I was born in the Czech Republic, which is the reason I go by a pen name: non-Slavs find my real name and surname unpronounceable.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
If you mean my home country, it’s the ruined castles and sandstone rocks that loom over vast woods. A ruin near my parents’ house inspired my first novel, Deception of the Damned. When it comes to my adoptive country, Spain, it’s the climate and the ocean.
What turns you on creatively?
Inspiration hits me while I’m walking, cycling, working or even sleeping. I often wake up before dawn with my head buzzing with ideas, so I scramble to my feet, stagger to the laptop, and type.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
It could be because I love making bonfires, but I consider “flames” one of the most beautiful words in English. Here is a line I wrote yesterday to describe a druidess during a rite:
“The setting sun reddened Agira’s face, and the flames of her ritual fire glowed in her pupils as if to guide her into the realm of the god Cernunnos.”
What is your pet peeve?
I dislike when writers use too many adverbs, like “smiled broadly” instead of “grinned” and “ran quickly” instead of “dashed.” Another pet peeve is gerunds. Abominations such as, “It was chilly, his overalls being inadequate against the wind, and he shivered, goosebumps rising on his skin,” are enough to put me off a novel. I also dislike hypocrisy, so I should add that I hate adverbs and gerunds because it took me ages to quit using them.
What defines P.C. Darkcliff?
I have lived in six countries and held many jobs, so words like traveler, semi-nomad, letter career, reporter, English teacher, novelist, bartender, factory worker, and even garbage man could well define me. But I hope to become known for my upcoming series, The Deathless Chronicle. I’m launching the first installment, Celts and the Mad Goddess, in September.
SEPTEMBER 2020 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords Press
An award-winning author, P.C. has always had a vivid imagination. When he was in kindergarten, he convinced his classmates that his grandma was a tribal shamaness. Then he learned his letters, and kidding his friends no longer seemed adequate—so he started to write. P.C. has published two standalone novels, 'Deception of the Damned' and 'The Priest of Orpagus'. His latest project, 'Celts and the Mad Goddess', is the first installment of 'The Deathless Chronicle'. His stories have been featured in various publications, and 'A Wandering Corpse' has received an Honorable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. In September 2020, he was Spillwords Author of the Month. P.C. has lived in six countries and on three continents. While it burned a hole in his bank account, the seminomadic lifestyle has inspired most of his stories and novels. He has settled with his wife in southern Spain, where he goes swimming and cycling whenever he isn’t too busy writing and teaching English.