Andrew Demcak on Writing, Influences, and his new release ‘Alpha Wave (The Elusive Spark #2)’ by Andrew Demcak


Alpha Wave (The Elusive Spark #2) by Andrew Demcak
Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG

Release Date: May 15, 2018

Sales Link:  Harmony Ink Press

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to host Andrew Demcak here today. Welcome, Andrew, and thank you for answering our author questions!




Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Interview with Andrew Demcak

How much of yourself goes into a character?  65% me, plus 35% filler (sawdust and peanut butter).

Do you feel there’s a tight line between Mary Sue or should I say Gary Stu and using your own experiences to create a character? All the characters I write are me, which is weird because I write about talking rats, aliens, demons, ghosts, bisexual teenage girls – all of which are not the 49-year-old QWM me.

Does research play a role into choosing which genre you write?  Not really in terms of the genre, but I always do some research with everything I write.

Do you enjoy research or prefer making up your worlds and cultures? I like doing both. I have a very active imagination, I keep thinking I’ll be attacked by mountain lions on my morning runs, but I love to ground a tale in reality,  and reality needs facts and vocabularies.

Do you like HFN or HEA? And why? I love HEA because it doesn’t exist. Every literary HEA is a HFN because the story does end – it must.

Who do you think is your major influence as a writer?  Now and growing up? I love Anne Sexton, William S. Burroughs, and William H. Gass. I also adore Shirley Jackson and Flannery O’Connor. When I was younger it was all about Gertrude Stein’s novels.

How do you feel about the ebook format and where do you see it going? I love eBooks! They exemplify economy of time and money (for the reader.)

How do you choose your covers?  (curious on my part) I’m lucky because Harmony Ink Press (my publisher) has a great art department. I’ve been working with AngstyG for the last couple covers. I always imagine how my covers will look and tell the graphic designers what I want. When I get the first few mock-ups, I start seeing them come to life. For instance, the next novel in my Elusive Spark series, Book 3, Darkfeather, is in the editing phase right now at the publisher. The cover I want would feature the “keyhole” branding of the first two novels, an image of James (the lead character) and the image of a sasquatch walking away, seen over his left shoulder. But who knows what it will really look like. But that’s what I want.

Do you have a favorite among your own stories?  And why? My first true YA/Teen novel, Ghost Songs (Harmony Ink Press.) It’s my thinly veiled 8th grade year, poltergeist and all. I cry every time I read it. It was very tough growing up queer in the 1980s. Very tough.

What’s next for you as an author? I’ve been busy getting my out-of-print books back into print through my own imprint, Big 23 Press, and KDP publishing. I have a New Adult novel out right now, How Do You Deal with a Dead Girl?, which is getting great reviews already. I have a TV pilot I’m writing, and I have a new LGBTQ YA book I’m working on that I’m excited about called Glitter Bear. It’s a romance without any supernatural elements – Erg! Out of my comfort zone!

Have you ever put a story away, thinking it just didn’t work?  Then years/months/whatever later inspiration struck and you loved it?  Is there a title we would recognize if that happened? This sort of happened with a long first chapter I wrote back when I was 19 in the 1980’s. It was for a novel I wanted to write about the Goth music scene in Los Angeles. I had so many friends in bands, The Superheroines, Christian Death, Psi-Com, and I wanted to document that moment in time. I guess I forgot I had started it. Flash forward to 2008. I find this long chapter in a drawer of other writing I’d done. I started reading it and couldn’t put it down. I suddenly knew I had to write this novel. And so I did. It’s called, If There’s a Heaven Above. It went on to be nominated by The American Library Association as an “outstanding” novel for older teens (17+) for its Rainbow Books list. It’s now back in print and available in a 10th anniversary edition.


Alpha Wave, The Elusive Spark: Book Two
Keira Fairchild is running for her life, and she won’t make it far without someone watching her back. Her powers helped her elude a slave trader, Holcomb, who planned to sell her to the highest bidder, and the deadly Paragon Academy. But now Keira needs some allies and some answers. Who is the imprisoned alien being who keeps contacting her in her dreams? Keira is aided by a group of teens–James, Lumen, and Paul–with powers like her own, and all of them are ready for a fight. The small group must rescue the captive alien and escape Dr. Albion, who seeks to steal their abilities and eliminate them. Survival will mean a desperate struggle, and none of them can succeed on their own.

About the Author

Andrew Demcak* is an American poet and novelist, the author of four poetry collections and five Young Adult novels. His books have been featured by The American Library Association, Verse Daily, The Lambda Literary Foundation, The Best American Poetry, and Poets and Writers. He was a *FINALIST* for the prestigious Dorset Poetry Prizethe Gloria E. Anzaldúa Poetry Prize, and the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence in Poetry

He recently released two new YA/Teen GLBTQ2-S novels, How Do You Deal with a Dead Girl? (Big 23 Press, 2018), and Alpha Wave, The Elusive Spark series, Book 2, (Harmony Ink Press, 2018) to brisk sales. His newest YA/Teen GLBTQ2-S novel, Darkfeather, The Elusive Spark series, Book 3, (Harmony Ink Press, 2019) will be published next year.  About his Teen GLBTQ Sci-Fi Coming-Out novel, A Little Bit LangstonThe Elusive Spark series, Book 1,  Kirkus Reviews raved “This book really … takes its place in the marginalized-will-lead-us genre, as popularized by The Matrix and the X-Men franchises.” His first Young Adult (YA) novel, Ghost Songs, was published March 13, 2014. His first literary novel, If There’s A Heaven Above, was published January 5, 2013 by JMS Books, and was nominated by The American Library Association as an “Outstanding” novel for older Teens (17+). 

Twitter @andrewdemcak




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