Author Interview 141 – Zachary A. Pieper


Zachary A. Pieper     

United states

Age 27

Some lives are defined by a single choice.

Selected at a young age to be trained as a warrior for an Empire he detests, Dalj, a wolf shifter, must rally his pack against heavy odds in the Festival of the Hunt. As Dalj plans his path to victory, he must navigate an unsteady alliance with a rival pack led by Amnis Lupine, the eldest daughter of a noble house; while also seeking to expose the foul play of his lifelong enemy, Aryan Anathema. To win the hunt, Dalj must take down the Behemoth of the plains, the Mighty Kerrapane before either of the other packs, or else he will never be awarded entry into the legendary Trial of War.

However…

Little does Dalj know, that while he hunts for glory, a rebellion plots in the shadows to overthrow the Shaman Empire; and they want Dalj’s help to do it. Approached for help by a mysterious girl named Angel, Dalj is asked to join The Forgotten, a rebellion of people immune to the mental manipulation of the shaman, who seek to expose the grand conspiracy the shaman have fed to the populace. They must find a way to awaken the brain washed masses, and overcome the shaman’s godlike powers, before they are eradicated. Will Dalj join them? Or will he succumb to darkness and mindlessly serve evil?

Romelia:   WHICH OF YOUR CHARACTERS ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE AN ACTIVIST, AND WHAT KIND?

Zachary A. Pieper  Probably angel, if she was the spunk to rebel against an empire with military force, I’d say she has the spunk to yell about stuff.

Romelia:   DO YOU PLAY MUSIC WHILE YOU WRITE – AND, IF SO, WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE?

Zachary A. Pieper  I play instrumentals on Pandora radio, lots of variety on my station, but “this will destroy you” is a personal favorite.

Romelia:   HAVE PETS EVER GOTTEN IN THE WAY OF YOUR WRITING?

Zachary A. PieperNo.

Romelia:   IF YOUR BOOK WERE MADE INTO A MOVIE, WHICH ACTORS WOULD PLAY YOUR CHARACTERS?

Zachary A. Pieper  I want to play the lead. And the rest I would like to cast some talent that is looking for there breakout film.

Romelia:   HAVE YOU EVER KILLED OFF A CHARACTER YOUR READERS LOVED?

Zachary A. Pieper  Not yet…

Romelia:   WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN ABOUT WRITING?

Zachary A. Pieper:   “Don’t accept criticism from them if you wouldn’t ask them for advice.”

Romelia:   WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST WAY TO IMPROVE WRITING SKILLS?

Zachary A. Pieper  To study the art of story telling and writing. Read books. Listen to music with well written lyrics. Watch well written movies and shows.

Romelia:   WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO HELP OTHERS CREATE PLOTLINES?

Zachary A. Pieper:   A plotline needs a few things to be any good. It needs stakes, consequences, failures, and triumphs. If your plot is missing any of those. I suggest you workshop it.

Also…

Plot holes are the devils playground. Check your story for them with a fine tooth comb, then a microscope. You can have a great plot totally ruined by a bad plot hole. So use beta readers and critique partners.

If you want more writing advice checkout my youtube channel: youtube.com/zackthedalj

I have an entire playlist called writing 101.

Romelia:   WHAT HAS HELPED OR HINDERED YOU MOST WHEN WRITING A BOOK?

Zachary A. Pieper:   Helped? Sleep deprivation and emotional turmoil (not joking). Hindered? Needing to have a job.

Romelia:   DOES WRITING ENERGIZE OR EXHAUST YOU? OR BOTH?

Zachary A. Pieper:   Energize. I get hyped as fuck when I write something good. And I always write something good.

Romelia:   WHAT IS THE BEST MONEY YOU’VE EVER SPENT WITH REGARD TO YOUR WRITING?

Zachary A. Pieper:   Probably my editor, closely followed by my PR guy.

Romelia:   WHAT ARE COMMON TRAPS FOR NEW AUTHORS?

Zachary A. Pieper  “I want to be traditionally published”.

Romelia:   HOW MANY HOURS A DAY DO YOU WRITE?

Zachary A. Pieper  Sometimes zero. Sometimes ten. Depends on the day.

Romelia:   WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BLOGS OR WEBSITES FOR WRITERS?

Zachary A. Pieper  Jenna Moreci’s Youtube channel.

Romelia:   AT WHAT TIME OF THE DAY DO YOU DO MOST OF YOUR WRITING?

Zachary A. Pieper:   The witching hour.

Romelia:   HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH CHARACTER NAMES FOR YOUR STORIES?

Zachary A. Pieper  I like to invent names. I literally just dream them up from no where. Sometimes I want to make a name mean something, then I use latin or other languages to inspire a name.

Romelia:   DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN WRITING CHALLENGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA? DO YOU RECOMMEND ANY?

Zachary A. Pieper:   I do not, not because I am opposed or anything, just haven’t come across one that took my fancy.

Romelia:   IF YOU HAD THE POWER TO CURE A DISEASE OF YOUR CHOOSING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Zachary A. Pieper  Obesity.

Romelia:   WHEN YOU’RE WRITING AN EMOTIONAL OR DIFFICULT SCENE, HOW DO YOU SET THE MOOD?

Zachary A. Pieper  I use imagery and emotional language. I talk about this on my youtube channel.

Romelia:   WHOM DO YOU TRUST FOR OBJECTIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM OF YOUR WORK?

Zachary A. Pieper:   My dad, my mom, my sister, Caitlyn Richardson of ‘writer uninterrupted’ on youtube.

Romelia:   WHAT BOOKS DO YOU ENJOY READING?

Zachary A. Pieper  Fantasy and sci-fi books. The red rising series and the Dresden series are all time faves.

Romelia:   ARE THERE ANY BOOKS OR AUTHORS THAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A WRITER?

Zachary A. Pieper:   Book: Eragon.

Romelia:   NAME AN UNDERAPPRECIATED NOVEL THAT YOU LOVE.

Zachary A. Pieper:   Lives of the monster dogs.

Romelia:   TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY FROM YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Zachary A. Pieper  I am a personal trainer. I yell at my clients in an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice.

Romelia:   DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A FEW SENTENCES. TELL US SOMETHING WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU AND SOMETHING YOU HATE ABOUT THE WORLD.

Zachary A. Pieper  I am an eccentric hopeless romantic with eclectic tastes. I look for beauty in everything, and sadly find it in so little these days.

Something I hate about the world? Its run by idiots, cowards, and evil people.

https://www.minds.com/zackthedalj

https://www.facebook.com/zackthedalj

youtube.com/zackthedalj

tiktok – zackthedalj

Barnes & Nobles
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-garden-of-lies-zachary-a-pieper/1139301356?ean=9781666274165

my youtube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCysJR69VdTPdzUSPnz6B34A

goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57678917-the-garden-of-lies?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=P0peEzttq2&rank=4

AMAZON:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091DP8YMX/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&qid=1617251738&refinements=p_27%3AKat&s=digital-text&sr=1-3

universal retailer link:
https://books2read.com/u/bpzqjl?fbclid=IwAR3levB8Y3uphdwc9ztbXW9BynGQN6l0hxo7B-i69bIL31_RgVyuO-MV0

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