Happy Monday everyone! Today on the blog, I’d like to welcome an author that not only didn’t take the traditional road of publishing, but went beyond that! His novel Summoner: Origins is a fantasy told in a very unique way. Unique in the sense that I’ve never come across such an awesome method of story-telling. A. G. Macdonald mixes audio with video to develop a web-novel. It’s really hard to explain, but trust me, it’s pretty awesome!
Check out the trailer and interview below because he definitely explains it a lot better than I just did.
1. Many authors are taking untraditional routes to publish their stories. Why did you choose to publish your novel in an audio-video format?
I just found the format really interesting. I hadn’t seen it done before, but I thought I couldn’t be the first person to have thought about it; then, after I started talking about it, so many of them hadn’t actually heard of the concept being done before. I understand it’s a bit different to a normal reading format, but this way it provides the readers with multiple ways of engaging with the story and its characters.
2. If you can describe your story in one sentence, how would you summarise it?
This is always a hard one. I think a lot of writers have this problem: They can spin a yarn that goes on and on, with all these different complex characters, and twists and turns, but when it comes to reducing it to single sentence, it’s so much harder.
If I had to sum it up in one sentence, though, I would probably use part of the blurb on the homepage of the Summoner: Origins website: “After the [Arcean] Empire declares all auran beings a threat and sanctions their extermination, our heroes (some auran, some not) must navigate through the new dark and dangerous world, filled with bounty hunters and an Empire intent on turning the world against them.”
That’s a very brief description of the story as a whole, and it doesn’t quite do the story justice; but I hope that’s enough to intrigue people into checking out the full series.
3. Where did you get the inspiration for your characters?
I don’t know if I can completely answer this, because I think part of the process is subconscious: You might pick something up from somewhere and not realise where it came from.
Personally, I find inspiration for characters everywhere. Often, I can meet someone who has a certain character trait and take it from there. If I’m struggling to be inspired, I might stop and read a book, or watch a movie, or even play a video game. You might see a character that you really connect with; then, you might take the best trait they have and apply it to your character and see how it all fits in.
A word of warning for all the aspiring writers out there: Do not copy and paste a character. You like Katniss Everdeen? Then take her strength, conviction or physical abilities, but don’t simply copy the character. If you develop the idea yourself, the characters should feel like your own, and be virtually unrecognisable from the others.
4. If you could only read one author for the rest of your life, who would it be?
My answer’s probably a bit boring. I feel like it might be so many other people’s answer, but I do love J. K. Rowling. The Harry Potter series is one of my favourite series of all time. It was just so great! The characters, and their world with all the little creatures, and not so little creatures, from mythology around the world; it just worked so well.
If I had to pick someone else, though, I might say Richard Adams. He is another of my favourite writers. Watership Down and The Plague Dogs were amazing books, and if you haven’t checked them out, you should definitely do it; after Summoner: Origins, of course.
Make sure you check out Summoner: Origins. It’s truly an epic and unique method of story-telling that all bloggers should experience!