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Book Review: ‘Jake & The Dragons of Asheville’ by Brian Kacica

Title: Jake & The Dragons of Asheville

Published: 11th May 2017

Publisher: Magic Penny Press

Author: Brian Kacica

 

Blurb:

In a small, sleepy town in North Carolina, thirteen-year-old Jake Winston has discovered he carries a unique genetic trait; one that a covert government agency will stop at nothing to obtain. After the tragic death of his father, a local firefighting hero, Jake’s absent grandfather returns and sends him on a journey into the gated forest at the edge of town, bringing Jake face-to-face with a family of ancient dragons thought long extinct.

Determined to grasp the power of the blood flowing through Jake’s veins, the agent from the secret ONX facility begins killing every dragon in his path. This forces Jake in the middle of a battle between the government and the dragons of Asheville, where the true potential of his power is revealed.

 

Review:

Interesting journey Jake goes through to find the truth about who he really is and what he is capable of. Dragons aren’t just a myth in the town of Asheville but part of its history. Jake is about to find out just how close that history links to him and his family. All starts after his father dies and his estranged drunk of a grandfather comes back on the scene.

There seem to be a lot of different people who are after the dragons. To find out whether they do truly exist, or if they already know they do, trying to find ways to make money off them or experiment on them. To what purpose is never really explained, just that they are being hunted.

Jake’s not alone in his journey, his school friend Arnie tags along and as he is a tech pro in the making good to have on your side in times of need. Carrie seemed a bit more with it but mixed up more than she thought due to who her family is. Amanda on the other hand who kept popping up was just a really annoying, clingy, stuck up princess who wanted everything her way.

Characters could have been developed a bit more and maybe delved more into the dragons lives, history, how they have stayed hidden and what they have been doing this whole time while waiting for a saviour – that being Jake it seems.

Would say that the cops are a bit lapse in that town, they stop Jake speeding twice, once with his grandfather in the car and once on his own, and given the fact he is 13, do nothing but send him on his way. What so just because he works with dragons to save the town at the end it gives him free range to drive?

Aimed at a younger audience with style and feel of writing, somewhere between children and young adult – as there are some violent elements. Fantasy elements and myths for the most part which was interesting but then there were some slap stick moments with burps and fart jokes from his younger sister. So not completely fitting in one box, which could be a problem with getting the right target audience. It was an easy going read all the same though.

3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Author Interview: ‘Storm’s Breath’ by J.R. Ford

About the Book:

Someone who didn’t know Pavel might mistake his heroic bravery for a death wish, and there’s no better place for either than the world’s first fully immersive game. Sure enough, the competitors are intimidating, and the monsters terrifying — though neither more so than blossoming friendships with two determined swordswomen.

Spurred by pure-hearted altruism alone, Pavel joins their quest to find the Storm’s Breath: an artifact that bestows magic powers — and real-world riches — upon the first player to find it. And with a ruthless mage on their heels, he’ll find plenty of opportunities for bravery.

 

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Excerpt:

The path twisted ahead, but I made out what was happening between the trees. The man and woman from before were standing in the middle of the path, hands raised. I caught glimpses of four others, all with swords glinting.

Paranoia vindicated. I ducked back into the cover of the forest. “They’re getting robbed! There’s four of them!” I told Farrukh, who had laid out his tarp in a clear patch.

I heard a wail and peeked out. The guy was full-on crying. His companion was trembling, though with sobs or rage, I couldn’t tell.

Not hard to see why. People were worth points. Those poor saps were moments from game over, not even half a day in.

“We should go around,” Farrukh said, folding up his tarp.

He was right. The smart thing to do would be to head uphill, circle around, and find the river again past the bandits.

The smart thing, the safe thing. Like leaving that woman in the tavern to the mercy of vultures. I had sixteen years’ experience of looking the other way.

My words came out choked. “I thought you were in it for the points. No risk, no reward.”

“I weigh my risks. There’s no loot in killing four newbies.”

If I went in there alone, I’d be butchered like a lamb. What a waste that would be. I checked quickly — still 3 viewers.

“Come on,” Farrukh said, “while they’re distracted. There’s no reason to get yourself killed.”

My scabbard rasped. Consequences be damned, me along with them. “See you.” I broke into a sprint, sword raised high.

 

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid and got more involved trying different styles and mediums in High School. I sought guidance from my English teachers, but they were all either disinterested or jailed.

One university summer, a job I had lined up fell through, and I decided to write a novel so I wouldn’t get bored. I turned to Brandon Sanderson’s YouTube lectures for guidance and smashed a novel out. I learned a lot from the experience, and my next novel was better, and the one after that, Storm’s Breath, good enough for me to self-publish.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I wrote most of Storm’s Breath on lunch breaks at my old software engineering job or on Monday evenings at my home desk. Being confined by work hours really spurred my productivity.

I quit that job to go traveling – that didn’t work out – but now I have more time than ever at my home desk to focus on whatever creative projects strike my fancy. Right now I’m focusing on releasing Storm’s Breath, but I’m really looking forward to being able to sink my teeth into the first draft of the final book in the trilogy.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

On a physical level, I take inspiration from pretty much everything I read, watch, or play – I always try to analyze art to figure out why I like or dislike it. Once I understand what I like and dislike about a plot, character, or trope, I have a better understanding of how I can build a story my way.

On a more abstract level, I take most of my themes and symbols straight out of my worldview. The same way I analyze art, I analyze my own feelings to try to understand what themes I most want to bake into my work.

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 usually start with a vague outline and try to keep the characters “in character”. It normally takes me about half the book to figure out where their character arcs are taking them, then I reshape the plot around that.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Storm’s Breath is YA “GameLit” Fantasy, GameLit being literature which takes place in a game or a game-like world. When I first discovered the genre, I immediately recognized it as an amazing way to explore themes not often found in traditional literature but that I have experienced as an avid gamer. Storm’s Breath in particular deals with the uncertainty of forming friendships which may not last longer than the lifespan of the video game where they were formed.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I’m not sure how good Hollywood is at making people seem young. The main cast in Storm’s Breath is all 16-17 but these actors are all older than that. They’d probably be better served finding up-and-coming young talent (or even better, animating it!), but if it’s a dream cast…

  • Miles Heizer as Pavel, the protagonist, an inexperienced young man who yearns to be a hero.
  • Chloë Grace Moretz as Heather, a timid young woman determined to become strong enough to protect herself and her friends.
  • Emma Stone as Ana, a brash swordswoman who takes Pavel and Heather under her wing.
  • Farhan Akhtar as Farrukh, a pragmatic ranger hoping to score enough points to win some real-world cash.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I mostly listen to audiobooks nowadays. My favorite authors out of traditional fantasy are:

  • Glen Cook, who has the most addictive writing style I’ve ever read
  • Sebastien De Castell, for his aesthetics and themes
  • Joe Abercrombie, whose wit is like a dry razor
  • And Brandon Sanderson, partially because of his free lectures, partially because his books are rock-solid, partially because I envy his monstrous productivity

Out of the GameLit/LitRPG (Role-Playing Game Literature) space:

  • Luke Chilmenko, for his tight plots and sub-plots
  • Travis Bagwell, whose books know how to have fun
  • And I have my eye on Oliver Mayes, whose debut I loved for how well he tapped into the fantasy of becoming a big-time streamer

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

The Crafting of Chess, by Kit Falbo. It’s a LitRPG about a young man who enters an immersive game with the intention of becoming a master craftsman and earn enough real-world money to support himself and his grandfather. It really scratches the itch of watching someone work towards a goal and deal with all the hassle that comes with becoming a renowned player.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Storm’s Breath, of course. They say write what you want to read, and even after countless re-reads, there are still moments that get my blood pumping.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write because you like writing. If you don’t like it, why are you doing it?

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

I have my own website, https://authorjrford.com, but I’ll also post updates to my Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/AuthorJRFord. I use my Twitter for more than just writing, but feel free to follow me: @YaBoyJayMoney.

 

About the Author:

Jacob R Ford discovered his passion for writing in high school despite dreadful English teachers and completed his first novel when he found himself surprisingly unemployed one university summer. Since then he has worked tirelessly (and sometimes tiredly) to craft a novel worth selling. With Storm’s Breath, he believes he has succeeded.

When not writing, he can be found engineering software, making music, or teaching Historical European Martial Arts.

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Book Review: ‘The Streets of Nottingham’ by Auckly Simwinga

Title: The Streets of Nottingham

Published: 23rd February 2018

Author: Auckly Simwinga

 

Blurb:

A tragedy will echo through history and force the world into chaos once again…

In The Streets of Nottingham, the world has been broken by a cataclysmic clash between the mother of creation and a god-king. Only one small village has escaped this breaking: one which prays to the mother whose distant mercy masks a deadly and merciless force about to erupt.

In that village, there lives a young man who struggles with the long, unrequited love of a childhood girl and a refuge whose boundaries are marked by chaos.

After their village is attacked by wraiths, the young man embarks upon a quest to find a city called Nottingham, a place that ancient scrolls describe in detail, but a place that is reportedly impossible for anyone to ever reach. He wants to travel there to find a healer that the scrolls mention, to try to save the love of his life, a beautiful young woman named Marika, and bring her back from the dead.

 

Review:

It starts with a sort of poem about a healer in the streets of Nottingham that some may need but not know how to find. Hidden meanings within the lines, like riddles to crack to see what it is really telling you. It all comes from a scroll in the ‘great book’ that hopefully has the answers Adam seeks. He must try and figure it out to get there and find the one to help – though this quest is for him alone (well apart from his ever-loyal horse Shadow).

The time line does jump around from here a bit but isn’t too hard to follow. It’s like we are following the journey Adam takes in the present as he remembers events of the past. It’s a perilous journey to find a way to bring back the one he loves after her life is drained by the one they pray to – the Mother aka Rain. Her heart has been darkened by the loss of the one she loves and in the process the world looks like it is set to break again in her destructive path.

Paranormal gods and goddesses are around to cause trouble and chaos but some there to help. It’s a battle of gods waging war with each other and unfortunately humans are stuck in the crossfire with no escape as it looks like the world is being pulled apart and back together again for the second time.

Interesting darker fantasy and mythical elements throughout, whether with what happens at the village or on Adams journey to find a way to bring back his love. He may have felt he never really fit in but is he about to find out why on his quest?

Intriguing read and if you are looking for a quick fantasy adventure quest this is the book for you. Just don’t go in thinking it’s actually about Nottingham. With it being a mythical place it might have been better to give it a more mythical name.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Author Interview: ‘Thief in the Castle’ by B. B. Morgan

About the Book:

The notorious Juniper Thimble is destined for execution. Caught stealing the king’s crown—in addition to her long list of crimes—she has only one way out. Juniper must survive the biggest, most deadly con of her life, commissioned by the king himself. Disguised as the crown prince’s lover, she is forced to protect him with her life…literally. Guarded by a surly squire, relentlessly attacked by demons, and surrounded by mysteriously disappearing servants, Juniper must dispatch the threat to the prince’s life before they find out who she really is.

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This title has been rated 17+, appropriate for older teens and adults, and contains:

  • Intense implied sex
  • Intense violence
  • Moderate language
  • Mild alcohol use
  • Child slavery

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’m B. B. Morgan – fantasy author and casual nerd. I grew up in a small farming town in the American Midwest. I’ve always loved stories, and books offered a wider range of possibilities. Books didn’t have to worry about special effect budgets or bad acting. Anything could happen between the covers.

I started crafting what would become my first novel somewhere around my freshman year of high school. I didn’t know what I was doing until years later when I pushed myself to write that first draft. I self-published Devil’s Blood in 2016. (It wasn’t very good. I’m not being modest. It wasn’t ready to be published.) I learned a lot from the publishing process, and each consecutive book was better. (Each book was easier to write, too.)

I write to escape. Life sucks, but books make it better. I crave a sense of adventure – that sense of finding what’s over the next horizon. I crave a sense of wonder – the kind that comes from visiting fantastical places like Hogwarts or meeting Fae or dragons or elves. That’s why I write fantasy.

My latest book is Hard as Stone, a YA gaslight fantasy, the first in a trilogy. I am also the author of the Stars and Bones high fantasy series. The first book, Thief in the Castle, is out now. The second book, Mage in the Undercity, is hitting shelves this April. The third book, Dreams in the Snow, is slated for 2021. Both series are published with Authors 4 Authors Publishing.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I have two part-time day jobs that keep me busy. My writing time is narrow, but I find the morning the most beneficial – a fresh cup of coffee, sunshine, a whole day ahead of me. I have a desk in a corner where I do all my work. It’s cluttered, and my chair is too big for the space, but it’s my space. Sometimes my dog, Suz, will join me.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I imagine that mythical place as a golf course. Fairies are playing golf a bit haphazardly, and every once in a while one of the balls goes way off and hits an author in the head. The golf ball is magic so it explodes into fairy dust on impact. If an author is lucky enough to inhale some of that dust, they get an idea for a new story.

Or, that’s what I think happens.

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?

Through the process of writing those first few novels and starting about twenty that went nowhere, I learned that I write best when I have a clear endgame. When the idea for a story strikes, I write it down (Google doc or Word). I add to that idea over time – character notes, world notes, plot, etc. For Stars and Bones: Thief in the Castle, I had a Google Doc of around ten thousand words before I started the rough draft.

Before I start any draft, I need an outline. It might be a rough outline, but I need a clear endgame. I need to know where my story is going to end and where my characters are going to end up. That way I can steer the story toward that goal, making sure there is character development to back up the plot.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Fantasy. Hands down. I didn’t read a lot in grade school or high school, but the books I felt most drawn to were fantasy. Magic. Dragons. Wizards. Superheroes. The shows and moves I watched were mostly fantasy. Fantasy, to me, is the ultimate escape. I can go into an entirely different world where the problems of our world don’t exist. Sure, problems exist in this new world, but I know they’ll be resolved by the end.

The first books I remember reading on my own volition were the Harry Potter books, most notably the Chamber of Secrets. I didn’t know books that long could be that cool. I was aborded. I wanted to read. I wanted the next book. I craved to know more of the story.

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas had the same effect. I DEVOURED the first five books in the series within a week and a half, and that series gave me the kick I needed to finish my own high fantasy, Stars and Bones.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I’m not up on who’s who in Hollywood. I know there are plenty of actors waiting and deserving of a big break. I’d love undiscovered actors to be cast.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read constantly. I always have a book – sometimes three. I love Sarah J. Maas; I will read anything she writes. My favorite authors include Holly Black, V. E. Schwab, Stephanie Garber, Leigh Bardugo, and Rebecca Ross.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m currently reading House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig; Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo; and The Heart Between Kingdoms by Mary Dublins.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

This is a hard question. I want to say Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets because it’s the first book I stayed up to read, but I also want to say Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I also want to say Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

Uh, I pick all three. Because I couldn’t put them down. They enthralled my imagination in a way that few books do. They inspired me. They kept me up at night because I would rather read than sleep.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Never give up. There is so much that goes into writing a book, publishing a book, and marketing a book. It is a commitment. I don’t want to scare aspiring writers away from their dream, but I don’t want them to have misconceptions and unrealistic expectations. Don’t compare yourself to the mega-bestsellers. Odds are, you won’t sell enough to quite your day job. Few authors do. It is easy to be discouraged, but you can’t give up.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

I’m on Twitter more than I should be – @BBMorgan_W

I’m also begrudgingly on Facebook – www.facebook.com/BBMorganBooks

And I can be found on my website, www.bbmorgan.com

 

About the Author:

B. B. Morgan lives in southern Illinois. She loves the country, but she hates bugs. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s playing video games or D&D. Morgan is a hopeless romantic, steadfast optimist, casual nerd, and caffeine addict. She often plays her music (a mix of classic rock and pop) too loud and drives too slow. She is the author of the Devil’s Blood series and Caroline Eversole and the Gilded Gauntlet.

 

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Author Interview: ‘Until All Curses Are Lifted’ by Tim Frankovich

About the Book:

The laws are enforced by magic.

If you break the law, you’re cursed.

But the rich and powerful twisted the laws to allow for… exceptions.

Marshal has been cursed since birth for his unknown father’s crimes. When he discovers he’s also heir to immense magical power, he must flee for his life. His half-brother wants the power for himself and has hired an assassin to pursue Marshal and his mother. No one has ever escaped from a curse, but it’s the only way for Marshal to be truly safe.

Seri wants to become the most powerful mage in history. But the magic that holds the world together is failing and no one knows why. While the ground itself shakes, someone begins murdering mages. In danger from all directions, Seri must learn how to use her unique abilities before everything falls apart.

Neither of them know they are being watched from another realm…

 

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Volraag snorted. “Well, I never thought I would be the one to give out such news, but congratulations. You’re the firstborn son of the all-powerful Lord Varion.” He paused. “You’re also a bastard, conceived by rape.” He shook his head. “To be honest, muteness seems like a relatively minor curse for the crime of rape, compared to others I’ve seen.”

Marshal found himself growing angrier as he considered this information. He wondered why Aelia had never told him, but the full weight of Lord Varion’s actions was almost unbelievable. Most people who bore a curse bore the consequences of their own actions. But the Lords of Antises had exempted themselves from the magical laws. Any curses of their actions fell on their children. Marshal had known that his father must be a noble, but Lord Varion himself?

And a “minor” curse? What did Volraag know of him? Muteness was only the beginning. As if in response to his thoughts, his right hand began to tremble.

“There it is!” Volraag whispered. He rose from the fallen tree and took a step toward Marshal. His eyes had widened, but not with surprise. Marshal had seen the same look on faces at the town’s annual thawing feast. He had seen it on Victor’s face a time or two when he looked at Careen and she wasn’t looking back. Volraag’s face held… desire?

Marshal took an involuntary step backward and grabbed his right hand with his left.

“Does it do that often?” Volraag asked, never taking his eyes off the trembling hand.

Marshal shrugged. That was the right gesture, wasn’t it?

“That is not a part of your curse, brother. That is something… much more.”

Marshal looked at him with narrowed eyes.

Volraag tore his eyes away from the shaking hand and looked Marshal in the face. “Do you at least know of the six Lords and their magical power?”

Marshal nodded. Who didn’t?

“Varion is one of the six Lords. That means he holds a vast portion of this world’s magic within him. He wields unbelievable power when he chooses to…” Volraag trailed off and looked away, as if thinking of something unpleasant. He shook his head and looked back.

“Despite the fact that the… circumstances of your birth led to you being cursed, your birth also entitles you to this inheritance. When Varion dies, or surrenders his power at the Passing, that power will move on to you.”

Marshal released his trembling hand and looked at it. Magic power? The power of a Lord? He had nothing like that. He had shaking, trembling. He was “Curse Boy,” not “Lord’s son.”

“Yes, you already possess a tiny fraction of the power within you.” Volraag took another step closer. “It’s like a lodestone calling out to metal. When Varion releases his power for the last time, it will be attracted to that. It will come to you, and there’s nothing anyone can do to prevent it.”

Marshal found himself breathing hard. He could feel the trembling spreading through him. It had done that before, but he hoped it didn’t happen now. He didn’t like the way Volraag looked at him, and he didn’t know how to think about these revelations.

Volraag started to turn away, then rotated back, a long, thin dagger in his hand. “Actually, there is one thing that can prevent it: your death.”

Marshal stumbled and looked around. The guards still kept everyone else in the town center.

Volraag looked down at the dagger. “I could kill you myself, right here and right now. Based on what I can guess of your life in this pathetic dungheap, I doubt anyone would be very upset, other than your mother.”

Volraag casually pushed the point of the dagger a full inch into the fallen tree trunk. Marshal’s eyes remained fixed on it.

“But since I’m not a Lord yet, if I were to do that, I would be cursed. And I won’t be a Lord until my father dies. At which point, you would already have the power.” He spread his arms wide. “You see my dilemma.”

Dilemma. Marshal’s existence was a dilemma to this man.

Volraag sighed and leaned back against the tree without actually sitting. “This is not going as I expected it to,” he admitted. “Out of all possible curses, I had not anticipated muteness. I was relying on my own persuasive ability here, but it’s impossible to tell if you’re sufficiently grasping what I’m saying.”

He studied Marshal again. “I’ve been searching for you for a few years now. Obviously, I knew Varion had a bastard child, but I didn’t know where. I’ve had spies out all over Varioch and even across the borders.” He paused and gestured toward the south. “That’s not easy when we might be going to war with Rasna any day now.

“A few days ago, I heard about a cursed, fatherless man in a secluded village, and I knew.” He tapped his own head. “I just knew that my search was over.”

He pushed away from the tree and stepped forward. Despite his own admission that he was the younger brother, Volraag stood a full span taller than Marshal and appeared far stronger. Marshal’s hand continued to shake, and he swallowed. If Volraag really did choose to kill him, he could do nothing about it. The only thing protecting him was Volraag’s fear of cursing himself.

“Let me put it this way,” Volraag said. “Lord Varion’s power will be mine one day, one way or another. In fact, it’s really just one of two ways.”

He held up two fingers and pointed to one. “The simplest solution for all of us is that you kill yourself. No one gets cursed, and I get what I want.” He looked into Marshal’s eyes. “If Varion’s power came to you, after all, your curse would prevent you from fully using it. Besides, who would miss you? Your mother is still young. She’ll get over it. And I would think, with the life you live here, it would actually be a… relief.”

He pointed to the second finger. “And she is the reason why you don’t want to wait for the second solution. Should you fail to kill yourself, I will have to arrange for your death in other ways. More specifically, I will send someone to kill you, someone who isn’t worried about curses.”

He leaned in so close Marshal could see the moisture in the corners of his eyes.

“And he will also kill your mother.”

 

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I started writing my own comic books when I was eight or nine. They weren’t very good. I worked on an epic fantasy novel off and on throughout high school and college. Eventually, I gave up and focused on “real life.” But a few years ago, I knew I had to start again. I began writing, writing, writing, researching more about good writing, and writing some more. And here I am now.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Not especially. I sit in front of a computer all day, anyway, so whenever I can write, I do it. I seem to work best in the evening.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Anywhere and everywhere. An observation from one of my kids while we’re driving, the fragments of a dream when I wake up, a stray thought in the middle of a bicycle ride – anything can inspire me. My Notes app is full of notes all titled “Story Idea.”

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?

Yes and yes. I usually have a broad outline and a specific ending that I’m looking toward. Along the way, the characters have a lot more control – at least if I’ve developed them enough. They can swing the story back and forth in directions I didn’t expect, but it all still heads toward that ending I have in mind.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I write fantasy. I’ve been fascinated by it since my dad read the Narnia books to me when I was around five or six years old. Then I discovered The Lord of the Rings a few years later, and I’ve been obsessed ever since.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Let me think… Casting Marshal would be very difficult as you’d need someone who could communicate a lot with just his face, and that under scars! I think Charlie Heaton of Stranger Things might be able to do it. He has a brooding look that might work well.

As for Seri, my other protagonist… unfortunately, I don’t know any young Middle-Eastern actresses that would fit this role. All the ones that I can think of would be too old.

It’s easier to cast some of the supporting roles with big-name guest stars: Evangeline Lily as Aelia. F. Murray Abraham as Master Hain. And a cameo appearance by Shohreh Aghdashloo as Lady Lilitu.

Finding a Mayan-looking martial artist for Kishin might be very difficult…

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read as much as I can, when I can find the time. I’ve already mentioned Tolkien and Lewis as huge influences. For more modern authors, I love Stephen Lawhead, David Farland, and Brandon Sanderson.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

At the moment: The Light of All that Falls, by James Islington. It’s taking me a while, not because it’s long, but because his world-building is so DENSE. (That’s a compliment.)

9: What is your favourite book and why?

It will always be The Lord of the Rings. It was the first truly epic fantasy that I read, and nothing has ever surpassed it. Every time I re-read it (which is often), I marvel at Tolkien’s skill in world-building, and I’m moved by the awesome beauty of the scene at the gates of Minas Tirith. (Seriously, I could study those 2-3 pages for days. I’m still mad at Peter Jackson for not getting that one scene.)

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Read. Write. Study everything you can find about writing. Repeat.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

My website: www.timfrankovich.com

Twitter: @timfrankovich

Facebook Author page: www.facebook.com/timfrankovichauthor

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/14298182.Tim_Frankovich

 

About the Author:

Tim Frankovich has been exploring fantastic worlds since third grade, when he cut up a grocery sack and drew a Godzilla-meets-superheroes story. Since then, he’s gotten a little bit better at the writing part (not so much with the drawing). His goal as a writer is to transport readers to another world, make them care deeply about characters in dire situations, and guide them deeper into life itself. At the moment, he is probably suitably conscious somewhere in Texas with his beloved wife, awesome four kids, and a fool of a pup named Pippin.

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