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Interview with Author Proto Dagg

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?  

I’ve pretty much always loved reading and writing. I wrote spec screenplays for a while.  While I won a contest and got an agent, I still didn’t sell anything.  Never-the-less, screenwriting taught me the importance of developing your characters while keeping the story moving forward.  

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2) What inspired you to write your book?  

Having had a religious upbringing, I’ve always been interested in the origins of religions and what their earliest ceremonies might have looked like.  In Greece, for example, the Eleusinian Mystery religion most likely had some sort of hallucinogen at their annual festival.  This sacrament enabled their faithful to actually have a firsthand mystical experience.  (Sidenote: medical researchers are now discovering that hallucinogens are having positive results with patients with trauma, addictions, depression.  It turns out, having a mystical experience can change one’s perspective in healthy ways.)   Anyway, I really liked the idea of a shaman bringing a cure into a fragmented modern world.  That was the impetus.  

3) What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book? 

It is possible to cut the cords of addiction, find acceptance/healing from traumatic memories, and discover your own spiritual path. 

4) What drew you into this particular genre?  

I fell into speculative fiction because it’s where the story took me.  With speculative fiction, you have the ability to really let your imagination go.  I have always admired futuristic authors who can also work with spiritual ideas; writers like Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke, Aldous Huxley, and Herman Hesse.   

5) If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?  

While I identify with the protagonist (Matt), I think the “Peacemaker” is the most interesting character.  A chameleon, he can be whoever he needs to be in the moment.  He also seems to have access to ancient esoteric wisdom.  Not only does he know about sacred plants, he also comprehends their chemistry and sees no conflict between the scientific and the spiritual.  In fact, he finds a way to merge the two worlds.  This book allowed me to ask him most of the questions I have, but I think he still has more to tell me.  

6) What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?  

I do not have much of a social media presence so I’m probably not the right person to ask.  

7) What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?  

If you write in a specific genre, learn its rules.   Whatever you write, do it because you truly enjoy the process.  Obviously, it’s hard work and can be a grind at times.   However, I think it’s important to find the fun and creativity in telling your story – a story that you would want to read.   

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8) What does the future hold in store for you? Are any new books/projects on the horizon?  

Yes, I’m working on a second ‘Peacemaker’ book that takes place a couple of years after the last one ends. It is set in another fictionalized city and has many of the same characters and several new ones. 

http://bit.ly/ThePeacemakers

Terminus by Proto Dagg Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

In a not too distant future, a young man living in a divided city discovers a powerful new street drug and a growing movement, leading him to become the center of a battle for the soul of the city in author Proto Dagg’s “Terminus”.

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The Synopsis

Following a period of violent unrest, the city of Terminus is divided into color-coded zones – each block outside of the green zone brings citizens deeper into unguarded chaos. At an exclusive green-zone club, Matt hears about a new street drug called Peace. Receiving a cryptic invitation, he attends a series of ceremonies that uses the entheogen to bring about transformative experiences. As the movement grows across the zones, Peace threatens the powers who control Terminus, and Matt finds himself at the center of a struggle for the soul of the city.

The Review

The author did such a fantastic job of creating a narrative that was both entertaining and thought-provoking. The themes and genres that were meshed so well together all kept their identities while still creating something new and unique. From the futuristic, cyberpunk style setting to the tone and background of a Wolf of Wall Street style cast of characters to begin the narrative and a spiritual awakening and rebellious bio-punk storyline, this novel truly created something unique that readers will be eager to devour in one sitting.

The unique thing about this novel was how the narrative become the heart of this book. Typically the cast of characters will become the focal point of this kind of storyline, but the story itself was just so unique and the writing style was so thoughtful, that readers will just feel themselves getting drawn further and further into the rabbit hole that is this plot. The world-building and mythos of this futuristic world and the society the author built within this city were brilliantly written as well.

The Verdict

Gripping, breathtaking, and thought-provoking all at once, author Proto Dagg’s “Terminus” is a must-read novel of 2022 for all fans of cyberpunk and bio-punk. The twists and turns this narrative takes and the exploration that the narrative takes the characters on through some spiritual awakening moments will have readers enthralled with this story. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10

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