An Evil Tale - A.E. Dark
I love other worldly fantasy series. As a child I always hoped that I could somehow escape reality and have this other adventurous and mysterious life, so those have been the books that I've always gravitated towards.
A.E. Dark has done an excellent job world building. I enjoyed the start of this series and felt a good connection with Elizabeth and Susan throughout the work.
There are great chase scenes and action sequences that held my interest and kept the plot moving at a good and steady pace.
My one complaint is the beginning orphanage setting. I always struggle with those as I hate to see children being mistreated by adults. Just made the beginning a little hard for me to read. But once I got past that, I enjoyed the book.
Some Bio Information
A.E. Dark lives and works in London within financial advisory. He enjoys playing games, reading and coming up with new stories.
His love of reading stems from an early age when he first starting reading Enid Blyton and developed into a passion for all things fiction, especially fantasy.
An overactive imagination led to the creation of An Evil Tale as he decided that he just couldn’t keep the whole story bottled in his head any longer.
Unfortunately, the day job means he can’t put in as much writing time as he would like, but continues to work on the series and make it as good as possible.
1.What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always had a vivid imagination and I spent a lot of time reading fiction; I used to come up with stories and scenes. However, I came up with a story that I managed to develop further and further in my mind. In the end I thought that if I enjoyed it so much it was probably good enough to be written.
2. Was there a deciding point in your life that made you want to become an author?
I don’t think there has been a single moment when it hit me like lightning. I remember having the twin thoughts that someone else would probably enjoy this and writing is probably the best outlet for my imagination. Between the two points I realized that I had to write.
To be honest I don’t actually think of myself as a proper author, especially as I have a day job, but it’s something I aspire to. I feel there’s a lot of work to be done before I can proudly say I’m an author.
3. Are there any authors who influence your writing?
There are many good authors I’ve read and I’ve got 600 books sitting on shelves, so to pick a few is hard, but there are definitely some memorable names. These are some of the ones where I remember putting down one book to pick up their next: Pratchett, Blyton, Eddings, Feist and David Gemmell.
David Gemmell’s is arguably my favourite author as I see his books as the pinnacle of epic action fantasy. There is no one I’ve read who compares to how he writes his genre.
4. Can you tell me a little bit about your writing process?
My writing process has changed a lot over the years, but a lot of the time if I come up with an idea I jot it down and then think how I would draft the beginning. A lot of the time I like to visualize my story to help think how things flow.
As this is the first book in a series, when I started, I actually began by writing the first five books in the series one after another just to get the ideas on paper. It gave me drafts to see how things would pan out and allowed me to realise that the whole concept would take about nine books to get across. There was just too much to the whole story.
Once that was done I went back to the first and started thinking about the structure of the book and fleshing ideas out further.
The hardest thing about the whole process is deciding my style and target audience, which has changed numerous times.
5. Who is your favorite character in your work?
I like so many of the characters for different reasons I’m happy I don’t have a clear favourite as otherwise I think it would cause bias in what I write.
If I had to pick one I would choose Lucian (today as I write this at least) as he combines a tenacity and determination that the other characters just don’t have. He doesn’t have a special background, but is just determined to get what he wants, no matter how unrealistic it might be.
6. How would you describe your writing style?
I’m not too sure as I think one of the hardest things is whether the effects I want to create, actually come across in my style. I would like to say it’s an evocative style. I’m trying to create a sense of an epic tale where the reader gets a sense of a different world.
I try to be careful my style doesn’t include too much over-writing.
7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?
At the moment, my goal is just to finish this series. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I’ve recently found a very good professional manuscript reviewer and editor so I’ve spent time with them thinking how to best structure the series.