forging of a knight hugo negron

An interview with Hugo Negron, author of Forging of a Knight

And this week we’re welcoming Hugo Negron to the Thursday Throng. He is and author and nn avid fan of myths and fantasy. His background includes an M.A. in clinical psychology from Roosevelt University as well as an M.A. in industrial/organizational psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  In addition, he’s an amateur cartoonist, having taken classes at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Hugo Negron Interview

hugo negronWhat is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

Beyond my passion for HP Lovecraft  (most people I mention this author to usually give me a polite “Umm…okayyy…” in response, and then either quickly run to another topic of conversation or just plain run away), the fact that back in my early 20’s, I once took a year of fencing lessons, going from an epee to a sabre. If that wasn’t prophetic of my future writing about sword-wielding knights, then I don’t know what is.

What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?

“…a very impressive achievement indeed with the plus points being the rousing of your imagination by Negron’s storytelling and his usage of his characters.” I was humbled indeed by this review for the first book in my series.  If a reader can become lost in my work, absorbed by the story and enmeshed with the characters, then I did my job.

What did the worst review you ever had say about you and your work?

A Goodreads reader on my first book – “To be honest I felt that the prologue was too long…” and another Goodreads reader on the selfsame book – “Once you get past the prologue this is a fun and fast read.” Somehow, I get the feeling that the prologue might have been a wee bit too long, but maybe it’s just me…

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

Lack of sleep, cramped hands, obsessively worrying that the finished product will never be good enough to be finished, obsessively worrying about worrying, becoming your own worst enemy when it comes to self-critique, and if you have a child like I do, begging your boss for five additional minutes to write…

Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?

Playing a musical instrument. We had a small piano at home back when I was growing up that my sisters would practice on.  I got as far as chopsticks and unfortunately moved on after that.  I miss that missed opportunity!

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

10% is writing, 90% is marketing, marketing, marketing.

What has been the best experience you have ever had in your life?

Getting the chance to make my writing dreams for Forging of a Knight come true, and marrying my wife (not in that order, of course, ahem…).

Where do you find your inspiration?

Nature. I love hiking through woods, walking through trails, just feeling that connection to the earth, the trees, and the roots. Surrounded by trees, inhaling that scent of pine and soil, overlooking a wooded vista – if anything gets me thinking about fantasy worlds and fantasy creatures, it’s certainly that. Sometimes if I’m stuck on a certain scene or part in my writing, visiting the local Green brings immediate clarity of mind.

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

Not much of a drinker – I’ll go with carbonated water or juice – preferably a fruit smoothie! Mango, anyone?

If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body?

There was this ghost trackers group in Indiana that took us to Michigan City to check out some haunted sites.  One of them was where Chicago gangsters from the 1920’s supposedly buried their victims underneath an old bridge.  The ghost trackers proceeded to ask if any spirits were about, and if so, “where did you hide the money.” The spirits kept mum, so I figure if they wouldn’t rat on their dough after all of that time, it would be the perfect place.

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forging of a knightWHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT Hugo AND His BOOK?

You can find Forging of a Knight in Kindle or Paperback format here:

You can also catch up with Hugo on Facebook here: facebook.com/Forging.of.a.Knight 

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