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Friday, September 11, 2009

FREE BOOK Give-a-way & Interview with "Swords of the Six" author Scott Appleton

Alway on the look-out for good Christian fantasy books for youth, I stumbled across Scott Appleton the other day and so far we've hit it off. Scott is a freelance writer living in the northeast corner of Connecticut. He's the author of such published short stories as Moses & the Lamb, The Woodland King, and Splintered Sacrifice. Swords of the Six is his first novel and he lives happily with his wife in their small appartment (his words).


Here's a short summary of the first novel in Scott's series: "Swords of the Six."

In ancient times the dragon prophet was betrayed by his choicest warriors. One thousand years later he gave the traitors' swords to six human daughters that he hatched out of eggs and sent them on a mission to find the first of the traitors that escaped retribution. Weilding rusted swords the dragon's daughters set out to find that first traitor . . . with an offer for him to repent.

Now a few questions for Scott:

Q1. What made you choose to write?

Six years ago I was a student missionary in Thailand. While there I wrote down the first ideas for a fantasy story (though at the time I'd never read fantasy) and when I returned to the States I started expanding that story. I worked various jobs, but disliked working for companies and doing tasks that took no imagination. During this time I expended my frustrations and joys into my developing storyline. From that point on the stories grew in my head and I couldn't help but write; I loved it.

Q2. Where do you write best?

Definitely at home sitting down listening to movie soundtracks, but location is dependant on the time of day. I find if difficult to write when a lot of activity is going on around me. Most of my writing for the first The Sword of the Dragon novel was typed into my laptop between 10 o'clock at night and 3 o'clock in the morning.

Q3. Is there a topic you've always wanted to write about?

Yes. I want to delve into the life of Moses through extra-biblical writings and create—what I know could be—a galvanizing novel. It will take years to accomplish, in part because I want to visit Egypt as part of my research.

Q4. How do you get your ideas? Do you use real events in your novels and if so, can you describe one?

I don't use real events in my novels, though my books do (sometimes) mirror my life-experiences. I have to sit and ponder for a while before the stories come to me. Then I ask myself a series of 'What if' questions to determine how far my imagination can take the plot. So, in a way, I guess you could say the ideas just come to me.

Q5. How many The Sword of the Dragon novels will there be?

My series is titled The Sword of the Dragon and I am hoping to fit all the material I've created over the past few years into seven novels. The first four titles are Swords of the Six, Offspring, The Key of Living Fire, and In Search of Dragons

Q6. Are all the books written? If not, do you know plot points for all of them?

The books are not all completed. However, I have a manuscript from which I am working and it tells the entire story from novel one Swords of the Six to the final one, Sword & Savior. I have a couple thousand pages of material for this series and some for a series that I will do afterward called The Death Knight Chronicles. It will take a lifetime to finish them all.

Thanks Scott for spending some time with us. For more info, you can check out his website at http://www.theswordofthedragon.com/ and his blog at http://www.flamingpen.blogspot.com/.


Millardthemk said...

I don't have twitter,but can I enter anyway?

Nathan R. Petrie said...

Oh yeah! I am so pysched!
Mr. Reinhold, if I can't figure out how to become a follower be sure to still enter me! lol

bigguysmama said...

This sounds like a great book for my non-enjoying reading son! Since I'm a follower already I'm guessing I'm already entered! Thanks for introducing us to this new author!

Mimi B

Eric Reinhold said...

You don't have to have twitter, just click on the "follow" link on the right side of the blog column and it should work.

Jacob R Parker said...

I'm a follower, but I already own a copy, just so you know :)

Western Maiden said...

How do I know if I did it right? I pressed the follow button but it keeps sending me to the "sign up for Twitter" page.

Eric Reinhold said...

Hmmm... I just did it myself by clicking on "Followers" and then choosing Yahoo as one of several options. Put in my e-mail address and BAM! It let me put in a pic and I was done. Don't click on the Twitter link, just on the "followers" above the pics of the others. It should work.

Western Maiden said...

Thank you so much! :D

I didn't see the other follow link.

Millardthemk said...

Yup Thanks ER yup I'm following! Can't wait to find out who wins? When will we now.


Millardthemk said...

Oops *know*

Chris said...

Awesome! I love book contests. Sign me up! =)

Eric Reinhold said...

The give-a-way will be in one week!

Evergreena said...

I'm following your blog now.

I love contests and giveaways!

R.P.H said...

I am now following your blog :) I hope it's not to late to enter your contest.


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