|Posted on March 26, 2013 at 11:25 AM|
Where Writers And Authors Meet Interviews:
Brae Wyckoff was our Featured Spotlight author last week and vistors were encouraged to ask Brae some of their own questions! Here is a link to that Spotlight! Feel free to ask more questions, and we might just be able to get Brae back for a follow up interview!
From Jim Henry:
Hey Brae, tell us how you crossed paths with Aileen Aroma, and what would we have to do to pry her away from you so she could promote our books?
Great question Jim! From my standpoint as I cannot speak for Aileen, was I had been marketing all my work for a couple of months which was completely zapping me of writing. I literally stopped myself and prayed to God to send me help.
Previously, in the month of December there was something started on Facebook called Adopt an Author. I signed up and a wonderful woman by the name Cheree adopted me and really helped me in several areas. We are still good friends to this day and she is now a huge part of my Orb Street Team. Now, this program was so successful that it sparked another go around for authors. I signed up again and this is where Aileen came into the picture. She will have to tell her side of the story, but she was an answer to my prayer. The rest is history. She has been working with me ever since, creating the Orb Street Team, the Official Orb of Truth Fan Page, and helping me achieve great success on Goodreads lists and much, much more. Beyond this though, she has become a dear friend of mine. We have both learned a lot about social marketing and what it takes to make a successful campaign for any author.
You can’t have her, Jim! LOL!!! No, seriously, please contact Aileen Aroma on Facebook and she will give you an affordable package to help an author achieve success.
From Jo Robinson:
I'm wondering what sort of gaming you do. Do you play sci-fi/fantasy games?
I grew up playing Dungeons and Dragons and Star Wars roleplaying games. It started in 9th grade for me with a group of friends bringing me into their inner circle of nerdiness. Today, I continue to play as a form of research for my books and to keep the creativity fresh in my mind.
How long did The Orb of Truth take you to write?
It took me six months to write The Orb and my 2nd book, The Dragon God. I outline each one from beginning to the end and then slave away until it is written. It takes an additional year for re-writes, critiquing of the work, and final editing.
Did you have trouble thinking up the different species in the book, their looks, and mannerisms?
A lot of times you don’t have to re-invent the wheel so I will take existing creatures and make them my own. Even simple things such as cows are called cowpecks or sheep now being shepps. These subtle inclusions of what is familiar to us yet slightly different can pull us deeper into the world. Monsters are fun though and take on a whole new flavor for me. I want them menacing and truly monstrous…something that comes from nightmares and are not fluffy. D&D has been a huge help in this department, but I always make them with my own spin.
Do you only write/read fantasy?
I currently only write fantasy as this is my passion. A writer should write what they know and where they are comfortable but at the same time push themselves deeper within their chosen genre. You will see great improvement of the stories and the world I have created in each book release.
I read a lot of fantasy as I love this genre but I venture out into mystery, comedy, Christian fiction, etc. I love to see other authors work and it helps me also to become a better writer.
From Jo Linsdell www.jolinsdell.com
Where does your passion for the supernatural come from? Have you always been drawn to it or did it develop with time/after a certain event?
I have a strong pull for the supernatural. My wife and I have a website dedicated to the miraculous occurring daily around the world. It is called The Greater News (www.thegreaternews.com). We are Christians who walk in the miraculous and have seen first-hand supernatural healings.
We were not always like that, but it did come about through a particular personal event revolving around my wife. She was diagnosed with an incurable disease called Celiac. It is extremely debilitating and life threatening if not controlled through a strict diet, a gluten free diet. My wife received prayer and was healed. It was doctor verified. This one event changed our lives and launched our ministry into the supernatural.
I love to bring the supernatural into my stories.
From Jan Watford, www.jancwatford.com
Do you think there will ever be a time when you will want to try writing another genre of book than you are now?
It is possible that I will venture into space opera writing similar to Star Wars. I have a deep passion for the universe created by George Lucas and you might even notice a few nods to the saga within my books currently, albeit subtly.
From Cindy J. Smith:
What is your favorite magical creature?
I’m attracted to the classics: Dragons, Unicorns, Medusa, and the minor creatures like Trolls, Goblins, Orcs and so on. All of these have roots within my D&D days.
From Karen Arrowood:
What sort of games were you first interested in? Things in the gaming world were just a little different in 1985.
I started playing Advanced Dungeons and Dragons back in the 80’s which branched out eventually into West End Games Star Wars RPG system utilizing die six mechanics only. The early games were archaic but tons of fun due to the immense amount of creativity and imagination required to pull it off. These games in essence created the writing monster inside of me. I went through multiple variations of the above as the owners of the games changed every couple years to enhance the game play. We all forked out our money each and every time, well I actually bummed the money from my parents or spent my working money earned. I did whatever it took.
From Lee Ryder: You are a pastor are there biblical themes in the Orb of Truth? Did you also know that there are biblical themes in the lord of the rings trilogy did these themes inspire you in the writing of the Orb of Truth?
There are indeed Biblical themes woven throughout my books. I write what I’m passionate about but at the same time attempting to be realistic with the thoughts of characters and their reactions and ultimately, their choices they make during their life.
It has been a while within the Christian community, and to the world for that matter, to have an author bring an epic adventure to light like the greats did…Tolkien and CS Lewis. Don’t get me wrong, I never imagined being compared to them but review after review on Amazon keeps coming back to the greats and I’m humbled to be compared. I am completely inspired by their success as authors and especially as storytellers. I’m all about story and characters in my books.
From Leah Barlow:
So Mr. Wyckoff who your favorite character in the Orb of Truth? And which one if any would you say was a representation of you or what you want to be like?
My favorite character is Bridazak, the main hero of The Orb of Truth. He is a Halfling, similar to what we see in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. In my world, I have changed their race to an Ordakian which is a new term for Halfling. This is my attempt at having my own voice and bringing something fresh to the table even though I am not changing the racial personality of the Halfling.
Bridazak represents me because he is in search of who is, in search of his destiny, and longing for something more to life.
Dulgin the Dwarf is a runner up as a representation of me as some of his surly antics are part of me in some ways. Now, I am not as headstrong as he is but there are scenes that directly have been identified as being me to the tee, especially for those who know me well such as my family.
Why do you write about creatures that's considered the devils minions?
One cannot have good without the evil. I write the wicked schemes of the demons and devils to show the reality of the situation for the characters and to show that they want to kill, steal, and destroy all that is good in the realm. No different from our own world in a lot of ways.
In the realm of Ruauck-El, I created the satan figure as The Dark Lord with his following demon army called Reegs. We will learn more about this Dark Lord in the second and third book, but in all accounts I am mirroring the Biblical satan.
From the Admin: Thank you Brae, for sharing a little about you and your books with us! I really enjoyed reading your interview!
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