Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! This week I’d like to welcome back V.M. Sang with her book The Never-Dying Man.
V.M. Sang started writing seriously rather late in life, having been a teacher of Science for most of her working life. She has, however written poetry since she was in her teens.
She lives in the UK, near the south coast with her husband. She enjoys such things as painting and a variety of crafts. She makes all her own cards and also likes cooking.
She has two grown up children and three grandchildren.
You can connect with her on her website!
About the Book
Having found Sauvern’s Sword in The previous book, The Wolf Pack, the unlikely group of friends set off to help to rescue the kidnapped child of a yeti who had helped them in their previous quest.
They find the young yeti and rescue her, but find themselves conscripted into the Erian army.
They are arrested and taken to the capital city where they discover the reason for Sauvern’s sword being required.
They find some disquieting information here.
They have to face some unpleasant truths about themselves and escape to return to Grosmer with their information.
Keep reading for a character interview with Carthinal:
Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?
I was born in Bluehaven on the Inner Sea. It is a lovely place to grow up. There is the sea to swim in, and the countryside around. We often used to go out for picnics and to play in the woods when I was little. However, it’s only a good place as long as you have money and family. For those without it’s as dreadful as anywhere else. Beggars abound, and in the poor areas there is sickness and hunger.
Who is your enemy? What makes you enemies?
Growing up, my enemy was authority. As an orphan I ended up on the streets, running with the street gangs. We had little discipline and hated all the authorities who tried to tame us.
Who do you most admire in your world? Why?
My master and adoptive father, Mabryl. He took me from the streets when he saw me trying to perform magic after I’d watched a street performer. I managed to get a fleeting flame and he recognised that I had a talent for magic. He approached me and I’m afraid I was rather unpleasant. When he suggested I go to his house to learn magic I suspected a trap and spat in his face. He told me that if I changed my mind I could go to his house at any time and he’d welcome me as an apprentice. I approached several times but lost my nerve but eventually I knocked on his door. True to his word, he took me in. He had his work cut out, but he taught me discipline and patience, which are both essential for mages.
Did you have a close relationship with your family?
I had a very close relationship with my family. I was an only child, and as my mother was an only child too, I was also an only grandchild. I was doted on by everyone, it seemed. That was until my father went to fight in the Elven Wars of Succession. He was an elf, you see, although my mother was human. He felt he must follow his conscience and fight for the rightful heir. Unfortunately he was killed only days before the war ended. My mother went into a depression and eventually killed herself leaving me to be brought up by her parents. They were good to me and loved me and I was happy enough, but I missed my parents. Eventually they died too, leaving me an orphan.
What are your goals? What would you like to achieve?
I would like to become the greatest mage ever to have lived. (laughs) Magic is my life. Seriously though, I would like to be the Chief Magister in Hambara. That’s where the mages’ Headquarters are. It’s the only mage tower left standing after the time of the Forbidding, when the practice of magic was proscribed on pain of death.
What is your greatest fear? How did/will you overcome it?
My greatest fear is of the Undead. I came across them only when we found the tomb of Sauvern. They were the guardians of the tomb. I only managed to overcome this fear with the help of my friends, especially Davrael who had recently overcome his fear of heights.
What is the strangest situation you’ve ever found yourself in?
Lying naked with my friends in a cave, being tended to by a pair of yeti.
Where is the best place to visit in your world? What places should visitors avoid?
I would say that, as far as cities is concerned, it is Asperilla, the Holy City. It’s there that all the temples of the gods have their headquarters and the king’s palace is there too. There is the best inn on Vimar there, called The Swan in Flight. There is no crime and it is very clean. It’s also worth a visit to the Oracle, although if you can understand what she says, you’re better than most people.
If you could meet someone from another novel, who would it be? Why?
Raistlin Magere from The Dragonlance Saga. He has ambition even greater than my own, but I think I could learn something from him and not go quite as far as he has done.
Have you ever been in love? How did that work out for you?
Yes. I love Asphodel. She’s a cleric of Sylissa and beautiful, kind and gentle. Unfortunately, due to my baser instincts, I managed to get another woman pregnant and married her to give our child a name, so Asphodel is forever out of my reach. She doesn’t know that I love her. I don’t think she would want me even if she knew.
What kind of clothing do you prefer to wear?
I usually wear mage robes to indicate my calling.
What do you own that would be hardest to part with? Why?
I actually had to part with it. It was a little miniature of my parents, painted just after they were married. It was the only thing I had to remember them by, but I had to part with it in order to pass through a mountain.
What was your greatest achievement?
Creating my beautiful daughter, Starralishinara.
Name some of your bad habits.
I have a rather quick temper. (Goes with the red hair, they tell me.) It goes away quickly too though.
Would you ever or have you ever lied? How do you feel about lying?
Yes. Frequently as a gang member. Even with Mabryl I would lie if I’d done something wrong, which I frequently did. Mabryl taught me that it was not good and I try to live up to his ideals. Now I never lie. (Well, hardly ever.) Do you count lying by omission though? If you do, then I lied to Asphodel by not telling her that I loved her, and to my wife, Yssa, by not telling her about Asphodel. But these things were omitted so as not to hurt them both. I like and respect Yssa too much to want to hurt her.