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Thursday, July 5, 2012



This post is part of a Virtual Book Tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Michael will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

I think Azazel was one of the characters in my novel Heirs of Prophecy who was a great learning experience for me. His role as the "bad guy" in Trimoria, or at least the biggest of the bad buys gave me a lot of opportunities to express some depth into his character.

As a villain, most villains are not motivated to be bad "just because". Rarely do characters do things without thinking they are doing the right thing in their own eyes. Ultimately when Azazel was completed, and the threads of the story unwind, you would learn that Azazel's motivations were not quite what you thought they were in the beginning. In the end, Azazel ends up being a flawed characters that allowed me as an author to let the story unfold around him and will ultimately illustrate how those mixed motivations lead to a continuing story.

Things are never what they initially seem - and as I wrote the villain, I learned just how much he served as the skeleton framework for the first book and how strongly the motivations the villain followed were absolutely necessary for a believable story to progress from beginning to end and reach into the next book in the series.

About the Author:I am an Army brat and the first person in my family to be born in the United States. This heavily influenced my youth by instilling a love of reading and a burning curiosity about the world and all of the things within it. As an adult, my love of travel allowed me to explore many unimaginable locations. I participated in many adventures and documented them in what will be a series of books, the first of which you have just read.

Some might put these books in the Fantasy genre, and I never had issues with this label. After all, the adventures were, without any doubt in my mind, fantastic. I simply quibble with the label of “Fiction” that some might put on these tales. These tales should be viewed as historical records, more along the lines of a documentary. I’ve learned one thing over the years. Magic is real. Keep exploring, and you too will find your magic.

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The Riverton family had been enjoying a simple summer vacation when, through a fluke of nature, they found themselves in a strange new land.

The Riverton brothers quickly realize that in this world, they have gained unusual powers. Powers that their parents fear will attract the attention of Azazel himself – the merciless wizard who brutally controls this world.

The two brothers soon learn that an ancient prophecy has finally been initiated by their arrival in Trimoria. As the heirs of this prophecy, they are destined to lead the armies of men, dwarves, elves, and even a misfit ogre against the prophesied demon horde.

Only one thing stands in their way.

The evil wizard who has learned of their presence, and has sent assassins to wipe them from existence.


  1. There is always a reason for a villain to be a villain, even if that reasoning is flawed by 'normal' standards. Some of the most memorable characters I have read are the villains of the piece.


  2. I'm learning something new at every stop on the tour.

  3. You need a good villain to drive a story! Great interview...


  4. I think it can be tough to write villains--to get into the psychology. Someone with a real talent for writing villains will create one that's just a bit charming, a bit human, a bit sympathetic.
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  5. I don't know about the bad guys not always being bad just because. In a good book, that shouldn't be the case but I've read also quite a few where the good guys were good, had a lot of power and the villain was not redeemable and did not realy have a good reason for being evil.


  6. I agree that a good villain is an important part of a story, but if he is super evil, it becomes unrealistic(even for a fantasy). That's why I think it might be pretty hard to write a villain.

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