Friday, March 6, 2015

Character Interview: Peter Willowbrook Huddleston from Miguel Lopez de Leon's 'Galadria: Peter Huddleston and the Knights of the Leaf'

We’re thrilled to have here today Peter Willowbrook Huddleston from Miguel Lopez de Leon's fantasy, Galadria: Peter Huddleston and the Knights of the Leaf

Tell us how you fit into the story?

Only a year ago, I was just “Peter Huddleston,” a quiet kid from the suburbs, throwing around my trusty boomerang. Now people address me as “Your Highness!” It’s all such a blur! After finding out that I had a long lost aunt and that I would be spending the summer with her, I was shocked to discover that she lived in a beautiful 3000 room manor, had a pet white tiger, and was the ruling queen of another realm called Galadria! And to top it off, I’m her only heir to the throne! Me! At least they armed me with my “Creamers,” twelve magical chocolates that bestow me with random powers for an hour. So far they’ve been helpful, but super unpredictable. They’ve given me the power of flight, invisibility, strength and luck! I wonder what the rest can do! Let’s hope I live long enough to find out!

Could the story be told without your character?

I doubt it! The entire Galadria trilogy revolves around my adventures becoming the next Galadrian heir to the throne!

How do you feel toward the other characters? Do you like them, hate them?

I love my newfound Galadrian family! My aunt, Queen Gillian, has really become like a mother to me. And of course, my best buddies, Monty and Rune, are awesome! Monty is always fun, being a kooky butler and all! And Rune! Well, who wouldn’t want to go on magical adventures with their own friendly white tiger!

Do you think readers will like you or not like you?

I don’t know, I hope they like me! More than that, I hope they can see some of themselves in me. I really am just an average boy thrown into some pretty extraordinary circumstances! Battling screeching harpies, consulting ancient oracles, eating magical chocolates, mastering enchanted weapons, and ruling a golden realm are a lot to handle!

How would you have written your character differently if you were the author, or would you not change anything and why?

I don’t think I would have changed anything. I like being flawed. I’m not at all perfect, most of the time I have no idea what I’m doing! But I do push past that fear, especially if it’s for the benefit of my family and friends! Whether I’m battling dark knights, consulting the Supreme Council, putting together an army of political pixies, fierce werewolves and serpent priestesses, or fighting for my life with my indestructible boomerang, I know that the well-being of my friends and family are worth any struggle.

How would you describe your character?

I would describe myself as a modern, everyday boy thrown into a dangerous and magical world. I’m a shy person by nature, but also quite brave. I always remind myself that courage is not the absence of fear, but doing what you have to do, despite it.

About the Author

Miguel Lopez de Leon is a prolific fiction writer with over 30 short stories published in a variety of international literary magazines and anthologies. De Leon, who prefers to write in the mornings, began working on his first novel as a hobby. That first book blossomed into the Galadria trilogy. “One part of the writing process I really enjoy is writing the first draft of a novel…For me, it’s the time when you can lose yourself in the story the most.” De Leon lives in Los Angeles and enjoys reading historical biographies and collecting vintage comic books.

His latest book is the fantasy novel, Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Knights of the Leaf.

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About the Book:

Title: Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Knights of the Leaf
Author: Miguel Lopez de Leon
Publisher: Galadria Worldwide
Pages: 148
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback/Kindle

In book three of Miguel Lopez de Leon’s Galadria fantasy series, GALADRIA: PETER HUDDLESTON & THE KNIGHTS OF THE LEAF, Peter and his family command a mystical cast of powerful, exciting new characters in their war against the blood-thirsty tyrant, Knor Shadowray.
Reviewers of book three of the GALADRIA trilogy praise the author’s stunning artistry and skill:
“A grand finish to a YA trilogy that never fails to challenge audience expectations.”–Kirkus Reviews
“With the close of his Galadria trilogy, Miguel Lopez de Leon packs battles, travel and adventure into a story that’s ultimately about family ties.”–BlueInk Review
“Once again, the writing in this book is superb and the story is fast paced and action packed.”–SPR Review
In book one of the trilogy, GALADRIA: PETER HUDDLESTON & THE RITES OF PASSAGE, 12-year-old Peter leaves his friendless, uneventful life in the suburbs and suddenly finds himself spending the summer chomping down magical chocolates and tossing around an enchanted boomerang at Hillside Manor, the 3000 room home of his aunt Gillian Willowbrook. While there, Peter learns he is the next in line to the throne of a magnificent realm called Galadria where his aunt is queen. His position is being challenged by a ruthless nobleman, Knor Shadowray.

Book two, GALADRIA: PETER HUDDLESTON & THE MISTS OF THE THREE LAKES shows Peter struggling to play the role of a prince. After being accepted as the heir of the Golden Realm, his new challenge is to gain command of Galadrian princely etiquette and survive dangerous adventures with his fearless white tiger, Rune. At a parade held in his honor, Peter and his aunt are violently ambushed by a band of screeching monstrosities and a merciless dark army led by the fiendish Knor Shadowray.

In the final book in the Galadria series, GALADRIA: PETER HUDDLESTON & THE KNIGHTS OF THE LEAF, the story continues where book two left off: Knor Shadowray’s relentless attack on the ruling Willowbrook family. In a desperate attempt to save her kingdom, Queen Gillian Willowbrook sends Peter and his grandfather to the Forests of Fernell to recruit a multitude of diverse warriors to defend the crown. Populated with serpent priestesses, nature-loving knights, magical weapons, paper-thin tree nymphs, and political fairies, the final installment of the Galadria trilogy shows the Galadrian populace at their breaking point as the realm explodes into a full-fledged civil war. A flurry of riotous battles are fought against the villainous Knor Shadowray’s ambitious attempt to capture the crown of Galadria.
De Leon developed the GALADRIA series out of a love of the fantasy genre and the thrill of creating “new worlds, creatures, and story lines…enhanced with magic and otherworldly mystery.” The trilogy also tells the coming-of-age story of a boy as he learns to accept himself and discovers the family he never believed he would have. “The Galadria trilogy is mainly about a lonely boy who, through overcoming obstacles, finds out who he really is. I think everyone has an element of the extraordinary in them, and I hope Peter’s story shows that,” de Leon says.

For More Information

  • Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Knights of the Leaf is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
  • Watch his book video at YouTube.

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