Also you get the chance to win a 25$ Amazon gift card by using the Rafflecopter widget thingie found at the bottom of the post. Apparently (if I understand it correctly) you get entry points if you "like" D.W. Hawkins & this blog post (as well as the other blog stops) on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter. You also get 2 points for tweeting the blog posts on the tour, which you can do once per day. And the points leader at the end of the tour is the winner.
The winner of the Amazon gift card will be announced on April 12th at D.W. Hawkins' blog and website, so if you enter be certain to check those sites on that date to see if you are a winner.
Okay, now that explanation are done, on with the interview:
Interview with D. W. Hawkins
3. What drew you to write in the fantasy genre?
4. Is there any part of today’s fantasy fiction that you think has been overused or turned into a cliché?
5. Did anything surprise you about the process of writing your book?
Almost everything! When I sat down and typed the very first sentence of my novel, I had no idea what I was getting into. It has been a labor of love ever since and there is a new surprise around almost every corner in the publishing world, and I’m still learning. On the whole, I think the thing that surprised me the most, though, was how easy it is to self-publish these days, and how many writers are doing it. Until I did it myself, I had no idea. I’ve met and talked to some wonderful people since, and I hope to keep right on meeting them.
6. What do find the most challenging aspect of being a writer?
7. What sort of research did you do for your book series?
I researched many different things, from the movement of the earth and why we have solstices and equinoxes to ancient ships and how fast they actually sailed. I read about horses, and I read about swords. I even read a bit about quantum physics and the universe itself. There were many times that I came to a point in the book where I needed a better understanding of a subject before I could portray what I was trying to write as accurately as possible, and so I stopped and went into research mode.
8. Who has inspired you as an author?
There are many authors that I love and who have inspired me. I think the largest inspirations have been Jim Butcher, Joe Abercrombie, Patrick Rothfuss, and Robert Jordan. I could go on forever, but I’ll stop there.
9. What’s next for you?
Where you can find D.W. Hawkins:
Smashwords Author Profile: www.smashwords.com/profile/view/DWHawkins
Amazon Author Profile: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B006CAZGWE
In one short night, Dormael Harlun’s life was changed forever.
Tired and half drunk, Dormael stumbled upon Shawna Llewan, a beautiful young woman, wounded and near death. What he didn’t realize was that his decision to come to her aid would be only the beginning of his unwitting role in a labyrinthine and perilous game.
Suddenly, Dormael and Shawna find themselves surrounded by enemies bent on their destruction. All avenues to safety are closing rapidly, and their only hope is to find the key to a dangerous secret lost to antiquity. With every ally a potential foe, they can rely only on Dormael’s brother Allen and his cousin D’Jenn to escape the will of a tyrant, the designs of a traitor, and the attention of powers beyond their imagining. Dormael has never been much for games, but destiny has rolled the dice for him and irrevocably placed him in the middle of a deadly game he must desperately play for keeps. Should he lose, he will forfeit not only his own life, but the lives of the ones he loves.
The Sentient Fire is available at the following places:
Tour Stops on D.W. Hawkins' Blog Tour:
March 12th - Interview with Greg @ The World Writ Small: http://worldwritsmall.wordpress.com
March 14th - Guest Post: "Writing Believable Characters" @ The World Writ Small: http://worldwritsmall.wordpress.com
March 16th - Greg Pellechi's review of The Sentient Fire @ The World Writ Small: http://worldwritsmall.wordpress.com
March 24th - Interview with A.F. Stewart @ A.F. Stewart's Blog: http://afstewartblog.blogspot.com
March 30th - Claire Frith's review of The Sentient Fire at "Claire Reads": http://clairelouisereads.
April 1st - Guest Post: "Action Scene Writing" @ Indie Book Blog: http://indiebookblogger.blogspot.com
April 6th - Interview with Heather Powers @ Earth's Book Nook: http://earthsbooknook.blogspot.com
April 9th - Guest Post: "My Favorite Fantasy Books" @ Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile: http://hopelessbibliophile.com
April 11th - Edi's Review of The Sentient Fire @ Edi's Book Lighthouse: http://edisbooklighthouse.blogspot.com
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