Interview with J.K.F. Sandham, Author of A Tale of the Nine Lands

24 Apr 2024

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write A Tale of the Nine Lands?

I’ve always loved fantasy. My earliest reading memories are of the Redwall series by Brian Jacques and soon after, Harry Potter. Since then I’ve read and watched countless fantasy works and I have always wanted to make my own, especially because I feel there’s so much more magic (if you can call it that) in our real world than we can see. This book is intended to entertain people and to inspire them to overcome adversities. Fantasy makes that concept more exciting and palatable.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of A Tale of the Nine Lands, what would they be?

Probably some kind of mix between “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor and “Sounds of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel because all of my characters need motivation and inspiration as they face their inner demons.

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

Fantasy! Generally epic fantasy with themes of sorcery/magic.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

Fourth Wing – so I can see what the fuss is about. I need to finish a couple in the Witcher series. I want to read more of Robin Hobb, too! She crafts plots like no other. To be honest, anything and everything fantasy.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

The battle between Rakuul Mordaker and Theo, or the bet of destiny between Exiluk and the goblin captain.

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

I would love to have a writing cat mascot, but the apartment I rent is no pets. One day!

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

Many! But it all boils down to something like this: Improve your habits, mindset, and health, and you will thrive. I just need to think of a catchy way to present that

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

If you enjoyed it, remember that feeling, hang on to it, and enjoy it some more! And whether you enjoyed it or not, review it constructively so others can get an idea of whether they would like it or not.

J. K. F. Sandham is the author of the new book A Tale of the Nine Lands

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