Author Interview – R. L. Drembric

drembicR.L. Drembic has loved reading from an early age. It wasn’t until shortly after high school that he got the idea for a book of his own. Inspired by a friend’s courage to try and get her own novel published, Drembic began writing and has continued through his college career. Drembic has plans for a dozen more books and hopes for a chance to share these adventures with avid readers everywhere.

 

 

Now Down To The Questions:

1. When did you first begin writing seriously?  I first started writing about a year after graduating high school.  I’d had the idea for a few months, but hadn’t done anything about it.  When I saw a friend working on a novel and trying to get it published, I got the courage to start work on my own novel.

2. Is there a particular author who inspired you?  While I have read hundreds of authors, all who had some impact one way or another, I was most inspired by R.A. Salvatore and his Legend of Drizzt series.

3. Are you a plotter or pantser?  I would say that I am a little of both.  For The Knights of the Caers, I planned out the main plot points and then just started writing and left it up to the characters to get from one plot point to the next.  For this novel I was more of a plotter, although for some of my others I am more of a pantser.

4. Why did you choose the self publishing route?  When I was looking for a publisher, I did dozens of internet searches but could only ever find self-publishers.  I knew that trying to get a book published the traditional route could take years just to get a deal, so when one of the self-publishers offered me a great deal with tons of savings I decided to take advantage of it.  I am hoping that I will be able to get my future novels published through traditional means.

5. What is a typical writing day for you?  A good writing day starts with the urge to write.  Usually I will be reading another book or watching a movie and something will give me the idea of how to write a particular scene.  I usually sit on the couch, put something to on the TV in the background, and type on my laptop for hours.

6. Who is your favorite character in this novel?  That is a tough question to answer.  There are so many characters that I love.  Some of them are great for a laugh, others bring a tear to your eye, and some inspire you with their redemption.  If I were to take the four main characters out of consideration, I would say that my favorite is probably Jost Hok: a man with a hard past that has shut out his conscience.  But his conscience is reawakened with a little help from the main character and he eventually switches sides and helps fight for good.  Jost Hok is one of the characters that will one day have his story told in his own series.

7. What are your plans for future novels and will they be in the same genre?  Right now I have six other novels in the works, including the two sequels to The Knights of the Caers.  There is a futuristic crime novel, pitting an FBI agent against a new terrorist organization.  A space adventure novel about a first-contact war.  A mystery novel set in the same world as The Knights of the Caers.  And a novel about a small peaceful kingdom threatened by trolls and powerful magic.  I also have plans for another few series based off characters introduced in The Knights of the Caers.

8. What advice would you give to anyone thinking of writing a novel.  I would have two big pieces of advice: first, classes and how-to books might help with planning, grammar, and structuring a book, but the best way to learn is to read; read so many books that you learn what works and what doesn’t work, what you like and what you hate in a story.  Second, a great story is every bit as enthralling to write as it is to read; if you don’t enjoy writing it, then no one will enjoy reading it.

9. What is the hardest part about writing for you?  There are two main obstacles that I hit frequently.  The first is writer’s block; trying to figure out how the story progresses from point A to point B.  This is usually pretty easy to fix.  It just requires a little time to think, or to skip over it, continue with the story, and come back to the gap later.  The other, and a little harder to overcome, is trying to find names for important characters that fit.  The only way to solve this problem is to consider and look up dozens of names.  There have been quite a few times that I have given a character a name, and then had to change it later when I have a better sense of who that character really is.

10. How can my readers find out more about you and your books?

My Main website is at http://www.drembic.weebly.com/

The cheapest place to buy the book:
http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000002441596

Readers can also purchase here, and get a glimpse at the first few chapters of the book:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Knights-Caers-R-Drembic/dp/1460216792/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381435320&sr=8-1&keywords=the+knights+of+the+caers

My Facebook page dedicated to the book:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Knights-of-the-Caers/151638944908817

unnamedAn ominous storm brews over The Northern Kingdoms. Edric, a young man, has wandered through the kingdoms alone and forlorn for years, ever since a tragedy forced him to leave his village. A fateful encounter brings Stephen to his campfire with inspirational news; war looms on the horizon of the realm of Osmér and King Herus has called for skilled swordsmen to come to the Knight’s Academy. The news brings Edric some desperately needed hope and he risks everything to escape the past that haunts him.

The students in the Academy train hard, pushed to their limits and beyond. Edric struggles with his past, but becomes close to the other students. While they train, war breaks out along the realm’s borders and the aspiring knights are needed more than ever.

As their training comes to an end, the storm breaks and disaster strikes the heart of the realm. Edric and his companions are thrust into conflict and calamity. Although they are well trained, they face adventures and hardships that none of them had ever imagined; death and despair confront them at every turn…

Blog Tour List:

Monday, Oct 21 – http://moniquebucheger.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, Oct 22 – http://writtenbymikey.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, Oct 23 – http://www.carlhackman.com
Thursday, Oct 24 – http://www.writermike.com/
Friday, Oct 25 – http://nosurf.blogspot.com/
Saturday, Oct 26 – http://wendyknightauthor.blogspot.com/

The Launch party will be held on Thursday, Oct 24th at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/545144652231471/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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