GUEST INTERVIEW and CONTEST: Andrew Q. Gordon talking about his upcoming release on 21st June, PURPOSE

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published by Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: 21 June, 2013

Firstly, welcome, Andy! I’m one of your biggest fans, and so it’s a great pleasure to have you visit. I’m feeling a little fangirly – I’ve read both (Un)Masked and The Last Grand Master and loved them!

 Andy Q previous publications

Now that I’ve lulled you into a false sense of security, you’d best take a seat, because I want to learn a little more about Andrew Q Gordon, the man, before I pick your brains about your upcoming release on June 21st : Purpose.

Lily: What’s your favorite quote? Why?

Andy: “There can be only one.” It was the line from Highlander [which is/was my favorite movie], but it is applicable to so many other things.  Christopher Lambert was the original ‘Highlander’ and I totally ‘see’ him when I see Gar/Will so it’s appropriate.

Lily: Describe your dream holiday, Andy.

Andy: Hmm, this is a trick question of sorts because my dream holiday and the family dream holiday would not be the same.  My ideal vacation would be to go some quiet. I’d want nothing to do, no sights to see, no people to visit. I’d want to relax and decompress. But that only works if you live alone. Hubby and ‘lil q are not going to want to sit and relax with me. They’re more into doing stuff.  That always leaves me needing a vacation from my vacation.

Lily: Hmm, I guess this means you haven’t booked your flights to come visit me in Australia. Bummer, I bought a mile of chicken…

Lily: At dinner parties and barbeques do you laugh at your own jokes? Be honest, I will ask Mike to verify!

Andy: I never tell jokes. I have no sense of humor.

Lily: I find that hard to believe!

Andy: Ask away, it’ll be verified.  But no, I smile and grin, but I never laugh at my own jokes, not even when they are about me.  I have an excellent poker face.

Lily: Mental note to self: never play strip poker with Andy.

Lily: When you were a child did you prefer swings or slides? Please tell us why.

Andy: Neither?  I used to like the stuff you climbed.  Monkey Bars we called them when I was a kid back in the stone ages.  Swings are boring – I mean, you do the same thing over and over. Slides, over too fast. I used to need more than either of them to keep my attention.  Yes, I was one of those kids who made their mum gray prematurely.

Lily: What’s your mum’s address, Andy. I want to send her a card – she obviously needs congratulating on having survived raising you! Seriously though, you remind me of my sons – they needed lots of activity!

Lily: Andrew, are you a savory or sweet guy?

Andy:  I’d go with savory. Take that as you like, but I don’t think of myself as a very sweet or sweet(s) person. Curmudgeon comes to mind more when talking about me than sweet.

Lily: LOL, Andy! So does curmudgeon (great word, by the way!) come as a cheese?

Okay, now on to some serious stuff!


Lily: Do you sketch out an outline or do you just write?

Andy: Some of both.  Usually I get the first few chapters done, and then I talk it out with someone.  I write down my ‘vision and then talk it out some more. With Champions, I’ve just written it. I know how it ends, but it’s not written down anywhere.

Lily: Do your stories ever deviate from the original path you had set for them when you first came up with the plot?

Andy: No story has ever made it without some change along the way, mostly tweaks to make things consistent and coherent. But for the most part, my stories don’t really go off on crazy tangents such that you wouldn’t recognize the end product from what I set out to write.

Lily: Are the names of the characters in your novels important? How do you come up with them?

Andy: Not at all.  Some, I pull out of a random book.   Meaning, I’ll open a book to a page and use the first name I like.  Other times, I just think of different names and use one. When I was writing the Last Grand Master and the books to follow, I needed a LOT of names for minor characters. I used to keep a list of odd, or different names, I could draw on when I didn’t feel like being creative.


Lily: How did you come up with the title?

Andy: It fits into the plot.  The spirit of vengeance is power with a purpose.  That is how I described to my friend, John, when I bounced the idea off of him.  Will – the MC calls it the Purpose – hence the title. 


Lily: How long did it take you to write Purpose?

Andy: About a year. I took a bit of a break when ‘lil q was born.  I was also writing parts of three other stories at the time, so I didn’t devote full time to it.

Lily: YAY! Thank you, Andy. That makes me feel so much better about my own writing – I often have the characters from more than one story competing for attention inside my head!


Lily: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Andy: Honestly, no, but I know I raised a few ideas that will be controversial.  I wrote this as just a story. There are no hidden meanings, no moral questions to ponder.  But again, I suspect people will accuse me of working some into the book.

Lily: Ooh, now you have me intrigued even more!

Lily: If you could leave your readers with one legacy, what would it be?

Andy: I think I’d need a cadre of readers first to ponder that question.  There is a bit of hubris in talking about people who read my books as ‘my readers’ or ‘my fans.’  I’d be happy if people liked Purpose enough to recommend it.  Beyond that, I don’t see me as attracting groupies who think I have a legacy.  Cop out, eh? 

Lily: YES! We want to know more!

Andy: Okay then, let me try that again. Hmm, legacy. If I could get Purpose made into a movie, I’d want it to be a cult classic that people line up to see on Friday nights and come dressed in character – oops, that was Rocky Horror. I would like to have one of my books made into a movie some day.  That’d be a cool legacy. 🙂

Lily: It certainly would, Andy. Here’s hoping the powers that be in Hollywood come a knockin’! Okay, I’ll shut up now and let PURPOSE speak for itself! Thanks so much for providing my followers an excerpt!

Purpose Cover


Forty years ago the Spirit of Vengeance—a Purpose—took William Morgan as its host, demanding he avenge the innocent by killing the guilty. Since then, Will has retreated behind Gar, a façade he uses to avoid dealing with what he’s become. Cold, impassive, and devoid of emotion, Gar goes about his life alone—until his tidy, orderly world is upended when he meets Ryan, a broken young man cast out by his family. Spurred to action for reasons he can’t understand, Gar saves Ryan from death and finds himself confronted by his humanity.

Spending time with Ryan helps Will claw out from under Gar’s shadow. He recognizes Ryan is the key to his reclaiming his humanity and facing his past. As Will struggles to control the Purpose, Ryan challenges him to rethink everything he knew about himself and the spirit that possesses him. In the process, he pushes Will to do something he hasn’t done in decades: care.

Pre-order link: Purpose from Dreamspinner Press


Gar walked toward the window in his bedroom, wrapping the towel around his waist as he moved. Pulling steadily, he opened the blinds to the city below. The kid woke something Gar kept dormant for a reason. People couldn’t understand what he’d become. Worse, caring for someone only put them at risk. The Purpose didn’t care about the position held by the guilty. If vengeance was required, Gar needed to exact punishment. He’d killed stupid kids, drug lords, government agents, and powerful politicians. Survival required he move around, hide his identity, and not leave witnesses.

Having someone around made it harder, and while he was fairly invulnerable, Ryan was most definitely not. Gar knew he should send the kid away, but he was also aware of the pain it would cause. Not just to Ryan, but to him.

If he wasn’t going to reject Ryan, Gar owed him a full explanation. Without any proof to support it, Gar was certain Ryan wouldn’t leave once he found out. Even with the risks being around Gar posed, Ryan would stay. For the same reasons Gar couldn’t turn him out, Ryan couldn’t leave.

Footsteps and the movement of the air alerted him before Ryan’s image appeared in the glass. He had a towel around his waist and had managed to tame his still-damp hair.



“Please don’t sleep on the couch.” Although a hint of desire caught in Ryan’s voice, the need to be accepted was louder.

Keeping his gaze fixed on the city lights, Gar steeled himself to decline the request. “Ryan….”

“Please?” The need in his voice forced Gar to turn.

Skinny, pale, and mostly smooth, with a patch of hair just above the waist, Ryan looked vulnerable in just his towel. It occurred to him that Ryan was worried that the moment had passed and Gar wouldn’t want someone who looked like him. If only he knew.

“Ryan, let me finish, please.” Gar waited until he received a tentative, sad nod. “Before we do anything, you need to know who and, more importantly, what I am. I can’t do that tonight. This isn’t a rejection. My reaction in the shower was genuine. I do want to be with you, and I do find you attractive. But we can’t be intimate tonight. Please accept that.”

Tears forming in his eyes, Ryan searched Gar’s face for something. When he looked away, Gar knew he had failed. For too long, he had renounced his feelings and expressing them to others. Tonight, when he needed to reassure, he failed.

No, he hadn’t failed, not yet. “Ryan….” Moving quickly, Gar took Ryan’s hand in his. “Don’t look away, please. If you give me a day, you have my word, if you still feel this way tomorrow, I won’t say no.”

“A day?”

Gar nodded, keeping his gaze locked on Ryan’s. “Tomorrow I’ll explain everything. After that… well, after that, you’ll have to let me know if the offer is still good.”

“Tomorrow,” Ryan repeated softly. “Okay, but will you at least hold me tonight? I’ll be good, but it’s been so long….”

He wanted to say no because that wasn’t much better. Sex wasn’t the problem; it was the emotional attachment. Attachment. That was the rub. Part of him was already attached. He just didn’t know when, how, or why.

“Okay,” he said.

A small smile appeared and continued to grow until Ryan looked about to burst.

But for his emotional detachment, something he practiced for more than three decades, Gar might be reaction the same way as Ryan. He didn’t understand what connected them, but whatever it was, he had a day to figure it out.

Ryan practically ran to the bathroom and tossed his towel over a hook. He pulled the sheet and blanket back, and rolled naked into the center. Gar stared. Maybe he should change his mind.

“I said I’d be good and I meant it, but this is how I sleep.”

Hanging his towel next to Ryan’s, Gar glanced at the cotton pants he’d set out. Leaving them untouched, he shut the lights off and walked around the bed. Ryan snuggled over almost as soon as Gar pulled the covers up. Wrapping his arm around Ryan, he felt himself stir again.

“William Morgan,” he whispered.

Ryan rolled around until they were face to face. “What?”

“Will—William Morgan, that’s my real name.”

Gar could feel the smile etched onto Ryan’s face as he burrowed in closer. Tomorrow better be one hell of a productive day.


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Andy Q zoo-2

Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.

He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of eighteen years, their young daughter and dog.  In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day and not get the shakes.

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38 responses to “GUEST INTERVIEW and CONTEST: Andrew Q. Gordon talking about his upcoming release on 21st June, PURPOSE

  1. Lily, Wonderful Interview. I love the getting to know the author questions that both of you ask.

    Andy, Great Video Trailer! You had me at Ryan’s photo for sure! LOL! Perfect music and build up. I’m curious, your characters for Purpose, they seem like characters I could get to like having around. Does your story leave any room for a sequel? Any interest at all in ever doing one for any of your stories? Wishing you the best on your release.

    • While the great interview comment was meant for Lily – I’d like to concur. This was a fun interview to do and read – she really made it more personal.

      Ah Sequels. There is really no good way to answer this without ruining the ending so let me say – nothing right away, but if you read the book you’ll understand why this will be a hard book to write a sequel to or even a series of related stories. If after you read the book and still want to ask that question, email me and I’ll share my thoughts in private – again, the answer is too spoilerish to post.

      Great question, thanks for dropping by and asking.


  2. What a nice interview, great to learn more about a writer I haven’ yet read but am now extremley curious! The Blurb for your book sounds awesome and the the extract was great, it conveyed a lot about your style, in that you are descriptive and passionate (alot like Bell I would guess) and the last sentance had me chuckling…I liked the trailer and the boy on the cover of Purpose…Hottie!!…..

    I liked how you described Gar/Wil as Christopher Lambert from highlander it helped form a picture, if the rest of the book is as cool as the extract i’m sure you’ll do very well. Good luck.

  3. Reblogged this on The Land Of Make Believe and commented:
    Lily makes guest interviews a lot more fun than I do – all her back and forth to give it a more personal feel – that I wanted to post this [with her permission] on my site. Now if only I could interview others this well – people might want to come visit more. 😉

  4. Tel,

    Will/Gar really got under my skin when I was writing this – maybe as much any other character I’ve written about. The passion was his -Will/Gar is the most introspective character I’ve written – so it was easy to write.

    As for the C. Lambert – yeah, that was just how I saw him – trench coat, a bit scruffy, dour, solitary – oh yeah and – HOT. 😀

    Thanks for reading and the comments – I love comments that allow me to say something more than just ‘thank you.’


  5. Hi Andrew,
    congratulations on the release! I haven’t read your books yet, but the excerpt makes me curious and since Lily’s such a big fan of yours and I value her opinion very much, I think I want to give it a try 🙂

    • C –
      Please don’t hold it against Lily if Purpose isn’t up to her standards – she’s bedazzled by all the baby pictures I send her. She is too kind her praise. But if you read, I’d love to know if you like it.

      Thanks for commenting and for supporting Lily. 🙂


      • It’s easy to understand why she’s bedazzled. From what I saw in the pictures on Lily’s blog and your blog, your daugther is a lovely little girl!
        I’m looking forward to read Purpose, I love anything supernatural as long as it’s not too scary (yes, I’m a real chickenshit, lol).

    • I can’t comment on Purpose yet, C, as I’ve only seen the excerpt too, but I have it on pre-order because I’m so keen to get my hands on it! Knowing you, my dear friend, you would really enjoy (un)masked in particular. I couldn’t put it down.

      Last Grand Master is wonderful too – my boys are fantasy freaks and they think its as great as I do!

  6. Hey Andy,
    What a great interview. Good to see how you approach the creative side of writing. I hoped that I wasn’t the only person to randomly pick names out of a book or say the next name in the movie credits I’m watching will be my next character name (BTW, which usually turns out to be awful) Good luck with the release of Purpose!

    • KC,

      Sorry not to totally have your back on this, but I never said I pick the first name I see. The first one I like yes, but I don’t leave such important things to total chance – I mean fatherhood has sapped me of ALL common sense yet. That only happens when the kids hit their teens . . . err never mind. 😛

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope your mending faster than hope for.


      PS – you forgot to mention you and your family were written into chapter 14. 🙂 That yes you are THAT KC. [or did you want to pretend that never happened?]

      • first the teenager thingy and then *that* KC, I’m going to bet he is in hiding now, Q-man!

  7. Hey Lily and Andy!

    Great interview and as usual Andy you have your clever snarky style. ;D I wish you nothing but success in everything, writing, books, and even raising lil’ q to take over the world with her evil machinations.

    The tension in that excerpt was sensational. You know I love a good anti-hero. ;D


    • Hey Lex – hope you’re feeling almost 100% and taking it a bit easy. Yes, you are – dare I say – the queen (I can vacate the tiara, but only for you) of the anti-hero. ‘lil q has already put two queens in their place and declared her self empress of the house, so she is well on her way to if not world domination, at least the domination of this castle 😛

      Thanks dear for coming by and good luck. 🙂


  8. Great interview. I love Purpose, but as far as Andy’s characters, Nerti is dearest to my heart. The unicorns in Grand Master just did it for me. But, I don’t have to tell you Lily, all of his writing is wonderful. Thanks for this. It ended my day in a wonderful way:)

    • You’ve yet to meet my favorite character ever – Kel – but I think Will [After he sheds the majority of the Gar yoke] might be a close second. BUt I can totally see you favoring Nerti – a strong female in a male dominated world – and by strong I mean Puff The Magic Dragon -where noble kings and princes bow when’er she came and pirate ships lower their flag when Nerti says her name – strong. Some how I see that as appealing to you 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and good luck.


  9. What a lovely interview. It has left me with wonderful images of Christopher Lambert, he is, the only one, the only Highlander. Fantastic trailer, it really invoked the, ‘I wanna know more’, aspect of my curiosity. The idea of a man being captured by the darker side of life, being brought into the light by the purity of love, is a beautiful thing. Couple that with some justice for the innocent, and you have yourself a best seller. Adored the excerpt, the picture it painted in my brain was awesome, and I wanted to give them both a hug.

    • OMG Yvonne – Marry me …. oops. Mike wouldn’t approve, but yes indeed there can be only one and that is Duncan Macleod. 🙂

      Okay back to the interview – right – I agree about the interview – I sent Lily an email before this posted and said how differenly wonderful this one turned out. Part of it comes from she and I being friends and knowing more than superficial things about each other. The other part is she THAT good. 🙂

      Purpose is definitely different than most books you will read. I think most people will fall for Ryan – he’s a bit stubborn and bull headed, but he’s the reason for Will to come back – and I hope by the end people will like Will too. Thanks for stopping by and thank you for the comments –

  10. I also think it was a great interview, and, although I bought Purpose ages ago I still haven’t had time to read it yet.
    I have great respect and admiration for Qtee (my name for Andy) this interview has him admitting to being quite a boring old sod. I don’t believe that for a moment. I do think, he is, first of all, a great father (lil’ Q, is a testement to that) a great partner and an all round fantastic guy, the fact he’s a great writer too, is just icing on the cake.
    Enough of the arse licking,(don’t go there Lily :P)
    Qtee knows what I think of him and his family, so no more to be said.
    Hugs for everyone 🙂

  11. Purpose sounds like my kind of book and I really love that trailer! My TBR pile is currently serving as an end table, but I have Purpose on Kindle, so it’s on top. 🙂 I really enjoyed reading how you picked the title. That’s kind of how it tends to happen. 😀 Great book!

    • Thanks Tali –

      I think you’ll like it – or is it wishful thinking on my part ? I like my Nook too – it keeps my coffee table clear – well it’s covered with ‘ill q’s books so there would be no room for mine anyway.

      Thanks for coming by and commenting.


    • JoAnn,

      Ain’t that the truth? She cracks me up all the time too. God must love me for sending me an angel like Lily to be my friend. 🙂

      Thanks for swinging by and hope you like the book.


      • Then there’s three of us – I crack me up too! Expecially when I look in the mirror – nothing like curly hair to give one some interesting results after a night’s sleep!!!!

  12. I actually still *use* a correctable typewriter, even though it’s just for addressing envelopes. Fun interview, and PURPOSE sounds excellent!

    • Trix,

      I’ll try to post a picture of the REALLY old typewriter on my desk at home. It was my grandfathers from the 30’s I think. So cool – hard to get the ribbon spools for it, but it still works. I just don’t use it much at all so I don’t destroy it.

      Thanks for coming by and I hope you enjoy the book.


  13. Mark,

    First warn me next time you’re gonna kiss my arse, I embarrass easily – ask Lily, she’ll tell you. And yes, I know you have a fondess for ‘lil q. You and Lily share something in common, you’ve both managed to give her books she LOVEs. She won’t go to sleep at night unless we read her at least 2 books, sometimes 4 and now she can ask for the books by name so we get told right off what we’re reading on any given night.

    Thanks for reading and for being a friend.


  14. If the interview weren’t enjoyable enough (which it was), all the comments make this be a must-see blog stop, tour or no. All the love and friendship has put such a smile on my face. Thank you, Lily and Andy (feels very odd to write that as I’ve always see your name as “Andrew” on the cover).

    • Carolyn,

      I answer to so many variations on my name, you can use which ever you like. And yes, one of the things that made this one so special for me is how personal it was. Lily helps pull me a bit out of my shell. 🙂

      Thanks so much for coming by and for leaving comments.


  15. Awesome Interview! its great to know so many things abt the crazy…errr… humourous writer, Andy! 😛
    but, i would go with sweet, not savoury! 😛
    That’s Pete!

    ps: what did you do with the bike?

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