Today I am interviewing Robert J. Barlow, author of the new dark fantasy novel, The Laughing Man.
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DJ: Hi Robert! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Robert J. Barlow: I’m a Brisbane based author trying to make it on the indie scene. I’ve loved telling stories since I was a kid, and I’ve finally realised I can actually get paid for it.
DJ: What is The Laughing Man about?
Robert: It’s a dimension hopping urban fantasy about going to a world stranger than ours, stealing superpowers, and foiling a god.
DJ: What were some of your influences for The Laughing Man?
Robert:Neil Gaiman was my biggest influence. Derek Landy and Jim Butcher were also a huge part of things. Honestly though, I’ve been reading everything I could since I was six..
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?
Robert:Adam is the person the world happens to, but he responds to being out of his depth with flair. Pan and Annabelle are both strangers in a strange land, especially since Annabelle was raised by magic spiders. I feel like Xavier will be the most immediately compelling though. He’s a stylish sarcastic violent madman with a magic top hat. Continue reading