Today I am interviewing Mitchell Hogan, author of the new fantasy novel, A Shattered Empire, third and final book in the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence.
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DJ: Hey Mitchell! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Mitchell Hogan: Thank you for having me! I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings when I was eleven, and since then I’ve been an avid reader of both fantasy and science fiction. I have a science background — a degree in chemical engineering — which might explain why I love well thought out and detailed magic systems. Over the years I kept notes on ideas for characters and scenes that came to me, and one day I decided to write a novel or I’d regret not attempting it. So I quit my job and wrote A Crucible of Souls. I now write full time, and I’m eternally grateful to the readers who took a chance on an unknown author.
DJ: Before we get to talking about A Shattered Empire, in case anyone hasn’t started reading the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, can you explain to us what the whole series is about?
Mitchell: It’s about a young man whose parents were murdered when he was young, and he was raised by monks and initiated into the mysteries of sorcery. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to become apprenticed to a guild of sorcerers. But he is soon plunged into an age-old conflict that will bring the world to the edge of destruction, and realizes that his burgeoning powers may be more of a curse than a blessing. Continue reading