Welcome to the New Author Spotlight series! Each week, I’ll shine the spotlight on a brand new author. They’ll tell you a bit about themselves and their books, and I’ll share the links where you can find out more about them. You never know – you might find a new favourite!
This week’s guest is Dylan James Quarles, author of urban fantasy novel The Man From Rome. Over to you, Dylan…
The Man From Rome by Dylan James Quarles
Rome is a city like no other, protected by a man like no other.
He is the unnamed Immortal, the Man from Rome, and he is under attack.
An agent of his secret order has been murdered, her tongue ripped out, her throat coated in molten silver. The killing is meant to be a message, a warning that old enemies have resurfaced to punish the Man for the sins of his past.
Forced to retaliate, the Man sets in motion a sequence of events which pit an American thief, a Roman policewoman, a heartless mercenary, and a fallen Olympian against one another in all-out war. The streets of Rome become a battleground where the supernatural clash with the mortal, and the Eternal City bears witness to yet another chapter in its storied history of violence.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 5th May 2017
Publisher: Self Published
A Bit About Dylan & His Book
What kind of research did you do for your book?
I did a lot of research for The Man From Rome, probably too much. It all started on my first visit to Rome five or six years ago. I was instantly enamored with the place—the history, the architecture, the food, the smells, the heat, all of it. After I got home, I started reading…a lot. I read everything from Suetonius, to Virgil, to Gibbon, to Beard. I read Ovid, I read Graves, I read Julius freaking Caesar! It was a great time in my life, a time when I felt connected to something both ancient and oddly relevant. Looking back, I shouldn’t have been surprised. My parents have childhood drawings of mine featuring gladiators and Roman Centurions! Since my first visit, I’ve been back to Rome, and will even be there again this summer. All in the name of “research” 😉
What was your inspiration behind your book?
Oddly enough, the inspiration for The Man From Rome came from a kind of half-woken dream. I was just wrapping up a different project and feeling around for what to do next. I woke up one morning with a poem in my head, something like:
I am the Man from Rome / I have always been the Man from Rome / I will always be the Man from Rome. I need not the taste of blood to sustain me / need not a holy book. I need not a Philosopher’s stone to live forever / for I am the Man from Rome. Or something to that effect.
In any event, I was inspired to sit down and find out just who this strange Man from Rome guy really was, and what he was trying to tell me.
Do you have a particular writing spot, or do you write anywhere?
I do have a favorite writing spot. I love to sit in my kitchen, just where the light comes in through the eastern facing window. I can look out into my back yard and watch my cat eat grass, or chase butterflies—whichever strikes her fancy. I have everything I need in that spot, music, easy access to coffee-makin’s, snacks, and of course an outlet to plug my laptop into!
Final Notes from the Author
I love interacting with readers, hearing what they have to say, fielding questions. Please, please don’t ever hesitate to reach out to me and say ‘hi’!
Thank you for this fun opportunity, I really enjoyed it!
Thanks to Dylan for taking part in the series, and thanks to you for reading! There will be a New Author Spotlight post every Wednesday. Click here to read the previous post in the series. 🙂