Interview with Wayne C. Hannis

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on Shuswap Lake in beautiful B.C. Canada. It's a pristine wilderness with fresh water lakes ( the Shuswap Lake is the largest in BC), 1000 yr old cedar and spruce trees, animals and fish in abundance. The rocks themselves are over 2 billion yrs old. How could you not be inspired by all that beauty? I have seen a change in my life time though. All the mining and logging and thousands of houseboats on the lake every year has had its damaging effects and with the impoverished economy, I'm compelled to write.
When did you first start writing?
I started when I was a young teenager. Hours of playing Dungeons and Dragons taught me all about world building and character building. That's when I fell in love with Fantasy.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't think I had shot of becoming published within the next 20 years. And from what I've read from published authors, they aren't too impressed with the formal publishing either. Smashwords is the best!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is the creation. When an idea is born within a thought and then grows into story is a miraculous thing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm generally working some meaningless job to pay the bills. I try spend a lot of time hiking on some mountain with my dog.
What is your writing process?
When the creation of the story is all worked out in my head and I start the actual writing, I start by putting pen to paper and get it all out. At this stage it doesn't matter how it sounds. Then I put it into the computer and this is when the magic happens- usually by just getting my word count up. I take that, print it out, and do a totally rewrite- adding and changing things as I go. Somehow by the end, I have a story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
In grade 7 I read Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain. It was the first time I had been totally submerged in a made-up fantasy world. I didn't want to leave. From that time on my mind was filled with magic and images of dragons and to this day I still want to fight evil.
How do you approach cover design?
When it comes the cover, I know the general idea and then I hand it over to my son Ryan (he goes by Pradius on line- google him). Ryan than does his creative genius to it and out comes my cover.
What are you working on next?
I'm still working on the anthology 'Dark Tales of Fantasy', where evil things happen to good people and there's never a happen ending. I've written three stories so far and one quickly on the way. 'A Man Caught in Time'. Four more are on the drawing board, with my signature story being 'The City that Fell' (tentative title), about a city that grew rich on mining gold but their is a sinister secret kept within its walls.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are Terry Goodkind and RA Salvatore. Their books are a must read.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life inspires me to get out of bed. Life is precious, and you never know when its going to be gone.
Published 2015-03-21.
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Books by This Author

True Love Lost Forever: A Dark Tale of Fantasy
Series: Dark Tales of Fantasy, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 9,210. Language: Canadian English. Published: August 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
'When evil things happen to good people there never is a happy ending.' Logan always knew he was destined to be with Aideen. Promised to each other at a young age, their love grew with each passing year and became a dream that could never end. Until tragedy takes Aideen away. Logan is left with a longing to see her again and will stop at nothing to bring this about.
A Man Caught in Time: A Dark Tale of Fantasy
Series: Dark Tales of Fantasy, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 3,720. Language: Canadian English. Published: April 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
It may be the first time I've written these words or it may be the hundredth time, I can't be sure. The occurrences I'm about to detail are truth, I don't intend to lie or extrapolate. I have seen my final moment but it was not to be my last. I know when its coming and the horror of it is too great, I can't bear the pain.
The Sword Cuts Deep: A Dark Tale of Fantasy
Series: Dark Tales of Fantasy, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 12,020. Language: Canadian English. Published: August 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Niall Emayn is a good and kind man, living life with his family. He is also one of the best Metal smiths around. Things change when he is hire by a mysterious man to make a sword. As soon as the forging begins, Niall becomes addicted to its creation. He will soon learn how "The Sword Cuts Deep". Warning: graphic scenes of violence.
To Rule by Right: A Dark Tale of Fantasy- 2nd edition
Series: Dark Tales of Fantasy, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 10,940. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Tasmorea had lost two kings, one after another.Now after fifteen years, the Heir Apparent was about to come of age.And the young prince wanted the throne.His uncle Oril, just wanted the best for everybody.But Oril will soon be faced with a decision.It was his, “To Rule by Right,” so Oril’s nephew claimed
Nightmares Encased in Stone - A Dark Tale of Fantasy
Series: Dark Tales of Fantasy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 3,290. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Dark Tales of fantasy: When evil things happen to good people there never is a happy ending. Meshan Algoric would never get over the senseless slaughter of his family. The pain consumed him. Until a mysterious man comes, seemingly out of no where, and offers Meshan something he can't refuse.