Friday, December 2, 2016

SPOTLIGHT w/Author Interview - Malaise Falchion by Paul Barrett

Malaise Falchion
by Paul Barrett
Release Date: November 15th 2016
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction

Disgraced during the Demon War, Dwarf investigator Snazdaggin Kundarik (Spade to his friends) wants nothing more than a desk to sleep on, a bottle of grog to drink, and the occasional easy case for quick pay.

Then a mysterious female Elf from the posh side of town shows up and offers him exoneration for his past sins and lots of gold. All he has to do is follow her brother and report his activities. Simple, right?

He should have known better. The simple job soon spirals out of control. Spade finds himself sucked into intrigue, powerful magic, and the hunt for a weapon powerful enough to end the world. Ill-prepared, Spade forges on with the aid of his hapless sidekick and a reluctant female warrior.

Will he survive long enough to save the world and get his grog?
How would you describe youR style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
Man, that’s a tough one. Depends on which book you pick up, I guess. In The Malaise Falchion I’m deliberately trying to mimic the noir style of Raymond Chandler or Mickey Spillane, albeit in a more comedic way. With A Whisper of Death, the style is Realistic Epic Fantasy, if such a thing is possible. There’s magic and strange creatures, but the characters also face relatable issues regarding their place in the world, insecurities about who they are, and the adolescent awkwardness of romantic relationships.

What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
Because of the nature of my everyday work, which is in film and television production, I’ve learned to be flexible in when and how I write. Which is to say, I write when the opportunity presents itself, so I don’t have a routine. As long as I have a notebook or iPad and a cup of coffee to hand, I can always scribble out something.

Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
Before I start a story, I’ll come up with a basic character history. At least enough to establish personality and motivations. After that, I try to let the character tell me more about themselves during the world creation and outlining process, where such things as cultural and religious influence may come to bear. Then I learn more about them as the story unfolds. That’s going to change a bit with my next project, which is an attempt to do a TV series. Writing the story bible for such an undertaking will require a much more in-depth breakdown of character. Should be an interesting experiment.

Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)?
I have certainly bonded with Erick and Blink from The Necromancer Saga, since they are really two halves of my personality, although both are much braver than I would probably ever be. Characters are much like your children, though. You love them each for different reasons. Even the bad ones you can’t help but feel a certain affinity for.

Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can’t wait to put to paper?
I tend to work story or world concept first and then characters come about based on the concept. Having said that, I have started jotting down notes about two characters who were inspired by an illustration I received as part of a GoFundMe campaign. So it will be fun to see what sort of journey they take me on and what sort of world forms up around them. Of course, I have to get book two of The Necromancer Saga out the door first.

Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced?
About the only impulse control problem I have is when it comes to sweets. Overall, I’m a pretty disciplined guy, but when it comes to sugary snacks, especially desserts, it’s very difficult for me to say no. This is problematic on film sets, where meals are provided and always include desserts. I mean really, how can you say no to free banana pudding or ice cream? And then there’s the craft service table, which almost always has cookies or pastries of some sort. It’s a battle every day.

Author Info
Paul has lived a varied life full of excitement and adventure. Not really, but it sounds good as an opening line.

Paul’s multiple careers have included: rock and roll roadie, children’s theater stage manager, television camera operator, mortgage banker, and support specialist for Microsoft Excel.

This eclectic mix prepared him to go into his true love: motion picture production. He has produced two motion pictures and two documentaries: His film Night Feeders released on DVD in 2007, and Cold Storage was released by Lionsgate in 2010

Amidst all this, Paul has worked on his writing, starting with his first short story, about Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, at age 8. Paul has written and produced numerous commercial and industrial video scripts in his tenure with his forcreative agency, Indievision. He has two published short stories (As You Sow and Double Cross) and one self-published novel (Godchild). He lives with his filmmaker/graphic artist partner and their three cats.
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