Today I am interviewing Ryland Thorn, author of the new grimdark fantasy novel, Blood, first book of The Fae-Born Narratives.
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DJ: Hey Ryland! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Ryland Thorn: Thanks, DJ. What would like to know? I’m a long-time fantasy fan who grew up reading people like David Gimmell and Raymond E Feist and Orson Scott Card, and always knew that I was going to be a writer.
To begin, with that meant writing millions of words in the corporate world, but that was really boring!
So I’m now back doing what I always wanted to do, which is to write fiction.
I’m lucky enough to have been accepted into the groundbreaking Phoenix Prime author program, which is leading a fundamental change in the digital publishing world.
Other than that, I live in the spectacular Nelson region of New Zealand with my wife and a couple of cats, I spend most of my waking hours in front of the computer, and I like to get out and go kayaking or for a ride on my bike.
DJ: What Blood about?
Ryland: Here’s the blurb from Amazon:
What is the cost of revenge?
Overwhelmed by grief and hate, Marin Terrell is an empath who joins a company of soldiers to hunt down the wyverns and dragon that murdered his master.
His purpose is vengeance.
But when the soldiers manage to corner one of the wyverns, the outcome is awful. Haunted by visions of blood and monsters and his own painful death, Marin starts to have second thoughts. He wants to abandon the quest, but the leader of the soldiers is a tyrant who gives him no choice but to go on, no matter the peril.
Will they find the creatures they hunt? And if they do, how will Marin find a way to survive the carnage that will ensue?
What isn’t in the blurb is that Blood is the first of the novel length stories in the Fae-Born Narratives, but I have written a few short stories in the series as well. The idea is to create a world of complexity and depth that I’m hoping people will enjoy.
In terms of subject and tone, imagine what would have happened if Anne McCaffrey’s Dragons of Pern series had been written by David Gemmell instead. Continue reading