A mysterious book leads to an adventure of a lifetime…
Twelve-year-old Ethan knows it all, and if it doesn’t involve fantasy or video games, he isn’t interested. On a trip to an antique store with his father, Ethan comes across the mysterious book, Grimoricon. Unaware of the secrets this book holds, Ethan soon finds himself in the unfamiliar world of Terah, a world that brings to life all the wondrous and terrifying things from Ethan’s fantasy books.
Aided by a teenage huntress named Nera and her bear companion, Ethan must travel through this unfamiliar world of magic, danger, and intrigue all in an attempt to find his way back home.
However, dark forces have learned of Ethan’s arrival and are seeking to capture him before he can find the doorway between worlds. It will take all of Ethan’s courage and the help of his friends to overcome this enemy and open the doorway.
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author B.D. Suever whose book Pathway to Terah captivated me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love fantasy but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for B.D. Suever, a biography of the author and an interview between us both will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful B.D. Suever!
B.D. Suever lives in a world where magic and monsters exist around every corner. At least that’s what his mind tells him.
So, who is he really? Well if you ask his kids he’s dad, if you ask his wife he’s the spider killer if you ask his mom he’s her favorite child (don’t tell his sister). As for himself, he’d tell you he’s a world class genius on the brink of making magic a reality.
At a young age, he was always drawn to fantasy whether it be in books, games, or toys. They all allowed him to expand his mind and imagine a world of his own. As he got older B.D. Suever began to write and create the worlds in his head for others to experience. Now he is ready to present those ideas he has to the world.
As a freelance writer he has had featured articles showcased on cultureofgaming.com. He is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
When he’s not writing, you can usually find him spending time with his two wonderful kids, watching the latest movie or playing the latest video game (he must keep that imagination fueled somehow).
Now, how wonderful does B.D. Suever sound?! The author is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of the author’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between us both, I hope that you enjoy the author’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself
The question that scares all authors “Tell us a bit about yourself.” Hahaha. At the age of 38 my wife describes me as the third child in the house. I’m the dad that likes to build Legos with my son and try and convince my daughter that playing a video game is more fun than watching Sofia the First on Disney. I’m an avid collector of all thing’s comic, game and movie related. I currently live in Southern California working for a wonderful group of Orthopedic surgeons. I’m hoping to leave California by this summer and head out to Idaho for a somewhat quieter area.
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
GRIMORICON: Pathway to Terah follows the tale of Ethan, your typical smart mouth twelve-year-old who thinks he knows everything and wants to just play video games and read fantasy books. Ethan and his father take a trip to an antique store where Ethan finds a mysterious book titled “GRIMORICON”, Something about this book just tells him he needs to read it. That night upon opening the book, Ethan is magically transported to Terah, the world within the book where he meets a female huntress named Nera and her bear companion Naveni. Ethan soon finds out his arrival in this world was meant to be and he is responsible for bringing balance back to the world. What follows is an epic adventure full of magic, danger, fun characters and an undead army looking to stop Ethan at all costs.
GRIMORICON was actually never supposed to happen. My genre of choice for years had been horror. I loved writing stories that sent chills up the spine and gave goosebumps. My biggest problem was I would always get stuck mid-way through the story and give up. I was then challenged by a college professor two years ago to try a different genre and see how it went. I thought for a few days about what genre I enjoyed and what might be a good fit. Interestingly enough I was playing a fantasy video game when I thought to myself I could write a story as good as the one I’m playing. So, I tried my hand at fantasy. Low and behold I found my calling. It was easy for me to create the story and characters. It just flowed out of me with ease. After I got an A in the class for my story I began to think of an idea for a new book. I first started with the main character who I modeled after my son (He is a unique character to begin with). I began to brainstorm and realized I had a small problem. The story I had come up with would end up spanning numerous books. I decided to create an epic fantasy series instead of a stand-alone story and thus my work on GRIMORICON began.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
Write what you love. When I started out writing I would see a lot of tutorials on social media saying that you should write what the market is asking for. In my opinion if you are writing to fit the trend you won’t put out your best work. The best work comes from what you are passionate about not what is popular at the time. So, I say write what you love and let your story set the trend.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
That’s a tough one. I don’t think there is a most important thing about a book, there are many. Plot, characters, world building, voice, the list could go on. All these things combine to create a wonderful story that the world can get engrossed in. Each one is important in its own way. I will say this; A book needs to keep you entertained. If a book is too boring and makes you walk away from it then it’s probably not that great a book. I like the ones where I can’t wait to read another page and end up reading a few chapters instead.
What is your writing process like?
My writing process changed from the first book to now. When I first started with GRIMORICON I would just sit down at the computer and write. I’d re-read what I wrote and make corrections as I went. The funny thing was I ended up changing the story around at least twenty times. I made numerous mistakes and had to redo a lot of things this way. With the second book I decided to try things a different way. I first outlined the entire book from beginning to end. Once I had the whole story laid out in front of me I started writing the scenes for each character who’s POV I would be utilizing for that scene. Once I had all the scenes written out I began to piece the story together like a puzzle trying to figure out which character to follow at what time and when certain events would take place.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
The only real research I did for this book was to watch my son closely and jot down his little quirks and mannerisms. The rest of the story sort of writes itself in my head and I write down anything that sounds as if it would be interesting to the story. There is one major thing I researched though. I had never drawn a map before, so I watched some videos and looked through a few fantasy map books to learn how to draw the map that is in the front of the book.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
No set schedule. I try to write when I have down time either at work or at home. There are times I get on a roll and end up writing from 10pm to about 4am.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I love to read. I mostly stick to fantasy when reading. The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkoswki is one of my favorite series. I am currently reading the third book Baptism by Fire. I also started reading Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller which has me hooked as well.
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
Well I am currently finishing up book 2 in the GRIMORICON series and already have book 3 and 4 outlined. I am working on the outline for the final book, so I can just work on writing the rest of the series to get it out to the world as soon as possible. I’m shooting for spring release for book 2 but don’t want to guarantee anything just yet. I will say this, book 2 will shock those who read and enjoyed book 1 <Sly grin>
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with B.D. Suever! If you have liked what you have read about the author and are interested in learning more about B.D. Suever, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,