The Book of Grage – War of Gods: The Black Death – Andile Mchunu aka Blacksquire, an #Interview #QandAs

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Today I’m not on a blogtour, but doing my own interview with Andile Mchunu aka Blacksquire, author of ‘The Book of Grage – War of Gods: The Black Death’, to promote this book.
Before I let you read my Q&As, I’ll first post some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

IMG_20180711_171935_830My name is Andile Mchunu, but my writers name is ‘Blacksquire’.
I am a South African aged twenty and have recently finished my manuscript soon to be self-published.
I am a writer who prides himself in dwelling on the seat of my readers.
Which is why I often wish for what I write to remain anonymous.
My writing is my identity but the identity of my writing should not be me, I will remain by the name Black Squire even for my publications.
A squire is a servant to his knight as I am a servant to my calling, black by birth.


Synopsis :

20190726_231909_0000.pngThe manuscript titled the Black Death is the first book to the novel series titled the Book of Grage-War of Gods. The story is purely motivated by a childhood fantasy novel idea which has been grown by a large study of English history and Norse mythology, incorporate with Greek mythology and a pure incite in the understanding of religious beliefs. We all atone for our sins so as to obtain the eternity of our gods.
The Black Death is inspired by John Kelly’s book of the great mortality and Conn Iggulden’s War of the Roses books. The Black Death manuscript feature in it an outbreak of an epidemic that causes economic and religious upheaval in the Northlands where we see the establishment of law and order hang in the balance, all whilst the people of the north prepare for a vile winter after enjoying a plentiful autumn harvest. It is best to note that the story does not only transpire in one particular location since in the novel series I have created a vast cast of global characters that live out their adventures through the eyes of the reader.
The entire series novel of Grage is based on the dying away of the old gods and the birth of the new. An idea of how the new gods come into being is by obtaining a valuable prowess, being a greatly praised monarchy or through the possession of a conjured soul. The series expresses themes of power that corrupts, greed that consumes, betrayal of houses all whilst expressing the will of gods over men.
As much as I extend onwards with my story line I also give time to extend backwards in explaining the history of my characters, lands, wars, kingdoms, religion and gods.


Q&A :


First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
The story is quite funny infact. Both my love for writting and reading all began in primary school. Where me and a bunch of my friends would gather around on one desk during a free period so we could sketch ‘comic book ideas’ and read Marvel and DC Comic books.
Growing up I then branched out from the comic shelves of our local book store, to the fiction and fantasy section of the store.
How I became an author is when my love for story telling was home grown by the love of literature and fiction reading. To the extent that I grew an attachment to the love for novels such as the Hobbit and Game of Thrones which have fully helped me in expressing myself as a writer.
For the past two years I have been hunted by this story which I have been made to submit into writing by finishing my first manuscript titled the Book of Grage – War of Gods.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
As a child I often was the book worm whose eyes were glued mostly to comics. This developed both my love for story telling and painting now that I’m older.
Now I often challenge myself to read books related to Greek mythology since my novel features on character building points which often relate to the influence of a primordial being.
On a fun note: I read books such as the War of the Roses, Harry Potter and am currently reading ‘The great Mortality’ by John Kelly.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
The writer whose brain I would like to pick for advice is J.R.R Tolkien who has unfortunately passed on. And J.K Rowling.
For J.R.R Tolkien – I would like to ask him how he vies the difference between good and evil when portraying his characters.
Whether he saw the ‘Oaks’ and ‘trolls’ as evil because of their repulsive features and the Elfs as good because of the beautiful appearances.
This would be my question, because as a writer, I myself view good and evil in an entirely different spectrum. I see good and evil in everyone despite the repulsive qualities in each character. I see both good and evil weaving it’s threads in and out of each persons life. I strongly believe this should be the case even with building strong characters.
For Rowling – I want advise from her on how she handled her spotlight I’m reaching Billionaire status for her Harry Potter franchise since the Book of Grage – War of Gods series will soon be viewed in that light.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Raven Odenhigh from my novel is the character I would wish to invite for tea.
This is because Raven Odenhigh deals with a lot of challenges in his life which widely have to do with the trapped soul of the Oden Vvalek that is within him. Co-existing in one body.
I would love to question him on how he manages to keep his worst impulses in check and not be sucked into the deals that Vvalek makes to him. Deals such as granting Raven Odenhigh the power to defeat his enemies in exchange for him setting the entity of the Oden Vvalek free.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
The only rituals I have whilst writing is that every now and then in between the days I write on, I must paint or draw images of conceptual art from my novel. Be it the characters which most inspires me at that time.


Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
My soul is intact. No one needs to worry about me in writing these novels, as much as the content of it might be dark and shady. It all comes from a pure place.
Writing my story does not feel new to me, in honest truth, it feels like I’ve written it before and am now reliving it out of me again.
In my mind I am already two books ahead of the first manuscript I have completed. All I need is a quite room and a fully charged laptop to type.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
My line of thinking as a writer balances on both planning plots for my novel and going with the flow as a pantser at the same time.
There are certain key themes in my book that I feel do not need to be plotted for since they come off from me naturally as and when I write. There are also instances where I have to plot. This is common for me in cases where there is a private message or information that could cause conflict if it were to reach the wrong ears. I than have to plot who’s ears it should reach and how this particular characters will then take an convey the private information onwards.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Don’t wait for a specific date or time to start writing. Write at every opportunity you get and set deadlines for yourself.

What are your future plans as an author?
My favorite plans as an author are to market the Book of Grage – Novel series to the ends of the world.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Black Death is the subtitle of the Book of Grage – War of Gods. This is because the black death is the major theme for the first book in that the God of death and War ‘Hailo’ unleashes a vile demonic plague over the Northlands so as to scourge the realm he was designated to guard by the other Omens.
This he does because, the Omen drew his power from the prayers offered to him. Now the Northlands, particularly house Greystone, has turned it’s prayers away from their designated God so as to pray to the false God (the four-eyed-fox). This deed by his people weakens the god to the point of death.
The Black Ram is their salvation, As depicted on the portrait I made for the cover of my novel. The black ram serves as a sacrifice and in burning it to ashes served the purpose of taming the rage of the Omen of death.


Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Andile Mchunu aka Blacksquire.

The Magic of Wor(l)ds

P.S. Are you an author (or publisher) who also wants a FREE interview like this? You can always contact me via e-mail!

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