Author Q & A

Where did you get the idea for Druyan?

Druyan was inspired by several favourite authors’ recent works that included ghosts (which got me thinking along the lines of spirits) combined with a desire to create a story in an ancient fantasy setting that included scholars, farms and villages, castles, an evil force, and a surprise twist ending.

How do you get inspired to write?

People’s lives, conflicts, and the human condition inspire characters, conflict, and possible plots.

Music helps me to generate images and dialogue to formulate scenes. I can’t write to music, but I create to music. Music is a lot about mood, and mood and emotion drive conflict. Character and conflict drive plot.

More recently, images (photographs or art) with mood and setting have become a huge inspiration. This has especially been the case with Druyan and Ironclad.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

1. Giving form and meaning to aspects of human life that don’t make sense or are negative and turning them into positive art that makes sense by explaining, through motives and circumstances, how and why things happen.

2. The ability to be in someone else’s skin, in another place, living a different life, and choosing a different ending.

What other books have you written?

I’ve written Beyond the Precipice, and I’m a contributing author to Postcards from Canada with the travel article “Two Province, Three Weeks, 101 Experiences.”

What other books are you working on?

I am working on Ironclad, a supernatural adventure, and Beyond the Music, a companion/sequel to Beyond the Precipice.

Eventually, I hope to create a cookbook that includes my own recipes as well as traditional Czech recipes as made by my mother. I hope to also write a parenting/educator handbook.

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