Thanks for coming, Ali! Could you tell us a little bit about your book?
Hi, first of all thank you for having me, and you have a wonderful blog going on here. The title Acadia itself offers a glimpse to any reader that there will be many more titles beyond the current series I’m working with its protagonist, Damont Langörn.
The first book, The Lost King and the Goddess of Time, initially resumes a tale that has been brewing, in essence, in Acadia’s long past with Damont’s father, Larius Langörn. While the secrets behind Damont’s birth have been hidden from him, this book is really a journey for him—like an orphan seeking to find his true birthparents, but in Damont’s case, the journey is much spectacular and dangerous. Not alone in this journey, he does come to make friends of two protectors whom have given an oath to serve him till he’s crowned as the returned king: a sorceress, Amber Riddenale, and a vampire, Virden Krausentauv.
There was never a ‘rough’ draft for this book, since the first thing I had written in my junior year of high school back in 2001 was a timeline and history of Acadia. Spanning over seven thousand years, with many hand-drawn maps, I finally came to a point in the timeline where I found my first stepping stone into making this series—but that was not till 2003. Soon after that, I had written the first book, but it was well over 1400 pages…a number frowned upon for new authors trying to break the traditional mould. So cutting into three parts, I had created a trilogy in the process now known as, The Second Great War.
Can you share some insights about writing a trilogy?
Yes. Plan ahead. After that, make the foundations to hold together what you will be working on for the next many or so years. Essentially, think of your trilogy as a bridge; you cannot just make the path across the river without a great structure and much planning. Otherwise, you will disappoint many of your readers if you write a fantastic first book and then find yourself out of ideas for the next two books.
How do you tackle a difficult scene?
Starbucks. Just kidding, though the best thing for me is to take a long break from my book or just writing in general; watching a movie, going out for a walk or even a social gathering works quite well. Watching my friends, others and many people out there interacting and coloring the world with their emotions is inspiring enough to pull me back into that difficult scene.
What drew you to write this book?
Oddly, I never thought I’d write a fantasy novel—let alone an epic one. For me, I was always fascinated with historical romance or novels by Jane Austen; but once I took up the ‘quill’ and began to put down my thoughts and desires, I found myself creating something new and alien instead of using what was already there. It was this challenge that made me take up epic fantasy, and now that I have gone with it and blanketed myself in its ‘magical cape’ that I find impossible to free myself from it.
What is the best advice you can give to other writers?
Never give up. EVER. Sure the querying and publishing process can be very daunting and in most cases abysmal, but you can never beat the feeling the day when you receive the copy of your own book in your hands. So, keep on trying with your chin held high, since thinking negatively will get you nowhere.
Thanks for stopping by, Ali!
Each writer who takes part in the blog adds something rich and new to the mix. I always find something that catches my attention in these interviews. This time, the gorgeous names Ali chose - really, how perfect is Virden Krausentauv? - got me thinking about the importance of finding the right name for a character.
If you enjoyed this post, please subscribe via email or Networked Blogs. You can even follow me on Twitter or check out the new Freelance and Fiction page on Facebook!