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Steel,Magick and FaithTitle: Steel, Magick and Faith

Author: T.P. Grish

Series: The Remus Rothwyn Chronicles (#1)

Genre: Epic Fantasy/Dark Fantasy

Publisher: Self Published

Release Date: Oct 16 2012

Edition/Format Available In: eBook & Print

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Blurb/Synopsis:

 In the ancient and wild world of Glenryth, Fey creatures and a nascent humanity have come into conflict, the motives of each other mutually unfathomable and alien. Technological cults and Monotheistic religions are worshipped, any suspicion of pagan or fey magickal taint is reviled. Prophets spread far and wide, offering hope and comfort to the beleaguered masses. Mankind is not totally separate from the energies that suffuse Glenryth, as an unfortunate few are born as Touched.

When local dwarves put a curse upon the town of High Peaks, Remus, the aloof and irritable woodcutter and sage, must try and ebb the tide of xenophobic anger that could engulf himself and any other folk that are labelled as outcasts. But when a caravan of technocrat pilgrims fails to arrive, and the body of a local child is found in the woodlands, Remus, along with the capricious Touched Elaina, must try to understand the nature of morality in a world cloaked in suspicion and fear, and, ultimately, to prevent a brewing war that could send the region spiraling into chaos and destruction.

Excerpt:

 ‘You know, where I come from, farmers and peasants have to eke out a hardscrabble existence, day in and day out’, said Perfidian unexpectedly. Remus and Elaina looked at him as he went on. ‘There wasn’t the luxury of helping a neighbour, or sharing with a neighbour, when a man had to struggle to feed his own. When I left my house and my father, mother, and siblings; my father was not worried for my safety. As I told him I wanted to go out and experience the world outside of my hometown, he simply gave me his old suit of chain from his army days, what coin he could spare, and told me to be on my way. I cannot blame him, and am grateful for what he gave. But, one thing that I have discovered to be exceedingly rare in this world is true friendship; true willingness to sacrifice to keep a loved one safe. Both of you have that’.

Perfidian sat silent for a few moments, sipping his tea and letting his words sink in. ‘You two are too stubborn to admit it, or appreciate it, but you have that most rare of things’. Although he criticized them both, he predominantly glanced in Remus’ direction when he used the word ‘stubborn’. ‘I have had an experience travelling with you two, that I will never forget. This was my first foray out into the wider world, my first adventure as an amateur bard. I couldn’t have asked for a better group to travel in; as where else could I find two individuals who were dedicated enough to risk all to stop a war!’

The Shard of PalrinahTitle: The Shard of Palrinah

Author: T.P. Grish

Series: The Remus Rothwyn Chronicles (#2)

Genre: Epic Fantasy/Dark Fantasy

Publisher: Self Published

Release Date: May 30 2013

Edition/Format Available In: eBook & Print

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Blurb/Synopsis:

After saving High Peaks from a devastating war between Humankind and Fey, Remus and Elaina head to the grand city of Yondern to continue their adventures, yearning for excitement and the chance to do good.

However, the long-brewing political conflict between the Steelwielders and Paragonites has erupted into open war, and try as they might, the travelers cannot escape the eye of suspicious factions. Once-friendly factions have turned wary, and they find themselves allying with those who they would least expect.

An old friend, the bard Perfidian, confronts them with troubling information, hinting at a deeper objective to the brewing war, and possibly to an object of power that could wreak devastation upon the land in the hands of the power-hungry.

The three friends must discover what the Steelwielder technocrats and Paragonite monks are truly seeking in a remote corner of Glenryth, in a deadly game of cat and mouse involving dark and sinister forces, both Human and otherwise.

Excerpt:

‘Now, it seemed that there was no option but to kill the humans that had ventured to this mountainous realm, and take their artefact, to see if it could be used for the good of Fey. Most likely it would be destroyed, to prevent any human faction from gaining power or prominence with it. Elves disdained using any human invention or magick, although the time of humans bearing the ability to create artefacts was long gone, and even during that time, only very few artefacts were created, and at great cost’.

 

Though Darkness ComesTitle: Though Darkness Comes

Author: T.P. Grish

Series: The Remus Rothwyn Chronicles (#3)

Genre: Epic Fantasy/Dark Fantasy

Publisher: Self Published

Release Date: Sept 26 2014

Edition/Format Available In: eBook & Print

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Blurb/Synopsis:

Having fled to Norlathaa to hide themselves, and the mighty Shard of Palrinah, from the foes who mercilessly hunt them, Remus and his companions must navigate the deadly political landscape of double-crosses and power grabs that confronts them.

The Steelwielders and Paragonites pursue the holy item of power, taking advantage of the sweltering corruption that plagues the monarchic government of Norlathaa, spreading a web of eyes and ears. Other factions stalk the shadows of the temperate land, agents of the great Cities, and Fey tribes congregate in their lairs, enacting a great magick to counter the rise of whatever group of Humanity claims the artefact.

Old friends and enemies become intermeshed in the conflict, and Remus, Elaina and Perfidian must find safe harbour in the bard’s homeland, struggling to understand the meaning of home and the ramifications of power, and, ultimately, to seek a way to end the threat the Shard of Palrinah bodes for Glenryth, once and for all.

 The Remus Rothwyn Chronicles is a dark, epic fantasy series with mythological elements and a nuanced world with complex perspectives.

 Excerpt:

‘Remus felt a new surge of power, urging him to unleash more terrible magick at the surviving bandits, who had threatened his friends so. He struggled to resist unleashing lethal magick against the two men who had surrendered, who were being disarmed of their packs and tied up by his allies.

The battle was won, and he was no murderer of unarmed foes. But, the promise of unleashing power to finish off the vagabonds, to lick against their flesh and bone, continued to surge. Lightning and sparks began to emanate from the gem-like shard at the artefact’s tip, which glowed hungrily.

Grunting, Remus jerked his arm back, holstering the artefact under his cloak once again. He felt the tingling fade. Looking up, he saw Elaina and Queluth staring concernedly at him.

What had he almost done?’

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interview

Why did you decide to become a writer?

Very young. Being able to make a living as a writer was something I always wanted to do, as long as I remember. I hope I achieve it someday. I loved stories, through reading books, watching movies, tv, playing video games. And fantasy was my favourite setting. I was always scribbling away, writing stories.

 

Who/what are your writing inspirations?

My inspiration for ideas are simply ideas that pop into my head, ones that sound interesting. I write them down, and eventually the ideas coalesce into something interesting, an idea for a story. Subconsciously, I am influenced by the excellent fantasy stories I have read. My favourite author is R.A. Salvatore, but I like others like Elaine Cunningham, Robin Hobb, Ursula Le Guin etc. I love Dungeons and Dragons games and the tabletop version (but the movies have been disappointing, haven’t they?)

 

What are your favorite genres to read?

Fantasy. Epic, dark, low, it doesn’t matter. I like medieval-ish settings, but technology and culture can be varied, in fact I like unique settings. I read other genres now and then, from every genre really.

 

Favorite writing food / snack?

Water. I used to have a lot of snacks and drinks, but I am cutting down, and trying to stop eating outside of meals and maybe a snack now and then. I don’t eat while I’m writing. Sipping on water or tea is fine enough. 🙂

 

What do you hope readers take away most from your writing?

An exciting journey, a deep world, memorable characters, and themes which are relevant to life, although they are steeped in the world of the books. I love answering questions/constructive praise/criticism about my books.

 

Who’s the favorite character of yours that you’ve written and why?

Remus Rothwyn himself is my favourite. He is grumpy, aloof, distant from any group in the world, although an ordinary human and not a Touched, he is ostracized for his open mind. He is fundamentally decent and heroic, and learns over time to accept people into his life, and see more good in the world, but he is defined by his actions, not by any prophecy or birthright.

Perfidian is a favourite of the people who have written to me, he is more urbane, worldly and ‘goes with the flow’ more.

I hope Elaina will be considered a good character. She is a Touched, and is caring, headstrong and formidable, and struggles to come to terms with the nature of the world.

 

What is your writing style? Outliner/Planner or Seat of the Pantser?

90% pantser, 10% planner. I think about ideas for a novel for a long time, writing down scraps of ideas, until it forms into a good idea. Then I simply start writing, referring to the rough written notes (in Microsoft Office) from time to time.

 

If someone wanted to become a writer, what tips would you give to them?

First, don’t put all your eggs in one basket, it is rare for anyone (trad. or self-published) to have success. Allocate a certain amount of time for writing per day/week, depending on your schedule. And simply write. Consider the pros and cons of trad. vs. self-published, both have advantages. Write good books, create appealing blurbs and covers. Don’t spend too much time promoting, focus on writing books and building a catalogue. Forget about writer’s block. You cannot go weeks/months without writing, if you are serious. Force yourself to write how ever many words/paragraphs you want to write every day. Then, the next day, go over it and keep on editing and deleting parts of your writing until you are happy with it. But don’t stand still without writing.

 

Have you ever purchased something from a late-night infomercial? If so, what?

No, but some of the neat vaccuum bots and dicers/tupperware look tempting sometimes. 🙂

 

If you could collaborate with any other author(living, dead, or undead) who would that be and why?

Perhaps Plato, we could combine his philosophies into a fantasy story. Living, I guess the authors I listed as my favourite. Working with one of the very talented and well-known new self-published writers who have garnered attention, and learning from their skill and enthusiasm, would be invigorating.

 

If you weren’t a writer, what would you do?

Other things involving sharing ideas and writing- teaching, business writing, and doing this in my spare time. I am kind of doing that now. 🙂

 

Coke, Pepsi, or?

 

Coke Zero, but I am trying to cut down on it. Water- cold or hot depending on the weather, is better.

 

What’s one thing people should know and/or don’t know about you?

I struggle with confidence and nerves in many public situations.

 

Is there a character that has the most “You” in them? Or the opposite of you?

Remus has a bit of stubborness and social awkwardness that I have, and the struggle to understand the world. I strive, unsuccessfully, to be more like Perfidian in terms of communication and speaking to others.

 

If we lived in a Fahrenheit 451 culture, which book would you want to memorize?

A few of the non-fantasy classics of literature, as well as a few of R.A. Salvatore’s Dark Elf Series.

 

Has anyone written a fan fiction based on your work?

No. Although I welcome interest in the books, I would be concerned about it, because of copyright and IP issues.

 

Is T.P. Grish a pen name? If so, why did you pick it?

Yes, I picked it because I am comfortable with it.

 

Thanks.

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About T.P Grish

T.P. Grish devoured fantasy books since he was a kid, particularly liking character-based fantasy novels with exciting sequences, complex stories and a lode of deeper meaning. Although he also loved fantasy movies and hobby gaming, his dream to write his own fantasy novels was always at the forefront. Today, he is a PhD doctoral student and part-time business writer who can’t help but daydream about writing novels for you to read.