Author Interview: Brendan and Lori O’Gara

Brendan and Lori O’Gara

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.*

We coauthor fantasy stories. Currently, Brendan is working on his part of Book 2 in the Necromancer’s Song trilogy titled The Music of The Bones. I am working on The Remnants of Eden which is a compendium book set in the same universe as Necromancer’s Song. Some of the same characters are in both books.

In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.*

We have 11 books out currently. I write contemporary fiction. I have a four book series set in and around Perdido Key, Florida. I also write nonfiction books about God and Faith, that I affectionately call “no B.S. Christianity”. Brendan has a cookbook that started us on the road of fantasy writing. It has recipes and in between the yumminess are stories about five adventurers. After the one hundredth time of a reader telling us, “Hey, the recipes are great, but what happens to the adventurers?” we decided to tell their story, thus The travelers’ Song was written. This project has grown to encompass three short novellas. Those books aren’t true prequels, they are about characters that are in the main trilogy and other interesting people set at different points on the main time line of the trilogy. There is a constant theme in all our fantasy writings that life is the most powerful of all forces in the universe, but fragile and often taken for granted. Most of us only get one shot at life, but what if there was more?

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 am not a sales person, so for me it is marketing. Brendan hates naysayers. You know the people that say, “You can’t write a book about that.”

Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?*

When someone reads something we have written and gushes about it. That is why we write in the first place. Let someone say, “I loved (insert any of our titles or characters).” That makes me want to write more. Knowing someone gave their time to read your work is a fantastic motivator.

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.)*

For me I have always envied Hemingway’s candor, he wrote truth and did not sugar coat it. I have in recent years attempted to emulate that courage in my writing.

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?

At the end of The Travelers’ Song we kill off one of the main characters, Gadlin. Darr, one of the other adventurers would demand an explanation…”You will explain your actions to me and if you explanation is not satisfactory you will explain it to your maker.” The problem is there would be no satisfactory answer for Darr.

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?

Brendan, Morpheus from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, and I are playing poker. The stakes are life and death. I’m certain I am dead since I can’t play poker. It’s the face thing. My thoughts show on my face. I am brutally transparent.

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.)*

Fantasy writing is by nature a genre of tropes. It is often difficult to know what tropes are sacred to lovers of fantasy novels. Some should not be changed and others are overdone. Avoid the overdone and be brave enough to make the classic your own. The trick is getting the reader hooked on your take on a classic fantasy element without making it so unbelievable that the reader sees right though it.

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.

If it is a recipe you want, we have book for that. HA! But seriously, if you want to know more about our work, we can be found here, https://the-ogaras.com…if you are curious about what exactly No BS Christianity means, check out my article here, https://loriogara.com/no-bs/