment, and a bat in their belfry. The rebellion, shrouded in mystery and led by the even more mysterious Robyn Winter, has dispatched the youthful Phil to seek out and find WW3 safety camp survivor Sandy Cox before the unholy trinity is able to secure her unborn child for genetic experimentation. When Sandy is captured and taken to an underground genetics lab, Phil is forced to enter the compound. Armed with The Blades, a sacred alien martial arts weapon, and the rose, a superpower with the ability to transform chemical structures, suspend gravity, and move objects with a thought, Phil battles through the compound against genetically mutated monsters, aliens, and humans. But the elusive Sandy has a plan of her own, finding her stolen child is all that matters. But nothing is as it seems in the underground complex. Sanos, the leader of the vampire faction tasked with overseeing military operations, gets a taste of the New Blood concocted from the pharmaceutical that turns human beings into the zombies the unholy trinity desires, turning Sanos into a primal ravaging vampire. And he’s grown weary of the unholy trinity, pitting vampire against vampire, grey vs human, and Phil against the world. Joined by a crew of rogue soldiers, Phil and Sandy must escape the underground compound in order to keep the rebellion hope alive. Will they achieve their mission? Will the new blood destroy the vampires? Will hope survive? Get ready. Strap in. And be warned, the Alien Vampires have landed in an action adventure unlike any other.
3. As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)
Getting there, those months just before a new book is published. Working for sometimes years on a project, it can be a real nail biter tying us loose ends and making sure everything is just right. Perfection being an attribute so few have mastered, if any.
4. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?
Everything else. I love what I do and wouldn’t change any part of it.
5. If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)
Ernest Hemingway’s minimalistic style. He’s the master with providing information with character depth and a play on words where the reader understands there’s so much more happening beneath the surface. For a long period of time my favourite writer, my family even nicknamed me Hemingway. Not bad at all.
6. Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?
I’ll choose Jigglyspot for this answer. Jigglyspot being the main character in Jigglyspot and the Zero Intellect, a horror thriller novel. Jiggly’s a four foot nine half human half warlock lackey for the demons of Xibalba, so I’d have a difficult time convincing him that what I’m doing is for the best. More than likely he could give two shits and would whether he agreed with me or not he’d cut off my skull and devour my brain (while I’m alive). Jiggly can’t help himself; it’s a true character flaw he’s been grappling with for centuries. Plus since it’s better not to leave any loose ends, he’d hack me up and turn me into hamburger for the next neighbourhood gathering. Mmm! Tasty.
7. You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?
The Players: Charlie Parker (from author John Connolly’s Charlie Parker series), Phil, the rebel freedom fighter from The Rose, Golem, Jigglyspot, Sanos, and myself. The stakes are high; winner takes control of the planet and decides the fate of the human race. Golem wins of course, he’s just too clever and his way of cheating is always grounded in the art of manipulation, for which Golem is a true mater; works like a literal charm for that damnable demon.
8. Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)
Is it passed or past? and all those little grammatical concerns we learned about in middle school. Thank the gods for a good editor, that’s for sure. Also, be careful with old tropes, actually to hell with that, do what comes natural, with 8 billion people on the planet chances are a few million will love what you do.
9. Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.
Yes, once my alien brethren arrive, we will release the human race from the ever constricting vibrational frequency that is wrapped around the earth and continually suppressing human intelligence, squeezing a third dimensional reality onto the human population. In doing so we will release magic back into a world of wonder, freeing the human mind and catapulting human evolution into the stratosphere. Stay tuned. But in the meantime follow me on social media; links are below including a link to an awesomely massive Alien Vampire Contest and Giveaway with over $1k in prizes. Enjoy.
Contest Link: https://pdalleva.com/the-rose-contest-and-giveaway
The Rose Vol.1 Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Rose-Vol-Dystopian-Science-Thriller-ebook/dp/B089JTPJ8G/