Today I have an interview with Ontario author Michael Drakich, whose latest book The Brotherhood Of Piaxia was published earlier this year.
I think the hardest part is the second ten thousand words. The first ten thousand flow easily. In the beginning you have the concept and are able to lay the initial groundwork without difficulty. But after that the going gets tougher. It’s the part of the novel where you are working on establishing characters, developing the plot and extrapolating the various subplots.
Nothing is more satisfying than when you are nearing the end and you have successfully tied in every loose end, every early hint, and every subplot into a cumulative ending.
This may sound silly, but I was motivated by reading a very poor novel. When I had purchased it, I had high expectations. After all, it was part of a very successful series and even had a television series modelled on it. But when I finished the book, through some effort I must add, I thought I could do better. And so my career began.
I have two other published works and another ready to go, and all three required loads of research, but the truth about fantasy is it’s not research that is the key, but successful world building. The challenge is to create a world that is identifiable and complete.
Anyone who thinks ebooks will not dominate the published world has buried their head in the sand. The world of instant gratification we live in today will ensure the demise of the printed book.
Do you read reviews written about your book?
I read every one. No two readers are alike and so, no two reviews are identical either. Individually, they are interesting reading, sometimes providing me insights into what a reader is looking for. Collectively they represent the big picture on whether my writing is on the right or wrong track.
I do. When I start a novel, I always keep the WIP up on my computer. I don’t set daily word count goals but I do try and write every day. Sometimes, it’s only a paragraph. Some days I’ll rip out a couple of chapters. The key is by keeping it active my mind stays with the project. I usually put idea bullets down at the bottom so that as I write they stay close and can be incorporated as I go.
Understand, I still have a full time job elsewhere so the first version of this novel took ten months. The rewrite took four. The editing took another two.
I’m terrible. When I get a concept for a novel, I simply sit down and start writing. I develop as I go.
Generally, I start from page 1. But when ideas are added and they need a tie in from earlier in the novel, then I have to jump around a bit to make sure that everything is tied together and in a proper chronological order. I don’t want any loose ends.
About Michael Drakich
No awards, no accolades, no writing degrees or diplomas, only a deep rooted love of reading and writing. It is my hope that this love has translated into a work you will enjoy.
Years have passed since the overthrow of the monarchy by the Brotherhood of Warlocks and they rule Piaxia in peaceful accord. But now forces are at work to disrupt this rule from outside the Brotherhood as well as within! Follow Tarlok, Savan and Tessia as their paths intertwine, with the Brotherhood in pursuit and the powerful merchant’s guild manipulating the populace for their own end.