Interview with C.R. Fladmark

Where did the ideas come from for The Gatekeeper's Son?
Any book has innumerable sources of inspiration but the event that first made the idea 'click' was on one of my first trips to Japan. My father-in-law took me to an ancient site where artifacts were discovered. The story was, a work-crew cutting a new road through a bamboo forest noticed something brass and shiny poking up through the soil. When archaeologists began to dig, they discovered hundreds of brass swords, laying in rows. There was no doubt they were buried long ago but why? The archaeologists couldn't find any obvious reason--it was the first finding of such a thing. My first reaction when I saw them was, maybe they weren't buried for use on This Side. Maybe they were left for others in another dimension--The Other Side.
When did you first start writing?
I started in high school.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love seeing what my characters will do next. It's way more fun than watching TV or movies.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are everything! Without readers, I'm not an author. It's as simple as that.
What are you working on next?
The next chapter in the story of Junya and Shoko. I'm wondering if they'll get together in this book...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The current model of traditional publishing is irrelevant to today's market. The want what's already successful--they'd rather another vampire book than a new idea. They know vampire books sell. I had a story to tell and the best way to get it to you is by publishing it myself.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was for socials 11. We were reading Macbeth and we had to write a modern version. I'd just finished reading The Godfather and I wrote the Macbeth saga as a gangster story. I got an A+ and the teacher read it to the class!
Describe your desk
Neat, 2 large monitors and a great view of the mountains and trees.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have to. I still need a full-time job.
What is your writing process?
I try to plan ahead with a basic storyboard but let it evolve organically within that loose structure.
How do you approach cover design?
I go into it already knowing what I want then my amazing designer, Pete Garceau, brings it into reality.
What do you read for pleasure?
Of course. you can't write if you don't read.
Published 2014-09-20.
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Books by This Author

The Fallen Gatekeepers - Extended Edition
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,910. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Coming of age
It's been months since 16-year-old Junya survived his savage battle with the Evil Ones, but now that he's back in San Francisco his shoulder aches from the bite that should have killed him, and black poison lingers in his blood. But when someone begins slaughtering shamans, Junya and Shoko realize the Evil Ones are back.
The Gatekeeper's Son
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 90,580. Language: American English. Published: October 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
2015 FINALIST IN 2 NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS FOR BEST FANTASY! "Filled with magic, mayhem, and intrigue" --Kirkus Reviews With the help of a mysterious girl, a San Francisco teenager saves his grandfather's business empire from a ruthless businessman while discovering things about himself and his family that lead him back to ancient Japan and threaten to destroy the only life he has ever known.