I’m so pleased to share the long awaited interview with a very dear friend of mine, Mr Edward Greenlee. Aside from being an author of three five star fantasy novels, Edward is a great support and has me chuckling most days on social media with his zany sense of American humour. I’m honoured to share my blog space with this talent so that we can all learn more about his work. Over to you Edward.
Without giving too much away, tell us about your latest book?
My latest work in progress is the fourth book in a mythology that will span a total of nineteen stories. The title of this story is The Fall of Helloria. This story dives in the detailed history of a mythological universe I have created and which appears briefly in the first book of the trilogy: The Chosen One of Allivar – Rise of the Fallen. This story is the first of nine to be written chronicling the destruction of worlds by the interference of evil in the lives of mortals.
Where do your ideas come from?
Most of my ideas are derived from stories I have read during my life and from movies based on those stories. I have had an over active imagination since childhood that brought me into much conflict with teachers and my parents. I’m hoping that my imagination will finally pay off for me as an entertaining writer.
Who is your most fascinating character, and why?
I believe the antagonist is always the most fascinating. In the case of my mythology, I have to place myself into the minds of those corrupted by evil. Being wicked is not easy, so I had to read and research to formulate my narratives.
Are any of your characters based on people you know or have met?
Every one of my family members is a character in this mythology. They are all heroic of course unless I do not want to be invited to Christmas dinner.
Which is your favourite chapter/scene, and why?
In my third book, Last Stand of the Living, there is also a chapter by the same title. It is a narrative of the final battle between the forces of good and evil. In this chapter, I bring the final world to the brink of total destruction by war. Seven races of beings join together to battle for all that is worthy in life. For two books I developed the emotional connection to the characters, but in this chapter, and with a purpose, all are lost in battle leaving only the hero. What happens next, I believe is a truly unique twist on end of times stories.
How do you plan to promote your novel?
Since I am self-publishing I only rely solely on social media. I have found Twitter to be my most successful tool to-date, although I also have a blog, a website, and YouTube book trailers. Having some in-depth technology skills I manage all aspects of publishing which keeps my cost down.
What can readers expect from you next, and when can they expect it?
I plan to devote a schedule to complete the writing of the next sixteen stories of my mythology over sixteen months. With a release of each story the month following. How successful I am depends on many factors. The readers of the mythology have a small clue to the content of these sixteen stories as alluded to in the trilogy.
Describe your current work in progress in less than 15 words?
Evil rises on the world of Helloria and the first tragedy of the heavens begins.
What is your writing routine and how do you balance your writing with your other commitments?
I wish I had a routine. I am a CPA, which you might know as a Chartered Accountant in Great Britain. The demands of my clients dictate the time and energy I have available for writing.
Do you ever suffer from writers block? If so, how do you overcome it?
I do not suffer from writers block. I suffer from a lack of energy and time attempting to balance all my tasks. When I sit down and write I can usually draft a thousand words per hour.
Name one of your favourite books and how it has influenced your life.
I would have to rate John Milton’s Paradise Lost as my favourite literary work. However, the complete works of J.R.R. Tolkien continue to fascinate my imagination. Fantasy allows me to present parallels and allegory to our real world.
What’s been the most memorable event in your life to date, and why?
When I contracted vertigo from a virus. I was dizzy for eight months until therapy cured it. The nerve from my ear to my brain was destroyed and only therapy used to reorient astronauts corrected my equilibrium issues. I’m lucky though because a surgeon client of mine was crippled from a similar virus. Always be glad for the time you are given.
Where would you choose as an ideal holiday destination, and why?
Anywhere where there is crystal clear ocean water and a clean beach with some form of Rum concoction in my hand and a masseuse by my side giving me a total body massage. I don’t ask for too much. I visited Hawaii in 1985 which was surreal in beauty. I recall thinking that I hope this is what paradise will look like. I hope to visit St. Lucia soon.
What secret will your readers will be surprised to hear about you?
Although I am an accountant I do have a good sense of humour and I like to “ham it up” quite frequently. It’s my understanding many people in Great Britain do not understand “hamming it up.” Consider the silliness of Monty Python. A ham is a silly person, hamming it up is a person actually demonstrating his silliness. Therefore I am a Ham as is your dog Bollo.
First and last line of a novel you would love to write?
“I am a Cajun redneck hillbilly vampire.”
“After all I’ve been through, they all still taste like chicken.”
Quick Fire Questions:
5 star hotel or backpack? 5 star hotel, it’s too hard to carry a masseuse on your back.
Espresso or latte? Espresso, I love pure coffee, not a caffeinated mixed drink.
Plotter or panster? Plotter, only because I have no idea what a panster means. Remember I’m from America with a limited southern vocabulary. (LOL! It means ‘fly by the seat of your pants’, i.e. no planning, just writing)
Drummer or lead singer? Lead singer, but with a new head of hair.
Favourite real person? My father, my inspiration for perseverance in this crazy and absurd world.
Favourite fictional character? Hannibal Lecter, the essence of evil mixed with a nice red wine.
Burger and chips or Michelin star? Michelin star – because I’ve never had one and I haven’t a clue what it is. Does it taste like rubber or chicken? (Cheeky! Michelin stars are awarded to restaurants for optimum food. It’s a European thing.)
Theatre or cinema? Theatre, you have to leave me with something to imagine.
Sports car or campervan? Sports car, it is a requirement for a lead singer with a new head of hair.
Safari or Cruise? Cruise, with another Rum concoction in each hand and a short walk to the masseuse.
E.W. Greenlee is a CPA and Financial Advisor living in Norman, OK, USA. His world consists of oppressive regulations and compliance, where creativity can only land you in prison. To escape the bonds of mortal conformity and retain some sense of humor, he delves into the realm of fantasy, supernatural and science fiction writing. His first writing was a supernatural short story all the way back in 1976 and his English teacher suggested he consider a writing career.
E.W. shares his free time with his wife for life, Tracy, and their Golden Retriever Ruby. In his spare time, EW blogs, sketches and delves into computer graphics or spends time in the outdoors dreaming of new stories and worlds.
You can learn about, ham it up with, or converse with this insane yank (his words, not mine) at the following socially acceptable sites:
See, I told you I was into social media.
Thank you, Edward. It’s been an absolute pleasure. Bollo will be delighted to hear of a fellow ‘ham’ and if you ever decide to visit the UK, my husband and I will treat you to a Michelin star experience. (Pssst. He’s a ‘ham’ too.)