About the Book:
Title: ANGEL OF DEATH
Author: Eamonn Hickson
Pub. Date: December 4, 2017
Publisher: Eamonn Hickson
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Tormented by dreams and visions from an early age, Emily Dunhurst battled her way through childhood, missed the excitement of teenage years, yet still managed to arrive in her twenties with some shard of sanity.
But, when the Angel of Death appears at her grandmother’s bedside, Emily’s world is remolded in pain and worry. Her ability to see otherworldly creatures is the only way to stop the Creator’s Servant—and save her family.
However, Emily soon finds out that angels are hard to stop.
Can you tell us one random fact about yourself that usually surprises others?
This surprises everyone! I set two official Guinness World Records: The Longest Journey Reversing a Tractor and Trailer (17.3 kilometers) and The Most Squats in 1 Minute While Carrying a 40lb Backpack (57). The first one (2014) was inspired by my farming background, and the second was related to another passion of mine: keeping fit (2016). Both have since been beaten, but it was nice to be the current holder for a while.
Do you read much, and if so, who are your favorite authors?
I read all the time—you’ve no choice if you want to become a great writer. I’ve a soft spot for Dan Brown even though he’s not the most fantastic writer of all time. It’s more of a guilty pleasure. In recent months I’ve found myself delving into the classics. Edgar Allan Poe’s work has struck a chord with me and I’m now working through a few of his better known pieces. Also, as I’m an Irishman, James Joyce is never far away. I can re-read The Dead (especially the ending pages) and never get bored. My favorite book of all time is Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, even though I’m not a huge fan of his other work. Albert Camus’ The Stranger is a book I re-read every now and again, and I find something different with each reading.
Were there alternate endings you considered, or did you know where the story was headed?
I knew from the outset the general line the story was to take. However, as I got closer to the end, I had a change of heart. I decided to write the original ending and see how it ‘felt’. When that was done, I rewrote the final chapters with the ending that had drifted to my mind during the writing process. Then, after a few weeks of letting both endings stew, I re-read them both. It killed me, but there was a clear winner: the original ending was miles ahead. How did I know? It was simple; the original ending—the one that made it into the final draft—left me a little heartbroken. I found out that day that authors and writers are not creators, but storytellers. The story ‘exists’ somewhere and it’s our duty to grasp it, translate it into combinations of letters and words, and put it down on paper. And should we try to alter it to suit ourselves, it’ll fit as snugly with us (and the reader) as a pair of two left shoes.
Did you celebrate when you found out your novel was being published? If so, how?
I’m quite boring in that regard. My celebration comprised staring at a proof copy for about an hour and then going for too many drinks (Irish affliction!). However, my celebration is ongoing; I bask in silent moments of pride every now and again.
What would you like readers to take away from your story?
I’m not an author who wants to impose their way of thinking on the reader. If each reader had a moment—be it two or three seconds—where something that I wrote made them question an aspect of their lives, then it’s mission accomplished. Even if the reader disagrees with what my characters think, do or feel, it’s still a success. Why do we read? Is it not to experience something other than what we’re currently experiencing? If words that I (some random author in Ireland) arranged can make readers in different parts of the world feel something to break them from their own reality for even a moment, that’s incredible.
Eamonn Hickson is an Irish author. He released his first novel, The History Maker, in December 2012.
He has undertaken a number of creative writing, and writing for print courses recently.
His second novel, Angel of Death, was released in December 2013.
1 winner will receive a finished copy of ANGEL OF DEATH, International.
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