Two articles in one week! I know!
It’s been a busy week for me as well. Work on my book is reaching its finale. After so many years and so much bloodshed, it’s finally reaching its close. I really hope to have some information on this very soon!
Today, I bring you an interview with Richard Fisher, who released his novel not long ago. Here is his response!
- First of all, tell me about yourself! What do you write?
I write epic and genre fantasy.
- How do you develop your plots and characters?
I write my stories from a detailed world that I created. I then created a multitude of characters that all vary and are from various cultures. Once I establish who they are and what their goals are I attempt to use them in the plot lines for the story I wish to write.
- Tell us about your current project.
I have several going on currently. I just released “Reapers of Souls and Magic”, which is my very first novel. Then I just completed my novel “Sunrise & Blood”, which was just sent to the publisher for review and editing, and now I’m finishing the sequel to “Reapers” which is titled “Reapers of Magic and War”. So I’ve been very busy!
- Who would you say is the main character of your novels? And tell me a little bit about them!
For the Reaper series, the main characters are Tetra and Lavalor, which is my protagonist and my antagonist. They have opposing goals, but they are tied together and spend most of the series with one another traveling to fulfill their own goals.
Tetra and Lavalor, are both of the “orgination” race, know as the Elfaheen. They are responsible for the creation of all the creatures, plants and various races that inhabit the Rohrlands. Tetra followed the tenents of the Gods that gave them life closely, and Lavalor did not. In fact, Lavalor thought he could do better and created his own realm, Asmordia, and he and several other Elfaheen went there to live, turning their backs on the gods and on their brethren.
Tetra is a naïve woman, whereas Lavalor is a manipulative, power hungry controller. But make no mistake, Tetra is not weak, she just needs to determine how to deal with others, as her trust is sometimes misplaced.
- What advice would you give new writers on how to delve into creative fiction?
Really, I’m still learning this myself. I simply made the decision to go for it, and write the story I’ve never read before. Hopefully, it will work out!
But if I had to offer any, it would be, write, write, write. I have a lot to learn about the craft of writing. There is so much more than simple words on paper and the learning curve is steep if you want to succeed. I’m not even sure if I will, but I wanted to give it a shot!
- What real-life inspirations did you draw from for the worldbuilding within your book?
I try to ensure that the cultures and their religions, political systems, as well as their habits and beliefs are tightly brought into their actions. Our cultures and those we are exposed to tend to define us and it should define my characters as well, or so I believe.
- What inspires you to write?
I’ve wanted to write since my early twenties, to tell others what my imagination is constantly showing me, but as I grew older it got pushed to the back burner but never disappeared. When something is talking to you that long, I figured I should listen!
- What was the hardest part of writing this book?
My series has many MCs, not just Tetra and Lavalor, so ensuring that their plotlines and actions seem natural and reasoned is the most important to me. No easy, convenient paths.
- What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
It’s not a chapter, it’s a character. I actually enjoy writing a specific character the most. Sometimes we see and hear specific personalities as they develop and his stands out the most for me, and is the most fun to write. No, I’m not telling you which one it is!
- Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
I learned that I still have a lot to learn! I was fortunate in that I have a publisher that believes in me, and I plan on doing everything possible to show that it wasn’t misplaced, by learning the craft of writing to be both enjoyable for the reader, and successful for the publisher who has invested in me and my stories.
- It’s sometimes difficult to get into understanding the characters we write. How do you go about it?
Honestly, it’s not that difficult for me. I’ve watched people all of my life, and for me, they all have been driven by their own needs and/or desires. Once I understand what those are, the rest just falls into place for me.
- What are your future project(s)?
I’ve commited to a five book series, and so I have this sequel to finish then the remaining three for the series, but I’ve been hatching ideas for the canon novels, like “Sunrise & Blood”, to help fill out the world I’ve created, so we may see another two or three of those.
- If you couldn’t be an author, what ideal job would you like to do?
Sports Illustrated Photographer!
- What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?
I’ve established a footprint on several platforms so that I can get the word out on what I’m working on and to be able to “meet” those that have an interest in my stories. I try to stay involved in them, daily if possible. I’m also setting up a monthly newsletter to let everyone know what’s going on with the stories and books and when they will be released.
http://eepurl.com/c2UIJb (For mailing list)
It was a pleasure to have you, Richard! If any authors would like an author interiew themselves, or would like me to review your book, please contact me! Any other feedback, questions or just to say hello, you can do that too!