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Today I’m on the ‘The Greenmen’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but b
About the Author :
Linden Forster began writing at the age of seventeen. Divine Invention was his debut novel and it took seven years from the idea conjuring at the back of an English class to reaching the page.
Since then, writing has become his dream and passion. The Greenmen is the second in his fantasy series, The Hero’s Arc.
He is a lover of nature and enjoys walks in the country and often ventures out armed with a notepad and pen.
Aereon has found the Creators.
He’s crossed seas and mountain ranges to reach them, tangled with dwarves and ogres along the way, escaped the clutches of an icicle-wielding irate yeti to rescue them and now they tell him that they weren’t in any great need of help.
A revolution has sparked in the realm of Hudikvar, because of something things Aereon might have said to a troop of homeless youths. Now, King Victarian is after Aereon and anyone associated with him.
Local woodsman, Lars, has agreed to help them flee and be their guide through Oak’s Wood, but even he cannot guess what lies in wait for them within. Not now the Lord of the Primes is about to wake.
‘He’s got a touch of destiny about him, that one,’ said the Dealer.
‘Aye. He’s got a date with her, I’d say,’ said the Trickster.
‘And she’s ordered the lobster,’ said the Teller.
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
I started writing my first novel when I was seventeen, but put it to one side when I went to university to study marine biology. After I graduated, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with myself. I didn’t have a plan for where I was going, so I didn’t know what the next step should be. I remembered enjoying the little creative writing I had done in school, so I signed up for a part time course.
As one of the components of the course, every week someone would email a piece of work, usually a short story and everyone else would critique it and during class the writer would have to sit and listen to everyone else’s comments. When we came back to class after Christmas, nobody had anything to submit and I remembered about the first chapter of a novel I had written almost five years previously and sent that in. People were complementary about the characters and the premise and they seemed genuinely interested in knowing what was going to happen next.
That was a great inspiration for me. I got my head down and four months later I had the first draft. Editing took a little longer and just over a year ago Divine Invention got its release. Now, I’ve just released my second novel, The Greenmen, and am halfway through writing the third book in The Hero’s Arc.
Do you have a certain ritual?
As a rule, no. I don’t particularly like writing in the same place day after day. If I can, I’ll write at home for a few days and then get out to a café or someplace different on the weekends.
Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Yes, but not intentionally. It’s usually when I read back over a character, I realise that I’ve put a bit of someone I know in them. Quite often it turns out to be me.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
Queen Arburella. She is the smartest, best dressed and most diabolical of everyone. She is peerless and a corrupting force but appreciates usefulness when she sees it. She is one of the main drivers in the story. Although she is a supporting character, it is often her wishes and demands that effect the actions of other characters in The Hero’s Arc.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
Probably Captain Morj. Although, I relate mostly to Aereon so I think I am most like him. He came to life as an outlet for me to talk about some of my struggles and frustrations. Fingers crossed he gets a happy ending.
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