Tell us a bit more about yourself
I’m 23 years old and live in an apartment with a good friend from my high school. I graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, where I studied Psychology. Originally I planned on getting my Masters and opening an office. But when I graduated, I found myself leaning toward being an author. I read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and that convinced me that I should follow my dreams.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired to write Vallidin after reading Terry Goodkind’s Wizard’s First Rule. That was a great read for me and I had read other fantasy books before him, such as Harry Potter and the Hobbit.
What is your favourite part of the book?
My favorite part of the book is when Dirge finally gets Vallidin alone. I really enjoyed writing his entrance into the scene. Vallidin has learned so much since he last encountered Dirge and I wanted him to not feel helpless anymore.
Is there anything in Vallidin that you wish you could change now?
The best part about this book not being printed is that I can change it at any time!
Where did you get the idea for Vallidin?
I initially penned Vallidin when I was fifteen years old. He had a lot of similarities to my own life. I wanted to create this sense of wonder from outside his village, like someone in High School might feel when moving into college. As I kept coming back to the story, more and more time went by and I became older and more mature. I found myself not relating so much with Vallidin anymore, but thought young adults might, so I didn’t want to change him too much.
How did you pick the names of your characters?
I wanted their names to feel unfamiliar to the reader, being a fantasy world and all. I knew I wanted one familiar name in the story, however, and so I chose Ben to be Vallidin’s close friend.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider your mentor?
When I wrote Vallidin I would say Terry Goodkind without a doubt. At my current stage of writing, I would definitely say Ayn Rand is my new mentor.
Is there anything you would like to say to your critics and or fans?
I would like to thank every critic and every fan. Receiving feedback has been an eye-opening experience for me and I hope I continue to receive it.
What is your favourite author? And what really strikes you about their work?
Ayn Rand is my favorite author. Her work fascinates me because her writing is not only incredible, but her characters and her intellect jump off the pages.
Your favourite novel?
From where do you draw your inspiration?
Right now I am drawing inspiration from Ayn Rand’s novels, a few of my critics that have given me in-depth analysis and suggestions, as well as the tv show “Californication”, which follows a writer and his life.
How much research did you do to write Vallidin?
Years worth. In my eyes, it was never going to be complete. I think any writer can attest to their first novel being the most difficult to release, and I know for a fact that some of them never are.
Is your family very supportive in your writing career?
My family is very supportive of my writing career. I would not be anywhere without them.
Have you learnt anything valuable from writing your book?
I have learned so much valuable information from writing Vallidin. My next novel (I am currently working on 3 simultaneously) will have a much smoother release.
While writing the novel did you experience writers block? What did you do?
Yes, I experienced writer’s block. Since writing wasn’t yet a career, I was able to wait it out. Now, though, I try to push through it, even if what I write is garbage, there’s always time to revise.
Is Arayana modeled after anyone in your life? Are any of the other characters modeled after people you know?
Arianya was originally modeled after my perfect woman. For my other characters, I try and put myself in their shoes, their mindset, and write them like that.
How much time do you stand of to writing each day?
I try to write for at least three hours a day, though that’s on a bad day. Sometimes I write for over eight. That time includes everything I do for a novel, planning, revising, structuring, researching, and actual writing.
What part of Vallidin was the hardest to write?
The hardest part was writing his time in Kanawa. Here’s a new area where he’s all alone. What does he do? How does he fair? Does he make friends, is he shunned? And then there’s the Gantsin tournament. Writing about an arena filled with swordplay was not easy!
Do you have a Ben in your life?
I used to have a Ben in my life, which is where his character originated. Now I feel like I have a bunch of Moores in my life!
Thanks for the Justin and we wish you luck in all your future writings!
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