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Interview with Author, Colin Chadwick

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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR OF "CHRONICLES OF THE CREATOR" SERIES, COLIN CHADWICK

Hello Colin, thank you for taking time with us to do this interview. Let's get started by you telling us a bit about your series and what you have planned in the near future.

Hi Kitty. The series follows the events after an evil machine god ambushes the goddess, Syalonis and shatters her consciousness into thousands of pieces. After the betrayal, her angels are tricked into corruption and are forces to feed on souls just to survive. The story starts on an isolated planet called Dragonsbreath where the Goddess has sought refuge and where her champion, Tan, is enslaved to giants. The fallen-angels are about to invade this small world which puts the Goddess, her champion and the entire population of the galaxy in fatal danger.

The series encompasses sorcery, technology, scores of races, many worlds, secret legends, dragons, star cruisers and more. The first three books have all received only 5 star reviews and there are another 6 books in the series. I also have full outlines of more than a dozen trilogies.

How long had you imagined these beings and characters before you finally decided to start putting them on paper?

I have always been a daydreamer and these worlds have been in my mind for over 3 decades in one form or another. I have put them on paper in the form of role playing scenarios but never considered writing any books until last year when I started working from home.

You mention reading sci/fi and fantasy at an early age, what were some of your favorite books and authors and how have they inspired you?

Well, I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy when I was thirteen and that turned out to be my favourite trilogy of all time which makes my favourite author J.R.R.Tolkien. I have read many other fantasies and sci/fi books like Harry Potter, The Amtrak Wars and The Death Gate Cycle. Unfortunately, none of them fired my imagination like the works of Tolkien but some came close.

If you ever thought about writing in any other genre what would it be and why?

Hmmm… probably western, lol. Just kidding. I’d probably write paranormal romance as I’ve found some books that I enjoyed in that genre. I’m just practising the romance part of it but haven’t developed the knack yet.

What are some of your hobbies or things you enjoy doing when you're not writing?

Before I finished my books I used to love playing online roleplaying games with my favourite being LOTR online. I also loved playing first person shooters when I needed to stop thinking for a while, nothing is more soothing for me than blowing away a hard core boss.

Who is the one author, dead or alive that you would love to have the chance to meet and have a long conversation with if you could?

I would love to have met J.R.R.Tolkien. His imagination was visionary and I can only thank him posthumously for opening the fantasy genre for future generations. I have read many of his works and if he was a writer now, his work would be genius. Some people say his writing style was too hard to read but it wasn’t hard to read when he wrote it. It’s just that English has been butchered since The Hobbit was first published in 1937(over 75 years ago!)

Do your children enjoy reading and do you allow them to read your work?

Yes, even though my kids are still too young to be able to read yet. They love having a book read to them plus it’s a great excuse for them to stay up, lol.

Out of your novels, which character is your favorite and why?

My favourite character is Cursemaster Lord Arteekee. She is the Angel of Rage that the second book is named after. I love her because she is such an exciting character to write. She’s vicious and has psychopathic tendencies that she can freely exhibit in the newfound regime of corrupted angels. Even her masters have no real idea who she is but are too fearful to do anything about it.

Tell us a bit about living in Australia and whether it gives you inspiration in your writing.

Well, it’s not that much different to Canada if you’ve been there. The weather can be a little unpredictable at times (we’ve had snow in summer, floods in the middle of a drought and the humidity can hit the high 90’s.) I suppose the hardest part is watching the kids when they play in the yard to make sure they don’t touch any snakes or spiders.

Have I gotten inspiration from living here? No. I get my inspiration from my dreams which take me to other worlds. I’ve told people about my dreams and most react with surprise so I guess I’m lucky in that regard.

Do you have any advice you'd like to share with other aspiring authors? Please give us your links as well, so we can learn more about you and your works.

My first piece of advice is to keep in mind that writing your book is the easiest part of the process by a long shot. When you get to the marketing and promoting don’t give up. Another piece of advice is to listen to your fans. If they don’t like what you write, they won’t buy your next book.

I’ll add the link to my home site which has my books, the backgrounds for my worlds, a bestiary, the calendar of Dragonsbreath (inc holidays and festivals) and excerpts. I’ll be adding more as time permits including maps.

My website:http://www.wix.com/colchadwick/colinwrchadwick

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