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Giveaway & Interview with author of The Circle of Tivedon, Ryan Shorten!

The Circle of Tivedon
  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479138754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479138753
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“Is it true, Timmaren?” Sir Wytund said breathlessly, closing the heavy oak door behind him and crossing the room to where Sir Salvren and Lady Halwenth were standing near the hearth. A small fire crackled quietly and kept a little of the chill at bay. His steps were muted on the soft but faded carpet that stretched the length of the room.

Both Lady Halwenth and Sir Salvren turned as Sir Wytund came to stand beside them. He shook his head and shoulders as he unbuckled his thick cloak. A few remaining flakes of ice and snow fell lightly to the floor. His face was red from the bitter wind and his eyes glistened.
“I met Toamus out by the guard’s stable. He said a rider came in this morning from Taful — a messenger with news from Radwich.”
“Yes Palynt,” Sir Salvren replied. “He brought news from the north. The solidiers who were stationed at Seers Point made a harrowing crossing of the Pass.”
“And?”Sir Wytund asked.
“They’ve raised the alarm. War has come to Tiertyn.”
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!

I grew up in Southern Ontario and currently live with my family near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I have two fantastic young daughters and my wife (and biggest fan). I graduated from Ryerson University with BA in Media Arts. However, I’ve spent most of my professional life in the restaurant industry. I’ve always had a love of reading, mostly in the Fantasy genre, which turned into a passion for writing about 12 years ago.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
I started writing (The Circle of Tivedon) in 2001. I had always enjoyed creative writing and I guess as a ‘bucket list’ type thing, wanted to write a book. I came up with the story and quickly typed out the first 20 pages while on a holiday. For various reasons it then sat on the proverbial ‘shelf’ for a couple years. Off and on for the next several years the book slowly took shape but it wasn’t until about 2009 that I seriously started writing every day. Once a workable draft was done, I sought out a couple of professional editors to work with. Finally in September 2012, with a cover design I published the first book in a planned trilogy.
How do you create your characters?
A good deal of my main characters are created/inspired from people I know. Not so much in any physical comparison but certainly in personality. I believe strongly in character ‘voice’ and it’s what I believe truly makes a story unique.
What inspires and what got your started in writing?
I take inspiration anywhere I can get it (as I’m sure most writers do). At the time when I got serious about completing the book, I was travelling quite a bit with work. I wrote a lot in airport terminals and hotel rooms. I think simply being out in public and seeing and hearing different people (and places) helped me focus on dialogue and setting(s).
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
As mentioned in the previous question, I wrote a lot in airports and hotels, but I (can and do) write everywhere. I don’t have any particular necessities when writing, but a strong cup of coffee never hurt!
How do you get your ideas for writing?
I have had the overall story line for the book in my head since the beginning. I wanted to tell the story over three books. I map out the book by creating brief chapter summaries and then go back and flesh them out. So in part, the specific actions or scenes are developed as I write them, but they follow the overall story line.
What do you like to read?
I’ve always been a fan of the Fantasy genre. Tolkien, Brooks, and Pratchett hooked me when I was young, but since then I’ve found many authors that I enjoy reading. From a non-fiction standpoint, I enjoy reading outdoors magazines and writings.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Write, write and write some more! If you’re writing a book, expect to edit out up to 25% or more of the original draft. It’s a very hard process and working with a professional editor is essential. Once the draft is done, get an editor to do a ‘substantive’ edit that will give you advice (from a high level) on your characters, storyline/plot etc. Oh, and manage your expectation about becoming the next J.K Rowling. Write because you love writing, not because you want fame or fortune. After the book is done, you have basically two options; solicit an Agent or Publisher, Or, self-publish. In my case, I simply wanted the book to be available for others to read so I self-published. It’s an extremely daunting and long process (unless you know someone) to break into the traditional publishing world. If you self-publish and are looking to get some exposure, solicit reviewers and bloggers. If you’re reading this post, you already know about the wonderful support that book bloggers give to self-published authors.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Give the book bloggers you follow a ‘virtual’ hug today! And check out my book! 🙂
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