I was writing my own, original, albeit not very good, stories before I was ten years old. I wrote anything and everything, poetry, short stories, novel attempts and, as I discovered after her death, my beloved mum kept everything I wrote – no matter how trashy and bad it was. I sent more requests to publishers than I can honestly remember and received enough rejection slips to sink the Titanic. I would cry over my rejection slips for a day or two then get on and write something else and begin the whole process again.
When I finally turned my hand to writing the fantasy that I’d always loved I was surprised at how easily it came to me. The storyline for Erich’s Plea appeared almost whole in my mind and nagged at me for quite some time before I finally put pen to paper. In some respects it was almost as if I knew, right from the start, that this would be the one. The basic idea for Erich’s Plea and the Witchcraft Wars was the question of human emotion. At the time I was going through a painful broken engagement and had also recently been diagnosed as bi-polar. Those real life experiences of pain and the wonderful people around me who assisted me on my road to ‘sanity’ led me to ask the question of ‘how far would you actually go for someone/thing you loved?’ Thus was born the initial concept of Erich’s Plea.
The cast of characters in the novels are all, in one form or another, driven by powerful human emotions; love, greed, envy, lust for power, revenge and pain. So while The Witchcraft Wars fits easily into the classic fantasy adventure genre it is also, at its heart, a very deep and very real examination of the basest of human emotion. Given the basic premise of the novels all of my characters tend to change and evolve throughout the course of the books. I pushed my characters into uncomfortable situations and thoroughly enjoyed their differing reactions. I tend to be a very character driven writer, one reason I like to write in the ‘all seeing eye’ third person, so my characters are very real to me, as is the world I created. I wanted to create a world that would be utterly believable to the reader and in doing so I used a lot of real world ancient civilizations and mythologies to assist in that task.
I’m not the most disciplined or organised of writers but I try to write at least four thousand words a day. The great difficulty lies in writing four thousand good words. For every paragraph that I write I probably discard at least three or four and rework it several times before it is polished enough for my standards. I also now use an editor to help with the task of making my work as professional as possible. It is not enough to simply write a good story, it must also be well written technically or you will lose your potential readers as errors throw them out of your fantasy world and back into the real world.
Other than that there’s little I can tell you about me as a writer or my books – well I could talk all day but there’s limited room ;) I still love words, still love writing and feel incredibly blessed to be able to do so. I’ve enjoyed being your guest Tim, thank you for the opportunity to tell people a little bit more about me and about The Witchcraft Wars. Cheers, Trace. Contact: Smashwords, Facebook, Blog.