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Sunday, September 18, 2011

06 Masters & Mistresses of the Genre: Brian Rathbone - creating fantasy

welcome to the Masters & Mistresses of the Genre Series featuring
Brian Rathbone: 
Master of Fantasy

Fantasy demanded I create it. Like a germinating seed, it threatened to claw its way out of my head by sheer force if I didn't find some other way to release it. For years, thinking of plot lines and characters had been a way of relieving stress, and when I finally got the chance to write, I couldn't type fast enough (still can't). If I could type as fast as I think, I'd be even more dangerous.

When I started writing fantasy fiction, it came as little shock to those around me, since I clearly live in a fantasy land. I rather like it here, actually. Even as a child, I learned about life, work, and the way the world works by being part of a working horse farm, which seemed magical to me. The experience gave me a glimpse of old-world life that few are blessed with today. When I discovered fantasy fiction, and even speculative fiction in general, it was a natural fit and I devoured it--all along knowing that I would someday write my own story. Are you one of these people? Do you lose your place in a book because your imagination has taken the story in its own direction? If so, I look forward to reading your books.

I often fall back to my childhood when writing. I think back to the time I spent training horses, and working on the farm, and I always seem to find some inspiration. The fact that I talk to animals, and sometimes expect a response, probably doesn't help to paint me as a realist. I'm OK with that. Among the things I love most about fantasy is the reader's ability to co-create. What I describe is likely to be far less than what the reader actually sees in their mind. Are you one of these people who sees all kinds of detail that the writer didn't actually provide? You had better get writing.

For the moment, I'm busy working on the second
trilogy in The World of Godsland fantasy series. I look forward to bringing readers the continuation of the series in print, ebook, audiobook, and podcast.

I am humbled to have been granted the title: Master of Fantasy, and I thank aobibliophile™ for the hospitality and kindness. For those of you who answered "yes" to my questions, and you know who you are, chop chop--that fantasy fiction isn't going to write itself.

Brian Rathbone
I've taken the obvious career path of standardbred horse trainer turned technology geek turned fantasy writer. I prefer the latter. I nearly died as a teenager and have viewed every day since as a bonus. As a result, I've had a heck of a good time.

Call of the Herald 
Book One of The Dawning of Power Trilogy

Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. 

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Inherited Danger
Book Two of The Dawning of Power Trilogy 
Catrin leaves her homeland behind as she goes in search of knowledge and peace, unaware that she will face the greatest evil her world has ever known. 

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Dragon Ore
Book Three of The Dawning of Power trilogy

Clinging to life, Catrin Volker struggles to regain her strength as her foes go in search of even greater power. Ancient enemies threaten and forgotten alliances emerge in the exciting conclusion of The Dawning of Power trilogy.

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i would like to say thank you to Brian Rathbone for guest posting today and to you as well for stopping by. watch out for my next master or mistress of the genre! 

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