Today I am interviewing Patrick W. Carr, author of the new fantasy novel, The Wounded Shadow, final book in The Darkwater Saga.
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DJ: Hi Patrick! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Patrick W. Carr: DJ, thank you for having me and hello to all your readers. I’m a public school teacher by day and epic fantasy author by night. I have an awesome wife, Mary, who is a nurse, and four amazing sons. Mary and I are mostly empty-nesters at this point, but we do have a dog, Mr. Fruffles.
DJ: What is The Wounded Shadow and then The Darkwater Saga about?
Patrick: The inspiration for the entire series came from my desire to take the traditional epic fantasy and weld that with the mystery genre. I tell people that it’s like Sherlock Holmes meets Lord of the Rings. The main character was inspired by my dad. He was a fighter pilot in the Air Force and flew combat in Korea and Vietnam. Like a lot of people, he came back from Vietnam with PTSD and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve taken a lot of courage from the way he struggled with the injuries from war that no one could see. I made my main character, a reeve (detective) name Willet Dura, a war veteran who bears those kinds of scars, but it’s a fantasy, so there’s quite a bit more to the story than just that.
DJ: What were some of your influences for The Darkwater Saga?
Patrick: I’d never published a mystery novel before and thought it would be a good idea to read the masters. I’d read Sherlock Holmes from the time I was a boy, but I wanted more of the “hard-bitten” detective feel from the noir movies of the 30’s and 40’s, so I went back and read everything from Raymond Chandler I could get my hands on. He’s the author of all the “Phillip Marlowe” novels. I also read a mix of more contemporary books before I put words to the page of the current series. Continue reading