This past week we gave the spotlight to A Drowned Kingdom, P.L. Stuart’s debut Epic High Fantasy novel, the first book in The Drowned Kingdom Saga. Our Roadies brought a wide selection of content to this show with their reviews, interviews and more. Now it’s time to bring the show to an end and it’s my pleasure to present you with the encore, including some extra content. Come and learn a bit more about the world of A Drowned Kingdom through our Q&A with P.L and his fan cast!
P.L. was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and is a Canadian high fantasy author, currently living in Chatham,Ontario, Canada. He holds a Degree in English, with a specialization in Medieval Literature and a Minor in History from York University in Toronto, Canada. P.L. has also recently become a member of the amazing Before We Go Blog blogging Team, headed by the awesome Beth Tabler. https://beforewegoblog.com/
P.L. was written for community newspapers, volunteer publications, and various essays in University. P.L’s first novel A Drowned Kingdom was recently published in February of 2021. A Drowned Kingdom has topped the best-selling charts of the publishing-assist company FriesenPress, and been met overall with excellent reviews, including being mentioned in the esteemed Kirkus Magazine’s recent Indie Issue among “Four Great Examples of the Genre” of fantasy. It is the first book in a planned 7-book series, and a total of 20 proposed books in the same universe P.L. has created. P.L. is currently working on The Last of the Atalanteans, the second book in The Drowned Kingdom Saga.
P.L. is married, and he and his wife Debbie have seven children, and one precocious grandchild between them. When not writing, or Indie-author-associated activities, P.L. is a voracious reader, and loves to read and review books, spends time with family, tries to get some exercise time, and watches Netflix.
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Once Second Prince of the mightiest kingdom in the known world, Othrun now leads the last survivors of his exiled people into an uncertain future far across the Shimmering Sea from their ancestral home, now lost beneath the waves. With his Single God binding his knights to chivalric oaths, intent on wiping out idolatry and pagan worship, they will have to carve out a new kingdom on this mysterious continent―a continent that has for centuries been ravaged by warlords competing for supremacy and mages channeling the mystic powers of the elements―and unite the continent under godly rule.
With a troubled past, a cursed sword, and a mysterious spirit guiding him, Othrun means to be that ruler, and conquer all. But with kingdoms fated on the edge of spears, alliances and pagan magic, betrayal, doubt, and dangers await him at every turn. Othrun will be forced to confront the truths of all he believes in on his journey to become a king, and a legend.
When one kingdom drowns, a new one must rise in its place. So begins the saga of that kingdom, and the man who would rule it all.
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OCTOBER 13TH – THE KICKOFF
This book was thought provoking, beautifully written and had a stunning world building which kept me intrigued till the very end!”
@kevinscorner – review + IG spotlight
“Throughout the book, I really questioned whether Othrun is a hero or villain because there is just a quality to him that feels both earnest and somewhat sinister. What is it that makes a hero or a villain anyway? The story really makes you think about his worldview and how he conveys himself in it. By the end, I got a better grasp of who he is.”
Al-Alhambra – spotlight
“A Drowned Kingdom is a wonderful, fascinating novel. The worldbuilding is very easy to get into, and I am thoroughly enjoying the well written story.”
@thebookwebb – IG spotlight
“So far, however, the writing is spectacular. Fabulous world building and great descriptive writing, tells me that this series is going to be immense.”
Sadie’s Spotlight – spotlight
A Part of Your Book World – spotlight
Welcome to the Asylum, P.L.! Take a seat by the fire, have a glass of beverage of your choice and tell me something about yourself!
Thanks Timy! Don’t mind if I do! I’ll take three fingers, neat, please, of Mount Gay Rum, one of the world’s most famous rums, first manufactured in 1703, on the wonderful island of Barbados, from where my dear Mum hails. Well, about me? I live in beautiful Chatham, Ontario, Canada. It’s the kind of picturesque town most reclusive writer types would enjoy. Though I was born and raised in the big city of Toronto, which I adore! I went to University for English, with a specialization in Medieval Literature and a minor in History. I’m married to my lovely wife Deb, my partner in this crazy authorpreneur business. We have seven wonderful kids, and one precocious grandchild (so far) between us. My full-time gig is as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer, and my writing, for now, is my wonderful part-time endeavour. My personal motto: “Try kindness first. When you fail, try it again.”
What inspires your writing? Do you listen to music, stare into the fire, listen to the whispering of the wind, make deals with the Devil?
All the above, and then some! Seriously, I love to write by the roaring fireplace on a winter’s day, listening to the wind howl, that glass of rum in hand. And you can be sure a soundtrack is playing all the while. I love to listen to soundtracks, while writing. It can be really motivating and put me in the right frame of mind I need to get the words the way I want them. Typically, I select movie and television show soundtracks, predominantly sci-fi or historical fiction. I match the soundtrack to my mood, or the specific scene I am writing. Example: to put me in the mood for a stirring battle scene I’m writing, I might listen to the Gladiator soundtrack. Political intrigue? Probably Game of Thrones soundtrack.
Describe an asylum set in the world of your book, A Drowned Kingdom!
It certainly wouldn’t be a pleasant one, if it was in Atalantyx! Likely it would be in the bowels of a deep, dark cave, with stalactites and stalagmites, eerie shadows cast on the walls, the sound of water dripping madly, rats scurrying, and unknown things going bump, and brushing up against you in the darkness. Little water and barely edible food. Confined in a cell, with very few visitors. Certainly no therapy sessions, compassion, or attempts to improve whatever mental illness got you committed in the first place. Just hiding you away from everyone, so the nobles did not have to be offended by your raving mad presence.
Your MC is locked in an asylum. What did he/she do to end up there?
Ha! Don’t lock Othrun up anywhere unless you are ready to have him escape! He’s a schemer, that guy! Knowing Othrun, he probably hatched a plot that was just so crazy, like several he comes up with in A Drowned Kingdom, that people doubted his sanity, and sent him to the asylum. Or, even more likely, he’s been committed to the asylum it’s because he sees…”things”. He might even hear…”voices”.
Which fictional character (it can be one of yours) and/or author would you like to live with in an asylum and why?
Probably Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. The guy is a genius and can converse about anything, so you’d never be bored. He could probably make trigonometry, which I despised in school, interesting. Plus, he seems to be fastidious, and I don’t want a messy roommate – I’m neat around the house, will clean up after myself well.
While you are locked in here for eternity, we will allow you one book – what would you choose?
That’s a tough one. I would have to say, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K Jemisin, one of my iconic authors, and one of those who inspire my own writing. It’s in my top five favourite books, but although it’s not my very favourite, it has all the elements to keep me interested and able to re-read it over and over again. It has action, mystery, romance, worldbuilding, poignant themes, to keep me going for…forever, I guess! It’s also long enough – basically my ideal length for a novel, around 400-500 pages – so it’s not too short a read. When you’re locked up for eternity, a short or novella is not the desired page-count for one’s sole book.
Well then, we hope you’ll enjoy your stay in the Asylum! Any last words? *locks door*
Thanks so much (I think) for locking me in the asylum! It was great to speak to you, and I encourage anyone interested in finding more out about me, P.L. Stuart, or my writing, follow me on Twitter @plstaurtwrites! My DM’s are open and love interacting with people to discuss writing, books, and make connections especially in The Writing Community. Plus, looks like I will have some serious time on my hands now, to be on Twitter more often, being locked in here. Oh, and please visit my website, www.plstuart.com for my blog page, Six Elemental Author Interviews with some excellent authors, news about The Drowned Kingdom Saga, and more! I am also a member of the Before We Go Blog Team, led by the awesome Beth Tabler! Home – BEFOREWEGOBLOG(20) Beth Tabler (@BethTabler) / Twitter Check out the blog please, for great reviews, and a lot more fun!
If they’re going to adapt my writing for tv or film, go big or go home, I say! So I would snag some of the big names in Hollywood to portray my characters. Here is who I would want to play the main ones.
Well, he might age a bit in the seven-book series, so when he’s a bit older, Brad Pitt would be a great choice for Othrun. For now, a Brad Pitt younger version, someone like Chord Overstreet? Why? Leading men being famous, charismatic, and good-looking get people to watch! Can you imagine the ratings? Plus, these guys can act up a storm! Especially Pitt, who is now actually an elder statesman in acting. Both can play the stuck up, vain, and flawed Othrun in excellent fashion. Someone who knows they are special and makes everyone else know it.
Gal Gadot. Brilliant, gorgeous, fit, kick-ass in fight scenes, fantastic actor, who can steal every scene she’s in. That’s Lysi, as one reviewer described her. Plus, who doesn’t want to see an Overstreet/Pitt potential love interest with Gadot? Let the shipping begin.
Jude Law. Jude Law is great at the “I’m a complete prick and you’re the scum on the bottom of my shoe” look and voice quite well. He knows how to project arrogance and entitlement – a necessary for Erthal.
Jessica Alba. Well only someone as amazing as Gadot could give someone as amazing as Alba competition for her man.
Atalan the King
Jeremy Irons. Another big star, and just needs to sit there and look impressive for most of the movie or show, which he will. But when he speaks, people will listen. Fantastic actor.
George Clooney. Savvy, suave, and again, can you say ratings bonanza?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Soulful, cerebral, and can really capture the goodness, and conflict of the character.
Leo DiCaprio. Dynamic, secretive, and knows how to take control. Plus, again, ratings would go through the roof with the addition of Leo to this already powerhouse line-up.
Chris Evans. Hert is built like a tank, athletic, kind, all-around good guy, not one to mess with when you endanger his friends or attack his values. Great actor, and again, an A-lister. Everyone loves Cap!
Sir Ian McKellan. Gandalf is in this? It’s over! Mike drop!
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