Yes, yes I know it’s been more than a week. There ARE seventeen authors so what did you expect?
Here’s today’s interview with Ton Barczak and his character Lucretia
Who are you? “My name is Lucretia. I’m the daughter of Erdot, the blacksmith.”
Why are you embarking on this quest? “I didn’t know I was, really. I was seduced by the spell of the village priest, or at least that’s what I thought he was.”
Where are you from? (Tell us about it) “We live, or at least we used to live, just outside the village of Cornwallace, all of my life. But I don’t think I can go back there now now.”
Tell us about dragons in your world. “Secretive. And very, very, dangerous. They are to be left alone, unless they try to hurt someone you love. Then you kill them without mercy.”
Do you have a family? “Not anymore. My father raised me until the black dragon killed him. My mother, she died when I was very young.”
What is the best way to kill a dragon? “A hammer down it’s gullet.”
Do you see yourself as a hero? What is a hero? “No. But my mother and my father were. They were very brave, if that makes you a hero. They weren’t afraid to love. They weren’t afraid of anything.”
Are there other such monsters in your world? “Can I go?”
Who are you? Tom Barczak. I am an author, architect, and artist.
How do you define a hero? Someone who serves others without any thought of themselves.
How much research did you need for your story? Don’t know if this is research but I did have 2 odd personal goals for this story.
First was to describe a character with poor eyesight and no vision correction. You never see that in medieval fantasy. Everyone must have had 20/20 vision back then. I think I got to do that with this, describe an impairment without doing so from a modern point of view. My next story I’ll take on hearing. What?
The second was just my homage to my Dungeons and Dragons roots while still avoiding copyright infringement. That’s where the black and gold dragons come in.
Have you written for anthologies before? How does it differ from writing a novel? I love writing short stories. I tend to write in small pieces. Short stories are a bit more manageable, that way. They allow me to cover more ground.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? I’m a little bit of both. A structure must be had first to build off of. But beyond that, the story will write itself if you listen. Sometimes the hardest part is just listening.
What other novels/short stories have you written? Veil of the Dragon
Some of my shorter works are in the following:
Dreamers in Hell
Poets in Hell
Terror by Gaslight
Tell us one unusual fact about yourself. I can sometimes see sounds and hear colors. I can even taste even smells. I think I have a mild case of synesthesia.
Provide a tidbit:
Dragons taste like chicken.