Interview with S.C. Stokes

What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read Fantasy and Modern Military Fiction. I am a bit of an action nut really I love to read and imagine conflict on an epic scale.
Describe your desk
It's extremely cluttered at the moment. I practically live at it. It's covered in sketches of some of the action scenes from my first book and piles of assorted models in various stages of assembly and painting (I'm an avid Wargamer).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Australia as a result, I picked up works from a number of Australian authors such as Matthew Reilly. I think these books both inspired and encouraged me to write my own.

I also think the characters in my book have been shaped by the influence of culture both here in Australia and also in Japan where I spent a number of years living. My writing often utilizes eastern influences that I encountered whilst living overseas.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote a lot of short stories whilst I was still in school. I started the first pages of 'A Coronation of Kings' whilst living in Japan about seven years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A Coronation of Kings is a conflict of epic proportions that revolves around the virtues and vices of human nature. Valaar's throne has been vacant for a hundred years, now the tyrant Gerwold seeks it for himself. The Island Kingdom is thrust into civil war as Tristan struggles to oppose Gerwold and preserve the freedom of his people.

Add into the mix: dragons, prophecies, armies, navies and sorcery. It's fantasy at a pace you've never experienced before.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smash words is fantastic. It's taken my ideas for a brand new world and given me the means to help others experience it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I genuinely love to read. Now I want to add something to the libraries of the world so that others can enjoy it too.
Who are your favorite authors?
Matthew Reilly, Raymond E Feist, Tolkien, Tom Clancy and lately I've been reading quite a few Clive Cussler novels.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing readers reactions as they read my work. I love the response be it excitement or outrage, nervousness or delight. I love to hear and watch people experience my work.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. My greatest hope is that those who read my work will finish it and think. Wow I'm glad I took the time to read that. If I can bring a smile or some happiness into a persons life I consider that 'Mission Accomplished'.
What are you working on next?
A sequel to 'A Coronation of Kings' though I may very well write a short story or two in the mean time.
Published 2015-09-22.
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