Interview with D. William Landsborough

D. William Landsborough (known to many as just Doug) is a writer of dark and urban fantasy, with a sprinkling of whatever else crosses his mind at the time. His debut novel, Archangel, is the first in the Shadow’s Advent series and its sequel, Revelations, will be released towards the end of 2020.

Doug grew up on fantasy; he read about Drizzt Do’Urden from an early age, devoured the Chronicles of Amber, and considered Sam and Dean Winchester role models… to a certain extent. He loves being a Dungeon Master for his Dungeons & Dragons group, watches too many horror movies, and likes to fit in his freelance writing and editing career when he can.

Archangel is book one in Shadows Advent. How many books do you foresee in the series?

Archangel has five sequels in mind, bringing the entire Shadow’s Advent series up to six books. Book two, Revelations, is set to release December 10, 2020, which gets closer and closer every time I write it! My goal is to get one Shadow’s Advent book out per year. I barely made it for 2020 but am already ahead of the game for book three in 2021.

Beyond that, I already have some notes and thoughts on a prequel trilogy. Since Shadow’s Advent takes place after the angels have already lost the war between Heaven and Hell, there are a lot of characters and stories to explore in the decade leading up to Archangel.

Did the Winchester brother's world play a role with scene inspiration?

I’d be lying if I said no but specifying how is difficult. It might sound silly, but Sam and Dean have been a constant for me since I was in my early teens. And with each season of Supernatural taking up half a year, that’s a lot of time spent on a show!

If I had to choose one thing in particular, I would say that it was Sam and Dean’s world that got me into the angels vs demons stories, especially since I didn’t have a religious upbringing. But what is coolest about the Supernatural series and what I hope I convey in my work is that things aren’t always so straightforward. Angels and demons are supposed to be your quintessential good and evil characters, something that we can all usually relate to regardless of religious beliefs or lack thereof. But when you take those archetypes and you give them flaws, they become complex and interesting. Though the angel storylines had their ups and downs in Supernatural, having flawed protagonists and antagonists made it so much better and that’s what I see myself doing a lot... even if my angels are quite a bit different than the ones the Winchester brothers face!

I like Uriel's character, he's complex and relatable. Is he modeled after anyone?