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You are the author of an eight-book series, The Chronicles of Caleath. Can you tell us a little about it?
Caleath’s adventures begin as he survives the shipwreck of the Albatross. He is driven to find a beacon that could transport him back to his home world among the stars. His driving ambition is to seek revenge against Ephraim, the man who abducted and left him stranded on a world where magic exists. Caleath’s blood hosts nanobots able to keep him alive but immortality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Ephraim, meanwhile, has secured viewing rights to Caleath’s adventures. Think ‘Big Brother meets Survivor’…and to ensure ratings continue to soar, Ephraim introduces several challenges Caleath must face.
Of course there is a woman to complicate things.
Eight books gives plenty of scope to introduce sorcerers, a sorceress, giant ants, dragons, epic battles, hand to hand combat, dread lords, a planet facing extinction, conspiracy theories, an underground world, tall ships, pirates, whales, magnetic reversal, space pirates, clones and of course a touch of romance.
In the first of the Caleath series, Exiled: Autumn's Peril, you introduce Caleath, the protagonist. Who is Caleath? How would you describe his character?
Recently on Amazon, in a five star review, the reviewer described Caleath as… ‘The main character "Caleath" is awesome, a total badass who is often also the slightly reluctant good-guy.’
‘Think a tech-savvy-futuristic-dude-who-can-fight-like-Spartacus, stranded in a magical world.’
I think that sums him up pretty well.
As a sci-fi/fantasy writer, you must spend a great deal of time creating alternate worlds and realities. But when you're not creating, you're living in one of the most exciting places on earth. How has your life on the east coast of Australia affected your writing?
Emma, living here has been a bonus for my writing experience. Having the opportunity to explore and help my kids work as tour guides on the replica of the Bark Endeavour gave me material for the sea faring books in the series. Having experienced a day trip on a tall ship and vicariously sharing the thrill of three ten day voyages on the tall ship ‘The Young Endeavour’ also helped.
Each winter I love the thrill of being up close and personal with hump back whales, and through my son’s love of diving and photography I am privileged to witness the world below the surface.
Seeing the ocean in all her moods is just another perk of living here. Watching the waves crash, listening to the wind scream, feeling sand abrade bare skin and breathing the scent of seaweed and salt is magic when looking for inspiration.
I have also been lucky enough to take a three-day horse-riding trek through our Snowy Mountains. We experienced a snowstorm on horseback and saw the wild brumbies running free. For me the trip was a life-time dream come true.
Who are some of your favorite writers?
All time favorite is Douglas Adams. Not so much for his ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, but for his collaboration in ‘Last Chance to See’. Of course J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen Donaldson, Janny Wurtz, Barbara Hambly, Philip Dick, Peter F Hamilton, Heinlein, Andre Norton, Ray Bradbury and Asimov are on the list. Too many to name really. Beyond my genre I am a fan of Harlan Coban and Michael Connelly. I still love Kipling, Stephenson, Dickens and Sir Walter Scott. Showing my age, but I broke my teeth on the classics.
In 2011, Exiled: Autumn's Peril was voted runner-up for the best science fiction/fantasy book by the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll. As someone who's made it in such a competitive industry, what advice would you give someone who is trying to break in?
Emma, I think you are a tad premature to say I have ‘made it’ but it is great to know people are enjoying my work. To have your book hit #1 on Amazon, in any category does give you a moment of bliss!
Advice? I believe as aspiring authors we are always in a position to learn more about the craft of writing. Keep an open mind and absorb as much information as you can with regard to your writing, your genre and your audience. Strive to improve an aspect of your writing each time you put pen to paper.
Most of all, keep writing!
Thanks for having me here today, Emma.