I’m very privileged to have the amazingly talented Daniel Adorno joining me for an interview to celebrate the release of his newest novel, Thy Kingdom Come.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Daniel Adorno and I’m a self-published author who loves to write fantasy and science fiction. I was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Florida. In 4th grade, I wrote my first story out of construction paper and crayon. It was called “The Hot Rod” and it was terrible. Seeing my budding interest in writing, my father bought me a typewriter and my love of creating stories was born! Throughout my middle and high school years I wrote short stories and poetry, but I didn’t pen my first novel, The Blade Heir, until I was in college. After I wrote the manuscript for The Blade Heir, it took me eight years to get around to editing and publishing it.
How many books have you written, and what are the titles? What are they about?
I’ve written two novels: The Blade Heir and Thy Kingdom Come.
The Blade Heir is an epic fantasy novel which tells the story of Lucius Nostra, an orphan raised by elves who gets caught up in stopping an uprising of dragons that threaten to conquer his realm. In order to stop the dragons’ deceased leader, Kraegyn, from ascending, Lucius embarks on a quest to reforge an ancient sword that will defeat Kraegyn once and for all.
Thy Kingdom Come is a post-apocalyptic young adult novel that follows Dex Finnegan into a dismal future where a nanovirus outbreak has infected much of the population and turned them into mindless beings who devour electricity. Living in his neighbor’s basement, Dex tries to cope with the loss of his parents by talking over the radio with his best friend Cassidy. When Cassidy’s life is threatened, Dex decides to leave his home to rescue her and also seek out his uncle Richard, an expert on nanotechnology. But his journey to save Cassidy will be fraught with danger as the Mindless roam at every turn and looting gangs of survivors threaten Dex’s life.
What is your favorite genre to read? To write?
My favorite genre to read is fantasy, but I’m also a fan of science fiction and young adult dystopian. With regard to writing, I’m very eclectic. I’d love to write an epic drama without any elves or robots in the story. But for the moment, I love writing fantasy and sci-fi. I get caught up in my imagination a lot, so naturally I prefer writing the more fantastical stories!
What is your dream for your books? Do you want to become world famous?
My dream for my books is just that they are read by a large audience. I’m not sure I want to be world famous because that sounds like a lot of pressure to deliver a book that everyone will love! So no aspirations to become the next Stephen King or anything like that. I’d be happy to have fifty people be super excited to pick up my next book.
You have one, at least! 😉
How did you come up with the titles for your books?
The title for The Blade Heir took me a really long time. I had so many title brainstorming sessions around that book it’s crazy! Tales of Azuleah and The Requiem Sword where both top contenders, but after asking several writer friends those just didn’t pan out and I eventually settled on “The Blade Heir” because it sounded more mysterious and intriguing.
With Thy Kingdom Come, I actually started out with the title before I had a story! I love the Lord’s Prayer and the line, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” resonates with me so much that I felt compelled to write a story featuring it. Plus the juxtaposition of a bleak, awful future with the glorious coming kingdom of heaven that the title creates just sounds cool!
Who is your favorite author? Favorite book?
My favorite is J.R.R. Tolkien hands down. I haven’t read all of his works, but The Lord of the Rings tops the list of my favorite books. C.S. Lewis comes in a close second with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe though.
I’ll definitely agree with you on that one!!
What authors/books have inspired you most?
I would say that Stephen Lawhead’s King Raven trilogy has definitely inspired me as well as Tolkien and Lewis. Michael J. Sullivan, J.K. Rowling, and Suzanne Collins’ books have also been quite formative to my growth as a writer and storyteller.
What inspired you to write your books?
Since my early days as a writer, I always wanted to write a book. I had multiple ideas for stories in my head and they played out in cinematic quality whenever I’d be driving, waiting at a doctor’s office, or just plain daydreaming. The desire became very strong after I watched the Lord of the Rings movies in college. I loved the books and seeing the story play out onscreen was very inspiring for me to finally sit down and write the first draft of The Blade Heir.
Which author would you most like to meet in person (living or dead)?
J.R.R. Tolkien, hands down. I’d love to pick the man’s brain about the complexity of Middle-Earth and how he kept it all straight! Preferably over tea and biscuits!
Sounds lovely! Am I invited? 😀
Who is your favorite famous person?
My favorite famous person would be Jesus. No one has shaped the whole world and human history in such a short time period and in such a profound way as he
Would you like your books to be made into movies? If so, who would you want involved in the making (actors, director, producer, etc.)?
Yes, I’d love that! But to be honest, I’d be frightened that it would flop under bad directing, casting, etc. That being said, I’d love Brad Bird to direct The Blade Heir and/or Thy Kingdom Come. And Richard Armitage must somehow be involved in either movie!
When did you start writing?
I started writing when I was eight years old in Mrs. Ducharme’s English class!
What have you found to be most difficult about writing?
The most difficult part is discipline. It takes a huge amount of effort to block everything out so I can sit down and write consistently every day.
What are your hobbies/passions?
Aside from writing, I love to spend time with my family at home, either watching a movie or playing outside. I’m also an amateur artist and I enjoy creating digital art on my computer ranging from fantasy art from my books to website design.
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan and three other books I can’t remember at the moment!
What is your current WIP?
My current WIP is the sequel to The Blade Heir. I haven’t started an outline for it yet, but I’ve jotted down a few ideas that I want to explore for Lucius’ new adventure.
How can we reach you? What is your prefered social media site?
I can be reached on my website: http://danieladorno.com/contact or on Twitter: @lucid_ghost. Preferred social media sites would be Twitter and Facebook, but I’m also on Tumblr and Google+.
Random preference questions:
a) Morning or night? Morning
b) Moon or stars? Moon
c) Favorite food? Pistachio Torte
d) Favorite movie? Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
e) Favorite genre of:
i) Movie? Superhero movies
ii) Music? Christian Rock
Is there a little known fact about you or your books that you’d like to share with us?
I used to work at Walt Disney World as a character. Goofy, Captain Hook, and Baloo were my common roles!
That’s just awesome!! ;D
Thank you so much for joining me for this, Daniel, I really enjoyed it. And congratulations on your newest release!
Daniel Adorno is an author of novels based in the science fiction and fantasy genres. He began writing back in 4th grade when his teacher assigned everyone to craft a short book with construction paper. Daniel was up to the task and wrote a book on race cars worthy of a Pulitzer. Before he was a teenager, his father bought him a typewriter for his birthday and Daniel started writing a sequel to the original race car story, which he titled The Hot Rod. Unfortunately, the book was never published, but Daniel discovered a love for writing from that first story and he continued to write short stories throughout high school and into college. His first completed manuscript was a fantasy story that he finished during finals week of his sophomore year in college. For 8 years, the novel sat in limbo waiting to be edited and then Daniel placed in the top five of a local writing contest. Everything changed. He dusted off the novel and a year later his debut novel, The Blade Heir, was published on Amazon.
Daniel currently resides in Minnesota with his wife and two sons. Besides writing, Daniel enjoys reading speculative fiction, creating digital art, and teaching Sunday school students at his church.