Matt King

author of The Circle War series

Meet August Dillon

I was tagged by a friend of mine to do the Meet My Main Character blog tour. So make way, losers. Here's the man of the hour...

Everyone, this is August Dillon. August, this is the Internet.

Malaysia's definitive men's journal did me the courtesy of putting the right name on this picture of Ryan Kwanten, the guy I always had in mind when writing the character.

Malaysia's definitive men's journal did me the courtesy of putting the right name on this picture of Ryan Kwanten, the guy I always had in mind when writing the character.

1. Is he a fictional or historical person? 
While I'd love to hang out and have a beer with him, I'm sad to report that August is a fictional person. If he was real, he'd certainly have gotten himself on TV by now. He's also not based on anyone from history, but I did find out after the fact that I had a great, great grandfather named Augustus. So there's that.

2. When and where is the story set?
The story is set in modern day, taking place in early fall. We catch up with August traveling through the hills of rural western North Carolina to a town called Fairview. Now, here's where I admit something slightly embarrassing: I didn't know that the town of Fairview actually existed in NC until I'd finished the book. I thought I'd made it up. In my head, Fairview was based loosely on Rutherfordton, NC, where my great uncle has a farm. So, to recap: I made up a town based on a real town even though there already was a real town with my fake town's name. TOWNCEPTION.

3. What should we know about him?
The first thing you notice about August is his humor, and that's not by accident. August uses humor on offense almost as much as he uses it as a defensive mechanism. The second thing you notice is probably his swords--also not by accident since he likes to take them out so much. When most kids were learning to ride a bike, August was learning to fight. As an adult, he bypassed the lucrative mall cop scene and took his skills to Phoenix Paramilitary, a government contractor tucked away in the swamps of eastern NC, where he was trained by a card-carrying psychopath to become a contract mercenary. Good times.

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?
For reasons I'll get into in the next question, August finds himself in the middle of a civil war between an order of immortals. Too powerful to fight for themselves, these gods choose champions to fight for them, giving them whatever powers they think they'll need to win the war. Unfortunately for August, he happens to be the champion of the weakest god, and the people he'll face are far more dangerous than anyone he's fought before.

5. What is the personal goal of the character?
More than anything, August wants to be the hero. That was a big one for me. I'm not a huge fan of superheroes who have to be talked into doing the job, so right out of the gate I wanted August to show that he wanted the responsibility. The real question is why he wants to be the hero, and that plays out over the course of the book.

6. Is there a working title for this novel and can we read more about it?
I always liked the term "working title" because it made me think the title was out there, just trying to make ends meet for its family. Annnnnnyway, the story is called GODSEND, and it's the first book of the Circle War series. You can read the first chapter by clicking anywhere in this sentence.

A tease of what August looks like fully-armored. Blurred, for her pleasure.

A tease of what August looks like fully-armored. Blurred, for her pleasure.

7. When can we expect the book to be published?

That's a very good question. *refreshes Gmail to check on status*

I swear, the publishing industry would lose a race with an anvil. I'd love to give you a date when you can read GODSEND, but it all depends on who decides to publish it and when it fits into their schedule. As soon as I know something, you'll know something, okay? Okay.

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So that's August Dillon! I hope you enjoyed meeting him. If I'm not too lazy (I will be), I'll try to do more of these as it gets closer to release. Next up, the villain: Gemini.

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