I’m interviewing Dallas Sutherland, author of middle grade fantasy novella “The Greying”. Welcoem to my blog, Dallas.
What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Finding the time to write, because I’m a part-time author, and also, marketing the book when it’s finally published. I have a publisher, but unless you are a best-seller, most authors will need to promote their books as well. Now that is hard, and time-consuming, but it’s fun!
Can you give us a short synopsis of The Greying?
Upon the death of her mother girl falls into fantasy world and searches for identity amidst a world made cold dark and colourless by the ravages of the greying she fights the evil Queen Berilbog, many-headed-winged-thing and lurking homunculi and must learn how to use the power of the thinking in order to reclaim self.
There, is that short enough?
What inspired you to write this book?
At university I spent many hours writing literary essays about books and over time my writing improved. I also had to submit creative pieces as well. I suppose you could say that this planted the seed. I like faery tale and myth and legend. They’re all about journeys, people seeking things, people looking for themselves, or wanting to improve their lot in life.
I knew I wanted to write a fantasy story because I like the genre, but I’m not really sure where it came from, the initial spark or inspiration I mean. I began with a scene and the rest followed. Then there was research, and more research, and knowing I wanted to make the fantasy story a pastiche of the genre. You can check out more about pastiche, and parody and metafiction on my blog dallasws.wordpress.com/ if you are interested in that kind of thing. Of course you don’t have to have all these things in a book, but it can help to give it depth and make things more exciting or challenging for the reader.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
A couple of hours per day, because I’m getting near the end of the second book, and I need time to think about how to finish it off.
Name your top five favorite books.
The Shipping News,
The Wind in The Willows.
What are you working on now?
The second book in the Landland Chronicles. I’m almost done.
About the Book
Author: Dallas Sutherland
Genre: Fantasy Novella
LANDLAND CRIES OUT FOR A SAVIOUR… Upon the death of her mother, Meah is pulled across the boundary that separates this world and another time and place where the dog-like Firbog have brought the mists of the greying. Under the evil Queen Berilbog they threaten to claim all the lands. With her Mother dead and her Father missing – she is on her own! Can Meah learn how to use the power of the thinking? Will there be enough time to save both Landland and herself? Will Meah ever find her way home again? She must triumph over grief and sadness on her journey into a world made cold, grey, and colourless by the ravages of the greying. Meah travels into the depths of Bigriverland to find the mysterious sage, The Biggo. In the heart of Dead Wood, Meah meets Josh O’Tosh, the last of the warrior Pictish Priests. Battling lurking homunculi and the horrors of the many-headed-winged-thing, they set out to recover the only thing that will save Landland …her mother’s Book-of-Colours.
Over the last twenty-five years, the Author has exhibited a creative bent across a range of industries including graphic design, fine arts, and trompe l’oeil murals. He has lectured in fine arts and studied Art History, Literature, Adult Education, and Creative Writing. Works include play scripts and short stories. The Greying is his first published novella, with further books planned as part of the fantasy series. He draws inspiration from myth, legend, and fairy tales.
He lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia with his partner Kerri, and daughter Ruby.
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