Date Published: July 2016
Hidden on an island in a time realm not his own, he must now search for ancient relics in order to stop the growing evil in the world. All he wanted was to hunt in his beloved forest, but is thrown into a world of sea serpents, dungeons, enchanted castles, miniature men, and air buffs.
Driven by duty and hindered by self-doubt, he is sent on a quest to unite the magical realms once more. He must learn to harness his good and evil powers, but will he survive the shadow…?
About the Book Interview with DS Johnson
What was the inspiration behind this story?
My husband is a big time online gamer. He loves the role playing games and always chooses the human fighter who is fortified with heavy armor. His strengths are hand to hand combat and uses a one handed sword so he can use a shield in the other. I got sucked into the games after we got married and quickly became a high leveled ‘healing’ mage. It was a lot of fun but then the kids needed to eat. I know right, well because online gaming would take up so much time we decided to quit the games.
It was heart breaking because you spend a lot of time growing and developing their skills and abilities. So much that they become a part of you, or you a part of them. To keep the adventures alive I started telling the adventures of catacombs, long runs across the baron landscapes to the next mob field, and big ‘Boss’ fights to my kids as bedtime stories. It was so much fun that I started writing them down and that’s how it became the book. I then started to add elements from forgotten legends and bits of little known facts about history to make the characters and plots have more depth.
Tell us about your main character.
Shaz is the main character of Realms of Edenocht and he is a war wizard. He is the actual character my husband played in the online game Lineage II. He was a paladin in the game but I decided he needed a little more responsibility than just leveling up in mob fields so I added the magic element. As a war wizard his abilities are endless. He has the control of all the elements and over the shadow elements.
He is not, however, an all-powerful character, at least not at first. His world, Edenocht, has been altered by the evil Necromancer Gavin Rhill, who is in search of ancient artifacts that can make him a God. Queen Ambrosia seals off the realms and shuts off the magic of the world to keep him from finding the relics. As a war wizard, Shaz is the only one that has all of the needed elements to successfully destroy or unite the relics and keep Gavin Rhill from having them.
When the time is right, Shaz receives the first relic, the sword, and is sent on his quest to find the rest. As he journeys, he joins with his ‘healer’ Serin and they journey together. Shaz is strong and brave. He is driven by duty and is extremely loyal to those who have earned his respect. He understands that sometimes hard things have to happen for the sake of the good and desires to be good. However, he struggles with self-doubt and his Shadow magic.
Every time Shadow magic is talked about, the consensus is that it is bad. Shaz is in constant fear that he will become evil because of it. He tries to keep it hidden deep, but there are times where it is the only force that can make the changes for good. Shaz has to learn how to know when that is. Serin is the descendant of the Lavari, who are a magical race that have the power of intuition. A power that is greater than any element because of the manipulation it can have over people. Serin is highly intuitive to his motives and soon understands him at a soul level. She is an essential part of his learning how to use both his ‘good’ and ‘evil’ powers for the right purposes.
One of your characters is going on a shopping spree. Where does he/she go and what does he/she buy?
If Shas was on a shopping spree, he would be in the armory. As a war wizard, one of the traits he naturally has is the art of war. He not only looks at the strength or fortitude of the weapon, but who would use it and how it would be best used. He would be holding and handling the weapons to see how they feel in the motions they would be used in.
He would be adding the destructive components and deducting the negatives before deciding which ones would be the best. He would then move on to the armor section and do the same with all the types of armor. He would pay close attention to the strength and weight of the metal as well as how one would maneuver in it. He would also pick up some parchment and quills to make maps and notes of essential resources he might need at a later time.
Were you surprised by the behavior of any of your characters or the direction of your plot at any point while writing?
There were several times where something just came out that I didn’t expect. For instance the Minca. The Minca are pygmy warrior brothers who are far away from their ‘world’ with in the world. When Turkill and Ladtwig emerged I couldn’t stop laughing. Even now as I sit here and think about them I chuckle.
I just love their brotherly love/hate. Turkill is the more serious of the two and the stronger and larger. Being pygmy’s he barely reached Shaz’s mid-chest and Ladtwig is smaller and skinnier. They love to argue with each other unless someone else gets involved, then they will turn on them. Turkill is stern and emotionless with a very dry humor and Ladtwig is friendly and outgoing with a huge smile and quick wit. I don’t see myself as a crack up so I surprise myself that every time I write their funny and cute personalities it’s unique and cleaver.
I write in scenes with an idea in mind but never stick to any one outline or plot line. I love the flexibility of getting to experience the characters raw as they emerge from my imagination.
Please share a few favorite lines or one paragraph.
Here’s a little exchange between Turkill and Ladtwig:
“It must be here somewhere.” he said running his hand along the rough stone wall.
The long wall ran along the east side of the old deserted castle. Bright emerald shaded grass shimmered as the soft misty rain fell from gray skies. A low rumble echoed against the mountain ranges to the east and west. Their hair hung straggly around their round faces from the hours in the damp air.
“What?” a small-framed man asked from behind the other. He tried to reach around to see what the other was doing.
“The door. Get away, I am going to find it.” Turkill said pushing his brother back.
“What door?” Ladtwig asked, sniffling while wiping his nose on his sleeve.
“The invisible door.” Turkill said.
“But if it’s invisible how are you going to see it?”
“I just will.”
“But how can you, its invisible.”
“Yes Ladtwig, I know that’s what I said, the invisible door.” Turkill said.
“Yeah but invisible means you can’t see it.” Ladtwig scratched his chin.
“Well maybe you can’t see it, but I can.” Turkill kept his fingers on the rough hand carved stone wall.
“But how can you, you can’t see something that isn’t there.”
“What are you babbling about?” Turkill asked.
“The invisible door.”
“What invisible door?”
“The one you are looking for.” Ladtwig said.
“Oh yes that one, I can’t find it, its invisible.” Turkill said.
How long did it take you to write this book?
At first the process was very slow because I was learning how to even compose a sentence. I mean I understood the basics and things but there is a difference in how to write a correct sentence and how to show vs. tell and all that. Over all it took me about eight years to get to where I could give it to an editor.
I was terrified and excited but I had spent so much time I just had to know how bad I was. To my surprise he really liked my work. Not that he didn’t have plenty of things to instruct me on, overall he said I had a real knack for writing and that it had been one of the best reads he had had for a while.
He has a Masters in Literary Science so I guess he knows what he is doing. Anyway, I took that to heart and really started to dig into the process of re-writes and edits. That took another year for me to feel confident that I would be able to put this in front of people. I then turned to peer review groups and things and also got good results.
Over all it has been about ten years now since I started this and I am three fourths done with book two and a tangent novella to go along with the first book. If life didn’t get in the way it would only take a few months now to get through a whole book, but again, kids gotta eat! 😀
About the Author
A little about me, first I want to tell you a story, about a young girl who thought she was dumb. Yes, in the first, second, and third grades this little girl, was in the ‘Resource’ program or ‘Chapter 8’ as I have also heard it called. Even though she was then put in the regular class, she knew all too well by then she was not a smart child. All the way through high school this girl struggled. She graduated with a glorious 2.9. Yes, it was heart breaking for those little numbers to reflect the great struggle and all the efforts she had put forth.
She went on to start beauty school, figuring she wasn’t college material. Suddenly, she learned that she wasn’t dumb after all. She was what is called a kinesthetic learner or ‘hands on’ learner. She LOVED it. She went on to do very well, for many years. Until, life got complicated. She had five children, a husband, and a disabled mother who now required constant care. While contemplating how to earn a little bit of extra income, now that doing hair wasn’t an option, a thought came to her, ‘Write a book’ it said.
She replied by looking around and with her finger pointing at herself, she said, “Who me? I graduated high school with a 2.9 remember?”
The little thought came again, “Yes, you. Write a book.”
It so happened, that she had been telling her children nighttime stories for some time, so she did. It took five years to learn from the internet, a few writing classes, some great blogs, a lot of practice, one very good editor and the awesome support of her family. But she did it, and now I bring The Realms of Edenocht Series to you! Yes, that little girl was me, but no longer.
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