Today I am interviewing Stephen Zimmer, author of the new sword and sorcery/dark fantasy novella, Depths of Night, first book of a new novella series of stand-alone tales following the adventures of Ragnar Stormbringer.
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DJ: Hi Stephen! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Stephen Zimmer: Great to be back with you and your readers! For those that don’t know me or what I do just yet, I am a writer/filmmaker based in the heart of Kentucky. I write primarily speculative fiction, with published works in fantasy, epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, cross-genre fiction, steampunk, horror, and, very soon, young adult!
Among other things, I enjoy broadcasting and am a regular podcast host on the Star Chamber Show on Blog Talk Radio. I also founded the Imaginarium Convention, an annual convention that takes place in Louisville, KY themed on all-genres of creative writing.
My interests are wide and varied, ranging from martial arts, to good Kentucky bourbons, to film, reading, travel, music, and cats such as the wonderful Dubious, who is a member of my immediate family (he even has his own Facebook and Instagram pages!).
Above all, I’m a laid-back guy who puts 150% into my work and gets up each day with the goal of taking another step forward, no matter if that step might be large or small.
DJ: What is Depths of Night about?
Stephen: Depths of Night is the first published Ragnar Stormbringer Tale. It is about Ragnar going on a sea raid to the lands of the Petranni, who are inspired by ancient Celtic cultures. When Ragnar goes ashore, they find that the tribal people have abandoned their homes and taken refuge in a large fortress. The story is about Ragnar’s discovery of the reason for the tribe’s abandonment of their homes, and his response to it, which brings him up against fearsome adversaries. This is a tale that involves lots of action, supernatural elements, and plot twists.
DJ: What were some of your influences Depths of Night and the series?
Stephen: Depths of Night and the other Ragnar Stormbringer tales bring out influences of mine such as Robert E. Howard and David Gemmell, both of whom are masters of heroic fantasy fiction. I have a lot of influences as a writer, but these tales are definitely centered around an iconic, heroic figure, and as such they reflect my love of Howard, Gemmell, and perhaps even a little R.A. Salvatore too!
I should also mention that my readers were another influence for the decision to go forward with this series, as I wanted to be able to bring more stories to them in between my larger novel releases. Continue reading