Interview with Sam Whitehouse
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Check out this inspiring interview with Sam Whitehouse,
author of The Keys of Time.
From The Prophecy of Three Quartet
Was there a moment or specific event that made you commit to writing?
Ever since I knew that people wrote books, I wanted to do the same. I wanted to create worlds and characters like my favourite authors, but be able to have full control over them. And it always felt like the right thing to do. I suppose some people know they want to be a doctor or a veterinarian, just knew that I wanted to be a writer.
What is the working title of your book?
The book is published on Amazon Kindle so it is no longer a working title. The series was originally going to be called Merlin’s Three, but ultimately I decided upon The Prophecy of Three Quartet, and then sub-titles for each of the four instalments. The first one being The Keys of Time.
Where did the idea come from?
It stemmed from a love of myth and legend, particularly Arthurian legend (merlin, round table etc) which has always sat on a line between fact and fiction. I thought it would be cool to explore that line. Greek mythology seems to get a lot of attention and I thought it was time Arthurian legend was given a chance.
What genre does your book fall under?
I would say fantasy is the main genre but there is a little YA urban thrown in there too.
Great mix. How would you describe the pace of the story?
I try, in everything I write, to drag the reader into the action and so I like to have a pretty fast pace. But I do like the occasional page or two where there is a quiet moment where the characters can develop. If I succeed in making the reader feel a part of the story, then I am happy.
If a movie were made, which actors would you choose to play your characters?
I would like the three main protagonists, Simon, Evelyn, and James, to be played by relatively unknown actors, so someone is given a chance to make the character their own. But Falamir - Simon, Evelyn and James’s mentor - I think would be a great role for either Gary Oldman who plays Sirius Black in the Potter movies or perhaps Liam Neeson. I think Helena Bonham Carter or Angelina Jolie would be great for Morgana.
Can you tell us about your book in one-sentence?
Limitless power, time-travel, dangerous magic, an evil witch, and an impending magical apocalypse: not exactly the life of your average teenager.
Are you self published, published or represented by an agency?
I decided to self-publish so that I could have full control over the series and where it went. I didn’t want anyone to tell me where I had to take the plot or characters.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft took me about five months to write. But with creating, planning and plotting then editing the first book took around three years. It has been a long journey.
Well done. How have your friends and family influenced or helped you in the writing process?
They have offered advice on what works and what doesn’t, they read through paragraphs and offered ways that I could improve some of the plot points. But most of the time I worked in the world of The Prophecy of Three on my own. I was a bit protective of it and didn’t want anyone else knowing about it but me. But if anyone should get credit for helping, it is my Grandad. He was the one who read me stories when I was small, fuelled my imagination and made me want to write.
What other books would you compare The Keys of Time to?
I think it would sound big-headed to compare my book with any other. But the story does share traits with Harry Potter and Percy Jackson in that unsuspecting characters have daunting destinies thrust upon them. But that is what I like in a story. To throw an unwitting character into a situation that is beyond anything they have experienced before.
Just what readers are looking for. So... who or what inspired you to write this book?
My Grandad was the one who first sparked my interest in books. He read my hundreds of stories when I was little, most of them time he would make them up himself. But this book specifically was inspired by my love of myth and legend and wanting to create my own fantasy world that I could control and allow readers to explore.
What might pique the reader’s interest?
It blends modern day with ancient myth and legend. I think fans of Percy Jackson should find it a cool read. Oh, and there is time travel, insidious creatures, battles, witches, an impending magical apocalypse, and a talking ferret called Puck.
What is your favorite comment from a reader?
One reader said they felt as if they knew the characters and that they were living the story alongside them. As I’ve said before, if I can make the readers feel like part of the story, then I am happy.
What can we expect in the future from an author like Sam Whitehouse?
I am currently hard at work editing Book 2 of the Prophecy of Three Quartet which will be called The Demon’s Hunt. I am also writing the third book in the Prophecy series and writing the first in a new YA sci-fi trilogy, which I plan on offering to agents and publishers. One thing that is for sure is I will never stop writing. Writing is as ingrained in me as my own blood.
Where can we find your work?
You can find it on Amazon Kindle: Just type in The Prophecy of Three the Keys of Time and you can pick up a copy. If you want to read some short stories and sneak peeks you can check out my blog at: http://sam26051994.wordpress.com/. Or if you want to get to know me and my writing you can follow me on twitter @SamProphecy or head over to the Prophecy’s official facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Theprophecyofthreequartet.
Kudos to Sam for this interview and for his hard work!