Brandon Mull Interview

Author Brandon Mull writes the wonderful children’s series Fablehaven. The fourth book in the series, Fablehaven: Secrets if the Dragon Sanctuary, releases tomorrow in bookstores! recently had the chance to interview the author to discuss his latest release and upcoming endeavors.

In Fablehaven: Secrets if the Dragon Sanctuary, readers get a look at an entirely different sanctuary for magical creatures. Where do you get your ideas for your unique characters in Fablehaven?

Most of the creatures at Fablehaven and the other magical wildlife parks in the books come from different myths and legends. I borrow from Greek mythology, German and Scandinavian folklore, even Native American legends. My job as the author is to take these somewhat familiar creatures like dragons, trolls, fairies, centaurs, etc., and decide how they will behave in my books. Bringing the magical creatures to life, giving them personalities and establishing rules to help explain their natures and behavior is a blast.

Of course, not all of the characters are magical creatures. A good writer is usually a good observer, so I often create my characters using observations I’ve made of people around me. I’m not trying to transplant people I know onto the page, but rather take personality traits or quirks and combine them into new characters. And yes, part of it I simply invent. The goal is interesting, relatable characters.

There are some big secrets and twists in the book. Have you had those planned out from the beginning?

Most of the big twists are planned from the start. That way I can offer early clues. I love when a twist in book 4 can shed new light back on events in book 2 and 3. To me, those complicated set-ups and pay-offs help make stories feel deeply imagined.

According to Fablehaven: Secrets if the Dragon Sanctuary, the series will conclude with the next book. Can you tell us anything about it?

Book 5 will be called Keys of the Demon Prison. That’s all I’m revealing so far. I can say I have the story planned, and I’ve started writing it. Expect a fun, exciting conclusion.

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Turn Coat Giveaway!

Courtesy of ROC, I have a giveaway copy of Turn Coat, 11th book in the Dresden Files series, by Jim Butcher for 2 lucky winners!

Contest is open to everyone. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends April 10. I’ll draw names on April 11, and notify winners via email.

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The Color of Magic Premiers March 22nd on ION

The Color of Magic
The Color of Magic
Press Release from RHI Entertainment:

Four-Hour Event Starring Sean Astin, Tim Curry and David Jason, To Premiere Sunday, March 22

Based on the first two books in best-selling author Terry Pratchett’s hugely popular Discworld series, The Color of Magic stars Oscar nominee Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Toy Soldiers, Rudy), Emmy nominee Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Kinsey) and David Jason (RHI’s Hogfather). Additionally, Emmy Award-winning actor Brian Cox (Bourne trilogy, Running with Scissors) serves as the narrator and Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Star Wars Episodes II and III) takes on the vocal role of Death.

Discworld, a magical realm, has got its first tourist! Rincewind (David Jason), an incompetent and cynical wizardry student, has recently been expelled from Unseen University and been given the task of guiding Twoflower (Sean Astin) through the city state of Ankh Morpork. The two are forced to flee the city after a terrible fire and are sent on a fantastical journey across the Disc, which is unknowingly being controlled by a board game played by the Gods. Along the way Rincewind encounters a few problems: firstly, as an expert coward, he doesn’t feel he’s the best person to guard a naive – and extremely rich, by local standards – tourist through one of the roughest cities in the multiverse. Then, of course, Rincewind experiences a vicious and bloody struggle with his arch-enemy, the power-hungry maniac Trymon (Tim Curry). Oh, and the world is coming to an end. Can Rincewind defeat his nemesis and save Discworld from ultimate destruction?

The Color of Magic was filmed at London’s legendary Pinewood Studios. The film was produced by Ian Sharples and Rod Brown and directed by Vadim Jean, who also directed RHI’s Hogfather. RHI’s Robert Halmi Sr. and Robert Halmi Jr. serve as executive producers on the project.

Catch The Color of Magic on ION Television on Sunday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Dark Haven Giveaway!

I have an extra copy that I’ll use for a giveaway of Dark Haven, Book 3 in the Chronicles of the Necromancer, by Gail Z. Martin for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to everyone. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends April 3. I’ll draw names on April 4, and notify winners via email.

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Starfinder, by John Marco, is the first novel in the Skylords trilogy.

Thirteen year old Moth has always dreamed of flying. And Rendor, his friend Fiona’s grandfather, also had the same dream and created flying ships to allow humans to take to the skies. Rendor has also been spouting on about the dangerous Skylords. Though, no one has ever seen them. And when Moth’s old friend passes along a secret, Moth must embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

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