Have you heard of Adam? He’s immortal… but that isn’t the only interesting thing about him. He is somewhere in the neighborhood of 60,000 years old, but looks 32. He charms the ladies and is often drunk, but what better ways to pass the time? Of course, you cannot discount his encounters with supernatural beings and his entanglements with ancient Greek mythology… Well, let’s hear a little from Adam and his creator, Gene Doucette, about the sequel to Immortal: Hellenic Immortal.
Adam: We’re talking today with Gene Doucette, the author of Immortal and the upcoming Hellenic Immortal, due out on May third. Tell me what these books are about, Gene.
Gene: They’re about you, dude. Why are you doing that?
Adam: I’m supposed to be interviewing you. That’s what you told me.
Gene: Could you do it without the cardboard toilet paper tube?
Adam: I don’t have a microphone.
Gene: It’s a print interview.
Adam: Fine. Talk about Hellenic Immortal. Or what you had for breakfast or something. Whatever.
Gene: When I wrote Immortal I more or less avoided entirely a significant portion of history: the classical Greek period. Now obviously you spent time there, but so much more happened during that era it didn’t make sense to talk about it as Just Another Time like it would have had I stuck it into Immortal. It almost deserved its own book.
Adam: Plus there was that whole thing about it not being relevant to the events in Immortal.
Gene: Right. Although I hope we don’t have to wait for something from the distant past to resurface and threaten your life before we can talk about it again, because I was kind of interested in Byzantium and the silk road and all of that, but none of that’s likely to come back to life and try and kill you.
Adam: That’s what we thought about the Eleusinians.
Gene: True enough.
Adam: Do you think people who liked the first book will like the second?
Gene: Well yeah, of course.
Adam: I know it’s a stupid question, just go with it.
Gene: Okay, okay. I think the second book has a different kind of pace to it. It’s slightly more mature, because as a writer I was slightly more mature when I wrote it. We also spend more time discussing philosophy and religion, which is not inherently pulse-pounding.
Adam: So it’s boring.
Gene: Oh my god do you not want people to read it??
Adam: It’s not boring.
Gene: No it’s not boring. It’s intellectually more challenging. Especially the Silenus passages. Plus there are plenty of folks who are trying to kill you, which is diverting.
Adam: Diverting, you say.
Gene: More interesting than you talking about drinking for two hundred pages.
Adam: Hey, I thought that was a pretty good first draft.
Gene: I think we’re done, yes?
Adam: Close enough.