I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. One of the things I love about being an author and social media is the opportunity to meet other authors from all over the world!
Today, please meet Graham Austin, children’s book author and now paranormal author! His first adult novel, Fae – The Wild Hunt is available today!
Graham Austin-King began his writing with children's stories to entertain his children when walking them to and from school. When he started getting demands to repeat the same story over and over again he decided to write them down.
Liam and the Grump was soon followed by Captain Pegleg and the Greatest Treasure.
Fantasy is the genre which has always appealed to him, a result of reading too many books and playing too many roleplaying games and computer games. Having weaned himself on Tolkein he cut his teeth on David Eddings and Raymond E. Feist.
Finally the keyboard beckoned, there were worlds to create.
Graham lives in Kent in England with his wife and three younger children.
Graham was kind enough to entertain some questions from me. Please read on.
Author Q & A
1) Tell us a bit about Fae - The Wild Hunt.
Fae is an epic fantasy story but I've tried to do something a little different with it. I suppose I would describe it as a story about ordinary people dealing with extraordinary events and situations rather than some of the more stereotypical fantasy stories. The book tells the tale of the return of the Fae to a world which has forgotten them and dismissed them as nothing more than myth and folklore. At the same time we have the beginnings of a massive conflict as a nation of warriors that had always survived by raiding decides to embark on a campaign of conquest. It's quite a dark story and a dramatic departure from anything I've published before.
2) What inspired you to write this story?
The concept of the Fae, or fairies is nothing new really. You can trace fairies, sithe and elves back to Norse mythology and there are fairy stories littered all over the British Isles and probably the world. What I do find interesting though, is that prior to Disney, there are hardly any stories where these creatures are benevolent. Nobody ever said faeries were nice! Grimm's tales are about as dark as they get and even the original Peter Pan by J.M Barrie has a decidedly darker take on Tinkerbelle than most are familiar with.
This idea sort of popped into my head one day, who was it that said fairies were nice? Then I got to thinking what if they were real but the world had forgotten the truth about them? The rest of the book pretty much developed from there and I don't want to give anything away so I'd better stop there.
3) How did you make the leap from writing children's books to epic fantasy?
The children's books were stories that I made up almost on the spot. I walk my kids to school and back each day and the stories were made up on the walk. They developed a lot once they were written down, but that's the core of the writing process for them. Fantasy is the genre that I've always read though. I grew up on Eddings, Feist and Weiss & Hickman. It wasn't hard to make the genre shift, making the jump from a book taking three or four weeks to taking eight months or so however, took some getting used to.
4) What tips do you have for breaking through creative road blocks?
Walking helped with me. There were a couple of times where I simply had no idea where to go next. I developed the end of the story early on, it was the path there that was giving me problems. My wife became quite used to kicking me out of the house to go and work through them.
5) What writing project is up next for you?
Fae the Wild Hunt is crying out for a sequel, we'll have to see how things go with this one but that would be the next project. I expect this to become a trilogy although the scope of the story might stretch to four.