Interview with Joseph P. Macolino, Author of The Rise of Yezurkstal

12 Jul 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write The Rise of Yezurkstal (Evorath Book 2)?

Generally, all Evorath is inspired by my deep love of all things fantasy. Magic, wizards, elves, etc. have been an interest of mine for as long as I could remember. As I got older, playing Final Fantasy and Elder Scrolls games, reading Lord of the Rings in middle school, and then diving deep into mythology in high school and college, I found that I just loved everything about fantasy. For this book in particular, I wanted to tell a story that really showed just how evil someone could be. That’s why I focus a lot on Yezurkstal’s perspective in these pages.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

Non-fiction, especially history and philosophy.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

I’ve had Game of Thrones on my TBR for years now. But I’m hesitant to start for a few reasons. Otherwise, I have a host of books by Lysander Spooner and Leo Tolstoy on my TBR list.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

This is tough. I would probably say the introduction of Zelag and his village. He’s an interesting character to write in general because he is so unique. And from a bigger-picture perspective, Zelag has quite an interesting journey ahead of him.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

We just had our first child this year, so writing book 3 has often consisted of me holding my son while he naps and I write. Generally speaking though, I just need time where I can listen to some instrumental music and focus on writing.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Nothing so concise as a motto or easy quote. But at the core of my personal philosophy is a simple belief: if you have a belief or philosophy that requires you to force others to live by said belief or philosophy, then you need to drop that belief. Said a bit differently, if you require force to get your way, you’re the one in the wrong.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

Book 3 will be completing the trilogy early next year. Make sure to come back and see how everyone fares. Aside from that, just remember that, like Yezurkstal, real life villains see themselves as the hero. Pausing and considering your motivations and the motivations of those you put your faith in should be a regular activity.


Joseph P Macolino is the author of the new book The Rise of Yezurkstal (Evorath Book 2)

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