Interview with E.J.Dabel - Author of PantheonsMonday, January 23, 2012
Ernst J. Dabel is the author of “Pantheons”, and is also the President and co-owner of Dabel Brothers Productions, a publishing company specializing in comics and graphic novels. Ernst’s company has adapted novels by major authors such as Dean Koontz, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jim Butcher, George R.R. Martin, Robert Jordan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Orson Scott Card, Raymond E. Feist, R.A. Salvatore, Patricia Briggs, Robert Silverberg, Tad Williams, and others.
About The Book :
On the streets, they call fifteen year old orphan Isaiah Marshall the “Indestructible Diamond”. Isaiah is the leader of the “Redrovers”, a group of teenage misfits consisting of his friends Jeremy, Monty, and Pipsqueak, but when they trespass into “Kaliber Academy” to get even with the arrogant Jason Ollopa, they are in way over their heads.
Principal Webb enrolls them into the High School and Isaiah soon learns about the existence of the gods of the Ancient World. Because the gods have refused to fight the last War for fear of the Mysterious Dark, the Powers-that-Be have stripped them of their spiritual bodies and given them mortal, teenage forms.
Isaiah discovers he's not only a god, but that he's the child of the Greek goddess Metis, the son destined to overthrow his cruel and sadistic father Zeus, the Darkener of the Sky, and become the greatest god in all the Pantheons.
Isaiah is thrown into a world where the democratic Olympians, war-mongering Norse, Gothic Celts, firstborn Egyptians, the enlightened Hindu, the animal-like Aztecs, the martial artist Asians, the intelligent Babylonians, the great spirits of the Native American Indians, and the fierce Finnish will war against one another for the greatest of all prizes: the Dominion.
1. How did you come up with such idea for a book? What was your main inspiration?
My brother and agent, Les told me that it would be cool if I could write something where all the pantheons of the ancient world were teenagers in the same school. He also told me if it wouldn’t be awesome to have teen Zeus fighting teen Odin fighting each other, and I guess that was my inspiration.
2. Do you have a song list while you're writing Pantheons?
I simply enjoy listening to Asian music when I’m writing Pantheons. There’s no real song list, just any Asian music will do (grins).
3. What's the story behind the cover art?
When I first saw it, I was like “that’s Zeus!” The clean white outfit, the sophisticated glasses, the nice dark hair, and everything else about him was everything I imagined in Zeus. The whole story if you think about it is mainly about Zeus, even though he’s not the main character, but everything reeks of ‘Zeus’ from beginning to end, lol :)
4. Do you have anyone in mind for the characters?
For actors and actresses, none yet, but for the way they should look, yes :)
5. What was your favorite part in writing the book? Do you have any favorite lines, jokes, or quotes from the book? Perhaps a favorite character you created??
My favorite part in writing the book was the tournament, because it was just lots of fun matching up the various gods and goddesses and making the fights progress in a way I felt was very intense and satisfying for me and the readers. My favorite line was when Oliver Touu tells Isaiah that he has an open rebellion on his hand. Isaiah is my favorite character. He just makes you want to find out what’s going to happen next in his life.
6. Do you envision yourself writing a spin-off for the book?
The plan is to finish the series, but for spin-offs, you never know ;)
7. And lastly, how about a shout out to your readers?
I just want to let all my readers know, “you haven’t seen anything yet. I’m hard at work on Pantheons book #2, so get your popcorn ready, and those of you who prefer chocolate chip cookies and milk, start warming up the oven, because you’re going to be in for a wild ride and the end of the book will shock you!!!
Thank you Ernst for agreeing to do an interview with me! I love Pantheons, it was original and creative and I hope you guys would pick up this book as well!
Review to be added later!