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…
MY INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
- When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I don’t know if I knew for sure then, but I suppose it all started when I was seventeen, I read my first Terry Pratchett novel and it was the first time I realised that books could be so side splittingly funny. It was the first time I really saw that there was an author on the other side of a book. I thought it would be fun to try writing a novel and I came up with an idea, wrote the first couple of chapters and then went off to university to study Marine Biology. I didn’t do any creative writing while I undertook my degree, but once I’d graduated, I had an itch to revisit it. The idea had been in my head for over four years now and I wanted to see where it went after those first two chapters. So, I took a course in creative writing and wrote the rest of the book in four months. I fell in love with the creative process of putting together a book. After several rounds of editing I had finished the first book in The Hero’s Arc series; Divine Invention.
- What inspired you to write this book?
Shortly after reading that first Terry Pratchett book, which I believe was going postal, I was in English class thinking about the words buoyancy and float and how if they came together you could make boat or fluoyancy out of the words. I wondered about how boats might have gotten their name and if the strokes of fate might have named the first a floyancy instead (I decided I did not like the ‘u’). So, I thought of a world and a time and people that would be in need of a floyancy and the story and plot just grew from there. Floyancy was such a key part of the conception of The Hero’s Arc that it was actually the original title for the first in the series, but later changed to Divine Invention.
- If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
It will make you laugh, and maybe make you think about the world we live in today.
- What are you up to next?
Book two of The Hero’s Arc, The Greenmen, has gone to print so I am gearing myself up for the release of that, while continuing the series as I write the third. I’ve almost finished the first draft and looking forward to getting into the nitty-gritty process of editing again.
- Who is your biggest inspiration?
As you might have guessed already, Terry Pratchett is my biggest influence. There are many writers who inspire me, but he is the one who made me realise I wanted to be an author.
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.
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