I am a huge fan of heroic fantasy. I grew up reading about warriors wielding swords and shields while they battled the forces of darkness. To this day, the epic, Beowulf remains my favorite book. In fact, I was fortunate to obtain a beautifully illustrated children’s version that I read to my son. I greatly respect and admire the warrior mentality; so filled with strength, tenacity and courage. Heroes provide hope that obstacles can be overcome; that dragons can be slain.
Oh, I love Beowulf too! Do you do a lot of researching before starting to write or do you go with the flow and check the details (if doing so) later?
I am very big into research. After I develop an idea for a story, I spend a lot of time researching everything about the period: terrain, language, weapons, customs, etc to ensure a level of accuracy in my work. I believe it detracts from the story if you don’t do good research. Taking some creative liberty is fine, but it still needs to make sense in the world you are presenting to the reader.
I so agree! I also use a great amount of time by researching. I think facts spice up my paranormal stories and are one of the reasons my reader says they find my stories quite realistic. Why should people buy your stories?
Even writers need to eat. Plus, my writing is action-packed and won’t disappoint.
Lol! Could you give us a one sentence synopsis of your story?
In “Night Stalkers,” follow Roland and his fearsome band of warriors as they battle man and dragon alike in the wilds of Saxony. Mine is but one of 17 tales of heroism in Heroika 1: Dragon Eaters.
Travis Ludvigson is a Warrior Poet with a passion for the written word. He has spent his life reading the histories of both real and imagined worlds, the ideas of ancient philosophers and the sagas of his ancestors, the norse warriors. Whether through writing or in his own life, he strives to express the unlimited potential of the human spirit.
He is an urban and historical fantasy author and creator of The Nephilim Chronicles (Yare’ Darkness Bound and Iron Song), a series surrounding the eternal struggle between the forces of light and darkness. He has also written the novella “Unrelenting,” which tells of heroism and brotherhood whilst facing a creature of myth and legend. His newest work “Night Stalkers,” is part of the anthology “Heroika 1: Dragon Eaters.” This story tells of the deadly exploits of Roland and his Twelve Peers as they embark on a secret mission for the emperor Charlemagne.
Travis has served in U.S. Air Force Intelligence, honed his physical skills by training in the Martial Arts, tested his fighting prowess in a Muay Thai bout in Asia and satisfied his need for adrenaline by leaping from airplanes and diving with sharks.
Thank you, Travis! It’s been a pleasure!