Friday, May 4, 2012

The Prodigal's Foole by R. B. Wood: Interview

A man can run from his past - but not his future.

Symon Bryson lives in self-imposed exile until Monsignor DuBarry goes missing and not even the most adept of the practitioners can determine the reason for the abduction. The clues lie buried in the past amidst epic battles and horrific losses but reliving that failed mission tasks the team with new obstacles and fearsome threats.

Symon must deal with his own hidden demons and confront the menace that threatens the delicate balance of power. When the darkest of all evils lures Symon into opening the door, an unsuspecting world will confront the unthinkable.

When all that stands between Heaven and Hell is magic, more than faith will be tested.

Tell us about your current release.

The Prodigal’s Foole is a Dark urban fantasy novel—the first of a series called The Arcana Chronicles.  It’s a first person story told from the point of view of Symon Bryson.  Symon was once the most promising magical practitioner of our generation.  However ten years before the beginning of the novel, something happened that made him swear off magic forever and go into a self-imposed exile.  The novel starts with him returning to Boston, Massachusetts after receiving a disturbing communiqué.

I’ve always wanted to explore what would happen if magic existed in the real world.  Who would have tried to control it beginning thousands of years ago?  What would the modern era of global communications and cooperation mean to the secret?  These themes will be explored throughout the series.

Tell us about your next release.

Book two of The Arcana Chronicles takes place three months after the events of The Prodigal’s Foole. The evil unleashed in the first book is being hunted around the world while Symon is ‘relearning’ his skills as a practitioner.  I child of a priest arrives asking for sanctuary and all hell breaks loose.  The book is called The Young Practitioner.

Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?

Absolutely.  Both famous and not, my family—specifically my children and partner, Tina pushed for me to get back into writing.  I wrote a lot when I was young, pretty much for my own enjoyment and pleasure.  The family was instrumental in moving me to the next level.

Writers such as Neil Gaiman, James Morrow, Tad Williams, Anne McCaffery, Jim Butcher, Joe Michael Straczynski, Robin Hobb and a slew of other very talented artists have influenced me over the years.  Such wonderful stories, characters and settings…who couldn’t be inspired by these.

When's the last time you played that musical instrument?

It’s been years.  I played Tenor Sax and Clarinet during college professionally.  I was classically trained and that translated nicely to jazz and rock for the sax.  I dabbled in bass guitar as well.  I miss it, but there are only so many hobbies one can take on.

Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.

Wasn’t so much a fan letter but a tweet.  Patricia Tallman of Babylon 5 fame send me a wonderful note about how much she loved my book.  There are no words to describe the feeling of receiving high praise from an artist you admire.  She also gave me permission to use the quote on the cover of The Prodigal’s Foole.  We’ve continued to trade e-mails over the last few months.  She really is a remarkable woman.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

I’ll use my favorite quote from fellow author Steve Umstead. “Demons and magic, shotguns and explosions - Great read!

R.B. Wood is a technology consultant and a writer of Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction and quite frankly anything else that strikes his fancy. His first novel, The Prodigal's Foole,will be re-released in April of 2012. Along with the re-release, Mr. Wood is currently working on the second book of his Arcana Chronicles series and is host of The Word Count podcast.
R. B. currently lives in Boston with his partner, Tina, his dog Jack, three cats and various other critters that visit from time to time.
Feel free to contact him at

a Rafflecopter giveaway


busanalayali said...

Very good article. Congratulations..
toko busana muslim

Joy said...

Thanks for the giveaway.
magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

Courtney Wyant said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

Suz said...

Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book looks great and I would love to win it!

Suz Reads

Kimberly Lim said...

Thanks for the giveaway

Helen said...

I would love a chance to read this. It sounds very interesting

Holly Bryan said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I'm very much into urban fantasy right now and would love to read this. I am also really intrigued by wondering what the world would be like if we really had magic, especially to think about it co-existing right along with science. Or to consider how quickly the government would step in to regulate the use of magic! :)

Holly Bryan said...

Thanks again so much, Laurie and R.B. Wood, for the giveaway!! I'm honored to have won and am looking forward to reading the book. Yay!