Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.
Patrick Dugan was born in the far north of New York, where the cold winds blow. This meant lots of time for reading over the long winters. His parents didn’t care what he read as long as he did. This started with a steady diet of comics and science fiction novels, Heinlein being his favorite in those days.
After two degrees and lots of odd jobs, Charlotte, North Carolina beckoned. Packing up his dog sled he headed for warmer climes and a lot less snow. After working for Blockbuster Video, he moved into IT to become a programmer. Still a voracious reader, he read all sorts of great books. Rothfuss, Butcher, Duncan, Sanderson, Hobb, Farland and Feist sparked his imagination and he started writing horribly. Bad short stories and worse novels would follow. Thankfully these are nowhere to be found.
The book (Storm Forged) was passed around to avid readers for feedback and, much to his surprise, people loved it. Enter John Hartness of Falstaff books. He had read it and loved it. It was picked up in August 2017 with the release date of May 29th 2018.
There are more books planned for the Storm Forged series with releases tentatively planned for 2019 and 2020. So there is a lot more to come!
Wolf: If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why?
Patrick: I’d love to be a dragon. Being able to fly and sleep for long periods of time sounds really awesome given how busy I usually am.
Wolf: Dragons are cool. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?
Patrick: I love knives and swords since they are useful and can be beautiful. My favorite is the Karambit. The sweep of the blade is really elegant and easily concealable.
Wolf: That’s one cool looking knife. Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person?
Patrick: I am a dog person. We just got a new Cavalier King Charles puppy named Blaze. He’s my writing buddy.
Wolf: Love the big eyes on Cavaliers. If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Patrick: I write super heroes so I’ve thought a lot about this one. I’d go with teleportation. No more driving in rush hour and just an instant hop to target to get what I forgot, which I always do.
Wolf: Wish I could do that. What five items would you want to have in a post-cataclysmic world?
Patrick: A good utility knife, a water purification system, a solar powered light, a good pair of boots and a solar powered kindle with a lot of books on it.
Wolf: Excellent choices. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Patrick: In my published works, Abby is my favorite character. I hadn’t intended for her to be in the book at all, then she appeared and made herself at home. I think she is a damaged person dealing with a world that hates her and yet has a fierce love for her family. In my soon-to-be published, Its Gelsey, but you’ll have to wait to hear about her later.
Wolf: I look forward to it. What story are you working on now?
Patrick: I am working on two stories. One is a steampunk novella set is a world ruled by wizards. The other is an Urban Fantasy about a witch coven.
Wolf: They sound like fun. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Patrick: I love to play video games. My wife and kids all play Warcraft and its fun to quest together. I also brew beer for the bar we have in the basement. It has been dubbed the secret lair after the store in Storm Forged.
Wolf: I’ll drink to that. How did you come up with the idea for your first novel?
Patrick: My son loved Power Rangers when he was small and we would watch them for hours together. It got me thinking that the normal people would be sick and tired of having their homes and businesses destroyed on a weekly basis and would tell them to leave since the monsters went where they were. I changed it to super heroes after they’d been outlawed and Storm Forged was born.
Wolf: What a cool idea. Learn more about Patrick Dugan and his writing at: