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Post by Seamusberen1955 » 15 Nov 2016, 20:02

Seamusberen here, the Author of ROAN. I have really enjoyed the comments from people. I tried to answer some questions but perhaps there are more so feel free to ask. Also feel free to give advice, but be nice or I'll send the Morrigan after you!

Thanks you all--I appreciate your sharing.

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Post by Jennifer Allsbrook » 15 Nov 2016, 20:44

Seamusberen1955 wrote:Seamusberen here, the Author of ROAN. I have really enjoyed the comments from people. I tried to answer some questions but perhaps there are more so feel free to ask. Also feel free to give advice, but be nice or I'll send the Morrigan after you!

Thanks you all--I appreciate your sharing.
I enjoyed the book immensely, and I for one, did not find the book to be too long. I agree that in fantasy, world building, as you stated, is necessary. The chapters were short and flowed into each other well. Also, when writing a story so tied to myth and legend you can not skimp on the details. They provide the threads that ultimately tie the story together into a coherent whole. When I read the comments of other readers regarding repetition, I became a little confused. To me, there was a reason for each portion of the story whether you were character building or world building. Fantasy is a genre that often includes fantastical creatures, epic battles, and in this case, a classic battle of good versus evil. You invested the time in characters that some may not consider pivotal to the plot like Dorothy Martin and other townspeople. However, this built a sense of community that was a key feature of Tinker's Grove. The scenes involving the Second Sight allowed us to step through time to see how past and present all collided bringing the current circumstances that Conor finds himself in into focus. Overall, I found your characters in the fight for good to have depth of character whether they were ancients involved in the fight or young ones entering the battle for the first time. Your characters of evil were well developed and their lust for power and chaos kept me guessing what they would do next. I really enjoyed the role of Morrigan. Her appearance was always significant and prophetic of things to come in the story. Thank you for creating the world of Tinker's Grove and Conor Archer. I look forward to reading your next installment.

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Post by gali » 15 Nov 2016, 22:45

I liked your book as well and it sure whetted my appetite for more.

Can you tell us what the next book will be about?
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Post by Seamusberen1955 » 16 Nov 2016, 00:16

I really wanted my readers to immerse themselves in the world of Conor Archer. On another form I mentioned how much I like Charles Dickens and I did copy his structure. He wrote long books with short chapters because his novels were first serialized in newspapers. You got to live in the book for a while.

In the next novel, SKELLIG, Conor travels to Ireland to finish his training and discovers the evil in Tinkers Grove was just the tip of the iceberg.

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Post by gali » 16 Nov 2016, 01:56

Seamusberen1955 wrote:I really wanted my readers to immerse themselves in the world of Conor Archer. On another form I mentioned how much I like Charles Dickens and I did copy his structure. He wrote long books with short chapters because his novels were first serialized in newspapers. You got to live in the book for a while.

In the next novel, SKELLIG, Conor travels to Ireland to finish his training and discovers the evil in Tinkers Grove was just the tip of the iceberg.
Well, you succeeded in that. I was so swooped into the world of Conor Archer, I forgot all about the real world while reading.

Thank you. :)
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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 17 Nov 2016, 09:30

I found this to be one of the best fantasy books I have read, from a literature standpoint. Much deeper overall than many others. Good job! Apparently, many found it to drag. I didn't really, but it probably could be tightened up to please the overall populace. I did wonder more about Rory. He was one of the more complex characters to me that I would have liked to see more background on. I guess he won't play much in the next installments, unless it's through visions of the past.
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Post by hsimone » 17 Nov 2016, 10:48

Thank you for opening this topic!

How many books do you plan on writing for this series?
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Post by Seamusberen1955 » 17 Nov 2016, 19:47

There will be three books in this series.

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Post by Alyssa yutko26 » 17 Nov 2016, 21:21

How do you keep a series running for years?

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Post by gali » 17 Nov 2016, 22:48

Seamusberen1955 wrote:There will be three books in this series.
Cool! Will you continue writing after finishing with this series?
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Post by ebeth » 19 Nov 2016, 23:06

How did you come up with the ideas you did for writing the book?
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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 21 Nov 2016, 08:44

Are you going to include more history about Rory in the next book(s) ?
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Post by Seamusberen1955 » 29 Nov 2016, 07:43

Author of ROAN here. I want to talk about questions number nine through 12. I keep a Series running for years quite easily. My novel nearly takes a snippet out of the lives of the characters and tells their stories. But there are a lot of backstories for these characters and those stories are told in my mind and in my daydreams and in my imagining. I think some of those stories will appear in written form especially stories about Troubles and Madoc. They've been through a lot and you might be interested in some of what they've done.

I will continue writing after this series. I love to write and tell stories. The character of Rory takes the role of the trickster in myths. Some have wondered why he seems good at the end of the novel. But remember, the trickster in any story is capable of good and evil but mostly is just a pain in the ass. His role is that of a catalyst. When he's around things change and stuff happens.

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