MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR TOM FALLWELL
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I am Tom Fallwell, and I write Fantasy and Science-Fiction. I tend toward epic fantasy, but will not limit myself there. I have story ideas for the future that will branch out into paranormal fantasy, urban fantasy, and also with scifi mixed into all of that. I’m currently working on my first full-length scifi novel.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve been a fan of both fantasy and science-fiction most of my life. Not just books, but movies and television shows as well. I was drawn to the genre’s at an early age, and just simply fell in love with such imaginative works as Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Asimov’s Foundation, Niven’s Ringworld, and Moorcock’s Elric of Melnibone. The adventures of Conan, by Robert E. Howard, also inspired me into the realm of heroic fantasy. I think, more than anything, I like how anything is possible in such worlds born from simple imagination.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Personally, I did research into different aspects of Inca and early American mythologies. Though none of the story is truly based on any of that. Mostly I researched to come up with character names. I can’t speak for my co-author, but I know she is very big on language and cultures, so I’m sure such research influenced the story.
Can you tell me about your Series?
My Rangers of Laerean series is currently a trilogy, but I plan to add more in the future. I want to write other stories of other characters living in the world of Hir. All the stories will, however, revolve around the group of Rangers that is central to it all. In the trilogy, the story is about Baric, and is set in the third century of the Fourth Era of Hir. Future books in the series will not only be about other characters, but also set in other times. The Rangers of Laerean were established in the year 1503 of the Forth Era. I would like to write about earlier characters in the organization as well.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I’d have to say my personal favorite is The Shadow of Narwyrm, which is the third book in the The Shadow of Narwyrm Trilogy. I really enjoyed writing that one (I enjoyed writing them all) because it wrapped up the story arc that I began two years prior.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
The character of Baric was originally created back in the late 1980s, along with two other characters, as the MCs of a black and white comic book called Dark Regions. During the three issue run of that comic, I came to love the character of Baric, and continued to refine his personality throughout the intervening years by playing in RPG games and always creating that character in the game. When I decided to actually write a full novel, he was the character that I wanted to star in that story, so I created a world for him to live in. Hir and the Rangers of Laerean were born.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I do all kinds of research for almost all my books. For the Rangers of Laerean series, I did a lot of research on archery and how it pertains to combat. I used what I learned from that research to craft the action scenes in those stories. I always do some kind of research, whether it is to bring realism to what I’m writing, or just to come up with great character names.
Was it always meant to become a series?
For Rangers of Laerean, yes and no. I always intended to write more than one book about the Rangers of Laerean, but I had no idea I would write a trilogy. When I completed the first book, A Whisper in the Shadows, I realized the tale was far from over. It was only at the end that I realized Baric had more story to tell.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I’m currently working on my first science-fiction novel. It is called, Heart of the Valkyrie, and is a tale about the crew of a ship living in the Outer Systems of the known galaxy, which is mostly controlled by the heavy-handed Quanios Empire. It’s a space opera, I would say, but with a taste of the old to it. I was inspired by two TV series that I loved to watch, Firefly and Farscape. Both had elements in their shows that I liked and incorporated in my own way into what I’m writing.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
The name must be right, but I can’t really say there is always a special meaning. I know many writers do embed special meanings, but I strive more for a name that fits. Sometimes there may be a meaning behind the name, other times not. It depends on what I’m writing, and on what the character tells me.
Where do your ideas come from?
Beats me. They just come. I’m sure they come from what I’ve read and watched over the years, perhaps from experiences I’m lived or heard of. I can her or see one little thing, and an idea springs up. Or sometimes, I dream something that inspires a story. The thing is, I don’t do a lot of plotting. I get an idea, start writing, the rest just comes.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I have story ideas, many of them, that are yet to be written. I plan to try my hand at urban fantasy, paranormal, even more scifi. Maybe even a mystery, or horror. But currently, I’m satisfied with where I am.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have trailers for most of my books that I created myself. I love working with the software and special effects to create my own trailers.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
That is something that is yet to come. I’m always getting better and improving.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Seeing someone review your book and tell everyone it was great.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Just as I am now. Retired, writing, and publishing books. Only, I will be better at it then than I am now.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Marketing. I’ve never been much of a salesman, and it costs too dang much.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Snippet from Heart of the Valkyrie
Electromagnetic coil guns made no sound or flash as the Imperials opened fire. Tungsten rounds filled the air, ricocheting off their cover. Returning fire, Nathan counted twelve armored soldiers advancing on their position.
“Damn!” cursed Nathan. “More than I’d expected. Keep your heads down!”
Yiesa, armed only with her sword and a pistol, poked her head around a piece of wing from the crashed ship, firing her pistol at the advancing Imperials.
“They’re wearing full combat armor too,” she commented, one of her shots pinging off the metallic plating of their armor.
Eamas yelled a challenging roar, standing up from behind his cover and letting loose on full auto, taking out two of the approaching soldiers as his lead bullets found vulnerable points in the joints of their armored suits. Unfortunately, he’d used almost a whole magazine to accomplish that feat.
“Nice shooting, big guy,” said Jeff, who, having completed the last cut, picked up his rifle to join the fray. “But can you top this?”
Standing, Jeff jerked a grenade from the chest plate of his suit and tossed it toward the enemy soldiers, sending three of them flying as the hydrogen blast was released, ripping them apart.
“Nice one!” exclaimed Eamas.
“Can the chatter, you two!” shouted Nathan angrily. “This is no time for levity!”
The remaining seven soldiers were getting closer, and a sharp yelp from Jeff let them know that he’d been hit. The Imperial ammo was quite deadly and painful. Jeff was knocked backward by the force, blood flying up in a spray as the bullet pierced his shoulder. He fell against the metal of the crashed ship with a thud, dropping his rifle and becoming still.
Nathan and the others continued firing, but their situation was worsening. The Imperials had better armor and weapons, and it was now three against seven. The approaching soldiers dodged between trees as they continued to advance.
Crouching behind his cover, the sound of bullets pinging, Nathan looked at Yiesa. “Any bright ideas?”
Where did your love of books come from?
From reading them. The more I read, the more I wanted to read. The more I wanted to read, the more I wanted to write my own.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I don’t try to please any specific reader or group of readers. I write what comes into my head. What I write is what I write. If they like it, wonderful! If they don’t, then I’m sorry. I know there are people who like what I write, and I always welcome constructive criticism or suggestions, but in the end, it is what it is.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Far too many to list here, but the co-author of my latest novel, Tamesa, helped me in many ways. Aaron-Michael Hall is a fantastic writer, and working with her improved my own writing, I believe. Especially my vocabulary. I also have been helped by my editor, who is also a writer, Patrick Hodges. His editing has helped me improve my writing over the years tremendously.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️