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My Interview with Randy Daudlin
How long did it take Randy Daudlin to write Blood Promise? Are there any sequels planned? Will this book be made into a movie?
How long did it take you to complete this book?
It took me over ten years to complete this book. For periods of time it would sit as life and other projects would distract me. It was at my father’s prompting that I finished it. I had given him a draft to read, and he would keep asking when I would finish the book. He was diagnosed with bone cancer a few years ago so I made it my mission to finish it for him.
How many more parts to this story do you have planned?
There are two more parts planned for the story so far, “Blood Rules” and Blood Legacy.”
Are there plans for your book to be made into a movie?
The book actually started as a screenplay. It’s decidedly different now, but it would be amazing to see it come full circle. A decision to make it into a movie will have a lot to do with reader response.
Which character is your favorite? Was there a character you just didn’t like?
I like all the characters, even the most despicable, because they become the more interesting and unpredictable. But my favourite would have to be Reg Martin because he has the greatest room for growth, and I know where his adventure is heading. He is flawed and lost. This is his last stab at making things right. If you live long enough you have regrets of some kind, and the chance to reset the scales is an opportunity I think no one would pass up.
Which scene is your favorite?
It is hard to pick a favourite scene. From the Afterlife to the p*rno theatre, there are so many distinct and varied moments that stand out. I guess if I had to pick, it would be the mind trip to France reliving the years just before the French Revolution. I enjoyed going back in time exploring a moment so different from the world I live in.
Which scene was the hardest for you to write?
The hardest scene was the ending. I found I got to a point where I knew what needed to be written, but it wasn’t that easy wrapping it all up. I wanted the readers to have questions, and I wasn’t sure if there would be more parts to the story. So the balance between finishing this story and leaving an opening for another was challenging.
How long did it take you to decide on a title for your book? Were there many other possible titles you had picked out?
The title for the book came after I was deep into the writing. As I developed the characters' relationships, it became more apparent. Everyone had unfinished business and personal promises they were committed to see through at all costs. Originally I titled the book “Lords of Darkness.” My wife didn’t like it, and I had to agree it didn’t express what the story was about. She has good instincts, and I try and stay open to her suggestions.
This interview continues in More of Interview with Randy Daudlin.
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