Author Interview: Hugo Hobbs

Hugo Hobbs

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.*

I’ve recently released my first novel in the source war series entitled; “Quest for Fire.” A second book is in progress.

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

Quest for Fire begins with the initiation of a young man who’s curiosity leads him to an archeological dig site by the dragon’s armies. This information propels the main storyline forward. The darkness led by a dragon named Ahr-phar-zon has learned that the source of all living fire will take sides in the conflicts of the world. The alliance of elves and men learn of this information, and send a dysfunctional group to quest for the source of fire. This group contains military, a princess, and a notorious convict. All forseen arriving at their destination. The old rivals of light and darkness explode, and war breaks out. parties of orcs, trolls, and undead invade alliance lands. The slaughter is heavy, and victory appears to be lost. They all hope the dysfunctional group will be their salvation in the end.

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. It was so detailed. I was very lucky to have the talented Kate Seager to do this for me. However, the final version was a process that seemed to elude us both.

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

When I can see it. When my writing makes me laugh, or grimace. Then I’m in the zone so to speak.

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.)*

Dean Koontz. His novels just became alive and so hard to put down! That talent of storytelling is something I envy.

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?

Cy-Cryst, the main hero, and leader in the alliance quest party. He does not like this drama filled group, nor the fact that he is falling in love with a wizard assigned to him. He would be angry with me, lol. I’d convince him that though the mission is difficult, in the end it will provide the safety and security of his people.

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?

Cy-Cryst and Malik. The dragon’s armies want the alliance war hero, and have often tried to capture him alive. The stakes of the game would be his freedom. As for Malik the alliance wants him dead. That would be some high stakes poker.

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.)*

world building is the trap for me. It’s my world and I can write about every detail, but that would make my reader upset. finding the right balance is often difficult.

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.

Second book in the series is nearly completed. These are large novels, in the area of 700+ pages per book.