Director and writer at http://www.tskproductions.com
How would you describe your story in one sentence?
With their dying sun, and an ancient enemy in pursuit, the King of the Aonise fights to save his people from total annihilation.
What inspired you to write your story/characters/theme?
TSK first came to me in a dream. I wanted to write it out as a feature film at first, but after getting feedback from a couple of Internet sites. I met a great guy who said it would make an awesome TV series, so it followed that direction for a while.
Which authors have influenced you?
Melanie Rawn, Stephen King, Frank Herbert.
Which are your favorite literary genres?
Anything Epic Sci fi or Fantasy, but I do like Drama as well.
What makes a book/story special for you?
The characters, I love characters that are so true to life you could walk down the road and believe they’re right beside you.
Where do you live? Did your hometown/country/culture influence your story?
I’m from the UK, born and bred in a small village. I would say my upbringing really had an influence on my worlds. I was always out and about as a kid playing with others and imagining worlds and stories for us to enjoy.
How long you needed for writing this book/for your first draft/ for your revision/editing process?
It was a friend who said ‘why don’t you write before the TV series as a novel’ just before November 2012, (nanowrimo) and my brain started working. I wrote the 50k in that month as part of their challenge, but then I continued on and completed the first draft before my birthday on the 13th Dec, it came in at 84k.
Did you hire a cover artist/editor/proofreader?
I am very lucky because I already was involved with some amazing people due to my film background. A good friend and 3D artist was already working on characters from the TV series, and he offered to design the cover.
Yes, as a scriptwriter at heart, I hired in a Coach and Content Editor, EJ Runyon to help get the best out of the novel that I could. It then went through several reads, beta and beyond. Copy-editing was with Rogena Mitchell-Jones and then it went off to Heather Osborne for final proofing and formatting.
Final copy of TSK- Letháo came in at 102k.
What have you learned while writing and publishing? Did unexpected things happen?
Of course, there were lots of things that got in the way. From struggling to find an Editor that meshed well with the team and to sorting out formatting for a highly complicated book. The first cover wasn’t well received by my friends, so we went back to the drawing board so to speak and hired in a consultant. That took an extra amount of time and money, and did stall the release of the book. But, the final design was well worth waiting for. We are so pleased with it.
What helped you to get inspired and overcome hurdles along the writing of your book?
This has to be the constant support of the TSK Team. We ‘ve become like a small family. We’ve been together some of us for many years. Others joined more recent, but offered just as much comfort and help for each other in difficult times.
Without them and my real family and friends this might never have been as successful as it has ☺
What would you do differently on a next project?
Well TSK isn’t finished yet. There are several other novel’s planned, within the world. Written by myself and my co-writers. There are over 20 shorts planned for the website, with art and animation to boot. It’s all a go. TSK has a lot to offer and we’re using it to bring other creative people together ☺
Best piece (s) of advice for first time writers?
Join a few Internet writing sites, find writers who are similar in style genre and age and make lasting friendships. These are what count when it comes down to it. With people around you, you can accomplish anything and the ups and downs of writing and life in general are always better shared.
Practice every single day, set aside time everyday no matter what or how you’re feeling. If you don’t write, you’ll never learn the discipline it takes to get through from draft 1, to that final copy.
Where can readers contact you in the Internet? Do you have a blog/website?
We’ve quite an established unit of websites, blogs, twitter and Facebook. I’m sure I’m everywhere if you Google me.
Here’s my ‘small’ list ☺ for anyone who follows we’ll follow back and we love to interact or chat with other writers, feel free to message me anytime.
The Facebook and websites are running a few giveaways at the moment for the book release.
Production Website – http://www.tskproductions.com/
Main TSK Website – http://www.thesecretking.com/
TSK Productions – https://twitter.com/ProductionsTSK
TSK Main – https://twitter.com/TeamSecretKing
TSK Productions Ltd https://www.facebook.com/TSKProductionsLtd
The Secret King Fan Page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Secret-King/836723299691777
What are you planning to write/publish next?
As a team we’ve planning on publishing the Constructed Language Grammar and Dictionary – Lacria for the TSK World. Written and created by the very talented Trent Pehrson. His website can be found here – http://idrani.perastar.com/index.htm