If he’d known he would end up ass deep in witches, werewolves, and ogres, and that this mission would jeopardize not only his sanity but also his immortal soul, he never would’ve answered the damn phone.
Called an adventurer and quite possibly insane, Lincoln has traveled to many continents and countries on his own and at his country’s behest to determine from whence the darkness comes. Despite persistent rumors, Lincoln maintains that he had nothing to do with the tiger, was not involved in illicit wiener dog races, and has never used his knowledge of genetics to create a better life form.
1. What made you first decide to be an author?
I have always written things for school, white papers for work, that kind of thing. In my mind writing a novel was a challenge. At one point, many years ago, I had some free time and went to work. The stories came and I kept going.
2. What inspired you to write this book?
It came by asking myself the question, “What would happen if people suddenly were able to do magic.” Answering that yielded more questions. Where would this ability come from, would it uplift the human spirit, or bring out our worst impulses? Then, if they were bad, who would stop them? If all magic users were good I have a Happiest Elf kids story, which for me would be dull. I could have made witches and warlocks both good and evil, but that’s been done. So I went with evil. From that everything kind of sprang forth. How would someone who is evil and very powerful act? What kinds of spells and energies would they have, how would they get more power, how would they act towards each other and regular people? Everyone who’s evil needs some minions, so what would they have and how would they get them? I ended up with this very dark tale about a group of monks who were waging a guerrilla war on evil made manifest.
3. Where do you get your ideas?
I read a lot, both fiction and non fiction, and sometimes those stories give me ideas, little nuggets of things I want to use for my own stories. Sometimes they give me clues of things to avoid. I also think often, which my wife calls “lazing around,” but id really me plotting.
4. Are you working on anything else at the moment?
Junior Inquisitor is the first in the series. The Soulless Monk is next and the The Witch's Lair. Soulless Monk is with my editor and will probably be released later in the year. The fourth one is being written in my mind and will be a few more weeks before there is any actual writing
5. If you had to rate your top 5 books, which would they be and why?
King David's Spaceship by Pournelle
Watership Down by Adams
Conquistador by Sterling
Dune by Herbert
After that comes series Jim Butcher's Dresden series, Rick Gualtieri's Bill the Vamipre series, Larry Correa's Monster Hunters, Mel Star's Hugh DeSingelton series, Nathan Lowell's Trader Tales from the Golden age of the Solar Clipper. All excellent and worth reading again and again.
Lincoln, thank you for answering my questions.