Mark de Jager
The banker behind Infernal, an epic fantasy Thriller with an inhuman Antihero
Can you describe the world of Infernal?
War has engulfed the two greatest kingdoms, a war that’s grown more terrible with each passing year. Cities are being burned to the ground, their entire populations vanishing, and stories of unspeakable creatures are spreading too fast to be rumours...
What is your protagonist Stratus like?
Brutal. In modern terms we’d probably label him as some variant of a paranoid schizophrenic, save for the fact that he’s absolutely correct in asserting that he’s not human and is being hunted. He’ll do whatever it takes to find the answers that will silence his inner demon, even if it means killing his way across the kingdom.
What was the initial idea that sparked the novel?
I was watching random clips on YouTube. One was of a tiger in a zoo. The visitors were mucking about and treating it with complete indifference, but you could see that the tiger was watching them very closely. Waiting. I started wondering what it was thinking about, and it snowballed from there.
You spent time in the South African army – has that influenced your writing at all?
The thing I took away from it was the bond that can form between strangers in extreme conditions, no matter how different their background was. It changed the way I looked at things.
Infernal is published by Del Rey on 11 August.