Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Interview with Randall Boleyn, author of Wave Links

Randall Boleyn When those first few novels transported Randall into the intrigue of other cultures and the complexity of foreign lands, his life changed forever. He wanted to experience those kinds of adventures and ended up traveling the world doing international business while living his own bizarre experiences. Realizing he wanted to create the same kind of stories he loved to read, Randall coaxed the Muse by writing, studying and learning the craft. After years of toiling with the words, the stories suddenly just seemed to happen. It was startling! It was the same joy and surprise he had relished as a reader in guessing how a plot might unfold affecting the characters’ lives. He now writes with the eye and passion of creating that next great story like he would want to read. Randall now lives in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and is focused on completing the Powers Meant for Gods trilogy to publish by December 2014. Read excerpts and more at and sign-up for Randall’s mailing list for publishing details.  His latest book is the Young Adult Fantasy, Wave Links.

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Could you please tell us a little about your book?
Llad Fleck fights for his life against an unknown enemy as he searches for clues about his cryptic lineage of berserkers while being haunted by a mysterious girl trying to help him master the bizarre psychic talents he will need to survive. Trying to sum up the 100,000 word story you wrote in one sentence is really difficult. But that is the essentials of the story. I have always loved reading the fantasy genre, but wanted to create a story where these talents could be real— within the realm of the practical. Wave Links is an action adventure tale set in an urban fantasy background within a coming of age theme. It is book number one of the Powers Meant for Gods series and starts the story of Lladnar Fleck learning to come-to-grips with his extraordinary talents and stay alive long enough to defend himself from malevolent force intent of his death. Book number two, Soul Links will be released late December 2014 and book three Rune Links should be out March 2015
Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?
Every day, all around the world, ordinary folks accomplish feats, mental and physical which are astounding to those of us lacking those unique gifts and traits. Many of the top Universities in the USA and Europe now have paranormal studies departments trying to somehow quantify the mysteries of the humankind that science has yet to breakdown and expose with scientific reason.

For most of the time on this earth since humans have been able to record their thoughts and deeds, anything people couldn't understand was attributed to the gods, or to the occult. Regardless of each of our individual belief systems, we love to read and contemplate the 'what ifs' of our universe. And that is why I needed to create the Powers Meant for Gods series with the premise that some people actually do have talents that are god-like― some used for good, some used for evil. That age old battle still continues even today.

Having known people gifted with such marvelous talents that they almost seem mystical, I needed to further explore the paranormal aspect of our human condition. I have been involved in playing sports my entire life. Experiencing players with remarkable talents in any sport that places them beyond the norm is to feel a sense of awe as you witness their greatness. And where does that talent, those gifts come from?
My character Llad Fleck has these extraordinary gifts in rugby and basketball. At fifteen, he embarrassed the men he played against in these very demanding, physical sports. From there, his gifts kept expanding to include a genetic traits of his ancestors from who legends were created. As I am not a plotter in my stories, all the characters surrounding Llad’s life just showed up ready for their roles. Thank the Muse!

Who is your biggest supporter?
My wife Kay. But her support isn’t  necessarily about the writing specifically, but to use my talents best where I feel fulfilled and satisfied with my efforts.

Your biggest critic?
Myself! It takes a good amount of time and word count before most writers lose the pretention and the need to be perfect. My favorite authors write so simply. The words just flow into paragraphs and you never pay any attention to the author. That is the quality of prose I am striving towards and the more I write, the closer I think I am getting to succeed.

Do you have any advice for writers or readers?
Reading has been such a big part of my life ever since I wasn't required to read, that it was the seed for my writing. Read everything in the genres that inspire you, and sooner or later, you will find yourself lacking for a story that stills fills that need. Then you’ll say, "I can write it myself." And you'll be right, and your stories will start to unfold.

What is your favorite past-time?  
My wife Kay and I hike many of the wonderful trails throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  I still read a lot, although when I am deep into writing a story, I can’t find the proper concentration to read other authors. And I design and build funky contemporary furniture.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Only that I hope some readers will give Wave Links a try and that they enjoy reading this story as much as I did writing it. Thank you!

Wave Link cover 9-16 copy  They feared how the truth might alter Llad Fleck. No one ever told him about his talented ancestors, their extraordinary heritage, or how they died. He never learned that a powerful research institute in England considered him a lethal threat. Other than the need to move on to the safety of a different city every few months, the only thing Llad knew for sure was that the men he played ball against said he had “mad skills not suitable for a fifteen-year-old.” When Llad meets an eccentric parapsychologist, Dr. Jemma Rask, she explains that she has waited decades just to teach him how to expand his mind and utilize the unique traits which she believes he has inherited. Even though Dr. Rask and her stories come across as way too weird for Llad, he begins studying her techniques. He quickly realizes that just because the link might be there, it doesn’t mean he actually has the talent or the patience to develop his abilities. After multiple killings shatter Llad’s life, he still doesn’t know who is behind the brutal murders or why he’s involved. But he knows now that he’s fighting for his life against a unknown enemy. He must discover more about his family tree and learn how to control his psychic gifts―if he has any. Alone with his grief, Llad searches for clues about his cryptic lineage while being haunted by reoccurring dreams of a mysterious girl trying to help him master the bizarre talents he will need to survive.

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