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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Interview with Andrew P Weston, author of Guardian Angels!


Holly: Hi Andrew! :) Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Andrew P Weston: I’m an ex military, ex cop adrenaline junkie forced to retire early because I was injured on duty by a callous remark! I’m permanently stuck on ‘fast forward’ and focus my ‘out of this world’ imagination into the here and now.

But seriously…I was born in the city of Birmingham, UK, and grew up in the towns of Bearwood and Edgbaston. I loved competition and was an active sportsperson for the school and a variety of rugby, martial art, swimming and athletics teams throughout the city.
On graduation I enlisted in the Royal Marines and served in a number of roles both in the UK and abroad, before joining the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary in 1985, serving as a police officer in a variety of uniformed and plain clothed departments until my retirement in 2008.
Over those years, I wrote and illustrated a selection of private books for my children regarding the life of a tiny kitten, called, “The Adventures of Willy Whiskers”, gained further qualifications in Law and Religious Studies, and continued to be an active sportsperson, providing lessons free of charge to local communities.

An unfortunate accident received on duty meant I had to retire early from the police force, but after moving to the sunny Greek island of Kos to speed up my recuperation, I was at last able to devote time writing – something I’ve always wanted to do.


Holly: Can you tell us a little bit about your book Guardian Angels?

Andrew P Weston: It’s a sci-fi adventure set in the near future. The world is going about its everyday affairs. Crime is epidemic; disasters and tragedy continue to strike as they do, haphazardly and at will. But all of a sudden, the death and injury toll drops remarkably. Why?

Because a remarkable set of people – dubbed ‘Guardian Angels’ – who are blessed with incredible powers and futuristic technology – reveal themselves in a very dramatic way. At incident after incident around the globe, they save thousands of lives.

Initially, the world acts with euphoria when it realizes ‘someone’ is there, watching over us. However, not everyone is pleased.

There are those in power who view the Guardian Angels as a threat to national interests. Additionally, the criminal underworld are horrified to realize that an organization exists that could effectively end their reign of power.

Conflicts ensue, and events are soured in a very serious way…


Holly: Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?

Andrew P Weston: The plot – or should I say, the concept.


Holly: What was the inspiration for this novel?

Andrew P Weston: Bitter life experience.
I served in the military for nine years, followed by twenty-three years in the Police Service. During that time, I lost count of the incidents I had to deal with where someone’s life was changed forever by unexpected tragedy!

Life is a very fragile thing, and “out of the blue” such things can strike when people least expect it, bringing untold calamity and suffering.

Attending those incidents often used to make me think, “What would have happened if we had got here sooner? Or if we had the resources or training to undo all this suffering and damage? What would it be like to have the technology and training to not only
anticipate such accidents and disasters, but prevent them happening in the first place?

That’s how the Guardian concept was born.

The one accident that inspired me to actually put my thoughts together into a more structured form involved the death of a young boy on his way home at the end of a school day.

Rush hour traffic is dangerous at the best of times. When you add in the factor of a little boy with little appreciation of the hazards involved, well…you can guess what happened.

The scene was horrendous, as were the terrible sobs of the woman driving the vehicle he ran out in front of. She was a mother herself, and her anguish was heart rending, even though there was nothing she could have done to avoid him.

That’s why the opening chapter of Guardian Angels involves a young boy stepping out into the path of a truck. It describes what ALL the Emergency Service personnel there that day wish could have happened, had someone like a Guardian Angel been there to help.

It describes what we’ve ALWAYS yearned to see for the people we serve.

Can you imagine what it would be like if they were real?


The science fiction of today – is very often the science FACT of tomorrow…IF ONLY

Holly: Where can we purchase Guardian Angels?

Andrew P Weston: Amazon – Barnes and Noble - Smashwords


Holly: Can we expect more novels from you in 2012?

Andrew P Weston: Yes, I have 2 short stories out at the moment too:
Fairy Tail – a dark and gritty (Noir) erotic paranormal/thriller. A cop investigating a serial killer who always strikes in the week leading up to Halloween just can’t seem to crack the case. Then he gets an unexpected break!


Blood-Moon is a paranormal action/thriller set in the jungles of South America. 
What do you think would happen when the world’s toughest soldiers meet the stuff of myth and legend?

Holly: Are you working on anything at the moment?

Andrew P Weston: Yes – A new Paranormal thriller series, The Cambion Journals. This is the Blurb:


They say that, “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”

Well, whoever they are, have never met Augustus Thorne.


Born a Cambion–a human/demon hybrid–and cursed with a terrible hunger he can barely control, Augustus spends his long and lonely life hunting down and exterminating any and all Incubi and Succubae he can find.


Of course, his dream is to find one demon in particular…The foul scum who attacked his mother and caused his nightmare existence to begin in the first place…His own father!

Driven by rage, his quest leads Augustus down through the centuries and around the world until suddenly, unexpectedly, it appears fate has handed him his heart’s desire.


However, not all is as first appears and the revelations Augustus uncovers are mind boggling. As he finally corners his father in London, events take an unexpected twist.
Is revenge served upon a bed of scalding rage?


Only time will tell, as you discover the awful truth yourself in…


Book One of the Cambion Journals – The Rage of Augustus


Holly: How much of you or people you know do you think make it into the characters in your novel(s)?

Andrew P Weston: Oh, my friends and acquaintances are littered throughout my stories. In fact, one of my favorite characters from the Guardian series, Commander Anatt Yasin is based on my wife. It was great being able to get her to do what I want for a change.


Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Andrew P Weston: Certainly! I’m a new kid on the block, but it appears I’m already attracting a bit of a following. Thank you so much to all of you who have started to follow my work! I will always try to keep myself available to those who like to interact with me on the social network sites. And I promise to do my best to always improve the standard of my work, to keep you entertained for many years to come.


And of course – thank you too for being here today J


Holly: Where do you see yourself at in five years—writing wise?

Andrew P Weston: In five years time I am determined to be a full time writer with a firmly established and growing reader base, producing quality novels and short stories with the publishers who gave me my big break.


Hopefully, someone with vision will have seen the potential of my work by then, and be willing to make the jump from paper to celluloid.


(Think positive) J

Random Quickies!

Holly: When do you prefer to read? 

Andrew P Weston: In breaks, at work.

Holly: Vampires or Werewolves?  

Andrew P Weston: Vampires – Celine/Samantha Beckinsale (sigh)

Holly: Witches or Zombies?  

Andrew P Weston: Witches – Eva Green (Dark Days and Camelot) yum

Holly: Supernatural or Psych? (TV Shows)  

Andrew P Weston: Supernatural

Holly: Ebook or hardcover/paperback? 

Andrew P Weston: Paperback

Holly: Favorite color? 

Andrew P Weston: Purple

Holly: Pepsi or Coke? 

Andrew P Weston: Coke – hands down!


Guardian Angels by Andrew P. Weston
Guardian Angels, book 1
Science Fiction/fantasy
August 31, 2012

Purchase:

In a series of terrifying events, otherworldly beings intervene to save innocent lives. The world community reacts with relief as they realize that angels may in fact exist, and they are diligently protecting us.

But there are those who would seek to stop what they feel is a threat against their livelihoods. How far will some go to battle the Guardians? Is the fairy tale over before it even begins?

Guardian Angels is a powerful and compelling story about the catalyst that has the power to unite society in the hope for a better future. The spark of hope is fragile—can it last?


 (Unedited)

Luigi decided to toast himself and his accomplishments again. Finding his glass empty, he rang the bell for a top up, and continued to gloat, firmly believing he was beyond accountability.

When the door to the study opened a few minutes later and Gianni, the housekeeper, came in with his favorite Black Pearl Louis XIII cognac on a silver tray, he insisted the old servant stay with him and drink to his success. “Come, Gianni, stay, celebrate with me. Good times should be shared with trusted friends.”

The gesture wasn’t missed by Gianni. At fifty-five thousand dollars a bottle, the cognac was one of the most expensive in the world, and he quickly poured a generous helping into two glasses. As he handed one to his boss, he paused momentarily to savor the bouquet of the blended flowers, fruits, spices, and the deep amber color of the aromatic liquid. “You’re looking particularly pleased with yourself today, young Sir. Good news?”

“It’s the very best of news, Gianni, and one that appears to be maturing with age.” He replied without looking away from the screens.

The old housekeeper tossed down his drink in one and shuffled to stand deferentially behind his employer. He listened as yet more reports of the suffering caused by the missile detonations were announced. “That mess doesn’t look like there’s much to be happy about, Sir. Surely that doesn’t please you, does it?”

“Aah, Gianni, sometimes, when you need to make a point, you have to catch your enemy’s attention,” Luigi replied. “You have to ensure they not only respect you, but fear you. I’m pleased because I’ve done just that. Wouldn’t you agree, my old friend?”
When no reply was forthcoming, Luigi naturally assumed the old housekeeper must have been unable to hear his question. Turning in his seat, he felt a peculiar throbbing, tingling sensation in his teeth and sinuses. “I said ‘wouldn’t you agr . . . .’”
Luigi’s voice choked off in his throat as he caught sight of Gianni’s eyes. The distinctive, familiar, lazy old eyes of his long-time employee seemed to be undergoing some kind of metamorphosis. Gone was the semi-vacant, un-focused faraway look he always seemed to display as he pottered about. Instead, Luigi was looking into the hardest, most piercing eyes he had ever seen, eyes that seemed to glow with an inner furnace to match the cold look of rage chiseled onto his face.
The shock made him drop his glass onto the carpet, spilling about three thousand dollars worth of the deep amber nectar.

Transfixed he watched as Gianni’s body straightened, grew, and bulked out. As the years fell away from his face, he realized without a doubt that he was going to fully shoulder the burdens his choices had wrought.

Before him stood his own personal living nightmare made flesh, dressed from head to toe in black. Instantly he felt the fire rising within him, straining for release.
The Guardian stepped forward, making the barest of gestures with his finger as he did so, and Luigi found himself lifted into the air by some unseen force. He was held motionless, helpless as a puppet awaiting the commands of his master.

Nodding at the screens, the Guardian spoke. “Allow me to introduce myself. I am Andrew, Guardian Lord of Shadow Operations. Did you seriously think you’d get away with something like this?”

Luigi stared defiantly back, fighting to overcome his shock at the Guardian’s presence, and surprised at the lack of access to his ability. “Do what you want, asshole, at least the world sees you as the frauds I knew you were!” he hissed.

“Do what I want? I’d love to, but unfortunately my boss won’t let me.”
Luigi stared impotently back at his nemesis as he strolled closer. Once he was standing in front of him, the Shadow Lord said, “As for exposing us as frauds? Well, I really don’t know why you would think that. We never said or intimated we could be everywhere at once. The world’s a sad enough place as it is without you adding to it. All we are doing is trying to help people avoid as much heartbreak as possible.”
Andrew pointed to the repeat bulletins on the screens. “So, once the world finds out that all this was the deliberate act of some sick and twisted psycho who didn’t care how many suffered, just so long as he could score some points, how do you think they’ll react to you, Luigi?”

The point struck home. Luigi struggled in an attempt to slap the Guardian across the face, to do something to help vent the building fury inside him.

Helpless, he continued stewing as the Guardian moved so close he was able to whisper in his ear. “And when they find out about your abilities, can you even begin to imagine how they’ll react to that? You worthless, spineless, pathetic little man. I really wish they’d let me play with you before we throw you to the wolves.”

“Fuck off, asshole, you don’t scare me.”

“Scare you?” Andrew smiled wickedly. “Oh no, Luigi, that’s not my job. That’s hers!”
The Guardian gestured behind Luigi at the same moment he let go with his telekinesis. Although Luigi only dropped about a foot, he crumpled to the floor, becoming acutely aware that the strange throbbing in his teeth was even more pronounced than before.

Turning, Luigi was met with a vision of such barely contained power and fury that he immediately soiled his pants.

Andrew squatted beside him. “Allow me to introduce you to the head of our investigations branch. This is Victoria, our Lord Inquisitor, and she’s very pleased to meet you after all the suffering you’ve caused.”

Victoria stood in front of the TV screens, wreathed in a visible static discharge that blew the circuits of all the electrical equipment in the office and made the hairs on Luigi’s arms and head stand on end. Her eyes, so similar to those of the Shadow Lord, intensified in luminosity and turned from grey to white hot. Luigi shielded his eyes and cowered on the floor in his own excrement.

What a fool I am. He thought.

In reply to his thoughts, the Shadow Lord said, “Yes Luigi, what a murderous, cowardly fool of a man you are. I think the whole world will agree when they find out, eh?”



If you had the power to make a difference…would you?

Andrew P Weston was born in the city of Birmingham, UK and grew up in the towns of Bearwood and Edgbaston, eventually attending Holly Lodge Grammar School for Boy’s where he was School Captain and Head Boy.

He was an active sportsperson for the school, college and a variety of rugby, martial art, swimming and athletics teams throughout the city.

On graduation in 1977 he joined the Royal Marines fulfilling a number of roles both in the UK and abroad.

In 1985 he became a police officer with the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, and served in a variety of uniformed and plain clothed departments until his retirement in 2008.

Over those years, he wrote and illustrated a selection of private books for his children regarding the life of a tiny kitten, called, “The Adventures of Willy Whiskers”, gained further qualifications in Law and Religious Studies, was an active member of Mensa and continued to be an active sportsperson, providing lessons free of charge to local communities.

An unfortunate accident received on duty meant Andrew had to retire early from the police force, but after moving to the sunny Greek island of Kos to speed up his recuperation, he was at last able to devote time to the “Guardian Concept” he had developed over his years in the military and police.

When not writing, Andrew enjoys Greek dancing and language lessons, being told what to do by his wife, Annette, and hunting shadows in the dark.

Andrew is now contracted to Pagan Writers Press for two books.

“Fairy Tail”, is a dark and gritty paranormal thriller with a twist.

The second book, “Guardian Angels” is the introductory book to the “Guardian Series”, a sci-fi/fantasy epic set in the near future.

Further work on the Guardian Series and a new paranormal series has been completed and will hopefully be presented soon.




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