This is continuing feature on Archer’s Aim – Fantasy Authors Unplugged. I hope to frequently share an interview with a fantasy author. If you have authors to suggest and/or questions you’d like to see answered then leave a comment or send me an email. If you are a fantasy author and would like an interview please let me know and we’ll plan one that fits your schedule.
Q. Hi David, welcome to Fantasy Authors Unplugged on Archer’s Aim. Let’s start with a tough one. What games, sports or hobbies do you like and do they influence your writing?
A. I play badminton on a semi regular basis, but I guess the only hobby that I have that has any influence on my writing is playing the guitar. I’ve played since I was 11. I played in a couple of bands and tried my hand at song writing. Can’t say I’ve written any music in a long time, but I still play whenever I get a free moment. Playing music taught me a lot about rhythm, timing, flow and letting your work breathe.
Q. What kind of writing schedule do you keep? Full-time or part-time?
A. Part-time/Manic – I generally write and/or edit whenever I get the chance: during the long commute to work, after the kids are in bed, during lunch hours at my “real” job. I’d love to be able to write full-time, but just now that’s not an option. Maybe someday I’ll be able to afford the Alpine lodge in the Highlands where I can beaver away for days on end.
Q. Have there been times when you wanted to just stop writing?
A. No, but there have been times when I’ve forced to take fairly long breaks. I always have more ideas than I have time to execute. I try to scribble down my ideas so that way I’ve got a pool of first chapters / ideas / synopsis. So, as I’ve said, I’ve never wanted to stop.
Q. What draws you to the fantasy genre and keeps your attention?
Well, more than that really. What other genre can offer such a rich depth of variety that not only fires your imagination, but tugs on your heart strings and challenges your preconceptions? Also it has dragons.
Q. What’s your current book and the brief synopsis?
A. I’m currently writing Pyrite. It’s the second part of a fantasy series “The Redemption of Wist.” It continues the story of Wist, (Book 1 – Tapasya) a man who has committed suicide in his own world, only to find himself trapped in another. A world where he has power, but is crippled by fear and uncertainty. Here, he must accept the failures of his or he risks the destruction of a world.
Q. What’s your take on the current landscape of fantasy publishing and where it’s going?
A. There’s a lot of good stuff out there and the impact on the genre of the titan’s that are GRR Martin and JK Rowling shouldn’t be underestimated. They’ve made space for other fantasy authors via the traditional publishing route by creating demand (via a new audience). I’ve gone with e-publishing my first novel myself. Partly due to laziness. When I looked at submitting my finished manuscript to publishers they all had different style rules, synopsis requirements etc etc. Some of them would only accept submission via agents and the vast majority would offer no feedback. Hey ho. Maybe some people have an abundance of time to spend on tailoring their submissions. Have I mentioned I’ve not got much spare time yet?
Q. Where do you see yourself as a writer in the next five years?
A. I know where I’d like to be. Working full time as a writer. I suspect I’ll still be working and squeezing it in where I can. But that’s OK too. 🙂
Q. Who’s your favorite secondary character in your book?
A. Tough one. If there’s something fantasy books have abundance of, it’s characters: primary, secondary, tertiary. But if I had to pick one I go with Saltheart Foamfollower from Stephen Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. He’s fantastic character: flawed and funny, strong and brittle. A Giant with a soft heart that can beat you to death with his bare fists. And then laugh.
Hellfire and bloody damnation!
Bio & Links
I am a writer of words, a lover of music and a designer of electronics. The west coast of Scotland is my home.
I have loved fantasy since first reading LotR and have been devouring the genre ever since. I enjoy sojourns in the lands of horror, thriller and even (whisper it) non-fiction. But I’ll always find my way back to dragons and magic and fantasy.
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/Tapasya
Amazon US http://bit.ly/tapasya
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