Genre: Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Date of Publication: March 23rd, 2016
Number of pages: 319
Word Count: 97,000
Cover Artist: Cora Graphics
In an overpopulated city-state where technology and magic are forbidden by the corrupt church, young witch, Mirabel Fairfax, plots the creation of a deadly plague to cull the burdensome rabble.
That is, until she falls in love with the very alchemist she has been deceiving.
Now, with soul-hungry geists flooding the city, the church scrambling for their prey, and her own mind at war with itself, Mirabel must decide what she's fighting for before she loses everything to the evils of Autumnfall.
Sam Poling has been writing fantasy and science fiction for the thrill of it his entire life, from short stories to screenplays. His love for each of the subgenres led to dedication to writing genre-skirting fiction with all the elements that make up the human condition. He holds a strong enthusiasm for medical studies and currently works as a medical assistant in a large clinic while taking classing for nursing. He also serves on a health and safety committee, including disaster preparedness and infection control. His interest in epidemiology and medical science tends to spill over into his writing endeavors.
Author’s site: www.samuelpoling.com
Author’s Page http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Poling_Sam/index.htm
Everywhere. I pull inspiration from books, shows, music, people, nature, and sometimes out of thin air! Many of my ideas stem from the characters and the story itself. Once the characters, and their situations, are established I keep true to them. Then a story unfolds, almost as if I am merely an observer. That’s why I believe the best stories stem from the creation of three dimensional characters.
2. Do you have a dream cast for your book?
This is a question authors like to throw at each other often at writing workshops and other get-togethers. I have never been able to answer it for most of my characters. The exception is Felix. Cillian Murphy’s appearance in Batman Begins definitely has a Felix look.
3. How do you handle writer’s block?
I can’t think of how to answer this question.
4. What inspired you to write this book?
I established early versions of my characters in story-telling and roleplaying sessions and games. Once they were fleshed out, I practiced with them because I found them greatly entertaining. By practice, I mean wrote short stories about them, fake interviews, et cetera. A story started to form around their sorts of interactions. Ultimately I set the stage for them, and they wrote the story themselves.
5.What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Finding time for everything while satisfying college requirements and the day job. The work load never seems to end! It’s a good problem to have, however. Better than being bored, or hobby-less!