Risingshadow has had an opportunity to interview David R. Lord.

About the author:

David lives in South Gloucestershire with his partner. He enjoys acting and cosplaying, as well as writing. The Figment Wars: Through the Portals is his first book and The Figment Wars: Search for the Caretaker is his second book.

About The Figment Wars: Through the Portals:

There are two worlds, or realms if you will. There is the Realm of Reality, or the Human World, and there is the Realm of Imagination, populated by figments of our imagination. Bizarre animals, Imaginary Friends, Heroes and most unfortunately, the vile and loathsome Monsters we conjure up in our minds when we're most frightened.

Thomas Llewellyn doesn't know anything about this other world; neither does his brat of a little brother, Isaac nor their young cousin, Emily. They soon come to learn about the existence of this strange world when they are suddenly and violently pulled from their own by a turbulent vortex. Faced with having to prove just what they are, they must try to find a way home while all the while, someone plots to keep the human children where they are so that they can be used for a terrible purpose.

About The Figment Wars: The Search for the Caretaker:

Thomas and Isaac Llewellyn are having a terrible first day back at school and they haven’t even had their first lesson!

A dangerous enemy has resurfaced. They are miles away from their cousin, Emily, the only person who will believe them. They are cut off from their allies in the Realm of Imagination. Can they stop Torvik on their own? Who is it that conspires against them from behind the scenes?

Thomas, Emily and Isaac may be the only humans to ever have visited the Realm of Imagination, but they are not the only ones who know about it.

David R. Lord's books are published by Austin Macauley.

AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVID R. LORD

- Could you tell us something about yourself in your own words?

As well as writing, I have a great interest in acting. A few years ago I joined my local amateur dramatics group, Sodbury Players, and I’ve loved every moment. It’s led to me penning a few comedy sketches and I’m also working on a One Act play as well as working on my third novel.

- How did you become an author? Have you always been in interested in writing stories?

I’d always experimented with writing all the way through school, including dabbling in some fan fiction. After a few attempts I finally came up with an idea that I really wanted to run with, which led to me writing my first novel ‘The Figment Wars: Through the Portals’.

- Have any novels or stories been an important source of inspiration to you?

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels in particular have long been a source of inspiration to me, but ultimately there have been many fantasy novels that I enjoyed escaping into from a young age. Terry Pratchett’s writing truly showed me that you can look at the world we live in through a weird and wonderful lens in an attempt to make sense of it all. He had a way of making that which we take for granted seem extraordinary and ridiculous.

- You're the author of The Figment Wars: Through the Portals (and The Figment Wars: Search for the Caretaker). What inspired you to write this novel?

Trees. Thinking back to all the times I’ve gone walking in local woods, I recall wondering why forests and woods feature so prominently in our mythology and legends? Tales of monsters lurking in dark forests, fantastical creatures living in the branches. From that I took the notion that trees had something in them, some hidden element, that amplified human imagination. I ran with this idea until the creation of the Realm of Imagination came about.

- Is there anything you could tell us about this novel and its story without spoilers?

It deals with three children who are, naturally, unaware of the existence of another world outside of their own. That changes when they are suddenly pulled into it, violently and against their will. Once there, they face having to prove that they are, in fact, human. All the while, sinister forces conspire to use the children for a terrible purpose.

- Could you tell us something about the characters in your novel?

The main character, Thomas Llewellyn, is at the worst age when you no longer consider yourself a child but nobody considers you an adult. There are many characters with some rather fantastical sounding names, but whether their names are ordinary or not, most of my characters are seeking their place in the world. Sometimes that doesn’t turn out to be what they originally thought it might.

- Do you explore any themes in your novel?

For the most part I look at the frustrations of growing up, pushing against those who tell you not to worry, that they have everything in hand because you’re only a child. There’s a great deal of responsibility thrust on a number of my characters in an ever-changing situation. There’s also an element of the nature of power, who has it, why they seek it and most importantly, what they do with it.

- How would you advertise your novel to potential readers?

I’d call it a classic adventure for young readers looking to escape into another world, fraught with danger, mystery and excitement. Working with members of Sodbury Players, we’ve created two live action book trailers to advertise my books, both of which have been favourably received.

- Is there anything you'd like to add?

Writing is one of the great joys in life. Never let anyone tell you that you shouldn’t be doing it.

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