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An Interview with Daniel Ferguson
Daniel Ferguson is an avid gamer, reader and writer. Having paid his dues at uni, he emerged with a degree in creative writing, and is the author of the newly released novel ‘Children Of Fire’.
Allan Walsh: Hi Dan, tell us a little about yourself and the genre’s you write in.
Daniel Ferguson: Hi Allan. So I’m the kind of writer who doesn’t drink coffee. (hears the entire writing community die of shock). I do have caffeine often though, just not through coffee. I don’t have a job, that’s because I have a disability and get a pension for having it, which is pretty nice (though it does get boring sometimes). I love rock and roll, my DVD collection is monstrous, and I do karaoke any chance I get. Maybe because I slayed that particular beast, the semicolon is therefore nothing to me. I write mostly some variety of fantasy or apocalypse, but I am aware I should try out genres other than my favourites. And I live in a suburb whose streets are named after Greek and Roman mythology.
Allan Walsh: You’ve just released Children of Fire (COF), can you give us a quick summary of what the book is about?
Daniel Ferguson: Children of Fire is about a girl. This girl has magic powers that she doesn’t want, because [Spoiler]. She sets out from the fallout shelter she’s lived in the last 4 years, alone and up against the scary world outside. There she meets up with the main characters, who are helpful mercenaries (that’s a sentence you might not read/hear very often!) with super powers of their own. In short, it’s a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy/superhero novel about a girl who doesn’t want to be a sorceress any more.
Allan Walsh: How long have you been working on your first published novel – COF?
Daniel Ferguson: When I was a teen, I came up with the characters that found their way into the book. I was writing some stories with those characters, and I was enthusiastic about it. Eventually I had a bit of a nervous breakdown, and I questioned everything I thought about the stories they were involved in.
Fast forward to 2008. I’d decided sometime around there that I wanted to use the characters, but put them in a new world. I also liked apocalypse stories, and urban fantasy, and I just had the epiphany that I wanted to combine them. The rest is history.
Allan Walsh: So now you’ve released your first novel, what’s next?
Daniel Ferguson: one: I can now write the rest of the stories in the series, because I don’t have the spectre of COF looking over my shoulder as I write. You would not believe how good it feels to slay that monster. I’ve been basically focusing on the publishing, as a self-published author. Mostly I just want to rest. And even though I’m writing, I’d still count myself as resting after this one particular milestone that’s been so long in coming. Then right back into the word mines.
Allan Walsh: As a writer, where do you draw your influences from?
Daniel Ferguson: Terry Brooks wrote Armageddon’s Children, around 2008. I got a lot of inspiration from him. He was the one who taught me I can mix fantasy and apocalypse, something my mum doesn’t think can be done. I will have to put that book in particular on her desk some time.
Allan Walsh: You are a member of a Brisbane based writers’ group called Vision Writers’ – How has the group helped you with your writing?
Daniel Ferguson: How *haven’t* they helped? They’ve helped me turn from a monkey flinging raw, unpolished ‘prose’ (I use the term lightly) around, to someone who can write a proper sentence (usually). Uni helped too, of course, especially one teacher in particular. But Vision have helped by putting up with me, believing me, and helping me spot errors I wouldn’t see on my own.
Allan Walsh: And finally, do you have any advice for wanna-be writers out there that are trying to write and publish their own novels?
Daniel Ferguson: Remember that the worst published novel is still going to be more successful than the best unpublished novel. And also, YOU are in complete control. Write even if the muse doesn’t have your back. Forge ahead anyway. You’ll thank yourself later.
Allan Walsh: Well Dan, it’s been great talking to you, thanks for your time and I wish you all the best with your new book.
Daniel’s story Children of Fire, is available now from http://tiny.cc/cof2e (ebook) and http://tiny.cc/cofprint (print).
To find out more about Daniel ferguson and his work you can check out his blog at http://thedarkword.wordpress.com/.