Friday, December 28, 2007

Day Seventeen of my virtual tour of the blogosphere

Day Seventeen, the final stop on my whirlwind virtual tour of the blogosphere, is at Fiction Scribe, a popular writers blog operated by a woman (Jaime) who lives in Australia. (And we all know that Australians love epic fantasy, so this is cool by me!) Click here for the entire interview.

Here is an excerpt:

What character do you relate to the most and why?

Certainly, my main character is my favorite. For one thing, he’s 7 feet tall, weighs 300 pounds, and is extremely handsome and muscular, so I modeled him after myself. (Ha!)

But though he is larger than life physically, emotionally, and spiritually, he is the character (of which there are dozens) who most speaks in my voice and represents my world view.

One of the key aspects of this series is my own exploration of death and the enormous effect it has on the human psyche. My MC is named Torg, and he is called a Death Wizard — or more accurately, a Death-Knower. While deep in meditation, Buddhist monks have had recorded heart rates of less than 10 beats per minute. My main character takes this to the extreme. In an original twist never before seen in this genre, the Death Wizard is able to enter the realm of death during a “temporary suicide.” Through intense concentrative meditation, he stops his heartbeat briefly and feeds on death energy, which provides him with an array of magical powers.

This poem from Book One says it best:

Only a Death-Knower can die.
And live again.

Only a Death-Knower can return
from death.
And remember.

Only a Death-Knower can tell us
what he has seen.

Not all care to listen.

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Kappa no He said...

Probably my most favorite flavor of Buddhism is Tibetan. This sounds right up my alley!

Jim Melvin said...

I actually follow the Theravada tradition, but there are aspects of Tibetan as well. And by the way, no responses yet from your sources that I emailed, but it's only been a few days. Fingers are crossed.

Kappa no He said...

New Year's holidays here....that is like a week to two weeks where no one is doing anything. I don't think work starts back up until the seventh. Fingers crossed here as well!

Jim Melvin said...

Man, sounds like fun!

JM said...

It was a pleasure hosting you. :)



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