Hello, today I have a YA fantasy for you from Nic Weissman, entitled The Orb of Wrath, plus an interview with the author. 🙂
- The Orb of Wrath combines fantasy, intrigue and adventure, while transports the reader into a world where almost nothing is what it seems. Plots, counterplots, mysteries, blossoming relationships, disappointments, betrayals, dangers and successes, are combined in this fun cocktail.
Erion is a skilled looter who runs the kingdom of Bor with his “brother” Mithir, performing dangerous commissions for wealthy clients. Mithir helps with his long trained magical abilities. One day, when they are doing one of their assignments, they encounter another group of adventurers, with whom they are forced to cooperate.
The plot runs in the World of Oris which consists of 12 kingdoms and includes elves clans, dangerous monsters, dwarf kings, rich desert emirs, strange beasts, hospital halflings, ferocious orcs, ingenious gnomes, powerful wizards, brave knights, merchants, terrible vampires, etc. Recommended for the permanent library of all fantasy readers.
Do you dare to accompany Erion and his friends in their adventures?
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Writer’s Interview With Nic Weissman
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I consider myself a citizen of the world. I´ve been several years now in USA but I have traveled to many places. Over the past 16 years, I have lived in 14 different addresses across 3 different continents. I have traveled to 30 countries and I speak 4 languages.
2. What about your latest project? When did it begin and what inspired you?
It is a fantasy novel, sword and sorcery type: The Orb of Wrath. It is my debut novel. I had written non-fiction before under a different name, which gave me a sense of what self-publishing process is. I wrote a large and detailed world/campaign setting many years ago and I decided to try to get some characters alive in that environment to be able to share it with the world.
3. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? Was it any good?
I started end of last year and had my first draft completed about four or five months later. I wanted to write with a light and uncomplicated style, easy to read, something fresh. So, I didn’t make a hell of a lot of changes after the first draft. I changed the structure a bit, moving pieces of the story back and forth, polishing the language and also corrected a few flaws in the storyline. And then, I just published it. So far readers are giving great reviews, so I want to think that the first draft version already had some merits.
4. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Somebody said that every character is an autobiographic display of the writer, as it reflects certain elements of his/her psyche. Till certain extent I agree with this; hence, even if I didn’t try, I am sure my life experiences have influenced the book. That said, as this is epic fantasy, it is mostly an imagination exercise.
5. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
About the compliments I like that readers see the work as very entertaining. I also loved that they have appreciated the characters depth and the hidden plots that reveal themselves (partially) through the book.
On the opposite area, I got a comment that certain parts of the book felt like being within a role-playing game. And I got that as something negative by that particular reader. I am still reflecting about this: should I target to polish a bit the writing style to make it more neutral/literary or should just accept that not everybody will love the specific genre?
6. What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Right now my number one target is to get more reviews, especially in Amazon. And this is all about readers! So, either if you liked the book or not, please get to Amazon (or any other relevant channel) and drop a couple of sentences of what you think about the story.
7. What project are you working on now?
Name will be (most likely). The White Lady and will be a sequel of The Orb of Wrath. Working hard on it.
8. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
This self-publishing thing is a new paradigm; a miracle, even. Any aspiring writer today can (for sure) become a published writer. If you are passionate about writing, just go for it. But you need to know that writing a great book is only half of the work; marketing it is a full time job by itself. So, spend some time beforehand on how you will tackle that piece of the challenge.
QUICK SNAP Q&A
1. Sweet or sour? Sweet
2. Peace or noise? Both
3. Classic or modern? Classic
4. Horror or comedy? A bit of both, if the story allows it.
5. Rock or Pop? Pop
6. Zombies or Vampires? Vampires
7. Print or Electronic? Electronic
8. Indie or Traditional? Indie
9. Plotter or Panster? 80% Panster
10. House proud or scruff-bag? Scruff-bag, every time I can!
Nic Weissman is an Amazon Bestseller and a fast growing name in Fantasy fiction landscape. His debut novel The Orb of Wrath is collecting great reviews and is available through multiple channels both in ebook and paperback, both in English and Spanish. The novel has been already referred by multiple bloggers like Jack Moreno. Nic is the creator of the saga The Merchant’s Destiny and The World of Oris.
Nic was born in 1974 in mystical place where the sea ends. Over the past 16 years, he has lived in 14 different addresses across 3 different continents. He has travelled to 30 countries and speaks 4 languages. As you can imagine, Nic loves travelling.
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