About the Book:
The Chronicles of Terlan describe the lives of the inhabitants of the forgotten continent Terlan, which is rumoured to be guarded by dragons. These tales tell of the time before, and during the events, leading to Terlan’s destruction. Among these witnesses is Asmada, a former member of a Triumvirate of Immortals that ruled Terlan in centuries past. He seeks revenge and searches for the path to regain his lost power. Unwillingly drawn into these events are Dae and her family. After catastrophe leads her life to ruin Dae joins forces with Asmada. Together they traverse Terlan seeking the aid of like-minded individuals and the guardian dragons to help defeat Prometh, leader of the soldiers of the Light, and to restore Terlan’s peaceful balance.
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
I’m German/Puerto Rican, born in Germany. I grew up reading my father’s sci-fi and fantasy books, comics, and watching Star Trek. I remember starting to write during the time when roleplay forums were popular; writing stories in threads and such. Sadly I lost touch with that when going to university, then I rediscovered writing several years ago. I had come up with my own background for a character in a game, and since that story didn’t let me go during my studies in Japan I decided to turn into a novel.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
Depends when I have time. At first it was when the mood struck me because I was busy with my studies. But afterwards I planned a few hours in the evening to keep at it. So usually afternoons. If I’m just doing a rough outline then I usually sit-in during the orchestra rehearsals at the local university. Otherwise at home or wherever it’s quiet.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
If it’s for a sci-fi story then usually from reading an article. Otherwise I might just see something during the day that gives me an idea or that helps me flesh out a part of a story. Otherwise I try to think about how my stories should naturally progress or what the characters would do in a situation.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
I think it’s a mix of both. I either have an overarching story I’d like to tell with a beginning and end, then I try to write out how I get there. Sometimes I have specific scenes and situations in my head, then I try to figure out how I could connect those into something larger.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
My main focus are sci-fi and fantasy, as a general setting. I usually don’t quite think in hard lines of genre since I might like to write a story that involves something like AI, but may be a romance or a thriller. Because I read quite a lot of fantasy and comics as a child I always liked to read things that are just able to exist in your imagination. Sci-fi I like due to reading Asimov’s robot stories, and watching Star Trek. I like stories that go into how we deal with new technology or how it evolves and is used in the future.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
I haven’t thought much about that. At least not for all characters of The Chronicles of Terlan. I need to say that I intentionally tried not to be too detailed in describing any ethnic features for the characters, because I wanted them to be open for anyone. So there can be no debate about this character needs to be from here or from there.
For Dae/Daedala I had thought about having two actresses play her. One for the beginning of the book, and another for the later parts. I’d definitely like to see Zoe Saldana as Daedala, even though she would have to wear make-up again. A close second would be Danai Gurira.
For Jo I could imagine the Rock playing him because I think he could pull of the “you know I’m just acting like a barbarian” type of thing with a wink and keep it serious.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
Since my life has gotten complicated during and after university, not as much as before. But my favourite English authors, since childhood, are Douglas Adams, Piers Anthony, and Isaac Asimov. For Japanese I like Uehashi Nahoko and Hideyuki Kikuchi. I recently managed to read Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles. I like his style of writing and now consider him to be my unofficial rival. His writing impressed me a lot, so I’m somewhat jealous and want to get mine to be at least as good as his, haha.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
I’m currently trying to catch up with my backlog of Japanese books. I just finished a Kindaichi K≈çsuke detective novel from Yokomizo Seiji, and recently started the third book of Uehashi Nahoko’s Kemono no S≈çja (The Beast Player) series. I also have a Vampire Hunter D novel by Hideyuki lying around.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
Definitely the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Complete Edition. All the five original books together. The reason is that they describe to you just how unfair and illogical the universe or world can be, and that not everything is as you expect it to be. And that things that we consider normal are just as nonsensical, when viewed from a different perspective.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
Besides to be rich and let other people write for you? Writing is the fun part, letting your imagination go and just putting into words. Critiquing, editing, and revising are the hard parts I think, especially if you’re self-publishing. You probably won’t have all the finances to get everything done like a traditional publisher, so it can be frustrating at times to get everything going.
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
You can find me on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. If you’re just interested in the blog, you can find that at my website. I usually write about the work on my current projects.
Amazon page: www.amazon.com/Da%C3%B1iel-Garcia/e/B014G8PONY
About the Author:
Dañiel L. Garcia was born in Bitburg, Germany into a German/Puerto Rican household. Growing up with Star Trek, fantasy books, and American comics from his father he began reading from an early age. There is photographic evidence of his father holding a child in one arm while holding a book in the other, so it is indeed hereditary.
After a short run in with computer science Dañiel matriculated at the University of Trier, initially studying Japanology and Computational Linguistics. He slowly leant towards a major in Japanology with two minors in English Literatue and Media Science, specialising in Film.
The year of study in Japan reopened his eyes to writing and he began work on his “Daedala” story. In 2015 he graduated Magister Artium (~Master of Arts). Having already written most of the manuscript before starting his Magister thesis he continued to write after finding his day job. Inbetween he managed to self-publish his first work, the short story “Just For A While”.
Next to writing his book, he also worked as a freelance translator, and occasional animator. He is inspired by classic science fiction and fantasy themes, and likes creating characters with their own unique abilities and flaws.