Words with Daniel Pagac, Author of "Caleb's Journey"

Can you tell us a little bit about Caleb’s Journey?

An ancient artifact, Uua's Tear, has been stolen and has fallen into the sinister clutches of the Lord of the Undead, Xerax. Acquired for him by his heartless henchman, Nostarius, the dread vampire, Xerax must unlock its secrets to enslave mankind.

Upon returning to his homeland after years of exile, Caleb Hart is thrust into the middle of a group of adventurers and the knights of the Honor Guard, charged by the Light King, Victor IV with retrieving the invaluable and powerful magic item that contains a tiny drop of the divine essence of the world's deity.

In the meantime Xerax, who it is said cannot be harmed by any weapon or spell, has raised an army of undead legions and has joined forces with the armies of the ogres and gnolls. Together they are marching upon the human stronghold, Attalis. Follow Caleb as he changes from his barbarian nature, overcomes his internal struggles, and attempts to restore his family's honor.

What's your background in writing? 

I earned my B.A. in English and have written numerous short stories, unpublished comic books, literary analyses, and essays.

Who are your inspirations/influences? 

Charles Dickens writing style has no parallel in my opinion. Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman inspired my fantasy writing. Years of playing Dungeons and Dragons fueled my passion for fantasy.

What was it like to self-publish your novel? 

It has taken more time than I anticipated. The book went through six edits. I highly recommend the program named “Ginger”. It proved to be an excellent editing tool. You think when you are done typing that the novel is complete, but that is just the beginning.

Who was responsible for the cover/book design? 

My brother’s partner, Michael Rojas. I funded it with money from Kickstarter.com and took several bids and looked and multiple offerings before settling on Mr. Rojas’ work.

What are you doing in terms of marketing/publicity? 

I still actively solicit agents. Beyond that I belong to more than 100 Facebook forums and post on many of them daily. I’ve joined six independent writing forums, work with co-promote.com, and have contacted local newspapers to tell them the story of a young heart attack survivor who has written a novel. I also donated a copy of the novel to my hometown library.

What projects do you have planned for the future? 

I am working on a side story to Caleb’s Journey. It follows the adventures of Malachael before he became a monk.

Is there anything else about you think we should know? 

That I made Caleb’s Journey as accessible as possible. It has no profanity or sex in it. I used what I learned about military tactics from my research in college to make the large scale battle as realistic as possible while throwing in some elements to make it more entertaining.

Thanks for swinging by Daniel!  Daniel has informed me that he's priced his work at 99 cents for a brief time in honor of this interview. Get it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Smashwords!

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