Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Whisper of Death by Paul Barrett Interview & Giveaway

A Whisper of Death
The Necromancer Series
Book 1
Paul Barrett
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy

Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC

Date of Publication: December  22, 2015

Cover Artist: Jess Small

Book Description:

Born with the power of ultimate evil, he is the world’s only chance at survival.

Erick Darvaul is a Necromancer, a descendant of the original sorcerers who turned against their dark masters and exiled them. Now these beings have returned, it falls upon Erick and a cadre of newfound allies to rally against these powerful entities and defeat them again.

Through fire, ambush, and betrayal, Erick and his companions claw their way to Broken Mountain to reunite with others who share his ability. There, Erick battles the mortal foe of his ancestors pushing the limits of his Necromantic magic, a force that seeks to corrupt him every time he summons it.

About the Author:

Paul has lived a varied life full of excitement and adventure. Not really, but it sounds good as an opening line.

Paul’s multiple careers have included: rock and roll roadie, children’s theater stage manager, television camera operator, mortgage banker, and support specialist for Microsoft Excel.

This eclectic mix prepared him to go into his true love: motion picture production. He has produced two motion pictures and two documentaries: His film Night Feeders released on DVD in 2007, and Cold Storage was released by Lionsgate in 2010

Amidst all this, Paul has worked on his writing, starting with his first short story, about Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, at age 8. Paul has written and produced numerous commercial and industrial video scripts in his tenure with his forcreative agency, Indievision. He has two published short stories (As You Sow and Double Cross) and one self-published novel (Godchild). He lives with his filmmaker/graphic artist partner and their three cats.

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Charlotte NC, but have lived in Atlanta, GA and Smithfield, VA at various points in my life.
Tell us your latest news?
My book A Whisper of Death has been released and I’m currently working on the sequel, tentatively titled A Shout of Decay. I also have a TV pilot screenplay currently making the rounds to production companies, and two other novels being considered for publication. And my cats continue to drive me crazy.
When and why did you begin writing?
The first story I remember writing was when I was 8 years old. It was called Ziggy and the Spiders from Mars, which was obviously taken from the David Bowie song that was popular at the time (yes, I’m old) but was about the comic character Ziggy and his hapless attempts to deal with Martian spiders that landed in his yard. As for why I did it, it just seemed like a fun way to be creative. I was always a storyteller, even if it was someone else’s material. I memorized Richard Pryor and Cheech and Chong albums (my parents were very progressive) and would recite them for friends. At some point, I figured it was time to try and make up my own stories.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a writer as early as 16, when I was writing articles for the school newspaper while also trying my hand at short stories, none of which were very good. So it’s taken me really, 34 years to go from writer to published author. Of course, there were periods within those years when the writing took a major backseat, so it hasn’t been an uninterrupted 34 years.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Back in 1982, a friend of mine also wanted to write, and we decided a short story wasn’t worth doing for two people, so we came up with a story based on a character he had created for the sci-fi role playing game Traveler. Our book ended up being way more space opera and less hard sci-fi, and it still hasn’t seen the light of day. But one of my ongoing projects is polishing and rewriting it, hoping for it to someday gain the glory of publication
Do you have a specific writing style?
If you ask my copy editor, my style is to use the words “but” and “smile” too much, but I don’t know that I have really developed a “style” yet. I have certain things that seem to happen in my stories. There’s usually traveling, the groups tend to be five or so people, and at least one of them in a complete smartass. Other than that, I just try to tell a story in an economical manner while still putting across as much world building detail as possible. And, according to a friend who reads my stuff, my worlds seem to be populated with unpleasant odors.
How did you come up with the title?
The title A Whisper of Death refers to both the magic used by my hero and the evil entity that attempts to corrupt him along the way. The magic whispers to him of the power he could have if he was let himself go and embrace the magic fully. It’s a temptation he has to fight every time he uses it. And the evil entity that becomes his nemesis literally whispers in the hero’s mind, slowly making the magic harder to resist.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There’s no message I really set out to tell with the story, I just wanted to explore the idea of a character in a traditionally “evil” profession actually being a good person, and what he would do if called upon to use his evil in the service of saving a world that despises him. So I guess if there’s any message, it would be that you aren’t constrained by what people say about you or expect you to be.
How much of the book is realistic?
It’s a fantasy novel, so not much. I mean, I kept it realistic in terms of the fighting and what characters of this age could reasonably do. They aren’t superheroes, and they get hurt. But they also having healing methods far beyond anything we have in the real world. And the world isn’t overwhelmed with magic. There are really only two specific forms of magic: necromancy and healing. So there won’t be anybody flying on carpets or casting fireballs. But there will be lots of undead.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I have often raised the dead, so this book is practically autobiographical. Seriously, though, Gert, an innkeeper the group meets, is based on my friend Pamela. Other than that, it’s pretty much a cut from whole cloth scenario. The whole idea came about as some friends and I were discussing necromancers during a session of the role-playing game Rolemaster. There have been a lot of role-playing games in my life.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Lord of the Rings, of course, because it informed my love of fantasy. A great number of Robert Heinlein’s novels had a big impact on me. And the Stephen King book On Writing was a godsend when I was struggling to get myself motivated to write again.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Tough call, but it would be either Pat Conroy or Robin Hobb. Conroy’s mastery of language is a standard for what I would love to achieve someday. And Hobb’s ability to build complex characters and intertwine them in intricate narrative is nothing short of amazing.
What book are you reading now?
I’m currently reading From the Stone by John Hartness, who is another North Carolina guy that I recently met.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Most recently, I’ve been downing the work of Chuck Wendig and Delilah S. Dawson. They are both fabulous writers and have both become dear friends. Chuck has a blog on writing at that is a must for any upcoming writer to read and study.
What are your current projects?
As I mentioned above, I’m currently working on the sequel to Whisper of Death, and I’m also doing the groundwork for an idea about three magical factions going to war.
What would you like my readers to know?
I would like them to know my blog is, my Twitter account is @producerpaul and I have an Amazon author page where I would be happy to answer any other questions they might have. I also have three cats, so please buy my book so I can feed them or they will probably eat me some night while I’m asleep.

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