A warm welcome to Mr. WH Cann he comes to us from the realm of the science-fictional! I love Sci-Fi! Enjoy!
My passion for reading started from a very young age, but my interest in the fantasy genre started when I was a ten and my father gave me some Conan books by Robert E. Howard and the series Thongor of Lemuria by Lin Carter. My interest in science fiction came later, primarily through of Star Wars and Star Trek.
I am married with two children, both having now left home, my daughter with a family of her own living in Pembrokeshire, my son living and working in Cardiff. I also have two beautiful grandchildren.
I served in the RAF as a dual trade aircraft engineer (Propulsion and Airframes trades) for 8 years, and after spending most of that time at RAF Brawdy, moved back to Cardiff for a few years, finally returning to Pembrokeshire in 1995. After recovering from a back injury, I studied accounting and now work in local government.
When did you start writing and why?
I first started writing in 1998 after injuring my back and had to give up work for a while. I thought I would ‘have a go’ at writing a story, just to see how far I could go and to pass the long days at home when there was little else to do. I did not expect to end up writing what eventually became an epic story of in excess of a thousand pages, split into three long volumes.
If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?
I am a parent, but both children have left home. However, in the early days of writing, once I had returned to work, I had to juggle and split my time between work and family life; my writing taking second place.
Who is your favorite author and why?
I don’t have a favorite author, and because I enjoy reading a variety of genres, all those I do like have different qualities, which make them all worthy of such a position. Some authors who share most space on my bookshelves are Ian Irvine, Bernard Cornwell, Ken Follett, Terry Goodkind, and Clive Cussler. For me, a good author needs to include good descriptive elements, building the scene and the characters in the mind as one reads, feeding the reader. Yes, we can build a picture in our own mind with little detail given as we read, but I want to know what’s in the author’s mind, what he or she is trying to portray. Then I feel more drawn into the story.
What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
Ideally, I would like to achieve a modicum of success as a writer. I love reading, and now feel the same way about writing, and want to share my stories with others who are
also passionate about the written word. To know there are people enjoying my work is satisfying and makes it all worthwhile.
Traditional or Self publishing? Why?
When I first completed book 1, I attempted seeking representation by an agent, but only received rejections. I knew it could be a long time before I found one willing to accept my work, and accepted the fact it might never happen. So, I chose the self-publishing route instead. This way I could get my books out into the market where people could enjoy my work. Self-publishing also gives me control over my writing, and I think without editors and publishers pressurizing with deadlines, keeps the passion alive.
Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing
This part of my literary journey began in the spring of 2011. After a six year break, I thought it was time to get back into writing again, and after reading what had already been written, continued where I had left off on book three in my Fantasy series. My intention was to finish writing the 3rd book, and then polish off the first book with a view to seeking an agent.
However, I had the fortune of meeting another author, who was also an editor and reviewer, to whom I gave the first volumes of both my Science Fiction and Fantasy series, mainly to assess how my writing had developed and to determine the best way forward. After receiving recommendations, I returned to the Science Fiction series and set about rewriting it. Five months later, I approached some agents, but with no success
After reading many articles about self publishing, I thought why not. A month later, in January 2012, book 1 was published. I was expecting this to be a potentially difficult process having read about the problems with formatting etc. Using Mark Corker’s formatting guide for Smashwords, I formatted my book, uploaded it and had it processed and published without complication. Five months after that, I followed the same process for my second book, also without complications.
Tell us about your book (s)
Path to Vengeance and Sorcerer’s Duel are books One and Two in the series The Guardians, which will, when complete comprise five books, the third is almost ready for publishing. Although it is categorized as a science fiction, it is in truth, more of a fantasy adventure. Jamie Hall summed it up perfectly in one of his reviews: “Take any fantasy novel and move it forward a few thousand years and this is it.”
The Guardians series follows the life of a young man who suffers considerable heartache, trials and tribulations as destiny guides his life along a path set by prophecy and one he does not always want to take. On this path of life, he faces personal tragedy, ruthless space pirates, a menacing empire bent on conquest and powerful sorcerers.
Path to Vengeance:
When his brother, father and fiancée are killed by Krelathan raiders, Grogaan’s life is ripped apart, causing grief, anger and rage. He vows his revenge and sets about on his ‘path to vengeance’ by purchasing and upgrading four starfighters for him and his friends.
As a result of his intense emotional trauma brought on by his losses, he experiences troubling and disturbing dreams, leading to bouts of severe depression.
Feeling guilty over the loss of his loved ones, especially his fiancée, Grogaan avoids romantic involvement until Joeen, his brother’s former fiancée re-enters his life, causing him more emotional turmoil. This is further compounded by an unexpected encounter with Ellarna, a Senator’s daughter, who he is besotted with.
A chance meeting with members of a long forgotten sect, ‘The Brotherhood of the Teragon Eagle’, on a nearby planet, together with information revealed to him by his mother, prove Grogaan’s unique abilities are due to his family heritage; an ancestor having been a respected wizard and a member of the Guardian Order.
Grogaan and his friends prove their piloting skills and spearhead the counter offensive against the Krelathan raiders. However, it’s his abilities enhanced by his gift of magic that take him and his friends on a path that impacts on the future of the galaxy as foretold by a two hundred year old prophecy; a path he begins to tread while developing a powerful relationship with one of the two women.
Having survived the Battle of Mabraant and with no system in the quadrant safe to settle on, Grogaan leads his friends on a new adventure deep into the heart of the neighbouring Ladorran Quadrant.
After being reunited with his soul-mate, Grogaan and Ellarna meet the famous Guardian Master Sorann Taggash. The Master confirms Grogaan’s adeptness in magic, and although Grogaan already knew Ellarna was also adept in magic, she was surprised when Sorann reveals the fact to her.
Grogaan and Ellarna under the supervision of Sorann, embark on a training programme to become Guardians. Grogaan’s skills develop swiftly but his emotional control due to past trauma and depression hinder his development. They take a short break to undertake a dangerous mission back to Mabraant, where Grogaan and Kopaz Squadron tempt fate to the limits, and deal another painful strike to the Empire.
During a visit to a neighbouring planet, Grogaan discovers a long forgotten underground installation that contains a sinister secret. It is this discovery, together with Grogaan’s powerful emotions, that sets off a chain reaction that has sinister, dire and tragic consequences. This impacts not only on the lives of Grogaan and many other individuals, but also on their progressing relationships, culminating in a spectacular duel between two powerful sorcerers.
What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?
My main inspiration came from the Star Wars universe, of which I have a large number of books, and would give a rating of between 3 to 5 stars, but I wanted to evolve the supernatural element more in line with fantasy style magic.
Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?
I think Grogaan is a likeable character, although this is not necessarily wholly apparent in the first book. He suffers a lot of heartache through no fault of his own; a victim of destiny’s actions on his life, and the influence of an ancient prophecy. Although he struggles with depression and lack of motivation at times, his heart and intent is in the right place, and he attempts to act in the best interests, not only for his own selfish reasons, but for others who have and will suffer, even if it is occasionally misguided.
Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?
Unfortunately, no, but if it did, it would consist of a range of music genres from classical to heavy metal to fit in with the aura and setting of the scenes.
I loved the Star Wars legacy! Thank you so much for taking the time to spend with us today! You can follow WH Cann on his website
Path to Vengeance:
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Path to Vengeance:
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006X43EY6
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