I have the pleasure of a guest post by Grant T. Reed as he answers the following question:
What do you think is the strongest attraction about the genre(s) you like to write in?
GTR: Hi, and thanks for having me on your site today!
First off, I have always been attracted to the Fantasy genre as a reader. I loved being taken away to new worlds with dark and scary secrets around every corner. Of course the mythical creatures, dragons, ogres, trolls, goblins, evil wizards, gnomes etc have always made these worlds all the more richer (and scarier). The world just seems a grittier and tougher place to live in those settings, and this has always been something that has intrigued/attracted me.
As a writer, I started developing stories in the genre that I loved to read. It came naturally and just felt like a good fit. I also started writing when I was in my teens, so my own life experience was limited at the time. There was no way I could write a detective novel about a New York cop etc, so Fantasy it was!
As I have worked on my novels over the years and completed six of them – all in the same world, I also discovered a great bonus perk to writing in the fantasy genre, and more particularly about shaping my own world. It was just that – MY WORLD. If I wanted T.V in this type of setting, why couldn’t I have it? After all, the world is full of magic, and hey haven’t gypsies been using crystal balls forever? Voila, Global view (G.V.) was born!
I once had a test reader tell me, you may want to change this in your setting because paper wasn’t invented until blah blah blah….(Something like that anyway). I just smiled and kept the story the way I wanted to tell it. For the most part I do like to keep most of my characters' inventions in line with the 1800’s discoveries (our time), but when you throw magic and science into the mix along with a few genius characters, anything is possible! To name a few oddities you will find in my stories, I have G.V units on the go, time traveling devices, an automated robot, and magically cooled ice boxes!
by Grant and Gary Reed
After ninety years of warring, exploring, and saving the realm, brothers Yarl and Fonn, must take up the title of Master again. If they don’t, someone else will surely steal all the fame, glory, and fertile women. How will they ever train new apprentices, save the kingdom, and still find time to fit in that extra order of chicken wings? Make no mistake, the old Masters have a lot to pass on and only a short timeframe to do it.
Will young Garrett flourish as an apprentice Sworvei? Can his partner Azilda master the ‘Nesting Nightingale’? And who in hell invited the ogres?
Join this rag-tag group of ‘Protectors of the Realm’ to see if they can pull off the biggest upset of the Continental Games, by saving young King Renli from the clutches of the evil First General.
“His name is James Lacie. Once he was one of the top alchemists in Cassadia. He was highly sought after for his many time-saving inventions and numerous elixirs. At any given time his shop carried wart remover, air fresheners, love potions, and something closer to that which you seek.”
Miss Mia turned back to her mirror and dabbed at her rosy cheeks again, humming to herself. Milo reached to his belt and produced a small leather bag. Opening the pouch he emptied it into the palm of his left hand. A pair of opal earrings spilled forth. “Closer to that which I seek, you say?” he inquired.
“Yes, a chemical fruit that when eaten would unknowingly render the eater susceptible to suggestion. A great party favourite a few years back. The unsuspecting victim would eat the fruit and was then told to cluck like a chicken or act like a coconut. Its effects would sometimes last the duration of a good party.”
“Yes, the gag would be much funnier if the victim was unsuspecting,” mused Milo. “Tell me, where can I find this James Lacie’s shop?”
“He no longer has one,” replied Mia. “It had something to do with a potion mix up. The king’s cousin ended up falling in love with a sheep, as I recall. The royal family was not impressed, and you know how the Chronicle can be when it gets its hands on what it deems to be a front page story. Ruined the man’s career, or so I’m told. Anyway Mr. Lacie has been on the lam ever since.”
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Grant Reed has a background in business management, computer programming, and computer networking. He would much rather be out fishing though, so he spends his time writing and exploring the lakes in his back yard of Canada. He lives in Lively Ontario, Canada with his wife Robin, and their two children Aidan and Megan.
Gary Reed, his wife Kerry and their two children, Hannah and Kailey also live in Lively Ontario, Canada. And yes, he spends his time exploring the countryside too. Photography, fishing, and playing with his girls are amongst his interests.
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