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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

Click here for “Interview with Author Thomas McClellan, Part One”
Click here for “Interview with Author Thomas McClellan, Part Three”

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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

Click here for “Interview with Author Thomas McClellan, Part Two”
Click here for “Interview with Author Thomas McClellan, Part Three”

CLICK HERE TO BUY THE BOOK

Text, images, and logos ©2014, Thomas McClellan; all rights reserved.