The Fey Man by James T. Kelly

We want to welcome James T. Kelly to our blog, a good twitter friend and fellow published author, we wanted to share his new book with you! So we asked him a few questions and he was kind enough to answer them!

So James congratulations on getting The Fey Man published!!

Thank you! I still cant believe its out there. Its literally a dream come true. And thank you for inviting me to your blog!

1. What’s been the best part of the whole publishing process for you?

I think my favourite moment was holding that first paperback. Ive been writing with a view to publication for almost fifteen years. So its been a very long road to The Fey Man, full of novels that will never see the light of day and abortive starts on other projects. But when it all culminated in seeing that paperback for the first time, thats when it felt real. This was an actual book with my name on it. After all the years of work, that was really quite something.

2. Please tell us all about The Fey Man. (Ridley loves that it has dragons!)

The short version is that its about a mans journey to return to Faerie and the war of dragons that gets in his way.

The longer version is that Thomas Rymour is a prophet who cannot lie, obsessed with returning to Faerie and reuniting with the queen of the fay. The elfs in the West are using magic to enslave dragons and invade the rest of Tir; the elfs in the East seek a fabled sword to break that magic. Tom thinks he can use that quest to get back to Faerie. But, of course, its not that easy.

Ive tried to write the fantasy novel I always wanted to read, so its got fantasy staples like elfs, dragons, swords and quests. But its also got the fay of Faerie, a (very) reluctant hero, and a twist or a rethink for all of those staples. I hope the world Ive created feels familiar enough that people want to enter but novel enough that they want to stay.

3. Do you see any of yourself in your main character Tom?

Oh sure. Im a clueless, lovelorn liar too.

Joking aside, Toms the viewpoint character so I spend more time in his head than anyone elses. Consequently hes probably inherited more from me than the other characters. Tom, as he appears in The Fey Man at least, certainly reminds me a little of my younger self. He has a sort of teenage romanticism that I was prone to, a little victimhood, and a certain selfish and dogged drive to see his own desires fulfilled.

That said I think most characters start, if not with the writer asking what would I do?, than what would make me do that?. Even if characters are very dissimilar to their creators, they all begin with the writer and do ultimately reflect them in some way.

4. The Fey Man is an epic fantasy novel, why were you drawn to write in this genre in particular?

Well in truth I want to write in all the genres. The Fey Man was just the first story to be ready!

Fantasy is great because its so entangled with myths and legends. Its filled with these evocative motifs that move and inspire us in fundamental ways. Theres a reason dragons and elfs and magic make so many appearances in fiction and, like I said before, I wanted to write them all as I wanted to see them!

5. Weve said before we love the cover, did you work closely with the artist on it or did you give her free artistic reign?

I took the view that Annahs the professional artist so her instincts are going to be better than mine. That viewpoint paid dividends! I gave her a detailed synopsis as well as a description of what I had in mind, but the rest was really all her. Her pencil sketch was just incredible. We discussed details and I made requests for amendments and tweaks, but that cover is far more Annahs work than mine. Im looking forward to working with her on the sequel.

6. Have you always wanted to be a writer, and was there any one thing, event or person that inspired you to become one?

I dont think I can point to one thing that inspired me to be a writer. After all, Id been writing stories since I was old enough to string words together. But a big part in moving me from hobbyist to aspirant was Orson Scott Cards introduction to Enders Game, which chronicled the creation of the novel. It was one of the first times I realised that the writer was just a person making things up, and if they could do it, why couldnt I?

Sadly my opinion of Orson Scott Card has diminished in light of some of the things hes said about homosexuality, but I still have to credit that introduction to putting me on this path.

7. Tell us about your writing process, is there any time of the day or night you prefer to put pen to paper?

Any time is good writing time. I get up early to get an hour in before work (which is much harder in winter, let me tell you). I also write on my lunchbreak and, if Im really on the ball, whenever Ive got thirty seconds. Thats the great thing about the cloud; you can use whatever device you have to hand. For long stretches I use an iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard and my phone for shorter bursts. I much prefer writing with a physical keyboard and a decent-sized screen, though; a phone just isnt good enough to write on for too long!

8. What is your favourite thing about being a writer?

Thats a really tough one. There are so many things! I like that I can daydream and call it work. I like that I can tell the stories I want to read. And I especially love it when people read and enjoy my work.

If I had to pick, though, I think its the creation itself. Its quite exciting to sees story rush into the page from your fingertips. And then to go over it, cutting, amending, honing the raw, ugly prose into something you can be proud of. Im probably gushing, but creating something where previously there was nothing? Yes, thats my favourite thing!

9. So whats next for James T Kelly?

The sequel! Im beavering away on the second volume which moves the story into the belly of the beast: the Western Kingdom. Ive got a few other projects Im working on as well so theres plenty to be getting on with.

Thanks for asking me, I hope I havent waffled on too much!

Shush! Its a Secret!

Latimer: I have just learned about the amazing Secret Cinema in London, but guys, its a secret so dont tell anyone 🙂

I would love, love, love to go to one of these. I will make it my mission to experience at least one major Secret Cinema! So, whats the premise exactly? Well, its a fully immersive cinema experience. The Secret Cinema releases what the movie will be, you buy your ticket, then they assign you an identity in line with whatever the film is. You dress up and you turn up to where the Secret Cinema event will be.

The area is a replica of various parts of the film in question, so to use an example, the most recent event was Back to the Future.

You get dressed up like someone in the Fifties, from the town in question, then you go to the fully immersive town. It was a complete replica of the town square you could go to the diner, or the school dance. You could talk to the people there, the idea is to be in the movie. So, the more you talk to people there, the more story you get. They might tell you to do things, or go places. You could even sit down in the diner and have a burger! As in the movie, Biff comes in and fights with Marty and they race outside and jump into a car and drive around the town square! Its all fully interactive.

And then, after about 3 hours exploring the area, you go and watch the movie, but theres still some tricks and stuff. Like an actual DeLorean appears and so on!

It sounds like so much fun. Here are some trailers of what previous movie experiences have been I would love to have been at the Blade Runner one!

Legend Unleashed, Keeping Secrets 1, Chapter 15

To celebrate the release of Unbroken Ties, Keeping Secrets, 2 – we’re continuing our Legend Unleashed, Keeping Secrets, 1, Wednesday chapter release!

Check back next Wednesday for the next chapter release!

Synopsis:

“Temperance is satisfied with her ordinary life. Dealing with her eccentric, childlike parents is all the excitement she needs. That changes when Alastair Byron returns home.
After a failed matchmaking attempt by her father, sparks fly between her and Alastair-just not the good kind.
They are forced together though, when they are implicated in a grisly murder. Their search for the truth leads them to a secret world beneath Carwick, filled with werewolves, wizards and other magical faey.
However, uncovering the truth is far more dangerous than they’d ever imagined.
There are secrets within secrets.
Even Alastair may be more than he seems…”