As you know, July’s feature is The Watcher series by Joshua Pantalleresco. This means, you can pick up The Watcher, or its sequel, Stormdancer for only $0.99 all month long! Use code: DRAGON in our store! This is a real bargain, considering both books are a unique blend of science-fiction, poetry and graphic art that you won’t find anywhere else! Also, keep in mind that this is a trilogy, so we should expect book three, tentatively titled, Wandering God, in the near future.
Without futher ado, here’s an interview I had with the author of this amazing series, Joshua Pantalleresco:
MW: Do you write about what you know or do you do “pure fancy”?
JP: It’s funny that my answer is both? Let me explain. Most of my worlds are pure fancy. I do a little research from time to time when I’m constructing worlds. The Watcher’s world was inspired by pure fancy.
That said, usually what the story is trying to say is something based on what I’ve learned. I found a few years ago that stories are better if they come from someplace real in you. Freedom means a lot to me. The Watcher’s story is reflective of some of my own questions.
MW: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
JP: Mostly a pantser with a dash of plotter. I tend to have an idea where the story ends and how the story begins. Beyond that I keep it vague. My characters know where they are going better than I am, and I try to steer clear of them. I find personally if you let the plot be too structured it ruins the story. It limits where you are allowed to go. That said, without it, the story tends to be aimless.
That said book 3 is probably the heaviest plotted book I’ve written. It’s much bigger than book 1 and 2 so I had a few stop points along the way. That said, there were a lot of surprises in book 3 even for me.
MW: Is there are genre or style of writing you’d like to try?
JP: Screenplays and plays. I’ve yet to try anything there. And maybe, just maybe write an amazing sestina.
MW: Are there other authors you try to take from and be inspired by?
JP: I’m a fan at heart so I would be less than honest if I didn’t say yes to this. The Watcher and Stormdancer definitely have some Edgar Rice Burroughs influences – especially the Watcher. I just love the idea of the savage character. There is an honesty and purity to them that I thought Burroughs captured very well.
Another author I feel like I borrow a bit from is Ray Bradbury. Bradbury was the kind of guy that would take you by the arm and show you the wonders around you. I like to think I do a little of that here; not as good as he did. That would be sheer blasphemy from my part. But I always loved the sense of wonder I had from Bradbury’s work.
MW: What advice would you give to a beginning writer?
JP: Figure out who you are, and keep writing. You solve the first and do the second, you will be ahead of the game.