What’s the hardest part of being an author?
At first? Ego. Writing is work, and most people are not proficient when they start their first job, they learn mastery over time and if they work at becoming better. It's hard to admit that this story you spent weeks of work on is flawed. That there are scenes that don't work, concepts that start off fine but end up taking the reader down a literary rabbit hole, that dialog is stilted, or that there is way to much telling. I had some excellent, but brutal beta readers. When I fixed their concerns I saw what I had was better. Then I hired an editor, again, lots of red. Again, the finished product was much better than the original. Revisions are absolutely necessary, and were, at first, a real blow to the ego. After all I'd been writing papers and short stories for decades, and then to see my creation ripped to shreds? Now I'm much more sanguine, and it's my slow typing speed that holds me back.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Junior Inquisitor?
There is a hidden guerrilla war trying to stop witches and their minions from taking over. Sebastian was a normal everyday guy until the death of his wife. He was given sanctuary, but at a price, he had to fight the monsters that lurk in the darkness. Almost fully trained he is on the hunt to avenge his wife's murder, but is diverted to find or rescue another Inquisitor who has disappeared in Providence RI. When he gets there, nothing is as it should be and he is alone and on the run.
What inspired you to write this book?
It came by asking myself the question, “What would happen if people suddenly were able to do magic.” Answering that yielded more questions. Where would this ability come from, would it uplift the human spirit, or bring out our worst impulses? Then, if they were bad, who would stop them? If all magic users were good I have a Happiest Elf kids story, which for me would be dull. I could have made witches and warlocks both good and evil, but that’s been done. So I went with evil. From that everything kind of sprang forth. How would someone who is evil and very powerful act? What kinds of spells and energies would they have, how would they get more power, how would they act towards each other and regular people? Everyone who’s evil needs some minions, so what would they have and how would they get them? I ended up with this very dark tale about a group of monks who were waging a guerrilla war on evil made manifest.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
It varies, I try to get in a solid two or three hours but life sometimes gets in the way. Also there are times when I have to chase my muse down the street and coax the words from her.
Name your top five favorite books.
King David's Spaceship by Pournelle
Watership Down by Adams
Conquistador by Sterling
Dune by Herbert
After that comes series Jim Butcher's Dresden series, Rick Gualtieri's Bill the Vamipre series, Larry Correa's Monster Hunters, Mel Star's Hugh DeSingelton series, Nathan Lowell's Trader Tales from the Golden age of the Solar Clipper. All excellent and worth reading again and again.
What are you working on now?
Junior Inquisitor is the first in a series, the next two are complete. The second book, The Soulless Monk is with my editor and the third, The Witch's Lair is awaiting her red pen. I have just started the fourth mostly writing in my mind and creating the monsters and scenarios that await Sebastian.
Title: Junior Inquisitor
Author: Lincoln Farish
Genre: Dark Urban Fiction / Horror
Brother Sebastian is halfway up a mountain in Vermont, hell-bent on interrogating an old woman in ashack, when he gets the order to abandon his quest for personal vengeance. He has to find a missing Inquisitor, or, more likely, his remains. He’s reluctant, to say the least. Not only will he have to stop chasing the best potential lead he’s had in years, this job—his first solo mission—will mean setting foot in the grubby black hole of Providence, Rhode Island. And, somehow, it only gets worse…
If he’d known he would end up ass deep in witches, werewolves, and ogres, and that this mission would jeopardize not only his sanity but also his immortal soul, he never would’ve answered the damn phone.
Called an adventurer and quite possibly insane, Lincoln has traveled to many continents and countries on his own and at his country’s behest to determine from whence the darkness comes. Despite persistent rumors, Lincoln maintains that he had nothing to do with the tiger, was not involved in illicit wiener dog races, and has never used his knowledge of genetics to create a better life form.
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