Narrator: Thomas Cassidy
Length: 8 hours 47 minutes
Publisher: Speckled Leaf Press⎮2020
Genre: Action; Adventure
Series: The Alexandria Rising Chronicles, Book 1
Release date: May 12, 2020
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Interview with Mark Wallace Maguire
Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you? I do enjoy a good audiobook. I used to commute between 2 and 3 hours a day and discovered the format was not only an amazing way to pass the time, but a fantastic art form to enjoy. There are certain aspects of an audiobook which just can’t be beat such as the simple act of someone really good telling you a story. At the same time, you have the issue of still incorporating your imagination so you are not completely fed the experience as you would be in TV, the stage or the movies.
If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles? Thomas and I had this conversation. Without getting into the weeds, I was eyeing Ian Richardson from the British version of ‘House of Cards’ as our primary antagonist, Christopher Waltz as another antagonist and a young Josh Holloway from LOST as our main protagonist.
How did you celebrate after finishing this novel? A fine bottle of properly aged ale.
What’s next for you? I have a second series of books which are in the fantasy genre. The first book is, “In Pursuit of The Pale Prince.” The sequel is set to be published in October 2020. Thomas and I are also discussing him narrating the second book in The Alexandria Rising Chronicles, Alexandria Reborn.
What inspired this book? That’s an interesting question. There wasn’t one or two things in particular, rather, it was a combination of circumstances and ideas. I wanted to have fun writing it and the reader to have fun reading it. I was weary of writing in reality, you might say. That said, the inspiration, on one hand, was an outlet — a catharsis — for me to discover and create a world and characters outside of my existence. As far as other inspirations, I was intrigued by the idea of how little we really know of history, our world and our collective works as a species. I was also inspired by numerous authors’ works including Robert Ludlum, Dan Brown, Susanna L. Clarke, Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof (who wrote “Lost”), Clive Cussler and J.R.R. Tolkien.