Monday, January 9, 2012

Brian Young - Blood Veins - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. Who is the plot based around?
The plot is based around a cast of characters including; Briah Therin, Prince Alexander Novelle, Captain Maximus Rex, and Lieutenant Percival Devore.

2. What is the main idea of the plot?
The Main idea is a mysterious group of people have invaded the kingdom of Larista. Rumor says they came from the mountains where God resides that marks the end of the world. The king and elder prince are missing and presumed dead. King Alexander and his friends must battle through hostile territory to the occupied Laristan castle Varanasi to try and discover who the invaders are and what they want. On the way they will discover truths that will change their world forever.

3. When does the plot take place?
The plot takes place thousands of years after a war that nearly destroyed the world. The citizens live in a world where technology is feared but necessary. The people of Larista believe that God saved them from the majority of the destruction and have lived isolated from the rest of the world developing on their own and ignorant.

4. Where does the plot take place?
The plot takes place in the kingdom of Larista. Once of three kingdoms that lies bracketed between the impassable mountains to the east and the ocean to the west. Seafaring knowledge has been lost and seafaring exploration is nearly nonexistent.

5. Why did the plot develop the way it did?
The plot developed how it did because I write without an outline. The story has a way of taking over and going where it will. I find that letting it develop naturally with a little guidance works best for me. At some point while writing the first scene I decided where I wanted to go, but the journey was as much as a surprise to me as it will be to the reader.

6. How did you come up with the idea for the plot?
I wanted to write a postapocalyptic story, but I didn’t want it to be about the destruction or set write after it. I wanted to write about a people who had rebuilt their society and were in the process of discovering the secrets of their past, about the growth and development of those people.

Book Summary:

A black wave has passed over the thriving kingdom of Larista. Mysterious invaders calling themselves the Dolus have swept over the land laying waste to everything in their paths and leaving ghost towns in their wake. No one knows where they came from and no one knows what their purpose is. Tasting nothing but defeat after defeat the light of hope is fading in the kingdom; but the guerrilla forces resisting the Dolus invasion have received new information. This news has provided a small glimmer that could possibly spark into something more. Captain Maximus Rex leads a daring rescue mission deep in the Laristan forests to save the lone surviving member of the royal family.

Once freed Prince Alexander Novelle along with his friends and comrades face a perilous journey deep behind enemy lines. Their destination is Castle Varanasi. The once proud Laristan capital, gateway to heaven and salvation, lies in ruins under Dolus occupation. Mysterious assassins, underworld savages and renegade Dolus survivors stand between them the answers they seek. What they find there will shatter their perceptions and lead to unknown perils none of them are ready to face.


Percival shook his head. "It's our duty to kill that murdering, traitorous scum, Novell, and free everyone. Not just these people here today. We can't do that on our own though. We need him or no one will follow us."

Maximus cocked his head and looked quizzically at Percy. "You know both their names are Novell, right? Not to mention there's no proof Prodis is responsible for this. I doubt Alexander would appreciate you calling his brother a murdering, traitorous scum."

It was clear Percival was convinced Prodis was responsible and all he gave in response was a short grunt.

"Anyway," Maximus continued, "If Alexander is down there and we don't go in, we will have missed our best and possibly our only chance at freeing him. We go."

Percival's face went blank as he barked out, "Yes Sir."

The captain sighed, his breath showing in the crisp cold air. The rain had started to let up and it seemed the temperature had dropped another ten degrees as the chill renewed its assault against his rain soaked cold weather gear. "I hate it when you call me Sir. It means you disagree with me, or you're mad at me"

Percy gave his Captain a half grin. "First, if I can't call you Maxi and I can't call you Sir, what am I suppose to call you? Second, I do agree with you. I just know when you need someone else to voice your inner thoughts and help you sort things out. Lastly, I'll make sure everyone is ready." Percival finished with his customary grin.

"I hate you sometimes, Lieutenant."

Percival shrugged and turned to pass the plans along to the rest of the squad.

Author Bio:

Brian is a graduate of the University of Oregon. He works as a banker and an editor for Rogue Phoenix Press. He currently resides in Oregon with his wife and daughter.

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  1. This story sounds so exciting. I love science fiction stories, and this one sounds exceptionally good.

  2. It always fascinates me how authors choose names of people and places in their stories. What method/source did you use to help you name your characters and the places. Some names sound Roman (Maximus) and others Middle Ages (Percival).

  3. Thank your for hosting me today. Have to work so I'll check back in later.

  4. Thanks for sharing the excerpt today!


  5. Great questions. I feel like I know a lot more about the book now. I love the character names.


  6. A lot of the names I used are simply ones I have always really liked. There are a few that have some extra relevance behind them that isn't very obvious or hasn't come into play yet. Thanks to everybody for the comments.