Today I am interviewing Miles Cameron, author of the new fantasy novel, Cold Iron, first book in the Masters & Mages series.
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DJ: Hi Miles! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Miles Cameron: I’m fifty-six years old. This morning I ran seven miles, did a ballet class, and then taught a class on sixteenth century swordsmanship. I have a degree in Medieval history, a suit of armour, a family and a cat. I strive to be a history nerd.
DJ: What is Cold Iron about?
Miles: It is about our world. It’s about making choices, whether they are choices about violence or about politics. It is about Aranthur Timos, who is not really the best at anything; in another way, it is about how someone might become a fantasy hero; not ‘the chosen one’ but the right person in the right place. It is also about adolescence and growing up and changing goals and sexuality and all that stuff. I know, I’m old, but I’m not that old, and I have a fifteen year old daughter to remind me how it all works…
DJ: What were some of your influences for Cold Iron and the series?
Miles: What a great question! In no particular order, Ellen Kushner’s ‘Swordspoint’ and the old ‘Thieves’ World’ books and C.J. Cherryh’s ‘Angel with a Sword’ and an incredible non-fiction book called ‘Agents of Empire’ and all the historical events of the Greek Revolution (1821-28) and even Lord Byron. Continue reading