Today’s author interview is with my good mate and fellow fantasy author Paul Lavender the creator of Grimlark.
- Hi Paul tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired you to write?
I live in Worcestershire in the UK, have a wife and son and I’m the wrong side of 50! My son is disabled so I don’t work (house husband instead), as I needed something to do I started writing. My books are based on characters from some old RPG games that I used to play (AD&D, Warhammer,etc).
- What appeals to you most about the fantasy genre?
You can just make stuff up!
- Tell us a little bit about your latest project and the challenges you’ve faced putting it all together?
I have 3 projects on the go! I currently have the follow up books to my original releases being written, and a new series which is basically Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe but with monsters added. It’s set in an alternate version of earth, so the biggest challenge has been world building for it (1 and a half years and counting). I’m hoping to release one book early next year and another near the end of 2021, then the next the start of 2022 (then cycle the books from there).
- What type of characters do you like to write the most and how much of yourself do you put into them?
I write books that I like to term ‘GrimLark’ which is basically a gore and sweary filled version of Terry Pratchett. I have a couple of human gods called Pock and Cock who I am particularly fond of (they work as bouncers at an inn). There’s a little bit of me in all of them!
- For any wannabe writers out there what’s the most useful thing you’ve learned?
If you’ve got it…spend it! Decent covers, editing etc can make a big difference.
- What writing tricks do you utilise to hit your deadlines and keep your stories on track?
I don’t…which probably explains a lot! I’m very late with my next release, but id rather write when I feel like it rather than churning out crap.
- Are you a plotter or a pantser (make it up as you go)?
Usually I’m a pantser, but on my new series I’m a plotter.
- What plans do you have for the future? A new series or perhaps a dip into other genres?
As mentioned above…it’s both! A new series that’s historical fantasy rather than all out fantasy.
- With the world the way it is at the moment what sort of tales do you prefer? Ones with heroes where good triumphs over evil or ones that take a darker approach?
I haven’t read a lot of books recently (unless it was about the Napoleonic Wars), but I will read almost anything (except romance).
I am currently reading Harry Potter to my son at bedtime though.
- What’s better, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or Star Wars?
Lord of the Rings.
Follow Paul via –
Twitter : @paullavender6