Thursday, January 21, 2016

Indie Author Spotlight: F.A.R.

When sixteen-year-old Michael Walker wakes up one Saturday, he quickly learns that it isn’t going to be a normal weekend. He finds his mother sound asleep, but no matter how hard he tries, she won’t wake up. Not only that, his neighbor is suffering the same fate. Once he ventures outside, Michael finds out that his entire town is fast asleep. But he isn’t the only one stirring. As Michael finds himself entrenched in a war between two sides, he has to figure out who is truly a friend and who wants him out of the way.

I really liked The Sleeping Town. I really liked this book’s take on magic. I won’t get into it too much because it’s kind of special to the book and I don’t want to ruin anything. Suffice it to say, I thought it was pretty original. That really helped me get into this book. So many books just have a generic view on magic and the like, so when you come across something that’s a little different, it’s easy to get caught up in. There are a lot of things in the book that I really liked, but I don’t want to mention because they were just kind of special to the book itself and I don’t want to ruin anything.

Even though I didn’t say much, I did really enjoy this book and recommend it for anyone looking for something a little different.

You can buy The Sleeping Town here!

Now let’s meet the author!

F.A.R. prefers to keep his identity secret.
So here's a badass representation.
F.A.R. was born and raised in South America and later moved to the United States. His native language is Spanish, but to his eternal shame, he has gotten so used to English, it has become his default writing language.

F.A.R. is a big fan of fantasy and science fiction. When not writing or reading, he likes swimming and occasionally testing out his mediocre cooking skills. 

And yes, those are his real initials.

Let’s start off with a Twitter synopsis for the book (140 characters or less):

A town sleeps unknowing as wizards play their games. Dark things lurk beneath Redfield and only Michael Walker can do anything about them.

Where did the idea for The Sleeping Town come from?

I am not quite sure to be honest. I wanted to write a story with magic in it. Then the idea of a town where everyone was asleep came to my head. Things followed from that point on.

There’s a big focus on magic in this book. Why did you decide to handle magic a little differently than the typical author?

I didn't want Magic in my story to feel plain. There is a lot of fantasy stuff out there where Magic is just about saying the words and throwing the spell. It's in books. It's in movies. It's in video games. I don't exactly dislike it, but I wanted to try something a bit different so I decided to approach the Magic in terms of symbolism. 

Magic in The Sleeping Town is all about what things mean and above all what a Wizard can make them mean. I liked the idea of wizards being re-interpreters of reality.

What do you feel sets this book apart from other books in this genre?

Oh, that's a tough question. I don't want to sound full of myself while promoting my book, but at the same time I don't want to be so humble I end up saying, "You guys should totally look up all these other books which are better than mine!"

I'd say The Sleeping Town has a unique take on Magic and what it means to use it. It also takes some twists and turns that one wouldn't really expect from this type of story and keeps the reader on his toes all the way to the end.

Who was your favorite character to write?

Surprisingly, Daniels. There is something fun about writing someone grumpy. While writing, I was like, "Daniels hasn't complained about anything this chapter. Need to fix that." 

Otherwise, it's probably Erika.

Who is your favorite wizard of all time?

Yen Sid.

I know I should say something like Gandalf or one of the many versions of Merlin but hear me out. I was a kid when I watched The Sorcerer's Apprentice for the first time (The Fantasia Short, not the live action movie of the same name). We watched it on my grandfather's VHS (oh, how things change). 

Yen Sid was this old, powerful wizard and Mickey was, well, Mickey. He grabbed the magical hat and started using its powers. After a nice, little sequence with magical brooms, he lost control. Oh boy, does Mickey lose control. 

Then Yen Sid come and fixes Mickey's mess right away. It makes an impression on a guy. 

Magic is not a toy. Power is not a toy. I saw that lesson many times over the years but Yen Sid taught it to me for the first time.

What can we expect next from F.A.R.?

Well, I have another book out right now called Devils of Black and Gold in which crime thriller meets shapeshifting demons. 

I am also working on the sequel to The Sleeping Town which I am tentatively calling Full Moon Hunt. It takes place some months after the end of The Sleeping Town and features an intrepid reporter, the biggest werewolf convention ever, and Michael getting in over his head. I am trying to have the first draft done by the end of February and publish the book sometime around the middle of the year.

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