So thrilled you’ve come to join us on the blog and welcome to a new edition of Creative Corner!
It’s the same thrilling interview series that you’ve come to love, just with a new title.
With us today is fantasy fiction author Peter-Shaun Tyrell who celebrates his debut novel – The Oath and Blood Price.
Peter-Shaun Tyrell spends most of his time daydreaming in the fantasy world of Duria where the story is set but when his head is NOT in the clouds he resides in Liverpool, England.
FYI he is also a self-proclaimed “breakfast cereal connoisseur”.
Let’s give our guest a warm welcome…
When did you first realize you wanted to pursue writing?
I think I always knew even when I was little. I would write little stories of my favourite video games when I was 7 or 8 because I wanted to know what happened after the game had finished. I would create the story, the one I wanted to experience. It slowly grew from there.
How was your journey to becoming an author?
Honestly, it was fine. We all have struggles in life but one thing that I never struggled with was writing fantasy fiction. It’s the one thing that has been consistently enjoyable, never a chore or something I ‘had’ to do.
The only ‘down’ moments were external, not directly connected with the actual writing.
Please tell us about your latest book.
So it is a fantasy fiction book set on the continent of Duria, it’s more of a novella.
About 200 years ago there was a civil war that split the human empire in two. You had the loyalist northern nation Novu-Optu and the rebellious southern nation the Borasian states. The war known as The Schism ignited due to the ongoing oppression and destruction of the Elves, which were the human’s former masters.
The Godmen of Novu-Optu liberated the humans and over the years pushed the Elves back into the mountainous land called the Veil. The Borasian states felt it was too much and eventually rose up, preventing any further genocide.
Present-day in a town called Scor, we have Thalkin, a street urchin whose only way of surviving is by trading favours for food and knowledge. A fisherman needed bait, so Thalkin stole some so he could be taught how to fish etc.
At the beginning of the story Thalkin is stealing fruit from a farm so Edgir, a former tycoon turned drunk, can ferment his own ale and in return can teach him how to fight. Edgir eventually introduces Thalkin to Edelia, a sellsword of mysterious origin. She recruits Thalkin so she can use his skills to acquire a secret.
Scor itself is a town within one of the Borasian states called Tyton. A powerful state that was ‘given’ Scor to keep the state humble. Scor had no value so Tyton had to use resources to protect it etc.
However, over the last few decades, Scor has been steaming toward independence and is on the eve of becoming the first independent Borasian state in 200 years. Edelia wants to know why.
Our story starts from there…
How many of your books have been published and are you currently working on a new one?
So this is my first book and part one of a trilogy. I want the trilogy to be a prologue to a much wider story, Thalkin’s origin story before the story even begins.
Where do you get your book ideas from?
Everything. Like I said before whenever I finish a game or a book/film etc. I want to know what happens next, I want the story to continue.
With The Oath & Blood Price, I was able to combine so many things and create what, for me, is the ultimate story. An epic tale that encompasses all the things I enjoy in the fiction I consume.
What do your family and friends think of your writing?
They’re very supportive. They all bought my book and read it.
They gave me some feedback as well so it wasn’t all a whitewash of ‘Oh it’s brilliant’ end of story. They came back and said ‘Oh I thought this should be longer.’ ‘Maybe do this with this character’ the right sort of feedback you need as a writer.
What is your favourite book genre to read and why?
I think you can guess, but definitely fantasy fiction.
I think you can do anything with the story. You make it literary brilliant, you can have romance subplots, revenge subplots, thrillers, and on any scale in any city. The only limit is your imagination.
What are you currently reading?
A few things actually. The Mabinogion – a series of Welsh Folklore, a present from a couple who are good friends of mine. Emperor of the Eight Island by Lian Hearn – from my fiance and The Viking on Stamford Bridge by Brent Jordan – someone I saw on a writers lift on Twitter, it’s about a specific battle in 1066 which is one of my favourite years in English History.
Who are some of your favourite authors?
Raymond E Feist – basically the catalyst to my book, John Gwynne – a new fantasy writer who is just superb, Arthur C Clarke, David Eddings, Charles Bukowski and Paul Auster – to name a few.
Lastly, what sets you apart from other authors?
I’m not sure I am set apart from other authors.
I know that isn’t the best way to market myself but when it comes to fantasy – the reason I wanted to write my book is because I wanted to read another book just like the ones I have read. I wanted to rub shoulders with these greats. I love prophecy’s and chosen ones, rags to riches stories etc. and I love subverting those tropes.
I think I want to be that writer that reminds the reader of every other writer, a sum of all other parts maybe.
So happy Peter-Shaun took the time to do this engaging, entertaining interview. You’ve been such a wonderful guest and your latest book sounds like quite the read!
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