Today The FlipSide is featuring a guest post with R.J. Hore, author of The Queen’s Pawn! But before we let R.J. take the floor, let’s get to know him a bit…
Ron can be found sailing on Lake Winnipeg when not writing novels or critiquing for an on-line magazine He won first prize for a Canadian Authors Association short story contest for a ghostly love story, but his preference is for longer works including a recent trio of medieval-style fantasies and the Housetrap Chronicles fantasy detective series through http://www.burstbooks.ca . Supervised by his understanding wife and a large demanding cat, most of his writing efforts continue toward fantasy, with occasional lapses into science fiction and horror.
So without further ado, here’s R.J.!
What Sets My Book Apart?
When I wrote The Queen’s Pawn I didn’t have a particular age group in mind. I wrote it as a story I might enjoy reading. I‘ve had good comments from both adults and twelve-year olds. I made the hero an ordinary young man. A farm boy thrust into the city to become a priest, but forced to grow up rather quickly. Mistaken for someone else, he is reluctantly forced to make use of things he learned as a boy on the farm. Unlike most fantasy heroes, he has never held a sword, but he knows how to use an axe. He knows how to hunt and use woodcraft. He is not a lost prince or a king in disguise.
I keep the use of magic in everyday life to a minimum, but I introduce a lot of magical characters or beasts. I wanted to make certain the characters would grow as the story progressed. Many of the characters are not who they seem to be. The central part of the tale is the journey. I try to add some humorous or lighter touches to a story that will have some darker moments. I want to make the reader smile before I drop the hero in a pit again.
I limited my world-building to what the hero experiences in his travels. What the reader sees is a narrow strip of land where the adventure takes place through a series of highly varied landscapes. The landscapes and background details can become characters by themselves.
I try to develop the other minor characters in the story so that the reader gets some feel for them. The other major actors, the queen, the princess, and the magician all have backstories that give hints of their motivations. The same goes for villains who appear later..
A good story should have interesting villains. They should have reasons for what they want to do. I try to capture or at least hint at that.
If the reader can feel some sympathy, annoyance, for the people in the story, and stay up late turning the pages, then I’ve done my part.
Now let’s take a quick peek into The Queen’s Pawn…
Young Harow just wanted to stay on the farm for the rest of his life, but his mother insisted he go to school in the City to study to be a priest. Now the City is in flames and he is racing across unfamiliar countryside trying to get the mysterious and sensuous Queen Reginee and her extremely annoying and very spoiled daughter Desiree-Rose to safety.
Of course there is a rebel army on their heels, black wizardry afoot, and sundry and dangerous creatures and villains, monstrous and common, seductive and evil, lurking along the way. If this were not enough for the youth to worry about, the Queen’s amorous chambermaid and bodyguard Mathilde, a smallish giantess, just wants to get him alone.
Genre: Medieval Fantasy
Recommended Age: 13+
And there’s a Giveaway!!
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
- GRAND PRIZE: One winner will receive 5 surprise fantasy eBooks from Champagne Book Group.
Giveaway is International.