Interview with L.T. Suzuki

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up just outside the urban sprawl of Vancouver, BC. I'd say where I grew up had less to do with influencing what and how I write than how I grew up. In the 60s & 70s there was still a lot of racism and sexual discrimination, and as I entered the work force, especially in the male-dominated field of law enforcement for a branch of the federal government and in martial arts, these, especially the male chauvinism, was quite prevalent. With the female character in my movie optioned series, some of her actions and reactions were loosely inspired by some of what I've experienced in my life, but of course, my character is much more graceful and tactful in her dealings.
When did you first start writing?
I had a job I loved heading up the education and volunteer department of a local zoo on Feb. 6, 2002. The next day, all of management, myself included were let go. On Feb. 7th, I started writing the first book in the epic adult fantasy Imago Chronicles series.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In this 10th and final novel in the Imago Chronicles series, Nayla and the surviving members of the Order are pitted against an enemy unlike any they had ever encountered. This nemesis comes bearing strange, powerful weapons not even the Wizards know how to combat. To make matters worse, following a trail of chaos and murder committed by this villain with a secret agenda, Nayla's daughter, the young Prince of Carcross and her loyal friend, Joval Stonecroft have vanished.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I never started writing with the intention of becoming a traditionally published author, it's been editors at publishing houses I've met at writers conferences that recommended I get a literary agent and become traditionally published. Since I began writing, I've been represented by two agents, both of whom I've met at one of the most popular writing conferences in North America. No matter how many sales with the Big 5 publishing houses these agents might have, there's still no guarantee your book will be published. As great as your book is, it also comes down to how motivated the agent is to sell. I found the traditional publishing route, even with 'reputable' agents, to be a rather disheartening experience. In fact, I even released my last agent to use a very good entertainment lawyer to negotiate my movie deal. Of course, since the movie-optioning of my 1st three novels, I've had some agents ask that I contact them once film production is underway. But as it is now, I remain an indie author!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This year, there were several months where Smashwords sales exceeded those of combined (worldwide) Amazon sales! I think it's important not to let Amazon have a monopoly on my books because not everyone reads from a Kindle and not everyone wants to buy from Amazon! It's important to give book buyers a choice!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When fans come back each year to pick up the latest novel or leave wonderful reviews telling me how my books entertained them, making them laugh and cry while they cheered the characters on through their adventures, this is what gives me the greatest joy! In fact, I was only planning on writing 3 novels, but when fans kept asking for the next adventure, I kept writing to keep them happy!
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are wonderful, loyal readers and, as a writer, this means everything to me! When I can convince a potential buyer to sample the free chapters, the majority of the time, they buy that first novel. Many who buy the first return to buy some or all of the books in the series and some even cross over to my YA fantasy series, The Dream Merchant Saga, just to keep reading until the next Imago book is released! Without these fans telling their friends and family about my books, I'm sure my books would be languishing in a desk drawer, than being read. Bottom line: We are nothing without our readers!
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors also happen to be my favorite writing instructors! I've learned so much from best-selling authors Jack Whyte and father of modern day fantasy, Terry Brooks.
What are you working on next?
I just wrapped up the 10th and final novel in the epic adult Imago Chronicles fantasy series, so I'm going to take a break from writing as we gear up for full film production slated to begin in the late winter of 2013! I've been hired as the creative consultant for the film trilogy, so I'll be busy with this for now and the next little while. If I do find time to write again, I'll work on book 4 of the YA fantasy that I co-write with my lovely teenaged daughter.
Published 2013-08-29.
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Books by This Author

Imago Chronicles: Book Eight, Revelations
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 185,640. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
TIme does not heal all wounds and sometimes, revenge is the only answer… It is the end of an era. With the natural balance of the realm in turmoil since the tragic disappearance of Lindras, the Wizard of the West, chaos reigns supreme when a mysterious killer emerges from the most unlikely of places.
The Dream Merchant Saga: Book Three, The Crack'd Shield
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 114,530. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
What would you be willing to sacrifice to unlock your greatest dream? In this sequel to The Silver Sword, Princess Rose, Tag and Cankles have endured a terrifying trek through the dragon lands in the perilous Fire Rim Mountains. Having run the gauntlet to survive a series of deadly obstacles only to become trapped in the Sorcerer's lair, the trio is faced with their most trying quest to date.
Imago Chronicles: Legacy
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 196,870. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In this sequel to Imago Chronicles: Prophecy, more than a century had passed since the Elves departed from the enchanted forest of Wyndwood to follow their exiled leader Dahlon Treeborn. Establishing a new settlement in the heart of the Emerald Forest of Carcross, they live a quiet and peaceful existence, but circumstances force them to abandon their new home.
Imago Chronicles: Prophecy
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 191,560. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In the first of two novels forming the prequel to Imago Chronicles: Book One, A Warrior's Tale, bound by an oath of blood, Kal-lel Wingfield and Dahlon Treeborn's youthful adventures prepare them for their greatest challenge when they must face Beyilzon, a divine entity now bent on the annihilation of the human race and all those who dare stand by their side.
The Dream Merchant Saga: Book Two, The Silver Sword
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 130,140. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
What happens when your greatest dream is also your worst nightmare? In the sequel to The Magic Crystal, having survived their first big misadventure thanks more to luck than skill, fate conspires once again to force Princess Rose, Tag and Cankles to embark on another perilous quest when the nefarious Sprite steals away with the dreamstone that is imbued with the power to make wishes come true.
The Dream Merchant Saga: Book One, The Magic Crystal
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 153,110. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
When a good wish goes bad, a beautiful, but spoiled princess cursed with a sense of entitlement is sent on a quest when she is gifted with the dreamstone, a magic crystal that can make all her dreams come true, but with very real consequences.
Imago Chronicles: Book Seven, The Broken Covenant
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 187,550. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In this sequel to Book 6 The Spell Binder, celestial signs foretell of the rise of a new evil as a murderous beast with an insatiable appetite for blood is unleashed on a killing spree to the north. Amidst the ensuing chaos, Nayla is taken hostage by those once controlled by the Dark Lord while the men of the Order race to discover what dark magic conjured up this beast.
Imago Chronicles: Book Six, The Spell Binder
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 175,890. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In this sequel to Book Five Destiny’s End, Markus’ coronation as the new king unites the surviving members of the Order for a grand celebration. When a prisoner escapes from the dungeons of Darross Castle, it brings the festivities to an abrupt end. Not only is a madman on the loose, but a young prince is taken hostage and the evil Book of Spells has mysteriously disappeared.
Imago Chronicles: Book Five, Destiny's End
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 166,480. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Life in the enchanted forest has returned to normal, but all is not what it seems. Strange happenings create ripples in the continuum of time throughout this realm. Deployed on a mission cloaked in mystery, Nayla and the men of the Order must stop this evil before its far-reaching effects can destroy everything and everyone they cherish. What is Reality? What is Fantasy? as the two worlds collide.
Imago Chronicles: Book Four, The Tears of God
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 174,840. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Eight years have passed since the monumental war that determined the fate of all in Orien. Nayla Treeborn had retired her weapons to embrace her new life as consort to Prince Arerys. Her tranquil existence is shattered when an unseen evil infiltrates the enchanted forest to steal away with their only child. Forced to wield her sword once more, they must race against time to rescue their daughter.
Imago Chronicles: Book Three, Tales from the East
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 156,490. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
With the Dark Lord vanquished, an uneasy peace settles over Imago as unseen forces work to destroy the surviving members of the Order. Venturing east to pursue a rogue Wizard, Prince Markus confronts a ghost from his past, Lindras must find a way to defeat his most powerful nemesis while Arerys and Nayla’s love will either unite their people or bring further dissension to a race already divided.
Imago Chronicles: Book One, A Warrior's Tale
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 189,480. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Nayla Treeborn is faced with a war that will decide the fate of all the free peoples. In a desperate bid to deliver word to the Elf King, she fights to survive the deadly elements in a strange land. This adventure recounts the defining moments in her life that forged her into a deadly warrior, a great captain and a legend amongst her people.
Imago Chronicles: Book Two, Tales from the West
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 160,810. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
War is imminent. The last hope for peace lies with an alliance of warriors. Led by a Prince whose fate is sealed by his past and a boy haunted by a past he cannot escape, they must deliver the Stone of Salvation to unlock the only weapon that can destroy the impending evil. Pursued by the enemy; trapped and outnumbered, the most unlikely ally comes to their aid, but will they accept it too late?