Interview with Brenton Tenner

Who are your favorite authors?
I am a big fan of fantasy and graphic novels so I would have to say (in no particular order): J.R.R Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, Robert Kirkman and Bill Willingham.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
First and foremost, my family. Secondly, discovering what's happening in the "lives" of the fictional characters that I love - whether those are characters I have created or the ones created by others in my favorite books, TV series, movies, video games, etc.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of time with my wife and son doing the usual "dad things". I also have a day job where I develop predominantly web-based applications for businesses. I spend a fair amount of time watching TV series and movies as well and as an avid video gamer, I will play games (mainly PC and PS4) as much as time allows - which unfortunately is not much time at all.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I'm not sure if it was the first story that I ever read, but it's the first story that I can recall that really had an impact on me. What struck me the most was that he had created an extremely detailed new world through the book, not just a linear story but characters with deep back stories, new lands, etc. It was truly inspirational and before then I really wasn't much of a reader, that book changed that.
How do you approach cover design?
Despite all the recommendations to have a professional do the covers instead of me doing them myself, I do them myself. It is part of what I enjoy doing. I have a deep interest in comics / graphic novels and have done paintings and sketches since I was a teenager. I aim for the covers to look comic-like - cel-shading is probably the closest description for my style. I do the sketches by hand, scan them in and then clean them up, color them, etc, using Inkscape (free equivalent to PhotoShop for us Linux users).
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I am more of a "series" person so I will rather list my 5 favorite book series instead. In no particular order: "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R.R. Martin, "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien, "Harry Potter" by J.R. Tolkien, "The Walking Dead" by Robert Kirkman and "Fables" by Bill Willingham.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am a software developer by profession and I have been in the business of developing business applications for about a decade. Despite my love for computer science and programming, when I originally set off on this path, my goals were very different. I always pictured my dream job as creating video games. However, after trying my hand at indie game development as well, I realised that the creative process was what I actually enjoyed more than the implementation of these "visions". In other words, I came to realise that what I loved about video games was not programming them, but developing the stories, characters, fictional lands, etc, that would form the "design" of the game. This is what lead me to try my hand at being an indie author - I wanted to test my theory that my real passion is that of fictional story and character creation without getting bogged down in the other time-consuming tasks involved in game development.
What stories, in any form of media, are similar to the series that you are currently writing?
I think that people that enjoy any books, movies, series, games, etc, like the following would most likely enjoy the books in the Nefairyous Saga: Detective / mystery (Wolf among us, Luther, Elementary, etc), supernatural (e.g. Supernatural, Outcast), potentially apocalyptic events (Walking Dead, Wayward Pines, Zoo) and drama / romance (Sons of Anarchy).
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a short, fiction novel that is the first in a series. The series is the "The Nefairyous Saga" and the book in question is "Welcome to Lily Port". It introduces us to several core characters in the series, such as Lincoln Holchester and his arch-nemesis, the Wishbone Killer. The story takes place years after the prolific serial killer, known as the Wishbone Killer, abducted and murdered two of Lincoln's sons. In the present, Lincoln has assembled a team to hunt Wishbone, who after years of dormancy, seems to have resurfaced in the peculiar little town of Lily Port. The story flashes back to reveal some of the back-stories for our main characters, but many questions that are raised are left unanswered since this is just the first book in the series. Despite it being a part of the larger series, it is still a "complete read" in that the main story arc around the latest murders in Lily Port does reach a conclusion in this book.
What are you working on next?
I am currently more than half way through the second book in the Nefairyous Saga, "Eye of an Outlaw".
Published 2016-08-17.
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Books by This Author

The Nefairyous Saga: Eye of an Outlaw
Series: The Nefairyous Saga. Price: Free! Words: 46,830. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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Convicted terrorist, Vivi, arrives at a prison housing the world's most dangerous criminals. A warrior culture and blood lust consumes the prison's inhabitants, culminating in a brutal gang war. A powerful gang leader who dwells in the shadows, threatens the balance of power and the Warden's reign. Is this place just a cage for the worst of mankind, or is there something more sinister at play?
The Nefairyous Saga: Welcome to Lily Port
Series: The Nefairyous Saga. Price: Free! Words: 39,040. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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Lincoln Holchester's life was irrevocably changed when his sons were kidnapped and brutally murdered. Years later, Lincoln and his team of detective consultants are on the trail of the murderer responsible for this heinous act, the Wishbone killer. Their hunt leads them to the picturesque town of Lily Port. Will they finally catch their nemesis in this town where things are not quite as they seem?