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Interview with Author David Brown

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David Brown was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, and first conceived the idea of the Elencheran Chronicles at college in 1999. He spent ten years compiling the history of Elenchera, resulting in 47,000+ years of events, 500+ maps, 2000+ pages, several short stories and many much-needed acquaintances with Jack Daniels.


David also has a blog, The World According to Dave (http://blog.elenchera.com), which features reviews, stories and dramatic tales of the horrors of owning cats.


David now lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, with his wife, Donna, and their six cats.


Fezariu’s Epiphany is his first novel. David is currently working on his second.


Could you please tell us a little about your book?
Fezariu’ s Epiphany is the first in what will be a series of self-contained novels set in the fictitious world of Elenchera. The novel follows the progress of Fezariu who is abandoned by his mother when just a boy and his remaining childhood continues to be turbulent. He runs away from home to join the Merelax Mercenaries, believing they will help him forget his past but no matter how successful he becomes, Fezariu will one day have to face up to his childhood.


Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?
The idea came to me while I was building the world history of Elenchera. The Merelax Mercenaries kept popping up but they never had a central role. I decided I wanted to write a novel that explored them in details and Fezariu’ s Epiphany was the result.


Who is your biggest supporter?
My wife, Donna, has shown more belief in my writing than anyone I’ve met. She was enthusiastic about Elenchera before we were even a couple and now that we’re married she’s very eager to help me realise my writing dreams.


Your biggest critic?
Although Donna is a big support she is also the critic I turn to when I’ m drafting a new novel. As much as Donna loves Elenchera she is not afraid to challenge me about something I have written and point out when certain elements are simply not working. Fezariu’s Epiphany took six drafts in the end but thanks to Donna’s feedback it worked out very well.


What is the most important thing in your life right now?
I hope my wife is reading! The most important thing is, of course, my wife Donna and our six cats – Kain, Razz, Buggles, Charlie, Bilbo and Frodo. The cats drive me nuts on a daily basis but the house wouldn’t be the same without them.


What are you currently working on?
I’ m currently writing my second novel, A World Apart, which will be set many years after Fezariu’s Epiphany. The story is set in Himordia and focuses on three friends who form part of a love triangle that starts when they are teenagers but continues into adulthood. This will be a very emotional story, even more so than Fezariu’s Epiphany.


Do you have any advice for writers or readers?
For writers I would say find yourself a good critic and listen to their feedback. Being told you have done something wrong isn’t easy but it helps you improve as a writer. Keeping a blog is also a great way to keep your writing fresh and give readers a taste of your writing while they await your next book. For readers I would say open your mind to as many genres as possible, if you haven’t already. There are some amazing books out there so go and discover them.


What are some of your long term goals?
I intend to continue writing novels set in Elenchera. Each one will be a stand-alone story but will unravel another layer of the history of this world. If I ever retire I’ll put together an encyclopedia of all things Elenchera, but until then I’ll be revealing different periods of the history.


What do you feel has been your greatest achievement as an author?
Publishing this novel is my proudest moment as a writer so far and there has been some wonderful feedback as well.


What do you feel is your biggest strength?
My imagination is my strong point I feel. I’m proud of the world I’ve created and believe there are some really good stories to be told.


Biggest weakness?
My lack of assertiveness. I’m always been a shy person and though I’m better than I was at school I can still be quite withdrawn and lack confidence at times, which is never good when you need to promote your work!


What do you feel sets this book apart from others in the same genre?
I’ve always wanted to do something different with the fantasy genre and I feel that Fezariu’s Epiphany is the first example of that. Although it’ s set in a fictitious world I think the characters are more prominent than Elenchera as a world and some of the feedback I have had suggests that I’ve achieved my goal.


What is your favorite past-time?
Aside from writing, I would have to say watching films. Over the last ten years I have discovered world cinema where some of the best films I have ever seen happen to be.

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