I am delighted to welcome Peter Boland to take in my Getting to Know the Character Interview today on Blog Tour for Savage Gods
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He only kills atheists.
Pray that God’s on your side.
A serial killer stalks the streets of London, murdering atheists in the most horrific ways. So far, it’s only the loud, outspoken ones who’ve been targeted. Specifically, a controversial group of intellectuals called The Four Pillars of Atheism. Attacking religion and angering believers, they’ve amassed enough hate mail and death threats to keep the police busy until hell freezes over.
DCI Roberts and her team have too many suspects and are drowning in leads. The pressure is on her to catch the killer before another horrific murder is committed. Not helped by the fact that London is in the grip of a sweltering heat wave. Desperate times call for desperate measures. DCI Roberts reaches out to John Savage and Tannaz to help her find the killer. Trouble is, Savage has his own personal demon to battle. Can he defeat one and catch the other?
Getting to Know the Character Interview
Can you describe your character?
John Savage is a former soldier with PTSD. He constantly hears a berating voice in his head called Jeff Perkins. Jeff represents all the darkness in his life, an amalgamation of all the bad things he’s ever done, mostly all the people he’s killed. Savage struggles to keep a lid on things, so while he’s trying to fight the bad guys, he’s also fighting the voice in his head. Most of the time he covers it up with sarcasm and jokes, and by drinking bucketloads of his favourite tipple: tea.
What is John’s job role and where does he work?
He’s retired, but to try and make amends for all the bad things he’s done, Savage wants to help people.
Where did the original idea of him come about?
He’s based on my dad who was a carpenter from London and was a bit of an eccentric with a wicked sense of humour. He had a very tough childhood and was evacuated during the war which caused him terrible trauma throughout his life. But he covered it up with humour. A massive tea drinker, he always had a cup in his hand and a joke on his lips, but there was always a dark sadness inside of him. A constant battle with his demons. He passed away ten years ago, and I think about him every day, so it was nice to bring his personality back to life as John Savage.
What makes him original?
I wanted to play around with the action-thriller genre. Shake it up a little. Though I love it, I felt it had become a little stale, even cheesy, dare I say it, which had put a lot of people off. So, I made John Savage older and a little creaky. There’s a lot of humour in the series, and banter, which I think is missing in this genre. Some of the oh-so-serious main characters are like Superman, and always know what to do. John Savage doesn’t always get things right, he’s very human. Plus, he knows his limitations, and relies on his friend Tannaz. She’s an Iranian immigrant who fled her country to escape an honour killing. She’s the smartest person Savage knows and has incredible technology skills. They are an unlikely couple, with lots of bickering and mocking each other.
What makes John tick?
He wants to help people, do the right thing, partly to make up for all the people he’s killed. However, he’s constantly fighting suicidal urges brought on by the voice in his head, Jeff Perkins.
What is his biggest fear?
That Jeff, the voice in his head, will eventually take control of him completely, and once in control will do something terrible.
If you and your character met in real life, do you think you’d get on?
Yes, because he’s based on my Dad.
Who would you like to see play John if your books were made into a film or TV show?
Liam Cunningham for Savage, he played Sir Davos Seaworth in Game of Thrones. And for Tannaz, it would be Stephanie Beatriz from Brooklyn Nine Nine.
How many books do you have in the series so far?
What’s in store for him next?
I can’t say, I’m afraid. It’s a secret.
About the Author
After studying to be an architect, Pete realised he wasn’t very good at it. He liked designing buildings he just couldn’t make them stand up, which is a bit of a handicap in an industry that likes to keep things upright. So he switched to advertising, writing ads for everything from cruise lines to zombie video games.
After becoming disillusioned with working in ad agencies, he switched to writing novels (or was it because he just wanted to work at home in his pyjamas?). He soon realised there’s no magic formula. You just have to put one word in front of the other (and keep doing that for about a year). It also helps if you can resist the lure of surfing, playing Nintendo Switch with his son, watching America’s Next Top Model with his daughter and drinking beer in a garden chair.
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