Thursday, January 18, 2007

Wayne Batson Interview--Day 3

The Final Storm by Wayne Thomas Batson is the featured book for DAY 3 of our interview with Mr. Batson. Don't forget to visit Wayne's website and his blog
Now for our final section of the interview! And stay tuned for the "special unveiling" of the new Chronicles of Soone cover : The Rise of Lucin, coming tomorrow!
12.) How do you see "Magic" fitting into Christian fantasy? A good thing or bad?
With all due respect to my Christian family members who feel strongly that we ought not to read or write about magic, I don’t have a problem with it if it is handled properly. If good characters, protagonists start invoking the names of demons to cast spells, well, that’s not good, is it? But when you create an imaginary world, it operates necessarily by the rules the author creates. Why couldn’t magic be a part of this world? Readers are shrewd enough to know that the magic used by the characters in the story is no more likely to be something real in our world than dragons or monsters.

13.) What is your favorite fiction novel?
The Lord of the Rings. Hands down. I’ve read The Trilogy fourteen times and counting. Tolkien’s books are what drew me into fantasy fiction.

14.) What or who do you feel has most inspired the direction of your writing?
Tolkien’s books, as said above, took me to places that amazed and inspired me. Aside from that, teachers and students are the ones who helped me to see I could actually write a good story. Thank you Mrs. Mangum and Mr. Spero!

15.) What one lesson do you hope readers will take away from The Door Within trilogy?
There is hope. Even in the bleakest moments of life, there is a plan for you, a loving father listening for your call, waiting for you to turn to Him. Never alone!

16.) What can we look forward to seeing in the future from Wayne Thomas Batson?
Isle of Swords is next, a high seas pirate adventure! In it, a lad with no memory comes between two of the Caribbean’s most notorious pirates and their quest for the greatest treasure the world has ever known!

After Isle, I have a HUGE, MONSTER, EPIC fantasy tale I want to begin. It’s been buzzing around in my mind insistently for well over a year. I’ve got a dozen word files with bits and pieces of plot, neat characters, wild locales. I can’t wait!

Thanks, James! Great talking with you.

-Wayne Thomas Batson
STAY TUNED TOMORROW FOR THE UNVEILING OF THE NEW COVER FOR "The Chronicles of Soone: The Rise of Lucin" coming in November 2007!


pixydust said...

Hey James! Great interview. Now I'm all curious about this HUGE, MONSTER, EPIC fantasy. ;)

WayneThomasBatson said...

James, thanks again for taking time out of your insanely busy schedule to help promote a fellow author.