IndieView with Justin Enos, author of From Wrath to Ruin

Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? My book was done and I didn’t want to wait. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? This is not epic fantasy, Tijodrin is not saving the world after all. About Writing
Do you outline? I would play out the sequences in my head, and picture exactly how each character would move and react, but trying to translate those intricate actions into clear, concise passages was sometimes problematic. He quickly finds himself caught up in a fierce rivalry that threatens to destroy two powerful merchant families and turn the streets of Hohvenlor into a battlefield. Howard and later by Robert Jordan. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? The next book featuring Tijodrin titled Under A Shadow Of Sorcery as well as a couple of short stories that take place in the same world. Both J. Of course it costs money, but your work is out there almost immediately and let me tell you that is a wonderful feeling! About the book
What is the book about? Where did you get the idea from? Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) End of Interview:
For more from Justin, visit his website and like his Facebook page. Where do you live now? The basic idea of Tijodrin and details of the world have been swimming around in my head for over ten years, but it was only in early 2013 that I started actively writing the book. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? No spoilers here, but something very profound that happened to him in the book, happened to me as well. At some point I just had to say enough and let it go. Portland, Oregon. Martin influenced me with their massive world building. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Was pretty much winging it at first, but now I am working to correct that and making a concerted effort to get exposure through various social media outlets. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Another issue was verbs. Both J. Martin influenced me with their massive world building. I love to listen to music while I write, but I can’t concentrate if there are words, so symphonic music it is! My book, and further books about Tijodrin, will all be stand-alone stories. No. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Tolkien and George R. Even a brief fight scene requires a lot of them and I wore out my thesaurus coming up with all the variations for “stab” and “cut”! The Cathedral of Learning, also in Pittsburgh, became The Spire, around which I designed another whole story line and world. Sometimes it is just a random thought during a brainstorming session, other times they are triggered by some detail from my surroundings. I have been influenced several times by architecture – another love of mine! Two foreign countries and five different states. R. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? He is just one man, a good man but certainly not a perfect one, trying to do get by in life and generally doing the right thing. What are you working on now? They spent a lot of time on even the littlest of details and it made their books that much more enjoyable. From all that I heard and read about going the traditional publishing route it can take as much as a year or more to get your book in stores and online even once it is picked up by a publishing company. Mostly fictitious, though I think all writers borrow a little of themselves and others in their lives when creating characters. The Grim Gate, a fortress which will figure prominently in a later Tijodrin book, was inspired by the Foster Building, now the Renaissance Hotel, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. No, I jot down thoughts and ideas beforehand, and as I go along, but certainly nothing as formal as an outline. Because I knew that this story was going to involve a lot of fighting, I wanted to make sure I got those scenes just right. My father was in the army so I grew up all over the place. About You
Where did you grow up? R. Do you listen to music while you write? You always felt like you were there because he had walked the landscape and described it all so very well. About three years. Within the city walls, Tijodrin will find danger in many forms. I think everyone has to chose what works best for them, but in this day and age there are so many opportunities in the indie market it is a great choice. When did you start writing the book? Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? I drew up the basic design, but Bookbaby, the company that printed my book, did the actual graphic work. Tijodrin finds himself at odds with the merchant to whom he has sold his services, a man whose actions grow more and more violent and malicious. We all know how important it is for writers to read. R. Can he survive the endless plots of the vengeful merchants and the swords of their bloodthirsty henchmen, as well as the lurking daggers of the shadowy assassin’s guild? What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? R. I liked that you could read a series of stories about the same character without worrying to much about reading them in order as each book was basically a stand-alone story. No matter how many times I read through my writing there was always something I would find that I thought maybe I should change. I listen to soundtracks mostly and among my favorites are The Lord of the Rings, Conan the Barbarian, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and Braveheart. Get your copy of   From Wrath to Ruin from Amazon US or Amazon UK. I was also concerned about accidentally reusing a particularly good combat move performed by Tijodrin or the turn of phrase I used to describe it. How long did it take you to write it? I have taken some inspiration from the Conan books written by Robert E. Specific ideas come from many places. Found a local artist on Craigslist to do the painting on the back cover of my book. A little of both. This family is feuding with another and the rivalry quickly spirals out of control. Bernard Cornwell impressed me with his research, how he visited all of the many places and battlefields about which he wrote. The story follows the adventures of Tijodrin, a man who has been exiled from his homeland. Editing was one of the harder aspects because there is the danger of over-editing. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? The backgrounds, the histories, that they created are so impressive. There is one eerie similarity that I share with Tijodrin actually, one I did not share when I initially came up with the idea of him and his backstory. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? R. The backgrounds, the histories, that they created are so impressive. R. From Wrath To Ruin is a gritty, action-packed book that reads more like a medieval adventure than a fantasy novel. Justin Enos – 9 April 2018
The Back Flap
In exile from his homeland… As a mercenary, Tijodrin has wandered far and wide, and now his travels have brought him to the great city of Hohvenlor, a city he knows well. A good friend of mine had also recently self-published and enjoyed the experience. He is a mercenary and in this story he has come to the city of Hohvenlor where he takes a job as a bodyguard for a wealthy merchant family. They spent a lot of time on even the littlest of details and it made their books that much more enjoyable. Surprisingly I think it was the fight scenes that gave me the most difficulties. Tolkien and George R. I did research into all aspects of publishing, but ultimately chose self-publishing because I just wanted my book out there.