A child at heart who turned to writing and roleplaying games when there simply weren't enough action figures to play out the stories he wanted, Paul Anthony Shortt has been writing all his life.
Growing up surrounded by music, film and theatre gave him a deep love of all forms of storytelling, each teaching him something new he could use. When not playing with the people in his head, he enjoys cooking and regular meet-ups with his gaming group.
He lives in Ireland with his wife Jen and their dogs, Pepper and Jasper. Their first child, Conor William Henry Shortt, was born on July 11th, 2011. He passed away three days later, but brought love and joy into their lives and those of their friends.
The following year, Jen gave birth to twins, Amy and Erica. Their fourth child, Olivia, was born in January, 2014.
War is coming to New York. Nathan Shepherd's growing band of followers is dedicated to protecting the city, but they now face their greatest threat.
Athamar returns, plunging the city into chaos. Uniting the forces of darkness against Nathan and his allies, Athamar strives to discover a secret hidden for thousands of years. A secret lost to Nathan's memories. Something so dangerous, even the gods themselves fear it.
Nathan and Elena were once the greatest of heroes, champions against evil. Now, haunted by Nathan's past-life betrayal, they must work together and brave the pain of long-buried lifetimes. Somewhere, locked within their former incarnations, lies the key to stopping Athamar, an enemy who has hunted them from one incarnation to the next.
As the city burns and innocents suffer, as heroes fall and hope dies, Nathan and Elena face their final battle, a battle where legends will be reborn.
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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
As it's the end of the trilogy, it's difficult to point to any one thing that inspired the story. I wanted to make sure all my plot threads were wrapped up in a satisfying way, but one that hinted at how life might progress for the characters after the end, so a lot of the book went into bringing the characters' personal arcs home, particularly those of Nathan, Elena, and their nemesis. Athamar.
That being said, endings are frequently the first thing I'll come up with in a story, even when I'm working on a series. While the details changed in my mind over the years, from the moment I started writing Locked Within, I knew that the story would come to the climax you'll see in Memory War. This was the only way to bring Nathan's struggle against Athamar to the finish it deserves.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
I started writing the first draft in early February 2013 and completed it at the end of July that year, so it was close to 6 months, altogether. The editing process then started in April of this year, and was completed in about 2 months.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Getting to share the stories bouncing around in my head, and feel them come to life as I write.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Trying to decide what to write next! I get ideas all the time - that's the easy part - but figuring out which one is the most suitable, or the one I'm most enthusiastic about, is a real struggle.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I wouldn't. If I'm going to be any famous person, I want it to be me, and I certainly don't want it to be for just one day ;-)
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A bottle of cava we've been saving for a special occasion. I think it's about ten years old.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Memory War marks the end of Nathan Shepherd's story. After this I'm moving on to a new steampunk fantasy series called Lady Raven, which will see a young girl named Cora Ravenell become an outlaw and strike back against a patriarchal empire to save her mother from charges of treason.