Tuesday, July 12, 2011

David M Brown - Fezariu's Epiphany-Interview, & Giveaway: Bewitching Tour Stop

About the Author

I was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, and first conceived the idea of the Elencheran Chronicles at college in 1999. I spent ten years compiling the history of Elenchera, resulting in 47,000+ years of events, 500+ maps, 2000+ pages, several short stories and many much-needed acquaintances with Jack Daniels.

I now live in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, with my wife, Donna, and my six cats.  Fezariu’s Epiphany is my first novel and I also have a small selection of stories out at Amazon and Smashwords (Short Stories I-IV).

"The White Oak, Clarendon’s oldest brothel, lured and destroyed men by the thousands. Fezariu was different. He had never been drawn by the White Oak’s vices but the brothel had still ruined him when he was just a boy. 

Salvation came in the form of the Merelax Mercenaries – Elenchera’s most prestigious hired hands. They gave Fezariu the chance to escape from his past. Immersed in the world of dangerous assignments in the colonies Fezariu longed to forget everything about his childhood but only in facing the past would he ever be free of it."

Free eBook Giveaway
David M. Brown will be giving away a few digital copies of  Fezariu’s Epiphany. Just comment below, including your email addy for your chance to win.  This giveaway is open internationally and ends July 16th at 11:45PM CDT.

Read Excerpt
In the returning snowfall, Fezariu perceived an obstacle to his path through the forest. It was a large lake, its surface frozen but the ice too thin to risk walking across. Fezariu turned as if to head back down the path but his legs would no longer carry him. He fell to his knees before slowly lowering Tessera onto the path. She was still breathing but now sporadically, while her eyes, filled with glistening tears, were permanently closed.

Fezariu gazed beyond the surface of the frozen lake and the heights of the forest to the starlit cosmos that had overlooked the crushing defeat the Himordians had inflicted on the Merelax Mercenaries. Fezariu found himself strangely content and at peace. There was nothing left to do but wait for death by the hands of the Himordians or by the severity of the falling snow.

As Tessera’s breathing continued to decline, Fezariu thought about his life: his birth in Larchfield, his later childhood on the sleazy streets of Clarendon and finally his blossoming career in the Merelax Mercenaries. Fezariu’s memories, so vivid in their poignancy and regret, played out smoothly in his mind and helped him to forget the frostbite that was now beginning to cripple his body.

Fezariu remembered his reason for becoming a mercenary in the first place, the same reason that had led him to this lonely place in the forest. It had all started in the White Oak, a squalid brothel in Clarendon, and Fezariu’s sad fate had been down to one woman – a prostitute named Wild Jessamine.

Interview with David M. Brown

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
Having ticked off Australia and New Zealand from my most wanted list in 2008, my dream destination would now be Japan. It’s one of the most fascinating countries in the world, on the one hand technological purveyors and on the other home to fabulous scenery and relics. I’m a big fan of Japanese films, especially anime and would have to visit the Studio Ghibli Museum during my time there as the anime maestro Hayao Miyazaki is unlikely to want me round for dinner! I also dream of seeing the cherry blossom in Japan which I understand is amazing and on a more serious note I would like to wander the memorials at Hiroshima and reflect on one of the darkest hours in our history.

It’s so cool that you have been able to visit Australia.  I would love to do that, too.  It’s on my short list of dream destinations. What can you tell us about your current release.
I have just published my debut novel, Fezariu’s Epiphany, which I intend to be the first in a series of self-contained books that will make up the Elencheran Chronicles. All entries in the series will be set in the world of Elenchera but readers will not be required to read them in any particular order. Each one will offer an insight into a different phase of Elenchera’s history and over time I want to share something of each and every one of the twenty-three lands that make up this unique world.

WOW! That sounds like a very ambitious undertaking.  It’s so good when an idea can take off like that. So Okay, what can you tell us about your next release.
My second novel in the Elencheran Chronicles series will be A World Apart. The novel will focus on a love triangle between two men and one woman that begins in their teens and continues into adulthood with tragic consequences. Its primary setting will be in Himordia but the story will take the three characters throughout the colonies of West Elenchera. It’s in the planning stages at the moment but A World Apart is already looking like a novel that will rival, if not better, Fezariu’s Epiphany.

That’s exciting and from your comments it sounds as though the characters are already eager to get their story told.  What book are you reading now?
This leaves me a little shamefaced and I’m expecting the literary lynch mob round any second but I’m currently reading Jules Verne’s 20,000 Thousands Leagues Under The Sea. I’ve never read anything by Verne before, not even in my childhood, so you could say I’m doing a spot of catching up. I won’t claim to understand all of the scientific aspects in Verne but I’m really enjoying the novel and Captain Nemo is living up to the literary reputation that proceeds him. No sign of that giant squid yet though!
Ha! Ha! Well, there’s a reason that the classics stay alive. They truly appeal to generation after generation of readers.  Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
A critic you can trust is the best thing to have. Prior to meeting my wife in late 2008 I relied on friends and family to feedback on my writing but I was always told my work was flawless, which I knew couldn’t possibly be true. Even before my wife and I were a couple she told me that although my writing was good there were weaknesses and since then it’s been something of a crusade for her to filter out all the bad stuff I create. As a critic she’s utterly ruthless but my writing has improved significantly as a result. Getting things wrong has severe consequences you know! Starting your own blog is also a great way to test the water with your writing. You can post blogs about anything which will keep your writing fresh and building up a loyal following can only be a good thing when you announce (on your blog!) that impending book release.
Do you have a milestone birthday coming up? If so, how are you approaching it?
I’ve recently celebrated my 29th birthday so the big 3-0 is on the distant horizon. How am
I approaching it? Most likely with trepidation I should imagine. I can’t believe my twenties will soon be behind me but it will have been an amazing decade: getting a degree, travelling, publishing my first book and most importantly getting married. Hopefully my path to 40 will be just as wonderful.

Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?
I’m definitely a night person. Like many people I feel more akin to a zombie if I have to emerge before 9.00 a.m. and it takes me a long time to get up to speed. If I can get up late and stay up while the early hours of the morning then my day will be far more productive. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve stayed up late and only gone to bed because I felt I had to rather than because I needed to! Whenever I’m writing it is generally at night as my mind is the most active then.

Do you have a Website or Blog?
You can find out more about the Elencheran Chronicles at www.elenchera.com and the site also includes details about Fezariu’s Epiphany, including a book trailer. I also have a blog, The World According to Dave, which can be found at www.elenchera.com/blog  

Thanks so much for letting us find out a little about you and your new book.  I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about how you conceived and researched the background idea springboards for Elenchera.

Where to Find David M. Brown
Author page: The Elencheran Chronicles - www.elenchera.com
Blog: The World According to Dave - www.blog.elenchera.com

Buy Links
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David M. Brown said...

Hi Laurie

Thanks so much for hosting me. This is a fantastic blog and I will certainly be coming back as a reader (and perhaps again in the future as an author!).


Laurie said...

Hi David!! It's my pleasure to host this stop on your tour!! Thanks so much for dropping in.

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