The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse: Author Interview

June 1, 2013 Author Interview, Authors, BlogTour, giveaway 0


1. Lets hear the basics, where are you from? How old are you? When did you begin writing?
I’ve lived all my 47 years in Merthyr Tydfil, a small town in South Wales, which was once the industrial capital of the world. The world’s first ever train journey actually began just a quarter of a mile from where I live.

Looking back, I was always a writer without knowing it. Some of my earliest memories of school involve writing short, creative essays. In my early twenties I went through a phase where I wrote a lot of poetry. Although I haven’t really continued with that aspect of writing, I plan to publish my collection in the future.

A few years later, I wrote an underground satirical magazine at work, ridiculing my colleagues in a fun way.
When a very close friend died 12 years ago, I started to write about some of the great times that we had. This is another project which I’ll publish one day.
2. Where do you draw your inspiration for your works from?
I have three children aged 13, 9 and 7 and have always told them bedtime stories, using their middle names for the characters. I usually built the story around their favourite film and TV characters. They kept nagging me to write a book and eventually I wrote the Tales of Finndragon series.
The setting for the series is the hills and mountains that surround Merthyr. There is the site of a 13th century castle nearby. Barely a trace of Morlais Castle is to be found now, but I spent many happy days exploring the area as a child.

3. Is there a certain characters that you relate to in The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse? Why do you relate to this character? Is this the same characters you feel connected to in Return to Finndragon’s Den?
As the main characters in both books, Emma, Megan and Scott are based on my own children, I naturally find myself relating to them. Of the medieval characters, I feel for the hopeless apprentice wizard Gwayne. He has been ridiculed by almost everyone for 15 hundred years and only has two real friends. But he’s never stopped trying to master the art of magic.

4. How do you like to begin your writing? What is your creative process, do you type on your computer, handwrite, ect..?
I’m not a great planner. When I started writing The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse, I had a vague idea, set my imagination free and started typing away on the computer. I barely had a plot and really had no idea of where the story was heading. It was just my kids and a legendary curse. I scribbled ideas on a scrap of paper as I went along and the story evolved from there.
I googled ‘how many words are there in an average novel?’ to give myself some kind of a tartget, which I set at 70,000 words. I had no intention of writing a series, it was only going to be one book.
I completely stalled around the 30,000 mark and didn’t write a word for over 6 months. I doubted myself and didn’t believe that anyone would want to read my work. Then one day, I decided that I would finish it for myself and my kids. If nobody else ever read it, so what! It was difficult starting again, but the writing began to flow again. I now had an ending in mind, so I wrote the last couple of chapters. The words continued to mount up and I realised that two books were required.
Book 2 had a little more planning and the end was written from the start, but again I just let my imagination run free.
5. How many installments to you intend to write in your Finndragon series?
Return to Finndragon’s Den is the conclusion of the series. I’ve thought about a third book, but I’m very pleased with the way the story ends. I never say never, but I have no plans to write any more in the series.

6. Do you have any other books in the works?
I want to concentrate on writing YA fantasy/sci-fi books for the immediate future and I have written the start of 3 stand alone stories. I hope that one of these will become a full length novel, while the other two will probably end up as short stories or novellas.

7. What is something you would like your readers to know about you?
I take blood from people to help pay the bills!

8. How can we find out more? What are the links to your twitter/facebook/website?
Twitter: @finndragons

9. What authors do you draw creativity from if any?
David Eddings was the first writer that drew me into the world of fantasy when I read the Belgariad and Mallorean series, I loved the way he created a whole new world. Another writer that I’ve been influenced by is Stephen Fry. I loved Making History in particular.

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