Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Fezariu’s Epiphany by David M. Brown

Welcome to Author David M. Brown

Bio:

David has spent ten years compiling a thorough history of Elenchera, including 47,000 years of events, 500 maps and over 2,000 pages. However, he’s keen to do something new with fantasy fiction and uses the fantasy world as a backdrop to stories that – he hopes – anyone will enjoy. David lives in Huddersfield with his wife and 6 rescue cats and admits he was inspired to write fantasy after playing Final Fantasy games!

Website: The Elencheran Chronicles – http://elenchera.com
Blog: The World According to Dave – http://blog.elenchera.com
Twitter: @elenchera – http://twitter.com/elenchera
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/elenchera
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fezarius-Epiphany-ebook/dp/B00515BM9W

Interview:

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
I’ll assume my wife and six cats are already with me! I’d take my Kindle as there are a lot of books on it, I’d need my laptop for writing and I’d like the telephone number for the complaints department of whichever ocean liner or plane company had left me stranded on the desert island!

What is one book everyone should read?
Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood remains my favourite book of all time. I read it in its original form i.e. a small red book and a small green book. I’ve yet to see the film adaptation but if it’s as good as the book it will be an undoubted masterpiece.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
A bacon and egg sandwich is a good start to any day though not as healthy as the bowl of cereal I tend to have instead.

Night owl, or early bird?
A night owl every time. I’m at my most productive in the evenings and find it difficult getting out of bed on a morning, no matter how much sleep I have had.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Fezariu’s Epiphany is a fantasy novel, which is trying to do something different with the genre, making it more accessible to a wider audience by making the characters, rather than the fictional world, most paramount to the story.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m currently working on my second novel, A World Apart, which will be a much longer story than Fezariu’s Epiphany and will have its heart a tragic love triangle than begins for three characters in their teens and continues into adulthood.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
It has to be Terry Pratchett’s Discworld surely! I could wander the streets of Ankh Morpork and bump into my favourite characters – from City Watch – or stop by Unseen University or the Assassins Guild, well, maybe not the latter, but Discworld has a joke on every corner and Death is literally nearby and he’s an amusing guy as well!

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Find a reader and critic that you trust and listen to their feedback. My no.1 fan and critic is my wife, Donna, who is generous with praise and ruthless with criticism. Thanks to her feedback and editing assistance Fezariu’s Epiphany became the novel I had always hoped it would be. Make sure your reader and critic is happy and you’ll stand in much better stead for when other readers pick up your book,

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
I would love to have lived in the 1960s, mostly for the music scene I have to say. The Beatles and The Doors are my favourites from that time but you also had the likes of Hendrix and Dylan in the charts as well. The sixties was described as “the greatest decade in the history of mankind” in the cult film Withnail & I and it would have been amazing to join with Bob Dylan and see that “the times they are a-changing.”

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Prior to meeting Donna I would have said the south island of New Zealand but now we would move in a heartbeat to Cologne in Germany. A city of fine food, a fabulous local brew in kolsh, amazing museums, friendly locals and fabulous scenery.

What is your favorite Quote?
I do like the one from Albert Einstein that summarised the late Mahatma Gandhi. “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this, ever in flesh and blood, walked upon this earth.” If any sentence captured Gandhi it was that one.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
J.R.R. Tolkien is the undoubted father of fantasy for me but I also love Terry Pratchett and Terry Goodkind. Away from fantasy I love Haruki Murakami, George Orwell and Ernest Hemingway.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I think I share the love of alcohol and some of the humour that are the main traits of the toldere, Vintaro, in Fezariu’s Epiphany. Fezariu himself is reminiscent of me in being withdrawn though his taciturn nature is for different reasons to mine. Fezariu’s distance is born of a troubled past and abandonment by his mother whereas mine is down to being a generally shy person, a better thinker than speaker (which is why I turn to writing to express myself better: it lacks the pressure of spontaneity).

Favorite Food?
Hand me a margherita pizza with a ridiculous amount of cheese on the surface and you will have my attention for the next few hours. Okay, minutes.

What was your favorite children’s book?
I loved the Asterix comics by Goscinny and Uderzo and still own many of the ones I had from school. I think my favourite of the stories was Asterix and the Great Banquet where a Roman challenges Asterix to tour Gaul and collect the local food and drink specialities from each town. Asterix prevails of course and once again puts the Romans in their place. Those comics are timeless.

Nickname?
I usually ask people to refer to me as Dave but growing up my father called me Did. At school I had spiky hair so was originally called Wavy Davy, which was condensed to Wavy after a few months and then a further change took place and I was Wave at school and for a time at college. I managed to offload the name by the time I reached university.

How do you react to a bad review?
I’ll listen to what has been said and see what changes I can make for my next work. The reviews have been generally favourable but some areas do need improvement and I intend to listen to whatever feedback my readers have to offer. I did recently have my first 1 star review though the girl in question admitted she’d only read 3 pages and couldn’t understand any of it! I could have been offended by that review but managed to take it in my stride! I’ll listen to feedback from people who have read the book in its entirety and if not that then a good portion of it. I could never judge a book after 3 pages!

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
Buy a small property in the countryside with plenty of land and only quiet country roads nearby. In the long-term I would build a small barn or shelter and turn into an exclusive cat dwelling for our six funky felines to take shelter from the rain and just enjoy themselves. I’m not a greedy person and would never want to live in a mansion no matter how much money I possessed. A small country retreat is all my wife and I would ever need.

Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I started writing in 1999 after playing the Playstation RPG Final Fantasy VII. It was instantly my favourite game, only being superseded by later instalments in the series but my experience of Final Fantasy led me onto Norse mythology which I found more interesting than the Greek tales and having done some research I suddenly wanted to write my own fantasy and as a result the world of Elenchera was born.

Favorite music?
I tend to listen to music that isn’t at the top of the charts. Mostly indie and rock music. I adore The Decemberists most of all and had the pleasure of seeing them live in Leeds back in March this year. Colin Meloy is a fabulous singer, guitarist and songwriter and I enjoy listening to any album by The Decemberists whenever I’m writing. Meloy’s songs often tell powerful stories such as The Bagman’s Gambit and Yankee Bayonet. It’s hard not to love and be inspired by this group.

Fezariu’s Epiphany

“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.”

Giveaway Details:
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Open Internationally
Ends 10/17

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