Today I am interviewing S.C. Stokes, author of the new fantasy novel, When the Gods War, sequel to A Coronation of Kings.
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DJ: Hey Sam! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
S.C. Stokes: Hey DJ, thanks for the invite. I’m a relatively new Author, When The Gods War is my second novel with many more still to come! I live in Brisbane Australia. I love to read, write and live Fantasy. I participate in a Live Action Role Play group where I don armour and sword and do battle on a regular basis. I just love the Fantasy genre and everything that comes with it.
DJ: What is When the Gods War about?
S.C.: When The Gods War is a struggle of survival for the people of Andara. Yaneera Empress of Andara, inherits an empire in the grip of famine. Determined and desperate Yaneera fights to save her people.
With her neighbours combining against her Yaneera is faced with a new threat.
Jonas, Disciple of the God Mythos appears in her court. In one hand he offers salvation from the famine and drought afflicting the land, but with the other he requires a price. One that Yaneera may not wish to pay.
As rival Gods fight for supremacy, Yaneera and her people are swept into a conflict where the stakes are victory or death.
DJ: What were some of your influences for When the Gods War?
S.C.: Life was my inspiration for this novel. I think that the laboratory of life finds all of us thrust into circumstances (often beyond our control). On the uncertain playing field of life, each of us battle daily to improve our circumstances, find happiness or some days just keep our heads above water.
I tried to draw on that concept when writing this book. When The Gods War is less about who is Good/Bad etc but more a story of many kingdoms and people each trying to succeed in an uncertain world.
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.C.: Yaneera – She is young and clever and applies those gifts to try and survive the turbulent politics of her Empire. At her heart is a desire to help her people. I think her struggle will resonate with a lot of readers.
Syrion Listar – Is one of the central figures of my series. He has an affinity with magic and is a member of the Astarii (a race of humans, who have been given great gifts to aid them in helping and protecting the worlds they watch over as Guardians). Syrion’s particular gift is the ability to shape shift into a Golden Dragon. My readers tell me they enjoy these scenes tremendously. I have to say I enjoy them too. Continue reading