Thank you for stopping by as I take part in the blog tour for Divine Invention today. I’m delighted to be sharing a Q&A with the author Linden Forster but first of all let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
Most stories begin with either an unforeseen turn of events or a problem.
Krank has a problem. For centuries, the people of the island have lived on the animals and plants to be found there. It was bliss and so the population grew. It was not until very recently anyone noticed that the quantity of plants and animals had not. The delicate balance of the ecosystem has tipped and food is dwindling.
The King assigned the island’s two resident self-proclaimed geniuses, the Creators, to find a solution. The fruits of their labour ripen into the invention of the world’s first aquatic transportation device and promises to provide passage from the island to search further afield for food and resources.
So, there it is. Problem solved. End of story. Barring any unforeseen turn of events…
Thank you for taking part in the Q&A, so let’s get started…
Which three words best describe your personality?
Relaxed, quirky and pragmatic
Which three vacation spots are your favourite?
The West coast of Scotland – I love its rugged nature. The wild senses it evokes and the inspiration it gives. There is nothing like walking and getting inspired by the land during the day and writing by a warm fire in the evenings.
Galapagos – One of my most recent holidays, and one I don’t know if I will ever get a chance to repeat. The wildlife was incredible, and I got a chance to see many species which I have loved since first watching David Attenborough. Including marine iguanas (I did not see one chased by a swarm of racer snakes like in Blue Planet II so that was possibly a blessing) giant tortoise and sharks.
North America – It’s a big place I’ll give you, and perhaps I’m being a little cheeky counting it as just one vacation spot, but I’ve had many different holidays their and enjoyed them all. I have family in Canada and spent a lot of holidays in my childhood paddling down rivers and across lakes in canoes (now that I think about it, this could be why the invention of the worlds first boat is so important in Divine Invention…). My brother now lives in Seattle and I have been lucky enough to visit him a few times now. I’ve done a road trip with friends down the west coast of the US, from Seattle to San Francisco and back. As well as visiting New York a couple of times.
Which three things do you enjoy doing when you aren’t writing?
Reading – probably a fairly obvious one. My favourite genre is not surprisingly fantasy, but I do read a lot outside that genre as well. A little sci-fi, some non-fiction, graphic novels, historical fiction, and realism too. I think it is important for writers to read as broadly as they can to further enrich their own writing.
Playing Games – it might sound geeky, and I suppose it is, but one of my favourite ways to spend a Friday night is head to my local pub with a group of friends and a stack of board games, cards and dominoes.
Being Outdoors – I love a walk up a hill or through a park, a trip to the beach, or having a kick about with some friends. A trip outdoors is good for the body and mind, Whether it’s in a foreign land or your back garden.
Which three books would you want if you were stuck on a desert island?
Probably three books I haven’t read yet.
Which three books were your favourite as a child?
Fantastic Mr Fox was the first, then it was The Hobbit, I read His Dark Materials and Harry Potter and really enjoyed them both too, but neither reached the highest of There and Back Again in my young years.
Which three characters from any book would you have around for dinner?
Arch Chancellor Ridcully from Discworld because he seems like the sort of fellow who would provide ample entertainment at a dinner party. Send fireballs across the room, and that sort of thing. Shadow from American Gods, because he seems like he could use a nice home cooked meal and someone, who isn’t fighting to get him on their side, to give him a hug and tell him it’s all going to be ok. And Mr Toad, because he also seems like he would be good fun at a dinner party.
Which three things most inspired this book?
Terry Pratchett’s Discworld was the first thing I read that made me really click that there was an author on the other side of this book and from what I could work out, it looked like he was having as much fun writing it as I was having reading it. If not more! And I thought, “I want a piece of that” and I started to write.
A good English teacher, by the name of Mr Tully. I had never exceled at English and even Mr Tully couldn’t change that for me, but he did finally find a way to make English fun for me. He taught me around the same time I started reading Terry Pratchett and the two came together to make me realise language was fun. Words were things to be played with.
Just a general principle that was engrained into me from a young age not to look at things as people tell you they are and try to approach them from new angles. My childhood nanny was at the forefront of this and she has much to answer for.
Which three emotions do you think your readers will experience while reading your book?
Joy, surprise and Anticipation
Last question I promise 😉
Which three words would you use to describe your book?
Lighthearted fantasy fun
Thank you again!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Linden Forster began writing at the age of seventeen. Divine Invention is his debut novel and it took seven years from the idea conjuring at the back of an English class to reaching the page.
Since then, writing has become his dream and passion. His sequel is finished and awaiting publication, while he types the third in a darkened room.
He is a lover of nature and enjoys walks in the country and often ventures out armed with a notepad and pen.
Social Media Links
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lindenforster/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/LindenForster
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lindenforster/?hl=en
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