Monday, January 06, 2014

Author Spotlight: Eric Price (Plus INTL Giveaway!)

Today, I have Eric Price, author of Unveiling The Wizards' Shroud, here on the blog! Enjoy the interview and enter the giveaway!

Eric grew up in central Illinois. He now lives in northwest Iowa with his wife and two sons. He began publishing in 2008 when he started writing a quarterly column for a local newspaper. His first short story, “Ghost Bed and Ghoul Breakfast,” a spooky children’s tale about a haunted bed and breakfast, came out later the same year. He has published more than 30 nonfiction articles/columns, four short stories, and a poem. Three of his short stories have won honorable mention in the CrossTIME Annual Science Fiction contest. This is his first novel.
 Twitter: @AuthorEricPrice, website, Facebook
   
Hi Eric! Tell me and my readers a little bit about yourself and your book?
Well, I live in northwest Iowa (US) with my wife and two sons. The best part about it is when the snow starts flying, there's not much to do besides write... when I get done moving the snow. It never seems to fall exactly where I want it.
I've been a published author for five years, just short stories and non-fiction articles before now. Unveiling the Wizards' Shroud is my first book.

It's a young adult fantasy novel about Owen, the only son of King Kendrick, and his quest to find the herb needed to make a potion to revive his father. Owen hates magic and blames it for the death of his mother. But he will have to form an alliance with the magician he blames for bringing the wrath of the Wizard Rebellion to Innes Castle to stand a chance at saving King Kendrick.



Unveiling The Wizards' Shroud looks awesome! How did you get inspiration for it?
 
I took an online writing course. I had to send two or three book proposals to the instructor and tell her which one I most wanted to develop into a book, and then she would respond with which one she thought would make the most marketable book. I had two stories with fairly good starts (a contemporary and a sci-fi), but I wanted to send three proposals since I could. I quickly threw together a proposal for a fantasy novel. I told the instructor I wanted to develop a proposal for the contemporary novel about a girl adjusting to a new school her senior year. After I sent the proposals, the fantasy story started to build in my head. It got to the point I could think of little else. I fully planned on telling the instructor I changed my mind and wanted to write the fantasy. When I got her response to the proposal, she told me I could develop whichever story I wanted for the course, but she strongly urged me to pick the fantasy.

Are any of your characters based on you or anyone you know?

All of my characters have part of me in them. As a writer, I think they have to. But none are completely based upon anyone I know.

When and why did you decide you wanted to start writing?

I didn't like to read when I was younger. That all changed when I bought a tattered copy of Stephen King's The Shining from a used book sale at my local library. When I read it, something snapped in me. I realized on some deep level that authors aren't anything special; they're normal people that sit down and put the words we all know into sentences to tell a story. I decided I could do it if I tried. When I started taking my writing courses (I took two), they kept reiterating that I would write a completed story good enough to sell, but they would not guarantee publication (for obvious reasons). But for me, not getting published was not an option. It may sound arrogant (but I'm not. I'm actually very humble and grateful to all the editor who have given me a chance), but I knew all I had to do was find the right publisher for my stories and later my book. I have a few stories I haven't been able to find a home for, but haven't received nearly as many rejection letters as a lot of authors. And I don't mean to sound like my writing is better in some way, I just spend a lot of time researching publishers, and I don't send it unless I'm fairly certain they will like it. 

Why do you write in the fantasy genre?

The old saying goes, "Write what you know." I spent much of my youth playing The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy video games. (Remember, I didn't read back then.) Before this one, all of my stories were science fiction (one was supernatural). I had a fantasy short story that got rejected a few times, and I started to think maybe I was a sci-fi writer, but since I wrote this book, I wanted to try to publish it. It got rejected once or twice, and Muse It Up even rejected it with conditions. They told me to make three or four changes and they'd take another look at it. I rewrote the whole book with their suggestions in mind, and here it is.

Now, I ask all the authors I host here at TAW this question: which 3 items would you take on a desert island, and they can't be things to help you off (because I know you creative types)?

Something for shade, something to purify salt water, and something to sleep upon. I would pick a book, but since I'm a writer, if push comes to shove I can make up my own stories.

Who are your favourite 3 authors?


Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, Charles Dickens (I really wanted to pick J. K. Rowling here, but I needed a classic, and Dickens' prose are amazing.)

What is your favourite food?


Pizza. It comes in so many different flavors, it's hard for me to get tired of it.

And some quick this or that questions to finish our interview off!

Sweets or chocolate?
Sweets.
Tea or coffee?
Whatever you're having is fine, but hold the cream and sugar.
Handwrite or type? I do love to handwrite, but ultimately it's going to have to be typed anyway, so I usually just start with a computer.

GIVEAWAY: 1x ebook copy (PDF, Mobi, ePUB) of Unveiling The Wizards' Shroud by Eric Price 

As the only son to King Kendrick, Owen despises the idea of being king one day. Magician may be the only career he’d like less. He has dreaded the days leading up to his fifteenth birthday, when his father will certainly declare Owen heir to the throne. But at the birthday celebration, his father falls ill. The only person in the kingdom that may be able to save him is a magician–the very same magician Owen holds responsible for the death of his mother.

Owen and his companions will have to travel the continent of Wittatun in search of the cure for King Kendrick. On the journey, they will battle strange beasts and harsh climates, befriend extraordinary magicians, and meet a dragon before returning to Innes Castle–where much has happened in the days since they departed.


**The winner will email me the address to send the file to and in which format, which will be passed directly to Eric Price before being deleted from my records. I take no responsibility for lost files etc, I will ask you to email the author directly if this happens**

 

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16 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting me today, Charli. I had a lot of fun with your questions, and I hope your readers find my book interesting.

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  2. Great interview! I didn't enter the giveaway, since I already have the book :)

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    1. Thanks, Heather. I hope you like it. I plan on getting to your books this year. My 2014 list is already longer than my '13 list was.

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  3. Thoroughly enjoyed Eric's interview. It is interesting to see just how a book--or story--comes into being. Thanks for sharing.

    Gwen Miller

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  4. A guy that likes to handwriting. The question is, can you read your own writing when you're done??
    Great post. Looking forward to reading it!
    Heather G - Natasha Saga

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    1. I can read my own handwriting, but no one else can. It's like my own personal secret code. Thanks, Heather.

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  5. I found this interview by accident but was really convinced to try this book by what I read from the author.

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  6. Thanks for this giveaway!

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    1. I thank you Susana. It appears you spread the word about my book. What more could a new author hope for?

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  7. Mil (goncalo.mil AT gmail.com)12 January 2014 at 22:47

    Thanks to Susana I got a chance on this giveaway.
    Would love to read this one.

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    1. Thanks Mil. If you read it, I'd love to hear what you think.

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  8. Well, thanks for this.
    Will read it with pleasure if I win.

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    1. Thanks, Antonia. You did win. I've sent you an email.

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  9. Thanks a lot, Catarina. I hope you will give it a try, and I'd love to hear what you think. http://authorericprice.com

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