Dayne first began writing fantasy at the age of fifteen when he discovered the worlds which fantasy novels could transport him to. Since then, he’s read countless fantasy and science fiction novels from the likes of Robert Jordan, Elizabeth Haydon, Peter F. Hamilton, George R.R. Martin and many others. He has earned a bachelor of business administration from CTU, written a fantasy novel, obtained his customs broker license and started a publishing business.
Dayne lives in southeastern Michigan with his wife and daughter. When he is not working on his Saga of the Seven Stars series and his next novel, you can find him reading, watching television with his wife, biking, walking and playing on the computer or with his daughter.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when i was fifteen years old. I had just begun reading fantasy books and I adored the worlds that those early books could transport me to. I decided to make up my own world on the premise of a single question: "what if?"
I asked myself "what if these high school students from Earth were suddenly, magically transported to a fantasy world? What kind of things would they have to deal with?" What started as five high school kids eventually became five college students and later was condensed into three college students. I then decided that I needed sort of a prologue, so Blood and Shadows was born, showing the story of what happens BEFORE the students from Earth come.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Blood and Shadows is basically a prologue to what I had intended to be my main storyline. In January of 2013 I saw a contest on Amazon, called the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. I racked my brain about how I could start the main storyline (about three college students being transported to a fantasy world from Earth by some unknown means), but couldn't think of anything I could write in the time period of the contest. So I started writing about Boris, a not-so-average assassin, and one of the main characters that will be a mentor to the Earthlings, Dawyn Darklance.
Basically, Blood and Shadows is intended to be a primer to the world of Tar Ebon. It's intended to introduce the world a little bit before the people from Earth arrive, with their own deer in the headlights look on their faces.
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