inkpopper of the Week: Andrew Dennis Doiron
Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on August 16, 2010
“I hail from New Britain, Connecticut, where I attend Central Connecticut State University as an Information/Graphic Design student. To be honest, I hardly have any experience in writing and I’m not an English major, but what I do have is passion in the arts and in what I do. I have a huge fascination in the tallest questions people have about life and what make us who we are as human beings, and I love nothing more than to swap theories with other people, haha. Hobbies of mine involve writing, drawing, playing guitar, archery (every so often), reading, video games, etc.”
Regardless of his experience – or lack thereof – in writing, Andrew Dennis Doiron has made an impact here on inkpop via his work Project_Psi – the first book in a projected trilogy; and just one look at his art (NOTE: You’ll find an illustration that he drew of his character Hosea Adams in this post), and you’ll be convinced that drawing should be much more than a mere hobby. Then again, maybe it is…
★ You are majoring in information/graphic design at CCSU. How does that particular field pair with psychology/paranormal psychology – or does it? Why did you decide to go into information/graphic design as opposed to psychology?
Andrew Dennis Doiron: Before I was a writer, I was an artist. Since I could hold a pencil I’ve always been drawing. I’ve taken it leaps and bounds through my life so far, and decided I would love to be a concept artist and perhaps get into the video game or movie industry. So when I was picking out majors, I chose Information/Graphic Design because there were many concept artists in the business that had this as their major, and now that I’m going into my third year as a design student, I can see why. It’s taught me a wealth of valuable information about design and just art in general.
★ You state in your profile that you have “spent the last two years of my life researching esp and all its appendages, psychology, the human brain, and theories on alternate universes all the while incorporating them into my writing.” Has this all been in order to make Project_Psi more realistic for readers; or was some of it simply because you were interested in the subject?
Andrew Dennis Doiron: It’s been a mix of both. I love learning about new things, and so figuring out all this stuff was fun. One of the major things I try to push for in Project_Psi is realism. I want people to look at my story and not only empathize with my characters and their situations, but I also want to convince readers that this is what the world could be like in the 2080’s. Doing this would help drive home a lot of the motifs I emphasize in my work, such as the battle between good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, science vs. religion, brilliance vs. lunacy.
★ Project_Psi takes place in the year 2080. Did you find that it was more difficult to write in an era that you have never before experienced; or less difficult, because you had the freedom to make certain things up based upon your imagination?
Andrew Dennis Doiron: Writing a story with a futuristic setting is a difficult tight-rope to walk if you’re trying to portray it realistically. You want it be interesting and exotic, but at the same time believable and relatable. I’ve thought endlessly on where our world would be in 70 years and came to the conclusion that, as French novelist Alphonse Karr would say, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” So in reading Project_Psi you’ll see a world with people, places, and problems very much present today, but some unique twists and also some hints to the (hopefully) logical progression of wordly issues we have today, such as shifts in world power and the flow of economy.
★ The group of individuals found within Project_Psi all seem to come from different walks of life. How did you come up with these characters? What inspired their creation?
Andrew Dennis Doiron: My greatest inspiration was the TV show LOST. I treasure its storytelling because of how it ropes in a viewer, but more importantly because of the characters. Each one has their own story that defines them and affects their choices. But at the same time, they’re all just people pushed to their very limits in their current situation. Even the most evil ones have a good side to them. So I wanted to have characters like that in my story. They slowly developed over time, and to be honest some of the decisions about what their past life was like, was stuff I made up as I went along, but it became a stunning journey for me, like I was slowly digging up each character’s past and finding out who they really are.
★ Which character from Project_Psi do you feel you identify with the most and why? Did you base any characters from this book (project trilogy) upon yourself or people you know?
Andrew Dennis Doiron: I find I relate to Hosea Adams the most. As much as I tried to avoid it, we share some character traits that ultimately fuel how he interacts with other characters as well as what’s going on. He often times says what I only would think in real life, so in a lot of moments Hosea is snarky and sarcastic, and doesn’t really hold back. Most of the characters’ personalities were as I said, discovered as I went along. However, Doctor Judas Lavrick was heavily inspired by Alfred Lanning in I, Robot, the film. If my book ever became a movie, I’d want James Cromwell to play Lavrick, haha.
Andrew Dennis Doiron: Oh wow, I kind of delved into this slightly before. I know all the actors I would choose!
-Hosea Adams – Ian Somerhalder
-Diana Fruega – Vanessa Hudgens
-Judas Lavrick – James Cromwell
-Desmond Cole – Viggo Mortenson
-Enoch – Andy Garcia
-Gomer – Emma Stone
-Officer Keal – Ben Affleck
★ If you had the chance to star as a character in any book what book would it be and why? Would you be a character that has already been created, or a new one?
Andrew Dennis Doiron: Wow, this is another tough one. Probably any sappy love story that ends happily ever after. I’m a hopeless romantic who has terrible luck with girls so I’d love nothing more than to just fall head over heels with some girl who won’t leave me to rot somewhere down the road. But if I had to choose a specific character, even though this isn’t romance, it would be Dr. Manhattan from the graphic novel, Watchmen. Because let’s face it, he can do anything. And he’s blue.
★ Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:
★ Favorite movie? INCEPTION.
★ What’s on your iPod? Arcade Fire, Ra Ra Riot, Sleigh Bells.
★ Ron Weasley or Harry Potter? Harry Potter.
★ Cake or ice cream? Ice Cream.
★ Favorite season? Spring!
Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?
Erika (aka inkpoperika)