If the Protector series turned into a movie, which actors would you cast as Chase, Rayna, and Riley?
You’re going to hate me for this, but I can’t even tell you. Mostly because when this series started out, I refused to talk about who I thought the characters looked like. I like to see what the readers think and I want them to develop the characters in their head, based on their personal experience with the book. That’s one of the key factors as to why the characters don’t appear on any of my book covers.
If you lived in the Protector world, would you follow the light or the dark? Why?
I’d follow the light. I don’t have a mean or evil bone in my body. I would suck at being a bad guy.
What’s your favourite reading spot? Your favourite writing spot?
We have a chaise lounger that I love reading in. It’s so comfortable and I can sit and read for hours without moving.
I always write at the kitchen table. I have a desk and everything set up elsewhere, but my creative juices just work better there. I’m sure that’s all in my head, but right now I’m content on believing that.
If you could be any fictional character from any novel, who would it be and why?
Oooh, that’s tough! I mean, I’d love to be Chase because his character speaks to me, but if I had to pick something outside of my series, maybe Harry Potter? I love that story so much; I could definitely live in that world.
What are some challenges you’ve had as an author?
There’s the stigma of self-published authors having sub-par books, so that’s been an ongoing battle. Mostly because I invest a lot of money into professional cover art and design, as well as editing. The world is definitely more open to it now, but I think for the foreseeable future that will remain in place.
Outside of that, it’s finding new ways to help people discover your series. Finding readers is an ongoing challenge that I still haven’t figured out.
What is the single best thing about being an author?
I get to do what I love. Each time I sit down to write, I get to spend hours playing make-believe. I have no rules to follow, no boss to answer to, and I get to work on my schedule. My imagination is my greatest tool for accomplishment, and that’s something I’ve dreamed about for a long time.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Spring 2013 will be the final installment of The Protector series.
I’m not entirely certain just yet, but there may be one or two stand-alone novels coming that don’t have anything to do with the main story arc of The Protector, but instead follow some of the side characters from the story. If this happens, they’ll be told from that character’s point of view, and the story will take place before they’ve met Chase.
I’m also currently working on the outline for a new Urban Fantasy series. I hope to have the first book written and completed by late summer or early fall of 2013. Details on that are currently very hush hush.
The Protector #3
December 8, 2012
ePub from the author for review
After uniting the shifters and calling in reinforcements, Chase has to face his toughest challenge yet: learning to control his emotions. But as tensions rise and his powers grow, controlling his emotions becomes the least of his problems.
Terrorized by a multi-shifter who is hell-bent on turning him, Chase questions just how far he’s willing to go to stop his father. Meanwhile, Tiki’s virtuous nature has placed him in the middle of Vincent’s past, leaving Chase to oppose a senate of vampires and defend a demon he hates.
Trying to balance his friends, his enemies, and his inner demons, Chase is left searching for answers about the Mark, his destiny, and where he can find the next soul piece. Stopping Riley is his top priority, but as more obstacles arise, he finds himself doubting all the decisions he’s made – especially regarding Rayna.
One thing is for certain: Chase has finally realized that he doesn’t know anything. The light doesn’t always quell the darkness, the monsters don’t always stay in the shadows, and the past doesn’t always stay in the past – sometimes, the demons inside are the hardest to fight.
M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer and author of The Protector Series, a Young Adult mash-up between Urban and Epic Fantasy. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he’s usually found at the computer between a pair of headphones and in front of a large bowl of cereal.
Chase Williams is back trying up stop his father Riley from collecting soul pieces. As he gets stronger day by day, Riley is strong but Chase has more than one element and in the protectors eyes that makes him one of the strongest.
Chase has grown a lot from the previous books, I can’t say I generally like him for a character that is arrogant isn’t worth the time in my book, but at least in Release, he’s determined to keep everyone safe and well. Especially when he cares about them. I also grew fond of Chase when he realizes that his actions also have a lot of consequences and the ending was one of his mistakes that I’m pretty sure will make him even more stronger.
I love the whole story between the gods and the humans, werecats, vampires, demons, and protectors. The world building in this one is summed up in one word, “Intense!” I loved it. I wanted more of it. I wanted the book to keep going and keep telling me the history of each of these creatures, and dump me with all their stories. This is what Matt does best, and I can’t help but want more.
The pacing in this one definitely gave me trouble. I wanted more action and more plot. I wanted to keep going and keep turning the pages, but I had a lot of trouble keeping up with it. I felt there was a ton of dialogue that wasn’t needed nor did it add too much to the story. I also felt it was rather long. It just kept going, and going and going. If it was cut down by about fifty pages, maybe it wouldn’t feel as long.
I did not think I would need to remind you it is your duty to protect those who cannot protect themselves.”
We have Vincent, the day-walking vampire. Blade would be so proud.”
They cannot torture me if I do not allow it.”
What good is eternity if you spend it hell-bent on the past?”
We were all in this now and there was only one way out of it, and that was together.”
I saw who you were and I see who you’ve become, and I know in the depths of my heart that you’re going to make it through all this. And I know more than anything that you’ll never stop fighting.”
Compelling people to drop a knee isn’t worship. Just like forcing someone to help you doesn’t make them your friend.”
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