March 8th, 2011 by mark
Hey everybody! So, it’s time for another update and some answers, where to start? I guess I should explain the heading of this entry, as the work does indeed go on. I’m referring to upcoming presentations I’m doing, work on book 3 of Adventurers Wanted, work on another unrelated fantasy book that I need to finish and find a publisher for, and life in general. Lots to do, and it makes it really hard for me to find time to play WOW (World of Warcraft). Oh well, I’ll just have to wait to play games I guess.
So, first up I want to thank all of you who visit the blog and especially all those who take the time to leave comments. Comments are one of the best ways for authors to get feedback on what they’ve done, and that’s important because it helps them know what to do next. So… Thank You! Now, there is a bit more to this, and I know that many of you are already doing it. What you ask? Well, thanks for asking. The answer of course is, sharing the books. Why share? Don’t be silly, it’s nice to share; but there is another reason as well. To make sure that the adventures go on, a lot of books need to sale so the publisher will be happy and keep printing them. I think we’re doing good so far, but publishers love to see lots of numbers on book sales, so we need to keep up the good work. I’ll thank you all now for the sharing you’ll be doing in the weeks to come. I know, it’s strange, but the publisher won’t print the next book just because I wrote it, they want reasons. Silly publishers. Also, you get double share points for putting comments and rating books on websites that sale book, like Amazon and Barnes and Noble for example. 1. It lets others know what you think, and 2. It gives authors a chance to see what you think so they know if they are doing a good job or not. Your voice counts, so use it.
I’ll add a quick note here also for all of you who have been kind enough to invite me to lots of different places to do book signings and visit schools. Thanks for the invites, and I’d love to visit everyplace, but there are some limits to what I can do. Hey, I’m not J.K. what’s her name, so money is always a question… as in, do I have enough money to drive there? I know I don’t have enough money to fly. Anyway, a lot of where I turn up has to do with the publisher and… you guessed it, SALES. The honest truth is, the more books that sale the more willing the publisher is to send me places far from home. Now, having said that, if I happen to find myself somewhere far from home, and it could happen, I will try to setup book signings and what not wherever I happen to be. Keep asking anyway, because I always forward the requests to the publisher so they know what you guys want.
And before we go to answer time, I wanted to point out a fairly new website for all of you writers. (Working at being writers, want to be writers, have written lots but haven’t published… you get the idea. I know you are out there.) So, this site does pod casts, and the ones I’ve listened to are fun and informative. The site is: www.writingsnippets.com They did a three part one with Lisa Mangum, who happens to be my editor as well as an awesome writer, and she talks about a lot of things that are important for writers to know. Enough said. Oh, they are interviewing me in ten or twelve days, and I’ll be sure to post when they put the pod cast up.
Now, some answers:
Why are adventurers called “Master”? Well, it doesn’t mean anything special. Basically calling someone “master” is a lot like calling them, “Mr.” It’s just an old way of doing it, and I liked it a lot better than saying, “Mr.” all the time. On the other hand, you do need to pay attention to who’s talking to who, for example; Alex might call Whalen “Master”, because technically he is the master wizard and Alex is or was his apprentice.
What is the main theme of Horn? Good question, as there are a lot of different themes in horn. For me, I think the main theme is this: You are free to make choices, but you are not free to decide what consequences will come from those choices. Does that make sense? I think we’ve all learned something like this in life, but we don’t always think about it. Anyway, I hope that helps, Caleb. Most of all I hope I’ve answered before your book report was due. If not, tell the teacher I said the main theme was whatever you decided it was, and that I said you deserve 100% on the report. No, she won’t listen, but you can try.
Can Alex have dreams of the past and the future? Yes. O.K. we can all have dreams like this, but I think you want to know if he can see the truth about the past and maybe the most likely future. Again the answer would be yes. I will say that when Alex knew where the goblins were going to attack in Norsland, that wasn’t a dream of the future, it was magic. He was using his magic to find the goblins that he couldn’t see with his eyes. It worked fairly well, until the goblin shaman tricked him with his own magic.
Who is Moran? What??? Oh, of course, how would you know. Moran was an ancient king in Alusia. He lived so long ago that his life is only remembered in old stories and legends. The horn was created while Moran was king, and so it has always been called, “The Horn of Moran”. Yes, I have a story about it all in my head, but it wouldn’t fit into the book so that’s where the story will stay.
Will the watchers be back? Yes, they will. Nope, not going into details about them, but I’m 99.5% sure they will be back at least once and maybe more.
The shadow creature that appears in both book 1 and 2, is not in fact a wraith. Yes, it was controlling the wraiths in book 1, but it is something far darker and more evil than just a wraith. What it is exactly? Not sure yet. Will it be back? Maybe. I do tell you more about the shadow in book 3, and you get to meet someone who knows about its past.
Finally… A fan movie trailer? Go for it Brandon, I think it would be a lot of fun. Make sure to let us all know when you post it on U-Tube so we can all have a look.