Paul Genesse talks to me about Winds
To help celebrate release day of The Winds of Khalakovo, my friend and writing pal, Paul Genesse, interviewed me about the book and the writing process. The interview will also appear in Black Gate in the coming days. I'll post that when it's up, but for now you can see the interview on Paul's blog.
This was a fun interview because Paul's been involved with this project for a while. He's read several versions, including the raw, early chapters, so he brought some good insight to the interview. Here's a brief excerpt from the interview:
The climax of the novel builds to an amazing pitch. I greatly admire how it all came together. Did you spend forever figuring out how to put all of that together? How hard was constructing the ending?
Actually the ending was not nearly as hard as the middle. It’s not called the muddle in the middle for no reason. It’s somewhat easy to take the threads you’ve shown to the reader in the beginning and complicate them so that there are more. The story begins to expand like a point in time expanding to a “cone” of possibilities. The tough part comes when you have to start pulling those threads in. (Here the cone starts to draw in to more of a football shape.) You have to begin preparing for the end of the book pretty early on in the process or you’ll find that too many things are going too far afield. If you don’t watch it, you’ll have a gnarled mess of mismatched threads instead of a tapestry.
So as I do start to narrow the possibilities and point the story generally toward the end, it starts to resolve itself like an image in the mist. Then it’s just a matter of tying up all the threads. No easy thing, but it’s still easier than the middle. The middle can bite my ass.