Feb 28, 2013

Dishin' It Up with fantasy author, David M. Brown


I’d like to welcome author David M. Brown to DJ’s Book Corner. Thank you for taking the time to come dish it up with me.

Thank you, Diantha. It’s a pleasure to be here.

First question, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
I first had a desire to write in my early teens and made numerous unsuccessful attempts at it. I always loved creative writing at school but it wasn’t until college that I stuck with it. It’s been fourteen years since I started and I’m not ready to quit yet.

When did you write your first book?
I first completed a novel in 2004 entitled The Anglo-Asininity Chronicle. I couldn’t find an agent or publisher though. I just wasn’t ready and the book has since been scrapped. The first book I published was Fezariu’s Epiphany in May 2011.

Tell us a little about your fantasy novel, A World Apart. Where does Fezariu’s Epiphany fall into the Elencheran series?
A World Apart tells the story of three friends – Demetrius, Eleyna and Halcyon – who grow up together in Dove’s Meadow. As teens they find themselves in a love triangle. Eleyna loves Demetrius but he can never find the courage to tell her how he feels so she marries Halcyon instead. Demetrius leaves to join the army while Eleyna and Halcyon see their fortunes plummet and they end up on the wrong side of the law. When the three friends are reunited a decade later they are now enemies with Demetrius charged with bringing Eleyna and Halcyon to justice.

Fezariu’s Epiphany was the first of the Elencheran Chronicles’ novels. This is a series of self-contained works so there is no link between them other than the world in which they are set. Ages of history in Elenchera are divided into Shards. A World Apart takes place in the Sixteenth Shard, while Fezariu’s story takes place centuries before in the Fourteenth Shard. It tells the story of a boy who is abandoned by his mother and after a further series of tragedies during his childhood he becomes convinced he is cursed. Unwilling to risk the lives of his remaining family, Fezariu seeks solace in the arms of the Merelax Mercenaries – Elenchera’s most prestigious band of hired hands – and he joins them while still a boy. Excelling as a mercenary when he is grown up, Fezariu cannot forget his past and the only way he can move on with his life is to go back and find out the truth about why his mother abandoned him.

Sum the main character Demetrius up in three words.
Passionate. Loyal. Selfless.

If A World Apart were a movie, what would be the perfect first song on the soundtrack?
I’d have to borrow a piece of music off one of the soundtracks that accompany the RPG series – Final Fantasy. Love Grows or My Mind from Final Fantasy VIII would be a pleasant opening to a soundtrack for A World Apart.

You spent ten years in all creating the world of Elenchera, so it’s obvious to me you love fantasy. What do you love best about it?
I love the freedom that fantasy gives to a writer. While all books are wondrous feats of the imagination, fantasy takes things so much further. You can do whatever you like, there are no boundaries or chains to hold you back. You can create truly unique worlds. Fantasy also feeds one of my other passions which is history. When it came to writing about Elenchera I wasn’t just able to write books the way I wanted to, I was able to invent my own world with its own history. It was hard work but also an absolute dream for me to work on such a large project.

What is your writing schedule like? Do you need absolute quiet to write? Do you listen to music when you are writing?
I need noise in the background in order to write well. Silence just doesn’t work for me. Music is the best thing for me to have in the background. I find it helps to immerse me into my own world with much more ease. If I’m not at home writing I will seek out a coffee shop or a pub, find a secluded corner and just write to my heart’s content. Those places are always noisy but I never have trouble writing in them. There are more distractions at home, especially with our six cats running around.

A publisher tells you they would love to release A World Apart, but only if you rewrite it for a much younger audience. What do you tell them?
Thanks but no thanks. I don’t think A World Apart would benefit from being toned down for a younger audience. I wouldn’t call it violent but there is grittiness to it that you will find in many Elenchera novels to come. My aim is to do something different with the fantasy genre so I’d need a publisher that was willing to take a chance with my work. I’m not opposed to some changes, I do believe in compromise, but these books are for adults, I feel. I wouldn’t feel confident writing for children or doing YA.

Who are three of your favorite authors? Books?
Haruki Murakami, J.R.R. Tolkien and George Orwell for authors. My three favourite books are Norwegian Wood, The Lord of the Rings and Watership Down.

As an author, what is the best compliment you could receive from a reader?
That they don’t normally read fantasy but they love what I have done with Elenchera. That’s what I’m trying to achieve with this series. I don’t want to alienate sci-fi and fantasy lovers but I do want readers that wouldn’t normally favour this genre to find something that resonates with them in Elenchera. I’ve been lucky in having that feedback from some readers and it is more important to me than book sales.

Last, but not least, my Super Silly Question: Aboard a pirate ship, you’re given a choice: you have to walk the plank or one of your several disobedient cats must take your place. Whatever do you do? *cough, cough* sword fight! *cough, cough*
Wow! What an interesting dilemma. I must answer this very carefully. One false word and I’ll be served with divorce papers faster than Usain Bolt runs 100 metres. My wife loves our six cats, you see. I just think they’re conspiring to get rid of me.

Let’s see, I’d suggest one of the cats walk the plank. Cruel, I know, but bear with me. I’d choose Charlie, our smallest cat but by far the bravest. He wouldn’t accept walking the plank – its’ just not his style – and would kick up such a ruckus that the pirates would surrender on the spot. I haven’t been handed divorce papers so I’m assuming that is a satisfactory answer as far as my wife is concerned.

Poor, Charlie :( Good thing he knows how to kick butt! *LOL* Thanks again for stopping by my corner, David! It was fun!

Thank you so much for the interview, Diantha. It was great fun though that last question did make me sweat.

Author Bio

David Brown could be considered a fantasy fanatic, especially since he has spent the last 10 years developing a 47,000-year history for his fictional world of Elenchera. When converting his obsession into literary form, David commits himself to a rigorous writing and editing process before his work can meet his approval. Combined with the critical eye of his wife and a BA Hons in History and English, David's dedication leads him to his goal of inspiring readers through heartfelt stories and characters.

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A World Apart

Demetrius makes his first mistake when he lets his best friend Halcyon marry Eleyna, the love of his life, without saying a word. On the day of the wedding, he walks away from the Elencheran town of Dove's Meadow and joins the army.

He makes his second mistake when the pirate Black Iris tricks him into letting dozens of men, women and children die in a fire. Demetrius is imprisoned in grief and disgrace.

But he can atone. The Black Iris is dead. The Ivory Rose has risen to the top of the pirates and is leading brutal raids on the coast. If Demetrius can capture and kill her, he'll win his pardon.

And then Demetrius discovers the Ivory Rose is Eleyna. He must decide which will be his third mistake: losing his last chance at a pardon or destroying the one woman he's ever loved.

Purchase on Amazon (US) – Amazon (UK) – Add on Goodreads

Review of A World Apart coming soon.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the interview Diantha and for hosting me today. It's a pleasure to be here.

    If your readers have any questions I'd be happy to answer.


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