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Interview with L.W. Patricks, author of Shadow of Wrath

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Tell us about Shadow of Wrath.
Here’s the synopsis of Shadow of Wrath!

In the Arena, you’re either a killer or a victim.

If survival meant murdering an innocent person in cold blood every week, could you do it? Are you able to stick the knife into your opponent’s heart while they look at you with fear in their eyes? Life in the Arena turns everyone into sinners.

A homeless boy is kidnapped from the streets and finds himself imprisoned in a far more horrifying place: the Arena, a place where teenage boys fight to the death for the pleasure of various lowlifes in a modern gladiator pit.

The Arena is the brainchild of Ryker, an ex-convict addicted to alcohol, gladiatorial-esque combats, and money. When not devising new ways for boys to kill each other, he’s ruling his small empire with a ruthless fist, rewarding his guards with sex slaves and punishing
those who oppose him with barbaric executions.

Renamed Dog, the boy from the streets must turn himself into a killing machine if he is to continue surviving, but as he leaves a trail of bodies in his wake, the ghosts of slain boys haunts him and the violence threatens to wake a beast inside him.

Allegra, a slave girl in the Arena and a victim of Ryker’s constant abuse, is his only key to salvation. She has lost everything already — her family, her innocence, and her dignity — while her will to live hangs on by a thin thread. Can she save Dog’s humanity before
she too succumbs to the horrors of the Arena?

Seeking to defy Ryker as Dog rises to power as his champion, the stage is set for something to give in this murderous world of young gladiators.

A tale about survival, tragedy, and human perseverance, the complete Shadow of Wrath is the first book in the Sins of the 7 series.

What genre is it?
A blend of young adult dystopia, thriller, and action and adventure.

What kind of readers will it appeal to?
Well the things that influenced Shadow of Wrath are: Game of Thrones, Hunger Games, Battle Royale, The Handmaid’s Tale, Spartacus, Gladiator, and Divergent. So if you  like any of those things, then definitely give Shadow of Wrath a try.

Those are exciting books; is that the impact you expect Shadow of Wrath to have too?
I’d like them to say ‘Holy sh*t!’ and then tweet me and say “I can’t believe you did that.” It’s happened a couple of times. It’s a shocker all right.

In that case you’d best give us your Twitter handle.
@LWPatricks.

Have you written any other books that we should read next?
Working on the second book of my series entitled “Awake the Ghosts.”

Tell us about yourself.
I tell everyone that I’m the spawn of a type writing chimp and a literary ninja. Whether or not that’s true is a mystery.

The official bio is:

Ever since I opened that book of Fairy Tales when I was a kid, I loved reading and spent countless hours recreating a parallel universe where Red Riding Hood kung-fu kicked the wolf in the jugular and Snow White discovered a spell to merge all the dwarves together to form a Super-Dwarf that tossed the evil step-mother into the sun.

With this love for reading and writing, I took it to the next level and published a book. Sadly no super human fairy tale characters (but it’s always been on my radar).

I am the author of SHADOW OF WRATH and the literary architect behind the upcoming Sins of the 7 series with Book One: AWAKE THE GHOSTS to be published late 2013.

My short fiction works has been published by Crow Toes Quarterly Magazine, Fiction and Verse literary magazine, and upcoming Denizens of the Dark. I enjoy writing contemporary fantasy with an emphasis on creating urban mythology for my stories.

I was born in Toronto, Ontario where I graduated from University of Toronto’s Fiction Writing course. I have travelled all over the world including Germany, Netherlands, Italy, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Austria, United Kingdom, Thailand, Hong Kong, Cambodia just to name a few. My diverse experience amongst other cultures provides
inspiration for my stories.

I currently live in Toronto with my wife where I enjoys the the hot summer days and the cold winter nights.

Have you got a website where we can keep up with your work? You’ve told us your Twitter handle, but are you on Facebook too?
www.lwpatricks.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LWPatricksfanpage.

What’s next?
My next book is Awake the Ghosts, the second part of my Sins of the 7 series to be published late 2013.

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