Giveaway/Interview with Brian Rathbone, author of The Dawning of Power

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publish Date: March 1, 2013

Synopsis:  Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. In times such as these, ordinary people have the power to save the world...or destroy it.

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

Most recently, I released Regal, book six of the Godsland fantasy series. This book provides the conclusion to the Balance of Power trilogy and was a great joy to write. I enjoyed having so much history to draw upon when writing this trilogy, and I'm finding it even more so as I write the third trilogy.

Q. How did writing this book affect you?

Finishing the second trilogy is a difficult experience to describe. Setting out to finish a novel is a worthy aspiration, and seeking to write a trilogy is ambitious. Attempting to start a writing career with a 12+ book series is probably a reflection of my sanity, or lack thereof. Finishing the second trilogy was like cresting a very large hill. I'm really looking forward to seeing what's on the other side.

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

I discovered fantasy fiction in my early teens, and I fell in love with the genre. My brother and I, along with a group of friends, exchanged books and suggestions over the years until all of us were similarly well-read. I always knew when reading those books that I would one day write my own story, but it always seemed a faraway dream. I found my passion for technology and had climbed close to the top of the ladder at a dot com, but the time came for us to part ways. It was one of those cases where one door closing opened a far better door. Given a window of time and a chance to change my life, I chose to write.

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

Despite having time to write the first book, most of my books have been written while I had a full-time job, and time management has always been a problem. For a long time, I neglected friends and family, used all my vacation and sick days to write, and struggled to get noticed by the reading public. I'm still not quite sure how I managed to make it all work.

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

I do. I either listen to a classic rock playlist or I listen to a Pandora channel with an upbeat classic rock focus. Of the two, I prefer the playlist; there are no surprises and nothing to distract me. I always listened to these songs when reading fantasy.  For example, Stephen R. Donaldson's Lord Foul's Bane and “Owner of a Lonely Heart” by YES have a correlation for me.  Songs are inextricably linked to the story in my mind, and I think perhaps that comes out sometimes in my writing.

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

As a former programmer, I don't do conventional outlines. Instead, I create all my chapters and then place 'comments' at the beginning of each chapter. By comments, I mean lines of text preceded by //which will then be ignored by the compiler. Also, because I typed the word 'string' so many times as a programmer, I am unable to type the word strong, I'll always type string instead.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

My answer is an emphatic yes! The reason I write a series of trilogies is that I get the chance to provide a satisfying ending with each one, instead of one very long series. I'm currently working on The Fifth Magic, which is book seven of the Godsland series.

Q. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

This is among the most difficult questions I've been asked. It's like choosing the best snowflake. With that said, when I started writing, it was the work of Melanie Rawn that I most wanted to emulate. I very much enjoyed her Dragon Prince trilogy, though it’s been some years ago.

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

I'm happy to say that Chris Snelgrove is now the voice of Godsland. Premium audio versions of the entire Godsland series are in production, and Call of the Herald is already available. In fact, if you grab the free ebook from Amazon, you can get the audiobook for just $1.99!

Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!

I love racing. I've raced horses, cars, and motorcycles as an amateur.  I’ve also worked for Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Joe Gibbs Racing, spotted during ARCA testing at Daytona, and even won an online racing championship in 2007.

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

I enjoy connecting with readers, writers, visionaries and creatives on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads. You can also find free ebooks and audiobooks on my website.

Giveaway Information: 

Mr. Rathbone is offering one (1) Limited First Edition print copy of The Dawning of Power for giveaway. The Limited First Edition is one of only 1,050 printed!!

To enter: please leave a comment with your email address. The winner will be chosen at random once the giveaway ends on May 31, 2013.  This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

Thanks and good luck! 

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  1. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

  2. Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds like a book I would love. I can't wait to read it.
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  3. This book sounds amazing and I would love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!


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  5. The interview was interesting and this book is special. many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com


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