I’m sorry I haven’t been posting here as often lately. The end of summer is always crazy and hectic, but I’ll hopefully be able to bump up productivity soon.
In the meantime, here’s another author interview. Paul Saylor is the author of The Road To Gatlen series and Resurrected, the first book in the Advanced Knights Templars series.
Her mother dead, Addylyn Yago spent her entire life in the village of Yvryt bearing all the responsibilities of her family. Her brother Tymy has the Sickness, an incurable and debilitating disease, and must take daily medicine just to stay alive. Now her father has fallen victim to a fatal illness as well, one that no medicine can seem to stop. Addylyn is summoned by her dying father. He gives her an Artifact of the Ancestors and tells her to travel to the distant and fabled city of Gatlen. There, she will be provided with a means to cure Tymy. But it will be a long and perilous journey, filled with dangers unknown. At the same time, suitors promise her a safe and comfortable means for the rest of her life. With the town rulers mounting pressure to seize the Yago property, Addylyn is torn between keeping her brother alive and risking it all on…. The Road To Gatlen.
1. Tell us a little about you and what you’re working on.
My name is Paul Saylor, I’m more or less new at self-publishing, but I’ve been writing off and on for over twenty years. The project I am most active on right now is a serialized novel called The Road to Gatlen. I currently have the first two parts, “A Single Step” and “The Beaten Path” available on Amazon.com for the Kindle. The third piece, “Detour” is nearing its draft completion.
As of today, Detour is now available for purchase on Amazon.
You As A Reader
2. When did you first fall in love with books?
I first started getting into reading books at a regular pace around the fifth grade. I got into books meant for an older audience by authors like Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy and Stephen Coonts.
3. What’s your favorite book from your childhood?
Stephen Coonts’ The Flight Of The Intruder
4. Of the books you’ve read, which one changed you the most?
There is no one book that has really changed me. Reading in general has had the biggest impact, because slowly over time, it has inspired me to write stories of my own over the years.
5. What’s the last book you read and your current favorite?
The last book I finished is Anne McCaffrey’s All The Weyrs of Pern. I don’t have any one favorite, however there are several that routinely top my list: John Le Carre’s The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, Patrick O’Bryan’s Master And Commander, Frank Herbert’s Dune, and Robert Heinlein’s The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress.
6. If you could meet any author, alive or dead, who would it be?
Charlotte Wessels, who is also the singer for Delain, wrote a story called The Deviant Hearts. I have a very unique and equally very personal, yet coincidental, connection to that novella. Since then, I’ve been eager to spend an hour or two with her. Even more would be ideal.
You As A Writer
7. When did you first know you were a writer?
In high school, during my junior year, I had a project themed set of courses. For the English side, my project was to start a novel.
8. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? If so, what was it about?
Yes, I do. I started a story about US Navy combat pilots in a modern setting.
9. What has been the most difficult part of your writing journey? The best part?
I had written a completed novel and submitted it to several literary agents and publishing houses many years ago. All of whom either did not respond or returned form rejection letters. So that was a tough time, and I even stopped writing for awhile. Another tough time was when I started the “Advanced Knights Templars” series. I only completed the first episode. I did not like the start of the second one. Having to start over combined with the fact that the first one was doing terribly poor on Amazon made me quit writing a second time.
I have two best parts so far. One is whenever I get an upset reaction over things I’ve done to characters. It always makes me feel like I’ve succeeded when I evoke a strong reaction of a reader that they feel they must express that reaction to me. The other part that also gets me giddy is knowing that the first episode in The Road To Gatlen, “A Single Step”, has sold in at least five countries. So I get to say I’m an international author.
10. Of all the writing advice you’ve received, what helped you the most?
David Feintuch, author of the Nick Seafort Saga, once put on his website that he would help any writer starting out, since he received so much help as he started out. I wrote to him and sent him a sample of my writing. And he wrote back, advising that I should break up dialogue more instead of having long speeches. I think that has helped conversations flow better in my stories ever since. I was very sad to learn of David Feintuch’s death shortly after his assistance.
11. Tell us about your current project and any others you’re working on.
As stated before, The Road To Gatlen is a serialized novel. Currently, two parts are available for purchase on Amazon.com (or any other site for Amazon, like co.uk, .ca, .de, etc.) for Kindle. I am nearing draft completion of part 3, “Detour”. There are ten parts total planned for this series.
Again, since doing this interview, Detour has been completed and is now available for purchase as well.
Other projects would include another serialized novel tentatively titled 7 Days. It is inspired by a Nightwish song called “Seven Days To The Wolves”. The basic premise of my story is that seven people are trapped in a small, confined space for seven days as it slowly marches them towards an unknown fate. Poisoned drinks are available for anyone wishing to choose death over facing the unknown. And also, I have one that is a short novel (may be around 300 pages) of a steampunk style airship captain. More to come on this one as I develop it further.
I have also further considerations of projects that involved serialized stories where, at the end of each one, a main character is facing a critical choice. Readers would then vote on a poll to decide what the character does. This then drives the next episode and so on.
Fun Stuff About You
12. Besides writing and reading, what are some of your other interests?
Astronomy. I have a telescope with an 8” mirror (not much, I know). But I enjoy looking at the Moon and Jupiter a lot with it. Next, I hope to get a solar filter so I can view the Sun.
Also, over the last two years, I’ve started going to concerts. I’m almost 40, and my first concert ever was just two years ago when I saw Nightwish, a symphonic metal band. I am new to listening to that genre so I didn’t know what to expect. However, Delain also opened for them, and I fell in love with that band as well. Both are now among my favorites to listen to. And on some occasions, their music has been deep, heavy, and fast enough, that I’ve written action sequences set to the pace of a few songs, such as Delain’s “Hands of Gold” and Nightwish’s “Scaretale.” I’ve been to two Nightwish shows, and two Delain shows (technically four since Delain opened for both Nightwish shows). I’ve come away with five set lists, a guitar pick, a couple new good friends, and many great memories.
13. If you could become an instant expert at any one thing, what would it be and why?
Self-publishing, and by that, I mean all the necessary skills tied to it: marketing, writing, etc. I’d love to have this as a full-time job.
14. You’ve just won an all-expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world. Where would you go?
This one is tough, like with books, there isn’t any one place I’d like to go. I have so many, like Montreal, Hamburg, London, and Amsterdam. Right now, I don’t have one selected as a “must” above all the others. They are all musts.
15. How can people connect with you?
16. Anything else you’d like to tell us?
To drive home my obsession with stories and books, I also have an online used bookstore under the same company name I use to self-publish: Worlds Of Intrigue. Currently, my entire inventory is available on Amazon.
Thanks for sharing a bit about you, Paul.
If you’d like to check out his books you can find them on his Amazon author page and at the links below.