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