Today I am interviewing S.D. Reeves, author of the new fantasy novel, The Melody of Three, first book in the Evercharm trilogy.
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DJ: Hi S.D.! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
S.D.: Hey DJ, thank you for the invitation!
DJ: For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
S.D.: I am Southern born author from the great state of Alabama, living in Switzerland. So, this means I’ve traded in my “Morning Y’all,” for “Gruezi.” I write primarily fantasy, but I do occasionally dip into horror when it’s time to do my taxes. Outside of writing I enjoy playing the Cello, carving model ships, and pretending that the cracks in the sidewalk are lava.
DJ: What is The Melody of Three about?
S.D.: It’s 1815. Napoleon has just returned from exile, fairy-bloods are being murdered in Britain, Elves have escaped from their ancient prison, and mysterious agents have overrun the Forum Magicae in Liverpool. Artisan (Sorceror) and Dutchman Christaan De Rein must find a way to end this challenge to the magical order and discover the secret behind the string of murders.
And in another world entirely, a young girl named Niena tries to survive. She holds the key to saving both of their worlds. Or destroying them.
DJ: What were some of your influences The Melody of Three and the series?
S.D.: It’s hard to pin down specific ones. Growing up I was like many people, enamored with the Lord of the Rings. I continued with a lot of the conventional authors after (Terry Pratchet, Rowling), though I was also a big fan of Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series. I would say they all had a hand in my writing style. Outside of this the biggest influence would have to be my wife, specifically her professional enthusiasm in the French Empire period, and living history. She spends a lot of time in museums studying original garments, and putting things together for events – what I’ve tagged along in. As you may have guessed from the description of the story, this heavily influenced the theme and setting.
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?
S.D.: Christaan De Rein is eccentric, fussy, but also brave and witty. He is known as The Inspector, representing his role among other Artisans (Sorcerers) in the Curatorium. Higgins is his assistant, and the Watson to Rein’s Sherlock. They are the reader’s introduction to the magical side of Liverpool. His counter is Chancy, whose pretentious and civil exterior hides a cruelty only matched by his devotion to the mysterious Teamor.
But in the world of Hearth, we have Niena. She’s a dreamer, trying to survive in an unforgiving world. Aiding, thwarting, and thoroughly annoying her is Oberon, the Lord of the Fairies, and her grandfather. The old fairy’s aims are never clear – is he mad, master manipulator, a trickster, or something more sinister? Two elves seek them, or more specifically, the Evercharm. Sethlan and Culsan are alien, ruthless, rigid. The two hunters want to right the wrongs done to their people. Never mind the costs.
DJ: Aside from the main characters in the story, who is a favorite side character or a character with a smaller role in the story? Why?
S.D.: Connor, a steward on the ship Worley in the opening scene. He doesn’t say anything of much consequence to Rein – but that is the point. Very little is of consequence to the batty sorcerer in this moment, as despite the storm, the lighting and the possibility of the ship sinking, Rein is pre-occupied with his own nonsense.
DJ: What is the world and setting of the Evercharm trilogy like?
S.D.: Liverpool in 1815 is as you’d expect from your history books…except the sorcerers, and the Forum Magicae hidden within. England is the stepping point for the journey to the world of Hearth, and the netherworld – the fairys’ Fairhome – between.
Earth is controlled by the Curators, who order both the ordinary and the magical. They have used the primal forces of the world to build the Construct, what is both the source of their power, and the means by which they keep the elves imprisoned.
The Fairhome on the other hand, is pure chaos, representing the primordial state of the universe. It is the home of the remaining fairies, and as formless as a dream.
Hearth, the original home of humanity, is a place where the older powers, the magics found in stories and songs, still work; Hearth is outside of the control of the Curatorium. Here lives Niena along with her grandfather, both trying to survive in the remains of a fallen empire.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing The Melody of Three?
S.D.: I enjoyed discovering the characters, their little nuances, very much. Watching them come alive on a piece of paper is a highlight. Clever wordplay also tickles me. Though what I really enjoyed had nothing to do with the content, but the setting of where I wrote the book. Much of the story was written in an old library in Basel. It is a very peaceful place and a wonderful muse.
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
S.D.: Who is Oberon, and what does he want?
The fairy lord is a strong persona in a novel that is primarily character driven, and nothing with him is ever as it seems.
DJ: Did you have a particular goal when you began the Evercharm trilogy? The Melody of Three 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?
S.D.: I love stories that make me daydream, and that’s what I sought to do here for my readers. Outside that of course, I wanted to create believable and in intriguing story. I do have a bit of a backwards way of doing that however, I usually create the characters long before I write the plot.
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 The Melody of Three that you can share with us?
(Higgins to Christaan De Rein)
“Who was a fine man himself.” Higgins snorts. “Before you made him into a foul monkey.”
A shift at the helm forces the apprentice to throw out his hand, to keep from stumbling into his friend. “Orange, what?”
“Orangutans are not monkeys,” Rein says. “And they would be entirely appalled that you might call them such.”
DJ: Now that The Melody of Three is released, what is next for you?
S.D.: Next up is the second book, which is yet unnamed. Aside from that I hope to be in Leipzig in 2021, but we will have to wait and see on that.
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/S-D-Reeves/e/B076CXCG3X
Author Newsletter: https://sdreeves.com/newsletter/
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about The Melody of Three and the Evercharm trilogy that we haven’t talked about yet?
S.D.: Don’t be shy! I love hearing from my readers, or fellow writers. So please, drop me a line on Twitter, Facebook, or just shoot me a message from the contact form on my website!
But of course, I would also appreciate that if you read The Melody of Three to leave a short review on Goodreads or Amazon. It means a lot to us Indie authors!
DJ: Is there anything else you would like to add?
S.D.: Oh, just to thank you for the interview and the thoughtful questions!
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***The Melody of Three is published by Riversing Books available TODAY!!!***
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About the Book:
Sorcerer Christaan De Rein’s return to Liverpool does not go well, starting with the fact that his trusted apprentice, Higgins, dies on the way. Then again, Higgins dies a lot. Of course, Rein doesn’t expect to be welcomed with open arms after being banished for nine years, but a cryptic summons from The Musician herself cannot go unanswered.
But when Rein arrives all is in chaos. People with fairy blood are turning up dead. The Forum Magicae is undone and the Curators sieged.
And in another world altogether, where Earth is just a legend, a girl named Niena and a cursed lyre hold the key to saving both realms. Or destroying them.
About the Author:
Stephen Reeves was born in 1980 in Huntsville, Alabama, but grew up in a small community just on the edge called Madison. His writing career began during a boring math class in college and has blossomed over the last couple of decades into something decidedly not boring. His works have been published in numerous zines including The Blotter, Chantwood, Yellow Chair Review, and The Writers Drawer. Stephen has also reviewed books for Oxford University Press, including Micheal Newtons Victorian Fairy Tales.
Curses of Scale is his debut novel, written over the course of four years in the inspirational country of Switzerland, where he now resides with his wife, two cats, and an obsessive Pomeranian.