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Sunday, January 30, 2022

Review and Interview: Athanator: GateWorlds Earth


Today, we have an opportunity to talk to Gillbert Troll.  Gillbert Troll has written the book, Gateworlds Earth - Athanator (Book 1).  First, let me thank you for joining me.  I appreciate you giving me your links and I want to share those with our readers.


Visit the Troll:

•           www.gillberttroll.com

•           Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21954477.Gillbert_Troll

•           Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gillberttroll

•           Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gillberttroll

•           Universal book link – to purchase book: https://books2read.com/u/mYGNEP


Your book we’re promoting: Gateworlds Earth - Athanator (Book 1)

Can you tell us a bit about it and about you as a writer?

I am a book-troll. Some say I am tall, dark, and trolly, mainly people that cannot see very well. I have an MSc in Business and a doctorate in Dragon Mythology. This comes in handy on many planets of the multiverse.

I have several hobbies, such as biking, cooking and sailing, but as I am married and have two children, I usually have no time for such indulgences.

I noticed often in your book references to keeping the main character's wife happy. What led you to risk not getting the trash out in order to write?

I am a huge fan of books, and I read across many genres, from fiction to non-fiction. I always wanted to try whether I could write a book but kept on postponing it. But in 2021 I challenged myself to write one, and with the help of a dragon, I have.

"Have the right balance between trusting yourself/your intuition and listening to feedback from people around you. Balance I feel is key."


Your book is chocked full of fun characters. Where do you get your inspiration, information, and ideas for books? 

I mainly get inspiration from the everyday life situations around me. Even something trivial as shopping for groceries or having your hair cut could lead to a great story if it was for example, done by a werewolf with a cold.

As someone who decided to write this past few years, what advice would you give someone who wants to be a writer? 

Just start and persevere. If you want to be a writer, you can be. It only depends on you, if you have the determination, no one can stop you.

What is the best advice you have ever been given as a writer? 

Have the right balance between trusting yourself/your intuition and listening to feedback from people around you. Balance I feel is key.

Speaking of balance, how do you schedule your time to write?  

I have many other “normal” jobs besides being a writer. Which jobs greatly help me to get inspiration for my writing. Especially when coming up with new fantasy species. In case of writing, I always set aside a given amount of time each week to write. It usually varies when it gets done, based on my other schedules, but I try to write when I have a bit of time.

What does literary success look like to you? 

I would define myself as successful when the majority of people who have chosen to buy and read my book(s) enjoy themselves and feel that they gained something from the experience: a laugh, a good story, a memorable character.  


Can you read / provide us with a small exert?

We looked around. There was a chicken in the far corner of the room, looking at us intently. The chicken held a knife. While continuing to look at us, she slowly hid the knife behind her back. She smiled widely, a full toothy smile. This seemed strange to me because, as far as I could recall, chickens had no teeth and, for that matter, never smiled. Of course, they usually did not carry knives either, but I would have let that slide if the blade was not covered in blood. Our team surrounded the chicken.

“Did you kill him?” I asked my feathered friend.

“Cluck, cluck, cluck,” she said evasively, but she kept her calm.

“Please answer my question. I know perfectly well why you crossed the road.” The chicken looked each one of us up and down before answering. “Cluck, cluck. Cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck. Cluck.”

“I see. And do you have an alibi?”



“Cluck, cluck,” said the chicken slowly…


Will there be a follow-up to your first book?

 I would like to continue the Gateworlds series as I feel there are many adventures in that dimension of the multiverse.


What is your biggest obstacle to writing? 

 Lack of chocolate

Comments like that are exactly what made your book so fun. Thanks for joining me!


John was a management consultant before the Gateworlds were reopened. Now, there are barking hamsters, dwarves that serve as psychiatrists, a dragon who recently won sexiest dragon on the planet, talking trees, and dark elves. As another reviewer noted, the work is reminiscent of Terry Pratchet. Fun, wild things are introduced that surprise us but are the norm in the character’s world. Thus we get lines like, “You know a situation is terrible if a dragon knows your wife’s phone number.”

In the midst of a fun to read world, there is an engaging plot. John must save the world, indeed the multiverse, by retrieving a rune crystal. The search moves the story along, introducing perhaps my favorite scene – The orcs who refuse to help because they don’t do assault work anymore, only defense contracts. It is the humorous interchanges that remind me of Pratchet as well as books such as Catch-22. The plot is solid and drives the story, but what kept me turning pages was the phenomenal world Gilbert has created. It is a world where not only aliens have come but our own specieces have interchanged. Thus we can encounter woodchucks. Not a were-woodchuck, but a totally average woodchuck… in a red cape.

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