THE SUMMONED ONES: BOOK 1 OF FLIGHT TO BERICEA SERIES
Darryl A. Woods
Adult Epic Fantasy
Can a group of college-aged friends from a small Kentucky town
actually be the Summoned Ones of prophecy, called to a strange world
filled with magic and devastated by war? Can they save the lives of the
desperate inhabitants and help them defeat a wicked tyrant? Their epic
journey will push them to the limits of their endurance. This unlikely
group will discover truths about themselves and experience another world
beyond their imagination.
During their journey, they will explore this new world, discover new
talents and previously hidden abilities, develop friendships with people
they couldn’t have dreamed possible, and will be forced to take actions
they would have never considered in any less dire circumstances.
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Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I have been a storyteller since I was a child. Mostly my stories are about my experiences growing up in the country, remodeling houses, or cutting timber with my father-in-law. These stories helped me to develop my voice and pacing, and understanding the right placement of detail.
I read for entertainment; getting lost in an epic journey in a well-crafted fantasy world is the ultimate escape. I have read hundreds of epic fantasy novels. After listening to me (far too many times) critique a movie and explain how a scene or storyline would have been better if they had only made certain changes, my wife encouraged me to write as a release for my vivid imagination.
What genres do you write in?
My book and several planned future books are epic fantasies. I so thoroughly enjoy the genre that for now I do not envision writing any novel in any other genre. However, I also write short stories for my newsletter. For the subscribers, I send out a new story every 15 days. These include true stories of my life, detailing crazy contraptions my dad created such as a mower made from two cars, chopping a car into quarters with an axe, or the perils of cutting timber. I also throw in some speculative fiction. These tend to be a bit longer, as I cannot keep away from world-creating fantasy. These story topics range from giants to dryads, and I release them in installments. My newsletter link is:
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
Of the hundreds of books I have read, only a few dozen were not epic fantasies. So, I think I naturally gravitated to this genre. The biographical stories of my upbringing and life events I publish in my newsletter are just an extension of my storytelling.
How did you break into the field?
I am still working my way through that. As an independently published author, I now spend as much time promoting and marketing as I do writing. I think this is a natural progression for authors, whether independent or traditionally published.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
I want them to be entertained. I want them to be so captivated by the story that they can unload their burdens for a while and escape into another world.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
I have a good idea of overall plot, but only at a bullet-point level. The scenes that develop completely unexpectedly while I’m writing are the most fun to create. Many times, these tend to be the ones I am most timid about starting, and then they just flow as the story unfolds.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Remaining persistent. As life gets in the way, it can be a challenge at times to be motivated to write. Then, at other times, I go without sleep as the story must come out.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
It is a long journey with many trying times, but it is quite an adventure. One that I hope to engage in for many years to come.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I mostly enjoy epic fantasy series. My favorite authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, Raymond Feist, Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, Brian Jacques, Christopher Paolini, Brandon Sanderson, David Eddings, J.K. Rowling, and Piers Anthony.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
- I have designed and built databases for over 27 years.
- My wife and I have remodeled four houses.
- For many years, I helped my father-in-law in his sawmill and timber-cutting business.
- I can shake my head and my jowls will make a flapping noise like a hound dog shaking itself dry.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
To find out more about me or my work:
If you sign up for my newsletter that includes a short story every 15 days, I am good about responding to any email reply:
To order books:
coworkers. He also enjoys regaling family and friends with stories of
his upbringing in rural Ohio, of the motorized contraptions his father
fabricated, and of the timber cutting and sawmill work he did with his
father-in-law. With an appetite for reading fantasy, it was inevitable
he would choose to write about an epic journey in a world dominated by
magic and sword fighting.
WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:
Website Address: http://darrylawoods.com/