MTG: Tell us something about the book that is not in the summary. (About the book, character you particularly enjoyed writing etc.)
Nic: I really like all the five main characters. They all have their story, their background. I couldn’t easily pick up one among them. Maybe Thost, the former Count of Borydos, is a bit more close to my heart these days. Writing about Kurbus the gnome and about Maroq the salesman was a lot of fun. They will comeback in the second book.
MTG: How did you come up with “The Orb of Wrath”?
Nic: It all started with the world. Many years back I spent a lot of time creating a very detailed fantasy world. I included details for more than 700 different cities. Different countries, culture, history, etc. Over the years I thought many times that I should build a story in that setting. And finally I decided to do it.
MTG: Where do you find inspiration for your writing?
Nic: I got this question before and I don’t have a good answer. I have no idea. I try to start with the world, as said and then characters and situations just come to my mind after I try to place myself in that fantasy landscape.
MTG: Where do you usually find yourself writing?
Nic: Mostly home. However, the daydreaming process that takes you to imagine the next scene or a new character can happen anywhere. The shower in the morning is a good example. According to new neuroscience the best moment to come out with a solution is when you are distracted and not actively thinking about the issue. The challenge is to capture those ideas and not let them fade.
MTG: What has been the biggest reward to your writing so far?
Nic: When I got the first print version of my first novel right after publishing in my hand… that was an incredible feeling.
MTG: What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Nic: Self-publishing is a new paradigm; a miracle, even. Any aspiring writer today can (for sure) become a published writer. It was not like that in the past. If you are passionate about writing, just go for it. But you need to know that writing a great book is only half of the work; marketing it is a full time job by itself. So, spend some time beforehand on how you will tackle that piece of the challenge.
MTG: Do you have a favorite book(s) and why? I know it’s often impossible to narrow it down to one, so just pick one (or a few) that is a new favorite or consistent “go-to”.
Nic: If we talk about this genre (fantasy) it is very easy to pick up just one: "The Lord of the Rings". Not very original, eh? By many metrics one of the very best books of the whole XX century and I could almost say the founder of the genre. A gigantic piece of work for many many reasons. The amazing world building skills are still unparalleled; that combined with the genius of one of the best narrators ever.
MTG: What books are you reading now?
Nic: "Escape from Witchwood Hollow" by Jordan Elizabeth
MTG: Give us three “Good to Know” facts. Be creative: first job, likes/dislikes, hobbies, favorite way to unwind – whatever comes to mind.
- My first job was in a shipbuilding company. What I designed then is still operational today somewhere in the Mexican Gulf.
- I hate cheese in my food (I know I am a weirdo in the States for this). I love pasta and I hate pasta with cheese. I do like cheese alone or with bread. My favorite cheese: camembert.
- I am surprised how bad is the performance of highway construction in the States (how long it takes, how expensive it is and how inefficient and old the building techniques are). I am astonished about how efficient, convenient and cheap are all the Oil change shops in the States. Fantastic in every possible way.
MTG: Do you have any upcoming projects?
Nic: I am just finishing the sequel of The Orb. Title will likely be "The White Lady". It will be out before xmas.
About the Author:
Nic Weissman is an Amazon Bestseller and a fast growing name in Fantasy fiction landscape. His debut novel "The Orb of Wrath" is collecting great reviews and is available through multiple channels both in ebook and paperback, both in English and Spanish. The novel has been already referred by multiple bloggers like Jack Moreno. Nic is the creator of the saga The Merchant's Destiny and The World of Oris.
Nic was born in 1974 in mystical place where the sea ends. Over the past 16 years, he has lived in 14 different addresses across 3 different continents. He has travelled to 30 countries and speaks 4 languages. As you can imagine, Nic loves travelling.
You can follow Nic through several Social Media channels like Facebook, Slideshare.net, Tumblr, Twitter, Google+, and Linkedin among others. Nic writes under a pen name for professional reasons.