Denver, CO. / USA
How long have you been writing?
I have been formally writing for about five years. It was about three years ago when I decided to actually write a novel and try to get it published. I have been reading epic fantasy since I was 12. I have always dreamed of creating the world's that Weis & Hickman created.
What was the name of the first book you ever published, and when was it published?
'Dreams of Azenaria' is my first novel. I finished it in late 2012' and published it in early 2013'.
Was this book published by a publisher; or did you self-publish?
I spent about a month querying a few agents, then decided to self-publish.
Tell our readers about this very first book. (For example: What was the inspiration for writing it, and what was it about)?
I have always been fascinated with epic fantasy. For most of my life, I was reading some kind of fantasy. I always had a book with me wherever I went. I never imagined I could create a fantastic world like the ones I read about.
For 'Dreams of Azenaria', I wanted to create a world and characters that would not be seen as a copy of what has been done before. I am definitely inspired by the masters, but I hope I have created something original.
Azenaria. Once a wonder of the world, the great city now stands blackened and dead. Her streets, once paved with gold, are now filled with the wreckage of crumbling buildings and the invading armies of nature.
Deep beneath the ruin and decay, lies an ancient power that threatens the destruction of an ancient race known as O'orn. Only the three Ritchell men can decide the fate of the O'orn, but it will take three generations for the fight to be decided.
Landar and his sons, Brevlin and Danshaw, have moved on with their lives years after their wife and mother died. When secrets from a generation past come back to haunt them, they are violently torn apart from each other. Separately, they must fight against an evil that not only wants to destroy them, but wants to undo the lives they have created.
You will get lost in Azenaria - Pray you can find your way out.
Can a person still buy this book? If so, where?
It is currently available on Amazon as an eBook and a Paperback.
How many total books have you published?
This is my first published book. My second book will be available next month. I will be writing and releasing many more. The worlds of Azenaria and O'orn are immense.
List all of your titles.
Volume 1: 'Dreams of Azenaria' is available now
Volume 2: 'Memories of O'orn' will be available in
Volume 3: Will be available soon
Any future writing projects in the works? If so, tell us about it, and any pertinent dates to go with it.
I plan to explore the world of Azenaria and O'orn for a long time. I do not foresee any unrelated projects in the near future. So much has happened in the past, and will happen in the future of Azenaria.
What is the title of your current book, and tell us a little about it.
I am currently wrapping up Volume 2: 'Memories of O'orn'. I can't say too much about it without spoiling Book 1. It continues the adventures of several of the characters in the past, present, and future.
Last question, if someone comes across this article and reads it, what would you like to tell them about why you think they should try reading your book or books? (Basically, what can you offer them in the way of information or entertainment)?
I have created an original world and characters with their own unique world, problems, desires, etc. No orphan farm boy looking for a magical sword that will save the world. No elves, dwarves, trolls, immortal wizards, etc.
Readers will get lost in Azenaria. They will struggle to find their way out, but only after they find the answers that are required to save the O'orn.
Anything else you'd like to add that I didn't ask you, but you would like to share with our readers? (Optional)
I am also writing short stories and articles from the world of Azenaria on my blog (azenaria.com/blog). These events are not included in the books, but are directly related to the history and the characters of the books. It is sort of like what The Animatrix was to The Matrix movies. Not required reading, but definitely explains a lot more of the history.
You can connect with me at the following locations:
Conrad on Facebook
Dreams of Azenaria on Facebook
Conrad on Twitter
Dreams of Azenaria on Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18196978-dreams-of-azenaria
BLOG Writer's Note to Author: Your book sounds really interesting and I am definitely going to buy it once I finish posting this interview. Just like you I have been a strong reader of fantasy-type novels, which is what basically has inspired me to continue writing my "To Nowhere" series. I wish you the best of luck with your current book and the ones that will follow it. Who knows, maybe one day we might actually be able to tune in to a television program called: "Azenaria" based on your book. You just never know… Good luck and thanks for the interview.