- We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.
At the moment, I am working on the second book in my series. I’m calling the series The Cudomerie.
- In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.
I have only published one book so far. It’s called The Advent of Zón, Book One of The Cudomerie. It is a fantasy story about demons, druids, necromancers, and thieves. It deals heavily with undead and a little more with other fantasy creatures. It has action, adventure, horror, suspense, betrayal, revenge, and a little bit of romance.
- As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)
Editing/rewriting. I do most of it myself and it is so tedious. That being said, I do recognize the importance of it and am glad I did it.
- Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?
I love it when I sit down to write and the story takes off, practically writing itself. It’s times like those that I find I lose track of time and suddenly, two hours have gone by and I’ve written over two thousand words.
- If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)
I love the banter the characters in David Eddings’ Belgariad and Malloreon have. I try to have similar interactions between my characters. That’s what I would steal to make my writing better.
- Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?
I’d tell him to be patient with me because I know what his ultimate goal is, and he will eventually meet that goal. I’d help him see that the things that have happened to him are necessary for him to achieve that goal. I’d warn him that he has to go through hell to get there first, though.
- You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?
The stakes would probably be cookies or candy because I don’t see Danny Torrance being allowed to play for money. Of course, he would win because he would be able to read everyone’s thoughts and know what cards are in their hands. After he wins, the main villain in my book, Zón, would probably plot some way to murder the boy in a gruesome manner to get his treats back.
- Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)
I think the biggest trap to avoid would be to rely to heavily on tropes and cliches. There are numerous fantasy novels out there, and a lot of them seem to do this. You hear that a character is an elf, and you can practically see everything about that character with no other information. Same with dwarves or orcs. If you fall into those traps, it will make it more difficult for your work to stand out from all the others.
- Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.
In the course of writing The Advent of Zón, two characters were having soup for dinner. They were in the ruins of a city, so the one had to scavenge for ingredients. The other liked it a lot and asked what was in it. As I was writing what was in the soup, I thought it sounded really good, so I made it. I included the recipe in the back of the book.
I’m currently writing the second book in the series, and would like to have it ready for publication in late 2021 or early 2022. I have another book that I wrote the first draft of in 2013. I’m hoping it will be ready for publication in mid-to-late 2021.
Find the author: https://www.amazon.com/Advent-Zon-Book-One-Cudomerie-ebook/dp/B07DXKN24H/