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Offline eclipse

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Ask the author a question
« on: March 30, 2020, 12:57:00 PM »
@Quill

How long did it take you to finish the novel?
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Re: Ask the author a question
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2020, 01:30:31 PM »
Thanks for choosing my book for your club. :)

I spent about 4-5 months on research before writing. Mostly reading up on the history and architecture of Andalucia / Moorish Spain and nearby regions. Writing the first draft took close to the same, 5-6 months, and I spent 1-2 months doing edits after getting feedback. So all in all, little over a year's work.
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Offline isos81

Re: Ask the author a question
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2020, 03:04:34 PM »
@Quill Here are my questions:

  • Are you writing as a profession or is it a side-job?
  • Do you regret anything in your book that you wish you had written in a different way?
  • Do you connect your fictional characters with real world people?

Kallor shrugged. 'I've walked this land when the T'lan Imass were but children. I've commanded armies a hundred thousand strong. I've spread the fire of my wrath across entire continents, and sat alone upon tall thrones. Do you grasp the meaning of this?'

'Yes' said Caladan Brood. 'You never learn'

Offline Bender

Re: Ask the author a question
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2020, 04:06:09 PM »
Didn't realize Quill was DE Olsen!
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Re: Ask the author a question
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2020, 04:22:43 PM »
Thanks for your questions, @isos81

1. It is a side gig, though my degree is in literature and I work freelance as a translator and editor, so all my various working hats have something to do with language, books, writing etc.

2. There are a few things that in hindsight I would change. It deals primarily with the world-building. For the most part, I tried to be diligent and create an authentic setting with justified details, drawing from the real world while also adding my own touch in a coherent, consistent way. But in a few cases, I slipped up and added some stereotypical features in a somewhat lazy manner.
There are many other things where I might have gone a different path or written a different story, perhaps with a better end result, but the above is where I know that I could without doubt have done better.

3. Only rarely, or at least not consciously. Usually, I don't begin writing characters at a fully formed stage. Rather, I have the basic idea (appearance, background, upbringing, general temper and reason for being in the story) and I might start writing them already at that point. Then, in the course of writing, I usually get ideas for their mannerisms, speech patterns, and their personality takes firmer shape.
I do it this way because before writing begins, it can be difficult to keep coming up with ideas for every character and how to make them stand out from all the others. But if I begin writing, usually their behaviour and mannerisms will seem obvious to write in the actual situation/scene, helping me to create more believable characters with personality and behaviour that corresponds (at least I hope so).

@Bender Indeed I am :)
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Re: Ask the author a question
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2020, 01:42:26 AM »
My question is: How do I find your book? Not available on Amazon here in US.

Edit: Found it!
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Re: Ask the author a question
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2020, 06:17:25 PM »
Before writing this book did you read Fafhrd and the grey mouser? Jawad and Salah seem to have the same  sort of chemistry between them both are good duos to read about.
« Last Edit: April 01, 2020, 06:28:12 PM by Eclipse »
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Re: Ask the author a question
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2020, 09:19:00 PM »
Glad you were able to find a copy, @JMack !

@Eclipse while I have heard of the title, I haven't read that book/series. But I am not surprised if it is a popular dynamic, as it is relatively straightforward to write and make it work - plus it is quite fun to write!
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Re: Ask the author a question
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2020, 10:09:59 PM »
I have some very serious questions.

1) In Brooklyn 99, the Swedes refer to Danish as a "garbage language for garbage people'. Why do the Swedes hate your people so much?

2) Hippo or shark?

3) What drew you to the underworld of Muslim Spain?
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« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2020, 02:56:11 PM »
1. They are jealous of our good weather and our ability to build ships that don't sink straight out of the harbour.

2. The hippo can kill me both on land and in the water, so I fear it more.

3. Many things, really, but centered around the history, architecture, and culture of the region. As the other place where Europe meets Africa, the Iberian peninsula was a melting pot of cultures for centuries, creating something unique. Coupled with wondrous buildings like the Alhambra in Granada or the great mosque in Cordoba, it is a fascinating region packed with so much history, from the first Moorish invasion until the end of the Reconquista.
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« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2020, 04:53:49 PM »
I get loving Muslim Spain, but why thieves and stuff, rather than princes and wizards and the usual?

Also do people in Denmark actually eat Danish pastries?

Is there an end to how many stupid questions you'll answer, because I've got a ton of them? :D
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Re: Ask the author a question
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2020, 04:59:27 PM »
Should we have an ask the peat a question topic
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Re: Ask the author a question
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2020, 08:06:11 PM »
Is there any magic in your world or are you going down the GUy Gavriel key path of having no magic ?
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Re: Ask the author a question
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2020, 05:14:15 PM »
@Peat: This story was born as a companion story for my fantasy series. I knew that at some point, the narrative in the main series would move to Alcázar and involve an old master thief. Thinking about it, I wondered how did he become this master thief, ruler of the underworld? What did he do in his youth to establish his reputation? And so on. And some of the things you mention, I'll write about those in the main series, so I didn't feel a need to include it here.

Though I am right now writing an interactive novel to be published on an app (maybe in a month's time or so), which will be based on Prince of Cats, but involve magic and wizards a lot more, so I'm not finished with drawing inspiration from this setting.

Yes, we eat Danish pastries, but we call it Vienna bread, as the recipe was brought to us from Vienna (originally from Croatia, I believe). Then we perfected the art and spread it to the rest of the world.

And why don't you keep the questions coming, see who blinks first.

@Eclipse: There is magic, certainly creatures that are supernatural (compared to humans). But they are usually few in numbers, or hidden from human society. This is because the main story of the setting is concerned with humans, both as characters and our society as a whole, and I prefer having the supernatural touches be vague, or limited. This also lets me obscure what is superstition, rumour, and factually true in the world regarding the supernatural. For instance, the story that Zaida tells Jawad about the jinni and the Heart of the Sands. It might just be a fanciful story, but it could also be completely true, and I enjoy having that ambiguity present.
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Re: Ask the author a question
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2020, 05:48:44 PM »
Will we see Jawad and Salah again in another book?
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