‘5 Questions’ Interview With Luwa Wande (@WandoWande)!
Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Luwa Wande to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series!
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Describe your book The Cross and the Black in ten words or less
Claude runs away from life, and into a demon’s grasp.
Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?
As always my fiction is sparked by a ‘what if’ question. What if you made a Faustian bargain with a vampire: your life in exchange for advancement and an education?
Claude makes such a choice. His reasons boils down to desperation and cultural repression. I have always been fascinated with how cultural repression can cause ordinary people to make very bad choices. Repression all too often distorts our worldview, making us think that we have to choose between a cross of suffering and the black of nihilism. I wanted to show how one can gain hope and self-freedom, like Claude does eventually in the story.
Also I wanted to explore a more thoughtful, perhaps philosophical take on vampires, without resorting to gory melodrama. I think it works all right.
Which of your characters (in this book) is closest to your heart and why?
The main character Claude is perhaps the closest to my heart. He may not get to doing the right thing right away, but he is fearlessly honest. He says what is on his mind no matter what the consequences may be.
Readers though tell me they loooove Guy the primary antagonist. Guy is sexy, brash, and utterly dangerous, as compared to the lanky Claude. Still he captures my heart. Even under the threat of death, Claude is humbly committed to finding his way.
Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it and how did that affect your writing / publishing process?
I am a particle physics researcher. I study subjects like Dark Matter and neutrinos. With a background like that, you would expect that I write sci-fi. Ha! I might get to writing scifi eventually.
So how does my job influence my writing? I suppose the prose is a tad more cerebral that usual because of my inclinations. Ultimately though, writing is just an escape, a way to explore the murkier, less rational facets of life.
Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about
Right now working on a sequel.
I also have in the works a high fantasy on the contemplative side, Mandate of Kendan.
Here is the blurb: After a shameful failure, an orphan student braves disasters and apocalyptic cults to return his master’s sword, only to discover that he is thought a demon.
Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!
The Cross and the Black is available on Amazon (Kindle).
Check out Luwa Wande’s Amazon author page for more info!
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