Fridays 5 with Thaddeus White
Thaddeus White is a writer of speculative fiction (mostly fantasy), and an avid reader of fantasy and classical history. He also likes watching and betting on F1 (with mixed results).
He's released two fantasy novels (Bane of Souls, and Journey to Altmortis) and his new comedy, The Adventures of Sir Edric [Volume One], will be published shortly.
UK Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thaddeus-White/e/B008C6RU98/
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1.) When did you first get serious about writing?
A.) Several years ago I wrote a story and hawked it around various agents. It wasn't in a fit state to be seen, but the process was taking so long I started writing a new book just to keep my eye in. A few months into that, I started taking the new book seriously, and became more active on the Chrons (a sci-fi/fantasy forum, which includes lots of good writing advice). I took my time with it, and redrafted it a lot.
2.) What is the hardest part for you about writing?
A.) Knowing when to stop. No book's ever perfect, so you can redraft until the cow's come home, but at some point you've got to fling it into the open and hope people don't hate it. A related problem in comedy is that when you read your own jokes so many times they lose almost all the humour, so the final check makes it seem like you've written a comedy with no good jokes... [I write both 'serious' and comedy fantasy].
When Sir Edric Greenlock, the Hero of Hornska, is summoned to attend the King in the dead of night he fears imminent execution. The King, however, has something else in mind. Priceless royal seals have been stolen, and the King dispatches Sir Edric to retrieve them in a mission that could optimistically be described as suicidal.
Along the way he'll battle rockheaded golems, terrible sorcery and the Ursk: a race of brutal slavers who consider humans to be edible currency.
Accompanied by his pathologically loyal manservant Dog, the prudish elf Lysandra, and a man called Colin, he must travel to the Unholy Temple to retrieve the royal seals from a mysterious thief.
Sir Edric’s Treasure:
It isn't always nice to be wanted, as Sir Edric discovers when an enormous bounty on his head attracts bounty hunters to him like dung attracts flies. To escape near certain capture, he embarks on a daring quest to pay off his bounty by winning the inheritance of the dying, and obscenely wealthy, Archibald Thrift.
Accompanied by his trusty manservant Dog, Raella the librarian and Belinda, a ten foot nun, he must find the Eye of Wisdom to win Archie's wealth. But he'll need all his cunning to best his rivals for Archie's legacy, and the bounty hunters won't give up their prey easily...
3.) How did you feel upon publication of your first completed project?
A.) In terms of a traditionally published work, I'll tell you in a month or two (The Adventures of Sir Edric [Volume One] hopefully out at the end of March). For self-publishing, I'd worked on Bane of Souls for so long I was glad to finally get it out there. So, there was relief, and when the (mostly) positive reviews came in I was encouraged, and took on board the points that were made for the next book (lots of people said they liked the magic, but felt the start was a bit slow, so I improved that for the following book).
4.) What is more important to you, story, or character? Why?
A.) Character. Obviously, both matter, but it's possible to make the mundane magical if you've got a witty or intriguing character. I also think people identify with characters and care about them. It's the people in a book that readers want to see succeed or fail, live or die.
5.) What is a typical day like in your world?
A.) A mix of writing a first draft, which I really like, and redrafting (which feels a little more like work). I don't just work on one project at once any more, it's both more enjoyable and more effective to keep a few plates spinning at the same time. Enough to keep me on my toes without decorating the floor with broken crockery.
Thaddeus also has an anthology coming out February 15 of this year.
SOMETIMES THE JOURNEY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE DESTINATION.
A stone from the starts rips a royal family apart, in a new tale from the banished lands. Weary hero Cam rides to the aid of his dying king, bearing the elixir that may save him. A party of reluctant adventurers pursues a troll across a snowy mountainside – or is it the troll who is hunting them?
Fourteen tales of daring, death, and glory, by fourteen talented writers.
Grab your map, sword, and magical amulet; your journey awaits.
With stories from:
John Gwynne, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Gail Z. Martin, Juliet E McKenna, Julia Knight, Juliana Spink Mills, Jacob Cooper, Samanda R Primeau, Steven Poore, Davis Ashura, Dan Jones, Charlie Pulsipher, Anna Dickinson, and Thaddeus White