Interview with David Doersch, Author of The Fury

02 Jan 2024

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write The Fury?

I have spent my entire adult life training and teaching historical swordplay. It is my passion. I have also spent my entire adult life as an avid fan and reader of epic fantasy. This series of books is my way to merge the two passions and tell sweeping tales from the perspective of the ‘language of the sword.’

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of The Fury, what would they be?

Anything by Bear McCreary.

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

Epic Fantasy!

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

I have two books by Bernard Cornwell to read. Hard to believe since I’ve read everything he’s written, but somehow I fell behind and these two got by me. Eagle in Exile and Sharpe’s Command.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

There’s a scene at court in the kingdom of Lachland where the newly crowned Queen Darienne is facing a banquet table full of skeptical nobles. One in particular mouths off, under his breath, and she takes him to task. What I love about it is that if it had been a king sorting this fellow out, no one would have thought anything was amiss. But the fact that it is a young queen…really sets them back a pace until they realize she is within the royal prerogative.

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

Cat on lap, for sure. Not my habit or choice – entirely hers. If she sees that I’m in my recliner and my lap is free…that’s all there is.

David Doersch is the author of the new book The Fury: Chronicles of the Raven Book II

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