How did you know you wanted to be an author? I began editing my son’s writing and enjoyed it so much that found he didn’t give me enough to do. So I started writing my own.
Once I started, I became completely engrossed in the characters and their story.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Focus on the process, not the ends. Develop your online presence. Make sure you have your work edited. Seriously consider self-publishing. It often brings better returns than being published by a small publisher.
More than anything, love writing for its own sake.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices? In my early (awful) detective novels, I carefully planned out the plot and word count. In my later, better fantasy novels, I just started at a point in time and wrote from there. The characters, back story and plot developed themselves, although I do need a working synopsis to maintain consistency.
What message to you want readers to remember? That people from very different cultures with different values can still become friends and work together.
Prince Tarkyn was is a feudal lord and the woodfolk are egalitarian but they are able to find ways to work around their differences and to appreciate each other.
How can fans get in contact with you? I can be contacted through my website or on email@example.com