And so we reach the last day of the Magic of Solstice blog tour – I hope you have enjoyed meeting all the different fantasy authors. Today I will be visiting Charlotte Henley Babb‘s blog. Please come by and say “HI”.
Here on Paws 4 Thought we welcome Joshua Robertson.
Joshua Robertson is an ambitious writer that enjoys devising flash fiction, short stories, poems, children’s books, and epic fantasy novels. Joshua is the author of the transitional children’s book, Bo Bunny and the Trouble. He is also the author of the dark fantasy novel, Melkorka, in the Thrice Nine Legends series. A tabletop game based off of the novel and world, called Thrice Nine Legends, is set to be released in 2015.
Joshua currently lives in Alaska with his spouse and children. His ancestry is primarily Slavic and Scottish, which is often recognized in his fantasy writings. He lives his life with the purpose of enhancing each moment, seeking happiness and connection. Joshua enjoys writing, teaching, reading and traveling. His philosophy is that life is an adventure worth experiencing.
Joshua talks with us today about what attracts him to fantasy.
The first three movies I remember watching as a child, before the age of four, was Masters of the Universe, Legend, and Willow. Each of these cult classics, along with other fantasy films viewed in my younger years (The Princess Bride, Dragonslayer, and Krull) had a huge impact on my childhood. It depicted how I perceived the natural world, it gave a framework for the elements of righteousness and malevolence, and it gave context to form the make-believe worlds from within which I played.
Before I could read, I was trekking the terrain [yard] on my divine quest. I had my sword [stick] in hand, a gunny sack [backpack] of gear [random toys], and battled through evil men and demons [invisible constructs of my imagination] to save the damsel at the tallest tower [tree]. The world was a dangerous place and it needed courageous heroes to right the wrongs, to protect all things beautiful, to wane the darkness, and to uphold justice despite whatever temptations evil would lay at my feet. These games persisted longer than I would ever like to admit. Sometimes, I find myself still playing them with my kids or through tabletop roleplaying.
Roleplaying games were the next best thing outside of my childhood games. I first found them in console games. Later, I was introduced to tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons or Pathfinder. These experiences were as strong as those initial moments of watching He-Man defeating Skeletor [Masters of the Universe], Jack rescuing the fabled unicorn [Legend], or Willow becoming the most unlikely of heroes [Willow]. It was not long before I hankered for another story and moved into fantasy literature. The Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time, and Chronicles of Narnia were the primary influences and stories that I will read over and over again.
Through fantasy, I learned about myself and my own sense of good and evil. In fantasy, I found the origin of what made us human and what made us inhuman. In that realization, forever after, my heart goaded me to discover more within this ‘larger-than-life genre’ that the rest of the world seemingly overlooked. In fantasy, I found a purpose greater than myself and a sense of belonging. There was something tangible and meaningful. It was breathtaking, and magical; to this day, I am still enchanted by the beauty behind its idioms. Truly, I think there is a part in all of us that is attracted to fantasy stories. No only does it allow us to dream, but it is through these stories that we find a better understanding of ourselves in our own miraculous world.
It is my hope that I enchant audiences through my own stories as well as I was enchanted in my childhood.
Kaelandur was forged by the Highborn to slay one of their own, Nedezhda Mager. As their slave, Branimir Baran never thought to question his cruel masters until he is forced to take part in the execution. His actions begin a chain of events that will lead him to confront demons, cannibals, and himself as he is forced to question his own morality and the true meaning of good and evil.
Gladiators and Thieves: Coming June 2015
Anaerfell: Coming October 2015
Dyndaer: Coming January 2016
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