Welcome to the blog, Connie! Could you tell us a little bit about your book?
The Last Good Knight is a medieval fantasy tale detailing the merry adventures of a mercenary company called The Rowdies, and Sir Julian Lackland in particular. It is a series of vignettes from his life, taking his life from the age of eighteen until he is sixty-five. It details the good and the bad, the sad and the humorous.
What led you to write this novel?
A friend of mine talked me into entering the 2010 NaNoWriMo contest, where you write a 50,000 word novel from start to finish in November. I finished the first draft of 68,000 words on Nov. 21, because I had to cook Thanksgiving dinner for the family and didn’t want to be distracted from that. I re-wrote it in December and February, and then Fantasy Island Book Publishing published it to the Kindle and Nook in March.
How did you make this fantasy world feel real?
I make an outline of the general story, diagram out the laws, the rules for religion and for magic, how they dress and what the moral values are when I start writing, and then when I am at the stream-of-consciousness stage, it flows out of my mind. I am able to visualize it fully formed and I don’t have too many contradictions to deal with in the re-write that way.
What was the biggest challenge you faced when writing this book, and how did you overcome it?
This book flowed from start to finish, but my house went to heck while I was writing it. So now, when I am writing I have learned to set the timer on the stove so that I come back to reality and cook dinner, or vacuum, or do anything domestic. A buzzer goes off and I stop keying and try to remember what task I had going that is calling me now!
What is your best advice on writing?
Get involved with a group, like NaNoWriMo, and enter contests, because the support that other authors give you is absolutely invaluable. I learned so much from them!
Thanks so much for stopping by, Connie!
Connie Jasperson lives and writes in the small quarry town of Tenino, Washington. She and her husband share five children, nine grandchildren and a love of good food and great music. Connie has worked as a field-hand for a Christmas tree grower, a dark-room technician, a hotel maid, a bookkeeper and also ‘did time’ in the data entry pools of several large corporations. She now is semi-retired and is writing full time. Currently in the works are several tales based in world of Neveyah, the first novel of which, ‘The Rose Tower’, is due to be published in June by Fantasy Island Book Publishing.
Connie J. Jasperson can be found blogging on the craft of writing at Life In The Realm of Fantasy.You can find Connie on Facebook as "Connie J. Jasperson, Author", and on Twitter as cjjasp.
The Last Good Knight is available at Amazon.com for the Kindle and in paperback.
It is also available direct from the publisher at Fantasy Island Book Publishing and at GoodReads.
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