How did you come up with the title? Be Careful What You Wish For? Well, the title seemed appropriate given the concept of the book, and the series.
The main concept of the series is, we make a lot of wishes in life, from petty, to grandiose. But how many of those wishes would you be proud to admit to? Not just the wishes you make aloud, but the little ones in the back of your mind.
“I wish this guy would just drop dead” “I wish she liked me” “I wish I had what she had” I wish he could experience what I have, and then he would understand” “I wish, I wish, I wish”
Everyone makes wishes they would not be proud to admit, more than they would in fact, so what would happen if these wishes started to become reality?
So, “Be Careful What You Wish For,” just seemed right.
Can you tell us about your main character? As with a lot of fantasy these days, I have a number of main characters, as well as side mains. In book one of my series there are six people who I would call main characters, and another two who I would have to term side mains.
The one I would like to discuss here is Blake Ingersoll.
Blake is a college athlete who feels a powerful drive to prove himself. He enjoys role-playing games, and this saps his ego as he considers himself more of a jock than anything else, but he still enjoys gaming as much as he does sports, and this dichotomy is what drives him to constantly try to improve himself.
Blake is Chelsea’s current flavor of the month. This has a direct effect on him because of something that comes out in book one; magic is directed based upon emotional intensity. Chelsea’s rampant emotions cause Blake to undergo massive physical changes, as well as emotional changes, which eventually results in catastrophe.
Who designed your cover? Renee Barratt of “The Cover Counts.” My original cover, which was just a picture of red leather with words drawn on it in black and gold ink, was nothing beside the cover she eventually came up with. Her work was excellent, and I recommend her to any writer who is starting out and needs a cover artist.
Will you write others in this same genre? Most emphatically yes. I am currently working on book two, which will be titled “The Death of Magic.” My eventual goal for this series is to write three trilogies in this world, and then open it up to other writers who are interested in writing in an already established fantasy world; or possibly after I have finished the first of the three trilogies.
How much of the book is realistic? As much as I could make of it; fantasy is based on the unreal, but everything that did not have to change, I left the same.
How important do you think villains are in a story? I think that they are more important than the hero. After all, how interesting would a story be if it was just:
[Bill walked into the store, grabbed a soda from the freezer, and walked to the cashier to check out.]
[Bill walked into a quick stop, and strolled over to the cooler to pick out a soda. He was bending over to get a one liter out of the bottom rack when a commotion from behind caught his attention.
“Give me the money from the f***ing register before I blow your f***ing brains out man!”
Bill stared through the potato chip rack, the store was being robbed! Before he even stopped to think about what he was doing he stood and launched the one liter at the villains back, running in pursuit of the bottle, knowing he’d have mere seconds of distraction to act.
“What the H*** am I doing?” he whispered disbelievingly to himself as he dived into a tackle, the gun going off as they crashed through the plate glass and onto the walk outside the store.]
Without the villain, bill was just a customer, with the villain, he was a hero.
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Genre – Dark Fantasy
Rating – R
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