Hello everyone! I am finally back blogging and I have a lot coming up for all you readers over the coming weeks.
Today I would like to welcome the lovely Anthony Lavisher to my blog. Anthony self-published his latest novel, ‘Vengeance of a Storm’, the last book in the Storm Trilogy on the 1st December last year. Below is my interview with Anthony which I really hope you enjoy.
Can you tell me a bit about ‘Vengeance of a Storm’ please?
Thanks for having me, certainly, Sonya. Vengeance of a Storm is the culmination of seven years of work, the finale of my Storm Trilogy.
What made you decide to write a trilogy?
I grew up reading trilogies, starting with The Lord of the Rings and from there, falling in love with, and devouring, as much fantasy as I could afford or borrow. I love the format of a trilogy, be it on the page or on the silver screen, that natural progression through the story of the characters journey, all of the story arcs, so carefully stitched and threaded through the tale, finishing, hopefully, in a rich tapestry of adventure for both myself and the readers.
Where did you get your ideas from?
I overheard a conversation one day in my local supermarket; two members of staff were being, ahem, shall we say, less than complimentary about one of their colleagues. I moved on quickly, but as I queued at the checkout, I thought “Hmm! What if I had overheard something important? Something that would put my life in danger if I chose to do something about it?”
It offered up all sorts of possibilities and the first book Whispers of a Storm began to evolve from there.
Did you have to do any research at all?
I did a lot of research on the Middle Ages, one of my favourite periods in history. The trilogy is set in the Four Vales, an imagined medieval land, and I wanted to look at the everyday things people would have faced, their customs and their beliefs, the governance and political system, the tools and clothes they would have worn and the lives they would have led.
How long has it taken you to write each book?
It took two years for Whispers of a Storm and three for the sequel Shadows of a Storm (I moved to Wales during that time and started working for the Vale of Glamorgan library service). Vengeance of a Storm, the longest of the trilogy, took 17 months to arrive.
Can you relate to any of your characters?
I think there is a little of all of them in me somewhere. Everyone I have met in my life and many that I have not have sown the seeds of the characters that evolved through my tale.
If I had to relate to any of them closely, I think it would be Khadazin and, probably, a bit too much of Arillion.
Are you planning to write more books?
I have the ideas for at least seven more, so far…. ah, this is question seven 🙂 I have already started my next tale, a stand-alone modern thriller, a complete departure from my fantasy writing. From there, I shall spend several books in historical fiction before coming back to some thrillers and, who knows, perhaps one day a return to the Four Vales…
Where do you do the majority of your writing?
In the summer, I write at the rear of the cottage, where the sun is warmest. During the colder months I migrate to the dining room, closest to the largest radiator. Currently a part-time writer, my dream is that one day I can write full-time and have a study to write from.
How has social media helped you?
It has been a wonderful tool and for me, conversely, also the hardest part about the writing process. It puts you in touch with people you may never have met, a legion of eager readers and the other authors out there who are also trying to carve their path in the Ether. It helps to get you noticed, make people aware of your work, a platform from where your voice can at least have a fighting chance to be heard from.
I also find it a burden, however, as it takes up so much of my time. I don’t want to be camped over my laptop 24/7, or checking things on my phone all the time, but in this digital world we now live in, it seems that to get noticed, you do have to spend quite a bit of your day doing so.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given regarding writing?
“Be true to yourself and to your writing” – don’t be influenced by what people might want from your tales.
My own belief is also that if I am not enjoying it, nobody else will. The day I stop loving what I am doing, is the day I put the pen down (or switch off the laptop).
Who are your favourite authors?
First and foremost, David Gemmell – the British Fantasy writer who sadly passed away in 2006. His style, his tales opened up the floodgates for me and I have never looked back since my friend Alan loaned me a copy of his first novel “Legend.”
I also really enjoy Robert Harris and Bernard Cornwell’s work.
If you had another chance at life would you still write books?
Without any hesitation. The only exception/change I would make is that I would make sure I joined the E-book revolution a lot sooner that I did.
I am a stickler for the belief in the physical page and I held out far too long to get with the times.
Hopefully this interview has left you wanting to read Anthony Lavisher’s trilogy. If that’s the case then you’re in luck as Anthony is very kindly giving away two paperback copies of ‘Whispers of a Storm’, the first book in the trilogy to start you off.
To enter just leave a comment telling me what you are reading at the moment.
Terms and Conditions
This competition is open to UK residents only.
The closing date is the 15th May 2017. Any entries after this date will not be accepted.
The winners will be randomly chosen and notified within 7 days of the closing date. Their details will be passed on to Anthony Lavisher who will send out your prizes.
About Anthony Lavisher
Born in Berkshire, England, Anthony has always loved writing stories. After many years of enjoying other authors works, he decided to try and give something back to the literary world. From an early age, since reading The Lord of the Rings, he has been inspired to write his own stories. He states that his favourite author is David Gemmell and that his style of writing has been inspired by the sadly missed author.
Anthony lives in Wales with his wife Amy and Mertle the cat. He is about to start work on his next novel ‘The Last Tiger.’