Please help me welcome author Tomas Care to The Book’s the Thing today! Tomas is the author of The Three Cards fantasy series, and he’s generously taken the time to stop by and answer a few questions for me.
Do you remember when you first decided to become a writer?
I was very young. At school we were told to write a short story about St George, and the teacher couldn’t get me to leave his lesson and go to the next class. I hadn’t finished my story and wanted to keep going. Some things never change!
What have you most recently finished writing?
The last book in my Three Cards series. The last book is called The Immortal Queen and brings an epic story arc to its conclusion.
Do you have a favorite book that you’ve written
There are seven books in my series. Everybody seems to love The Card Collector but for me my favourite is The Great Scribe. I’m currently writing a new book though, and I think that’s going to top them both.
Your novels are described as pulp fantasy – are there authors that you grew up reading who influenced your decision to write in this genre instead of another?
Great fantasy writers such as Tolkien, Feist and Pratchett definitely influenced my choice to write fantasy. Writing in a quick, pulp style sort of happened by accident, but my next book will be much more complex and so I may lose that pulp tag.
Do you experience writers’ block, and if so, how do you deal with it?
I can be quite extreme with writer’s block, I’ll just start deleting until I get to something I can’t bear to lose. That’s a good place to write from, as it’s where you feel most happy with your work. It sounds like a stupid idea, but it works surprisingly well.
Coffee or tea?
What hobbies do you enjoy when you’re not writing?
I’m knocking on a bit but I still like playing football.
What book(s) / series can we expect to see from you in the future?
I have started a new series of books, set in the world I have already created. The first book is being written at the moment and is called ‘The Stars from the Dead’. It takes one of the existing characters sailing to an undiscovered world, based on coordinates provided by a dying friend. Based at sea for the first half of the book, and unwittingly within a war in the second half, we follow one of the dubious heroes of the rebellion as he wrestles with his own cowardice.
About the Author:
Tomas Care was born in Salisbury, England in 1980 to an antique bookseller and a nurse. He writes part time, with the rest of his time wasted on earning and studying. Tomas has always loved writing. He cites his main influences as Raymond E. Feist, Gene Wolfe, Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, C.S. Lewis and (of course) J. R. R. Tolkien.
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