Michael K. Falciani
- 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.
My current work is a personal love of mine. It’s a new dwarven novel that is part epic fantasy part steampunk. An absolute joy to write! I was tired of dwarves being so stereotypically cast as fodder for comic relief or dour earth dwellers scraping about in the dirt. I had some fun with them. We’ve got dwarven mages and engineers mixed in with troll seers and orc witch doctors. I have a goblin shaman that is irascibly likable despite his less than savoury nature alongside a dwarven bard and haughty princess who knows a thing or two about the crossbow. This was pure fun to write and, I hope, to read.
- In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.
This past summer I released my first novel. It’s an epic fantasy titled, “The Raven and the Crow: Dark Storm Rising” It’s the first of a planned six book series. So far it has recived wonderful reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads. It just came out as an audiobook with the ridiculously talented Joshua Saxon as the narrator. If you are a fan of epic fantasy like I am, it is my belief you will greatly enjoy the book. The second book in the series is titled, “The Raven and the Crow: The Gray Throne.” It should be out in January or February of 2022. I can’t say much about it without giving away too much of the first book, but my earlier readers are raving about it. They are impatiently demanding the third book as soon as possible! I also just released a short story in an anthology put out by my publisher, Three Ravens Publishing. The book is called, “It came from the Trailer Park,” and it just hit #1 on Amazon new releases last weekend. Mine is a story called, “Hell Hath No Fury.” It’s an Urban Fantasy that I greatly enjoyed writing because it was so different from my usual genre.
- 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!)
I will tell you, I used to think, “Hey, I’ll write the book and that will be that.” They say ignorance is bliss and they were right. Marketing, building an audience, getting your name
and work out there—it’s all part of the game. Of all the things that go with writing a book, this is my least favourite. Not because I don’t like it, I actually do, but it takes away from
the creative process which I thoroughly enjoy.
- Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?
Oh, there are so many things to choose from. I’d have to say creating story arcs for characters is my favourite thing to do. Why do they act as they do? What happened in their lives that influenced their decisions. This takes planning and great attention to detail. However, even with all the planning, things still crop up. I love those little surprises that even take me of guard, because if I didn’t know those twists were going to happen, how can the reader?
- 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.)
As a huge fan of David Gemmell, I’d say I steal his knack for creating heroism in his characters. He can bring the most powerful of warrior kings down low and raise a peasant to greatness. There are so many things he does well, I’d wish I’d gotten a chance to meet him.
- 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?
Knowing my main character, I’m not sure any of my explanations would appease him. However, I’d point out that there is a larger purpose in life and we all have a destiny to fulfil. His is no less or greater than anyone else’s. He can either rail against how unfair life can be, or he can face it like a man should. Shouting at life, “Do your worst, for I shall do mine!”
- 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?
Oh that would pit Zedaine and Kildare, my two main protagonists against Parmenion from the Lion of Macedon and myself. The stakes would be who is leading the attack in the morning. Zedaine and I would bow out early, while Kildare and Parmenion, the greatest general serving Alexander the Great, would start betting their children for the honor. Gotta go with Parmenion here as he has the greater experience and training, though I’d wager Kildare and Zedaine would love serving under him!
- 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 traps are just being lazy. Folks complain all the time about tropes and reading about things have been done to death, and all of that is true. However, any writing can be good if you are a strong enough writer. Don’t settle for good, make it great. Romance writers, for example. You know the couple in question are getting together, but make it fun, engaging, interesting. Who cares if you know the outcome? Entertain your reader! Fantasy is not different. There have been a million epic duels, what makes yours stand out? You’re writing doesn’t have to be the most original there is, but make it entertaining.
- 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.
I wanted to add that my Raven and Crow books have cover art done by students at the local high school here in Carson City Nevada. What a talenting group of kids and that goodness they have such a fantasitic teacher! She has been a joy to work with. My publisher and I are thrilled we decided to ask them to do the art. Here is a link to my epic fantasy, The Raven and the Crow: Dark Storm Rising. The sequel is out this winter! Thanks for you time! The Raven And The Crow: Dark Storm Rising – Kindle edition by Falciani, Michael K.. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.