Could you tell us a little bit about your novel?
I wrote The Necromancer’s Apprentice in 2010 during GothNoWriMo (Gothic Novel Writing Month) -- a NaNoWriMo-type of event that occurs every October in which you set your own word count and write a Gothic-themed novel in a month. I enjoyed the story I wrote so much that I wanted to publish it. The book is due out in spring, 2011.
The Necromancer’s Apprentice is a compelling, gothic fantasy story that follows the life of a young girl named Jasmine who lived with her parents and elder sister on the family’s farm.
Trouble emerges in their home country when a terrible drought befalls the land and Jasmine’s mother falls deathly ill. As a result, the family is forced to leave home in search of a cure. During their treacherous journey, however, another tragedy strikes, which separates Jasmine from the rest of her family, forever.
As Jasmine is about to embrace the cold hands of death, she is granted a new life by an unlikely stranger named Daggax’iylion, who, ironically practices the Art of death and undeath. Jasmine is soon drawn closer to this enigma of a man only to realize there is more to him than what she initially perceived; and his true motives are beyond anything she could ever imagine.
What is your favorite writing technique?
I don’t have just one. Mine is a combination of description and narrative. I like to convey to the reader, as clearly as possible, the sights and sounds of my fantasy world and make believable characters who face adventurous and interesting situations in order to incline the reader to turn the page and see what happens next. I have many stories to tell and many ideas to share with others.
Can you tell us about your creative process?
I tend to see the entire story in my head as though it were being played like a movie while I turn them into words on paper. My inspirations for new ideas tend to be drawn from dreams, playing video games, and D&D (Dungeons and Dragons). In the early phases of my writing a novel (or any story, for that matter), I tend to jot down ideas and notes all day on little scraps of paper or converge them in a document on my netbook. I’ve recently begun using Scrivener, which is an excellent program for organizing ideas.
What makes fantasy a great genre?
Fantasy is a great genre because there is no limit to your imagination. As a person who enjoys escaping reality, I’ve found that writing in the fantasy genre is the easiest and most enjoyable for me to let my creativity flow. There are no rules to the fantasy genre -- you, the author, set them. If your world has purple grass and a green sky, then you can very well make it factual in your fantasy story. You can take real-life situations and turn it into a fantasy. The storytelling possibilities are literally endless.
Which authors have influenced you?
Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, authors of the Dragonlance series, have been a huge inspiration for my deciding to get all my stories out on paper and share with the world. I think the compelling writing styles of their numerous, award-winning works have made them both true masters of the classic fantasy genre.
Thanks for stopping by, R.M. Your passion for writing is one of the most valuable traits a writer can have!
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