Please welcome today's guest author, Steve McHugh! Steve is the author of the Hellequin Chronicles urban fantasy series, including Crimes Against Magic, Born of Hatred, With Silent Screams, and Prison of Hope.
Q+A with Steve McHugh
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Steve: I’ve written since I was very young and always loved doing it, but it wasn’t until my daughter was born ten years ago when I was 25 that I got really serious about it. I joined a critique group and wrote my first book which won’t be seen by anyone ever. From there I started on my second, which turned into Crimes Against Magic, my first published book.
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Steve: I’ve always loved Urban Fantasy, mythology, monsters, magic all those kinds of things and figured I’d put them all together to make a story I wanted to read. I read a lot of stuff in that genre; Jim Butcher, Mike Carey, Kelley Armstrong, so it was one I’ve always wanted to do something in. And four books later it looks like I’ve got a good few books left in that genre yet.
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
Steve: Picking only one is hard, but I’d probably go with the ability to control time and space. Why? Because if I'm going to get powers I want them to be the most awesome powers you can imagine. And controlling time and space is pretty much the upper echelon of power.
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
Steve: It’s action/packed, with some brutal fight scenes, but it’s also got a lot of humour between Nate (the main character) and his friends. And at the core of it all is a crime mystery, a who-done-it, that I think is pretty fun.
EJ: If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
Steve: Before I saw Daredevil I would have said that Antony Starr from Banshee would make a great Nate. But I think Charlie Cox has that combination of friendliness to those he cares about and viciousness to those who cross him that Nate has. I think he’d be good in the role.
Michael Fassbender would make a great Hades. He’s got the right look for him and I think he’d be pretty cool as Nate’s friend and all round terrifyingly powerful badass.
Thank you Steve for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
Prison of Hope (Hellequin Chronicles #4) by Steve McHugh.
Long ago, Olympian gods imprisoned the demon Pandora in a human—Hope—creating a creature whose only purpose was chaos and death. Remorseful, the gods locked Pandora away in Tartarus, ruled by Hades.
Now, centuries later, Pandora escapes. Nate Garrett, a 1,600-year-old sorcerer, is sent to recapture her and discovers her plan to disrupt the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, killing thousands in a misplaced quest for vengeance.
Fast forward to modern-day Berlin, where Nate has agreed to act as guardian on a school trip to Germany to visit Hades at the entrance to Tartarus. When Titan King Cronus becomes the second ever to escape Tartarus, Nate is forced to track him down and bring him back, to avert a civil war between those who would use his escape to gain power.
Prison of Hope is the fourth book in the highly acclaimed and action-packed dark urban fantasy series, the Hellequin Chronicles.
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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To learn more about Steve McHugh and his books, please visit his website.