Michael Eging

Fantasy Authors Unplugged: Re-Cap

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.

Since there was an opening this week, I thought I’d re-cap interviews from previous weeks in case anyone missed any of these.

Back in December, Daniel Adorno appeared with an interview about his epic fantasy, The Blade Heir.

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In January, Fantasy Authors Unplugged first featured Autumn Birt that covered her Rise of the Fifth Order trilogy which begins with Born of Water. She also shared her inspiration, upcoming plans and thoughts on book trailers.

Autumn Birt

The next week, Ed Ireland appeared and shared his latest book, The Stormbringer.

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On January 21st, Michael Edging was featured with his co-author, Steve Arnold, for Annwyn’s Blood.

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The last week of January featured C. S. Boyack with his latest book, The Cock of the South.

Craig author pic Cockof the south

The first week of February featured, Leisl Kaberry, author of The Titanian Chronicles,

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Next, Robert Penner, author of Dark Moon Shadow was featured.

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Most recently Loren Weaver was featured with her new release, Tiger’s Peace.

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What I’ve found interesting in these interviews is the wide variety of known authors who have influence those featured in Fantasy Authors Unplugged. I hope everyone has found something that peaks their interest in these interviews. I’ve certainly enjoyed all of them and hope to get around to reading all these books as soon as I can.

Comments have been very favorable for these interviews so take a look at some of them. These featured authors have been very thoughtful and gracious with their time. I feel certain and some of these authors will have growing success in the coming years.

If you’re a fantasy author and would like to be interviewed for “Fantasy Authors Unplugged” just contact me via email or one of my social media channels and we’ll set one up. I do have weeks open for March so let me know if you want to set up a week.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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Fantasy Authors Unplugged – Michael Eging

This is a newer 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.

Today I’ve interviewed Michael Eging, co-author of Annwyn’s Blood (along with Steve Arnold). Thanks to Michael for being featured on Archer’s Aim.

1. Please share about Annwyn’s Blood. What’s the key component of the story?

Annwyn CoverAnnwyn’s Blood started as a short story that I wrote while in college. Steve and I looked at that story and thought there must be a longer story in there somewhere!  Over the course of a few years, we wrote Annwyn’s Blood between graduate school and full-time jobs. When we shopped it around, many of the responses focused on the market ‘not needing another vampire story’. Ironic. So the story sat on a hard drive for many years until we pulled it up and thought we needed to revisit this story and world.

Central to the story’s heart is the longing for redemption. While we haven’t seen this play out fully in the course of Annwyn’s Blood, many of the characters find themselves in need of redemption and they will each struggle with this through the series.

2. Are you a full-time author or do you have another job also?

Neither Steve nor I are fulltime writers.  Steve is a practicing physician in Ohio and I work in life sciences public policy in Washington, DC.

3. How did you choose your genre?

Steve and I love fantasy and this story became a natural extension of that. Since this book was focused on a historical, fantastical world, we jumped into it. Also, I was a history major in college – with a focus in Byzantine and early Russian Headshothistory. Steve is an informal student of history, so it all meshes together very well. So, we journeyed to a world where that would be new to many readers and allow us to tell fresh stories while taking them on this fantastical, mythical journey.

4. Highly creative people often something like walks to nourish their creativity. Do you make use of anything to make your muse flourish?

I like to walk with my Bernese Mountain dog in the evenings. And when I call Steve in the evenings to swap ideas and talk about stories, he is often walking his dog Dobby as well. Also, I love to read and discuss stories with my children. Often in the telling of the story, I find things I hadn’t thought about and directions worth exploring.

5. What is your favorite book and why?

My favorite book is Nine Princes in Amber, the entry to Zelazny’s brilliant Amber Chronicles. When I was in middle school, I discovered them in the local library and would often read there while waiting for my parents to take me home with them from work  My co-writer, Steve has a fond place in his heart for Pratchett’s works.

6. How did you choose your editor?

Our editor, Chris Baxter was a referral from some BYU English majors who helped hook Steve and I up with editing help. He edited Annwyn’s Blood as well as our forthcoming novel A Silver Horn Echoes – The Song of Roland, inspired by the epic medieval poem.

Mike Eging-9468sml7. What can you share about the next edition of your series?

Our next book blows open the Dark Age world of Annwyn’s Blood to encompass a much greater portion of the crumbling Byzantine Empire and the rising Germanic kingdoms in the West. We see our heroes embark on a quest to defeat the armies of Annwyn, while trying to redeem Marianna, a lead character in the first book. This leads to heartbreak for all involved as the battle unfolds and Annwyn scores first blood.  The story launches right from the final pages of Annwyn’s Blood so the story won’t skip of beat from one book to the next.

You can find Annwyn’s Blood at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. Also connect with Michael & Steve on Facebook. Thanks again to Michael (and Steve) for being a part of Archer’s Aim today. Make sure to check out their book. I’m reading it now and having a good time with it.

If you’re a fantasy author and would like to be interviewed for “Fantasy Authors Unplugged” just contact me via email or one of my social media channels and we’ll set one up.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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