Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Tales of Elves and Trolls: The Crystal Goblin by Joshua Blanc

Welcome to Author Joshua Blanc.

Bio:

Joshua Blanc was born in Australia, and has lived in Canada since 1994. He developed a taste for writing in primary school, and started writing science-fiction in his teens. He now writes speculative fiction with a sense of humour, ranging from fantasy to horror to the just-plain-odd. His first published short was Death of a Sock Puppet, in 2001. His work has since appeared in several e-zines. Tales of Elves and Trolls: The Crystal Goblin is his first book.

Joshua is also an amateur nature photographer, and produces electronic music as The Manitou.

http://www.manitouslair.com/zone1.htm

Interview:

What is one book everyone should read?
I’m very tempted to say ‘mine!’ I suppose the book that made the most impact on me is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It’s filled with such singular wit and imagination.

Night owl, or early bird?
Definitely a night owl. Late at night is when I’m most creative and also when I like to read. Early mornings only make me sluggish.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It will enchant you and stimulate the imagination.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
The sequel to The Crystal Goblin is in-progress. I have a novella I’d like to publish, and countless short stories to consider for anthologies. I’m also adapting some of my works for audio dramatization.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?

It’s something I gravitated towards in primary school, abandoned for a while and then took up again in my early teens. I’ve written ever since. I’ve been blessed/cursed with an overactive imagination, so it’s great to have an outlet for it.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Seeing a girl of about seven pounce on a copy of my book and practically pry the money to buy it from her mother’s purse.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world… which would it be?
I’m once again tempted to say my own… Perhaps the Oz books by L. Frank Baum, although I might find Oz a bit sickly sweet after a while. Piers Anthony’s Xanth has too many perils, and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld is just nuts!

What is your dream cast for your book?
It lends itself to animation, so the voice cast I used for my book trailer is perfect: some very talented friends and myself.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
I already wrote a theme song for it, but I think of Trevor Jones and his score for the film Labyrinth.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Read a book called ‘Self-Editing for Fiction Writers’ (but take it with a pinch of salt), and put some serious thought into internet promotion.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
The first thing I wanted to be was a rock star. I’ve loved music from an early age, but back then I didn’t know the meaning of ‘stage fright.’

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
H.G. Wells, John Wyndham, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Lewis Carroll, L. Frank Baum…

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
There are fragments of myself in most of my protagonists.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
It would have to be a story about a mutated influenza virus that turns into vicious ‘snot creatures.’

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
A signed copy of H.G. Wells’ ‘The War Of The Worlds’ would be awesome. The story, in many forms, has enthralled me since I was a kid. Either that or Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which to me is the be-all and end-all vampire novel.

Which authors have influenced you most how?
I love the way Victorian authors wrote dialogue, particularly in children’s books, and I like to impart some of that into my own work, so the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll, and Frances Hodgson Burnett. The humorous side of my writing owes a lot to Douglas Adams and Spike Milligan. Horror writer P.S. Gifford inspired me to write more often and publish more of my work.

What do you do in your free time?
I like to create electronic music or walk in the woods and photograph nature. The two don’t really go together, do they?

What’s your favorite season/weather?
A warm sunny day in late spring could last forever and I wouldn’t complain.

Favorite places to travel?
England is very inspirational to me, I would love to go again.

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
The Golden Compass.

Tales of Elves and Trolls: The Crystal Goblin
by Joshua Blanc
http://www.manitouslair.com/

Book summary:

“When Lora, a headstrong elf-child, slips away from the orphanage little does she dream it will lead to a series of grand adventures. Along with Sticky the imp, a slave seeking asylum in the Elven Realm, she journeys into enemy troll territory. Here they meet a troll outlander named Gnorr, whom Lora grows to love as the father she never knew. But convincing the elves of Gnorr’s peaceful intentions will not prove easy.

As the three of them strive to make a place for themselves in the quiet elven village of Gwyn-Elm, knowledge of a magical artefact, The Crystal Goblin, comes to light. Its influence over their lives runs deeper than they can imagine, drawing them into a conflict far greater than their personal struggles.

This first volume of Tales of Elves and Trolls comprises nine stories for all ages which can be enjoyed on their own or read together as a whole. Join Lora and her friends as they encounter sentient trees, a deadly dragon, and mischievous goblins; search for faeries, and try to prevent a battle that could change the face of their world …”

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of The Crystal Goblin
Open Internationally
Ends 5/10

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