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Author Interview: Benedict Patrick

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Today I am interviewing Benedict Patrick, contestant in the 2016 SPFBO and author of the new fantasy novel, Where the Water Turns Black.

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DJ: Hey Benedict! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Benedict Patrick: Hi DJ, thanks for taking the time to chat again. I’m an Irishman, now happily living in Scotland with my wife and kids. A pen has never been far from my hands, but a few years ago I ditched computer games to throw myself into storytelling. I published my first novel, They Mostly Come Out At Night, earlier this year. Some people liked it, mostly because of the cover. Mostly.

DJ: What is Where the Water Turns Black about?

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Benedict Patrick: The book is the tale of a young woman called Kaimana, an ocarina player who travels with her performing troupe by canoe between the many islands that make up the Crescent Atoll. Kaimana begins the story in frustration, wanting to find inspiration so she can compose a song that will make her known across the entire Atoll. Her wish comes true in the form of a giant, mythical monster living in a cave. Hijinks ensue.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Where the Water Turns Black?

Benedict Patrick: When I was a younger man, I spent a summer travelling around New Zealand. I was fascinated by what I learned of Maori culture during that time, and the image of Kaimana and her monster lurking in the water beneath her has been with me since then. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Benedict Patrick

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Today I am interviewing Benedict Patrick, author of the debut dark fantasy novel, They Mostly Come Out at Night, and current contestant in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 2016.

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DJ: Hey Benedict! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about

yourself?

Benedict Patrick: Thanks DJ! So, I’m a debut indie author who hails from Ireland, but I’ve spent the last decade or so living in Glasgow, Scotland. I’ve spent most of my life either reading or daydreaming, and a few years ago decided to turn that into a career. And here we are…

DJ: What is They Mostly Come Out at Night about?

BP: So, on one level I guess it’s about a young man finding his place in the world. At the start of the novel Lonan is pretty lost – his family and the people around him (unfairly) hate him, and he has little prospects for the future. For him, the events in the story are about how he attempts to change that.

For the rest of us, the story is about bird-gods and wolf-people running around a giant forest killing each other. You know, the usual stuff. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Michael R. Miller

917pxNgOZSL._UX250_Today I am interviewing Michael R. Miller, author of the debut epic fantasy novel, The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King, and current contestant in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 2016.

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DJ: Hey Michael! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Michael R. Miller: Hi DJ, thanks for having me. I’m a fairly young author, 23, Scottish and living in London. Trying my best to get this writing gig off the ground. This book for me was THE story I had in my head. I think many readers know what I’m talking about. That story that’s been bubbling away for years and won’t leave you alone.

DJ: What is The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King about?

MRM: It’s primarily about Darnuir, a sixty year old dragon prince who is reborn and raised by humans instead. It is an epic and there’s lots going on but the first book is his story first and foremost. I wanted to start by focusing closer on one character before widening things out in the next books. Continue reading

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