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Thanks for being with us today, Stuart!
First, would you tell us a bit about yourself? What area of the country do you live in, do you have a family, pets, etc. What’s your education, if it’s relevant to your writing?
Hey, my name is Stuart Thaman, and I’m a best-selling author from Kentucky, though I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. I attended Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, and I received a BA in politics, a BA in German, and a concentration in classical political philosophy. I’m currently in my second year of law school as well.
That’s really interesting to me–I’ve been a lawyer for 30 years (now retired), and found that the call for creative solutions that comes from lawyering also helps in the creative writing process!
My background helps my writing quite a bit as I believe the hard work and extreme academic environment provided by Hillsdale College has shaped me into the self-starter that I am today.
Are you a coffee fiend, or do you have another “addiction” you must have on your desk at all times?
I do drink a good deal of coffee, though I enjoy tea as well, especially mint tea.
Tell us about your latest publication.
The Minotaur King is my latest release, and it becomes available on September 1st. The short novella is my first published novella. Set in the world of The Goblin Wars, it follows Qul, a would-be royal guard of a minotaur clan and his ultimate rise to power through the mountain ranks.
What inspired you to write this story? What interesting thing did you learn or research to write it that you didn’t know before?
Qul has a pretty cool backstory that I just barely touch in The Goblin Wars book 2, and I really wanted to flesh it out to give readers an idea of what he was like before they meet him as the bloodthirsty king he is in Death of a King.
How would you best describe your books?
I write epic and heroic fantasy. This is a layout of the covers of the Goblin Wars series–I love it!
What is your favorite genre to write? To read?
I read mostly horror and sci-fi with just a little bit of fantasy, though my writing is the complete inverse. Fantasy is just so much more fun to write than it is to read.
What do you most like about writing? Least like? When did you first know you wanted to be an author?
I’ve always wanted to be an author. That much I knew from when I was little. And the best thing about writing is getting to craft the most grandiose, over-the-top scenes I can imagine and bring them to life.
I also love meeting fans at conventions—I hate driving to conventions.
Do you belong to any writing groups? Are there any writing websites you find particularly useful?
I’m a mod over at www.reddit.com/r/selfpublish, a community of 14,000 self-published and indie writers.
Is there any special music you like to listen to while writing? How does it inspire you?
Oh yes. I always listen to music. Usually, and more so when I’m writing a battle scene, I listen to Sabaton. Other favorites include: Unleash the Archers, Epica, Dimmu Borgir, Kamelot, Arch Enemy, and The Agonist.
Tell us a little about your path to publication.
My first book was written for National Novel Writing Month. I got an offer on the manuscript through some personal connections, and that proved to largely be a scam. But regardless, I had my foot in the door. That gave me a platform to approach larger publishers.
How did you finally find a publisher? How did you receive the Call?
I met Tony Acree, the owner of Hydra Publications at an author fair in Indiana. We were on a panel together and seemed to have very complimentary personalities, and I had been sitting on a horror manuscript (eventually turned into For We Are Many) at the time, so it made sense to submit to Hydra. Luckily, they accepted me!
What’s your favorite thing about the book featured here today? Any special memories you have in the creation of it?
The Minotaur King has some cool aspects. At its core, The Minotaur King is about a lost love and a delusional minotaur who thought he had the queen’s eye. It also tells a bit about manipulation and how those emotions can be turned to pure rage and then molded to something useful.
What are you writing now? What’s next for you—will you be making personal appearances anywhere our readers can find you?
I have another full length novel coming soon: The Chronicles of Estria Part One: Blood and Ash. The book is a bit of a departure for me, though it is certainly epic fantasy. Blood and Ash follows Lina Arias, a princess who forsakes her family and crown in favor of fangs and dark, evil magic. The Chronicles of Estria is a series that goes along with the tabletop miniatures game Chaos Wars, produced by Iron Wind Metals.
What would you like to tell readers?
Keep the fantasy alive!
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