Author Interview: Woelf Dietrich by Aoife Marie Sheridan 

Book title: The Seals of Abgal

 

      1.          Tell us a little about your book.

 

Seals of Abal is a 128-page novella about a powerfully magical grimoire by the same name. The story involves  a bookstore owner, Sebastian Kaine (who may or may not have possession of the book) and an ancient, putrid evil that seeks to own the book at all costs. Sebastians only goal is to stay alive or is it?

 

It is an introduction to my The Guardians of the Seals series. The next book is titled The Morrigan and is in the final stages of revision.

 

 

      2.          How did you come up with the title?

 

Ah, youll have to read the story to find out. I will say this though, there are always reasons for my choices and everything serves a purpose. I suppose I could give one clue: There is some historical significance to the nameits linked to Sumerian lore.

 

      3.          What inspired you to write this book?

 

I was working on another story when something started to brew in the back of my mind, an idea for a contemporary fantasy tale that weaved things a bit differently than you would find in your standard urban fantasy story. I decided to pay it attention. I tapped into various mythologies for this one, leaning heavily on Sumerian and Norse mythologies. That I was neck-deep in Sumerian lore at the time helped grow the idea, of course. I started writing the The Seals of Abgal in August 2012 and finished the final draft in November. After editing and rewrites I published the book on 31 December 2012. As with Spirit Bow (A fantasy book Im still working on), during the writing process of Seals I realized the concept was too big for just a novella. A whole new mythos and theme had developed and it was begging me to make it real.

 

      4.          Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

 

Nope. Its just a fun read with a little bit of history and mythology thrown in.

 

 

      5.          Do you have a favorite line or scene from your latest release?

 

My latest release is actually a short story that is neither fantasy nor supernatural. Its called Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones and its about finding courage in the unlikeliest of places. My favorite line from this story is this: There are far worse injuries than just the physical. Lack of self-worth, if left unattended, will fester and grow, like a cancer, and it will dominate your world. It will taint everything you touch. It will affect every aspect of your life, how you perceive things, how you experience love, even how you handle compliments. It is the rot that keeps on rotting.

 

 

      6.          Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

At 12. We were asked to submit a one page short story for class. I handed in eight pages. I discovered I like writing then. Through the years Ive written many stories, but never really invested enough time to make them readable. Of course, my own demons telling me I cant write had a lot to do with that.

 

      7.          Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work

 

Everyone I have ever read who showed me the beauty and magic of words and stories. I need to explain. There is no one book or author that prompted me to write what I write. Ive always had an affinity for fantasy and its various sub-genres. But I can say the same of other genres too, including literary fiction. So my inspiration, generally and for future projects, will always include Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert B. Parker, A.J. Quinnell, Hammond Innes, Desmond Bagley, Louis LAmour, Ernest Hemingway, Neil Gaiman, John Grisham, Robert Harris, Morris West, David Eddings, Ken Follett, JRR Tolkien, and a lot of others whose names I dont recall at the moment. This is not and never will be, a closed list. All of these guys make me want to write. At the moment Im a Gaiman fanboy. I also love Mark Lawrences work and Bernard Cornwells Warrior Chronicles. Im addicted to David Gemmells heroic fantasy series. You cannot pinpoint only one writer or book. All of them influenced me and shaped me. Some I read multiple times. As you go through life and mature, you go through different stages, experience emotions that are ever evolving, and the books are there, each one befitting whatever mood you are in, whatever level of maturity youve attained. The same book can impact you differently the next year or it can call back emotions youve long forgotten.

 

 

      8.          Whats next for you? / What is your next project?

 

Im almost finished with The Morrigan, the second book in the Guardians of the Seals series. I am also working on an anthology with other writers that will be released later this year. That is all I can say about the project for now. Suffice to say this one will fall well within the Science Fiction category.

 

      9.          Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

 

My philosophy on life confuses me and the more research I do and the deeper I dig into our past the more confused I get. Writing is like having your own therapist. You unburden yourself, so to speak, and I hope that Ive done my unburdening in a highly entertaining way that will leave the reader feeling good and wanting more. If I get them thinking about something, that would be good too.

In writing these stories, Ive tried to find a middle way between my imagination and historical fact/theory. Who knows, maybe I am not that far off target. 

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