Author Guest Post With Paul DeThroe + Giveaway!

Paul DeThroe has kindly agreed to guest post here about his work, and share his inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of his debut release, Rise of the Raven Knights.

 

 About The Author:
Paul-DeThroe
Paul DeThroe was born in Kentucky and currently resides in Ohio with his children. He graduated with honors from Indiana State University, College of Business in 2011 and also has an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Arts from Cincinnati State Technical & Community College.

DeThroe’s writing influences include Bernard Cornwell, Ernest Hemingway, and J.R.R. Tolkien. You may find some of DeThroe’s short stories in Death Head Grin E-zine; Indiana Horror Anthology, 2011; Indiana Science Fiction Anthology, 2011; Indiana Crime Anthology, 2011; Shwibly e-zine; Static Movement’s HELL anthology 2012; and The Arts & Entertainment Magazine/Eerie Digest.

His novel series, The Devil’s Prophet and Suffer the Witch Chronicles are both available at his website, http://pauldethroe.com

When not writing, Paul enjoys animals, the outdoors, playing guitar, listening to heavy metal music, reading, and sports.


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Paul DeThroe on the Web:
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Guest Post:
I’m often asked why I started writing, or more specifically, what inspires me to write.  That is a really good question; one that I have thought long and hard about, but have never put down on paper, until now.When I was offered the opportunity to write a guest blog for Lucy’s Moonlight Gleam’s Booshelf, which by the way, I would like to offer a huge thank you to Lucy for being kind enough to let me do this, I knew there would be no easy answer. Sure, I could come at Lucy’s readers with some typical answer like, ‘I do it for the love!’, but I want to take it a little deeper than that.

I know this much, I didn’t start writing to get rich. Don’t get me wrong, I would not be angry if my royalty checks started coming in with seven or eight figures! But I understood the odds going in: Not good. I also didn’t start writing to become an overnight success story. I want to be doing this for a very long time. In my mind, I achieved success when I finished my first book, and I felt the same when I finished every book after that.

Writing a novel is a monumental undertaking. And it’s really just the beginning. After the initial writing there is editing, and more editing and more editing before you send it to an editor, then more editing. And that’s the fun part! Writing and editing is the most enjoyable things I do in this business; after that comes the parts that are much akin to pulling teeth: sending it out for submissions with a query letter and synopsis that are re-written to death. Facing up to the funeral procession like trail of rejection letters one knew was coming.

Then one day, after months or years of having to convince yourself you are good enough to keep sailing against the wind and finish what you set out to do: write the best book you could possibly write; you might get accepted by a publisher. Let me tell you the truth, that is not why I write. Being published seemed great at first, but I realize this is where the true ‘work’ starts, because once published, you must find a way to throw your name out there in the ring, market, publicize, tour, and promote your book. And publishers don’t do a whole lot to help you in that area, or any area really. Selling a book is just about as DIY as writing it, just not as fun.

The reason I write is because I love to read. I always have been a reader, even as a little kid. I remember reading King Arthur, Robin Hood, The Iliad and Odyssey, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn when I was in the fifth grade. That was the first opportunity I had as a student to choose what I read and then write reports about it. I was in heaven! As I grew up, I graduated into reading works by Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, JRR Tolkien, Jules Verne and Isaac Asimov. Now I am a bonafide Bernard Cornwell fanatic. I love dark fiction, fantasy, horror, and science fiction and I am very passionate about writing great stories and books in those genres.

When I was in my late thirties, I went back to college to finish my degree. My first English professor gave me a short story writing assignment. I had done some dabbling in creative writing before, namely scores of heavy metal song lyrics and love letters to old girlfriends, (yes, born romantic, that’s me!), but I had never sat down and wrote an actual fictional story before. I got an A on the paper, and the piece was eventually published by a horror e-zine, but more importantly than that, I was bitten by the writing bug, or I should say, hooked for life.

The one advice I got when I started asking around to ‘real’ authors was to write what I know. My first novel series, an apocalyptic horror called, The Devil’s Prophet, was a result of this thinking. I had grown up in a repressive, holy-roller conservative church that was about as fire and brimstone as you could possibly imagine. Armageddon fascinated me. Then when I was older I saw a UFO, and that event changed my thinking completely. That is why I have angels and demons in The Devil’s Prophet as aliens, with the souls of humankind as the prize in their war.

With Suffer the Witch Chronicles, I decided to take a decidedly drastic turn to dark urban fantasy.  I’d had a dream one night about an old witch who crashed a car in front of my house. I attempted to save the witch but was unable to. Her injuries were too severe. With her dying wish, she bestowed upon me all her supernatural powers. I was like superman, riding the world of evil and protecting my loved ones from danger. When I awoke that night, about 3 a.m., I ran straight to the computer and wrote the idea down.

I didn’t start writing it for over a year, but when I did, the words flowed from me like magick. Just like when I read, the story played out like I was watching a movie. Rise of the Raven Knights was such a breath of fresh air to me that I am proud to finally be able to share it with my family, friends and dark fiction/urban fantasy fans. Parts two and three are already written and are in the editing process, so hopefully I can get them out in a timely fashion so the reading public gets as hooked on the story as I am.

The characters in Rise of the Raven Knights, Suffer the Witch Chronicles I, Gazzy and Lori Windstorm and Sir Giovalde, are very human as imperfect heroes, while the bad guys, Whitney McCracken, Troy Windstorm and Lilith, the Queen of Hell, are as manipulative and evil as I could stir up. The friction between  these two opposing forces propel the story into a fast moving but deeply intriguing story line about a war between good and bad witches, gargoyles, dragons and demons. I hope you give the book a chance and once it charms you, I hope you all spread the word to your friends about the little gem you’ve found!

Next up for me is to start writing on something totally new, which is way cool. I have several ideas cooked up and a big decision lies ahead for me about which way to go next with my writings. One thing is for certain, though, it will be as dark as I can possibly make it!

About The Book:


DeThroe - Rise of the Raven Knights 750 x 1200 cover - CopyTitle: Rise of the Raven Knights
Author: Paul DeThroe
Publication Date: June 3rd 2013
Publisher:
Phantasm Books

There’s a strange old mystic woman in the neighborhood, and when Gazzy Windstorm tries to save the dying witch, she endows him with the powerful ability to shape-shift into a dragon. Now he must lead an army of undead knights into battle against black witchcraft and evil witches. Rise of the Raven Knights takes an average, contemporary man into the realm of the supernatural, surrounded by demons, shape-shifters, ghosts, danger from evil forces and a few ill-timed magical disasters. In the end Gazzy must face another extraordinary transformation of his own, and a vow to fight evil until his death.

 

Find Rise of the Raven Knights Online:
 GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED):
WINNER: SANDI

 

The author has graciously offered one e-book copy of the novel to giveaway on the blog!

***Open To Everyone!***
Giveaway policies:
  • To Enter: Please leave a comment indicating why you want to read this novel and leave your e-mail address.
  • This giveaway ends on July 20, 2013
  • This giveaway is open to those 13 years of age or older. 
  • All giveaway winners will be announced on the blog.
  • I can disqualify any entry as I see fit. 
  • I will use Random.org to select the winners.
  • Once the winners have been notified, they will have 24 hours to confirm their interest otherwise new winners will be selected.

Happy reading until next time!

lucy