Tell us a little bit about yourself.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
|Author Erik Daniel Boudreau|
How would you categorize your book?
Mystic Pursuit is the opening act of an epic fantasy, serving both to establish the world and the characters within it, and to provide its own, discrete adventure.
How does the title relate to the story?
|Available May 30, 2016|
The title Mystic Pursuit pertains to three of the world’s four unique groups of beings, with the fourth being humans. The three mystic groups, or orders, consist of the spirit mystics, the life mystics, and the matter mystics, with each in possession of a specific innate ability that, in concert with the other orders, helps to keep the world in balance. When a fateful premonition throws this balance into disarray, a human named Thayliss must confront a sinister force bent on harnessing the power of all mystics.
Describe your writing process.
My writing process involves incubating a few key ideas for a while until a coherent story starts taking shape, with the central characters at least generally sketched out. At that time, I begin plotting the story’s main events as bullet points, gradually filling the spaces between them with additional plot developments. Once I feel that I’ve got enough of a skeleton in place (typically 1-2 pages of notes) I start the actual writing process, simply working my way from point to point, fleshing out the ideas and building the story. Of course, I’ve learned to always be ready to take the story in an unanticipated direction if that’s what feels right, even if that contradicts my original outline.
What is the best advice and the harshest criticism you have received as an author? What have you learned from either?
My best advice and my harshest criticism are basically the same observation, given with varying degrees of tact. “Show don’t tell!” is something that’s come up several times, and has been an invaluable lesson. I think that giving your characters motivation, history, and perspective, regardless of the genre, is crucial to creating a rich, detailed, interesting story. However, I know too well the tendency to simply devote page upon page to divulging this information. A valuable lesson for me has been to show the reader what your characters are thinking through their actions, and how they speak as much as the words they say. Similarly, it’s much more powerful to build a back story by gradually revealing small fragments, little by little, as opposed to kicking off the story with a long-winded, almost academic introductory chapter.
What is next for you?
I’ve since completed a literary work that I’m currently editing, and have also just finished the first draft of The Inner Realm, book two!
It was a world like our own, in an age lost to time. For millennia, humans co-existed peacefully with three distinct orders of sentient beings, or mystics, each helping to maintain balance by governing either life, matter or spiritual energy. Overseeing this was one solitary being, the Voduss Grei--the Gray Mystic. Acting upon a premonition of the world's end, the last of the Gray Mystics, Noryssin, decimated a peaceful human village, setting off thirty years of chaos. Lakos, one of the few survivors from the tragedy, emerged seeking revenge against not only the Voduss Grei, but all mystics. Caught in the conflict was Thayliss, a human who had spent his life living peacefully among the Ohlinn, or spirit-mystics. Finding his adoptive family murdered and himself exiled from the only community he had ever known, Thayliss must try to stop Lakos from his plot to control all mystic orders and assume the throne of the Voduss Grei.
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Mystic Pursuit is available at Amazon: ebook