Today I am interviewing James Islington, author of the new epic fantasy novel, The Shadow of What Was Lost, first book of The Licanius trilogy.
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DJ: Hey James! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
James Islington: Hi, and my pleasure! So I’m 35, Australian, married and with a daughter who’s just turned one. I’ve been writing for about five years now (though this is the first time The Shadow of What Was Lost is getting an ‘official’ release, I initially self-published it all the way back in 2014).
DJ: What is The Shadow of What Was Lost about?
James: In a lot of ways it’s a traditional epic fantasy, following a young group from humble beginnings into this huge, world-threatening conflict – think the tone of The Wheel of Time series. So there’s coming-of-age stories, multiple intersecting plots, plenty of magic and action and intrigue as you’re introduced to the world. But at its core, it’s about this dark threat against the world, and the main characters figuring out what it is and how to deal with it.
DJ: What were some of your influences for The Shadow of What Was Lost, and The Licanius trilogy?
James: The series I just mentioned, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, is probably most easily identifiable as an influence on the book. Another big one would be Brandon Sanderson’s work on Mistborn and Stormlight Archives.
Of course, other stories generally – including genres other than fantasy, and media other than books – are always influences too. If I’ve really enjoyed something about a narrative, I think it’s inevitably going to shape how I look at my own work! Continue reading