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Interview: Michael R. Fletcher

I had the opportunity to interview fantasy author Michael R. Fletcher this week. Michael R. Fletcher’s novel, Beyond Redemption is a work of dark fantasy and rampant delusion and was published by HARPER Voyager and released June 16th, 2015. You can find my review of it here.The next two Manifest Delusions novels, The All Consuming and The Mirror’s Truth, have been written and are currently in editing. Michael is also the author of 88,  a novel described as “dystopia with a dash of cyberpunk.”

Have you read any books that have inspired you as an author?             

Definitely!

There are the earlier books, those I read decades ago, that first drew me to fantasy. Books like Michael Moorcock’s (he needs a middle ‘R’ initial in his name) Stormbringer series, and Stephen R. (there we go!) Donaldson’s The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant were what made me want to write.

More recently Mark Lawrence, Anthony Ryan, Robin Hobb, and Richard Morgan have been doing amazing work. I like seeing stuff I haven’t seen before. Push something somewhere new. The magic system, a character, whatever! Twist it. Fuck it up.

What’s the best fantasy novel you’ve read this year? What’s your favorite all-time?

I discovered both Mark Lawrence and Anthony Ryan this year. Yeah, I know, I’ve been living under a rock. I’ve read all of their books in the last year. Pretty great year for reading!

There has been a huge influx of novels in fantasy that focus more on the grim and gritty aspects of medieval life and the moral ambiguity of man. It has been labeled Grimdark. Your novel Beyond Redemption has been called Grimdark by many. What do you think of the Grimdark takeover of the fantasy genre? Is it refreshing or too dark?

One the one hand I think the grimdark label is a honking load of horse-shit. Pretty much everything cool or at all gritty is being labeled grimdark, even stuff written a decade or more before the label existed. Game of Thrones is grimdark? Cow-puckies.

On the other hand, Beyond Redemption is certainly grim and dark. I certainly didn’t set out to write grimdark—hadn’t even heard of the genre until after I’d landed an agent—but it fits.

Too much darkness? Nah. We used to call it fantasy. Then it was dark fantasy. Now it’s grimdark. Years from now we’ll call it something else. Fred, maybe.

What was the question? What the heck am I talking about?

Do you like reading the grim and gritty Grimdark novels or do you prefer to read more traditional fantasy novels?

I love all fantasy. I love the escape. Sometimes I want to read about wizards and brave knights, and sometimes I want to wade nostrils deep in mud and blood.

Do you think Grimdark is just a passing fad or is it here to stay?

I think it’s been around since Lord of the Rings and will always be here, though the label might change. Really, I think Fred would be a great name for dark fantasy literature.

Any fantasy novels you would like to recommend readers to try?

Like anyone I get stuck in the rut of buying books from the same handful of authors I know won’t disappoint me. But it’s when I try something new that I make the best discoveries. I was in a store to get Iain Bank’s The Hydrogen Sonata when I saw Mark Lawrence’s Prince of Thorns. I’d never heard of him and knew nothing of the book. I bought it on a whim.

Thank you for your time Michael!

Find out more about Michael R. Fletcher and Beyond Redemption:

Beyond Redemption on Amazon

@FletcherMR on Twitter

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Interview: Graham Austin-King

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The first two books in the Riven Wyrde Saga are out; do you already have a set idea for the remaining books of your series?

I’m writing the next book now. There are a lot of story threads to bring to a close and I’m hoping to accomplish this in one book, making this a trilogy. I’ve had the end of the story planned out for a while now, but then that’s how I tend to write. The beginning and the end of the book are clear in my mind; it’s that pesky bit in the middle that causes all the problems.

Do you have any other works planned for the world of Fae?

It’s a big world, and really, we’ve only seen two very small parts of it. Although this series was planned as an epic fantasy, I wanted to focus on a few locales rather than looking over countries and continents as a whole. So whilst the conflicts cover nations, we zoom in on particular areas rather than looking at the macro level. Most of Fae – The Wild Hunt is focused on Hesk and Widdengate, there are huge sections of the world that aren’t even discussed. I can’t see any reason why there isn’t scope for another series or two in the same world. I have some ideas for a series of introductory novellas building up to another trilogy. This series would be based in Dern. We don’t really know anything about the place other than the fact that they must be reasonable close to the Barren Isles. There’s also a lot of history to be played with here and it could be fun to go back to fall of the druids and the purges. I’ll finish this book and see what mood takes me.

 How often do you write? Do you keep yourself to a strict writing schedule?

I write every weekday. I’d probably be a better writer if I wrote every day, but I suspect that might be grounds for divorce. I try to stick to a target of 10,000 words a week. It’s taking me a little while to build back up to this kind of output. For some reason every time I finish a book I have to learn to write all over again. I also have a very young family so writing is built around the demands of various small people (kids not gnomes).

What challenges have you needed to overcome as a self-published author writing a series?

This is two questions in one really… sneaky! I’ll look at the issues in turn. Probably the biggest hurdle has been achieving some visibility whilst moving past the self-published stigma. There is a lot of self-published fiction out there. Hell, there is a lot of fiction out there. More books than any one person could ever hope to read. Getting word out about a book, whilst fighting past the “self-published” stigma, is HARD work. It’s probably harder that writing the books in the first place. The problem with self-publishing is that, whilst it’s wonderful and amazing that anyone who wants to can put a book together and set it out there for the world to see, anyone can do it, and a lot of it turns out to be rubbish. Don’t get me wrong, there is some pretty awful stuff that has been traditionally published too. There are also some brilliant self-published works out there, but it’s the label, “self-published” that carries the stigma. People read “self-published” and instantly assume the worst, such as bad (or no) editing, poor formatting, vanity project. Writers like Hugh Howey, Michael J Sullivan, and Andy Weir are working to challenge this assumption but it’s still out there.

For me, the major challenge of writing a series comes down to a question of speed versus quality. I’m a relatively unknown author, plus there are a fair number of readers who won’t touch a series until it’s complete. My challenge then is to get my books out as fast as possible, whilst still keeping the level of quality that I’d hoped for. I’ve made some mistakes, set some insane self-imposed deadlines that were never going to be achieved, and I’ve worked with some copy-editors who weren’t all they cracked up to be, but I think we’re starting to get there. Fae – The Realm of Twilight launched quite well and I have hopes that book three will be well received.

Any advice for first time writers looking to self-publish?Fae_cover_final_vjh2013

If you can, if you have the will-power, then don’t do it! I self-published because I’m impatient. I sent my first book off to a few agents but I should have sent it off to a lot more than I did. Get your book ready and try the traditional route first.  If you’re absolutely set on self-publishing then you must understand that it’s not free. You will need to pay for decent editors, formatters and cover art – and that’s before you’ve even started marketing. It’s a big risk because you’re laying out quite a sum of money with no idea of how long it will take to recoup, if ever. It’s an uphill struggle to find a readership, get reviewed and get your name out there. That said, it’s an awful lot of fun and those first few positive reviews, or bit of fan mail will make you happier than an eight year old on Christmas morning!

Any closing comments for your readers?

Thanks for taking a chance on a new author; I hope you enjoyed the books! Book three should be out later this year and I post snippets on my Facebook page. It’s always nice to hear from readers so feel free to stop by and say hello. If you haven’t read my books then I hope you’ll take a look, they are available in paperback and eBook and from all online stores.

Thank you for your time!

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Interview: Mark Lawrence- What’s Next?

So word has it you’re becoming a full-time writer, are you excited at the prospect? Do you intend to stick with fantasy or write for other genres?

I’ve been writing a book and a bit a year for the past five years or so, and I’m not sure the change will make a huge difference … except I won’t have to cycle five miles to work whatever the weather and ‘do science’ during the day. I’ll probably just get fat and play more PS4.

I don’t plan much of anything. I generally only plan books when I want a publisher to buy them before they’re written, and then I tend never to look at the plan again. So saying what I intend to write in years to come is a tall order. Easier to say that I like variety, so I may well try a children’s book, or a science fiction book, or even some literary fiction. The chances of any of those sort of efforts being published though are significantly lower than for any fantasy books I write. It’s easier to build on success and harder to break into new territory.

With The Liar’s Key coming out June 2nd and the final book in the trilogy coming out around that time next summer, have you thought about what’s next at all?

I have, and I’m writing it. Or at least I’m writing something and I hope it’s the next thing. That rather depends on a publisher offering me a contract. I’ll continue to write one way or another though and self-publishing is always an option. I don’t take being published (traditionally) for granted by any means.

My work in progress begins: It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size. For Sister Thorn of the Sweet Mercy convent Lano Tacsis brought two hundred men.

However I did discover today that Joe Abercrombie’s latest books feature a woman called Thorn … so I may have to change the name to avoid confusion. Poor show though when ‘that Thorn guy’ (as George RR Martin referred to me) can’t call a character ‘Thorn’!

After reading the final books in The Red Queen’s War, will we have read all there is to tell from the Broken Empire?

Well, the setting is a whole world full of people, so there are endless stories to tell. Whether I’ll ever follow them is another question. Certainly the story I’m working on now is in an entirely new reality.

Does the Liar’s Key pick up right where Prince of Fools left off or has some time passed for our heroes?

It skips a few months of wintering in Trond during which Jalan refused to leave the tavern. “Winter in Trond had been a long cold thing. I may have spent more time than was reasonable in the furs but in truth most of the north does the same. The night can last twenty hours and even when the day finally breaks it never gets above a level of cold I call ‘fuck that’ – as in you open the door, your face freezes instantly to the point where it hurts to speak, but manfully you manage to say ‘fuck that’, before turning round, and going back to bed.”

I really look forward to seeing what Snorri and Jalan are up to on June 2nd, any closing comments for your readers?

Pre-order for the win!

…no … seriously … pre-order.

Have you pre-ordered it yet?

Thanks for your time Mark!

Mark Lawrence is the author of Prince of Thorns, King of ThornsEmperor of Thorns, Prince of Fools, and the upcoming The Liar’s Key. Mark has short stories in several anthologies such as the ‘Dark Tide’ in Fading Light, ‘Quick’ in Triumph Over Tragedy, and ‘Select Mode’ in Unfettered.

Interview: Anthony Ryan

Just for fun:

What is your favorite fantasy novel or series?

My favourite fantasy novel is ‘Wolf in Shadow’ by David Gemmell who’s had big influence on my work along with many others. At the risk of being predictable my favourite fantasy series is ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George RR Martin, I just love the sheer scope and ambition of it.

If you could live in any fantasy setting (other than your own) where would you choose to live?

Most fantasy settings would be fairly dreadful places for a 21st century person to live in; limited technology, no television, constant warfare with Dark Forces, etc. Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian age always seemed like a lot of fun though, but only if you were Conan.

On Writing:

How often do you write and how important is it for you to keep a strict schedule? 

I write most days and tend to produce more if I maintain a daily routine, though I can write pretty much anywhere if I have to. About a third of Tower Lord was written on an iPad during my daily commute to my former day job. Luckily, I don’t have do that anymore.

Are you a ‘seat of your pants’ writer or are you a structure guy?

I started out as a pantser but I plan my work these days, though I’ve noticed the more elaborate the plan the more I tend to deviate from it. My books tend to be fairly long, the last three all topped the 200,000 word mark, and I doubt I could produce a book a year if I didn’t work to a plan.

The last book of the Raven’s Shadow trilogy ‘Queen of Fire’ is due out on July 7th; did you run into any challenges writing the conclusion of the trilogy?

The ending was a particular challenge, ensuring all the various story strands came together in the right way and the whole thing paid off was difficult and it took me a while to puzzle it out. Also, I’d put my main character through a significant change at the end of Tower Lord so I needed to reflect that in the story. Fingers crossed I succeeded.

You are one of the big success stories of a self published author going traditional, is traditional publishing all its cracked up to be? Which do you prefer?

I’m hoping to stick with traditional publishing for my next series, which I think answers the question. There are pros and cons to both. I’d contend that traditional publishing still offers the best chance of reaching the widest possible audience whilst self-publishing gives the author complete control of everything and you don’t have to wait six months for a royalty statement. I do hope to self-publish some more material in future, though, as there are some stories in my ideas bank that will be better suited to an indie approach.

Your Work in Progress:

Now that your trilogy is about finished, do you expect to write more in the fantasy genre?

As luck would have it, I just finished the first volume in my new fantasy series. I don’t want to say too much about it just yet, but the setting is a bit of a departure for me and it features dragons in a big way.

Are we going to see any more of the world of Blood Song?

I’ll be leaving it alone for a while, though the upcoming Blackguards anthology will feature a Raven’s Shadow novella and there may be other shorter works to come. I do have some ideas bubbling away for another trilogy but it’ll be a couple of years before I’m ready to write it.

Any closing comments?

Just to thank everyone who bought one of my books, I couldn’t do this without you.

Thank you for your time!

Anthony Ryan is the author of Blood Song, Tower Lord and the forthcoming Queen of Fire- due out on July 7th. If you’ve missed Anthony’s books or they are buried deep in your to-read lists, I highly recommend checking them out! You can hear more about Anthony Ryan’s books and what he’s up to by following his blog https://anthonystuff.wordpress.com/.

Interview: Myke Cole

Myke Cole is the author of the Shadow Ops fantasy series: Control Point, Fortress Frontier, Breach Zone, and the forthcoming Gemini Cell.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you come to write Shadow Ops: Control Point and what gave you the idea to write a series?

I was working at the Pentagon at the time, and realizing that the military has a rule for EVERYTHING (from sneezing to brushing your teeth). On its face, this may seem ridiculous, but it makes sense. The military wields the power of deadly force. It MUST be rote and predictable. The American people MUST be able to say, without a doubt, when force will or will not be used. This kind of thing can’t be subject to opinion. There needs to be a rule, and in this one instance, it is better for a human to behave like a machine.

But humans are not machines, and life isn’t binary. That means that, inevitably, good people run afoul of the systems designed to protect them. They get steamrolled.

So, when I asked myself, what if they had a department of magic? What would that look like? Bureaucracy and the nature of military administration became the real issue I wanted to use fantasy to explore.

Boom. SHADOW OPS.

Of course, some of this was just plain old geekery. Throwing an Apache Longbow up against a Hill Giant is just friggin’ cool.

Your new novel Gemini Cell is set for release in the U.S. on January 27th of next year. What’s it about and where does it fit in the Shadow Ops universe?

GEMINI CELL takes place many years before CONTROL POINT, the first novel in the SHADOW OPS series. It has a whole new storyline and characters. The goal here was to write a book that would be original enough to hook new readers, but also give fans of the original series familiar ground to come home to. The magic system is a bit more occult, and there’s a touch of romance, but folks looking for my particular brand of high-octane action will be right at home.

Is Gemini Cell a good entry point for new readers to your books, or would you recommend new readers to start with Control Point?

It is absolutely an entry point. I specifically tried to set a fresh tone with this book, right down to changing the cover artist. It takes place BEFORE CONTROL POINT on purpose, I want to give readers a place to start without having to worry about having read anything else of mine first.

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned from writing the Shadow Ops series?

That it’s my ship. I have an agent, I have a publisher, and I have legions of supportive fans. NONE of them can write my book for me, and NONE of them can promote it for me, and NONE of them can hold my work to the standard it must be held to in order to be as successful as I want it to be. That is entirely on me. I am fortunate enough to have great support, but in the end, my name goes on the book, and it succeeds or fails based on my efforts.

How often do you get the opportunity to write? Is it important for you to write everyday?

I write in the snatches of time I can grab between working for the police, running my Coast Guard unit and trying to do right by my myriad social obligations. This means that I take advantage of every free moment I can get, be it ten minutes or two hours. I wish I could say that I write every day, but it’s often impossible. Thank God for the miniaturization of the microprocessor. If it weren’t for mobile computing, my career woudn’t be possible.

Are you a ‘seat of your pants’ writer or do you like to know the direction of your novel/series beforehand?

I am an UBER-architect. I plan everything out in minute detail before writing any prose. I usually develop a 3 page treatment into a 30 page pitch into a 100 page outline before working that into a 400 page novel.

And, of course, the moment I sit down to write, it all goes to hell.

No plan survives contact with the enemy.

Do you have any advice to new writers hoping to get into the fantasy genre?

Lock it up and get to work. Go to your bookshelf and pick your favorite novel ever off of it. Take a long, good look at the cover. When you have written a book that is BETTER than that, *then* you are ready to worry about networking and agents and publishers and conventions. Until then, you’ve got polishing to do.

Any closing comments?

Admire the military? Join it. Don’t have time to go Active Duty? Join the Reserve. Don’t qualify for the Reserve? Join the Auxiliary. All five branches have one.

Thank you for your time.

Thanks for having me!

Interview: James A. Moore

James A. Moore is the author of Seven Forges and The Blasted Lands published by Angry Robot Books.

What is your favorite fantasy novel or series?

I’ll limit to my favorite three: 1) The chronicles of Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock. 2) The tales of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser by Fritz Leiber 3) I’m a huge fan of Joe Abercrombie’s THE FIRST LAW trilogy 4) Okay a fourth: The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

If you could live in any fantasy setting (other than your own) where would you choose to live?

I have to say, I could Definitely enjoy Middle-Earth. Give or take all the Sauron business. But the scope is wide on that one, isn’t it? Too many possibilities. I would also rather love living in a Silver Age comic book world. You know, BEFORE all the heroes went dark and brooding.

How often do you write?

Every day. At least for a few hours.

Are you a ‘seat of your pants’ writer or do you like to know the direction of your novel/series beforehand?

Seat of the pants, to be sure. I spend a lot of my time considering what I want to write before I ever sit down, but I seldom outline anything first.

How do you discipline yourself to get the words on the page? Any advice here for less established writers?

Do you want to write a novel? It won’t write itself. If you really want it, you’re going to have to work for it. It is exactly that simple for me. I want to write stories. I need to write stories. I LOVE to write stories. I also like to make a living at it and that means I, by God, write every day. Less than that is slowing down my dreams and my life ambitions.

What inspired your idea for the Seven Forges story?

I really wanted to see a different fantasy story. I rather liked the idea of a goliath of a nation looking at a much smaller one and saying, “These guys are damned scary and I don’t much like the way they’re looking at us.” More importantly, I liked the idea of them having a really, really good reason for being afraid of the smaller nation. Ultimately you have a nation that has grown comfortable in their place that is suddenly reminded that being comfortable might not be a good idea. Also, and this one is important to me, I wanted to do a story where the idea of a “good” team and a “bad” team isn’t; always easy to decipher.

What did you learn from writing Seven Forges that helped with your writing of The Blasted Lands?

World building is HARD. I wanted to make a new world, and there’s a lot more involved in that than you might think. There are religions to consider and the histories of nations. There are politics all over the place and there’s a matter of what sort of magic or technology you’re going to deal with. Are their other species out there? What can they do? What have they already done? What are they planning to do about what you’ve already done.

How has your experience been with publishing in the fantasy genre?

You know what? I’ve been dealing with Angry Robot Books and I kind of love them. They’ve made it a wonderful experience.

Any advice for first time writers hoping to get into fantasy?

Write every day. Finish the book! Seriously. Stop going back and editing those last four chapters. Finish the damned book and THEN go back and edit.

Closing Comments?

Thanks for the questions. Anyone who wants to keep up with me can always find out the latest at http://genrefied.blogspot.com

Thank you very much for your time!

Interview: Michael J. Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan is the author of The Riyria Revelations series as well as the two related chronicles The Crown Tower and The Rose and the Thorn. Michael has recently published the Science Fiction novel Hollow World, and is now working on a new series set in the same world as Riyria.

Just for fun:

What is your favorite fantasy novel or series?

It’s probably not very original, but Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings will always have a special place in my heart. It was these works that turned me into a reader and then a writer at a very young age. Prior to them, I had no interest in books, and afterward all I wanted was to consume more adventures like the ones I had within those pages. When I couldn’t find anything else to read, I started writing my own tales.  So, not only are they great books in their own right, but they were instrumental in changing my life. For those reasons, they will forever have special significance.

If you could live in any fantasy setting (other than your own) where would you choose to live?

I thought J.K. Rowling did an amazing job with the Harry Potter series. I absolutely wanted to attend school at Hogwarts and visit nearby Hogsmeade. I especially like the way she handled holidays and food, and of course there are just so many cool places to explore within its halls that there is a seemingly endless number of possibilities for adventure and intrigue.

On Writing:

How often do you write?

Every day. Seriously, even Christmas and New Years and all the other holidays. It’s my favorite thing to do and if there is something that prevents me from writing I get twitchy.  It really is like a drug. I wake each day excited with the possibility of sitting down and writing, and I’ve never suffered from what many authors describe as “writer’s block.” Those who complain they can’t seem to put their butt in the chair are a complete mystery to me. I have the exact opposite problem.

Are you a ‘seat of your pants’ writer or do you like to know the direction of your novel/series beforehand?

Both! I never start a book without knowing where it’s going.  I always have an outline, which isn’t much more than a few bullet points of scenes or points that have to come out in each chapter.  But…then as I start writing I discover new paths and opportunities for the story and the characters. Many times the story will go in ways I never intended, and I let it take me there. The important thing, though, is I always know where I’m heading, even if it isn’t where I originally set out to.

How do you discipline yourself to get the words on the page? Any advice here for less established writers?

I guess I should have “read ahead” in the questions before 😉  Seriously I need no discipline to write. The question is much like asking a child, “How do they find the discipline to play their favorite game?” That being the case, it’s a bit hard for me to give advice to people who don’t feel the same way. I’m not wired the way they are, so I can’t really put myself in their shoes. I don’t think you have to have the type of passion I do to write, but it certainly makes it easier. I’m looking for excuses to sit down and type while other people are looking for distractions to keep them from writing.

You are one of the big success stories for an indie publisher that got a traditional contract. How has your experience been between self-publishing and traditional? Which do you prefer?

There is a lot of partisan rhetoric regarding publishing paths, and I think a lot of that has to do with people who have either become jaded because of a bad experience in one or the other.  For me, both experiences have been amazing, so I don’t have some of the bias that others do. I’m asked all the time which one is “better,” and the truth is there isn’t a “universal best.” There are certainly paths that will be a better fit one author or another, but without knowing what their goals and capabilities are, I can’t say which would be better for “them.”  I think there are huge advantages in going the hybrid route and doing a bit of both.  Of course, most won’t have this as an option. It’s difficult to do just one of these well, so doing both successfully is more than twice as hard.

As for which I prefer, it depends on the project. Sometimes self-publishing is easiest because I get the books exactly the way I want without having to fight with anyone when our visions don’t align completely. Then there are projects where I have an entire team that I don’t have to worry about managing. In these traditional projects, things move along with much less work on my side, allowing me to concentrate on writing something new.  To me it’s not that one is more or less work than the other, the tasks are just different. Time spent negotiating contracts is replaced with time evaluating editors.  It’s just trading one set of activities for another.

Your ‘Work in Progress’:

So I’ve seen a lot of people on Goodreads talk about Rhune (Book I of The First Empire), what’s your new series about? Is there a correlation to Riyria?

I’m so very excited about The First Empire series; like Riyria, it is a single tale told through self-contained episodes with their own conflict and resolution. This series is very much an ensemble cast where the strengths of a number people are necessary to accomplish great deeds rather than one or two central characters carrying the tale. Technically, The First Empire is set in the same world as the Riyria stories, but the events take place 3,000 years in the past. The technology and cultures are so different between the two that most wouldn’t necessarily think of them as connected. In addition, magic was much more common in the days of the First Empire whereas in Riyria “The Art” is looked upon with suspicion and fear.

Have we heard all there is to hear from Hadrian and Royce? Will more tales of their adventures be forthcoming?

Some time ago I came to the conclusion that there will be a third Riyria Chronicle, so that would be the ninth novel with the pair. I’ve started scripting some aspects of the plot, but until The First Empire is finished, I don’t want to think too hard about that.  Still, I can’t keep the two from invading my head so I’m jotting down notes as they come up, and that will make writing the third book go much more smoothly.  Because I write an entire series before publishing the first book, it means I have to get through all five First Empire stories before I can return to the pair.  Originally my new series was going to be three books, and then it expanded to four, and very recently to five…where I believe it will stay.  I have the first four written, and I expect to complete the fifth by mid-April.

Will there be a fourth Chronicle? I don’t know. It’s important to me that the pair doesn’t overstay their welcome, so I’m taking those books one at a time. Like I said, the feedback from The Rose and the Thorn made me realize that there is still a desire on the part of readers for more adventures, and I’m more than happy to oblige.  So, I’ll put out the third book and take the temperature again. I have more than enough stories that I “could” write, but “could” and “should” are two different things. I’d rather leave that franchise early then be “that guy” who didn’t know when to quit and ended up ruining something that was once well respected.

Do you have any closing comments?

Not that I can think of other than to say that I’m eternally grateful to the readers that make my dream of writing a reality. I write books I want to read, and the hope is always that others will enjoy them as well.  So far, this approach has worked well. In many ways, writing is its own reward, but hearing others enjoy the works elevates the whole process to a level that I can’t achieve on my own. I’ll keep writing, and hope that others will keep reading.

Thank you for your time!

Thanks for having me!