Interview with Mike Reeves-McMillan, author of Realmgolds

Publisher: C-Side Media

Publish Date: March 16, 2013

Order Links:  Amazon

Synopsis: The Human Purity movement is growing in power and influence in Denning, attacking dwarf businesses and caravans and inciting popular rebellion, with the passive or active support of many of the ruling Golds.

Opposing them almost alone is the Realmgold, a young man named Determined. His problem is that, even though the Realmgold is meant to be in charge, nobody is paying much attention to him.

Victory, who rules neighbouring Koskant, would love to support Determined, but an ancient magical treaty between their realms means she can’t send in her troops, her skyboats or her pressure guns. What she can do, though, is share a new magical communications technology - and her elite corps of Gryphon Clerks...

Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.

A. Realmgolds tells the story of a struggle between a rabble-rousing upstart and the legitimate ruler of the realm of Denning, who really wanted to be a history teacher, but now has to make history instead.

Fortunately for him, he gets the able assistance of his ally Victory, the brilliant but eccentric ruler of the neighbouring realm. Unfortunately, an ancient magical treaty between their realms means she can't send him any troops...

Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to writing?

A. My father was a successful nonfiction author, so from childhood I knew that writing books was something people could do. I love reading, too, so doing a degree in English was the obvious thing. Then I had to make a living, so I did editing and work-for-hire nonfiction writing for a couple of different publishers. Once I was out of publishing, I had brainspace to write my own stuff again, and this is my fourth self-published book.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

A. The first draft and the last draft. The first draft, because I don’t always know what happens next (though I’m starting to use outlining more), and the last draft, because by then I’m sick of the story and I just want to get it out. Both of them I deal with by just keeping going.

Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to while writing? If so, what kind of music?

A. No, I never listen to music while I write. The writing part of my brain seems to be wired to the listening part, and they interfere with each other.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

A. I always seem to have at least one character who talks a little differently from the other characters. It’s subtle enough that I’m probably the only one who notices, though.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

A. Very much so! Realmgolds is the first of a number of books in the same setting, though they won’t all tell a continuous story. I’m working on the next one now, and it’s set during the same time period with, so far, only one character who’s in both. I’ve got ideas for three or four more after that, and I’m sure by the time I’ve written them I’ll have come up with some more ideas.

Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).

A. I’ve hit 30,000 words on the next book, so it looks like I’m on track to finish in about another six months or so.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

A. Have fun with my books, and talk to me about them. It always fascinates me to see what other people get out of what I write, especially if I don’t remember putting it in there in the first place. 


  1. Great interview! I do believe I'll be adding this to my reading list. I'm nothing if not a sucker for a good fantasy read :).


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