Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, much is changed on their return. In the wake of the king’s death, Duke Weir is ruling the country–and his intentions are to marry Adora to bring an heir.
With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war–and at growing risk from the armies of Merakh and Morgol.
A dangerous mission to free Errol succeeds, but the dangers facing the kingdom are mounting with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw near. Will the revelation of Illustra’s next true king come in time or will all be lost?
Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Definitely into the future. I’ve read too many books where the character goes into the past and creates a time paradox and ends up erasing himself. As long as were on the subject, I would encourage readers to go back and read the early masters of Science Fiction and how they handled time travel and possible paradoxes. They were so much more creative than any of the stuff I’ve seen coming out of Holloywood lately.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Bug spray, food and water, and my wife. You’d probably have a difficult time getting me to leave. Things are a little busy right now. I teach high school math and I’m in grad school to get a master’s degree in educational administration, and I’m working on a new book series which means, drum roll, deadlines. A desert island sounds really good right now.
What is one book everyone should read?
The Bible. Beyond being God’s inspired word, it’s the ultimate source of comfort, inspiration, etc.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate Moose Tracks. I haven’t had ice cream in months and I almost picked some up last night, but I’m trying to get some of the weight I’m carrying off my knees. Try to avoid those sports injuries kids. That’s a tip. You might want to write that down because once half-a-century is in the rear view mirror, they all come back.
One food you would never eat?
Blood sausage. It makes me a little nauseous just thinking about it.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
The entire series is written in a way so that you can read it over and again and see something new in the allegorical references.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m currently working on a medieval-detective-fantasy with epic overtones. Can you say genre bender? I should have the first manuscript in the series completed by December. So far, it’s really a lot of fun.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
Many things, but right now, I’m thinking it was mostly my dad. He had a larger-than-life personality (he was from Texas) and loved to tell stories. His gift for dramatic embellishment was handed down to all of his children, I think. When we get together, we have a great time.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Actually getting fan mail and fan emails. It feels like I’m living this double life where I go to school as mild-mannered Geometry teacher and then come home, slip into my writer’s costume and magically become – Novel Maaaannnn! (make sure to say it in a large room so you can hear the echo)
What is your dream cast for your book?
Not sure what the entire cast would be, but I’d absolutely love to have Liam Neeson as Rale and Stanley Tucci as Luis Montari. I modeled Adora after Gwyneth Paltrow, but I think she would be too old for the part since Adora is just over twenty. Casting Rokha would be fun, but difficult. You’d have to find someone with just the right mixture of traits. I would love to cast a young Mandy Patinkin as Naaman Ru. Can you tell I’ve thought about this a bit? J
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I read so much, it’s hard to choose. I remember reading the Walter Farley books over and over, especially “Man O’ War.” I used to go to the school library and devour all of the biographies about baseball players and then there was the detective series I adored: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Three Investigators. I think I read them until the words fell off the page.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
When you’re at your keyboard, block everything out except the desire to tell a great story. All of that other stuff (for me it’s commas) can be handled later. Tell a story that grabs your reader by the throat and forces them to turn the page. I was at a writer’s group meeting the other day and somebody said something that I knew would make a great first line of a novel. “It wasn’t what I expected her to pull out of her purse.” Seriously, how can you NOT keep reading? That’s what we strive for.