Author Interview with @kcjulius – The Drinnglennin Chronicles

Bindings of Peril

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About the Book

Bindings of Peril is the third book in my epic medieval fantasy series, The Drinnglennin Chronicles. It’s a classic tale of adventure, sword and sorcery, with a touch of romance, and has both strong female and male protagonists. Oh—and dragons…

About the Author

I’m currently based in Düsseldorf with Uwe, my jolly German husband, Bear the dog and Saber the cat, both pets rescued from the streets of Jakarta, where I lived and taught for 24 years. I love exploring new places, long walks in the woods, reading, and spending time at our family lake house in New Hampshire.

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Author Interview

Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about? 

Portents of Chaos

Portents of Chaos, Book 1 of the series, introduces the reader to the realm of Drinnglennin. The realm hangs poised on the cusp of chaos, for Urlion Konigur, the High King, is dying. He has yet to name an heir. Rumors abound that the Helgrins, Drinnglennin’s bitterest foes, are preparing their longboats to raid the Isle’s shores. The roving å Livåri folk, for whom the island kingdom is the last sanctuary, are strangely disappearing. And in distant Belestar, the fabled dragons are stirring from their self-imposed exile.

Drinnglennin’s hopes lie with the wizard Morgan, who must gather together and safeguard the king’s possible heirs, all three of whom are coming of age. Yet a dangerously powerful house seeks the succession for one of their own, even if it means disrupting the fragile peace of the realm. One thing is certain: whoever next sits on the Einhorn Throne will determine the fate not only of Drinnglennin, but of all who dwell in the Known World.

A Realm At Stake

In A Realm at Stake, the actions starts off in Helgrinia, where Fynn, the bastard son of Aetheor Yarl, finds his position ever more precarious—and when tragedy strikes on Midsommer’s Eve, he is compelled to take a perilous vow. Across the Erolin Sea, Master Morgan travels the length of the Isle determined to uncover the roots of King Urlion’s illness; the treachery he discovers sets him on an even more dangerous course. In the elven sanctuary of Mithralyn, Whit and Halla’s mutual enmity grows, and an ill-thought out decision by one of the cousins spells calamity for the other. And in Drinnkastel, Maura and Leif, summoned there by the ailing High King and presented as royal relatives, become embroiled in the intrigue and jealousies of the Konigur court. To make matters worse, they risk exposure by Borne Braxton, also in the capital, who knows Maura’s true identity.

All the while, deep in the Lost Lands, Lazdac Strigori stirs his cauldron of chaos, as the bitter seeds he has planted bear their baneful fruit. A day of reckoning is fast approaching for those he deems have denied him his rightful heritage, which bodes ill for all.

Bindings Of Peril

From the start of Bindings of Peril, conflicts flare throughout the Known World. An entire continent teeters on the precipice of war. Albrenian troops are boldly gathering on their shared border with Gral. A land already overrun with Helgrin colonies along its northern coast. In Restaria, the Nelvors’ brutal attack is certain to provoke a swift response from the yarl. To the south, the Jagar are making deeper forays into Olquarian territory. And on the Isle, though Roth Nelvor is invested as High King—to public acclaim—his first appointments strike notes of discord with more than a few lords of the lower realms, and with at least one member of his Tribus.

It is amidst this turmoil that the paths of Master Morgan and his young charges will soon diverge. Morgan must fulfil his promise to Urlion Konigur, while Whit resolves to depart Mithralyn and take his future into his own hands. Maura, still in Drinnkastel, is discovering that her position at court may be uncertain. Leif embarks on a dangerous mission alone, and Fynn finds himself in prison, left to languish without hope of release. In Gral, Borne’s star is rising as he takes up the life of a soldier, and Halla rides with the å Livåri as they try to rescue their people from enslavement. Some of them will succeed in their endeavours. Some will fail. And one among them will be cast into Lazdac Strigori’s sphere… as the dark wizard moves ever closer to exacting his terrible vengeance.

Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market? 

My target audience was originally New Adult. But, I’ve discovered that the vast majority of my readers are between 25-65, both male and female. Anyone who loves a good fantasy tale should enjoy The Drinnglennin Chronicles.

Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors to choose from, which book and author are your favourite and why? 

In the genre of fantasy, G.R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire gets my vote. In general literary fiction, it would be Dorothy Dunnett’s The Lymond Chronicles, a sweeping historical saga.

Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new to the writing world? Or to someone trying to enhance their craft?

Read great literature. Practice your craft daily, even if you only write one sentence. When you get down to the business of writing your book, make sure it’s your best work. Re-read, revise, have beta readers, revise, hire professional editors, revise again.  Unless you’re an amazing artist, pay someone who is for your cover design. Don’t send your work out into the world of readers until it’s worthy of their investment in it.

Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you?

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