Welcome David M. Brown, author of Fezariu’s Epiphany!
What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing?
I would probably saying watching films though reading books runs that one a close second. I’ll watch just about any film, especially something from world cinema. I find films from other countries infinitely more fascinating, especially if they offer insights into the traditions and culture of a particular country.
If you could live anyplace on earth, where would it be? Why?
Prior to meeting my wife, Donna, I would have said to you either Japan or New Zealand but today my answer would have to be Cologne in Germany. We went there on holiday in the summer of 2010 and had the most amazing time. I felt really at home throughout my stay and there was so much to do, especially sampling the local brew kolsh, and don’t get me started on the ice cafes, with their rich array of ice cream and fruit desserts. It makes me hungry just thinking about it.
If your book became a movie, who would you cast?
I’d want a versatile actor like Johnny Depp in there for sure. The role of Fezariu would suit someone like Jake Gyllenhaal who was brilliant in Donnie Darko and Brokeback Mountain. John Malkovich would be great as Vincent, perhaps Jim Carrey could do the voice for Vintaro. As for the actresses, well, I’d opt for the likes of Kate Winslet and Hilary Swank, proven talents who could get to the core of a given character.
What/who do you read for pleasure?
I read a variety of books, fantasy of course, but when I’m not immersed in a fictional world you’ll often find me nursing a history book or biography. History has been a key influence in the development of my own world history and in many ways it made the long process of world building a little easier. Not that I neglect my fiction of course. You can never find enough decent titles to read.
How long have you been writing? Was it a dream, a goal or is it just a hobby?
I first started writing in 1999 when I was still at college. I had just discovered the RPG series Final Fantasy and from those games I began reading up on Norse mythology which I felt was better than the Greek tales. Those influences ignited the writer in me and I began work on a fictitious world of my own which became Elenchera. Long-term my dream is to earn a living from my writing. I’m not interested in having millions but if writing saw me earn enough to pay the bills each month then I’d be very happy indeed.
Do you listen to music or do you need a quiet place to write?
I tend to listen to music when I am writing. My wife and I live with six cats so it can be quite distracting having all of them running around the place. I tend to have my earphones plugged into the laptop and then I’ll find solace on YouTube, creating my own jukebox of classic song after classic song. Some songs inspire my writing but there are others that just as easily put me off, that’s why I avoid the radio.
Tell us about your book:
What is the name of it and is it part of a series or a stand-alone novel?
Fezariu’s Epiphany is the first of many self-contained novels set in the world of Elenchera. Each one looks to combine fantastical elements with aspects of our world, offering very real and emotional stories but still retaining that look and feel of fantasy.
What is it about?
The novel focuses on Fezariu whose perfect childhood is ripped asunder by the abandonment of his mother and the death of his stepfather. Unable to cope with the past Fezariu flees to join the Merelax Mercenaries – a prestigious band of hired hands. All the skills in the world though cannot help Fezariu to completely escape his past and he must return to his childhood to face it head on or risk never being free of his demons.
Do you have any upcoming projects in the works or other books that have been published?
I am nearing completion of the first draft of my second novel, A World Apart. Set many centuries after Fezariu’s Epiphany, the novel focuses on three friends – Demetrius, Eleyna and Halcyon – who grow up together but separate when they find themselves in the midst of an awkward love triangle in their teens. Going on to lead very different lives, the three friends are later reunited and find their loyalties and perspectives on the world are very different.
Where can readers connect with you?
You can find me on Twitter and Facebook where I’m always happy to answer any questions about my writing or Elenchera. I also run a blog The World According to Dave and if you want to learn more about Elenchera then stop by the website elenchera.com.
David’s book, Fezariu’s Epiphany, will be FREE on Amazon through the weekend (until midnight Sunday (2/19), when it will go up to $0.99 for a few days before increasing to its regular price of $2.99 later in the week. So, no procrastinating! Go ahead, I’ll wait… Now that you’ve got your copy, don’t forget to tell your friends! Everyone loves a free ebook.