Today, I'm featuring Brian Mckinley. He's here to talk about his character Faolan O'Connor from his upcoming release Drawing Dead.
1.) What is your character's name?
His name is Faolan O’Connor.
2.) Is he fictional or a historic person?
He is fictional, though he interacts with many historic people.
3.) When and where is the story set?
Drawing Dead is set in the late 1930’s in New York City.
4.) I love that period! What should we know about him?
Faolan is not the typical protagonist, and certainly not a “good guy.” In fact, he’s the type of person who would probably be the villain in someone else’s story. He’s a gangster, a cold-blooded killer looking to move up in the world by any means necessary. He does have a good sense of humor, however, and a very practical view of the world that I think is attractive to many readers despite his lack of traditional morals.
5.) What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?
The story begins when Faolan is recruited into The Order: the global society of vampires who secretly control much of world politics and society. He’d been serving them as a mortal agent previously, but this is his big promotion. More than anything else, he wants to run New York. The Big Apple is his city and the current boss is a brute and a megalomaniac, so Faolan thinks that he can do better. The problem is that the boss has a pretty strong set-up and Faolan has to walk a fine line between appearing loyal and finding others who see things the way he does. Ironically, the thing that messes everything up for him is the reappearance of his conscience. The more he sees of how the boss runs things, the more Faolan wants to see it changed, but his humane motives come into direct conflict with the brutal and treacherous things he has to do to achieve his goals.
6.) What is his personal goal?
Faolan’s personal goal is to be a “somebody.” All his life, he’s felt over-looked and unappreciated. He wants respect and believes that the best way to achieve that is by acquiring power.
7.) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The book is called Drawing Dead: A Faolan O’Connor Novel and it’s the first in a planned series that will span several decades.
8.) When can we expect the book to be published?
Unfortunately, I don’t have a release date from my publisher yet, but the novel is currently in the formatting stage, so I expect it to be released before the end of the year.
I'd like to thank Brian for being my guest. Keep posted for publication info at Brian's blog Ravings of a Sick Mind