Author Interview with C. Lloyd Brill

I present to my readers an interview with C. Lloyd Brill!

1. What genre are your books?

Copyright © C. Lloyd Brill
Copyright © C. Lloyd Brill

I write Science Fiction and Fantasy.

2. What draws you to this genre?

I love the technology and magic in those genres.

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently working on a fantasy novel with the working title of Power Possessed.

4. What’s it about?

Brenna is a fourteen year old girl in a magic academy. She’s having trouble with her studies and she’s worried about getting kicked out of the school. Out of desperation, she summons a demon in the hopes of having it help her learn magic. She has to try to pass her classes, deal with another student who is bullying her, and try to maintain control of the demon possessing her.

5. Have you written anything else?

I have two fantasy novels in revision and I have a self-published sci-fi novel, as well as an urban fantasy short story published in an anthology and a sci-fi horror short story submitted to another anthology.

6. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I’d be happy if people can at least say, “I’ve heard of him.”

7. Which writers inspire you?

Piers Anthony and Terry Brooks.

8. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

I’ve been writing for fun since I was young. I didn’t start writing for publication until November of 2013 when I decided to give NaNoWriMo a try.

9. Do you have a special time or place to write?

Not yet. Someday I hope to earn enough money to buy a house with room for me to set up my private office.

10. Where do you get your inspiration?

Roleplaying games and images I see online are my primary source for story ideas. I see something and use “What if” questions to twist it into something I’d enjoy writing about.

11. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

Copyright © C. Lloyd Brill
Copyright © C. Lloyd Brill

I really don’t know how to outline. I prefer to start with a basic idea and develop the characters I need to get the story started, then I just write and see where the characters take it.

12. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

Yes, I do. I’ll usually read a book or watch TV to try to clear my mind. If that doesn’t work, I’ll try writing something else.

13. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

Forcing myself to sit down to write is the hardest thing for me.

14. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

I primarily post my book on promotion threads on Facebook. I do that because I’m still not sure how to market my books.

15. How much research do you do?

I usually don’t do a lot of research. Most of what I write is pretty straight forward and I can make it up as I go.

16. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I use my computer to write.

17. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

The Bio of a Space Tyrant series, The Incarnations of Immortality series, both by Piers Anthony, and the Shanarra series by Terry Brooks are the books I always go back to when I want a good read.

18. Are you currently reading any books?

I’m currently reading The Dragonscale by J.E. Feldman.

19. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Readers can take a look at my author page on Facebook. I post updates on my works there.
Blog:  https://clloydbrill.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/C-Lloyd-Brill-Author/274230026061204
Twitter: @CLloydBrill
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/27682273-clint-brill
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/C-Lloyd-Brill/e/B00IKGDPF8/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Author Interview with J. Christopher Thompson

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Copyright © J. Christopher Thompson

Here is an interview with J. Christopher Thompson!

1. What genre are your books?

The current trilogy I am working on now is Modern Fantasy.

2. What draws you to this genre?

While I do enjoy writing stories in other genres, this one has always been a big draw for me. Mixing the of elements of fantasy, (wizards, eldritch creatures, swords, and ancient kingdoms), and the culture of our world, (technology, skeptics, guns, and corporations) has always fascinated me. What would happen if those worlds collided? What laws would bend or be broken? And what would the consequences of such a crossover be?

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

The sequel to my first book. It’s called Lineage: The Wild Hunt. The first 12 episodes (or chapters) are available on bigworldnetwork.com

4. What’s it about?

Lineage introduces us to Connor Murray, a hooligan from Waterford, Hertfordshire, England who discovers that he is the Scion of King Arthur. He is taken to an Academy on an island called Avalon – along with other descendants of the Knights of the Round Table – to be taught by the progeny of Merlin.
In Lineage: The Wild Hunt, in order to protect those nearest and dearest to him, Connor gets the hell outta Dodge. His destination, the U.S.A. What he does not realize is that the U.S., indeed all of the Americas, are home to two exiled Fae courts: Wild Fae, neutral Sidhe that try to live in peace. And the Wild Hunt, the deadliest Sidhe force ever gathered together under the sky to hunt.

5. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?

When we first meet Connor, he is a normal seventeen year old kid, and when this responsibility falls on him – the weight of being the Scion of Arthur Pendragon – it’s a heavy burden for him. What’s special about this is how he handles it. While some would ignore their duties if they were too hard, Connor tries to find ways to accomplish them. As he progresses further into the magical world of the Sidhe, Connor begins to discover things about himself. That he is not as normal as he thought. He learns a lot more about his Father’s side of the family and their own distinct Lineage.

6. Have you written anything else?

Lineage is my first published series. I’ve written other stuff, sure. Most of it is stuff that will never see the light of day, though.

7. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I would love to write full time someday.

8. Which writers inspire you?

James A. Owen, Jim Butcher, Madeleine L’Engle, Roald Dahl, Wendy and Richard Pini.

9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

I decided that I wanted to become a writer when I was 13. Corny as it may sound, I had reoccurring dreams about a group of people on a quest. There was fighting, curses, death. It was cool, in my opinion and I had to write it down. Easier said than done, but I was obsessed from that point on.
I write because it allows me to express ideas that are very important to me, and I can couch those ideas in ways that aren’t preachy or heavy handed. I dislike people who think they have to beat you to death with words – on the page or off – to get their point across.

10. Do you have a special time or place to write?

Whenever my twin boyos are in school or asleep, whenever the apartment is quiet. I sit down at the computer and start writing. That time is precious and doesn’t last long, so I make the most of it.

11. Where do you get your inspiration?

Music is a key inspiration for me. A lot of the scenes from my books have a piece by Rush, Skrillex, Muse, Apocalyptica, Árstíðir, Attack on Titan, or RahXephon that fuelled them.

12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I’ve tried outlines before, because other writers say it’s what you’re supposed to do, and it’s never worked out for me. I think it’s a good idea to have an outline as kind of a map, but it’s ok to go exploring off the map because there are all kinds of interesting things off the map.

13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

Yes I do. When I do, I know it’s time to switch gears. From mental work to physical work. I either take a walk, (weather permitting), clean, pace frantically, etc. If that doesn’t work, I do prep work for scouts, study the lesson I’m supposed to teach in church, or take a nap. Now if all that doesn’t work, I pop over to Reddit, to /r/WritingPrompts, look for an interesting prompt and start writing.

14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

The hardest, but the best thing, are the deadlines. They keep me focused and they keep me honest.

15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

I’m a shameless self-promoter. I market myself on social media, blogs and the like. Recently I had the opportunity to go to the Salt Lake Comic Con and was able to advertise myself there. I chose this avenue because my budget is severely limited to $0.

16. How much research do you do?

It depends. If I want to go very detailed on a particular section of story, I will spend a day or two making sure I get my info right.

17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I typically write on the computer. I have been known to carry a composition book with me so I can jot down ideas, spontaneously compose, or just use my pen to rant.

18. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

I do not like this type of question because I have a ton of both. Let’s see if I can hit the highlights Jim Butcher’s the Dresden Files, Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet, James A. Owen’s Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, and the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

19. Are you currently reading any books?

The Wand and the Word comp. and ed. by Leonard S. Marcus. It’s a collection of author interviews and helps inspire and encourage me.

20. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Website: http://bigworldnetwork.com/site/series/lineage/
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/J-Christopher-Thompson/408835255850634?ref=hl
Twitter: @avalonacademyuk
Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=57822683&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/roandfinndaddy/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/jchristopherthompson
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8442715.J_Christopher_Thompson

Author Interview with Laurie Wetzel

Copyright © Laurie Wetzel
Copyright © Laurie Wetzel

Here is an interview with Laurie Wetzel!

1. What genre are your books?

So far most of them are in the paranormal romance and fantasy genres, but just like with movies and music, my taste in writing varies. I also have a thriller and an erotic series in the works. If something outside of them decides to pop up in the future, I’ll write the heck out of that too.

2. What draws you to this genre?

As a reader, I’ve always radiated more toward supernatural stories and things that hug the line that makes you wonder could this really happen? As a writer, I feel paranormal and fantasy stories are less limited creatively, especially when it comes to death. Just because a character dies, it doesn’t mean it’s the end for them. A reader could even discover a character they’d slowly been growing attached to has been dead the whole time. I don’t plan on killing everyone, I’ll leave that to George R. R. Martin, but a few here and there won’t get me as much hate mail. Hopefully.

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

I am getting the second book in the Unclaimed Series ready for publishing so I’m editing it. And editing. And did I mention editing? I’m also finishing up the first draft of the third book so I can add in some foreshadowing nuggets to the second book before it releases in August.

4. What’s it about?

The Unclaimed Series is told in multiple points of view. Maddy is a teenager who unknowingly restores feelings in the dead. That catches the attention of an angel, MJ, and a demon, Justin, and they both know more beings will follow. MJ works to gain Maddy’s trust while Justin works to claim Maddy. If neither succeeds before others find her, Maddy will die and the dead will return to the dark.

5. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?

Even though there are many characters in Unclaimed, it’s still at heart Maddy’s story. What I like most about her isn’t the cool abilities or, at times, snarky attitude. It’s how vulnerable she is and I don’t mean in a weak way because she is such a strong character. I’m mean in the emotional sense. Each book covers a time span of about four to five days so she has to deal with some pretty intense stuff such as discovering she’s not normal—potentially not even human—having her beliefs shattered and seeing a loved one die with almost no time to fully process any of it. She charges through it because quitting isn’t an option, but instead of becoming this numb, hardened shell—she blossoms. She finds strength in herself and in those around her.

6. Have you written anything else?

I have a two-book adult paranormal romance story written that I hope to publish next year. It’s already won first place in a writing contest so I know there are quite a few people anxiously awaiting its release and I’m working on it. I promise. It’s told in multiple points of view like Unclaimed. The MC, Gabe, is a monster hunter who lives during a time when monsters rule the world. He’s on their payroll, killing monsters that break the law. Occasionally he’s tasked with bringing back special items from his hunt for those in charge. One such item is Ava, a human living with vampires. He takes her in to protect her and also uncover why they want her. Ava already knows. She and Gabe’s fate were sealed long ago. He’s supposed to put humanity back on top and she’s the weapon to help him do it.
My other stories will wait until the Unclaimed Series is finished.

7. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I add to list this constantly, but to spare you from hogging all the space on your site, I’ll give you a few of the more important ones. I’d love to be in a position where my writing can provide for my family. I want my boys to see that taking risks and following your dreams is achievable. I’m also working on a project that will help authors who donate a portion or all of their proceeds to charity to not only make it easier for readers to find out about the books, but also to help maximize the amounts raised.

8. Which writers inspire you?

All of them. Stories are nothing more than an idea floating around in nothingness until a writer comes along and decides to give it life.

9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

It was my dream to be a writer when I was growing up, but back then I didn’t think I could do it. In 2011 I got back into writing and my husband encouraged me to publish. Thanks babe 😉 I write because I love it.

10. Do you have a special time or place to write?

I write whenever I can find the time. Even if it’s just jotting down a phrase or something on my phone to change or add in later when I can get my hands on my laptop. The bulk of it though, is on the couch in the living room after my boys go to bed.

11. Where do you get your inspiration?

My muse keeps irregular hours. My stories are mostly from my dreams. A scene plays in my mind like a movie and the next day I write it down. If there is quiet time or something triggers a scene like song lyrics, my mind will wonder and keep the story going. The next night, the story picks up where it left off and it continues like that until the story is finished. Every once in a while, a different story will pop up unannounced and I’ll write an outline so I don’t lose it and then go back to the original one.

12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I only outline a story if I’m not currently working on it, just so I don’t forget what it was. Outline or not, I don’t force the story to go one way or the other. I let the characters take the lead.

13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

(Knocks on wood) Not so far.

14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

When Unclaimed was published, it was really hard. I know holding your book in your hand is supposed to be this awesome, surreal moment, but all I could think about was that I could never tinker with it again. Even now I have to resist the urge to open up the word document and fuss with it.

15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

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Copyright © Laurie Wetzel

I post on various places online as well as schedule a mixture of events and signings. I’m keeping track of what does and doesn’t work so my marketing plan will be more targeted with future books.

16. How much research do you do?

It depends on the book. For the Unclaimed Series, I wanted it to walk the line between reality and fantasy. Most places in the book are real and only a few details were changed. Many of the backgrounds of my characters come from events throughout history, too.
The research for the monster hunter story was a bit more fun. My husband and I went to the gun range and I shot several of the guns used in the book. Days like that are reasons why being an author is the best career ever.
All of my stories have a board on Pinterest I use to help collect my ideas.

17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Laptop, although each story has its own notepad too for times when I can’t or don’t want to use the computer.

18. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

Edgar Allen Poe, J.K. Rowling, J. R. R. Tolkien, Stephanie Meyer, Becca Fitzpatrick, Lauren Kate, E. L. James, Sylvia Day, Lisa Renee Jones, Melissa Foster, Aurora Whittlet, Kim Hruba, Angela Miller, and so many more!

19. Are you currently reading any books?

Does reading my own for editing count? I’m also reading Touch of Life by Eric E McClure.

20. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Website: http://lauriewetzel.com
Blog: http://lauriewetzel.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/LaurieRWetzel
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Laurie_Wetzel
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/laurie-wetzel/86/3b0/919
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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Laurie-Wetzel/e/B00MG2J8UI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1421779926&sr=8-1
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Author Interview with Travis Simmons

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Copyright © Travis Simmons

It is my pleasure to present to you an interview with Travis Simmons!

1. What genre are your books?

I write fantasy.

2. What draws you to this genre?

There are so many reasons why I love fantasy. Mainly it allows me to escape the mundane life and explore worlds that no one else has been to before. Also, it’s a super cheap way of vacationing!

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

I’m editing up a robot romance novella and I’m working on the first draft of a vampire hunter series. So excited!

4. What’s it about?

The vampire hunter series seems to be coming along much more like a superhero story than I had expected. It’s on a different world, but it’s strange because there are a lot of Earthly beasts, which isn’t something I tend to do.

5. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?

Well, I do love conflict within my characters. He is the survivor of a vampire attack, but he is now part vampire himself. There are strengths that come with this, as well as weaknesses. One of the main things I love doing is exploring my characters mental struggles, and there will be loads of those!

6. Have you written anything else?

I have. I’ve written a six book fantasy saga called The Revenant Wyrd Saga as well as a zombie series that has been picked up by a publisher. This year I have several titles coming out. Some of the titles are in a new adult fantasy with heavy Norse influence, and others are stand alones.

7. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I really would love to make a living off my writing. It doesn’t have to be gold and diamonds kind of living, but enough to support myself. That’s the dream!

8. Which writers inspire you?

I love David Eddings and Mercedes Lackey. When I was younger they really pulled me into the fantasy genre, and I’ve been an avid fan ever since.

9. When did you decide to become a writer?

I was in seventh grade when my English teacher decided we would read one book a month (maybe it was a week) and write a book report on it. It could be any book we wanted from her collection. I found David Eddings. I never knew anything about the fantasy genre, but I was hooked and knew I had to write.

10. Do you have a special time or place to write?

I work from home, so when I’m not formatting books for authors I get some writing time in. I don’t have a special place, just my desk in my room.

11. Where do you get your inspiration?

Sometimes I will just be watching a show and get this really great idea from something they’ve mentioned. Other times it’s a dream. This time, with the vampire hunter series, I really wanted to write something similar to an old gothic hunter series.

12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I have to outline. Even if that outline is just random notes that I can place in chronological order.

13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

I get moments where I feel like a little kind throwing a tantrum because I don’t want to write. Normally I power through it. Sometimes I give in to it and watch Netflix.

14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

I have a hard time writing romance to be honest. This robot romance I wrote . . . yea, I’m not sure how that’s going to go over.

15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

I read this really great book called Rise of the Machine about being an author in a digital age. I’ve tried so many different routes to market, and none of them worked for me. Paid advertisements were like flushing money down the drain. I just stay active on social media and maintain my blog. I talk to people like a person, I don’t try to be too professional with them. I like giving them someone they can relate to. Honestly, my sales are better doing that than they were when I was spamming my book to the masses.

16. How much research do you do?

Sometimes I do a lot of research, other times I don’t do any. If I don’t know much about a topic (like robots) I find people to question and forums online.

17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Computer! I can’t imagine doing it other ways. I’m not the type of author that can let an obvious typo go when I’m writing, so I would go bonkers with anything other than a computer.

18. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

I love the Belgariad by David Eddings as well as the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey. Harry Potter (of course) and what I’ve read of the Pern series (which isn’t a lot).

19. Are you currently reading any books?

I’ve started The Way of Kings, but I have such a hard time reading lately. Hopefully that will change here soon.

20. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Website: http://travissimmons.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authortravissimmons
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TravisSimmons5
Instagram: http://instagram.com/travis1325/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+TravisSimmons/posts
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1z9bxLZ

Author Interview with Ralph E. Laitres

Copyright © Ralph Laitres
Copyright © Ralph Laitres

It is my great pleasure to interview an old friend and creator of “Thorgil Bloodaxe.”

1. What genre are your books?

A. I write in the genre/sub-genre of fantasy, which is known to many as Sword and Sorcery.

2. What draws you to this genre?

A. Growing up in the 60s and 70s, I have been drawn to fantasy adventure. I enjoyed reading about that adventures of Sinbad and then of Conan of Cimmeria.

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

A. At this time, I am working on my 3rd book of Thorgil Bloodaxe. It is in the rough, work-in-progress stage.

4. What’s it about?

A. In the 3rd book, Thorgil and his mercenary band are commissioned to aid the Caliph of Baghdad with a rebel and his followers in the Khurasan mountains. It seems this rebel who started out as a poor coppersmith, has risen to the status of a warlord. He wishes to remove the Abbasid Caliphate from the seat of rule.

5. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?

A. My main character is Thorgil Bloodaxe, a Norse warrior (Danish on his father’s side, Norwegian on his mother’s side) who is the leader of a mercenary band; the Brotherhood of the Bloodaxe.
Thorgil is a man-giant, who stands at a towering height of 6ft 7inches and tips the scale at a whopping 448 pounds. He is like a cave bear when angered. If you cross him, you can expect a fight on your hands that will not turn well for you.

6. Have you written anything else?

A. Yes I have. I have been blessed to have 2 books self-published through Friesen Press.
“Thorgil Bloodaxe: Enter the White Queen” was published in September, 2011
“Thorgil Bloodaxe: Shadow of Death” was just published in September, 2014

7. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

A. I would like to see Thorgil have a cult following.

8. Which writers inspire you?

A. The two writers that I have always loved is first; Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan, Kull, Cormac mac Art, and Bran mak Morn.
The second; Edgar Rice Burroughs with his Mars, Venus and Moon series, he had such an imagination for a man of his time.

9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

A. I have always loved to write. I created the character of Thorgil back in the mid-1990s, but did not get serious with the character and writings until 2006-2007.

10. Do you have a special time or place to write?

A. My special place for writing is in my studio, surrounded by artwork of Thorgil and statues of Vikings and Norse gods.

11. Where do you get your inspiration?

A. My inspirations comes from the voices in my head.

12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

A. No outline, I just start writing and let the story flow.

13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

A. I can honestly say, I have not been plaque by writer’s block, but if I did have writer’s block, I would just start doing research and taking notes to be prepared for the writing.

14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

A. I would have to say is the ending of a storyline.

15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

A. I market using social media, my fan base and word of mouth. I am not an outgoing person, so social media works very well for me.

16. How much research do you do?

A. I am always researching, it is a constant.

17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

A. Computer.

18. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

A. “The Wizard of Venus and Pirate Blood” by Edgar Rice Burroughs “Death Dealer; Lords of Destruction” by James Silke “Kull; Exile of Atlantis” by Robert E. Howard.

19. Are you currently reading any books?

A. No, my plate is full at this time, and there are not enough hours in a day.

20. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

A. You can follow me on Facebook and also click LIKE on my Thorgil Bloodaxe Fan Page.

To learn more about Thorgil Bloodaxe and myself (Ralph E. Laitres), you can google “Thorgil Bloodaxe” and google my name “Ralph E. Laitres”

My books; “Thorgil Bloodaxe: Enter the White Queen”, and “Thorgil Bloodaxe: Shadow of Death” is available in the online bookstores;

FriesenPress, Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Books-A-Million, Ingram Wholesale

Format; Hardcover, Softcover, eBook

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ralph.Laitres.aka.Thorgil
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Thorgil.Bloodaxe
Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/Ralph-E.-Laitres/e/B00J7A87G8/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Book Links:
“Thorgil Bloodaxe: Enter the White Queen” – http://www.amazon.com/Thorgil-Bloodaxe-Enter-White-Queen/dp/177067523X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=
“Thorgil Bloodaxe: Shadow of Death” http://www.amazon.com/Thorgil-Bloodaxe-Shadow-Death-Laitres/dp/1460249992/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

“Hazardous” and “Virthrandel” Paperbacks Now Available

I’m excited to announce that the paperback versions of short stories “Hazardous” and “Virthrandel” are now available! It was a little bit of a challenge to get them fully up and running due to Amazon putting the paperback versions up separately than the kindle editions. I’m still having “Virthrandel” fixed due to it not showing the overall ratings.

Hazardous – http://tinyurl.com/JEFeldmanHazardous

Virthrandel – http://tinyurl.com/JEFeldmanVirthrandel

Author Interview with M.A. Ray

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Copyright © M.A. Ray

May I present to you the author of “Saga of Menyoral.”

1. What genre are your books?

Fantasy, of course!

2. What draws you to this genre?

It’s hard to choose just one reason, but I think the most compelling for me is that fantasy allows us to explore the things that bother us most at a safe remove. The issues of the world are difficult to discuss sometimes, but twist it around, put elves and dwarfs in it, and suddenly it all feels easier to handle. That’s why I love fantasy most.

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on three projects just now: the fourth installment in Saga of Menyoral (I’m calling it Hard Time), a short story collection, and the first in a new series set before the breaking of magic in Rothganar (which I’m calling The King under Mountain).

4. What’s it about?

Hard Time, well, it’s about spoiler, spoiler, can’t tell you, sorry! The short story collection is all about legendary heroes from Rothganar’s history. The King under Mountain is about Dingus Xavier’s grandfather, Eagle Eye Wormsbane. He’s just slain his first dragon, and he’s drawn the attention of the beautiful, damaged Crown Prince, Brother Fox. Pretty soon, he’s off for adventure as the Prince’s sole guard.

5. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?

Dingus Xavier is the hero of Menyoral. He’s a half-elf, and he’s endured a lifetime of prejudice, but he hasn’t let that—or the berserker rage he’s always fighting—stop him from becoming a compassionate young guy. As the series has progressed, he’s really come into his own as a hero, and as an adult.

6. Have you written anything else?

I have a couple of stories floating around in independently-published anthologies, but it’s all been in Rothganar. I’ve been playing with it for over ten years now.

7. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I want to tell as many stories as I can. That’s basically it. Of course, it’s nice when other people read them and like them, and even nicer when they pay me money for them, but all I really want is to tell stories.

8. Which writers inspire you?

So many. Got a few days? Tolkien, C.S Lewis, Christopher Moore, Robin Hobb, M.L. John, J.K. Rowling, some of my writers’ group friends who haven’t published yet… on and on.

9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

I’ve been telling stories since, oh. Before I can remember. I suppose it wasn’t ever a conscious decision, just something I do. I’ve always loved to read, and the more I read, the more I wrote. I love words, and I love putting them together. I thought I wanted to do other things with my life, but the more I write, the more I want to. So I’m a writer.

10. Do you have a special time or place to write?

Not particularly. I’m always writing, everywhere I go, even if it’s just in the back of my mind. I usually work at the table (when there’s no food on it), in the nerve center of my house. It’s right near the center of my life.

11. Where do you get your inspiration?

A lot of my inspiration comes from music, especially power metal. I listen while I work. The whole Menyoral saga was inspired by one verse in a DragonForce song, and grew from there. I also read a lot of comics, and books in general, and like I said, the more I read, the more I write. I’ve been slowly working through Fritz Leiber’s Lankhmar stuff, and it’s really exciting. My style is different, but I find that inspiring, especially since one of the current projects is knives and sorcery.

12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I have a general idea of where I want to go, but I much prefer to let the story grow organically.

13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

I don’t believe in it—not for myself, anyway. That simple. Sometimes I need a day off, or a few days, but that’s okay.

14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

Two things. First: bringing the people in my head to life, falling in love with them, and then imposing upon them the hideous plots that spin out of my mind. Second: choosing every single word and putting it where it belongs. Think about it! To write a book, you have to pick each and every one of those thousands of words.

15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

Honestly? I play it by ear. Mostly I try to be a person, the person I really am, and hope people like me and want to read what I write. I want my fiction to speak for itself.

16. How much research do you do?

Tons! Dingus is a ranger. I spent years researching tracking and wilderness survival.

17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I prefer my laptop. If that’s not available, I always have pen and paper with me.

18. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

One of my all-time favorites is Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed. It’s beautifully written and characterized, in a non-European setting that’s just fantastic. I can’t wait for the next one. Another is Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal. It’s funny and blasphemous, yet somehow respectful, and I really enjoy it every time I read it again.

19. Are you currently reading any books?

I am. I’m reading Controlled Descent, by K.M. Herkes. It’s very well-done, a near-future dystopian thriller. I’m also working my way through The Three of Swords, by Fritz Leiber.

20. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

They can join me on my website. I have free stories available to read, book excerpts, and I sometimes rave about writing.

Website: http://menyoral.com/
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Twitter: @menyoral
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/M.A.-Ray/e/B00IREBFUU/
Book Links: http://www.amazon.com/Saga-Menyoral-Hard-M-Ray-ebook/dp/B00H5IPASW
http://www.amazon.com/Saga-Menyoral-Service-M-A-Ray-ebook/dp/B00JS4LJFY/
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