Interview with Caleb Birch, Author of Peril and Splendor

08 Mar 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Peril and Splendor: The Journey to Yragos?

I’ve enjoyed playing video games from a young age, and I’ve always been fascinated by fantasy movies that feature dragons and magic. I wanted to create my own adventure story using mythology and the fantasy elements I love. Readers who are familiar with online role-playing games would recognize many aspects of the story.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Peril and Splendor: The Journey to Yragos, what would they be?

It’s My Life by Bon Jovi, and Be Yourself by Audioslave.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

Yes, I love reading fantasy of all kinds. Terry Pratchett inspires me. I also enjoy philosophical non-fiction works.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, and Immortals’ Requiem by Bobbe Vincent.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

The final battle with the dragon at the end.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

Not really. Just a good cup of coffee and a table.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

The purpose of life is to experience all things desired.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

To live in the moment and follow your heart. Listen to your feelings.


Caleb Birch is the author of the new book Peril and Splendor: The Journey to Yragos

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