Who is your publisher? I totally skipped the search for a publisher or literary agent, I did send a couple of emails just to say I did, but my friend Francisco and I wanted to do Self-publishing from the beginning. Maybe I was wrong, but I am happy with the results so far.
What was the hardest part about writing this book? Not going overboard! Since I already had all the story arc of the series I wanted to make it longer and explore more of the Guardians Inc world in this first book, but the cooler heads of my editor and beta readers prevailed.
In its totality, Guardians Inc. is a complex story, with many characters and factions and The Cypher is the glimpse into the beginning of the journey for Thomas, making it longer would have only been overkill.
Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it? I learned a lot! The process of writing is not what I thought it was and bringing out a book should not be just the “There it is!” thing! Writing must be engaging, and I learned that the writer must think in a real sense about the reader while composing and writing the story.
How do you promote this book? Book bloggers are the best outlet for promotion and reaching out to the audience, they are also the best thermometer and reviewers a writer can have. I have concentrated on Book Tours and Netgalley for the Cypher.
Will you write others in this same genre? The Cypher is the first of a series, Book two: Thundersword is already out and Book three is in the revision phase, I already have the ending of the series. I made the whole Guardians Inc. outline and story and character arcs before writing The Cypher and I am now filling in the blanks.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Those shades of grey that exist in everything humans do and to avoid the absolute point of view and embrace comprehension for the other side. The other big theme of the series is in regards to humanity protecting our natural resources, we need to use them consciously.
How much of the book is realistic? All references of historical places and persons are real, all references to technology and science are rooted in the real world, I do a lot of research while I write. Thomas and Morgan are exploring that “World within our World” full of Magic and Mythology that we perceive but is hidden from normal people by Guardians Inc.
GUARDIANS INC.: THE CYPHER
A chance reading of a newspaper ad will send 16 year old Thomas Byrne into the world within our world. Following the ad he will find Guardians Incorporated. A seven thousand year old organization charged with protecting the balance between Magic and technology.
Through their guidance technology has kept Magic at bay since the Renaissance, but the balance is shifting and soon all those creatures we’ve driven into myth and legend will come back with a vengeance. To protect the present, Guardians Incorporated needs to know the future and to unlock the future they need a cypher.
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Genre – YA Fantasy / Adventure
Rating – G
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