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The Singer and the Charlatan by D. C. Fergerson

Please welcome D. C. Fergerson author of The Singer and the Charlatan.

D.C. Fergerson will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

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The Singer and the Charlatan

by D.C. Fergerson

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GENRE: Fantasy

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

 

My brother in-law, author CJ Perry. There were some stories we played at kitchen-table Dungeons and Dragons I just felt had to be told, and that’s how I got started.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?
    What expertise did you bring to your writing?

 

Many, many years of roleplaying games. I’d like to think that taking on the persona of these characters, or witnessing someone else do it, makes them more ‘real’ before I ever put pen to paper.

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

 

My wife and sister were the main characters of The Singer and the Charlatan, Leanna Moonbody and Priestess Trixi, when we played this silly campaign.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

 

Book two of the Wicked Instruments, The Princess and the Holy Juggernaut, comes out late February/early March. While I’m working on book three, I’ll be publishing what I call an ‘anti-romance’ novel, Horses on the Wind, at some point Spring/Summer of this year.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

 

I’d be Jonathan Twilight from The Singer and the Charlatan. He’s charming, well-dressed, quick with a dagger, and he seems to have the eye of the most beautiful woman in the world…even if he can’t seal the deal.

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

 

If they don’t mind playing girls in their early 20’s, I think Jayma Mays would be a great Leanna Moonbody. She’s already got the red hair, beauty, and singing voice, so we’d just need to grow her hair out and make her look like a noble. Kate McKinnon would be awesome as Priestess Trixi. So that would just leave our lovesick Lord Venegrass, played by Ryan Phillippe.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

 

I do not have an official critique group, really. I have a small group of people that are both very talented at what they do, possess an eagle eye, and don’t mind being brutal with me. I prefer it to the diplomacy of a critique group.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

 

I wrote with CJ Perry for ten years, the goal being to publish this great and amazing epic fantasy series. The idea of scrapping it down and starting over was something I accepted we needed to do, but I thought it was better served without me at the helm. Comedy is where I belong. CJ Perry is the high fantasy guy. So, he wrote Dark Communion, and I wrote The Singer and the Charlatan. I couldn’t be happier to be making people laugh, and I knew it was a hit the second I typed ‘THE END’. Everyone I handed it to used words like ‘laugh out loud’ and ‘funniest book I’ve read in a while’, so I knew I had to get this out to the light of day as quickly as I could.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

 

The best advice I ever got was the old classic, ‘write what you know’. It’s cliché, but it’s never stopped being true. I’m at my best when I’m spinning tales of worlds that have years of history I know like the back of my hand. The worst advice I ever got was to go the old agent route and try to score a New York contract. While I’d love nothing more, I’m a shameless self-promoter at heart, and tomorrow may never come. I’m a published author now, holding my own paperback of The Singer and the Charlatan in my hands less than two years after I wrote it. I wouldn’t trade that feeling for anything.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

The Singer and the Charlatan was a bit of an oddball. I knew the story from years of playing it, and of all the campaigns I’ve run, this was the one I swore couldn’t be done. It was too chaotic, the characters all had these over-the-top personalities, and of all things, it was a comedy. Fantasy is supposed to be highbrow and intellectual. There’s never been a Hitchhiker’s Guide for fantasy, something that both nods, loves, and pokes fun at its genre. So I wrote the first few chapters as an exercise of ‘well, if it could be done, this is how I’d have to do it’. In one week I’d written the first 250 pages. the following 180 came over the course of the following months, when I realized I had something. Then I had the labor of splitting the book in two, the first of which is The Singer and the Charlatan. Usually, as is the case for book three and Horses on the Wind, I outline first.

 

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

 

Just one? That’s pretty tough. The Catcher in the Rye, I think I’d have to go with, but honorable mention to the Hitchhiker’s Guide series and Of Mice and Men.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

 

In The Princess and the Holy Juggernaut, Leanna and Trixi’s pilgrimage continues, all the way to the Magic City. Friends become enemies, enemies get Juggernauts, and pasts are revealed. Lots of people die. It’s great.

 

As for Horses on the Wind, this anti-romance novel tries to make you say, ‘What am I reading?’ at least once a page, with generous use of words like moist and engorged. It’s a love story about a young girl on her father’s farm for the summer before college, when she meets a farmhand horse-whisperer whose powers only work while shirtless. But his tastes are very…singular.

 

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

Well, all good comedy is black comedy, in my opinion, so The Singer and the Charlatan has a lot of it. In an early chapter, while holding an urn filled with the remains of an evil, undead spirit before them, the dwarf Cort comes up with a solution born from desperation. With the undead pulling himself back together, Cort decides they need to soak the remains in holy water, only they have no water. So, Cort relieves himself into the urn and advises Priestess Trixi to bless it and save them all. It’s water after all, am I right?
14. Anything else you might want to add?

The Singer and the Charlatan is now available in paperback and ebook, so please give it a read and make sure to review it! I need lots of those reviews. Also, look for The Princess and the Holy Juggernaut coming soon!

 

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BLURB:

 

Leanna Moonbody dreams of playing at the Saul Amphitheater. With just one adventure to fund her trip, she meets up with a priestess that dreams of a massive flock to take on a pilgrimage. Together, Leanna will set up the crowds, and Priestess Trixi will bring them to Our Lord.

 

With an elf, dwarf, rogue, pixie and a paladin on their side, they set out to realize both their dreams. They just have to maneuver past a lovesick noble, the clergy, a deranged halfling that can’t seem to die, and a plague.

 

What could possibly go wrong?

 

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EXCERPT:

 

“Ooh, this is exciting,” Leanna said with a smile, grabbing up Tear and Jonathan’s hands.

 

With the circle complete, Trixi looked to the ceiling.

 

“Lord. Oh, Lord, who is great and true. Take this offering of Form R226 and whatever leftovers we have here from dinner. Commune with me so that I may be a better Fawnspear, walking the path of truth. May it be really, really funny.”

 

With that, the scroll burned away before their eyes. Then, nothing. The silence became awkward.

 

“Did it not work?” Jonathan asked.

 

“Quiet,” Trixi demanded, turning her ear to the table.

 

The faint sound of terribly boring music filled the space all around the table. Any old ear would think it came from the building next door, but the trained ear of a Thistlite knew better. She listened to the song for a moment with her eyes closed.

 

Leanna joined in, leaning in to try and make out the tune. Suddenly, a loud voice spoke out, scaring her so bad she almost fell out of her chair.

 

“Our Lord is currently speaking with another faithful! You are very important to Our Lord! Your prayer shall be heard in the order it was received!”

 

Leanna broke the circle. “Oh, come on! Why did that have to be the loud part?”

 

“Leanna, you must be quiet,” Trixi whispered. “I’m sure he’ll be here soon.”

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Facebook: facebook.com/dcfergerson

Twitter: @DCFergerson

Blog: dcfergerson.wordpress.com

 

Get the book: getBook.at/SingerCharlatan

Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/unIrumr6hxQ

 

Author Bio:

 

An avid reader, fantasy gamer, humorist, husband, and father. I wear a lot of hats, some of them terribly silly, with feathers and such. I’ve channeled years Dungeons and Dragons campaigns and late-night stand-up comics into a series full of wit, charm, magic, and laughs.

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

D.C. Fergerson will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f2106

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11 comments on “The Singer and the Charlatan by D. C. Fergerson

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Lisa Brown
    January 23, 2017

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  3. Edgar Gerik
    January 23, 2017

    Great interview

  4. Cali W.
    January 23, 2017

    Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. 🙂

    • dcfergerson
      January 23, 2017

      Glad you liked it! It’s definitely worth the read!

  5. Victoria
    January 23, 2017

    Great excerpt,thanks for sharing!

    • dcfergerson
      January 23, 2017

      Glad you liked it! It’s definitely worth the read!

  6. Ally Swanson
    January 23, 2017

    Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  7. Ally Swanson
    January 27, 2017

    Wow!! Wonderful interview!!

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