March Author of the Month: Joshua Robertson
Every month we like to highlight an author that has gone above and beyond. This month, we are pleased to honor Joshua Robertson, fantasy author and publisher.
Joshua Robertson currently lives in Alaska with his wife and children. In 1999, he began crafting the world for Thrice Nine Legends, including Melkorka and Anaerfell. He is also the author of the A Midwinter Sellsword and Gladiators and Thieves in the Hawkhurst Saga. His short story, Grimsdalr, is inspired by the tale of Beowulf.
Name: Joshua Robertson
Latest Book Released: Dyndaer
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Preferred Genre: Dark Fantasy
We are so honored to have you as our Author of the Month! Thank you for sharing your words with the world! Let’s talk about your latest released book. Tell us a short blurb about the book, please?
Dyndaer is the sequel to the bestselling dark fantasy novel, Melkorka. Branimir continues his journey, emerging from the Netherworld as a living legend. When he learns the Ash Tree is still in danger from the cursed dagger, kaelandur, he attempts to finish what he started at Melkorka. Through the turmoil, he finds himself struggling to separate heroes from villains and friends from foes.
Where did your idea for the story come from?
I have been crafting the world for the Thrice Nine Legends saga since 1999, but it was not until December of 2013 that I started the series. I was inspired by a dream I had about a dagger that brought demons back from the dead. It was such an engaging dream that I started writing immediately, and finished Melkorka within a month. Dyndaer is the continuation of that tale.
How long did it take you to write it?
I would estimate about six months. I also spent the last year co-writing another novel with J.C. Boyd in the Thrice Nine Legends saga—a standalone novel, preceding the events at Melkorka—called Anaerfell.
How did you come up with the title?
Dyndaer is named after the enigmatic forest in the world of Aenar where the bulk of the story takes place. Each of my stories have been named after landmarks in my world.
What is your favorite line from the book?
“Similar to anything boobish, we are not.”
This does not reflect on the depth to the story, but this has to be one of my favorite lines. It makes me laugh every time.
There’s a lot of talk in the writing community about “writing what you know.” Does that apply to this book?
Absolutely. Outside of my writing career, I am employed as a licensed social worker, including experiences as a therapist and instructor across a spectrum of subjects. The primary theme in Dyndaer is about friendship and the purpose of our lives. This book considers the conclusive answer reached by the thousands I have worked with over the past decade through the lens of these fantastical characters.
How did you find “your voice?”
By making lots and lots of mistakes. I have been writing short stories since grade school; I had my first novel completed when I was sixteen. I have written and rewritten novels for the past decade, accumulating hundreds of thousands of words. Though I never published these, I have kept them as reminders of the work it took to find my voice. Being patient and willing to practice the craft of writing helped me discover my voice to tell the stories I had long been compelled to tell.
Do you stick to one genre or do you dabble in others, too?
I have written flash fiction and short stories for entertainment in other genres, but I always come back to fantasy.
What are you currently working on?
The final installment to Hawkhurst Saga, called Ashes to Ashes, among several other short stories. I am also co-releasing a novel—yet to be titled—at the end of this year with J.C. Boyd, introducing his dynamic, fantasy world.
Which manuscript did you have the most fun working on?
That is such a difficult question, because I really enjoyed writing Dyndaer. Though, I would have to say Anaerfell was the most fun to work on. The experience of brainstorming ideas, developing characters and a plot, and then writing a novel with another author truly challenged me as a writer.
What is your best one sentence advice to other writers?
Let’s talk about you, the author, now. What do you do when you aren’t writing?
I am married and a father to five wonderful children, who teach me a great deal about myself and life. I also work at a full-time, non-writing job, inclusive of volunteer work for veterans, victims of domestic violence, and children in need of care. I also host a podcast, read, bake, hike, play board games and video games, and stalk social media.
If you had to sum your life up in 3 words, what would they be?
Tenacity. Fantasizing. Adventure.
What motivates you?
Family is my primary motivation. I have a definite passion for storytelling, and an appreciation for the art of writing. Someday, I would like to write full-time and tell all the tales bouncing around in my head—but only if it benefits my kiddos.
Tell us about your favorite cause.
I support any cause focusing on social justice and equality. Lately, I have been keeping up with Emma Watson and her support for the #HeForShe campaign.
Identify your superpower.
My general answer to this question is super healing powers. I always thought that was by far the best superpower that anybody could come across. Then, I had another author suggest the manipulation of time. So, I have to recant the prior and choose the latter.
What’s your favorite quote? Book? Movie? Song? Food?
“Not all who wander are lost.” -J.R.R. Tolkien (Quote)
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (Book)
Wolfhound (2006) starring Aleksandr Bukharov (Movie)
Bulgarian Folk Rhodope Mountain by Nadezhda Hvoyneva (Song)
Pad Grapow- Thai (Food)
Are you coffee or tea?
I am an avid coffee drinker. I haven’t enjoyed tea since I was a child and still cannot bring myself to consume it. I may have just offended half your readers.
And lastly, what is the one thing you wish people who DON’T write would understand about writing?
Very few of us will write a one-hit wonder. We rely on readers to share the stories they like with friends and leave us reviews so we can improve our craft.
Thank you for answering our questions.
Great interview and great questions. Thank you for having me!
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