Interview with Legend Brook

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is dedicated to my niece, Darien. She was recently diagnosed with epilepsy, so I spun a tale about the mysteries of what happens when one locks up with a seizure. It's a terrifying experience, but my hope is that by turning the unknown into a fantasy adventure she may no longer feel "weird", as she puts it.

The book will be titled "Fin" and fits perfectly within the center of the Amser Studios timeline.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The idea of being in full control of something certainly helped appeal me to the "indie author" lifestyle. I was able to create an entire universe where the stories connect like pieces of a puzzle without the worry of a publisher standing at my back telling me, "You can't publish that."

This way, I can turn my notes into a mystical tale enjoyable to scifi and fantasy fans all over.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords makes it easy to release my work for free, where as other publishing platforms require a minimum list price. This way I can share my work with avid readers with a low budget for their hobbies, which I completely understand and often find myself experiencing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing comes from the satisfaction of getting one step closer to completing the Amser Universe. Perhaps I should take more joy in the actual writing process, but I can't help it! I am very very very excited about the ending!
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. Without them I would have very little inspiration for my writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I happen to be one of those people who spend a lot of time in front of the tv. I enjoy a wide variety of nerdy shows like the SuperWhoLock fananza, Burn Notice, Psych, and many many other shows that dictate my life. However, when I'm not enjoying a television binge or creating my own means of entertainment I have a lot of fun spending time with the love of my life, traveling and hiking the woods outdoors.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Indeed I do, surprisingly. It was many years ago when I first picked up a pen without a prompt over my head. It wasn't a book idea by any means, but I felt the urge to suddenly write a short story that I later modified/developed into the gateway short story, "Princess of Amaryllis". It's a fun little traumatic experience bundled into a warm blanket and delivered by horseback. In other words, it's a historical romance thriller.
What is your writing process?
A long while ago, I came up with a handful of book ideas that, together, would create a fascinating, unworldly timeline of fantasy and scifi. While working on one I continue to develop these ideas into proper story lines. After finishing one, I then choose one of the other pieces of the puzzle and spin it into a proper story.
What are you working on next?
It's sort of up in the air on that one. There are a few I am thinking about tackling, like Reflection, Sol and the fourth and final book in the UNBELIEVE series, but I really can't be certain at this point. It depends greatly on what readers want but also what inspirations are set out for me with any given concept.
How do you approach cover design?
I typically do two covers for each book. The first is a basic, general concept or setting for the story and the second I try to make an actual scene from the story that's been turned into a still image. Ex. New World has the honey from Wendall's home farm with a note from his mother tied around the neck. Similarly, Ruin World's cover is of a flower crushed against cement, same as what happened to the flower Franny stole for Farren.
Published 2018-06-16.
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Books by This Author

Hope, Hound of the Baskervilles
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,360. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Hope, Private Detective and Dr. John Hamish Watson are called into action on a case half way across the world - Memphis. The Baskervilles Science and Research Center has been marked for excavation, but when scientists and military officers alike enter the building, their souls are lost and bodies frozen.
Fin
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,870. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Since she was a child, Fin's been prone to epileptic attacks. When her body locks up, her mind drifts to another place. An amusement park, was how it first presented itself to her. Harmless, fun. But that's not what it is. If anything, this strange place is a labyrinth of dangers. And for whatever reasoning, it wants her to stay.
The Heart of Time
Price: Free! Words: 550. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
The Heart of Time is a "gateway" short story into the universe of Amser. It opens the stage, so to speak, for the novella "Fin" and later it's sequel, "Amser". Part romance, part adventure, Fin, Amser, and this short story bring on a whole new light to the meaning of time. Please forgive the puns. FIN, this short story's sequel, will be available for FREE on Amazon Dec. 3- Dec. 5th!
Hope: Complete First Set
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 73,850. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Someone has taken to falsifying records, destroying careers, and killing innocent citizens to bring people with similar names and backgrounds as those of the Old World Sherlock Holmes stories together. Forced into this twisted game, Hope and Watson have no choice but to make sure this classic's rewrite doesn't end in their own demise.
Hope: A Gift, Part One
Price: Free! Words: 3,260. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
The Ghost of New London strikes again. It targets the most advance volts of the new age and takes them down without a trace. Perplexed, the authorities haven't the slightest who's been targeting their banks. All they know is this individual can seemingly walk through walls.
Lucifer's Symphany
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,520. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
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Lucifer has fallen, it's touch now kissed with ice. The devil is alone, for nothing can stand against the touch of ice... of death. This story is the journey of Lucifer's fall from a soldier of heaven, to the devil of hell.
Assembly Of Planets Complete First Set
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,520. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
When the lead council's best interests are brought into question, the Assembly votes to reconstruct the ten seats of council. In doing so, selected candidates are subjected to numerous trials of fate and justice. Jupiter, a self-denounced member of the original council, quickly finds herself an involuntary candidate and the single connection to a string of murders.
Hope: The Woman Part Two
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,820. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
The Woman's reign has come to an end... but at what cost?
Hope: The Woman Part One
Series: Hope, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,870. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Hope and Dr. Watson have no time to prepare for the life threatening introduction of a new playing piece, Irene Adler. In the wake of a failed massacre attempt, loose ends become tied in such a way that can only damage the playing field. It's the first time Moriarty has truly lost a match and therefore consequences are bound to arise.
Hope: The Adventure Of Shoscambe Old Place
Series: Hope, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,150. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Hope and Dr. Watson have been drawn into a game of murder and mystery. They've long since realized the inspiration of the master mind behind these murders comes from the old Sherlock Holmes novels, but they're twisted, unpredictable. This master mind has created something entirely new and no doubt devastating to the alliance between France and England.
Old World
Series: New World, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,320. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
2059 brought on a nuclear war that would kill billions. 2060 created a brutal New World- a place where only the strongest could survive. 2096 sought out an end to the chaos carried on throughout years past. Follow Oliver Anders as he's tested by the New World and thrown into something much bigger than himself and his pacifistic morals...
Ruin World
Series: New World, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,450. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Farren Maverick wants nothing more than to break through the walls of the New World. It's been all he's ever wanted since his grandfather first told him of the Old World land and sky. He needs to see this for himself, he believes. He needs to explore! He needs to dream! And above all else, he needs to live. "New World" Sequel
New World
Series: New World, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,420. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Isaak Kazimir has big goals for the human race. He sees nothing but potential as he looks around- the world so full of strength and intelligence... He wants it for himself. He wants to take the world.. and he wants to turn it into what he believes true paradise to be.
Assembly Of Planets
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,520. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(3.80)
When the lead council's best interests are brought into question, the Assembly votes to reconstruct the ten seats of council. In doing so, selected candidates are subjected to numerous trials of fate and justice. Jupiter, a self-denounced member of the original council, quickly finds herself an involuntary candidate and the single connection to a string of murders.
Hope: A Study In Scarlet
Series: Hope, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,100. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Someone has taken to falsifying records, destroying careers, and killing innocent citizens to bring people with similar names and backgrounds as those of the Old World Sherlock Holmes stories together. Forced into this twisted game, Hope and Watson have no choice but to make sure this classic's rewrite doesn't end in their own demise.
Hope: The Adventure Of The Engineer's Thumb
Series: Hope, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,500. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(Sequel to Hope: A Study In Scarlet) This twisted game Hope and Dr. Watson have been forced into is about to take an unexpected and overwhelming turn. It's a question of genius versus insanity as Hope struggles to gather any and all information on this supposed "Moriarty" before his next strike. A broken window, severed thumb, and trip to prison later
Lucifer's Symphony Movement One: The Lost Kingdom, Amaryllis
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,520. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Lucifer has fallen, it's touch now kissed with ice. The devil is alone, for nothing can stand against the touch of ice... of death. This story is the journey of Lucifer's fall from a soldier of heaven, to the devil of hell.
Something New
Price: Free! Words: 570. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(5.00)
Something New is an Amser Studios short story that falls just before the science fiction apocalyptic series, UNBELIEVE. (Namely the first novel in the series, New World by: L. W. Brook) Isaak Kazimir has been locked away in an institution for the unstable and forgotten. It's not until Miss Amser, the founder of the astute Amser University, stops by that he has any chance of being remembered.
The Princess Of Amaryllis
Price: Free! Words: 1,260. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
The Princess of Amaryllis is an Amser Studios short story that falls just before the novella, Lucifer's Symphony: Movement One, The Lost Kingdom, Amaryllis The princess loved a lot of things. Jewels, silk, gold... but she loved her handmaiden more than anything her kingdom could offer her.
The First Log
Price: Free! Words: 4,750. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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Aquaphobia, claustrophobia, mysophobia, OCD, and Asthma are just the start of what ails Robert Smith, the man drafted to go down in history as the first After World Archivist. His mission? To document the findings of the first-ever After World battle submarine, the USS LUCE. Unfortunately, for Robert, this does require boarding the vessel.