Today we interview fantasy author Paul Mouchet who’s new book was released yesterday!
- Hi Paul Mouchet tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired you to write?
I have always enjoyed writing, but I didn’t really start writing in earnest until about five years ago. I started writing stories for a PC-based Gamebook I was developing, which I loved, but because a game-based story needs to be succinct, I couldn’t really explore the narrative the way I wanted. So, last year, I paused the game development to concentrate entirely on novel writing.
- What appeals to you most about the fantasy genre?
From both a reading and writing perspective, I like the idea of limitless possibilities that the genre can offer. That being said, the story still needs to be grounded in reality and have logical consistency to it.
- Tell us a little bit about your latest project and the challenges you’ve faced putting it all together?
My current project is the Priest of Titan series, a nonology: a trilogy of trilogies. Eyes of Titan, Book 4 in the series, was released on March 29. Daemon of Titan, Book 5 in the series, is in the works and will be released on May 10. I’m currently releasing the books on a 6-week cycle, which is working well for me.
I think my biggest challenge in writing the series is that I want to write spin-off novels about the major characters who come and go from the story, telling what they’ve been doing while Kit (the main character) is going about the business of self-discovery and saving the world. I’ve nearly finished writing one of those spin-offs and it may be released in concert with Book 5 in the series.
- What type of characters do you like to write the most and how much of yourself do you put into them?
I’m not sure if I have a preferred character type, but after some soul searching, I think I like to write characters who are outwardly strong, but inwardly frightened or at least unsure of themselves – which is totally me. I think it goes much deeper than that though, with how Kit deals with things that go against what she’s been taught, wanting to learn the truth for herself and not necessarily take everything at face value.
- For any wannabe writers out there what’s the most useful thing you’ve learned?
If you want to have fun writing, write for you – and nobody else. If you want to be good at it, take the time to learn the trade and read voraciously. Examine the books you like and those you don’t. Try to use what you learn from other authors’ styles to make your own stories the best they can be (for your pleasure.)
If you want to write to make money, you need to learn so much more than just being a good writer that can tell great stories. You need to write to market and you need to be able to market yourself and your books like a pro. Writing for profit is a business and you need to treat it that way.
- What writing tricks do you utilise to hit your deadlines and keep your stories on track?
I don’t have any tricks, but I make a point of writing or editing every day, without exception. On the days when my mind is too preoccupied with the world around me, I might not write much, but I write something – even if it’s just notes about thoughts I’ve got, ideas of where the stories may go, etc.
- Are you a plotter or a pantser (make it up as you go)?
I started off as a pantser. I knew exactly where I wanted my story to start and how it was going to end, but everything in the middle took on a life of its own. I find that, especially when writing dialogue, things start to get pretty fluid as I try to act and react in character. Sometimes, that means the characters end up pushing the story in unexpected directions.
When I started Book 5, I knew I needed to map out the rest of the story because there were so many different wheels spinning, I had to make sure they all went in the right direction. So, each book has a planned start, middle and end – but how they’re going to flow is still totally by the seat of my pants. I love writing this way. Each day is a surprise.
- What plans do you have for the future? A new series or perhaps a dip into other genres?
I’m undecided. I really enjoy a lot of different genres, except for pure romance type novels. I really enjoy police procedurals, but I don’t know enough about the subject matter to write them. I will likely continue in the fantasy genre for quite a while, but I think I’d like to work in a few mystery/suspense and/or dark-fantasy/horror stories into my world, so long as I can keep them YA appropriate.
- 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 think the world’s affairs shapes us in unexpected ways and it shows up unintentionally in my writing. I like stories where good triumphs over evil. I love the idea of happily ever afters. I like love stories where people find each other and find happiness together. But, the realist in me says that the world can be a really crappy place. So, unless you’re a world-class-hero type, I like the idea of stories where the heroes make good things happen in their own small piece of the world, where they live and the people with whom they interact
- What’s better, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or Star Wars?
Dang, that’s a particularly tough question for me because I really like all these stories (but to be fair, I’ve never read a Star Wars novel.) I think that it’s tough to say which is best because they all have very different settings. But, if I have to pick one, I’ll say Lord of the Rings, because it has likely triggered my love of the epic fantasy genre. I had to read the books several times before I was able to keep all the people straight in my head, but then again, I think I was 10 or 11 the first time I read them.
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