Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"What does Fury want me to do? Swallow it?"

 Today I am taking part in E. Kaiser's blog tour, celebrating the release of her newest series, Thaw! I had the chance to interview her and learn more about her books.

1. What first started your interest in fantasy? Is there any book which first sparked it or have you always loved it?
 Mom read the Hobbit to us kids when I was seven, and I'd say that was definitely the turning point for me! I loved that book, (it is still my favorite novel ever) and then Mom and Dad went on to read the Lord of the Rings to us. Those are among my absolute favorite childhood memories... they were enchanting.
 2. What is your favourite fantasy series and why?
Well, that's an easy question, isn't it? Emoji Obviously the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings! And I don't even have to explain why!
 But really, those books really majored on the message of ultimate hope, no matter how bad it looked. So growing up it was an easy touchstone, whatever hardship we were enduring it still wasn't as bad as Sam and Frodo traveling through Mordor: so toughen up and keep going. Emoji
 3. Which do you enjoy more? Fantasies or fairy tales?
 Doesn't matter, really! I love a good, inventive story of any kind that still holds trues to reality's laws. So there is no "genre-fication" for me, I will love or hate any book based entirely on it's own merits. There seems to be a lack of realism in the past, oh, I don't know, fifty years? My childhood was uniquely different than the usual "American experience" (we may have been the last children to grow up in the Depression... transplanted through time to the 90's.) So I have a "reality bedrock" I'm very aware of, and it seems like so many authors have lived in a modern society where they've basically been incredibly sheltered, in a way that only the super rich in past eras would be. And that cripples their fiction, because their version of suffering is having their parents "being nosy," and their version of dealing with that is having their characters "eye roll and sigh". I just can't stomach books with characters that immensely shallow, and then of course they're the "chosen one" or some such nonsense... I could wax eloquent but I'll stop here! Emoji A book that is gripping and real is a beautiful thing, but it is also an incredibly rare thing. My mind goes to the classics when asked "what book last impacted you?" Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander, Jane Eyre... 
 One of the things I definitely try hard to honor in my own writing is that sense of real, gripping problems of life. And my style is more classical than 21st century jargon. I still think a good vocabulary is a gift, and (though overdoing it is always a bad idea) the ability to communicate well will be one of the distinguishing characteristics of the "well schooled" in the near future! Emoji

E. Kaiser
writer; E.Kaiser Writes.webs.com
author; Jeweler's Apprentice; a Five Gems book; & it's sequel Traitor's Knife
 blogger; E. Kaiser Writes
 dog lover: True Knight Tervurens
shepherdess; Signet Dairy Goats

 Be sure and check out her blog!

 Quote is from The Avengers.




  1. That's right, no matter how bad, we aren't going to Mordor. (Although I did recently rock into Mordor, but that's a different story.)
    I didn't suffer real hardships growing up. Maybe that's why I can't write the really dark stuff.

  2. Awesome interview. I really like Kaiser's answer too. It's gives me something to think about as a writer. I would've loved a family read of The Hobbit when I was younger. That is so cool! Especially the theme of hope and how it effected (affected?) Kaiser's outlook on life while growing up.

  3. THE HOBBIT!! *Dies* I love that book!!!!! It is one of my favorites to this day. Bilbo and Gadalf and thirteen dwarves searching for gold... what's not to like???

    pssst. Jim. I feel really bad. Was I supposed to do an interview on WWII this week? I got sick and I think I forgot....

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