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Interview for Magician

October 27, 2017

A couple of months ago I was asked to do an interview on Magician, the first book in the Veiled Earth Series.  I thought you might enjoy reading it too.  Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments.


The Book Magician is pretty special to you, can you tell us why?


Magician was the first book I finished, and it represents a turning point in my life. Up to that point I’d only ever finished short stories and started novels only to abandon them later when it became too hard.  I didn’t understand how to do the actual physical work to create an entire cohesive book. By the time I realized Magician was hard work, I was in too deep.


What was your inspiration for Magician?


Largely, assholes. I’m a fan of the whole anti-hero archetype, the lone crusader who follows his own code. These characters always seem to be misguided, but firmly upon their paths, and willing to suffer for their morality. Magician came about as a result of wanting to write a cowardly, petty, bombastic, self-important, self-appointed authority type of jerk who truly believed he was the end-all and be-all of the world- and then have him turn out to be right. I was fascinated with what that kind of revelation would do to a character and who he would become over time.


Magician is the first book in The Veiled Earth trilogy.  Did you always know it would be more than one book?  Why?


Like most of my generation, I grew up on Star Wars. Everyone knows trilogies are cool. When I began, my grandiose plan was to create a Lord of the Rings-type epic, only with magic and modernism. That’s literally as far as my plotting had gone. Luckily, the characters knew where they were supposed to go and what they were supposed to do, because _I_ sure didn’t. I was so new at writing I didn’t even know what I didn’t know.


Are any of your characters in Magician based on real people?


In as much as any wholly-created character can be. I tend to embody my characters with a lot of my personality, which I understand isn’t a glowing endorsement of me, given some of the