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Please welcome R. L. KING author of The Alastair Stone Chronicles series
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The Alastair Stone Chronicles series
by R. L. King
I honestly can’t remember—it happened at a very young age. I learned to read young, and from then on, I devoured books whenever I could get my hands on them. At some point early on, I figured out that I not only could read stories, but I could make up my own. From that point on, I was hooked.
Usually they just hit me when I’m not expecting it. I get ideas from TV shows, movies, books, news stories (especially those “weird news” type things that show up on Facebook), friends’ conversations, strangers’ conversations, commercials…pretty much from everywhere. If something intrigues me I’ve learned to write it down, even though I might not see a use for it immediately. I never know what’s going to fit together down the road to make a plot.
I’ve currently got two books published in my Stone Chronicles series, with three more finished and in various stages of editing. After that, I’ve got another one finished in first-draft form, I just started still another, and I’ve got ideas for a minimum of five or six more. So the series should be going along for quite some time. I’m also hoping to get approval to write another novel in the Shadowrun roleplaying game series (my first Shadowrun novel was published this year).
This is going to sound a little odd, but I’d love to be Alastair Stone. I can’t really get into writing a main character unless there’s at least a little bit of me in them, regardless of gender. Though Stone and I share some traits (we’re both sarcastic, we both ‘don’t suffer fools gladly,’ and we both have quirky senses of humor, for instance), he’s so much more confident in the world than I am. Plus it would be fantastic to have magical powers!
Stone would be David Tennant. The first time I saw Tennant, in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” I poked my spouse and said, “Hey! He could play Stone!” Then I went on to become a massive Whovian a couple of years later, and Tennant’s Tenth Doctor shares some traits with Stone—I think it would be a great match. Another possibility is Tom Hiddleston. As for the others, Chris Hemsworth would be a good Jason (so you might imagine I enjoyed watching Hiddleston and Hemsworth play off each other in the Marvel movies!) For Verity—not sure. Although the animated character “Mavis” (Dracula’s daughter) from “Hotel Transylvania” is close to how I picture her! J
I do, on and off (mostly off lately, due to lack of time). Some of the comments I got from group members were really helpful for me (for example, I didn’t realize I had a bit of a shifting POV problem until one of them pointed it out). I would very much like to find a consistent critique group of maybe 4-5 dedicated members who are serious about writing. I know several people who are, but they’re spread out among about three different groups, and everybody’s so busy it’s hard to plan.
I do a partial outline. I like to know where the beginning, middle, and end are from a 30,000-foot perspective, and then I drill down and start working out some of the specifics. Not too many, though: I like to have a skeleton to work from, but retain the freedom to let the character do what they’re going to do within that framework. I usually try plotting out the first few chapters, and by the time I finish writing those, more ideas have suggested themselves to me, growing naturally out of what’s come before.
8. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?
Aside from writing, my main hobby is gaming—mostly pen-and-paper roleplaying games like Shadowrun, but I’ve also played some MMORPGs like World of Warcraft and The Secret World. I don’t have as much time to play as I used to, but I find that reading the RPG sourcebooks sometimes gives me ideas I can use in my own work.
I can answer that in two ways: My next published project is the next book in the Stone Chronicles series, called The Threshold. It continues the story begun in The Forgotten (though each book is a standalone novel) as Stone and his allies go deeper into the mystery they first discovered there. As for the next project I’ve started, I just began writing the sixth book (chronologically) in the series, working title Heart of Stone, but I’m only about 2,000 words into it at the moment. I’m looking forward to it, because it’s really going to put poor Dr. Stone through the emotional (and physical!) wringer.
Favorite actor: It’s kind of a tie between David Tennant and Robert Downey Jr. Favorite actress: I don’t have a favorite actress, per se, but I’ve been really impressed with how Emma Watson has been turning out as she gets older. I also like Jane Lynch, and Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara on Doctor Who.
I’m not a big reality-show person, but I used to like watching Kitchen Nightmares. I think it’s my thing for sarcastic Brits again. J
I love it, because it means that I can continue to explore the characters I love, with enough time to really give them the story arcs they deserve. Once I get attached to a character, I tend not to want to let him or her go. That’s why I like to read series as well as writing them. The only thing that can be frustrating about series writing sometimes, though, is keeping everything consistent. That gets harder the more books I write, and it’s especially hard when I realize that I’ve figured out a better way for something to work, but the books that are already published say it works this way, so I either have to find a way to explain the new idea or figure out how to evolve the old idea into the new one. I’m lucky in this respect because I had five books finished before I published the first one, so I had the freedom to go back and tweak (and tweak I did, especially with the magic system).
I really appreciate your letting me come and hang out on your blog! Also, I love comments and feedback, so if any readers have any, you can find me on Twitter at @Dragonwriter11, and online at facebook/AlastairStoneChronicles, rlkingwriting.com, or magespacepress.com. Thanks again!
Dr. Alastair Stone, Occult Studies professor, powerful mage, and snarky British expat now based in Palo Alto, California, does his best to keep his academic and social lives separate from his increasingly frequent brushes with various malevolent forces from the supernatural side of the street. A little horror, a little humor, but mostly straight-up urban fantasy.
Stone and a Hard Place
Dr. Alastair Stone, Occult Studies professor and powerful mage, has his hands full trying to keep the two sides of his life separate as he trains a new apprentice, deals with a malevolent entity trapped in the basement of a wealthy old woman’s massive home, and battles dark mages intent on enslaving it for their own ends.
Debut novel of the Alastair Stone Chronicles.
Dr. Alastair Stone is back, this time teaming up with Jason Thayer, a young man hunting for his missing sister. Embroiled in a web of odd homeless people, a growing conspiracy, and deadly danger, they soon realize that even if they find Jason’s sister, they might not be able to help her.
What do you do when you discover an extradimensional plot that threatens the safety of the entire world, but you can’t tell anyone about it because literally anyone on Earth could be part of it?
Book Two of the Alastair Stone Chronicles.
STONE AND A HARD PLACE
The voice was trembling, female, and sounded terrified. It took him a moment to identify it. He stared as Megan stirred again, draping her arm back over him. “Mrs.—Bonham?”
Whoever was on the other end sounded like they were on the verge of hysteria. “Dr. Stone, is that you?”
“It’s me, Mrs. Bonham. What’s wrong? Is something wrong?” He sat up a little, propping himself up on his pillows. Megan’s arm slid down over his stomach, but he didn’t even notice that she was there.
“Something’s here,” she quavered. “Something’s…happening.”
He was fully awake now. Carefully, he moved Megan’s arm and sat on the edge of the bed. “Calm down, Mrs. Bonham, please. I’ll help you if I can, but you have to tell me what’s happening.”
“I don’t know,” she sobbed. “It’s like the whole house hates me. Noises—cold winds—things slamming—”
“Is Iona there? Can you put her on for a moment?”
There was a shuffling sound and then a different voice spoke, sounding almost as frightened as Adelaide Bonham had. “Dr. Stone? This is Iona.”
He took a deep breath. “Iona. What’s going on? Is Mrs. Bonham—”
“She’s not imagining things, Dr. Stone,” the woman said. In addition to sounding frightened, she sounded like she couldn’t believe what was going on. “I can hear them too. The noises. The feelings. It’s horrible, Dr. Stone. Something’s going on.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Writer Website: http://www.rlkingwriting.com
Publisher Website: http://www.magespacepress.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/R.-L.-King/e/B0084QBKYC/
Buy link for Stone and a Hard Place (Book 1): amzn.to/1CFdTDi
Buy link for The Forgotten (Book 2): http://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Alastair-Stone-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B0084O96RW/
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