Interview with Rhys Clark

When did you first start writing?
I was always writing my own stories from maybe ten or eleven years old. In my early teens, I wrote some Harry Potter fan fiction and that eventually evolved in my wanting to write my own original story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always had a passion for writing, for world building and exploring certain themes. That inspired me to create my own book series. I did some research in 2009 to try and figure out how to get my books out there that didn't involve the traditional publishing routine. I found Smashwords, realised it had everything I needed and the rest is history.
How has Smashwords contributed to your publishing ambitions?
It gave me a platform to publish. Before I found Smashwords, I had no idea how or where to publish my stories online. It was a completely new aspect of writing for me. Smashwords is great because of the ability to sell books on all sorts of different online stores. That was definitely a deciding factor in me signing up.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Someone can read one of my books and be introduced to my world, meet my characters and grow to love or hate them. Writing my own stories came from my over-active imagination. The best moment for me is when I finish a book and go back to the beginning and read it through as if I was a reader. Reading a whole book and saying to myself "I wrote this." is a pretty good feeling.
What do your readers mean to you?
Without readers, my stories have no audience. The readers not only give me an opportunity to make a living out of what I love doing; but they also get to (hopefully) enjoy reading my work and that is one of the most rewarding aspects of writing. I also love hearing what people think of my characters and stories; they may dislike a character who is one of my favourites, or see themes in my story that I had not intended, and I find all of that kind of fascinating.
What are you working on next?
The Luron Saga is a constant ongoing project as I have plans for at least six books. I have also been attempting recently to complete the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel every November. There are also several projects that have been in progress for months or even years, and who knows which one of them will pop up in my published list next?
Who are your favorite authors?
Off the top of my head,l I would have to say the likes of JK Rowling, Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Cornelia Funke, Deborah Dalton, Louis Sachar, George Orwell and John Steinbeck. I know that there are loads more who have escaped me at the moment.

Also recently a friend of mine has started his own book series which I have greatly enjoyed, his name is Christopher Felts and he is super talented and a great storyteller.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is just write whatever comes to mind, as much of it as possible, and worry about fixing it up later.

I've gone months, sometimes years, without writing anything on a certain project... and other times, I've completed a few chapters in a day,
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A lot of it is just random searching. I search for epic fantasy, action adventure and unique premises that pique my interest.

One of the more recent authors I discovered on Smashwords was Tom Litchtenberg, who has two very unique but intriguing books entitled "Orange Car With Stripes" and "Missy Tonight"... I found them both enjoyable and thought provoking. "Zombie Nights" is also another decent title from him.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm not sure if it was the first story I ever read but the story that had the most impact was Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone as well as the rest of the series. It was the first series of books I had read, definitely the series I have read the most in my life and it was a huge inspiration in me wanting to write books myself.
What's the story behind your latest project?
My ongoing fantasy series The Luron Saga is always near the top of my project priority list. I have three titles published, The Three Heroes (2013), The Enchanted Collection (2014), The Bear and the Prince (2016). The story, which is an epic fantasy involving mages, warriors, healers and fantastical beasts, continues with the fourth entry, The Land In The Sky, projected for an early 2018 release.
Published 2017-07-18.
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Books by This Author

The Bear and The Prince
Series: The Luron Saga, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,810. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Part Three of The Luron Saga. Adela and her allies continue their quest as they ascend the frozen nightmare of the Tundra Mountains. Adela must learn to come to terms with her losses, as well as her burgeoning powers; but how will she and her friends cope with the growing presence of their enemies?
The Enchanted Collection
Series: The Luron Saga, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,470. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Part Two of the Luron saga. With pain and grief fresh in their hearts, Adela and Rainer must move forward with their quest to destroy the beasts that torture the land of Luron. They will visit King Royston on their way to Tillsbrook, a village ravaged in a recent attack from the snake who resides in the Caves of Despair. Their friendship and allies will be crucial to their survival.
The Three Heroes
Series: The Luron Saga, Book 1. You set the price! Words: 36,500. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
When Adela Horus recites the long foretold Prophecy of Luron, she is propelled into a quest of vicious beasts of unrelenting force and dishonorable villains. With a brave warrior and a youthful healer at her side, the Three Heroes set out on a quest that will change the whole of Luron forever.