Author Interview: Aden Polydoros - Project Prometheus. ***Giveaway***

Project Prometheus (Assassin Fall #2)
Genre: YA Thriller
Release Date: August 28th 2018
Entangled Teen

The Academy stole everything from Hades, their perfect assassin. Angry and leaving bodies in his wake, he finds two other ex-assassins doing the exact same thing.

Tyler and Shannon once killed for The Academy. Now they’re tracking and hunting down its scientists. So why is The Academy only after Hades?

Shannon will do whatever it takes to protect Tyler, even if it means teaming up with a former rival. While she seeks answers to her past, Tyler wants to learn the truth about the mysterious white room, which no one has ever seen except him.

As for Hades? He simply wants revenge.

They all need answers, even if it means returning to the organization where it all started.

An Interview with Aden Polydoros

Tell us a little bit about why you write in your chosen genre, and if you have books in other genres as well.
What I love about thrillers is that, for me, they’re relatively straightforward in terms of worldbuilding. Mine are set in contemporary America, so it’s as though I have to create a new world or magic system for the story. Even if I write thrillers that include a speculative element, such as the artificial wombs in the Assassin Fall series, all the other rules of the world largely remain the same.

That being said, I also love to write fantasy and Gothic horror as well. I feel like a lot of the time, elements of the Gothic leak into my other works, including Project Pandora and Project Prometheus. I love folklore and mythology, and usually end up working that into my stories somehow.

What was the title of your first book, and what was/is it about?
My first book was Project Pandora, and it was about brainwashed teenage assassins. Project Prometheus is its sequel, while my recent novella, Hades Rising, explores the events that occurred before Project Pandora.

The first book seems to be the most difficult to get off the ground. What inspired you to write it?
Project Pandora was actually one of my easier books to work on. I wasn’t inspired by anyone in particular, just the strong will to complete a novel.

New books are so exciting. Do you have more stories planned or that you’ve been working on for the future?
My most recent novel I completed is a YA fantasy based on the Russian Revolution, set in a world filled with creatures from Russian fairytales, Slavic mythology, and Yiddish folklore. I’ve also been working on a YA thriller about the survivor of an anarchist cult.

Can you share a little bit about your main character’s, and what drives them?
There are three main characters in Project Prometheus: Hades, Shannon, and Tyler. Hades was the antagonist in Project Pandora, but in the sequel he is basically an antihero driven by revenge. Tyler and Shannon are motivated by justice and the desire to be free; by finding the organization responsible for brainwashing them to kill, they hope to regain agency and control over their own lives.

Some stories have strong themes. How important are themes in your writing? Is your theme based on the story, or are your stories birthed from a theme/or themes?
I don’t base my stories around particular themes, but I’ve found that a lot of my stories share the similar themes of persecution, isolation, outsider status vs. insider status, loss of control and regaining control over your life, and fighting against fascism.

If the answer was yes, is the theme personal for you, or simply an important issue?
All of these themes are personal to me in some way, while some are also issues that I believe are important to discuss and confront in our current society.

What other stories have you written?
I have written three stories in the Assassin Fall series—Project Pandora, Project Prometheus, and Hades Rising. I’ve also written several other unrelated novels. My latest work in progress is a YA fantasy set in a secondary world reimagining of the Russian Revolution.

So many Authors are artists by nature. Do you have any other artwork or hobbies you do on a consistent basis?
I doodle every now and then, but I don’t draw consistently. I used to draw a lot more, but it’s no longer a passion of mine, just a way to pass the time.

What were your passions growing up?
I wanted to be an architect, artist, or ornithologist growing up. I loved exploring nature, drawing, and building figurines. Around sixth grade or so, I began focusing on my writing.

What are your passions now?
My main passion is writing, but I also love traveling and searching for antiques at thrift stores and flea markets.

Thank you for joining us today. We’re looking forward to seeing the books you’ll be showcasing in the future.

Book One:
Project Pandora (Assassin Fall #1) 
by Aden Polydoros
Release Date: August 1st 2017 

Tyler Bennett trusts no one. Just another foster kid bounced from home to home, he’s learned that lesson the hard way. Cue world’s tiniest violin. But when strange things start happening—waking up with bloody knuckles and no memory of the night before or the burner phone he can’t let out of his sight— Tyler starts to wonder if he can even trust himself.

Even stranger, the girl he’s falling for has a burner phone just like his. Finding out what’s really happening only leads to more questions…questions that could get them both killed. It’s not like someone’s kidnapping teens lost in the system and brainwashing them to be assassins or anything, right? And what happens to rogue assets who defy control?

In a race against the clock, they’ll have to uncover the truth behind Project Pandora and take it down—before they’re reactivated. Good thing the program spent millions training them to kick ass...

About the Author

Aden Polydoros grew up in Long Grove, Illinois, and now lives in Arizona. He is a writer of young adult fiction. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys reading and going on hikes in the mountains. Aden Polydoros is a 2015 Gold Medalist in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and has published two short stories in Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2015. PROJECT PANDORA (Entangled, 2017) is his debut novel.

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