Today I am interviewing R.S. Ford, otherwise known as Richard Ford, author of the new fantasy novel, A Demon in Silver, first book in the War of the Archons series.
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DJ: Hi R.S.! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
R.S. Ford: I’m the author of five published novels, including the steampunk adventure Kultus, published by Solaris, and the epic fantasy trilogy Steelhaven from Headline (both published under the name Richard Ford). I’ve also written a few short stories for the Black Library and I’m currently one of the writers on the Elite: Dangerous computer game. Other than all that, just an ordinary bloke
DJ: What is A Demon in Silver about?
R.S.: In a nutshell, it follows a young woman called Livia Harrow, who lives in a land where magic disappeared a hundred years earlier. When Livia begin to manifest strange powers that haven’t been seen for a century all kinds of nefarious characters decide they want a piece of the action. Blood, guts and adventure ensue!
DJ: What were some of your influences A Demon in Silver and the series?
R.S.: The original seed came from wanting to start at ground zero – to have a society that was bereft of magic and whose only knowledge of it was in dusty tomes – then see how the story would develop when sorcery returned. How would those in power view it? With reverence or fear? How would someone who was previously powerless react to being able to wield magic in a place where it didn’t exist?
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?
R.S.: There are three (later four) main characters in the novel. Josten Cade tends to be his own worst enemy, a man whose been forced down a path of his own making (despite his best efforts to avoid it) and who is in desperate need of redemption.
Then there’s Livia Harrow, who is thrust into a world she doesn’t know or understand, and finds herself the focus of a lot of unwanted attention. Finally there’s the eponymous ‘Silver’, a woman who has no recollection of her past other than brief flashes that come to her in terrifying nightmares.
DJ: What is the world and setting of the War of the Archons series like?
R.S.: The story takes place in the western half of the world, in the three nations that lie between the Ebon Sea and the Crooked Jaw Mountains. To the north lies the Ramadi Wastes, an unforgiving desert filled with warring death cults. To the south is the Suderfeld, a nation split into three warring kingdoms. In between these is the Cordral Extent, a land of sparsely populated farms and outposts governed by a central city-state known as Kantor.
Since the disappearance of magic, all three of these countries have regressed into a feudal state and war could spill over their borders at any time.
DJ: Tell us about your magic?!
R.S.: As I’ve already mentioned, when the book begins there isn’t any! However, when it does make an appearance it’s scary and unpredictable, since those who wield it generally have no idea what they’re doing.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing A Demon in Silver?
R.S.: Ah, well there are a couple of sections that I can’t talk about – I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise. However, I love the interactions Between Josten and his comrade-in-arms, Mullen. Those sections were a joy to write. In fact their banter tended to write itself, so I can’t possibly be held responsible for their potty mouths.
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
R.S.: Considering it has quite the cliff-hanger ending I’m hoping they’ll be talking about when the next book is out (2019 in case anyone was wondering).
DJ: Did you have a particular goal when you began the War of the Archons series? A Demon in Silver is only the first book, but is there a particular message or meaning you are hoping to get across when readers finish it? Or is there perhaps a certain theme to the story?
R.S.: I usually plan my novels quite meticulously, so I have a strong idea of where a series is going when I start. For A Demon in Silver I started by winging it, to see where the story would take me. It’s a method I won’t be repeating! However, as I continued with the novel it changed from a study in power to a story about redemption. In many ways the characters took on a life of their own and began to plough their own furrow through the storyline. That might sound like it was easy to write, but in many ways this was the most difficult novel I’ve ever written, but I’ve learned the hard way that this writing lark does not get any easier.
DJ: When I read, I love to collect quotes – whether it be because they’re funny, foodie, or have a personal meaning to me. Do you have any favorite quotes from A Demon in Silver that you can share with us?
R.S.: This made me giggle a bit while I was writing it:
“Intense agony always had a funny way of changing a man’s demeanour. There was no way to look tough and cry your eyes out at the same time.”
DJ: Now that A Demon in Silver is released, what is next for you?
R.S.: Books two and three are at the top of my list. Beyond that I have a couple of series proposals doing the rounds and I’m also considering branching out into historical fiction. I’m finding the research fascinating!
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Richard-Ford/e/B004LO59LQ/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1527345551&sr=8-1
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
R.S.: Thanks for having me!
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*** A Demon in Silver is published by Titan Books and is available TODAY!!! ***
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About the Book:
In a world where magic has vanished, rival nations vie for power in a continent devastated by war. When a young woman demonstrates magical talent for the first time in decades there are those that will kill to obtain her power. But the girl finds that guardians can come from the most unlikely places.
About the Author:
Richard Ford originally hails from Leeds in the heartland of Yorkshire but now resides in the wild fens of Cambridgeshire.
You can find out more about what he’s up to, and download free stuff, here:
And follow him on Twitter here: @rich4ord