Interview with Chase Blackwood, Author of Into the Fold
09 Sep 2019
What can you tell us about your new release, Into the Fold?
I can tell you that “Into the Fold” comes out on September 10th, 2019. I can say that it is the longest book in the series thus far, and that’s a good thing. I can tell you that it continues the storyline from “Tower of the Arkein” and answers a few lingering questions. The book also introduces some new and interesting characters. The rest, however, is classified, and you must read to find out.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
There have been many inspirations to my writing over the years, but who or what inspired me originally? I am unsure. I have been writing since I was young and I honestly don’t recall how I originally became inspired. Perhaps it was traveling since a young age? Seeing the history of Europe through the lens of a child’s eyes or walking through the jungles of a Caribbean Island and listening to the sounds of the forest, may have played a small part.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
This is always a difficult question as there have been so many good books written. There are obviously books that stand out in my memory. These are books that I’ve read at different times in my life and have truly enjoyed. In no particular order:
The Name of the Wind; Pillars of the Earth; Guns, Germs, and Steal; On Killing; and The Death Gate Cycle.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
First, I’m not sure if you’d want me to be the host of a literary talk show. But I’ll play your game. My first guest? I’d probably want to pick an indie writer who’s had some success and pick their brain. It would be focused on everything from creation to marketing and how a measure of financial success and even a hint of fame, has changed their life.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
My favorite thing about writing is the creative process. It is inventing a new world, a unique culture, and making the characters come alive within this vividly real space.
What is a typical day like for you?
I don’t often have overly typical days. But, I’d say, like most people, it involves work, a home routine, and working out when times allows. Oh, let’s not forget writing! I do try to incorporate that whenever feasible.
What scene in Into the Fold was your favorite to write?
I think the scenes I enjoyed most were in Part 3 of “Into the Fold.” Finding the Sages of Umbra required puzzles, fun character interactions and a constant sense of tension.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
There are a few quotes/mottos that will cycle through my head depending on the day and the challenges faced.
“I’ll get enough rest when I’m dead.” These are on days of great exhaustion.
“The only easy day is yesterday.” Similarly, but more of physical challenges, or high levels of stress.
“If everyone likes you or everyone hates you, you’re doing something wrong.” Just something my friend said recently that rings true.
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