Thursday, October 22, 2009

Author Interview + Contest: Glenn Dakin

I'm thrilled to welcome Glenn Dakin, author of Candle Man, Book One: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance to my blog today. Glenn Dakin has written for many comics and children’s TV shows, including the BBC’s Shaun the Sheep, Temptation; and the semi-autobiographical strip Abe. He lives in Cambridge, England.

Why and how did you begin writing?
I started writing stories as a kid, and very quickly turned to drawing comics as well. Fantasy and science fiction were in short supply back in England in the 1960s, so if you liked far-out adventure stories, you had to try and write them yourself.

What inspired you to write Candle Man?
London graveyards! I had the idea back in the 1990s. I was working for Marvel Comics UK, writing in my flat all day. For a quick break to clear my head I would stroll in nearby Brompton Cemetery. Wandering around there, surrounded by the stone angels and overgrown monuments, I started to get some of the creepy notions that grew into Candle Man.

The idea of a hero who glowed in the presence of danger was inspired by a line in the Hobbit, about Gandalf having a sword that glowed when goblins were around. I started to imagine a hero who glowed in the presence of danger. That struck me as rather a quaint, old-fashioned notion, so I began to link my glowing hero idea with England’s Victorian past. The idea snowballed from there.

How did you come up with the title?
The series title ‘Candle Man’ is the name of a Victorian crime fighter, whose life casts a long shadow over the fate of the book’s modern-day hero, Theo.

The first book is called ‘The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance’. This refers to a bizarre ancient society that have been keeping a watchful eye over Theo – from a distance.

What books have influenced your writing?
I was reading lots of Sherlock Holmes just before I started Candle Man, and Conan Doyle’s wonderful mixture of mystery and clarity struck me. I also think the spy stories of John Le CarrĂ© are a big influence. Reading him gave me the idea of making this an unfolding mystery as well as a fantasy adventure. Tolkien, especially The Hobbit is bound to have influenced me. I like the fact that in the Hobbit, everybody, including all the bad guys is allowed to have their own point of view - and are entertaining.

How do you go about researching your novels?
Candle Man really sprang out of my imagination. In some ways I have taken my vivid childhood impressions of London and adapted them. Towards the end of book one, I wanted to check one or two things. I visited some churches in the centre of old London, until I alighted on Southwark cathedral to be my entrance into the network. Recently I went down into the Paris sewers to get the feeling of what it’s like creeping around in tunnels under a big city.

What can we expect from your books in the future?
Theo is heading into some terrifying adventures. He will find that there is more to being a Candle Man than stepping into the shoes of a Victorian crime fighter. He is part of a mythology that is more ancient – and if anything, more scary than he at first realized.

Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
The first book is quite gothic and creepy, but the later books may well open up a bit, and introduce the readers to a more varied fantasmagoria of ideas. I hope the readers will stay along for a nice horrible ride!


Thanks Glenn!

For more information about Glenn Dakin and his books, please visit his website here.


********************Contest Closed********************

I have a copy of Candle Man (ARC) for a giveaway.

Rules: 1 Winner

Comment on Interview +1
Comment on Review here + 1
Link to blog: +1
Follow me on Twitter +1
Follower : +2
Total = 6 entries

Contest ends @ midnight (CST) November 4, 2009. U.S. and Canada Residents Only (Sorry!)

14 comments :

  1. I would LOVE to win this!!
    Thankyou!! :D:D:D

    -Lindsay


    lindsay15photo@gmail.com

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  2. This was a great interview!! I found it interesting that he got ideas from a cemetery!! I would love to win and read this book..

    I'm a follower....

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  3. Comment on Interview +1 - it was nice to hear how he got the ideas for this book and what kind of an author he seems to be.
    Comment on Review here + 1 - did this.
    Link to blog: +1 - headed off to put this on my sidebar at twoandahalfbooklovers.blogspot.com
    Follower : +2
    rae_sunshine4(at)yahoo.com

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  4. Thank you for the entries.

    freda.mans[at]sympatico.ca

    +1 Commented on review.

    +1 Link to blog: http://fredamans.blogspot.com/2009/10/contests_22.html

    +1 Follow on Twitter: @fredalicious

    +2 Follower via Google Connect.

    =5

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  5. +1 follower

    +1 linked to sidebar at http://inwhichagirl.blogspot.com/

    chocowrites[at]gmail[dot]com

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  7. I follow you and on twitter! :D Would love to see this book!

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  8. =6

    +1 Interview Comment:
    I think that its cool that the idea of this book sparked from the line in the hobbit.
    2+ Comment on the review
    3+Follow you on twitter (Tegan19)
    5+Foller of your blog
    6+ blog is on my side bar darling

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  9. Count me in please

    +1 follow on twitter @throuthehaze

    +2 follower

    Raelena
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  10. Nice interview. Its my first time hearing about this author.

    +1 Commented on interview
    +1 Commented on review
    +2 Follower

    jen4777[at]hotmail.com

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  11. Hi Glenn! I adore gothic and creepy, the same could be said about myself. lol

    Comment on Interview +1
    Comment on Review + 1
    Follow on Twitter +1 @ddurance
    Follower +2

    Deidre
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  12. Enter me please!!!!!

    +2 follower
    +1 follow on twitter @haleymathiot

    haleymathiot at yahoo dot com

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  13. i'm a follower!
    i'm also going to follow on twitter!

    thanks!

    stampitchick at yahoo dot ca

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  14. This sounds like an absolutely awesome book! Please enter me.

    +1 Posted about this contest with a link on my sidebar at
    http://gimmethatbookbeforeipunchyou.blogspot.com/

    +1 Became a twitter follower (two days ago). (Twitter Display Name: Shadowofwonder)

    +2 Old blogger follower!

    Shadowofwonder47[at]yahoo[dot]com

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