It’s my pleasure to host Shaun Paul Stevens, who joins me to talk about his new standalone Epic Fantasy novel, Servant of the Lesser Good, the first book in the Feyrlands Collection, which was published on December 2nd by Pitt Norton Publishing.
Today I’m taking part in a blog tour celebrating the release of Servant of the Lesser Good. Go and find out what the other excellent bloggers brought to the table so far!
Shaun Paul Stevens was born in October 1972 in London. He spent his formative years in the shadows of the dreaming spires of Oxford, before moving to Nottingham, where he graduated university with a degree in English and Media.
Navigating a path through music, art and the internet, writing came calling and he found himself ensconced in alternate realities and gritty fantasy worlds. He has written several books to date.
Shaun now lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England, with his patient family and ungrateful cat, generally being a nerd.
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A cursed symphony and magic which tells stories in your mind.
High Mistress Talia is a hellraising socialite with a murky past. But she has a bright future. Beautiful, rich, and a virtuoso harpist, she’s betrothed to the Count of Brecht. In short, she has it all. Or so it would seem.
Marla Holst is the new lady’s maid, but never has the ‘help’ been so unhelpful. Marla, real name Mist, has only one mission: to stop the high mistress’s marriage. By any means necessary.
But complications abound. Talia’s disturbed daughter, a girl who can see into the future, is cursed with the stigma of a devil-worshipping father. The count’s father, the Duke of Rizak, is a recluse, too afraid of assassins to show his face. And all the nobility want to do is duel.
Meanwhile, the highlight of the season—a recital of the famous ‘Cursed Symphony,’ draws ever closer.
Welcome to the Asylum, Shaun! Take a seat by the fire and have a glass of beverage of your choice. For those who don’t know you yet, tell me something about yourself that’s not in your bio!
I used to be a kids’ soccer coach.
What was the most exotic place you’ve visited so far? Did it inspire any of your work? How that experience affected you personally?
Mexico. Seeing the ancient Mayan ruins was definitely one of those things you mentally bookmark when you’re thinking of awesome settings. The thing I remember most though was the blackness of the sky, and the infinite stars.
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? Maybe all of the above?
I get caught up in the action and need to know what happens next. The only people I make deals with are my family – chores and DIY in return for writing time.
Your novel, Nether Light was a finalist in SPFBO 6. How did you find that experience? What would your advise be for authors thinking about entering next year?
It was a great experience, and I made some amazing friends – authors, bloggers and readers alike. It’s definitely not for the fainthearted though, especially if you get to the last 10. My advice would be, just do it – what have you got to lose?
Your new novel, Servant of the Lesser God released on December 2, 2021. Congrats! If you could launch a release party with your MC(s) present, how that would go down?
I fear it would be a bloody affair.
Talking about Servant of the Lesser God, what was the main inspiration for the story? Which aspect of the book was the most challenging to write and why? How it connects (if at all) to the world of Nether Light?
The main inspiration for writing Servant of the Lesser God was to spend some time with Mist, one of the side characters in Nether Light. She’s such a complex individual, so conflicted but fun to be around, and she keeps you on your toes. The hardest aspect to write was the relationship (and sexual chemistry) between her and her mistress – drawing the line when thinking about such delicate subjects in Fantasy is a subtle art.
Which character of your book do you identify with the most? What you’ve learned from them (if anything)?
I identify with the grizzled, grumpy old bodyguard. And he’s definitely taught me to be more open-minded.
If you were a character in your book, how would you be described? And what your profession/role would be? How long do you think, you would survive?
Long straggly-haired guy with the vacant stare.
I would like to think I would be an assassin, but more likely I’d be team manager with the local Flags boys. (Flags is a sport, a cross between jousting, a small war, and capture the flag). I’d like to think I would survive till the end. Knowing what’s about to happen has to be an advantage, right?
What are your future plans? Are you working on something now? Can we meet you at an event – circumstances permitting?
I’m currently working on books 2 and 3 in my Rankers series (sequels to Deliverance at Van Demon’s Deep). I hope to have both books out next year. I shall be at Brighton Comicon in 2022, some festivals, and various other fun events – check my website calendar.
While you are locked in here for eternity, we will allow you to invite one visitor (fictional and otherwise) – who would you invite? And no, they can’t help you to escape.
Ha ha, good one! OK, I’ll invite my wife then, that would really piss her off.
Well then, it was a pleasure to have a chat with you! Please allow these nice attendants to escort you out. We hope you’ll enjoy your stay in the Asylum! Any last words? *locks door*
In the words of Randle Patrick McMurphy, “Is that crazy enough for ya’? Want me to take a shit on the floor?”
(I apologise profusely…)
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