Interview with Lloyd Andrew Baron

Hello Everyone!

We are delighted to have author Lloyd Andrew Baron amongst us today at Musikdiv India Online Magazine at our Special ‘Authors Festival’ interview series to tell us about his new book Wings of Light Special Edition (Prophecy of Ages)!
Please read on …

The Special Edition has over 20 extra pages of text. We see Four never before seen characters and see more of the Elemental story. As well as this there is a full Glossary of the world, characters and history of the Prophecy of Ages.
Wings of Light is a Fantasy Adventure based around Darwin’t Utsa who is a weaver living in the hills with his Aunt and is about to be married to his childhood love. His life is set out before him and he is bored with it. Darkness swarms the world and Darwin’t finds that he is the focal point of an ancient and forbidding prophecy. Charged with the job of saving the last Princess of Atlantia he must leave his quiet life behind and plunge into a waking nightmare of Ghouls, Dark Wizards and Dragons.
But the prophecy is not complete. The end has yet to be written. A dark watcher has his eyes upon the world of Atlantia and a small child who dreams of wings of light may be the key to the very end of existence of everything Darwin’t holds dear.

So Lloyd, we’ll start your Interview with the very first question

1.Please introduce and tell the readers something about yourself.

I am Lloyd Andrew Baron. I was born in a small village in Surrey (England) but now live in the portside city of Portsmouth. I am one of seven siblings and grew up in a very noisy house where one of my only escapes from the ruckus was in the wonderful world of books. Being the only child not to like sports I had plenty of time to read and make up stories.
I studied art history, political culture, English literature and philosophy with a side of creative writing. I loved everything about my student days from the hard work to the hard nights out with my friends and passed with top grades. I enjoyed my studies but it was the creative writing that I have carried on.

2.What brought you to writing?

I have always been creative. As a child I would make up games for me and my friends to play. Wonderful games where we would have magical powers and have to save the world. From there I turned to writing. By the time I was sixteen I had written my first real story. It was a crazy fantasy based in my school. Then life took over and I put writing on the back burner for a while. I continued to write and have many stories under my belt and now I am putting them all down for everyone to read.

3.How long have you been writing?

I have been writing all of my life but in a professional level only for the last couple of years.

4.Which was your first literary project? Tell us something about it.

The very first real story I put down on paper was called “The Board” and was about a group of friends who use a Ouija board at a party. In the days that follow the house begins to feel haunted and one evening an evil entity drags the eldest son and his newly born twin siblings into the board. Seeking the aid of a psychic and her unbelieving son; his parents and brother delve into the darkness that is engulfing the house to find their children in the nightmares the board is making to stop them. It was a horror and even though I enjoyed writing it I felt that it didn’t have the grip I wanted. However, I have always wanted to go back and complete it to the level I desire.

5.Is this your new/latest project?

No. My latest project is a series called The Prophecy of Ages, a fantasy saga based in the fictitious world of Atlantia. I have planned it to be at least six books long and could be up to eight.

6. Traditional books or e-books? How do you prefer to see your works published? Have you tried ever publishing the traditional way?

I love reading and I love books. The feel of books is a big part of what I enjoy. However, the easy nature of e-books and the fact that you can hold hundreds of books in a small device is awesome. I would pack five or six books into my case when going on holiday but now it is easy with a single device. I will never give up on traditional books but have taken e-books on as well.

7.Can you give a chapter sample preview of your book here for our readers to know more about it.

Chapter one: Wings of light. Prophecy of Ages first few pages.
( Please look at the bottom of the interview for book excerpts )

8.What are your hobbies? Things that you enjoy doing besides books of course.

I enjoy spending time with friends. I love to cook and have regular diner parties. I am also a massive gamer. I play X-box and PC games regularly. It is sometimes a vice of mine and I have to drag myself away from them to get down to writing.

9.Who is your favourite author?

I have two. Robert Jordan and James Herbert.

10.What is your favourite genre to read and also to write?

Again I have two. I mostly read fantasy but I also love to read horror. Hence my two favourite authors. I write both fantasy and horror although my greatest project is in the fantasy genre.

11.Do you have a role model that you get inspiration from?

I have read the wheel of time books many times and I can’t lie they have inspired me. However, I don’t think I have a role model of sorts. I think I have drawn inspiration from many different people over my life but not a single role model.

12.Where do get your ideas from? Do you take your story ideas from real life situations?

The ideas in my stories are not every day. I am not sure where they come from. Most of them I pull from my imagination but I can’t say how they get in there. The ideas are not taken from real life but I do think that the relationships between the characters are. Even though most of the characters have some kind of mystical power I try to keep their personalities as realistic as I can. I like to use everyday events to make the characters seem more three-dimensional. Things like chatting about relationships or discussing mundane things like what food they should eat to the weather. I also enjoy adding in small bubbles of humour to the characters.

13. Do you have a pseudonym?

I do not. I like people knowing the real man behind the words.

14.Whats your experience been like in the publishing industry?Postive or negative?Please share your experience with our readers.

I spent years trying to get published. Mostly I received replies informing me that no new authors were being taken on and to try again at another time. It is very disheartening to be rejected over and over. It is worse when you know that your work has not even been read. I gave up at one point but after a couple of years of writing I decided to give it another go. This time I got published by Author House and put my works put up on Kindle. I am hoping and working hard to make it a success.

15.Where do you see yourself 10years from now?

I hope to be successful. I would love to be able to write full time and dedicate my life to my work. I have so many ideas but at the moment I don’t have the time. So in ten years I would like to have the time to do what I love.

16. What motivates you to write?

I am motivated by my enjoyment of reading and in the creation of ideas. If I can make others feel the way I have whilst reading then I have done my job. It is that above all that motivates me to write.

17. How important is good cover art for your books?

I do think the cover is important. It is what makes you pick up the book in the first place. It would be a shame if a really good book never got read because of a ghastly cover.

18. Do you have a price strategy for your books?

Not really at the moment but I may in the future once I have more books on the market.

19. How does it make you feel when you read a bestselling book that you don’t feel is as good as yours?

I have read some bestsellers that I have enjoyed but at the same time thought they were a little hollow or the characters were not likeable or developed. It doesn’t make me mad but it does make me sad. I would love to have people reading my book but instead they are reading this poor material.

20.Why do you think readers should buy your book? What can you offer them through your book?

People should buy my book because I have spent years crafted the characters to make them realistic and likable. The relationships between the characters are complex and range from friendships to lovers. The villains are nasty and at the same time they are still enjoyable to read. I have spent the last three years putting it all together. I have planned out a fictitious world with over six thousand years of history. The history plays a huge part in the novel. Characters dream the events of the past in the hope of changing the future which makes for a compelling story; a real page turner.
It is a fantasy epic with a huge cast of characters and a story that is intriguing and thrilling. The twists within the tale will not be seen coming until you have gasped that you didn’t see it coming. I offer a story of everyday people becoming heroes in a world that is waiting to be saved. I offer love that can never be and love that is waiting to begin. I offer evil that has no limits to what it is willing to do. I offer an entire world that you can enjoy as it is slowly taken apart piece by piece. I offer you everything you want from a fantasy with a little kick to help you along the way.

21.Where is your book available? Any Buy Link for our readers?

My book is available on Kindle as well as in paperback.

22.Do you have a website or a blog that you’d like to share here.

I am working on a website at the moment. I am on Twitter if you want to follow me and you can read my author bio on Google books.

Twitter >> @LloydABaron

23. What advice would you give to other writers?

Never give up on your dreams but also be realistic. Have someone read your work, someone who will tell you the truth. Get your work edited for a more professional read. Plan your work but don’t make it ridged within that plan. Have fun with your work and don’t try to write just for the money do it because it is something you love to do whatever the outcome.

24.Anything else you’d like to share with our readers

The second part of the Prophecy of Ages will be out by the end of the summer if everything goes to plan.

  • Thank you Lloyd Andrew Baron for gracing us with your presence.It was a sheer pleasure.Good luck with your book.We conclude the interview here

    Thanks again from Team MusikDIV

    Book Exerpts – Sample Chapter

    Wings of Light Special Edition (Prophecy of Ages) By Lloyd Andrew Baron

    Standing at the top of a tower, the sun cresting the mountain range in the far distance, wind rushing in his ears, Darwin’t Utsa manages to utter the single word, why? The scene before him changes. A boy is running from a flock of raptor birds, his red hair trailing behind him. A shadow moves off to his right. Something about the shadow seems important but the boy keeps running. He does not see the snake-like tentacle snap out of the lagoon. The boy screams as he is pulled under the red waves. Darwin’t calls out, yet it is too late. Now he knows he is having a nightmare. He always dreams of Damilayas before one of his true-dreams.
    He is back at the top of the tower. He scans the country around him. It is mainly flat, green plains beyond a sprawling city, which grows like a forest at the base of the tower. Not my home country, then. He looks for any symbol, crest or coat of arms to focus his memory on but cannot find one. He turns his attention to the door of the tower and shrinks back as a man with two ravens perched on his shoulders runs towards him. Before he can see much of the man, other than he has a beard and has deep black pools for eyes he disappears.
    The world is darker now, the sun setting. The sun. He looks at it drop below a mountain range on the other side of the tower. Where am I? Before the answer comes, he is standing by a lake. The sky is blue and the sun is at its zenith. Nine white swans glide passed like ferryman’s boats on feast days. He notes the number and as he does so the world begins to burn. The water bubbles and hisses into huge clouds of steam. A shadow swoops from the sky, screeching like a firework. Darwin’t raises his hands defensively to stop it from hitting his face, yet the strike does not come and the roar fades to nothing.
    Slowly he drops his hands to find he now stands in a grand garden. Three huge towers rise all around him. The top of each of the towers shines gold with the sunlight. The sun now rises again. These must be the towers of Atlantia. There could not be more than one set of towers this huge in the world. He glances around him at the gardens. There is no city near the towers. So the first tower in this dream is somewhere else.
    He takes a step towards the tallest tower, one with a dome at its top when the world becomes a huge sea. He wobbles at the edge of a cliff. A few stones fall into the crashing waves below. “Can I die here?” he muses as he steps backwards. In the distance he sees a tree growing from the waves. The beauty of it fills his eyes for only a moment before he is in the dark. Tree roots and dirt ceilings press down on him, fire rages everywhere. He screams and is back by the lake. His skin still feels the heat from the flames. He sees a blackbird in flight, followed by two doves. The doves fighting to be beside the blackbird. He wonders what it means as slowly the sun sets into night. A girl wearing a maid’s dress bends her neck to a man not much older than her. Both of their faces are hidden by shadow. As she stands, he kisses her. A secret affair maybe. Sand blows into his eyes and he clenches them closed.
    He takes a step into an empty but grand arena. A man appears in the centre of the stadium brandishing a short sword. He jumps and vanishes into the clouds. Clouds, the sky had been clear. Rain pours over him, lightning flashes fill the sky, thunder bellows into his ears. A galleon breaks through the blackening sky, a flag of skull and crossed bones ripping into the wind. The sky flashes white and he is standing in the middle of a field. It is sunny and dry; however he still drips from the earlier rain. He scans the sky for the galleon, but it is gone.
    Suddenly he recognizes where he is. The large field in his home village of Gressgs. They have all of their feast days in this field with a maypole and dancing and one sun, even fireworks! He turns to see if the maypole has been erected at the western end and stumbles at what he sees. A monstrous castle fills his vision for less than a second before he is standing at the top of a mountain, the wind trying to blow him over the edge to his death. Can I die here? The wind stops. A tower rises in front of him. It must be a day or more ride to it from the base of the mountain going by the amount of open plains between. But he can still see that the tower is huge and flat at the top. The sun is behind him. The sun. He turns to look at it and finds himself surrounded by trees, though only for a second, and then he is standing back on the tower again. He stares at the distant mountain range – the mountain he had just been standing on. The sun is just about to break from behind the tallest peak. Something about the sun seems to be important.
    The two ravens from before swoop down and peck at him, their beaks digging and tearing at his flesh. Blood runs freely down his arms. He sees the lake and Damilayas’ hand sinking beneath the water. A boy running on the wind flashes across his vision. A shadow slinks behind a tree holding the hand of a girl. A man sleeps on the back of a wagon, colors swirling around his head.
    The images change as soon as they have begun. Darwin’t spins this way and that; with each turn a new location and a new person. He sees a stoat woman with flames and water in her eyes. A girl waves her hand and a hole opens in the sky. A man in black runs down tower steps tears streaking his face. A large man with a sword falls to his knees over a pool of black fluid. A girl in white smiles into the night beside a woman also dressed in white, who strokes her stomach and the knife on her belt. The man from before with the serving girl falls with blood soaked clothes. A dragon streaks in front of the sun. Night falls and six shadowed figures race towards him. A baby falls into water. The earth splits. Blood floods from the ocean over the land. The dead crawl from their graves.
    A voice screams into his ears. “The Last Princess must be protected. Or all this will happen.” A woman appears in front of Darwin’t with a dagger and plunges it into his chest.
    Can I die here? The pain is real.

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