Welcome to the first in my new blog feature, Question Time With…! After being nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award a little while ago, I came up with ten bookish questions that I was really intrigued to know people’s answers to. So I decided to broaden my search for answers and reached out to some authors via Twitter. Anthony Ergo is the first and I’m super excited to share his answers with you guys!
Question Time With… Anthony Ergo!
1. Have you ever read a book outside of your comfort zone and actually
enjoyed it? If so, what was it?
I started reading Jo Nesbo (a Nordic crime writer) a while back and got hooked on his books. I would recommend him for anyone who likes ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ series. They are nothing like my normal reads but I really enjoy his work and style of writing.
2. If you had to pick a character from any book to be your
mentor/guide through life, who would you pick and why?
I would pick Lars (a brutal Norwegian warrior) from my book Plague Risers. As a bloodthirsty and battle-scarred medieval soldier, he would be a terrible mentor but life would be fun following in his footsteps.
3. You’re trapped in a dungeon in a castle – in the cell to your left
is a character you have been dying to meet in real life, in the cell
to your right is a character you wouldn’t want to meet in your worst
nightmares. They strike up a conversation – what would it be like?
The Gruffalo meets Voldemort – now that would make for an interesting conversation but I have no idea how it would sound!
4. What book makes you think of home?
Blood Brothers by Willy Russell – Ok, it’s a screenplay rather than a book but no other work of fiction reminds me of my home town of Liverpool so much.
5. If you could swap lives with any character for one day, who would
it be and why?
I’ve always had a soft spot for a villain, so I’d go with Hannibal Lector as he is about as badass as it gets. Maybe I’d fast for a day though!
6. Can you name five authors who share a name with you? (first or last)
I think I’m the only “Ergo” but there are many authors with the first name “Anthony” – Horowitz, Burgess & Trollope spring to mind.
7. Have you ever read something because everyone else seemed to have
read and loved it, and then hated it?
Yes – Twilight, although I didn’t hate it as such, just felt a little frustrated at times. For me, each book could have been almost halved in length (see below answer to Q10!)
8. What is the one book series you could not live without?
I loved the Stoneheart series by Charlie Fletcher, it brought out the 12 year old boy in me.
9. Imagine every book in the world is housed in one room, and that
room is on fire. You can only save five books, what would you save?
Dracula – Bram Stoker, The Island of Dr Moreau – HG Wells, BFG – Roald Dahl . . . and maybe grab a couple of my own!
10. Do you enjoy reading shorter books (200-350 pages) or longer books (400+)?
I prefer to read – and write – shorter books (around the 300 page / 80-100k words range). I get frustrated with books that flow at a slow pace or have large sections or chapters where not much happens. As an author, I have to compete with TV, films and other forms of media which are far more time-efficient than reading a book. Therefore, it’s important for me to engage the reader early and keep them turning the pages. I like to end many of my chapters by ‘dropping a bomb’ so that the reader just has to find out what happens next.
I’d like to thank Anthony for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions and I hope you enjoyed his answers as much as I did! To find out more about Anthony and his work, see below.
Anthony Ergo is a YA author of ‘Dystopia’, ‘Hysteria’ and the new series, ‘Plague Risers’.
After graduating from University with an English Literature degree, Anthony wrote several children’s short stories before embarking on his first venture into the Young Adult genre.
“The idea for Dystopia all started with Sasha, the main character, and in particular an image which provoked several questions that I wanted to explore. Sasha is not your typical ‘strong female lead’ – she’s weak, flawed and unsure of herself in many ways. She starts the story willing to exist in a world of paranoia; a single event changes everything and forces her on a journey of self-discovery.
Following the publication of Dystopia in July 2014, Anthony released the follow up novel, Hysteria, on 31 October 2014.
He is currently working on a new project, ‘Plague Risers’ – a zombie novel set in the middle ages and due for release in summer 2015.
Anthony lives in Cheshire, England. As well as a writer, Anthony is also part of female fronted rock band Signed In Crimson (www.signedincrimson.com)
It’s Friday the Thirteenth and it’s Sasha Hunter’s birthday. It’s also the anniversary of Dystopia day; a catastrophic world-wide blackout, and the day Sasha’s mother disappeared. Three years on, the world has started to recover. But for Sasha, everything is falling apart…
You can find my review of Dystopia here.
This book is available at the following links:
HYSTERIA sees Sasha, Aaron and Zara travel to America to combat a coven of Black Witches who are inflicting Hysteria on the local society. Can Sasha help her friends overcome the most deadly of foes and uncover the truth about Dystopia Day while trying to graduate as an Agent?
HYSTERIA is the second book in the paranormal YA series, DYSTOPIA by Anthony Ergo.
My review for this book will be coming soon.
This book is available at the following links:
When night falls, they will come…
The year is 1544 and the two rival kingdoms of England and France battle for supremacy. The Black Death has decimated both armies and wiped out half of the population of Europe. But a new enemy is about to rise…
Hal is a conflicted young English archer – a reluctant soldier who is accompanying his father’s army in a siege against a French castle. When attacked by the reanimated corpses of plague victims, Hal is saved by a mysterious French girl known as Le Diable Rouge. As sworn enemies whose countries are at war, they are thrust together, battling to survive the threat of the Risers.
“Game of Thrones meets The Walking Dead!”
“A truly unique take on modern zombie fiction, set in a brutal medieval world.”
This book will be available through Anthony’s website soon.