Keira:Where did the idea for your story come from?
Brian: Actually, my son came up with the original concept a couple of years ago (a fact that is reflected on the cover). He has always been an imaginative child, but when he told me the idea that ended up become the basis for The Godling Chronicles, I knew right away it was something special. In fact, the entire prologue is straight from his mind, action for action. I put it in words, but the progression was all Jonathan. The premise and the two initial characters were his, as well. Even the names Gewey and Lee were his.
As for the story line...given such a great foundation, it was nothing for the rest of the world to appear before me. It was the easiest writing I've ever done.
Now don't misunderstand the book. It is not a children's story. Though classified as young adult/fantasy, it was written to be enjoyed by fantasy lovers, both young and old.
Keira:What is your preferred genre to write in?
Brian: That's an interesting question. For many years I wrote dark, cerebral, and honestly, off the wall short stories. But I found it to be more of an intellectual exercise, rather than good storytelling. The symbolism was obscure, and the storylines extremely controversial. Don't get me wrong I still enjoy that sort of thing, and I may return to it once all of the Godling Chronicles books are written. But writing fantasy has given me a way to strengthen my abilities as a storyteller, without the burden of trying to make people understand what I am writing. Frankly, I have fast become a fan of reading for fun, as well as writing for the sake of a fun story.
Keira:Please tell us about any future projects you are planning.
Brian: I just finished The Godling Chronicles-Book Two: Of Gods and Elves. It is about to go to the editor as soon as I get it back from the proof readers, and is scheduled to be released in November 2012.
As for other project, I have several. I'm currently writing the third book of the series and it is proving to be as fun as the first two.
Also, I'm in the process of writing two books based in my hometown of Spanish Fort, Alabama. One a semi-biographical novel, the other a complete work of fiction. Thankfully, there is no time limit on either.
Keira:How many books have you written?
Brian: As far as how many have been publish, just The Godling Chronicles, and so far two have been completed. I've never really tried to get anything else published before.
Keira:Do you work at job outside the home or is this only career?
Brian: I am the co-owner of LeeAnderson Gulf Seafood. But when I was writing Book One, I worked as a car salesman. Believe me when I tell you that is was hard to find time to write, working 12 hours a day. Now I have a lot more time. It's been great.
I hope to one day retire and write full time, but for now the whole "food and shelter" thing gets in the way.
Keira:Do you have a special writing method?
Brian: I guess I should say yes...but no, not really. I try my best to plan out my plots and characters, but the truth is, I'm better off when I wing it. I know some writers outline every detail, and I have tried it myself, but I've never been able to make it work. No matter how hard I try or how much I plan, the story always takes me in directions I didn't expect.
I do need coffee and smokes, though. Yes, yes yes....how very 1950's of me.
Keira: Are you married?
Brian: Yes I am. I've been married for 10 years to my loving wife Eleni.
Keira: Do you havechildren?
Brian: Jonathan is my only child. But he's about as much as I can handle. A creative child is a real handful. I love it, though. He keeps me on my toes.
Keira: What’s yourfavorite thing to do?
Brian: I'm pretty meat and potatoes. I like to relax on my deck with some beer and watch the lightning bugs. So long as I don't run low on beer or bugs, I'm good for the evening.
Keira: What is your motto?
Brian: Don't sweat the small stuff.
The Godling Chronicles is available in both paperback and kindle. It can be found on Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, booksamillion.com, and about 20 other sites both in the U.S. and abroad.
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