Author Interview

Orrleth Author Interview: Girl Power

orrleth_book_front_cropped_28mar2014Your female, main characters of Myeu and Ahgielle in Orrleth have the perfect blend of action, wit, and at the same time, vulnerability.  With Myeu’s magical prowess, and Ahgielle’s battle dynamics in particular, they clearly hold their own in both character, and ability amongst a predominantly male main character lineup.  Likely no one would want to mess with either of them.  Both would make for the most loyal and worthy friend, agile protector, and example of strength and resilience. 

What influenced each character’s development?

thomas_headshot_2x2_tight_300dpiThomas McClellan: “Well, I believe that all of the main characters in the Lost Pack except for Lospeck and Sebastian originated in a dream I had.  Obviously, the dream only gave vague outlines for the characters and start of the plot, but I still had a basis to work off from the start.  Even so, this dream was limited mostly to aesthetics, notably in Myeu’s circlet/eye, and Ahgielle’s armor/ponytail.  Though the braid was part of the dream, Ahgielle’s personality, armor detail, ponytail blade, and other weaponry were created by me through numerous sketches and redrafts.  Likewise, Myeu’s hair, ornate iris, and circlet were present in my dream, but nothing else was as crisply displayed.  In short, the core basis of the two ladies came to me in a night vision, but the rest I made up as I went along.  I am a big fan of impromptu, yet I still have a very rough outline for my story.  The world of Orrleth is no place for the weak.  As such, dynamic, powerful women from both ends of the spectrum of femininity must be included to provide a well-rounded, engaging experience.  Ahgielle’s shift in demeanor toward Tyrus and his brothers adds another persona to the mix.  Later on, Myeu will show another side not yet known.” 

Caius and Ahgielle share an interesting and mysterious relationship. Can you tell us more about the bond the two have?  Can we expect a budding romance?

TM: “Though not much is mentioned about the two, Caius and Ahgielle definitely have something going on.  I won’t go into detail, but the secrets only begin with Sebastian.  A romance could be one possibility, but the feelings (if any) are most definitely not mutual, at least in the first book.  Time will tell.”

Ahgielle’s armor is definitely her signature.  Will we ever see her without it?  Will we ever see her in a dress, perhaps?

TM: “Ahgielle’s armor is indeed part of her hardy exterior, but a softer, more effeminate side of her will be revealed at a later date.  The beginnings are hidden as fragments throughout the first book, but more will be shown at a later point in the series.  Her wearing a dress could happen.”

It is evident that Ahgielle holds power that is beyond her years.  Will her background play a prominent role in the plot of the Orrleth series?

TM: “Ahgielle’s background has already been playing a prominent role in the plot of Orrleth for a very long time, but I suppose that is not quite what the question asks.  Past, present, and future – Ahgielle’s tale will come to light later in the series.” 

Myeu’s circlet is very interesting.  Is there any backstory to it?

TM:The story of Myeu’s circlet is just as jagged and twisted as the band itself.  Expect sorrow as black as the raven of her hair.”

Myeu’s color-changing hair is very unique.  What inspired you to give her this attribute?

TM:This is a bit of a shift from what I mentioned in the previous section, but yes, the idea of contrast between stagnant and shifting in Myeu’s hair is quite unique.  What inspired me to give her this attribute?  Well, to begin, I felt that Myeu was lacking a bit visually, and one more radical component needed to be added to her appearance.  After brainstorming with my mother, we decided on giving Myeu a mood stripe in her hair, which also fluctuates in strange ways in association with her magic.”

“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 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.

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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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