Featured Interview With Jamie Edmundson
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up in the English counties of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, where as a teenager I developed my interests in History and the world of Fantasy Fiction. The 1990s saw me study History at the University of Hull in East Yorkshire. By the 2000s I had moved to Yarm in North Yorkshire – I became a teacher, got married and became a father.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I was reading fantasy by the 1980s, so as well as Lord of the Rings, think David Edding’s Belgariad, the Dragonlance Chronicles by Weis & Hickman, Tad Williams etc. In film there was Star Wars, Ladyhawke, The Princess Bride and (dare I say it? Oh, go on then) Hawk the Slayer. At various points I dabbled with a fantasy story that became Toric’s Dagger, but it wasn’t until I left full-time teaching in 2015 that this became a more serious pursuit. The world of publishing, like many things, has taken a quantum leap since the 1980s, and I find the idea of indie writing very exciting.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
There is an amazing crop of fantasy writers I admire at the moment. Some names that come to mind are GRR Martin, Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence and Steven Erikson. I also enjoy historical fiction, including Bernard Cornwell’s books.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
The main characters and world of Toric’s Dagger were developed about twenty years ago. Set in the fantasy world of Dalriya, the story is rich with different characters and nations. The plot is driven by the quest to acquire seven magic weapons which are needed to defend Dalriya from dark forces that want to conquer the whole continent. The series is called The Weapon Takers Saga and I’m excited to have the sequel, Bolivar’s Sword, nearly ready so that readers don’t have a long wait between books.
In Toric’s Dagger Belwynn and her twin brother, Soren, become the leaders of a team that set out to retrieve a stolen dagger. As the story develops they begin to learn about the importance of the weapon. They are supported by a number of other characters, from mercenaries to priests. But can they all be trusted? As the series develops, all these characters develop their own stories as the search for the weapons widens and as war comes to Dalriya.
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