Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publish Date: February 4, 2013
Order From: Amazon / Kindle
Synopsis: "War is nothing more than a series of bitter disappointments" 22-year-old and self-described "world's worst poet" HC Diego goes on an epic trip from Buffalo, New York to Dulce, New Mexico. The mission? To take 8-year-old Aimée Dumont to see her father. Armed with only a M1 Carbine and a Glock 35, the two go against high odds in a time not too far from the present during a world wide war against an anonymous alien force. Along the way, the two meet new friends, face unknown dangers, and come across profound moments. "Poem for the Wolves", an epic sized tale filled with action, poetry, and human moments, is the second novel by author Andrew Cyrus Hudson.
Author Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.
My current release, Poem for the Wolves, is an epic science-fiction/action-adventure tale set in the not too distant future. It’s about HC Diego, 22-year-old and self described “world’s worst poet” who takes 8-year-old Aimée Dumont across America to see her father during a worldwide war against an alien force only known as them.
While it’s technically an alien invasion novel, it feels more akin to say…a World War II novel than a big budget Michael Bay film. There’s certainly plenty of action, but there’s a lot of poetry and hopefully some heartfelt moments.
Q. How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I came up with the idea around the summer of 2009 if my memory serves me correct (during that time I was about a third of the way through with my first draft of Drift). It was one of those moments where a lot of small ideas suddenly form a big one. There were two key ideas that formed it. The first was from my former job (at a Pilates studio), where many of the client’s brought their kids (around 6-10) by. The second was when I was at my grandparents’ home and saw an old WWII German rifle my grandfather had bought. Somehow those two ideas, as well as many others, collided together to form the vision of someone my age traveling with an old WWII rifle and a young girl across an apocalyptic America. The novel became very different than the visions I had formed from it, but the basic premise was there.
Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to write your book?
Well, it was around the time that I was writing the second draft of Drift that I knew I had to write another novel. There were several ideas I had for the next novel, but the one that seemed to scream at me was Poem for the Wolves. I was hesitant to do it. Not because I thought it was a bad idea, but I wasn’t sure if I had what it took at that point to at least do a half-decent job for such a huge undertaking. But I decided to do it anyways and I definitely haven’t regretted doing so.
Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about the book?
Since it’s going to be broken up into three parts, I might’ve stretched the last act a lot longer and added more adventures. But I was starting to get burned out at that point and the length and plot line seem to work just fine. Most of what I might’ve changed are “what if”s rather than “I should’ve”s
Q. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The first draft seems like a million years ago and I was at a very different stage in my life, so it’s hard to take a look back and remember exactly what was difficult about writing it. I think the hardest part was the geography. 90% of the locations you can find in real life, so figuring out the logistics of it all got tricky.
Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to when writing? If so, what kind of music?
I don’t listen to music when I write (at least during the first two drafts). However, I listen to music before I write, which a lot of times forms new ideas or influences the mood of the novel. The big songs I can remember listening to and connecting with Poem for the Wolves were Survivalism (Nine Inch Nails), We’re in this Together (Nine Inch Nails), The Day the World Went Away (Nine Inch Nails), Medal of Honor: Frontline soundtrack, Led Zeppelin (especially Ramble On, The Battle of Evermore, and Your Time is Gonna Come), Don’t Dream It’s Over (Crowded House), and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
In the modern 21st century, I suppose it’s still a quirk to be writing first drafts in long hand. It’s even more of a quirk that I’m walking around the house while writing in long hand (I hate sitting down for long periods of time).
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
There’s this sequel to Poem for the Wolves that’s screaming at me to be released. It’s going to be called Chase the Golden Sun. However, that won’t be until years later. I want to get a few more tools under my belt and be at a perspective in my life before I try and tackle it.
Q. Please tell us your latest news.
Obviously Poem for the Wolves is out but soon (or now, depending on when you read this), it’s going to be broken up into three pieces. Poem for the Wolves Verse I: Journey, Poem for the Wolves Verse II: War, and Poem for the Wolves Verse III: Home. If you want a bargain price, I’d recommend getting it now and if you’d rather have it in more digestible portions, wait a month or two. Aside from that, Off the Record and Strange Happenings should be coming out in 2013.
Also, I’m producing a play called Ghost in the House. It’s going to be playing in LA this March and hopefully other states soon (and maybe even internationally someday).
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thanks for reading this interview and special thanks to Star for hosting me :D I suppose I should say that you should check out andrewcyrushudson.net and if there’s anything you want to say to me, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org