I would like to introduce fantasy author, David M. Brown.  Mr. Brown resides in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.  David has recently published a sci-fi fantasy book, Fezariu's Epiphany, which was released May 2011.  David has also published a short story collection, Short Stories I- VI and has a blog, The World According to Dave.

How did you become interested in writing sci-fi fantasy?

I’ve always enjoyed the sci-fi/fantasy genre, especially when I was growing up in the eighties with films such as The Neverending Story and Willow. When I decided to start writing in 1999 it wasn’t a difficult decision on which genre I would be working in. 

I find it very fascinating that you have spent a decade creating a fictional world that spans 47,000 years.  Tell me a little bit about your Elencheran Chronicles.  What inspired you to create the Elencheran Chronicles, which Fezariu’s Epiphany was based from?

Although I had enjoyed creative writing at school it wasn’t until I was at college that I began writing as a hobby. In 1999 I had not only discovered the RPG series Final Fantasy on the Playstation but the games had led me towards Norse mythology, which I love to this day. A combination of those two influences was enough to make me want to create my own fantasy world and Elenchera was born. The Elencheran Chronicles is the collective term for all the novels that will be set in this unique world. Readers will not be obligated to read the self-contained novels in any order. Each one will offer enlightenment of one or more of the twenty-three lands in Elenchera and of the 47,000+ years spread across twenty-five Shards (or ages) of history. Fezariu’s Epiphany is set in the Fourteenth Shard but my next novel, A World Apart, will take place in the Sixteenth Shard. 

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing and publishing your work?

My wife, Donna, and I chose the self-publishing route for Fezariu’s Epiphany and I think what has stunned us, certainly me, is the amount of work that is involved in this path. Still very much a contentious area, self-publishing is not for the faint hearted, it does require a lot of commitment and perseverance. I’ll be honest and say I couldn’t have made this journey to publication without Donna.

What do you think makes a good story?

Characters that are not perfect because I don’t believe any of us could ever be that. Readers will relate to characters better if they are revealed to have some flaws or negative traits. I also prefer stories which are written in a simple way, say Hemingway, and don’t rely on overlong descriptions that slow down the overall narrative. In my own writing I treat the readers with respect and know they have the capacity to use their imaginations to complete the images once I have laid the foundations for them.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Editing is very challenging, that’s for sure. Fezariu’s Epiphany took six drafts and learning to be cruel with my story and characters was something I didn’t take to immediately. In the early drafts the character, Melea, had a more prominent role in the novel but by the later drafts she had been relegated to a minor but still significant appearance in the second half of the book. I don’t worry when writing the first draft of a novel, I simply get the ideas down on paper, but once I start the second draft I immediately aim to be as close to perfection as possible with the narrative which is never an easy thing.

What are you working on now?

I’m in the process of writing my second novel, A World Apart, which will focus on a tragic love triangle beginning for the three protagonists in their teens but continuing into adulthood. It will be set in the western colonies which Fezariu’s Epiphany gives the reader a taste of in the second of its three parts. A World Apart will also explore the rising problem of piracy on the high seas, which is affecting colonial vessels but at its heart the novel is about those three characters and in their triangle something has to give. 

What book, if any, are you currently reading?

I’m nearing the end of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, which I’m enjoying. I’m also reading Joe Simpson’s Touching the Void. I’ve seen the film which is amazing but wanted to go back and see if the book could tell me more. Finally, my Kindle currently has Ken Follett’s World Without End keeping me busy. I adored The Pillars of the Earth which was a 5 star novel for me so I’m hoping World Without End will be just as good, if not better!

Who is your favorite author?

It has to be JRR Tolkien, the father of fantasy fiction. The Lord of the Rings was immortalized in fantasy literature long before Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films. With The Hobbit currently being filmed it looks as if Tolkien’s reputation will show no signs of dissipating for many decades to come. The Lord of the Rings became my favourite novel when I first read it and only one book – Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood – has managed to eclipse it.

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

I’d go for something like From a Forgotten Coal Mine. My hometown of Barnsley once had a proud history as a coal mining town and many members of my family were involved in that once valuable industry. I’m proud to have my roots from such a hardworking background but as with many things in life, coal became obsolete as we found new and better ways to live. Barnsley has many positive qualities today but sadly it’s sometimes seen more as a joke in the UK today rather than a proud former mining town.

Thank You David, for participating in my author Q&A.  I wish you oodles & oodles of success with your writing and look forward to seeing more of your published works in the future.

I would like to encourage all readers to visit David at his blog, The World According to Dave at: http://blog.elenchera.com/