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Now Available: Orrleth: Burning Cold, Vol. Two

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thomas_headshot_light_2x2American Author of the Fantasy Adventure Series, Orrleth, Thomas McClellan was born in San Jose, California.  A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, he has lived in many parts of the U.S., as well as volunteered abroad for two years in the Nagoya region of Japan.  Thomas is currently working on his next novel in the Orrleth Series.  For book information, updates, and media inquiries, visit our Orrleth Series,  Media, Buy Books, or Contact pages, as well as Follow the Author on Facebook, Goodreads, and his Amazon Author Page.

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Book Two Coming Soon! ORRLETH: Burning Cold

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Set to release Spring 2015!

Synopsis:

Winter fast approaches as Tyrus and the rest of the Lost Pack continue their adventures in Book Two of the Orrleth Series, Burning Cold

The end of the school term draws nigh, but events take a turn for the worse.  Chaos ensues at the Academy as both students and faculty go missing.  

Now acquainted with his role to be First King with the magical sword, Frostsinger, Tyrus is swept away from the people and places he has begun to love and accept as his own.  Consigned in battle against foe after foe, he must face them all while fighting against the most dangerous opponent he has encountered thus far—himself. 

Placed at a crossroads between the Path of Snow and the Path of Blood, our hero races against the clock to tame the beast within while solving the mystery of the kidnappings. 

Impossible?  No. 

“I, Tyrus Savage, will right the wrongs of this world.” 

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Interview with Author Thomas McClellan, Part Three

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPlease join in the conversation with Part Three of an interview series with Thomas McClellan, author of Orrleth, Volume One of the Young Adult Fantasy Paranormal Adventure Series, Orrleth.

The Fnir are such an adorable respite in the story; they possess a hidden quality.  Is there a deeper meaning for them as characters than one would notice at first glance?

Thomas McClellan: The Fnir are, as mentioned, a respite from the chaos and darkness of Orrleth.  No longer in possession of a physical body, their spirits continue to live on in the snowy mountains.  A true cause cannot be stifled with death alone, and the grave ends nothing. 

Every Fiction Author digs into their own reality in creating a story.  Is there something you’d share from your own world that made it into Orrleth?

TM: I drew many things from my own world and put them into that of Orrleth, but the most robust would be that of the brotherhood within the Lost Pack.  Taking experiences and stories from life with my own brothers, I carefully recreated it all in another world.  The petty bickering and unique terminology to the powerful bond of family—all of it is written at least in part throughout the book.  My own family is already interesting enough, so very little tweaking was needed to provide readers with a cast that would entertain in some sense of the word. 

Any hints on what comes next in Book Two?

TM: As mentioned earlier, Lospeck becomes more a person of interest in Book Two, though I might be getting ahead of myself.  Either way, much of what is to come deals with Tyrus Savage, Myeu Ansi, and the two’s relationship.  Tyrus must choose between many paths, and his trust in Myeu will be brought into question.  The second book will be the crux of their love and a test of Tyrus’ devotion. 

fnir_cellphone_case_smHow many volumes do you anticipate/estimate will be in the Orrleth Series?

TM: I originally intended for there to be only four books in the Orrleth series, but as I was writing the second book, I realized that what I had hoped to be one book was far too long.  Rather than trying to mash the two major climaxes between the same covers, I decided to make the stories into books of their own.  As of now, I intend for there to be five books, but the same issue could present itself again in future works, so nothing is for sure. 

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You’re invited to post/send me questions about the book, or my writing process for following sessions.  There are copious amounts of secrets in the world of Orrleth.  Suspicions often lead to truth.

Thomas McClellan, Author of Orrleth
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Interview with Author Thomas McClellan, Part Two

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Author Thomas McClellan

Please join in the conversation with Part Two of an interview series with Thomas McClellan, author of Orrleth, Volume One of the Young Adult Fantasy Paranormal Adventure Series, Orrleth.

Book-specific Questions:

What is the role of the Four Kings, in terms of hierarchy, purpose, and/or influence?

Thomas McClellan: The Four Kings are supposed to stand for the four pillars of the world, including the four basic cardinal directions.  Each has their own quadrant of the planet, but the four together are united as one in purpose for the sacred cause of protecting all of Orrleth.  Compared to the traditional notion of a king, the Four Kings of Orrleth differ only slightly.  The rights and responsibilities resemble traditional notions, but the Four Kings are chosen by quality of character, not strictly by birthright alone.

Which character was the easiest to craft, and why?

TM: Tyrus Savage was by far the easiest character to craft, seeing as he was based on many of my own emotions, ideals, and thought processes to the best of my ability without completely driving readers away from the book.  [Laughs]  His balance of neuroticism, calm, and rage stem from yours truly.  There is very little else to say on the matter, since I have already revealed the inner workings of my mind through the actions of Tyrus.

Out of all the weapons and/or gifts that your characters possess or acquire in Orrleth, which would you like to have, personally?

TM: Out of all the curious and magical devices and things in Orrleth, I would definitely have to grab Frostsinger if I had the chance.  A frozen blade of purest white, light and biting as the winter air, and filled with the intelligence of song—I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather want, especially with what comes bound to the sword.  Even so, there is more to Frostsinger than has been revealed.  The aesthetics and properties are just the beginning.

book_cover_purple_background_square_graphic_fantasy_paranormal_adventureAuthor-specific Questions:

How long have you wanted to be a writer?

TM: I never wanted to be a writer until about two years ago, when I had my dream that set the foundation for the Orrleth universe.  Writing was always enjoyable for me, but I never envisioned myself to do anything with it past graduation.  Let’s just say that a lot can change when you find a new passion.

Any tips you’d like to share with aspiring writers?

TM: I think that the most important thing to learn is that if you want to be an author, don’t dabble in it.  If you want something to be published, you don’t write here and there as you please.  Make a schedule with set quota for the day and stick to it.  Sporadic, infrequent progress isn’t real progress.  Continued endeavors will yield a complete work in a more timely manner.  For example, I had a bare minimum of 1,000 words a day.  If things weren’t going the best, I would stop there, but if it was a really good day, I would write until I needed sleep.  If you want to write, make room for it and let it consume you.

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Please post/send me some questions for following interviews.  There are copious amounts of secrets in the world of Orrleth.  Suspicions often lead to truth.

Thomas McClellan, Author of Orrleth

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Interview with Author Thomas McClellan, Part One

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Author Thomas McClellan

Please join in the conversation with Part One of an interview series with Thomas McClellan, author of Orrleth, Volume One of the Young Adult Fantasy Paranormal Adventure Series, Orrleth.

Book-specific Questions:

What inspired you to write Orrleth?

Thomas McClellan: The story of Orrleth came to me in a dream one night, and I could not keep myself from writing down every shred of every detail before I might have forgotten.  Luckily, I wrote down everything that I wanted.  Luckier still, is the fact that I did not forget the dream and merely have to base the story off of written recordings.  After being gifted with a sturdy base for the storyline, I incorporated elements from my own life and the lives of my brothers to connect the main sequences.  Anything that was not from the original dream and personal history was more or less made up on the spot. 

Orrleth is a world, a school, a living being walking the same world? Is there a symbolism here, or theme woven throughout?

TM: Although Orrleth is all three, there is little that I would like to divulge at the moment.  At the very least, however, the three uses of the name “Orrleth” are in fact connected.  Some further clarification goes far back into the history of the world and its associated beings, but the base concept is to be that of a United Nations organization, or something of the like.  It is supposed to be an ideal body of the best to which all can look to and aspire, especially with the current corrupt government of the Luemin. 

Which character was the most challenging to create, and why?

TM: All of the characters were difficult in their own right to create, but I must go with Lospeck Vontef as being the most cumbersome to construct.  There is more that is said in his words than just base meaning alone.  Even more is said in his absence of clarity.  I wanted to scream out all of his secrets so that people can know how he ticks, but that will be saved for another day.  Keep trying to draw your own conclusions in the meantime.  Maybe your predictions will be correct.  The second book will illuminate the shadow over Lospeck. 

orrleth_book_front_cropped_28mar2014What is your favorite storyline/arc/scene in Orrleth Volume One?

TM: I like different parts of the first book more or less depending on mood and circumstance, but the final storyline arc remains constantly among my favorites.  Everything that the book has been building up reaches its crescendo near the end, and the link between brothers is strengthened through the hardship.  All loose ends are not tied up, nor are all the mysteries solved, but the conclusiveness and rightness are without parallel anywhere else in the story. 

Author-specific Questions:

Who or what inspired you to become a writer, and/or inspires/inspired your writing?

TM: Nothing and no one inspired me to become a writer, nor is my writing influenced by any sort of idol.  I simply had a dream, found it to be worthwhile, and put my pen to the paper.  My own personal belief is to be someone others could pattern their lives after, not simply a disciple condemned to self-restraint under a hero.  My advice is to make your own advice.  Don’t shackle yourself to the ground when you could fly.

Who, or what do you credit for your education and/or training as a writer?

TM: Credit must be given where credit is due, and I must give some credit to my high school AP English teacher, Ms. Sharon Smith.  I spent a year in her class, and it was brutally effective.  There’s nothing quite like a teacher whose dedication to her field leaves such a lasting, positive impression.  Ms. Smith’s zeal for the subject must be commended.  That class was pivotal in cultivating my insanity and refining it into a make meet for literature.

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Please post/send me some questions for following interviews.  There are copious amounts of secrets in the world of Orrleth.  Suspicions often lead to truth.

Thomas McClellan, Author of Orrleth

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ORRLETH Vol. 1 Goodreads Giveaway!

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Orrleth Volume One Now Available

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Click on the Orrleth image to go to the Buy Books Page to obtain your copy of Orrleth, Volume One by Author Thomas McClellan, or click here to be directed to the Orrleth Series page to read more about the book.

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Fantasy Novel Orrleth Available April 2014

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Fantasy Adventure novel, OrrlethThomas McClellan’s first volume in the series
AVAILABLE SOON in April 2014!

Synopsis of Orrleth, Volume One:

Driven from their home by pursuers garbed in shroud of night, Tyrus Savage and his younger brothers, Jayce and Caius, are awakened in a distant land by a whimsical girl named Myeu, and her band of misfits.  Doubting this questionable alliance and still on the run, they learn to trust one another in order to make sense of the chaos that they have all been thrown into.

Finding their new location to be that of Orrleth, a world far different from their own, the Savage siblings’ limits are tried as they adapt to the dangerous and mystical life forced upon them.

Realizing his own latent capabilities after obtaining the legendary sword, Frostsinger, Tyrus must piece together fragments of a forgotten prophecy, freeing the inhabitants of Orrleth from the bondage of a fallen government, while honing his skills to combat the tests and afflictions that stand between him and his return home.

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