Interview with fantasy author D.C. Fergerson

Fantasy author D.C. Fergerson is here today and
we’re chatting about his fantasy comedy novel,
The Singer and the Charlatan.


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Bio:
D.C. Fergerson is an
author, husband, father of one, humorist, and storyteller currently residing in
Charlotte, NC. From an early age, through the fog and confusion of adolescence
and early adulthood, the only thing he wanted was to tell stories.

Please tell us about your newest release.
The Singer and the Charlatan is a fantasy comedy. In a land where magic is
commonplace, all Leanna Moonbody wants to do is become a famous singer and play
at the Saul Amphitheater. She meets a priestess named Trixi who has had a
vision of amassing a flock to take on a pilgrimage to the fabled Magic City,
but doesn’t know where to start. She decides to team up with Leanna, so the
singer can set up the crowds, and Trixi can bring them to ‘Our Lord’.

What inspired you to write this book?
I felt this book fits in a
funny space. Fantasy is normally very highbrow and lofty, where this is
lighthearted and doesn’t mind poking fun at its own genre. We don’t have much in
the way of a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in fantasy, and I wanted to do
something like that. I wanted to bring a deep and expansive fantasy world with
a rich history, and insert absurdity and chaos.


Excerpt from The Singer and the Charlatan:
“Ooh, this
is exciting,” Leanna said with a smile, grabbing up Tear and Jonathan’s hands.

With the circle
complete, Trixi looked to the ceiling.

“Lord. Oh,
Lord, who is great and true. Take this offering of Form R226 and whatever
leftovers we have here from dinner. Commune with me so that I may be a better
Fawnspear, walking the path of truth. May it be really, really funny.”

With that,
the scroll burned away before their eyes. Then, nothing. The silence became
awkward.

“Did it not
work?” Jonathan asked.

“Quiet,”
Trixi demanded, turning her ear to the table.

The faint
sound of terribly boring music filled the space all around the table. Any old
ear would think it came from the building next door, but the trained ear of a
Thistlite knew better. She listened to the song for a moment with her eyes
closed.

Leanna
joined in, leaning in to try and make out the tune. Suddenly, a loud voice
spoke out, scaring her so bad she almost fell out of her chair.

“Our Lord
is currently speaking with another faithful! You are very important to Our
Lord! Your prayer shall be heard in the order it was received!”

Leanna broke
the circle. “Oh, come on! Why did that have to be the loud part?”



“Leanna,
you must be quiet,” Trixi whispered. “I’m sure he’ll be here soon.”


What’s the next writing project?
Well, book two, The
Princess and the Holy Juggernaut should be out late February/early March. While
I’m crafting book three, I’ll be releasing what I’m calling an ‘anti-romance’
novel later this year called Horses on the Wind.

What is your biggest challenge when writing a new
book? (or the biggest challenge with this book)
I honestly believed this
story couldn’t be told. I’ve been a tabletop roleplayer most of my adult life,
and out of every story and campaign, this one seemed impossible. The story is
chaotic, the characters have these over-the-top personalities, and Trixi’s
religion is alien and has so many rules to it for how absurd it is. I
originally wrote this as a challenge exercise of ‘this is how I’d write it if I
was going to’. One week and 250 pages later, I had The Singer and the Charlatan
and a chunk of the next book, which I wrapped over the following month or two.

If your novels require research – please talk about
the process. Do you do the research first and then write, while you’re writing,
after the novel is complete and you need to fill in the gaps?

With The Singer and the Charlatan, I knew the story from already playing
it, so I just sat down and wrote it. Normally, I like to be a little more
organized ahead of time. Both book three and Horses on the Wind, I did my
research ahead of my outline.

What’s your writing space like? Do you have a
particular spot to write where the muse is more active? Please tell us about
it.
My kitchen table serves as
my office in the wee hours of the night. The struggle of living in a tiny house
is real.

What authors do you enjoy reading within or outside
of your genre?
I’m a drooling fanboy for
Chuck Palahniuk. I love his work. A lot of modern writers just don’t impress
me, so I read a lot of early 20th century classics. I love Tennessee Williams,
J.D. Salinger’s A Catcher in the Rye
is probably one of my all-time favorites, John Steinbeck. I also have a thing
for stage plays of that era, I just eat them up. My writing style is very
dialogue-centric as a result. I love banter and the feeling of peeking in on a
real, organic conversation.

Anything additional you want to share with the
readers today?
Book two and three of The
Wicked Instruments are coming this year, so make sure to pick up The Singer and the Charlatan in e-book
or paperback and please leave a review. I love reviews.

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Thank you for being here today, D.C.

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9 thoughts on “Interview with fantasy author D.C. Fergerson

  1. D.C. Fergerson says:

    Oh, I would easily choose The Singer and the Charlatan series. It's the kind of wacky fantasy/comedy/adventure like the old-school 80's greats. Princess Bride, The Jewel of the Nile, all fun with a serious plot and some great action scenes.

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