Monthly Archives: April 2019

Author Interview: Levi Jacobs

Today I am interviewing Levi Jacobs, author of the new fantasy novel, Beggar’s Rebellion, first book in the Resonant Saga.

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DJ: Hi Levi! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Levi: I’m a cultural anthropologist who decided he loves epic fantasy too much to get a PhD, and supports himself selling fruit at a roadside stand in the North Dakota oil fields.

DJ: What is Beggar’s Rebellion about?

Levi: Beggar’s Rebellion is a story about internal and external revolution. I set the magic up to have only those warriors who can overcome their personal problems be able to access its full powers–so my main characters (of course) are examples of that kind of warrior, though they come from different sides of the conflict (a colonial conquest centered around harvesting a recently discovered magic-inducing herb).

DJ: What were some of your influences Beggar’s Rebellion and the series?

Levi: I didn’t realize it at the time, but Frank Herbert’s Dune was a big one–the interplay of foreign colonists and indigenous peoples, the conflicts centering around spice as it becomes integral to the galactic economy, those all show up in epic fantasy form in the book. A more direct and integral influence is Brandon Sanderson, who not only more or less taught me how to write via his podcast, but whose books rekindled my love of epic fantasy, and especially the clever ways his magic systems tie into his plot reveals and character moments. Hopefully I’ve pulled some of that off in Beggar’s Rebellion. Continue reading

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Author Interview: David Dalglish

Today I am interviewing David Dalglish, author of the new fantasy novel, Soulkeeper, first book in The Keepers series.

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DJ: Hi David! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

David Dalglish: I’m a dad to three wonderfully nerdy girls, I’ve been playing games of Dungeons and Dragons since middle school, I started self-publishing my fantasy novels thinking maybe a small audience out there would appreciate a return to orcs and elves, and am bewildered by how well everything has gone since.

DJ: What is Soulkeeper about?

David: It’s about the world known as the Cradle, where humanity has always viewed themselves as the precious children of the three sister deities. Only the Cradle didn’t always belong to them, and marked by a surge of black water across the landscape, a previously banished world of magic, dragons, and monsters returns to throw everything into chaos.

DJ: What were some of your influences Soulkeeper and the series?

David: The world itself is an amalgamation of my various interests over the years, plus tons of playing D&D. A lot of the series takes place in a single city, Londheim, and that place in particular was heavily inspired by the gothic masterpiece that is the city of Yharnam from the game, Bloodborne. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Stephen M. Coghlan

Today I am interviewing Stephen M. Coghlan, author of the new psychological, dark fantasy novel, Urban Gothic.

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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 M. Coghlan: Thank You, DJ. I’m an ever-expanding, both literally and figuratively, Canadian author who writes a variety of genres. I started writing when I was 18, but only landed my first contract in 2016. Since then I’ve been busy getting my name out there.

DJ: What is Urban Gothic about?

Stephen: Urban Gothic is a Dreampunk action Novella that focuses on a battle-scarred veteran as he is once more forced to fight for freedom within the land of dreams, but this time, the battle isn’t just against an external foe, as he must fight against his banality if he is to have any hope of surviving.

I think this is best described by the summary: Burned out and drugged up, Alec LeGuerrier spends his days faking it, barely eking out an existence while living in a haze of confusion and medicated mellowness. That is, until he stops a gang of nightmarish oddities from killing a strange young woman with indigo eyes.

Dragged into the lands of the dreaming, he must come to terms with his brutal past and his grim imagined future in a land his body knows is real, but his mind refuses to acknowledge. Continue reading

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