Welcome again to another featured author from the book: "A Scholar’s Journey: The Divine Tempest."
Herrick Erickson-Brigl has been reading fantasy since he first learned to read and writing it nearly as long. While in college, Herrick's passion for writing culminated in his first novel, entitled *A Scholar’s Journey: The Divine Tempest*. He is currently completing his second book in that series.
1. Who is your favorite author?
R.A. Salvatore or Brian Jacques; they both hold a special place in my heart. I got to meet Brian Jacques, just before he died. I was doing a school project. It was surreal to meet one of my heroes, but he was very nice and we had an amazing chat.
2. Who is your favorite character in your books so far and why?
My two main characters: Penndarius and Soren.
So here are these two guys: one, an incredibly talented fighter and the other arguably one of the smartest people in his generation. They are challenged to a day of hell and team up to beat all comers.
With these two characters, I really emphasized both adaptability and recovery. They make mistakes, but they learn from them, which makes them dangerous and unpredictable to their enemies.
Penndarius is just so ridiculously cool. Here is this guy who doesn’t throw a single punch the entire day. All the while, he’s besieged by assassins, demons—GODS even! And yet he manages to beat them all because he’s so damn smart!
As for Soren…oh…my…god! He’s one of the most talented warriors on the planet. Here he is minding his own business, and they crossed him. Big mistake, since he doesn’t need a weapon to be dangerous. Nah, his body is a walking weapon. His fighting style is a mix of free running, kapoeta, trick kicks, and jiu jitsu. In a word…flashy
3. Fiction writing is a creative endeavor and assuming you have experienced "writer's block," do you have ways of getting your creative juices flowing again?
I sit down and write. Writer’s block is all in the mind and for me; the best way to clear my mind is to just write. It doesn’t even matter what I’m writing, I just sit down and start putting words onto the page. Eventually the writer’s block goes away.
The other way is to talk to my dad. He and I just start talking about stuff and the ideas start flowing.
4. Are any of your characters or stories based on actual events or real people? If not, how do you come up with your story lines?
Soren is partially based off of my best friend. He and I have always had this ‘give and take’ relationship. I’m creative and he is very factual. We make a good team.
As for the rest, I honestly try to come up with original ideas. But I would say Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en is a big influence.
5. What technology do you use for writing?
Microsoft Word 2013; a super awesome computer that lets me multi-task. I also rely on dual monitors, Spotify, and 5 Hour Energy Shots.
6. What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I wake up, meditate, listen to music to get the juices flowing, eat breakfast, and take a 5 Hour Energy, just before I begin writing. After that, I generally spend the next 5 hours writing.
I write in my room. My computer has a dual monitor setup. One side has the book I am working on, and the other generally has notes and my Spotify account pulled up. I take a lot of notes.
As for setting a goal, that’s a toughie. I generally have a goal to finish a specific scene in the book. It really depends on the scene though.
7. What do you want to be when you grow up? Was being an author your first love?
That really depends on what time in my life we are talking about. At one point, I wanted to be the President of the United States. I also wanted to work in the game industry, which I have actually done. Honestly, I have always loved writing. It has been a passion of mine since I was a child.
When I was in the 4th grade, my classroom team teachers noticed that I was able to mimic other author’s writing style. They told my parents and that it was quite unusual for my age.
When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher called me into the office and asked me where I stole my writing from. She did not believe a 7th grader could write as well as I did. When she finally realized I had written the piece, I was given more difficult writing assignments and was pushed by her to write even more.
I love when teachers are able to see the gift in children and help them along. It's that wonderful!
I must admit seven questions cannot cover this fascinating author! I'm pulled in and I just want to know more and more.
However to help you my readers with time, I have to cut it all short and hope that if you have any other questions you will not hesitate to contact Herrick!
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