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Welcome to my blog series dedicated to author interviews. The purpose of this series is to introduce authors to a wider range of potential readers and provide readers with deeper information about the interviewed authors. I hope you learn something interesting about each author. Today's author interview is with Adam Greenwood. Adam answers questions about himself and his books.
1) Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
I like to mix established folklore with my own ideas but try to blur the boundaries so people aren't sure what's part of the original legends and what I've just made up. When it comes to Robin Hood, various people have added their own twists and elements to the story over the years. In time, these twists seem to become part of the general “lore”. The TV series “Robin of Sherwood” was the first to include a Muslim member of Robin's gang, now that seems to be a pretty standard element. I'm hoping that in years to come, some of my little innovations will start turning up in other people's work.
2) Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
I didn't have a specific audience in mind when I wrote my first book (“Robin of the Wood: Legend”) but the general feedback seemed to describe it as a Young Adult novel so, when I wrote “Annalina”, I wrote consciously with the Young Adult market in mind. The Legacy Saga (starting with “Robin of the Wood: Rebirth”) is very much written for mature readers. While there are some classic Sword and Sorcery elements, I like to think there's a little something for everyone in there – action, adventure, tension, romance, etc. I hesitate to compare my books to any other work but, in terms of target audiences, I would expect anyone who likes “Game of Thrones” to enjoy the Legacy Saga.
3) Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
After a few different experiments, I decided I wanted my cover art to be a style I could recognisably replicate across all my novels, no matter the theme or setting, therefore tying them all together in the readers' minds. I decided to go to the local supermarket and see what the covers of best-selling paperbacks were like and what struck me was the simplicity. Most were either a blank background or monochrome image with a single bold object superimposed on top. I decided that this was something that could work well for my books so I began experimenting. What I settled on was a faded out forest image (a different picture for each book although all volumes of the Legacy Saga use the same one) over a coloured background fading to black then a single object in the centre. In order to differentiate between the volumes of Legacy, the background colour will be different and the amount of blood on the arrow-head gradually increases as the story gets progressively darker and bloodier.
4) What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Well the one I've just finished covers a time-span of around thirty years during which various people are born and grow up. It was quite a challenge to keep all the characters ages, relative to each other, consistent and to explain the passage of time to the reader so that characters don't jump from being six years old to being seventeen. Chapters where the story directly relates to the younger generation of characters were less challenging than chapters where they don't appear or are only mentioned in passing. As soon as your central couple have young children, you have to start accounting for where they are all the time so if both parents are taking part in an adventure, you have to either explain who is looking after the children or specify that they are now old enough to be left on their own. As the story progresses, a third generation comes along too – I seem to like making things complicated for myself!
5) Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
I like to work outside whenever I can and I find typing on a laptop much easier than on a desktop. Sometimes I'll go and write in Sherwood Forest or sometimes just in the local park. I find it I try writing at home I get distracted too easily so I prefer to go out. It's much easier in the summer of course!
6) What do you do when you are not writing?
Stress about the fact that I'm not writing! No, not really. I enjoy walking in the countryside and am lucky enough to live a little over half an hour's drive from Sherwood Forest, as well as various other places of natural beauty within easy reach. I also enjoy reading but mostly non-fiction and I enjoy films and TV. Most of the time, even when I am not writing, stories and scenarios are bouncing around in my mind waiting for a chance to make it onto the page.
7) Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
My next book released will be “Robin of the Wood: Destiny”, Book Two of the Legacy Saga. It continues the story from “Rebirth” but, instead of focussing on a period of just over a year, the story takes place over around thirty years. Parts Three and Four, “Becoming” and “Reckoning”, are also still to come as well as the prequel, “Robin of the Wood: Beginnings” and the follow-up to “Annalina” which is tentatively titled “Once Upon a Time”. That's not counting any others I may come up with in between!
8) Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Don't try to write what you think people want to read and don't try to copy whatever the latest big hit is. Write what you would enjoy reading and make your work your own!
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