Name: Robert C. Fountain
Tell us what makes you proud to be a writer from your City, State or Country:
Being an American means a lot of things to a lot of people, but to me it means especially having the freedom to speak to issues that are important to you. As an author, I’m always aware of how vital it is to tell not just a “good story” but one with a heart, a message that touches the reader on an emotional, affecting level. I’m especially grateful to the soldiers of our armed forces who fight every day to secure that freedom. In a way, I consider every work I pen to be a testament to their bravery and to the liberty we enjoy in this country.
What or who inspired you to become a writer:
Storytelling’s always been in my blood, I suppose. My parents inspired me to read at a young age so that I had basic reading skills by the time I entered Kindergarten. But I rapidly found that I liked reading to others even more than reading to myself. I remember reading aloud “The Little Red Caboose” to my folks when I was about five years old and using dramatic tones to tell the story in my small voice. It made for some great family memories that I will always cherish. As I grew, I became more influenced by great writers such as Tolkien and Lewis. I’ll never forget the first time I read “The Fellowship of the Ring.” I knew that I wanted to do something like that! And as I learned more about the character and philosophies of these celebrated authors, I knew I wanted to emulate them in other ways: telling a great story with an inspirational message became my passion.
Tell us why you write the genre(s) that you write:
I like speculative fiction in general, and fantasy in particular, because as Lewis would have said, it allows you to have a world you can stretch yourself out in. This genre allows for the crafting of realms of imagination whose limits are bound only by your capacity to visualize something and place it on paper. Dreams given form are the lifeblood of the fantasist.
What special projects are you working on now and what books do we have to look forward to in the future?:
“Dark Brand,” my first full-length novel, is but volume one in a trilogy called “The Forge of Atuma,” book two of which is being written right now. What’s more, the trilogy is actually part of a far grander tale. I am filling my laptop’s hard drive with character sketches, background, history, linguistic information and just plain whimsy trying to record the vast scope of what looks to be a supremely fun project. I’m in this for the long haul and I invite everyone else to come along for the ride. I have a feeling it’s going to be great trip!
Website (where you sell your books): My main website at www.forgeofatuma.com has a link to buy my books. Also if you want to purchase “Dark Brand” directly, you can find it at http://www.lulu.com/content/941988. In late March or early April, you can also look for “Dark Brand” on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other on-line retailers.
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Interview done by: www.thebookattic.us
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