The author of Perilous Paths, Tomas Liedman, is here with us today. Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I have always enjoyed writing but it was not until my late teens that I started writing short stories for friends who eventually managed to persuade me to write a full novel.
I was inspired to this particular novel was inspired by a combination of three different factors. The first was a several years long discussion about the nature of evil and how it was normally petty, narrow-minded and in the long run always on the losing side. The second was a series of books regarding drow elves where i felt that the society did not make sense fully and a desire to try to explore a dark elven society in greater detail. The last factor was feedback from a publishing house that recommended my to write a shorter novel than the 160k one I had submitted to them.
How did you go about getting published?
It was a long process of submissions for my first two books to a number of publishing houses and agents with scant feedback until I finally stumbled on BookBaby.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I have the overall picture of the story already finished when I begin writing along with major events etc. Then I just let the characters interact with each other in line with their own motivations and often find myself surprised by events, twists and turns that happen in the book because of these interactions.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I spend a lot of time practicing martial arts together with my family who are all devoted to Kyokushin Karate and Jujutsu, sports that we were pulled into by my daughter who saw Kung-fu Panda at the age of 4 and decided that martial arts was her thing.
What’s your all time favorite animal? It can be mythical.
Black Panthers are pretty cool. Before you go, tell us about your next book project.
I am trying to decide whether I should write a sequel of Perilous Paths or if I should revisit one of my two earlier books and try to get them into shape for publishing.