I thought it would be interesting to link the two worlds, but also have a reincarnation piece where the two pivotal characters met some time in their past, and a significant event would bring them together again. As for direct inspirations, it has to be any fantasy book I ever read, though Rebecca’s World by Terry Nation and Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien remain as dear to me now as they were when I first read them.
I have always kept a hand written diary, despite the modern move to make things go on-line, I suppose it was this daily practise that helped me write other things…which would ultimately arrive at a full length novel.
Take your pick from JRR Tokien, Terry Nation, Daphne du Maurier, Stephen King, even Jane Austen!
As far as Stormling is concerned, it was the early scenes with Anadyr, along with his later ones in the book. He’s such a fascinating character to me and I would love to meet him in real life, even though I cannot do that.
Because this is Book One, I needed a coherent, satisfying wrap up to the story. Part of me felt on occasion that I should borrow elements from Book Two for this….in the end I went with my original feeling, and believe the ending Book One has, is the right one.
I’ve never experienced this, and I hope I never do. I can only sympathise with those who get writer’s block, and hope they overcome it quickly. Perhaps it is the brain’s way of saying ‘take a break from this.’
I’m working on a novella which has a vampire storyline, and it is titled Murderous Little Darlings. In addition there is the follow up to the paranormal horror Dark Winter, called Dark Winter: Crescent Moon. The draft is done, I am just having a break before doing heavy edits.
I’ve usually got more than one book on the go at any one time. Right now it’s Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes, Eloisa James Three Week’s With Lady X, and Anne Rice’s Lasher.
Of my own, it’s either Anadyr from Stormling, or Toril from Dark Winter. From other author’s…maybe Mrs Danvers from Rebecca. I would want to know why she is just plain evil. I never get people who seem to have no redeeming qualities at all. I would not want to be like them, just know their reasons, if any – for why they act as they do.
Sounds twee, but the only way books get done, is to do them. You can go on-line, join groups, get moral support, but writing has to be done on your own. It’s probably one of the hardest things in the world to do – to do well, I mean…but I think the advice can be a case of, head down, no phone, no internet, lock the doors, and get your book written.
John Hennessy is a young adult / new adult novelist whose works to date have been Dark Winter (published 2013), a paranormal horror thriller, and Stormling, an epic swords and magic (and cookies) fantasy. The first short story he ever wrote brought together Fagan, Lizzie Bennet, Sherlock Holmes and Dracula, which despite impressing his long suffering English teacher, thankfully remains unpublished. For recreation he will visit paranormal hotspots, but prefers to write about ghosts rather than meet them. He also believes almost any problem can be overcome so long as there is an inexhaustible supply of tea and biscuits. He has also written the non-fiction title The Essence of Martial Arts (published 2011), and released The Essence of Martial Arts: Special Edition, in 2014.