Author of Historical Fantasy novels “Empire Under Siege” and “Paradise” gives us his insights
BRISTOL – UK: I was browsing the web recently and came across a book that intrigued me. Historical fantasy. Empire Under Siege by Jason K. Lewis. He’s relatively new to the writing scene but has already amassed nearly 10,000 followers on Twitter, so I thought I’d reach out, say hello and ask him some questions. This is what the man has to say for himself:
DJR: When did you first develop an interest in writing, and what was the contributing factor?
JKL: I have been interested in writing as long as I can remember. All I ever wanted to do as a child was write stories. I remember being enormously proud, at the age of seven, of the fact that I had hand written thirty seven pages of ‘adventures’ entitled ‘The cave of time’ (catchy huh?). It was actually about fifteen separate adventures and I really wish that I could find it now!
My interest really kicked off when I read ‘The Lord of the Rings’ at the age of nine and I would guess that I am not alone in being inspired by professor Tolkien’s work. After a spate of writing in my late teens I received a nasty knock back when I submitted a short story to a magazine. My dreams in tatters, I didn’t return to writing for over two and a half decades.
DJR: Historical fantasy. Why not science fiction fantasy? What’s your passion for rooting fiction in fact?
JKL: I would describe ‘The Adarna Chronicles’ as ‘Historicalish fantasy’, they are not based within our history but rather in a world that has very similar, recognisable institutions and traditions. The Adarnan Empire is directly comparable to ancient Rome, so the reader should feel at home, but the fun of it is in slowlt unravelling the differences (of which there are many).
I chose to take this approach for two reasons, firstly, I have always been an avid classical history buff and secondly I had much more freedom to world build in ‘Adarna’ than I would have had in Rome, even in an alternate version of Rome.
I have two other works out at the moment. One is a science fiction ‘novelette’ called ‘Paradise‘ that, I am proud to say, has some great reviews. The other is a short story in the thriller genre called ‘The bloody King’, so I guess you could say I am multi-genre at the moment!
DJR: What are you working on now?
JKL: The second book in the ‘Adarna Chronicles’ is taking up most of my time (which adds up to one hour a day in total). It’s called ‘Phoenix Rising’ and it’s almost ready to go off to the editor. It follows straight on from ‘Empire Under Siege’ and is the second of three books that will eventually make up the first volume of the ‘Adarna Chronicles’.
I always like to be working on at least two projects at any one time (so that I can swap between them if I hit a brick wall) and the other project is a short story, which is kind of a fantasy/suspense work called ‘The Hunger’.
DJR: You describe yourself as a newbie author. How have you found the experience so far? Any advice for authors yet to finish their first novel?
JKL: I guess I am a newbie having published my first work about three months ago now. My advice is to get your work out there but don’t rush it. Always, always, have your work professionally edited (it makes the most enormous difference and no matter how hard you try you will not find all the errors they will find- you will be blind to them, in fact) and try to get the most professional cover that you can afford. Also, use social media to connect with and help other writers as well as for (much more occasionally) promoting your work.
DJR: Any final words?
JKL: Writing is hard. Don’t give up.
About the Author
Jason K. Lewis lives in Britain with his wife and young son. He spent his childhood glued to books by authors such as David Gemmell, Stephen Donaldson, Julian May, Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, C.S. Lewis, George R.R. Martin and J.R.R.Tolkien. He is the author of novels and short stories in the fantasy and science fiction genres, including the science fiction Novelette ‘Paradise’ and the fantasy ‘Empire under siege’ which is the first book in the epic ‘Adarna chronicles’.
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