Publish Date: March 2, 2013
Order Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: Unique talent always attracts attention…
In a world where magic is outlawed, ability with a sword is prized above all else. For Soren this means the chance to live out his dreams.
Plucked from a life of privation, he is given a coveted place at Ostenheim’s Academy of Swordsmanship, an opportunity beyond belief.
Opportunity is not always what it seems however, and gifts rarely come without conditions. Soren becomes an unwitting pawn in a game of intrigue and treachery that could cost him not just his dreams, but also his life.
Society of the Sword Series: The Tattered Banner (1)
Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.
The Tattered Banner is set in a world where magic is outlawed and ability with a sword is revered. For the protagonist, Soren, this means the chance to live a life beyond his dreams. He's sent to the Academy of Swordsmanship which is an opportunity that few get, but that all aspire to.
Opportunity isn't always what it seems though, and Soren finds himself an unwitting pawn in a game of intrigue and treachery that could cost him his life.
When I started out, I really just wanted to write a story that I would want to read. From my perspective I achieved that; I hope others feel the same way.
Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to writing?
The drive home from the maternity hospital? I've been writing in one form or another for as long as I can remember. I grew up around books and read a huge amount. Writing just felt like a natural extension of that. School, university, sports and a grown up job have tried to get in the way over the years, but none succeeded.
Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your current release?
I should probably have done it all sooner, but that's the only thing I can think of.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
I would once have said keeping track of everything, but I've got a pretty solid workflow in place now so that's not the case any more. I enjoy writing so much that there really isn't anything about it that I feel is hard. To get something to a level where I feel I can stand over it an let it out into the world requires a huge amount of effort and a lot of hours, but again, when you enjoy what you do, you never work a day in your life!
Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to while writing? If so, what kind of music?
These days I listen to a lot of classical stuff when I'm writing, as I find it imposes on my concentration less than stuff with lyrics. Beethoven is a big favourite, but I'm listening to Brahms right now. I have pretty eclectic taste generally, but classical is what works when I'm writing.
Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
From a US perspective, possibly my use of British spelling?
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
Oh yes. I've got three more written, one of which is a follow up to The Tattered Banner, although it's less of a sequel than a 'what happens next' for some of the characters. I've another about half way through a first draft and another three or four plotted out. It's really just a case of finding the time to get all of it down.
Q. Please tell us your latest news.
I'm just gearing up for the release of the Kindle edition of The Tattered Banner, on the 29th of March, which will be coupled with a one week giveaway on Goodreads for two signed copies of the paperback edition.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
The first thing that springs to mind is a quote from Warren Miller (ski film director); 'If you don't do it this year, you'll just be a year older when you do’. It sums up how I feel about finally publishing The Tattered Banner and chasing dreams in general.