I'd like to welomce Michael B Fletcher, author of 'Kings of Undercastle'.
Sandy - So, tell me about you writing journey.
Michael - When one becomes a writer one doesn’t realise what a frustrating, all-consuming yet rewarding path you’ve undertaken. Who will put up with one of the longest apprenticeships in the world, that never really finishes? Who would put up with the long lonely viduals in a cramped room attempting to put out some awe-inspiring work that you then
seek to receive glowing feedback for, meanwhile fighting the needs of family, pets and procrastination, and ‘real’ work?
No-one but a writer.
I’m part way along that journey. My family have left home, my ‘computer’ cat and patient dog have gone to their ‘happy hunting’ grounds, I’m on the final year of having to have a ‘real’ job and I’ve finally become an author, with my first book out. Wow!
Sandy - Congratulations on the release of 'Kings of Under-Castle'. How did the idea come to you?
Michael - I was writing the second book in my ‘masterpiece’ adult fantasy trilogy, 'Masters of Scent', when I woke up one morning with two characters in my head, by the names of Pickel and Weasle. They were clamouring to be heard and they demanded that I interrupt my novels and tell their tales.
So 'Kings of Under-Castle' was born. Pickel and Weasle are two rogues who live in the drains under the King’s castle and get up to all sort of mischief, including purloining valuables, using all sorts of people, including two urchins who live in a town nearby, and never being too fussy about what they eat.
Sandy - Did you have fun bringing these cheeky characters to life?
Michael - Who would have thought that the ‘toffee-nosed’ King’s courtier would be their worst enemy? Why would the voluptuous Helena von Gosporin venture down into the drains? Why was Drossum, the jailer so cheery or Dr Strichnin so macabre? Why did Ben, the royal surveyor Brickenmort’s nephew only say “Yeah”?Why did the keeper of the royal bloodhounds want to keep his dogs out of ‘them
Yes I have had some fun with the tales of Pickel and Weasle- a significant form of procrastination when one is writing their ‘serious’ book.
But that’s what writing is all about – fun.
'Kings of Undercastle' is also available on Amazon.
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