It is my pleasure to welcome fantasy author Tom Fallwell to the Desu Beast Blog. His Rangers of Laerean series includes: A Whisper in the Shadows, Where Shadows Fall, and The Shadow of Narwyrm. Tom also writes a monthly story (Stormguard) in SciFan Magazine.
Time to find out more about Tom Fallwell and his journey as a writer.
- Have you always wanted to be an author?
I had for a time, but because I was in another career, I didn’t have time and didn’t think too much about it. Once I retired, I found the time, and discovered the urge to start writing all those stories in my head.
- What inspired you to write your first book?
I wrote a short story, a sort of romantic/mystery/inspirational tale, which was well received by those who read it. A friend encouraged me to keep writing, so I turned to a story idea I’d been playing with in my head for quite a while. Once I started writing, it just flowed out and in a few months, I had a full novel. The inspiration for the tale actually came from playing a video game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I’d created a character and a bit of a backstory for her, named Delina. She is the MC in my first novel, which is now being rewritten.
- What genre(s) do you write?
Mostly Fantasy, though I also enjoy writing Science-Fiction and Science-Fantasy.
- What is the name of your latest novel?
The latest novel is coming this summer (2017) and is called, Dragonblood Throne: Legacy. It is actually a rewrite of my first novel, expanding upon that story a bit and planning it to be a two-book series. The original novel was Dragon Rising.
- Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?
For Dragonblood Throne: Legacy, I believe the message is Love over Hate. Love conquers all things, and I think that is pretty much what this story is about.
- What books have influenced you the most? Why?
The Lord of the Rings, because of the in-depth world building and true-to-life characters that Tolkien created. I aspire to be as meticulous in my own works as Tolkien. Another is any and all of the Conan stories by Robert E. Howard, because of the larger-than-life aspect of the main character, Conan. He was stubborn to a fault, mighty, and determined, yet at times, he showed an inner compassion for others you would not expect.
- Any future projects you would like to talk about?
I’m currently working on a new fantasy novel which I am co-authoring with another author whom I’ve found I have much in common with. I can’t say a lot about all that just yet, but I think the story we are creating will be epic!
- If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest book?
- Is there a short excerpt of your current book that you would like to share?
This is from the end of a battle scene in which the main character, Delina, loses herself in a fit of pure rage.
Moving too fast for Horath to follow, Delina grabbed both his wrists and squeezed with a strength that caused the Spy Master’s eyes to bulge in shocked surprise. Piercing agony raced through his arms and his daggers fell to the ground as his hold on them loosened.
Delina’s face was a tortured mask of indignation as she pulled the spy’s face to within inches of her own, showing her teeth in a snarl of pure hatred, her eyes reflecting the anguish of her soul. In that moment, she had no conscious thought beyond hate. Hate for this man who’d killed Morlok. Hate for Kargoth who’d stole the man she loved from her side. A growl of rage escaped through her clenched teeth.
Horath’s pain was suddenly overridden by the acute realization that he was about to die. He opened his mouth in a last second attempt to speak a surrender in the hopes he might survive this ordeal, but it was too late.
With growling scream of pure fury, Delina jerked both of Horath’s arms, ripping them their sockets, leaving behind torn and bloody shreds of flesh. Horath’s last sight was the enraged dragonblood holding his arms up like trophies. Then, wailing in dying agony, Horath fell to the ground, sobbing from the sheer torture of his pain.
- Do you have a favorite quote from one of your novels?
This is a quote from Ranger Baric in Where Shadows Fall of the Rangers of Laerean series. He and his companion Ramura are talking about the grief one must endure when someone you love is lost.
“Grief must come, but it’s still grief and there’s no part of the body that can hurt more than the heart.”
- Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?
Write because you love writing, first and foremost, and never let anything drag you down. Keep writing, no matter what. Also, write to please yourself, not others.
- Are there any future events you would like to announce? Soon 😊
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Thank you for visiting the Desu Beast Blog! I look forward to reading more of Stormguard and the next in the Rangers series.