Welcome Paul…. What is your book about?
I have two books out in a fantasy trilogy called Nine Worlds of Mirrortac. The first book is The Wizard’s Sword and the second is Three Stones of Destiny. The main character is both books is Mirrortac, who is a member of a furry cat-like race called the erfins. When he finds a mysterious and magical warrior’s sword in the woods near his home, he is launched into an adventure of epic proportions that takes him across borders and into ‘worlds’ where he must battle dark creatures to complete a mission to save all the worlds from the evil plans. He is set another dangerous mission in the second book, this time to rescue three planets from the machinations of a ‘god’ from an alien master race who wants to have ultimate power to enslave all the races of the three planets.
2. How did you come up with the idea for your book?
The idea was going to be simply an allegorical short story, but then all these other ‘worlds’ sprouted up in my imagination, and it turned into a novel, then a trilogy.
3. What makes your book different than others in your genre?
I have introduced a whole host of new races and landscapes that are not found in any other fantasy anywhere.
4. Who is your favorite writer? Why?
JRR Tolkien remains the master of fantasy as far as I’m concerned. I was introduced to fantasy through reading The Hobbit, and from there I was hooked. Tolkien’s handling of so many characters and races, and the creation of such an adventure on an epic scale is unmatched.
5. What strange writing rituals do you have?
I don’t know if my writing rituals are strange, but I like to play particular mood music when preparing to write, as well as read over what I have written.
6. How long did it take you to write your book?
The first book’s draft took me a year, but I did rewrites and editing over a number of years before self-publishing it. The second book was half written, but I rewrote a large portion of it, including throwing out most of the original beginning. I had taken a break from writing for a number of years while turning my attention to my new family before spending holiday breaks to complete it.
7. What are some writing goals for the future?
I have one more book in the trilogy to complete, then I will think about what I will focus on next.
Book Blurb — The Wizard’s Sword
The simple life of the erfin people is turned upside down when one curious erfin, Mirrortac, finds an old warrior’s sword in the woods. The sword leads to a meeting with an otherworldly stranger and a mission to save all the worlds from an encroaching evil.
– Three Stones of Destiny
The hero of The Wizard’s Sword, Mirrortac, is branded a traitor, thief, and sorcerer.
Found guilty of sacrilege against the god of his ancestral cousins, the Roznogh, after he steals their most sacred object of power, the Werdstone, he later kidnaps its keeper in a mission to liberate three planets from enslavement by the Sky-master god Yidu, a much-revered deity of an alien master race. The key to his power lies in three mysterious stones, all of which connect to the Werdstone.
Mirrortac not only loses face, but also his mind, leaving his three children and an unlikely ally the only ones who can ensure the success of his ambitious quest.
Paul is a journalist and author living in Mackay on the central Queensland coast of Australia. He grew up in Brisbane and attended school there before moving up the coast to Hervey Bay for about 7 years. He studied for his BA degree in Toowoomba and returned to Hervey Bay for a short time before moving up to Mackay to work at the daily newspaper there, the Daily Mercury. He founded the Mackay Writers group and was on the foundation team for the first Mackay Festival of Arts. He is married to Brigida and has a daughter, Jemimah, and two budgerigars called Bobby and Maia. He first fell in love with fantasy works reading Tolkien.
1. http://www.amazon.com/Wizards-Sword-Paul-Vander-Loos/dp/1426905831/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354764486&sr=1-2&keywords=Paul+Vander+Loos and ebook http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C1799CK
Best Wishes Paul for great success!