Today we welcome Adam Gaylord to the blog, author of Sol of the Coliseum, which you can pick up from Amazon.
1. Your book, Sol of the Coliseum, takes place in the Coliseum of the Astrolian Empire, a fictional world based on Rome. Did you do historical research before creating this empire and the Coliseum that Sol spends his life in? In what ways did you prepare yourself to create your own fictional location?
“I read several books about the Roman coliseum and the culture around the gladiatorial bouts, which was super interesting. As far as research goes, that’s some pretty fun reading. I have to say though, in the end I tried not to make the story sound too much like ancient Rome. The coliseum and the gladiatorial bouts in SOTC are a product of the geopolitical situation of that world. They have their own reason and rules. I hope I made it unique.”
2. Was there a specific event or idea that sparked the idea to create a book about gladiators? What inspired the storyline behind Sol of the Coliseum?
“It’s funny how one little thing can spark an idea. For this book it was actually the cover of a video game. I don’t remember the game. I didn’t own it, I just saw it in a store. But for some reason the image stuck with me. If the book ever goes big, I’ll have to track down the artist of that game cover and thank her or him.”
3. Did you really become an author simply because you read a crappy book? If so, would you disclose what book was so crappy that it moved you to become an author?
“It’s true. I have the name of the book written down somewhere but even if I could remember it I wouldn’t say. Not unless the author was there to defend herself. It was so bad that I couldn’t help but finish it. Call it morbid curiosity. The defining moment for me was when, in the last three pages of the book, a before unknown elven prince showed up from a before unknown different dimension to kill the bad guy and whisk the hapless female protagonist back to his dimension to rule as a princess. Seriously. I couldn’t believe such a book had ever been published, let alone that I had purchased and read it. So I figured that writing must not be that hard and that I should try to get a few books published to earn some extra cash. A decade later and I’ve learned a lot of humility and to really love the craft of writing. I’m grateful to that bad book and the author that wrote it.”
4. Have you written other works other than Sol of the Coliseum?
“I’ve got quite a few short stories floating around out there. You can keep track of what’s out there at: http://adamsapple2day.blogspot.com/p/my-fiction.html.”
5. For the readers’ reference, how do you pronounce K’nal? Are there any other hard to pronounce words we should look out for before reading?
“I have always thought of it as ka (rhymes with ha, as in laughter) – nal (like ball but with an n). I don’t think there are any others that are too tricky. :)”
In early 2005, Adam read what he considered to be a pretty awful book and said, “Hell, I can do this.” Since then he’s learned a good deal of humility and to truly love all things writing. His short stories can be found all over the web and his gladiatorial fantasy novel “Sol of the Coliseum” was released by Mirror World Publishing in September 2015.
Having lived all over the country, Adam recently returned to Colorado where he and his wife welcomed their daughter into the world. When he’s not at work as a biologist, he’s usually reading, writing, hiking, or cooking, often while enjoying a craft beer.