Glen Lorenzana is the author of Angels of War: And the Last Priest; here is a link to his Amazon page:
Q: What is Angels of War: And the Last Priest about?
A: Angels of War: And the Last Priest is a trilogy based on the brotherhood of fallen angels. They bond with the archangels in order to repent for their sins and be forgiven, in hopes to prevent their doom from a war that is destined for them.
Q: What inspired you to write it?
A: As a teenager I began involving myself with the wrong crowd. As years passed, I saw many of my friends die from different circumstances. In that time, I started having religious doubts and not knowing where my beliefs stood. I began to write about the friends I lost during those years (some are still alive); how they lived their lives and how they became who they were. I infused their stories with related stories of angels to make it into a fantasy story.
Q: What makes Jake Dubois a character worth reading about?
A: Although Jake Dubois is only one of the main characters, he is placed as an ordinary man in a world of demons, angels and the unknown phenomenon transpiring in his city. Jake is a man of courage, who is not afraid of getting involved with the danger and powers of the unknown that can easily kill him.
Q: Who are some of your literary influences?
A: My literary influences are “It” and “Pet Cemetery” by Stephen King because they are great horror stories; “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S.Lewis because they are amazing fantasy novels. They prove that, with imagination and involving religious beliefs, you can make any audience curious about what lies after death. They influenced me greatly to express my imagination into stories.
Q: Why do you think religious fiction is so popular?
A: The same way vampires, zombies and superheroes have been depicted in different ways and are popular with all ages, I thought it was time to introduce a new version of characters (like angels) that have been known through centuries, and also portray them through a new storyline. Angels can do what monsters and heroes do even more than you expect.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your writing?
I have a 9-5 job in Manhattan, where I have plenty of time to write at my desk. I have a part time job on the weekends as a bartender, where I enjoy meeting many inspiring people. They tell me their experiences in life and influenced me to write even more.
Q: What other kinds of writing do you do?
A: I like to write horror and fiction mythology, which is already in the works.
Q: What have you done to publicize your book?
A: I promote it through Facebook, to my customers at both jobs and am handing out cards with the link to Amazon.com, where the book is currently available. We have a book launch party in the works that will align with the release of the paperback edition, as well as ramping up the social media activity on other social media sites.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I am currently proofreading the third and final book of Angels of War. I have also started writing a new trilogy based on Greek mythology centered around a boy who learns the ways of the mythical Gods while in search for his mother.
Q: If you could meet any character from literature, who would it be and why?
A: I would have to say the fallen angel Samyaza from Angels of War: And the Last Priest. His character reminds me so much of a childhood friend and, though he is not the greatest character to get along with, he does not give up on his friends and family. He is always there to protect them no matter how much hate is directed toward him.
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