Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome fantasy author, Tiger Hebert.
- Tell us a little bit about yourself, Tiger.
Give me pie and nobody gets hurt! Just kidding—sorta. I do like pie though; Apple, cherry, or even blueberry.
Okay, all kidding aside. Debbie, thank you for having me.
My name is Tiger, and I am the author of The Chronicles of Aurion & Dragon’s Fire. More importantly, I am a husband, a dad (3 kiddos & 2 kitties), a veteran, and a Christian. I have often been guilty of getting lost in my own imagination, and I don’t feel bad about it either. I try to live with no regrets, but I do wish I started writing 20 years ago. By now I would probably be in a position to make my living from it. Instead, I burn the midnight oil to make it happen!
- When did you first start writing?
I think I always wanted to write some grand epic fantasy novel. I never really knew exactly what it would be, just that it would be chock full of awesomeness. Throughout the years, I sat down to start my novel probably half a dozen times or so, but I had no clue what I was doing. So I don’t think I ever got more than a paragraph or two before giving up. I was so afraid of failure, that I wouldn’t allow myself to even try.
Fast forward to 2001. I had just finished basic training in the Air Force, and I hated it. I needed a way vent, so I finally turned to writing. What started as song lyrics turned into poetry, but I still didn’t start writing what would ultimately become Dragon’s Fire until Christmas of 2012.
- Who are your favorite authors?
I must start with the obligatory Tolkien mention, because it was Middle Earth that I first fell in love with. I know that modern fantasy has evolved a great extent, but he laid such a magnificent foundation for us to build upon.
My favorites among the living are currently Brandon Sanderson and Steven Erikson. The sheer scope and meticulous attention to detail in their worldbuilding is a marvel to me.
- What inspires you to write?
Making the impossible possible.
The grand adventure. The impossible odds. The unbeatable foe. Unlikely heroes. Light in the midst of darkness.
- Tell us a little bit about your most recent release?
The Chronicles of Aurion was released last summer. It is a short fantasy novella which is set in the same world as my series, Beating Back the Darkness. It is actually a prequel to my first release, Dragon’s Fire.
One of the things that sets TCoA apart from other books, is that it is written in this historical framework where you follow the journey of these two dragon-cult priests. Their journey is only part of the tale though, as the reader soon finds there are stories within the story. So as the reader, you get a history lesson, without feeling like you had a history lesson. Plus, it’s full of war and malevolent sorcery!
- What attracts to writing fantasy?
I guess I have just always preferred swords to guns, castles to sky scrapers, and dragons to jets.
- What are you currently working on?
I am working on three projects at the moment.
The first is The Halls of the Fallen King, which is the next installment in The Beating Back the Darkness series. The heroes from Dragon’s Fire embark on an quest to uncover the source of a magical disturbance that is emanating from an abandoned dwarven kingdom. I expect it to be out this year.
Tales from Darkness, my second project, is a small collection of short stories from the same world as TCoA and Dragon’s Fire. These small vignettes serve as an introduction to some new faces that will appear in the series. Tales from Darkness is not required reading for those who want to read the series, it’s just a collection of fun little side excursions—besides, it’s going to be free for all my subscribers. I also expect it to be out this year.
My last project is a brand-new fantasy thriller called The Republic, and it is actually going to be released in an episodic format. The Republic is the story of a young man named Dirjek Harns, and his struggles to take care of his family during the rise of a gilded, corrupt empire. Politicians and aristocrats have subverted the spirit of the of nation’s democracy, locking its people into oppressive poverty. The family business alone won’t feed his family, but stepping outside the law will. The Republic is a story of magic and mayhem, and is a Patreon exclusive. The 1st chapter is free, and will be released this month (January 2017).
- What do you like to do to relax?
I rarely get the opportunity to do it, but I absolutely love hiking. Being surrounded by nature is so soothing. Hopefully I’ll get to explore some of the mountains here in NC and maybe even in TN this year.
- If you could have any superpower what would choose?
When I was a little boy staring up at impossibly tall pine trees in the Maine woods, I wanted nothing more than to be able to fly—well that and to shoot cosmic rays of doom!
Now that I’m older, I’d have to say healing would be my choice. Lame, right? I know. This world needs more healing. So I’d be a healer—who flies and shoots beams of cosmic energy. 😉
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