The Na No Wri Mo novel writer destined to become a best- seller
What would you write as Summoner: The Novice’s cover blurb?
Fletcher is just an orphan training as a blacksmith’s apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher travels with his demon to the Vocans Academy, where the gifted few are taught the lost art of summoning.
How long did you work on it?
I wrote the first half in one month, taking part in a novel writing challenge known as National Novel Writing Month ( Na No Wri Mo), where the writer must complete 50,000 words in November. The second half of the book was written during the following few months, most of it while in the back of a bus as I backpacked in the Australian Outback.
How did you build the world of Summoner: The Novice?
I took inspiration from my own experiences as a teenager, history, mythology and my favourite elements from the fantasy books, films and videogames that I loved. It was a world that I had been hunting for on the shelves of dusty bookstores, but could never find. In the end, I had to create it myself !
Which SF/ fantasy authors would you like to be compared to in a dream review?
So many authors have inspired me to write: Darren Shan, Ursula le Guin, Phillip Pullman, Terry Pratchett, Eoin Colfer, JRR Tolkien… To be compared to any of them would be a dream come true.
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Summoner: The Novice is published on Thursday 7 May by Hodder Children’s Books.
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