Tell us a little bit about "Alec Thrace and the Lost Medallion."
Alec Thrace and the Lost Medallion is the first installment of the Hidden Kingdom trilogy. The second book is entitled, Alec Thrace and the Ring of Stones, and the third at this time is Alec Thrace, Wolves at the Gate. There will be a fourth and possibly fifth in due time. The Hidden Kingdom series offers readers a lively blend of history, fantasy and science fiction that spans the fabled Lost continent of Atlantis to the storied temples of Babylon and Egypt. After Alec's father goes missing, the nineteen year old man, the only son of the noble house of Thrace, undertakes a perilous quest along with his two best friends Alexia, an amazon warrior and Jasen, a simple farmer of the land of Atlantis. With his mother's blessing, the three undertake a perilous quest to recover a source of tremendous power from its hidden resting place in the barbarian lands that are about to fall into the hands of the upstart warriors of Rome during the Punic Wars with Carthage. Alec confronts a richly-drawn cast of characters including a beleagured King of Macedon, a cryptic Egyptian priest and a scheming Roman centurion who dangles tantalizing clues to his father's true fate making the story a fast-paced action packed thriller.
Technologically advanced, yet steeped in ancient magic, the Atlanteans' command of both natural and supernatural forces ensures peace and prosperity at home while concealing their existence from the violent cultures beyhond the Pillars of Hercules. The Hidden Kingdom series has a diverse company of Amazons, Naiads, Mantikhoras and even creatures long to have been thought extinct, making it a rich visual adventure.
Alec Thrace and the Lost Medallion breathes life into one of the world's great legends in a way that I believe will delight readers of every age.
Your book was published with Small Dogma Publishing. What can you tell us about Small Dogma? What was it like to work with them?
Working with Small Dogma was definately, as with all publishers, a waiting game. One of the things as a writer I have learned is you must be patient in all aspects of writing. Small Dogma is a small traditional publishing company that I really enjoyed working with. They helped me get my start and had faith in my work. However, as all small publishers, their marketing department is almost non-existant. It's basically up to the writer to do all the marketing. I'll always appreciate that fact. I have since, retained an agent and he is now in the process of promoting my work to larger publishers.
I see from your web page that you have an interest in historical fantasy. What drew you to this genre?
As far as the genre of historical fiction, I have always enjoyed what life was like in our distant past. To be able to read and study this history makes my mind swirl with thoughts of what if's. When I write, I mix actual fact based happenings with pure fantasy from what I think would make a great story that would not only anchor the reader, but allow their minds to explore those possibilities of what if...
What has the reception to "Alec Thrace and the Lost Medallion" been like?
The reception to Alec Thrace and the Lost Medallion has been good so far. My agent however is looking for another publisher that can service my needs as far as getting Alec Thrace to a larger market and I'm excited to say that we have some great things working. No... nothing I want to announce right now. LOL
Any interesting book signing/promotion stories?
With Alec Thrace I had roughly eight signings at different Barnes and Nobles and Borders around the Denver Colorado area. They were received very well and even had a couple of the store managers tell me that for a first time author, they couldn't believe how well the sales were while I was there. I actually even had a few people waiting in line at one of the Barnes and Nobles stores in Colorado. It was a great learning time for me and very exciting.
What have been your promotion strategies?
As far as promotion strategies, besides the book signings, I have done some blogging, some interviews with other bloggers, had an interview with a popular magazine here in Jefferson County Colorado, facebook, twitter, and my own website.
Can you tell us a little bit about your upcoming book "Molly Toothaker and the Secret of Fall River"? (interesting names by the way)
My next book, Molly Toothaker and the Secret of Fall River, is also going to be a series. It actually is being edited as I type here. It's a story that takes place back during the time of the Salem witch trials, though it has very little to do persay with Salem. It's about a hidden society in a small village called Fall River along the eastern coast of the U.S. In this town, witches and mortals live and work side by side. Molly Toothaker is the heroin of this story and after receiving a summons to the Isle of Mists from great High Priestess of the Druids, she goes on an adventure of finding out who she really is. The witch community of Fall River are offshoots of this powerful druid community that live far out into the sea, and when Molly and her friends converge on the Isle of Mists, in the heart of the Druid community, they find out that all is not what it seems. Molly also finds out that her beloved town of Fall River, also, is not what it appears. It's a story of adventure, mystery and I feel confident that it will fill the reader with a sense of awe and excitement.
Why did you switch to Molly Toothaker, did something happen to Alec Thrace in the other series?
My agent actually was instrumental in going ahead with the first installation of Molly Toothaker and the Secret of Fall River. Personally, I love this story as well as the second of the Hidden Kingdom series of Alec Thrace. After Molly Toothaker is published, the next book will be the second of the Alec Thrace series. I've actually already started on the rewrite of the book.
Anything else about you that we should know?
I want to thank you Walter in wanting to do this interview with me. I've only been writing for around five years, but I've actually got around six books written. It's something that I've always wanted to do and now that I'm doing it, I just can't wait to get back to my computer and begin typing away. Again, I want to thank you and all your readers!