“On Different Shores”
I first heard from Daniel and after viewing some of the material I was very impressed with the book and his work and from first viewing most of the material looks very impressive. Now, he does have an indiegogo going as of this writing and you can view it here, to translate the entire book into English. If you would like to be a part of that, please click on the link below.
So, the following is my “interview” with him and about his new and exciting book, “On Different Shores”.
Can you give me a short biography about yourself and how did you get into writing?
I was eleven when I first decided to write a book. I learned to read and wrote books quite early. And as it usually happens with almost every lover of reading, I also wanted to write something of my own. Of course, the result was also quite expected – after writing half the notebook and putting it in the box, I decided to return to this idea later. I did not abandon her at all. But all this time I was waiting for something: a standing idea, inspiration, the right moment, free time.
It was 14 years before I returned to my dream. It took me so much time to reach my awareness, to understand that no other activity has ever brought me so much sincere joy and did not inspire me, like working on a book.
On my birthday, I asked my friends to give me a simple tablet for this purpose. And so, getting to work on the metro and back, I started writing straight in public transport. Actually, my first book is 80% written in the subway. So I was convinced in yet another truth – for creativity there is no need for any conditions. It is enough to write. Sometimes I regret that I did not understand this before. But on the other hand, maybe then I just was not ready for it.
Can you give an expanded description of your book, the characters and the world that it is set in?
This book is about people. About their aspirations, dreams, love, treachery, and cunning. The half-forgotten legends of the past and the harsh reality of the upcoming war, the age-old rivalry between powerful lords and the dramas of ordinary people interlace on the epic canvas of a fantastic world.
There are 3 parts in the book.
The first part of the book tells about a young blacksmith apprentice looking for his path of life. Berth is burdened by the gloomy routine of his native village, lost in the forests of the severe North, and he already did not hope to escape from the vicious circle of the everyday. However, the arrival of a stranger to his village brought frightening news about the upcoming changes. Forgotten fears return from the depths of antiquity, and now Berth has to make a difficult choice, on which depends not only his fate.
The second part tells how, on a usual working evening, a simple cabman from Larcia named Seyrong received an unexpected expensive gift, which one cannot reject. However, will this oddity bring happiness to the poor man’s family or become a cruel mockery of fate? In fact, the gained treasure opened the way for demons from the past, who had almost ruined his marriage some time before.
The third part of the story is told by Jane – the Prince’s wife. She was left alone – her beloved, the heir of the whole Empire, had completely disappeared. Unwilling to steep her pain in tears, Jane went down memory lane to about twelve years ago, into her childhood. Could she again challenge the inexorable fate? The path of life of the young girl, who survived the brutal raid of the northerners, propels the history, which changes the fate of the whole world and the life of each hero of the book.
What can you tell us about the characters that we will read about?
In fact, these characters are very similar to us. They have similar problems, aspirations and even similar dreams. For example, the main character of the first part – a young guy Bert very much wants to leave his small settlement and go to the capital. He cares about something like an American dream. I would say that the characters of the book are strong, cunning, sometimes cruel, but better you’ll find out more about them by yourself when you read the book.
How did you come up with the front cover of the book?
I wanted to create an unusual cover for fantasy book. And since I was thinking of a trilogy, I wanted the cover get changing along with the characters of the book. So I took the idea with the faces of the main characters, which will change with each book.
What can you tell us about the theme of the book, the deeper subjects, questions, or issues that you develop with the book, of course without giving away any spoilers.
It is believed that fantasy is a way of escaping from reality into a fairy tale, into a fictional world where it is easier to distinguish between good and evil, and problems and difficulties are solved much easier and more clearly. The truth is there, but I’m interested in something else. My book is about living, real people and the real problems of their relationship, their aspirations, dreams, love, betrayal, cunning. The fictional world in which they live is a shell that I hope will allow the reader to focus on what was important to me: questions of life choice, opposition to fate and acceptance of one’s destiny and, most importantly, how our fleeting feelings and insignificant Acts, woven into the fabric of the world, sometimes exert a determining influence on the fate of thousands of people. That’s what I want to write about.
Can you give a favorite paragraph or page to show your writing style ?
The book is quite big, so it’s difficult for me to choose just one quote, so I chose 3 of them.
1) “Sometimes I think that it would be better is you were born a man,” Reymos said seriously.
“Sometimes I also have such thoughts. But I’ve never heard of crazy deeds for men’s sake,” Jane smiled cunningly and gave Reymos a wink.
2) “Are you in doubt?”
“I don’t know.”
“Then think if this moment may occur again in your life. And you will make the right decision.”
3) “Thousands of innocent people will perish.” Those who have never even seen our shores. So why are we better than the northerners who burned your village?
“We are not,” Jane said, and readjusted her shawl. “But when I have to make a choice, I think about those who will live. And I want it to be the people of the Empire. Do you think otherwise?”, the girl sipped a tart drink. There was a threat in her voice, hardly noticeable, light, like the whiff of a sea breeze.
If someone were to start writing, what advice would you give them and what obstacles did you face when you first started and how did you overcome them?
The most important advice I can give for new authors is not to postpone, but start writing right now. We always wait for a “convenient” moment, but the truth of life is that such moment never comes. We need to act here and now.
I was scared to accept criticism about the book from my readers. In my heart, I was responding to criticism very sharply. But then I overcome it and realized that constructive criticism helps to make the book better.
What helpful tips for marketing would you give to someone who has completed their first book that you have learned so far?
In my opinion, any writer needs to enlist the support of book bloggers and make advertising in social media (Instagram and Facebook).
Please provide any links to where someone can purchase your book, any personal blogs or websites for your book.