Today I welcome author A.V. Boyles to my blog. Her debut book, The Phazor’s Tale: Gems of the Dragons, came out in 2014. The second book in the Tales of the Four Realms series will be out later this year.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi! I love to tell stories and fantasy is just right genre for me. My fascination with dragons started about a decade ago, with the first book I bought on dragonology. I don’t know what possessed me to do so; maybe it was the unique embossed cover, or the impeccable illustrations. Whatever it was that enticed me, I’ve been hooked ever since. For me, the entire enchanted realm is completely enthralling. Spin it all together with witches or wizards and my imagination soars with endless possibility. I have several manuscripts started at the moment, so there is no telling what will make out of the quirky spiral of my imagination on pages of future books. I only wish that I had more time to write.
What or who inspired you to start writing?
I started writing one summer during my junior high school days, when I had to retake my English Literature class. (Well, no one is perfect.) I had an amazing teacher that challenged us to see our world from different perspectives as we read one classic tale after another; Mark Twain, Hemmingway, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens. Further, we were encouraged to write our own fictional story, thus setting my mind to creating a world that would be like no other. I recall that first story very well, because just underneath it all, I was fuming at having to spend my summer mornings in a musty school room. As an act of rebellion, I told a tale of imagined escapades of a school room desk. It wasn’t a far reach as the desk I occupied had been carved, etched and marked by those who sat there before. In any event, I owe a lot to teacher “X,” whose name, has gotten lost with the passage of time.
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your next book?
I’m blessed to have started book two in the Four Realms series; The Wizard’s Tale: Doom of Magic, which I hope to have completed by March of this year. Can I share a little? Well, I don’t want to give too much away, but I can say that the plot of The Wizard’s Tale is taken directly for an incident revealed in The Phazor’s Tale, so you’re going to want to pay close attention. The Wizard’s Tale contains new characters, diabolical challenges and strength in overcoming one’s own inner turmoil. Also, a hint in the hunt for the location of the Four Realms island home. Happy hunting!
Do you write full-time? If so, what is your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I wish I could write full-time; that is my heart’s desire, but no – I work a regular job for a large global construction company, currently attached to a project in Washington State. Finding time to write is a challenge, but I’m usually up at 4:30 am to write and answer emails. I don’t get home until sometime around six in the evening and I hit the computer with hand written notes I’ve taken all day at work. Usually, I carry a notebook to write thoughts, plot directions, character insights, etc., then as I’m writing weave them into the story. I suppose most of the story is very cerebral, before the tale is fully develop.
What fuels you as an author to continue to write?
What fuels me? People! My number one question to myself when I meet interesting unique people is. . . “What would you be like if you were a dragon?” Then I go from there! That is how the Phazor was born! I have a very good friend whom I have known for the better part of twenty-years, he inspired the dragon over a decade ago and whenever I need an inspiration I just observe him! It is his qualities, his virtues, and integrity that is personified in the character of the Mighty Phazor. People are my muses for all the characters in my books. The Dragon Witch of Airen Realm, Princess Bridget, Druid Master Garret, characters in my second book, are all real people that I interact with every day. They are wonderful people who give me pause to jot their idiosyncrasies that are later woven into the fabric my story. So, in a sense, my tales are about them, their hopes, there flights of fancy, and their day dreams.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Listen to that still small voice inside you, not to those around you. I listened when my father said I couldn’t be a journalist, which is what I wanted to be. I listened when I was told that couldn’t be anything more than a wife and mother. I listened when I was told that it wasn’t acceptable for me to have a career and that is was incredibly selfish to think I could be anything more than beyond what I was told. It wasn’t until I got a few decades under me that I began to believe in myself, in what I could accomplish and with the faith and love of my husband I started to write again. Now, that passion consumes me. About a dozen manuscripts started with a mind whirling with a dozen more! If I could tell that young girl anything it would be to follow your heart because as I heard someone once say. . . that when that voice inside you become so loud and so profound from all the other voices around, you will have mastered your life.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
Oh, yes! I outline the ever-loving heck out of them. I sometime even storyboard them. It’s often easier to storyboard them, because I can control the elements of the story much better. I often have several plots happening simultaneously, so without an outline or board my stories tend to take on a life of there own and it can take me several weeks to get it all back on track. But then again, whatever I remove ends up a plot for another tale! Happy accident, right?
What inspired you to write this book?
My friend Robert Frazier is the Phazor dragon, he inspires me every day. After knowing him for several years, I came to know him as a truly generous person. He is intelligent, articulate and can see the truth and value of any person that comes into his circle of influence. It is these traits that are rendered in the Mighty Phazor and in watching him I too, have become an observer of people. Seeing their life, their presence, their trials and how each person handles tribulation based on their filters. He has a unique way of silently guarding those who come into his circle; these are the characteristics of the Mighty Phazor.
How did you come up with the title?
Well, now that’s an easy question to answer: Frazier – Phazor! Eight years ago, when I began writing this story, Robert had lost his father abruptly and for just that period he found himself searching for firm footing, and his place in the world. While he withdrew into himself, he was simultaneously searching for the jewels (gems) of life. The name evolved from these circumstances – The Phazor’s Tale: Gems of the Dragons.
How do you select the names of your characters?
It’s very easy for me to give names to my characters, because they are inspired by people I know. I just apply some variation of their name or sometimes it’s a mannerism that come to the forefront. As in the case of a character called Lionette, I am she. I view myself much like a lioness. I have five children with whom I was very protective as they were growing up. I’m still very protective of those in my circle, wanting them all to find their own brand of success.
What was the most difficult thing/scene to write in this story?
For me there are two types of scenes to write that are very challenging; one is a fight scene where characters must die, the other are love-making scenes. Both types of scene are tragic, personal and intimate and evokes depths of emotions that for some readers is difficult to come to terms with. Therefore, writing these types of scene must be done with their evocative sensibilities in mind. I want to ensure that just the right note is struck for both types of scenes. I must admit that The Phazor’s Tale ended up have more battle scenes than I anticipate, but I don’t think that I could have told the story without them.
If you could jump in to any book, and live in that world, which would it be?
Growing up I was a huge Jane Austen fan! I think my favorite book must have been Sense and Sensibility. I have always been captivated by the fact that her first edition was published simply with the author’s name as “A Lady.” I think I would have bought the book for that little intrigued along. I find the Georgian era captivating. Just think . . . only the educated knew how to read and reading aloud was a past-time . . . if one could do it well, you were in demand as a much sought-after party guest!
If you could meet two authors, who would you pick and why?
Ernest Hemingway . . . most definitely! Why? Who wouldn’t want to have a drink with that man! The other without question, Jane Austen. To see the world through her eyes, while marching to the beat of her own drum . . . how great is that?
Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.
I’m a huge Justin Timberlake fan!
The Mighty Phazor orders the worlds dragons into hibernation, but a lone conjured dragon remains awake. Defying the Phazor’s order, Salpacha, created by Drew, the arrogant apprentice of Pūrus, Master Wizard of Aberglenn craves power over the forces he does not fully understand. Ransacking Pūrus’ home, Drew discovers the Boka di Draconis, the Book of the Dragons, which holds the key to waking the dragons. The Master Wizard having been summoned to Collin Castle is asked to accompany the Queen her children to safety of Norselan. Now that the dragons are gone King Collin fears a war with the blood thirsty Greer Family of Furran Realm. Queen Antillium is a Dragon Witch and hopes she and her sister residing Norselan can perform an enchantment to awaken the dragons and save the realms. But she soon finds out that she only possesses a fragment of the spell and they must have all the elements before the enchantment can be performed, including the Boka di Draconis.
About the Author
As a Document Management Professional in a highly regulated environment, writing fiction enables me to release my creative side. Fascinated by dragon lore, my first book, The Phazor’s Tale was inspired by a real person. I simply asked myself this question: “If he were a dragon, what would he be like?” Then wrapped the story around that! Although it took eight years for The Phazor’s Tale to become a reality. I am blessed to have such inspirational people in my life and my second book will be no exception.
In creating a world of the Four Realms, I became lost in this mythical place where dragons and magic are a way of life. Where magic prevails, there is always the temptation to use it for ones own advancement. Thus, these tales have a moral-to-the-story along with hard-won triumphs tangled amid the chronicle of a world of dragon lore.
You can purchase The Phazor’s Tale: Gems of the Dragons on Amazon.