A thousand years ago, a young thief, Tung, and a disgraced wizard, Madrick, are thrust together in an executioner’s dungeon.
In the darkness, Madrick reveals an incredible secret about a legendary spell. The great spell helps them escape their prison cell… and eventually their century.
Catapulted into the present day, their lives collide with Michael, a computer hacker who plans to destroy the world’s largest bank. But sinister people are tracking their every move and they will stop at nothing to steal their spell.
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I love looking at trailers and teasers, so I thought it would be fun to try and make one to help promote my two books.
I really only wanted to dip my toe in the water, so I decided I was definitely going to do it myself. After a quick Google search I came across Animoto (http://animoto.com/intro/animoto/22?gclid=CM2-kfvGiLUCFW3MtAodVD0AAw). It’s free to register and there’s no charge for making videos up to 30 seconds long. That was fine by me because I wanted my first attempt to be short and dynamic. I started by picking the music… Animoto has a huge selection which you can use covering every possible taste. I choose The Smoking Models playing a song called So Long – I appreciate that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I felt it made an impact. I had very few images to work with, but I thought that what I had worked well with the short lines of text.
One downside with the free service is you can’t download the end result onto your computer, but I wasn’t particularly worried because you can upload it to YouTube (and embed it in websites etc from there).
The next challenge is getting people to watch it… there are millions of videos on YouTube, how do you get folk to notice yours? At time of writing this I’ve had 325 views, it’s not trending but it’s a start. I think I can attribute at least 2 sales to the trailer, not earth-shattering, but every little helps.
Overall, it was great fun making the trailer and I must say I was very proud of the result. Having said that, my opinion is irrelevant so I’d love to know what everyone here thinks… in particular, would it make you want to find out a bit more about the books?
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
It probably makes more sense to say what started me writing, many years ago. I put it down to playing early computer adventure games (which were mainly text based back in the day) combined with reading Terry Pratchett’s first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic.
That all gave me a real taste for fantasy, humor, magic and wizards. I also had a passion for computers and, later on, the Internet. My first book, Dark Tidings brought all these things together and answers the question ‘what happens when ancient magic meets the Internet’?
I just wish I had finished Dark Tidings sooner… before JK Rowling stole the limelight!
My name is Ken Magee and I’m an… author.
I live in County Down in Ireland. I worked for many years in the computer industry in a wide variety of roles including programming and sales. In the middle of it all, I served in the Navy Reserve for five years which was hard work, but fun. In 2010, I decided it was time to finish the book I had started many years before (writing not reading). I would have finished it sooner, but life got in the way… mainly the need to earn a living and pay the bills. It took about 12 months to complete it and get it published, and I don’t think any of the original book survived the process!
I enjoyed writing so much that I’ve also completed the sequel and the third book is well under way.