Dark Tidings by Ken Magee – Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Ken Magee

Deep down, I have always wanted to be a writer. Like a lot of people, I was sure there was at least one book in me and I wanted to get it out. Unfortunately life intervened and it decided that I needed a career that would feed the family, so I worked for many years in the IT industry in a variety of roles including programming, sales and eventually CEO. Just to complicate things, in the middle of all this, I also served in the British Royal Naval Reserve for five years.

In 2010, I semi-retired and decided it was time to finish the book I had started writing years earlier. I don’t think any of the original book survived the process, although it did remain a Fantasy novel because that’s my real passion! Even as a young boy, I loved Fantasy and Science Fiction books and, if they had a good sprinkling of comedy, then I was happy. Harry Harrison and the Stainless Steel Rat probably paved the path which eventually led to the likes of Terry Pratchett. I would love to think that my first book at least hints at those influences. One review seemed to think so, and that really pleased me…

“Imagine the worlds of Terry Pratchett and Dan Brown coming together – Dark Tidings provides a witty and clever read that will appeal to all readers.”

I am married with two grown up children, and two dogs. I love reading, writing and words. I have a keen interest in music (mainly rock), technology, movies, travel and the Internet. To keep fit I play badminton when I get the time… and I walk the dogs even when I don’t get the time.

Links:

Blog: http://kenmagee.blogspot.co.uk/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2896070.Ken_Magee
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KenMageeAuthor

Interview:
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

I’d go back to medieval times. I’d love to experience the simpler lifestyle they had back then. Also, that’s where one of my funny fantasy novels starts so I’d like to see if I described the era accurately. Having said that, I’d miss the Internet, TV, computer games, pizza and chocolate, so I know I’d want to come back to the present time after a day or two.

What is one book everyone should read?

Even if they’re not fantasy fans, everyone should read Terry Pratchett’s Mort. It’s a really funny, beautifully told story that presents a whole new perspective on Death.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

I think there’s a bit of the author in every single character they create. I’d like to think that I’m most like Michael, he’s the Internet expert who has an answer for everything.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

I was a guest author at a fantasy convention at which I met a bunch of the cast of Game of Thrones. I was thrilled to meet them, but the really great thing was that they were genuinely interested in me and my ‘ancient magic meets the Internet’ books.

How did you know you should become an author?

I started my first novel many years ago, but then it lay untouched for a long, long time while I got on with real life. However, I’d often get a niggling feeling that I should dig out what I’d written and finish the story… that feeling never left me until the day that I did actually complete the book. When a publisher then wanted to publish it, I knew I’d done the right thing.

What is you favourite way to spend a rainy day?

I love being curled up with a good book, watching the rain through a window. I live in Ireland so I get through plenty of good books!

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

One of my favourite songs comes from a video game. You probably have to complete Portal 1 to really appreciate it, but here’s the link… Portal I credit sequence. Strange, but fun.

Favourite quote from a movie?

I love movies so there are loads of quotes I love. My favourite though is from ‘City Slickers’. Billy Crystal asked Jack Palance if he has killed anyone today and Jack replied, in his gravelly voice, ‘Day ain’t over yet.’ Classic.

Who or what inspired you to become an author?

I’m not entirely sure what started me writing all those years ago, but it was probably playing early computer adventure games combined with reading Terry Pratchett’s first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic. I got a taste for fantasy, humour, magic and wizards, I just wish I had finished Dark Tidings sooner… before JK Rowling stole my limelight!

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

My daughter invited me for dinner. When I arrived there was literally a red carpet stretched out from her front door. My family and friends were lined up on either side and they clapped me as I walked through the front door. I couldn’t stop laughing… and then we all had a great old party.

Dark Tidings

What happens when ancient magic meets the internet? One thing is certain, modern life will never be the same again.
A thousand years ago, a young thief, Tung, and a disgraced wizard, Madrick, are thrust together in an executioner’s dungeon.
In the darkness, Madrick reveals an incredible secret about a legendary spell. The great spell helps them escape their prison cell… and eventually their century.
Catapulted into the present day, their lives collide with Michael, a computer hacker who plans to destroy the world’s largest bank. But sinister people are tracking their every move and they will stop at nothing to steal their spell.

Giveaway Details
1 ebook of Dark Tidings
Ends 12/5/12

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