Writer Q&A – Audience asked questions. Feel free to ask more!

It sometimes gets classified as such, but as I like to say, it is really YYA.  It's meant for middle grade and into the teens, but probably not challenging enough for the average YA reader.  These books are made to be light and easy books to read, more fun and less academic.

Luckily, I’m not shooting for extremely young audiences.  Most of my readers should have seen an action movie already.   I do have more than a little fighting, as it is about newly appointed knights going up against whatever is out there.

I try not to be too graphic or just have random violence for violence sake.  Each battle should tell a story in itself, hopefully making a point.  If not, I can just delete those pages.

Yes, the three should be there in some capacity.  At first, they will be locked at the hip pretty much.  They’re friends, so they will want to hang out with each other even outside of work.

Many of the books characters outside of the trio will show up in later books.   I think it will be a nice treat for people dedicated to the series to see a reappearance of past player.

Since this is a series, I have time to define them with each book.  I need to educate the people about the Dark Beast fast so that they know him well by the end of the book.

Although, I don’t go absent on the three leads.  I talk about the Dark Beast through stories.  However, I let the audience get to know the trio through their interactions with others and themselves.

This is a concept that I have developed from my art teachers, mainly the painters.  I remember one of them said something to the effect of don’t draw every detail.  If you leave some empty space or vagueness in your work, you will let the viewers put themselves into the space.  By not defining the characters much outside of their personalities, I’m trying to allow the readers to fill in that void with their own imaginations.  Each person may have a different idea of how those characters should look.

Right now, I don’t see an end.  I have a very large over-arching story that can last a long time.  Plus, each of my 3 characters has their own path to go down, complete with the unexpected.  At this point, I’m committed to writing these characters as long as my audience allows me.

I do. I even pass it to my wife (and son) first, who has a great eye for those things. Then, a professional English major is in order. That is one area where I am lacking. I’ll let story take precedence over grammar and good prose. I think that I would be a horrible editor of other authors' work.