We’re talking today to Richard Blunt, author of the fantasy novel, Lucas Trent 3: Grand Theft Magic. Welcome Rick!
Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
There is not much to tell about me. I am in my mid-thirties, having a day job as an IT-Expert. My native tongue is German, even though my books are all written in English. I started writing 5 years ago, with my first book appearing two year back.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
“Grand Theft Magic” is the third part of a fantasy book series. The series is about a group of teenagers that discovers the existence of magic in their world and learns how to make use of it. In “Grand Theft Magic” they are confronted with a pack of thieves that work almost invisibly, making the heroes believe that there is magic in play. Unfortunately for them things are never as easy as they appear to be.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I love Fantasy books, always have. So writing one myself was just the logical next step.
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
The biggest challenge with all series is always staying consistent. Additionally I this time tried to incorporate a lot of feedback from the first two books, which made it hard for me to stay true to my writing in some areas.
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
I am self-published.
Was it the right choice for you?
Definitely. Especially now that I threw out the services company I used before. I want to keep control of my book, now I can…
How are you promoting your book thus far?
Pretty much with everything I have in my arsenal online. Besides that word of mouth is good as well by now.
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
It’s hard to pin sales directly to marketing activity. The only thing I can for sure tie down are my personal chats with people.
Do you have another job besides writing?
Yes. Writing is only a hobby for me, so far there is no money to be made for me with books.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Always consider it to be harder than you thought before.
What’s next for you?
Part four of the series of course.
Thank you for this interview, Rick. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
Thanks for having me. My website is http://www.lucastrent.com/