Interview with Brian S. Pratt

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
3 of the best kids in the world and the love of a good woman.
What is your writing process?
When I first began, I created an elaborate outline, rich in detail. But then when I started to write, the story quickly diverged from my original plan. Ideas spring to mind, a secondary or tertiary plot point sounds interesting so I add it. Now, I have several scenes in mind when I begin to write and steer the story towards them. I let the story write itself.
Why did you begin writing in the first place?
Why did I decide to begin writing The Morcyth Saga? I suppose the main reason was due to the many series which were currently popular at the time. Series that in the beginning grabbed hold of me and wouldn't let go, but then over time began to lose momentum in a mire of subplots and overlong descriptive paragraphs which I found myself skipping. When I realized I was skipping pages at a time to pass through a subplot that didn't really move the story along to get to what I considered the `good points' (action, adventure, actually seeing the main characters) I figured I could do better.

So I set out to write a series in which the reader followed the main character 90% of the time, action or points of interest were in every chapter, and descriptive content was down to a minimum. As a reader I knew I could create my own visualization of surroundings and figured others could to. I mean, do you really need me to go in depth as to what a teenage boy's room looks like? Doesn't `messy boy's room' bring up an instant visual? Stuff like that is what I mean. Certainly there are those who prefer grand descriptive content and a myriad of plots that takes a notepad to keep track of. To them I would say The Morcyth Saga is not for you.

As to the story itself, I was a role player in high school back in the '80s. And I got to thinking about how interesting it would be should a gamer be thrust into a world in which his gaming experiences could help him thrive. After all, if you take a person from our world and thrust them into a world of magic, wouldn't it be helpful to select someone who would be more amenable to the prospect of magic? Perhaps one whose very interests were along those lines? That was how James came into being, a high school senior who loves creating and then running his friends through his creation.

The Morcyth Saga and The Broken Key Trilogy are both written along gaming lines. The Morcyth Saga is about a gamer that is thrust into a world of magic while The Broken Key is written in role playing style.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first word March 1, 2005, beginning The Morcyth Saga, in particular The Unsuspecting Mage. It was almost a year since my wife left me and my three children to fend for ourselves. Life was good and I had always had a well developed imagination so thought, "Why not?" and began my first steps to the career I have today.
What is the biggest obstacle to writing?
Excuses. Plain and simple. As I tell my children, "An excuse can kill a dream."

For example, "I can't write if I'm tired" or stressed, or only have less than an hour to devote to it. If you want to be a writer...write. Ten minutes here, twenty there if you have to but sit down and start fleshing out your story. If you let excuses get in the way, you may as well find a new line of work. Although I do have to admit, there are days when the creative juices just aren't flowing and that isn't just an excuse.
Did you try to get an agent and a publisher.
Yes. Back then you had to as Smashwords and other similar sites had not yet come into being. Self publishing was frowned upon and I was basically told by those in the industry that if I ever set foot on the road of self-publishing, that traditional publishers wouldn't have me. It wasn't until I was rejected by everyone, publishers and agents, that I took the chance. And here I am now. Frankly, I doubt if a traditional publisher could give me enough money to give them rights to any of my books.
Do you remember the first reveiw you ever got?
Do I!

Present tense is an amateurish way to write....., January 15, 2006

.....and this book reads like it was written for a high school English class. Worst book I've read in a long time.

I like lots of books, especially ones written by Robin Hobb, George Martin, and Stephen Donaldson to name but three. These books were well written. This one was not.

Harsh reviews are part and parcel to being published. This one crushed me for a short time, but then a good review was posted and my ego was bandaged enough for me to keep going. :) There have been many, many worse ones. Can't let it get you down. When I began, I made $40 my first month and I told myself that as long as I sold at least 1 book a month, I would keep going. Took years before I made enough to live off. Can't give up. Ever!
Published 2014-01-02.
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Books by This Author

Lloyd and Boog
Price: Free! Words: 13,780. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.40 from 5 reviews)
Man wins lotto, gets inundated with fame and his quiet life is no more. In an effort to reclaim the peace and quiet he so much enjoys, he uses the lotto money to be the first colonist on Mars. He figures this would be the only place that neighbors would be unlikely.
Teaser for Dark Shores of Salvation
Price: Free! Words: 13,840. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
Stop!!! ****Spoilers!!!**** If you have not read through Tides of Faith I would strongly recommend you do not read this teaser. If so, enjoy while I get the rest of this book in line for the upcoming release date. If you have never read any of my books, reading this will make no difference. Though if you plan to, I'd still advise avoiding it.
The Morcyth Saga Box Set
Series: Box Sets of a Fantasy Nature, Book 2. Price: $32.99 USD. Words: 971,280. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
This Box Set contains all seven of Brian S. Pratt's epic fantasy series, The Morcyth Saga.
Brian S. Pratt's Worlds of Fantasy Box Set
Series: Box Sets of a Fantasy Nature, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 369,080. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 1 review)
This Box Set includes the first complete book of each of Brian S. Pratt's most popular Fantasy Worlds: The Unsuspecting Mage of The Morcyth Saga Shepherd's Quest of The Broken Key Trilogy Jaikus and Reneeke Join the Guild of The Adventurer's Guild After each you will also find the first three chapters of the respective series' book two. Enjoy!
Dark Shores of Salvation: Travail of The Dark Mage Book Three
Series: Travail of The Dark Mage, Book 3. Pre-release—available November 30, 2018. Price: $6.95 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Build a temple...sounds simple. But with an unknown adversary laying waste to the Empire and magic growing ever more unreliable, things could get interesting. Dark Shores of Salvation is the third book in Brian S. Pratt's Travail of the Dark Mage series. It is the sequel series to The Morcyth Saga, a tale of epic fantasy adventure.
The Adventurer's Guild: #2-Caravan to Kittikin
Series: The Adventurer's Guild, Book 2. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 68,670. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
New to The Adventurer's Guild, Jaikus and Reneeke want to prove themselves. Taking on an Adventure located in Kittikin, the kingdom to the north, they take passage with Master Tuppin's caravan. But since their skills are raw and their talent untested, this could be a very long and dangerous ride through the bandit infested Pass that separates the two kingdoms.
The Improbable Adventures of Scar and Potbelly - Ice Terraces of Crystal Crag
Series: Improbable Adventures of Scar and Potbelly, Book 1. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 76,890. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Purchasing a map from the town kook, Old Jim, sets Scar and Potbelly on an adventure to retrieve the other two sections of the map and locate the treasure to which it leads.
Tides of Faith: Travail of The Dark Mage Book Two
Series: Travail of The Dark Mage, Book 2. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 187,870. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
After having barely survived their return from Earth, James, Jiron and Jira enlist the aid of friends on their way to reunite with their loved ones.
Maps for The Morcyth Saga
Price: Free! Words: 120. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Here are 4 maps that go with The Morcyth Saga and Travail of The Dark Mage. They are works in progress, with only places visited by James and his friends being shown.
Portals: A Dungeon Crawler Adventure
Series: Dungeon Crawlers, Book 2. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 86,840. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.00 from 1 review)
Holk, a veteran warrior of many campaigns stumbles into a subterranean world from which there appears no escape. He discovers a network of caverns, lakes, and fungal expanses; each area isolated from the others. The only avenue from one to the next lies through a series of portals. Within this world he meets a mysterious being known only as The Merchant; a dragon; and a small human boy-child
Help! I Don't Want To Live Here Anymore
Price: Free! Words: 23,020. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2009. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dysfunctional relationships, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Child abuse
Not long after my three children went to live with their mother and her boyfriend, they began complaining about the terrible new life they encountered in their new home. They and I discussed the different situations and tried to work out ways in which they could make things better. This book recounts how I strove to help them deal with their new circumstances. Some helped, others are pending.
Light in the Barren Lands: Travail of The Dark Mage Book One
Series: Travail of The Dark Mage, Book 1. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 108,700. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
Light in the Barren Lands begins "Travail of The Dark Mage" sequel to The Morcyth Saga. James and Jiron end up on Earth. Returning to Jiron's homeworld is complicated in that Earth doesn't appear to be a very magical place. Unable to even feel the presence of magic, James doubts if they'll ever get home again.
The Mists of Sorrow: The Morcyth Saga Book Seven
Series: The Morcyth Saga, Book 7. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 180,620. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.92 from 13 reviews)
Here in the climactic conclusion of The Morcyth Saga, James finally learns what he was brought to this world to do, and almost too late. More magic in this one than in any other.
Shades of the Past: The Morcyth Saga Book Six
Series: The Morcyth Saga, Book 6. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 138,490. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.92 from 12 reviews)
Enough is enough! Time to kick some butt. James, along with those who have gravitated to him since his first arrival to this world, go on the offensive against the forces of the Empire. Lots of fighting, magic. Also mixed in with the Allies is the Hand of Asran. Think Druids with attitude.
The Star of Morcyth: The Morcyth Saga Book Five
Series: The Morcyth Saga, Book 5. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 140,550. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.88 from 8 reviews)
James is summoned to stand before the Cardri High Council to face charges brought to bear by the Empire. Incapacitated, he is given into their hands.
Trail of the Gods: The Morcyth Saga Book Four
Series: The Morcyth Saga, Book 4. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 117,850. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.18 from 11 reviews)
Getting some R&R in Trendle, James works to learn more of how to control and harness magic. Also, he and Jiron sneak into the Empire controlled city of Saragon. There they hope to discover where the priests of Morcyth went, and maybe to find out why James had been brought to this world in the first place.
Warrior Priest of Dmon-Li: The Morcyth Saga Book Three
Series: The Morcyth Saga, Book 3. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 146,780. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 9 reviews)
When James destroyed the Iron Mines at Sorna in a mammoth volcanic eruption after rescuing Miko from his enslavement, massive tsunamis wreaked havoc all along the Empire’s coastland. This brought the attention of certain powers within the Empire to bear.
Fires of Prophecy: The Morcyth Saga Book Two
Series: The Morcyth Saga, Book 2. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 123,940. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.52 from 29 reviews)
At the fall of the City of Light, Miko is captured by the Empire's forces and is taken as a slave into the Empire. James. with the help of some new found allies, travels into the Empire to rescue his friend. From the City of Light, to the slave markets of Korazan, even unto the Empire's capitol itself, James continues his search for his friend, Miko, unwilling to leave him to his fate.
The Unsuspecting Mage: The Morcyth Saga Book One
Series: The Morcyth Saga, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 144,300. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(3.98 from 49 reviews)
“Want to be a mage? Then do we have the job for you…” Sounds great for a veteran role-player. When on-the-job training entails battling demons, learning magic through trial and error, and living in a world without toilet paper, things could get rough. But to be dropped in the middle of a forest and having to do it on your own with no instruction…welcome to James’ world.
Quest's End: The Broken Key #3
Series: The Broken Key Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 176,220. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The location of the fourth and last coat of arms from The Crypt has been located and leads Riyan and the rest to travel to the Lands of the Moran Tribes, a less than hospitable place for outlanders. Unbeknownst to our heroes, Hoard-crazed men have gravitated to Quillim in search of the Hoard, ravaging the countryside as each vie to be the one to uncover the entrance.
Hunter of the Horde: The Broken Key #2
Series: The Broken Key Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 162,240. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Riyan, Chad, and Bart continued their quest with the aid of their newfound companion, Kevik. Recently bereft of his master, Kevik struggled on his own to learn his craft and to put the appellation of ‘Apprentice’ behind him. Word that they may have found the King’s Horde had begun to spread. Now, it has reached the ears of one who will stop at nothing to discover what they know.
Shepherd's Quest: The Broken Key #1
Series: The Broken Key Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 132,930. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
Longing for adventure is one thing, but when it becomes reality... Four comrades set out to recover the segments of a key which they believe will unlock the King's Hoard, rumored to hold great wealth. Written in the style of an RPG game, with spells, scrolls, potions, Guilds, and dungeon exploration fraught with traps and other dangers.
Ring of the Or'tux
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 158,270. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
In many stories you hear how ‘The Chosen One’ appeared to save the day. Every wonder what would happen if the one doing the choosing bungled the job? Fish out of water, that's how Hunter soon finds himself. Taken from the lobby of a theater to a burned-out ruin of a temple, he finds himself embroiled in otherworldly machinations. Forget about saving the world, can he even save himself?
The Adventurer's Guild: #1-Jaikus and Reneeke Join the Guild
Series: The Adventurer's Guild, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 67,850. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Jaikus and Reneeke are ordinary lads whose dream in life is to become a member of The Adventurer's Guild. But to become a member, they must be able to lay claim to an Adventure worthy of the Guild. They quickly realize that doing such may be harder than anticipated. Tagging along with a seasoned Group of Adventurers as "Springers" they set out only to later learn that Springers-Spring the trap
Underground: A Dungeon Crawler Adventure
Series: Dungeon Crawlers, Book 1. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 63,840. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Four people awaken in an underground room. Not sure how they came to be there, or who is responsible, they must work together in order to find a way out of what soon turns into a hostile and lethal situation. Traps, treasure, and monsters abound. In order to survive they will have to put their wits to the test.