Interview with Tim Hawken, author of Deicide

Synopsis: “Sitting in the war-rooms at Casa Diablo, my closest allies surrounded me. Could I trust them all?”

Finally reunited with his love Charlotte, Michael has taken control of Hell. Yet the insane god Asmodeus still rules Heaven. The division between realms continues to oppress the lost souls of the afterlife. With the help of his wife and friends, Michael’s aim is to create true freedom for all, ending Asmodeus’ tyrannous reign.

However, the chance of betrayal by someone close within his fold weighs heavily on Michael’s mind, as does the burning question that not even the all-knowing Perceptionist can answer:

How do you kill the unkillable?

Deicide is the stunning conclusion of Tim Hawken’s Hellbound trilogy. An epic tale of biblical proportions.

Interview: Q. Please tell us about the inspiration for your current release.

The Hellbound Trilogy started as a creative writing assignment when I was at university studying literature and journalism. The task was to ‘create a contemporary Satan’. At the encouragement of lecturers and my girlfriend at the time it developed into the first novel, Helbound. The funny thing is, it was only ever supposed to be one book, but after it was released I had a lot of fans asking when the next one was coming out. So, it turned into a trilogy. Deicide is the conclusion of that journey. I suppose you could say mentors in my life and fans have inspired me. In terms of artistic inspiration, books like Paradise Lost by John Milton and The Divine Comedy by Dante, mixed with graphic novels like Hellblazer and Sin City, with a drop of music by Tool.

Q. How did writing this book affect you?

I become pretty reclusive when writing. I tend to think a lot philosophically, to try and solve dilemmas I have created earlier in the series. It means I get really grumpy, which can be hard on my wife. But the result is worth it. I was super excited when I finished, because I was happy with how it turned out. I would say the biggest affect is that it has lifted a weight off my shoulders. I’m really exited to tackle a new project.

Q. How did you come up with the title?

Deicide means ‘to kill a god’. That’s the aim of the main character, Michael, in the trilogy: to murder his god and father, Asmodeus. It felt fitting to keep it to one simple word, which captured that.

Q. Which of your characters would you want to be and why?

Wow, that’s a tough one. They’re all so tortured. Perhaps, The Perceptionist. He has all of the power of the universe at his fingertips, so could do anything his heart desired if he wanted to.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Not for this series. It’s a very definitive finish at the end of Deicide. I’m now working on the film adaptation of the Hellbound Trilogy and would like to explore a graphic novel spin off. I’ve also started another dark fantasy/horror book, which I hope to release next year.

Q. What are you currently reading?

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. It’s beautifully twisted, which suits me just fine.

Q. All of the books you’ve read, which book has impacted you the most?

The Hobbit. Mostly because it was the first real book I ever read and it set off a love affair with reading and writing. It shaped one of my great passions in life. There have been many since then, but it all stems back to Tolkien sparking my imagination at an early age.

Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).

My wife and I just had our first child. Talk about a life changer! Everything pales in comparison. I was going to say, I’ve signed on with some production companies to help take Hellbound to the silver screen, but really, that’s just a detail compared with the joy our little boy has brought already. I guess that sounds kind of cliché, but I had no idea how much it would affect how I looked at life.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Read different things. There are whole worlds out there, so don’t get stuck in one genre. Read the masters, read popular fiction and read underground stuff. You’ll never know what will set off something in your mind. And, if you want to write something, write it. I’ve had a lot of people say to me ‘I’ve always wanted to write a book’. Well, write it!

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