I am so pleased to bring to you my interview with M.D. Griffith, author of Alec Thrace and the Lost Medallion!
Griffith:I grew up in a small town where we had one small store and a post office. Very rural but my family had lived in Texas for four generations in the same area. At twenty-four, I wanted to experience a different climate so I decided to give Alaska a try. It was completely different than Texas and when I moved there, it was quite a shock... to say the least. I lived there for 22 years before moving to Colorado. I have a five year old Pug, Gizmo, and besides working quite a bit, I still have time to take him for several walks a day and just enjoying the Rocky Mountains. Colorado, in my opinion, has the perfect climate and allows me to be outside as much as I want. With all the writing I do and working a full forty hour a week job, time is often hard to come by but when I do, I love to hike and camp and on occasion, fish with friends.
G:. I have not always known that I wanted to be a writer, but when I was a very young, my mother used to always say that I should be one because of what I would tell her in the mornings when I got up. I had and still have the most vivid dreams, and I would always tell her about them. She would just shake her head and laugh at me. She was the first one that told me I should be a writer with the imagination I had.
G: I've just got the first book out. "Alec Thrace and the Lost Medallion," and both brothers and my sister have the book. Have they read it? LOL, I'm really not sure. I do know that my older brother has read some of it. I should check on that but I do know they are proud of me.
G: What works for me I'm sure does not work for everybody. When I write, I usually already have the story in my mind. The first thing I do is create an outline of the story. Now, the story always changes as does the outline, but still it helps me to have a start and a finish which gives me a direction in which to take my story. In doing this, I write practically every day. On occasion, after I finish a rewrite, or a chapter, I might take a day or two off to get my thoughts together and refresh myself.
G: While writing Alec Thrace and the Lost Medallion, I did quite a bit of research. I actually knew a lot about the history as far as the Romans and the Carthaginians, but as far as the places that I sent my three main characters, Alec, Jasen and Alexia, I wanted to make sure that the reader could actually visualize the places. Before I actually began to write, I did a measured amount of research, but had to continue my research throughout the process of writing the book.
G: I have a lot in store for the Hidden Kingdom Series. The Lost Medallion lets the reader in on just the beginning of the trouble that is slowly coming ashore of the fabled land of Atlantis. Throughout the series, the reader will experience not only adventure, but also a touch of mystery as they embark on the thrilling ride that I have in store for them.
G: Jaime, as far as books that I recommend, there are a few. Being a writer of fantasy, I enjoyed all of the Harry Potter books as well as the four book series of Perry Jackson. I’ve also read most of the First People Series by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and William Michael Gear however, I'm very much into fantasy books but I like a touch of realism in the story as well. So to answer your question, give me a good fantasy with a touch of history and I'll read it with relish.
G: You know, if I had a chance to live during a historical time in our history, there would be two different eras that come to mind. The first would be the exact time that my story takes place. It's a time of mystery, adventure of excitement and yes, of hardship. You have to take the good with the bad and after all, what time in history didn't have some hardship involved. The other time, would probably be during the discovery of America. The land was wild and though already inhabited and with a wonderful culture already here, still had a great deal of mystery. The native American culture, like the Greek culture is a culture that is very interesting and wonderful to me. I love writing books about these two time periods.
G: Yes... you will. I have already written the second and fourth books to the series. I only need to write the third book. The second book is at this time entitled, "Alec Thrace and the Ring of Stones, and the fourth book is entitled, again a working title, "Alec Thrace, Wolves at the Gate." I feel confident that the readers that love their fantasy mixed with some actual facts and will love this series. I also feel that it will give my readers a chance to let their minds explore a world where all things are possible and let dreams become reality... at least in their minds.
Jaime, thank you so much for your time and your review of, "Alec Thrace and the Lost Medallion." I hope you have a wonderful career in book reviews which I feel is something you thoroughly enjoy.
Thank you, M.D., for being a part of my blog and allowing me the opportunity to meet Alec Thrace and being taken on a great adventure!
One of my favorite things since I began book reviewing (besides reading some great books) is getting to know authors! M.D., what a GREAT interview!
Let's give it up for him! YAY!
He has also been extremely generous and is giving away ONE copy of his fantasy book, Alec Thrace and The Lost Medallion, to one lucky reader. Here's the link to my review: Click HERE Will that be you?
Here's how to enter:
Leave me a comment answering this one question: If you could live in one particular time period what would it be and why?
That's it! Very simple! I do not require you to follow my blog, however, I will NOT contact the winner. Winner will be notified right here on my blog and it will be up to the winner to contact ME within 48 hours of my posting the winner. This contest ends on October 30th. Winner will be chosen randomly by Random.org. If you would like a chance at an extra entry, post this contest on Twitter but leave the URL on a separate comment. Once again, I WILL NOT contact the winner, so please be sure to watch my blog after October 30th!
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