Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? If you write more than one, how do you balance them?
I love writing in metaphor. I often find that when I have a powerful message to write or a story that’s very important to me, I prefer to write it as either science fiction or fantasy. When people read a book or go to a movie, they don’t want to feel instructed. They don’t want to be “told what to do.” If they anticipate a story might have a particular message in it, they will put their guard up. What’s great about fantasy is that, because it is so colorful and engaging, people assume that it’s simply a flight of fancy. They allow themselves to be swept away to the fictional world and they let their guard down. And then, much to their own surprise, they learn something insightful. Right now I am primarily focused on Fantasy.
How does your book relate to your spiritual practice or other life path?
My story is partly about an army of evil spirits that forces people to do terrible things. One of the main characters easily blames the people for the pain they are causing others, but retaliation against the people does not solve the problem. The problem comes from beyond.
Similarly, I feel that our culture is very focused on the five senses. We see certain horrible things and we hear about them. We feel pain firsthand, and we think we know who is to blame. But we fail to see the bigger picture. We fail to see that there are dark entities at work in our lives and even in our environment. Until we see the big picture and really understand this, I fear that society will always rush into short-term solutions for larger, deeper problems.
What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
I have many intentions for this book, but one of them is to reach out to children and teens growing up in dysfunctional homes. One of my characters is a child who suffered so much at the hands of adults that he struggles to trust anyone. His unhealed emotional wounds cause him to be a serious threat to others. For any pre-teens and teens going through this kind of pain, I want them to read this book and understand that they are not alone. Children of this age grapple with issues of identity and self-worth just as much as any adult would. But they are still developing the intelligence and self-awareness to be able to express it. They need a lot of support in order to overcome the obstacles of their environments.
Since the book is newly published, I am still learning the impact it has on my audience.
Are there misconceptions that people have about your book? If so, explain.
Yes, of a technical nature. There are times when I describe things outside of the grammatical norm intentionally, because I am trying to convey an emotion or a character’s state of mind. In one chapter, my main character, Anya, has an internal monologue that resembles a run-on sentence. I chose that type of sentence structure to communicate that her thoughts were spiraling into a stream of consciousness. In that moment, she was in denial of her own panic. As a debut writer, I suppose I have a lot to learn about how to make these quirky, creative choices more effective!
What makes your book stand out from the crowd?
It’s a fast-paced, action-packed story that is heavily influenced by Anime.
What do your plans for future projects include?
The Chronicles of Drenyon book is actually intended to be a four part series. The Golden Sword is book one, and I have already begun working on book two, titled Premonition Caves. I look forward to seeing how the series pans out!
Thank you so much for allowing me to be a guest!
For those interested, the E-book is now available at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, ITunes, and Google Play. The hardcover book will be available in early 2017.
Feel free to check out my author website at www.chroniclesofdrenyon.com