Monday, July 2, 2012

Guest Post by author David M. Brown


G'day readers! As a part of the Discover Fantasy Tour, I am proud to offer you today a Guest Post by my friend David M. Brown, author of A World Apart and  Fezariu's Epiphany. As part of this blog tour you can enter to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card and more! Just go here. Now read on for what David has to say about Elenchera.

Future of Elenchera?
Elenchera has been a part of me since 1999. Like a typical marriage, we’ve had our ups and downs have Elenchera and I but we’ve stayed together through it all, though I suspect I feel more aged than Elenchera does. After a decade of building my fantasy world alone, I finally opened the gates to tourists in late 2008 when I met my wife, Donna. She was the first to read the history and despite being a fierce critic her response was generally positive. 10 years of world building had not been a waste of time, after all. 


By May 2010 I was ready to share Elenchera with the rest of the world in the form of my debut novel, Fezariu’s Epiphany, which has enjoyed some good reviews and has an overall average of around 4/5 on Goodreads and Amazon. I had targeted 3/5 so to be currently at 4/5 is still very heart-warming and flattering for me. I hope for a similar response with all my books but unlike some authors I don’t expect it.  

The journey continued in June 2012 with the release of my second novel, A World Apart, which went beyond Fezariu’s Epiphany in length, complexity and characters. I started with a small-scale novel and have now progressed to a large-scale epic work. I don’t intend to favour one type of book over the other, of course. I intend to write further epic novels like A World Apart in the future but I also want shorter works like Fezariu’s Epiphany.

With two instalments of The Elencheran Chronicles now available my thoughts are already on the third and fourth novels, one an epic, the other a shorter book. Given that Elenchera is made up of 47,000 years and with the prospect of developing further I do not envisage running out of ideas any time soon. I want to keep building this world, going back to the history and continuing to write novels to give readers another taste of Elenchera.

As time passes I aim to have a wide range of self-contained novels all set in Elenchera. Readers are not obligated to read these books in any order. A World Apart has none of the characters that feature in Fezariu’s Epiphany and vice versa. With The Elencheran Chronicles there is no waiting with impatience for the latest instalment in a series. At this stage I am happy to avoid writing a series. I don’t believe any events in the history of Elenchera would warrant a nine or ten book series. At the most I might commit to a trilogy of novels if the narrative was stretching beyond 1,000 pages but that aside I intend to have just one book per story. The company of my demanding characters would be too much for any more than three books!  

I am always happy to hear from readers and respond to any feedback I receive. If readers find they want to know more about a particular land or a race then I’m always happy to return to the history and see what I can share in a future novel. Just don’t ask me for a sequel to Fezariu’s Epiphany or A World Apart. Those stories are well and truly over. 

You can contact David on his blog Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dave, Facebook page, Twitter, and Google+

48 comments:

  1. Working through my first epic fantasy (at 31%) I feel like I'll be up to tackling A World Apart next. Love that you listen to your readers!

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    1. Glad you're enjoying that epic fantasy :)

      Would love to gear your thoughts on AWA :)

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    2. Coral - I hope you'll come by and tell us about your first epic fantasy once you've completed it. David - you're up early - or is it late? LOL

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    3. It was probably late, though it might have been early. I can't remember now :)

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    4. if he was listening he would guarantee a vampire dragon.. just saying

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  2. I love the stand alone stories that are set in the same world. I do love series books too but they can get overwhelming.

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    1. I feel safer with stand alone stories.

      A series takes a lot of commitment and it's a big challenge keeping each instalment as good as the one before.

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    2. I always think the books in a series SHOULD be able to stand alone. But I love David's approach to this.

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    3. I do admire writers that tackle a series but I would worry if one instalment wasn't good it would set the rot in for the rest of the series.

      Stephen King's Dark Tower series was great, so close to being perfect, until I read the 7th one and the way it ended ruined it for me. He's released a new one which takes place halfway through the series which seems a bit strange!

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  3. I love a series but stand alone's make me happy no waiting for the next one is great and it's great when an author creates a fantasy world and then yes you can create endless stories in the world that don't have to be tied to each other. Love it

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    1. I agree. I don't like torturing readers making them wait for the next book in a series.

      Elenchera will be stand alone books so readers won't be left frustrated with a cliffhanger ending :)

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    2. Hey, did you read the article I wrote for Indie Exchange about series and cliffhanger endings?! (It hasn't even gone up yet ;) )

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    3. The problem Jessica - is that even with stand alone books, when an author becomes one of your favorites they just can't write fast enough to keep you (or at least ME) satisfied. It's such a tragedy. *sigh*

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    4. That's the other problem, you're absolutely right. A series brings added pressure making each instalment as good as if not better than the one before.

      I'm aiming for better books with each novel I write but I do feel less pressure with the stand alone approach.

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  4. A big thank you to A.B. Shepherd for hosting me today and taking part in the Discover Fantasy Tour.

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    1. Awwww - thank YOU David. I hope the tour is a huge success!

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    2. With the support of great bloggers such as yourself, how can it not be :)

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  5. Fantastic post on a great blog! What a great start!

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  6. Great author, great giveaway, thanks!

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  7. I'm always looking for new authors and books. This one looks like a "must read"!

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    1. Thank you.

      I hope you enjoy the book :)

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  8. Sounds wonderful, I am open to reading just about anything these days. I hope to be able to read one of your books!

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    1. Thank you.

      I would value your honest feedback :)

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  9. I like how you describe your book and writing as a marriage because it is like that. Passionate writing and good strong characters takes a special relationship. I really like how your stories don't have to be read in any order. I hate it when I order books through the library and receive the third one. Thanks and keep writing!
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  10. Hi Sherry,

    Thanks for commenting. I just want to give readers more choice with Elenchera. A long series is risky especially if the story starts to wane but self-contained novels offer more to readers, the chance to dip in and out of Elenchera.

    It seems to be working so far.

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  11. I prefer to read books in a connected series because I am able to familiarize myself with the setting and the characters' traits, and I also grow attached to the characters and can't bear to part with them when the book is over. However, I do enjoy good standalone stories from time to time. Perhaps standalone stories set in the same "universe" would be a good compromise? :)

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    1. Hi Julie,

      That's what I'm hoping :) I couldn't spend several books with the same set of characters from Elenchera. We'd fall out with each other :)

      I do enjoying reading series though but sometimes find the later instalments are not as good as the opening books.

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  12. I think this has a lot of merit, the stand alone but within a world build. Disc World sort of does this, in fact the MS books and adult series are separate yet the same. The fact they are stand alone stories makes me OK to grab and dive in something from the middle.. like I will be reading A World Apart first before the first one, WHY? I dig pirates and am in an ARGGGGHHSSSOOME mood ALL the time. oh and vampires.. and dragons. sigh a girl can dream!

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    1. Thanks Kriss.

      Yes, Discworld is similar in the approach that Elenchera will follow.

      I'm glad you're reading AWA before the first book. I want readers to know they can read these books in whatever order they wish :)

      Dragons may appear in my books one day ;)

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  13. Thank you for introducing this interesting book, wish you all the best

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  14. Sounds intriguing..........you may just get me into fantasy yet!

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  15. I love new authors, but your books sounds great for my mother in law. I think I found an awsome christmas presant :)

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    1. I hope she enjoys if you do choose AWA as a Christmas gift :)

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  16. It's nice how your wife has been so supportive! Behind every great man is a great woman who helped him get there!

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  17. I haven't yet read your books yet. Maybe I will

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  18. i have nt read the bok but the cover is interesting and then so is your pic i get te book on it

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  19. What a story. It's the first time I've heard of these books and it sounds really interesting, but I can't find them on Goodreads. D:

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    1. Hi Nickle, thanks for commenting.

      Here's the link for A World Apart http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14289474-a-world-apart

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    1. Thanks for commenting Christy.

      I hope readers enjoy the book :)

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