Guest Interview with Wayne McKinstry, Author of The Two Hands of The King
Tell us about your latest book
Sir Donald and Lord Overton are bitter rivals for the favor of King Phillip deRoyale. But now their world is threatened by evil creatures, who intend to make this world their own. Now the two rivals will be tested like never before when their King orders them to work together to deal with this new enemy. Can these rivals work together? They will have help from Prince Luke, who is the third son of King DeRoyale. Also they will work with a Witch and Wizard who have to sort out their romantic feelings while saving the world
What is your preferred writing routine?
Morning is the best for me. As the day progresses there are more and more distractions. Sitting at my laptop in the corner of the spare room I am best able to visualize another world. And if I play music, I will just sit and listen to that rather than write. Focus!!
What advice do you have for new writers?
Do you want to be a writer? Then sit down and write! Start typing out the story that you have in your head. If you do not have an uncle in the publishing business, there are all sorts of self-publishing options. First and foremost you can upload your book to Amazon. What is hard is getting noticed among all the other people who have put their book out there.
What have you found to be the best way to raise awareness of your books?
Oh, that is the 64 million dollar question. Right now I am trying to get some reviews for my book. Hopefully things like this interview will help as well. There is plenty of advice on the internet, I just need to sort through it all.
Tell us something unexpected you discovered during your research
I realized that basic human emotions are always the same. Everyone needs food, water and protection from the worst of the elements. And everyone wants to be valued by their peers. That might mean they want to be loved or they want to be feared. And all the non-human creatures that I create, I give them the same basic human emotions so the reader can relate.
What was the hardest scene you remember writing?
I found it challenging to write battle scenes. I have never served in the military, and I basically rely on other war fiction that I have read. I can only say ‘the heat and dust were indescribable’ so many times. I found that I could focus on the emotions of the people in the battle, like fear, panic, terror and the like. And you can do a second-by-second description of what happens because life hangs in the balance absolutely every instant.
What are you planning to write next?
Right now I am working on a sequel for The Two Hands of The King. There seems to be a lot of value in having a series. I am mapping out the story to make sure that I do more than just re-tell the previous book.