|Adrian Tchaikovsky. Photo: Anna Guxens.|
Adrian Tchaikovsky thinks he was very lucky when a publishing house became interested in his 10-volume fantasy saga Shadows of the Apt. “They weren’t looking for someone with just one book, and I had four written in the series, so because they knew they could release them as quickly as they wanted to, that was what got me in the print”, confesses the author.
Having studied zoology and psychology and being a lawyer, besides a writer, Tchaikovsky seems to be very far from the Tolkien’s canon. In fact, his novels are much darker than Tolkien’s, and even break the boundaries of the genre, since they have a strong fantasy core at the beginning, that slowly turns into science fiction by the end. What’s more, Shadows of the Apt’s backbone are the insects, a very fresh idea within the fantasy literature that first came into his mind during his school years. “My teachers were very despaired and they told me all this insect nonsense would never get me anywhere, and it has!”
Adria’s News interviews this writer who changed his name from Czajkowski to Tchaikovsky in order to let people remember it easily and discover what are his future plans now that he has published the last volume of the saga.