When Sir Edric Greenlock, the Hero of Hornska, is summoned to attend the King in the dead of night he fears imminent execution. Committing adultery is frowned upon in King Lawrence’s domains, especially when it’s with Lawrence’s wife. The King, however, has something else in mind. Priceless royal treasures have been stolen, and the King dispatches Sir Edric to retrieve them in a mission that could optimistically be described as suicidal.
Along the way he’ll battle rockheaded golems, terrible sorcery and the Ursk: a race of brutal slavers who consider humans to be a sort of edible currency.
Accompanied by his pathologically loyal manservant Dog, the prudish elf Lysandra, and a man called Colin, he must travel to the Unholy Temple to retrieve the royal treasures from a mysterious thief.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
It’s almost entirely different writing comedy fantasy to serious stuff, which was a big surprise for me. The biggest difference was that when writing a serious book you can work through it, usually, and get a good rhythm going with regular daily word counts. With comedy, it either came to me easily, or not at all. Some days I wrote 0 words, and once or twice I wrote a whole chapter in a single sitting.
It’s also a challenge to try and keep the jokes original, whilst keeping the sense of humour consistent. Comedy also means doing just about everything a serious book does (engaging story, plot twists, a likeable set of characters) but making it funny at the same time.
And redrafting’s harder with comedy. Because novelty’s part of humour (unexpected jokes and turns of phrase being witty) when you’ve read something 7 times it’s harder to objectively assess whether it’s amusing. Thankfully, my beta readers gave me a lot of help with this.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Redraft, a lot. Your first draft can always be improved upon, and when you’ve written the whole thing you may found you’ve repeated certain ideas, or that certain sections can be increased in size or cut to better balance the story.
Before publishing or submitting to an agent/publisher proofread it at least once. This is a tedious task, but if you’re a new author and the first thing a reader sees is a page full of typos (especially in the sample section) they may be turned off. Even if you subsequently correct them, reviews pointing out how typo-ridden the book is will remain up, and may put off potential future readers.
Also, consider beta readers. They’re objective people (often people From The Internet can be better than friends/family, who understandably can find it hard to criticise your work) who offer an assessment of what you’re doing right, and where you’re going wrong. Criticism from them is better than criticism in reviews, and both should be viewed as an opportunity to improve as a writer. Praise, of course, is much nicer to hear, but it won’t make you a better writer.
I’m Thaddeus White, and Sir Edric’s Temple is my third book to date (after Bane of Souls and Journey to Altmortis).
Like Constantine the Great, I come from Yorkshire. I read fantasy and classical history mostly, as well as a bit of medieval history and the odd sci-fi.
Away from books, I like F1 (though I’m hoping the 2014 regulation changes lead to Vettel not winning all the time) and have offered tips on it since 2009, and enjoy videogames.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve always enjoyed writing amusing stuff, and I’ve put a bit of humour into my first two books, even though they’re ‘serious’ fantasy. Comedy has a special sort of creativity around it, and coupled with the freedom that fantasy offers I thought it’d be great fun to write a comedy. And it was. Hopefully it’s great fun to read too.