Welcome to this weeks Friday Author Spotlight! This we I have Joseph P Macolino with his book, The Birth of Death.
When he is not pouring his heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears into writing good fantasy books, Joseph spends time studying the politics and economics of Earth, and also enjoys studying philosophy from nearly every school of thought; if it has anything to do with social philosophy, he wants to know about it. Through this learning, he admits that most philosophy books are relatively dry in their presentation, but hopes to convey these concepts in a way that people can enjoy and relate to. He looks to accomplish this by providing good epic fantasy books for years to come.
Ultimately, Joseph Macolino built Evorath to be his ultimate fantasy book getaway and wants his readers to enjoy the same luxury.
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Discover the world of Evorath, a magical land with a diverse population of creatures. As you pay a visit to Erathal forest, everything looks nice and peaceful on the surface. With his first fantasy epic, author Joseph Macolino demonstrates that what you see on the surface is not always what you get.
Meet Artimus, the head investigator for the elvish kingdom of Erathal who begins to notice the flaws in his apparently perfect society. As he develops feelings for Savannah, a beautiful elvish druid hiding an important secret, he struggles to separate his personal feelings from his responsibilities to the kingdom.
In a nearby center village, the young warrior Irontail struggles to distinguish himself in a tribe where independent thought is discouraged. When their paths cross, they both discover that their own people’s shortcomings may be the least of their concerns. Putting aside their own personal troubles, they must fight against the clock to ensure the very survival of their peoples. As they work towards this common goal, they find that they each have their own, unique gifts to offer. But, will they be strong enough to survive?
The first tale of many taking place in the world of Evorath, this series gives readers the thrill of a fantasy epic while introducing heroes that probably have more flaws than they do good. One thing is for sure: at the end of it all, nothing will be the same.
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Keep reading for an interview with the author:
Why did you decide to be a writer?
I kept telling other people to do what they love while I kept looking for another job to pay the bills. Eventually, I decided to stop being a coward and take my own advice. Now, I write professionally for a living while I work to build my name as an author.
What genres do you write?
Epic fantasy. Though I dabble in writing science fiction and other fantasy shorts, as well as poems, I really haven’t invested the time in those, so you won’t find them published out there.
What authors have most influenced you?
This is always a tough question. The two authors that have had the biggest impact are C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. I love the worlds these two built and I always strive to make sure my own world, Evorath, can serve as an inspiration like this to other readers.
What are your goals as an author? Where do you see yourself in five years?
Living off Evorath and writing 2 or more books per year. I actually have quite a few stories ready to go, but right now I struggle finding the time to get it all done. Getting some books to the #1 spot on the New York Times Best Seller’s list would be a good starting point I suppose.
Does your family support you in your writing, or are you on your own?
I am very grateful to have a family that fully supports me in my writing. My parents serve as my first two readers, and they don’t pull any punches. They aren’t afraid to point out if something is wrong with my story and also help make things easier for my editor as they correct some mistakes I miss. My siblings all read my work as well, though I am still trying to get any of them to actually go online and review the book.
What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Less is more.
What do you enjoy doing aside from writing?
I love the outdoors, so taking a walk around a state, local, or national park is a good option. I also am known for going on extended “primitive” camping trips. While at home, I spend some time playing video games, namely RPGs like Final Fantasy and Elder Scrolls. Mostly though, I spend a lot of time reading.
How many books do you have on your “to read” list? What are some of them?
More than I can count. I still haven’t read the Game of Thrones books yet and considering their impact on my genre I would be a fool not to. I also have some classics I would like to read that I never got around to as well as many non-fiction books about writing, publishing, philosophy, etc. Right now, I have some indie books I am working through.
What made you decide to self-publish?
I spoke with a couple of traditionally published authors as well as a few indie authors. I also spent countless hours reading articles and forums online about publishing. Though some might still suggest otherwise, the preponderance of evidence points to indie publishing as the future. I don’t need to be stuck in the past with low royalties, lack of creative control, and a bunch of hoops to jump through. I have a world that I want to get out there and readers, so far at least, seem to love it. So, why would I waste time or energy submitting to major publishers when I need to do a lot of the work myself anyways?
Are you a pantser or outliner?
I have an outline written for all of the books I have planned so far in the Evorath series. With that said, I sometimes deviate from the outline. Once in a while, I start writing a chapter and ask “where is this going?” and then all of a sudden I end up somewhere magical and unexpected. While I might edit it down to make sure it adheres to the story, I tend to leave these tangents in there. In fact, I created a character due to one of these “where am I going?” moments in the first book and that character received lots of positive feedback from readers.
Do you ever base your characters on people you know?
No, at least not consciously. If anything, these characters are all based on different aspects of me. Sometimes, like in the case of my major villain, they are influenced by major historical figures.
Do you have anything specific you’d like to say to your readers?
First and foremost: THANK YOU. Beyond that, please take the time after you read to subscribe to my website, leave a review, or even just send me an email. While I write for the love of writing, hearing positive feedback from readers makes my journey that much more enjoyable. I appreciate you all, and hope you continue to enjoy the world of Evorath.