Joshua Pantalleresco and his series, The Watcher, is our feature for this month! Which means you can pick up either The Watcher or Stormdancer for just $0.99 with the promo code: DRAGON. Just head over to our store. It also means that we’ve invited Joshua here to tell us a little bit about where he’s at and what it’s like to be working on the last installment of a trilogy. Without further ado, here’s Joshua Pantalleresco:
What’s it like to have a world in your head for years? Not quite sure where it is going? How is it going to end?
To that, I answer this:
It’s a dream. You have these characters that you envision in your head. You have a savage who dreams of freedom and his world is harsh, cruel and unyeilding. Life and death only go to the strong.
It sounds very much like our world, yet different.
I love this world in spite of this cruelty. Struggle is the one thing we all understand. Every day there are battles we all fight within ourselves.
Yet for all the moments of guilt I had for some of the dangers I put all the characters in, I like the oozes and falling ships and pez dispensers I placed here. And I loved the characters I have developed over the years that came from the view of the savage.
Kristen is the one I connected with most in the last two books. With her, I discovered that beneath all her fear there was a real badass. Her jailbreak in book two is still one of my favorite things I’ve written. Ever. But she’s tough, capable and more and more finds confidence in herself. She is also the character that scares me the most, because she demands nothing but respect.
Will and Nicki I feel have a lot of untold story. I hope someday if I do come back to this world I tell it. Without spoiling too much, this is the key I’m leaving in my hands. Someday they may speak to me like Kristen and The Watcher did.
But after four years, I owed this world an ending. How then do I end it?
Revolution? I wanted something bigger and vaster.
So I thought about the mystery of the Wandering God, and how to tie it with all of the series and I think I came up with an answer. The biggest theme with this universe is the journey. Through struggle, through pain, we travel, pieces of us falling bit by bit until we shape ourselves into what we are. What bigger journey do we find in this life but the one about God?
In one sense this is the most abstract book. What happens when one listens to a voice in your head? It’s all a question of faith isn’t it?
And isn’t faith the ultimate journey?
I’m still working on it as of this writing. I’m editing it, correcting it and just slowly but surely handing it over to the publisher. We don’t have everything signed, sealed and delivered yet. This one is going to take the longest to finish. By that, I mean the editing and final touches.
But to me, the real work is done. The story is told.
I love them. I always will. Will, Nicki, Kristen, and him most of all. They will always be in my heart. They took me on a grand journey and I thank them for it. But for now, the dream is over. I am thankful for dreaming it.
Joshua Pantalleresco writes fiction, poetry and comics. He also loves to do interviews. He has written columns for comicbloc and allpulp and currently does so for comicmix. The Watcher is his second book of poetry. He resides in Calgary.
He has a blog you can follow here.