Thursday, August 30, 2012

Real Richard III vs. Shakespeare’s Richard

A few months ago I had the privilege of meeting Emily Mattina, Artistic Director of Shakesperience because the company was about to put on a production of Richard III by William Shakespeare. But unlike most people involved in Shakespearean productions, Emily is keenly aware that the play is a very negative spin on Richard, who from most contemporary accounts was a good king. Emily had wanted to consult with someone knowledgeable about the real Richard III and was put in contact with me through my local library. We came to the conclusion that it would be wrong to change Richard’s character in the play—it should stay true to Shakespeare’s vision. Instead, we developed a discussion where we contrasted Richard III as he’s depicted in primary sources to the Shakespearean version that we presented prior to two productions of the play. The first was given on June 29th at the Barnes and Noble in Waterbury, CT. The second was presented at McLaughlin Vineyards on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. The following video was filmed at this second discussion. The five parts of the video can be seen on YouTube.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Blog Tour: Brian Anderson


As a lifelong fan of the fantasy genre, it was important to me while writing The Godling Chronicles-Book One: The Sword of Truth, to stay true to the style. However, I have noticed over the years, that far too many fantasy novels concentrated more on the fantastical aspects, and ignored proper character development. I did not want this to be reflected in my work, and endeavored to write a cast of characters that the reader could relate to, sympathize with, love, hate, but most of all believe. I wanted to create people that behaved and grew as they would in real life. Often this led the story into unexpected and exciting directions, and found that at times, the characters would over shadow the concept...but I didn't mind. It is what I had intended in the first place.

In any genre, when a person with a given personality is in a situation that forces him/her to be in the company of someone with an opposing personality, it can be assumed that there will be a natural conflict. However, as they navigate through trials and tribulations, feelings and personalities change; sometimes for the better, sometimes not. The reality of relationships should always be a part of an authors thinking when throwing different characters together; and in fantasy, there can be nothing more important than this. It doesn't matter who good the plot is, if the characters cannot drive it forward. Magic and power isn't enough; not if you want to captivate the reader.

Also, I wanted to be certain that the female characters were not your stereotypical damsel's in distress. I have always felt that weak female characters have been largely responsible for driving women away from reading fantasy. And who can blame them? It is uninteresting, unrealistic, and frankly, offensive. Luckily, I am not the only fantasy writer who has clued in to this, and it has caused a massive influx of female fantasy lovers. My own fan base is more than fifty percent female...a fact I would like to attribute to characters such and Kaylia, Celandine, Maybell, and even Salmitaya.

Over the past year inhabitants of The Godling Chronicles have become a vital part of me in ways that I had never anticipated. Each character is like a member of my family, and I love them dearly. It has been a tremendous honor to be able to share them with others, and it is my greatest hope that my work may inspire, in some small way, the same love of the genre that has been a part of my life for so long.


Brian D. Anderson was born in 1971, and grew up in the small town of Spanish Fort, A. He attended Fairhope High, then later Springhill College where his love for fantasy grew into a lifelong obsession. His hobbies include chess, history, and spending time with his son.

Jonathan Anderson was born in March of 2003. His creative spirit became evident by the age of three when he told his first original story. In 2010 he came up with the concept for The Godling Chronicles that grew into an exciting collaboration between father and son. Jonathan enjoys sports, chess, music, games, and of course, telling stories.

It has been five hundred years since the Great War between Elf and Human ripped the world apart, and the Dark Knight of Angrääl has stolen the Sword of Truth. With it, he has trapped the Gods in heaven. If left unchallenged he will kill the Gods and reshape the world into an unimaginable hell. The only hope for all of creation is a boy named Gewey Stedding, the only being born from the union of two Gods. Aided by Lee Starfinder, the son of Saraf, God of the Sea, and a mortal woman, he must discover the true nature of his power. However, this will not be easy. He is bound to the earth a mortal man, and in many ways is very human. When Kaylia, a young elf woman, joins their party, Gewey discovers that perils of the heart can be as treacherous as any sword. Gewey, Lee, Kaylia and other friends they meet on their journey, must battle the Dark Knight, find a way to heal the hatred between elf and man, and restore heaven itself.



Brian’s Author Page ~ Blog
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Review: The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder

The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder
Marlene Dotterer
269 pages
THE TIME TRAVEL JOURNALS: SHIPBUILDER by Marlene Dotterer is a masterful combination of Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Romance set mostly in early 20th-century Belfast, Ireland.
The story starts with Sam, a 60 year-old physicist making one last attempt at proving that he and his team had been able to send objects back in time in order to secure the project’s funding. Just as he turned on his time travel apparatus, Casey, a postgraduate student enters the field and they are both sent back a 100 years to Belfast in 1906, two years before the orders to build the Titanic.
The characters, early 20th-century culture, religious conflict, and Belfast came to life on the pages of Dotterer’s book. For me, there was just the right balance between putting the reader in Belfast and feeling the events through the main character’s eyes. Although there were some expository scenes where Sam explains a technical or cultural detail unfamiliar to Casey, those scenes do move the story and character forward and did not slow down the pace of the story.
Ever since I read “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” I’ve loved time travel novels—so much so that I will look past smoke and mirrors to enjoy a good story. I am happy to report, that not only is SHIPBUILDER a very good story, but this is one of the few books that handle the issues surrounding time travel intelligently and plausibly. Since the time travel aspect is part of the story, and not just an enabler, this is especially important. I could see that Dotterer put as much thought and research into time travel as she did for the Titanic, Belfast, and Irish culture. 

SHIPBUILDER available in print at Amazon and B&N and digitally at Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.
I am looking forward to BRIDGEBUILDERS, the second book in THE TIME TRAVEL JOURNALS.