Sunday, May 6, 2012

Guest post by Tim Marquitz, author of the Demon Squad series + INT Giveaway

Hello, honorary librarians! 

Today, I am thrilled to welcome one of my favorite authors, Tim Marquitz, to our blog. Last year I won a copy of Armageddon Bound, his first Demon Squad book, and I had a feeling I might like it, but I refused to get my hopes up. At the time, I was finding less and less good urban fantasy to read, and the ones I could find followed the same, mind-numbing pattern. I was desperate for something fresh and original, for a different voice, a new role model, preferably a male version of Kate Daniels. 

Instead, I got Frank. Frank Trigg is a misanthrope. He has a foul mouth and an even fouler mind. He is obsessed with guns and sex, he is occasionally power-hungry and he is capable of messing up even the simplest task. 
Needless to say, I fell in love. 

Four Demon Squad novels and a short story later, my opinion of Frank hasn't changed, but I did see a different side of him too. He is all those things I've mentioned and more, but he is also intelligent, occasionally caring, hilarious and very human. He is my favorite underdog. Here's a story about his birth:

The Making of Frank (The PG-13 Version)

A long, long time ago, in a world far, far away, Frank “Triggaltheron” Trigg was born… and I can’t apologize enough.

When I first thought about the character that would become Frank, my focus was different. Yeah, he was still snarky and had a bad attitude, but his role in the world was different. He was a minion of Death (note the lack of caps and respect). God and the Devil had made peace and Bob, as Frank was originally named, was suddenly out of work and forced to go on unemployment.

The story was designed to be more comedic throughout (picture an anemic Terry Pratchett) the premise being that Bob was to be interviewed by a faceless and nameless interviewer (in twisted homage to Interview with a Vampire) designed to be the straight man of the routine. Come to find out, I suck at being funny on a consistent basis. Realizing that, I decided to shift gears and fill in the lulls between jokes with action. I started to envision the Die Hard movies as the foundation to the Demon Squad series, but obviously that had been done to death already, so I took it a step further.

I made Frank the nephew of the Devil, mainly because it sounded cool. Now important in a frustratingly impotent way, Bob, whose name became Frank because it sounds more manly, came alive. Here he was, a kid taken to Hell at the hormonal age of fifteen and given free rein and the Devil’s protection. So, for over four hundred years, Frank has been elbow deep in the depths of depravity that most men can only dream of (not me, of course), all without any meaningful supervision, repercussion, or moral interference.
That’s the premise of Frank.

Add in my own charming characteristics of constant grumpiness, over-active imagination, dreams of world domination, violent anti-social tendencies, and the desire to ---- in public without consequence, and you have the start of what Frank is all about. Just turn it up a couple thousand notches.

Now, because I’m a spiteful and mean bastard, I decided to introduce a softer, more reasonable side to Frank. It comes in the form of memories of his mother. Frank was old enough to remember her, to learn what it was like to be human, and therein lies the crux of Frank’s existence. For all the rampant hormones and demonic posturing, Frank is forever connected to the world he left behind in his youth, and it’s a large part of why he’s returned to it now.

Nearly 500 years after his mother was killed, Frank is out on his own. God and Lucifer gone, the world in chaos and Frank smack dab in the middle of it all, he’s suddenly expected to man up and be a responsible member of society (human and demon). It’s a role he’s ill-suited for.

The Demon Squad books are Frank’s journey through maturation…warts and all.

Thanks, Tim! 
I am forever grateful to Bastard @ Bastard Book Blog for helping me discover this series so I decided to do the same for one of you. Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win one paperback copy of Armageddon Bound. As always, the giveaway is international, i.e. anywhere The Book Depository ships. 
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  1. Love the guest post! At first, I'm not really sure that I would love Frank's character, but seems like he has some deeper sides I'm going to like about him! The fact that he's not typical hero is very interesting too - even though this book may a bit too gory for me, I sure will check it out first now on Goodreads! x)

    I love coming to this blog because there's always something new I can find here! Your posts always make me smile, Maja! I grinned like crazy when you said that you fell in love with this misanthrope. Clearly some hero that I need to meet myself! :)

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway! <3

  2. Great guest post from Tim there! Frank sure does sound like an interesting character to say the least. Maybe a foul-mouthed, power hungry main character will be what I'm looking for. ;)

  3. Haha! This post made me grin like a bloggin' fool. Apparently Mr. Marquitz is capable of being consistently funny for an entire blog post, anyway! I like the premise of this one - it sounds like something my inner boy would love. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. After reading the origins of Frank, I just gotta read the book!! :D

    Cherry Mischievous

  5. "Come to find out, I suck at being funny on a consistent basis."

    LOL! Yes, I see how that could present a problem. But it seems like challenging yourself to mix humor and action and reflection together worked out in the best possible way. Guess I'll have to see if agrees.

    Thanks for the guest post!

  6. This Frank sounds brilliant, I love my grumpy characters with over-active imaginations! But turned up a thousand notches? yes please! Thanks so much for the giveaway my lovely! :)

  7. Maja, you are one twisted sister and I still love you! I was cracking up over your second paragraph up there. Every time Tim does a guest post, I'm eager to read and try his series! Of course you know Jasprit and I are drowning in our vanillas, but I might just put them aside (temporarily, of course!) to give this one a try! Thanks for the giveaway. I'm entering! :)

  8. I still need to meet this misanthropic, disrespectful bastard. I know I will like him, what does that say about me? Oh yeah that I am a miscreant! Oh well at least I admit it! I love the cover of book two so funny!

  9. i haven't read a characther like that yet but i would give it a try so thanks you a lot for this opportunity

    all the best

  10. You're welcome everyone :P

    Great post Tim, now I wonder about the R-Version, or is it XXX?

    1. It's all your fault, man. I'm pointing the finger, you get to figure out which one.

      And I'll save the X-rated posts for your blog. It feels more comfortable to slum there. :)

  11. That post is great Tim, and no apologies are needed. Frankly, I love characters like Frank.

    ... OKay, perhaps not in real life, but in novels they are a breath of fresh air, they break clichés and expectations and boredom, and I just love to read about that. I may or may not have a slightly unhealthy obsession with twisting the situation and stripping characters of everything in an attempt to find how they work, and morality as we know it usually is the first thing to fall.

    So, how do I feel about characters like Frank? I want more of them. :)

    Great post! Thanks for sharing it!

  12. Thanks, everyone. I'm glad you're enjoying this sneak peak into the making of a misanthrope, but he's not all that bad. Not all the time, at least. Okay, I'm lying.

    Anyway, I'm glad to share Frank with an appreciative audience. Come on down to his level for a few minutes. You might just find you like it. :)

  13. I think Frank sounds interesting and definitely unique as he doesn't sound like any other character I know of!

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway, girls!

  14. "Needless to say, I fell in love." Oh Maja, do we have to have a talk? Just kidding, obviously. Why haven't we talked about this series before? Let's discuss on gchat. I'm liking the sound of it...

  15. Oh this sounds like a great series! I love the sounds of Frank. Sounds like a characters you love to despise haha.

  16. Hi! Remember when I posted a review of Rose Awaken and you commented on it? I just posted an interview with Eve, author of this story and I thoght that you may like it too :)

    Oh and I'll enter your giveaway in seconds!

    Disincentive @ (read, watch, listen) - reviews

  17. I don't think I've heard of this book before but the guest post made me interested in reading the book!

    Awesome post, Maja! <3 Thank you for sharing this with us and thank you for the giveaway!

  18. What an interesting sounding character.

  19. Frank? Sounds awesome. I really need to read this series! :)

  20. Frank sounds amazing... where can I get in touch with him?


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