Rye's art is high sought after, and I'm stoked she entered the art competition.
The dragons are some of my favourite characters in the Hunters of Reloria trilogy.
There is only about a week left to enter, so sharpen those pencils, folks. Draw a character depicted here to enter:
Here's a great picture which was sent in by Emily M. from grade 5 this week. It's full of colour and action.
I really like the European style of the castle and the way the mini turrets jut out from the towers. The best part is the large dragon peeking from around the side of the castle; looking reading to devour any would-be intruders.
Well done to Emily on the great painting.
There are still about 3 weeks to enter, so check out the entry conditions at: http://huntersofreloria.weebly.com/art-competition-2016.html
I'm looking for specific pictures to go in my books, so please read the descriptions there. I'm after elves, a dwarf, a baby witch and dragon (of course). Happy drawing, cheers, Kasper
There’s not really much about me to say. I’m just simply a person who enjoys writing above most other things. At least aside from gaming. I live for writing and telling stories even if I end up repeating myself.
Book title: Within Shadows and soon to be Tales of Ethias
Genre: High Fantasy with a bit of everything mixed in
Synopsis: Within Shadows is a small time story that takes place in the Kingdom of Edithien, following the Head General, Elvera after a failed mission. It focuses primarily on her fixing the problems that had risen from her absence. While Tales of Ethias is merely a collection of short stories that occurred throughout the world. While they have no specific meaning, they’re just all in good fun. They do help set up other stories though and may be connected to much larger ones.
Publish date: January 11th, 2016
Publisher: Amazon/Amazon Kindle
Publish date: June 21st, 2016
Publisher: Amazon/Amazon Kindle
Hi Aduro and welcome to my blog. Let's have some fun getting to know you.
It looks like you're having a busy year. What made you choose this genre?
Fantasy/High Fantasy is the most versatile of the genres to me. I’ve taken a page out of the DC and Marvel universes and sort of put together an entire world like it. This allows me much more breathing room as long as I’m able to stay to the lore of Ethias. (Which is the name of the world)
What’s the story behind your book titles?
The story behind Within Shadows is a simple one. I was looking for an interesting title to go with and this is what I came up with. While Tales of Ethias is something I’ve been mulling over for a while and I figured “Why not use this”? So I went with it. Yes, I’m a relatively uninteresting person.
What’s the basic plot of your book?
The basic plot varies from book to book and story to story. Though…I am working on another, third story right now. Though it was put on hold for “Tales of Ethias” as I’ve been struggling with figuring out exactly what to write with it. So, it’s kind of on the low down of it.
Regarding Within Shadows I don’t really want to reveal a whole lot though, but I will say it does involve a demon and the main character kicking some major backside.
Tales of Ethias has a number of stories. I kept them fairly short and mostly single-event based.
The Third story…is one of innocence lost to the horrors of the world. It’s about leaving behind what one once knew and traveling the world. Only to get wrapped up in events that don’t really concern you. Even if you can make a dramatic difference.
They sound really interesting. The demon and ass-kicking character sound like a lot of action.
Which is your favourite character and why?
I have various favorites, but two of my personal favorites do appear in Tales of Ethias and their names are Cynthia and Resia. (Both female characters)
How do you develop your characters?
I’m weird in the way I let them develop on their own. Ideas pop into my head and I start focusing on the particular characters until they’re developed. Even if they have relatively simple lives.
That's a cool way to go.
Have you used any real people in your characters?
Sometimes. Like most writers I do draw from personal experience.
Which one of your characters would you like to be?
Unfortunately I do not have a picture. But technically I already am a character in my list. He won’t be appearing very frequently though as I don’t like doing too many ‘self-inserts’ if you will. Though that’s just a part of the world really.
What music do you listen to when writing?
Power Metal mostly. Though I do enjoy some good instrumental music. I’m a huge fan of Dragonforce though. Need those powerful guitar riffs.
What’s your writing routine?
My writing routine consists of me complaining a bit, thinking intensely and going for walks. Sometimes even meditating on my ideas while I listen to music. It varies on personal feelings. But when I really get into the groove of actually writing, I don’t stop until it’s complete. Literally, when I find that right idea for how to begin it, I just keep going until it’s complete. Or until I’m exhausted.
What do you do when you have writers’ block?
I play video games usually and ignore my problems. Or I just go for a walk. Sometimes I even talk to my best friend, who can usually smack some sense into me if the writer’s block is really bad.
Best friends sure are good for that.
How did you go about developing your cover artwork?
Well I have a good friend that just so happens to be an artist. She’s pretty talented and hasn’t failed me at all yet. She usually knows what I want even when I don’t. So I’ll pay her to make it for me.
Sounds like a great arrangement.
What do you write about in your blog?
I’ve tried many things with my blog, but I can’t quite figure out what I want to do with it. So honestly? I’m really stumped. I want to blog, but I don’t know what I want to blog about.
Who inspires you?
J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling primarily. But, my best friend too has been a great inspiration.
Who would you like to be stuck on a deserted planet with?
That’s easy, My best friend. Because we will survive. We’re basically a better Dynamic Duo than Batman and Robin. They can eat their hearts out.
What’s your dream job and do you think you’ll do it one day?
My dream job? Writing is my dream job. Being an author is my dream job. I’m already doing it. Though I do wish I could do better in it overall, but that takes time.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
GAMING! Mostly. And causing trouble for friends and family too. Sorta. Though I don’t always enjoy it as family…well, they cause me great stress. Particularly lately as I’m answering this question. I need a vacation…
What’s your favourite pet?
I like Cats over dogs.
You can be any fictional character for one day. Who would you be?
The Flash. If I could be some form of The Flash for even a single day, I’d love it. Because…The Flash is the best DC hero and his powers are awesome.
Favourite food: Pie and spaghetti
Silliest saying: Have none.
Best holiday spot: Someplace tropical or isolated in the mountains.
Favourite song at the moment: Seasons By Dragonforce
Star Wars or Lord of the Rings: Lord of the Rings all the way.
Best superpower: Speed or The Speedforce
Number one thing to do on your bucket list: Make a difference in the world.
Thanks for the chat Aduro. I wish you all the best with your writing and your new release next month.
Folks: please check out Within Shadows and Aduro's links below.
The 7 winners of the $50 prize and publishing the picture in the Fandri's Adventures novel are:
Michele Rene Goodhew for 'Tsunami'
Ruby, grade 5 for 'Fairy'
Hecate Jerrett for 'Queen Liara-Star'
Tania age 11, for 'Dragon'
Susannah age 14, for 'Fandri Wrestling with a White Bear in the Snow'
Hecate Jerrett, for 'Fandri-La'
Madison, age 12, for 'Queen Liara-Star'
An additional prize of $100 plus the book cover picture was awarded to
Brighid Walton for 'Fandri and the White Bear'
Congratulations to our winners, and a huge thank-you to all who entered the competition. We appreciate all your hard work, from Kasper and the two art teacher judges.
You can view all the competition entries here and on Youtube https://youtu.be/5ePsDuDHQjo
The art competition is to uncover new chapter art for Kasper's next novel, which is a prequel to the Hunters of Reloria trilogy. There is $500 up for grabs in prizes and the competition closes today, so hurry to enter.
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The art competition is to uncover new chapter art for Kasper's next novel, which is a prequel to the Hunters of Reloria trilogy. There is $500 up for grabs in prizes and the competition is closes this coming Monday, so hurry to enter.
Click here for more details:
The art competition is to uncover new chapter art for Kasper's next novel, which is a prequel to the Hunters of Reloria trilogy. There is $500 up for grabs in prizes and the competition is open until the end of November.
Click here for more details:
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