Interview with Richard Denoncourt, author of Savant, Feral & Seer
11 Mar 2019
What can you tell us about your new release,Savant, Feral & Seer?
It’s a boxed set that contains the first 3 novels in my epic fantasy series, which is based on Greek mythology, but contains a whole new cast of gods, demigods, and heroes set in an original fantasy world.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
Definitely reading the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King (I loved the Dark Tower books) and others like them. I remember reading Harry Potter and a book about greek myths back in my teenage years, and thinking “A mashup of these two would be cool.”
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
In order from best to “less best”: The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman, The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand, 1984 by George Orwell, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly, and The Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
My first guest would be JK Rowling. I’d ask her about her daily writing routine when she was working on Harry Potter and some of the challenges she faced becoming so successful over the course of so few years after her debut.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Feeling in control of an entire world.
What is a typical day like for you?
I typically get up an hour or two before I have to leave for work, and I write or revise. Then I spend (too much) time at work, recruiting for my company. After that, my wife and I like to make dinner and watch TV. I usually get home an hour to an hour and a half earlier than she does, so I used that time to read. I also read for a half hour before I got to sleep.
What scene inSavant, Feral & Seer was your favorite to write?
Definitely the scene in Seer when one of the main characters wakes up from a coma to find that the world has changed, and not for the better. Then she and her friends have to decide what to do to save everyone. Not all of the characters agree on a path to salvation, so there’s a lot of drama and conflict there.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
Take it one day at a time. That’s the only way I’ve been able to grasp all the work of writing a novel, and especially writing an epic fantasy series. Just take it one day at a time. Make each day worthwhile by producing something, anything.
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