novelist Layton Green is here today
and we’re chatting about the first book in his new Blackwood Saga fantasy
series, The Brothers Three.
is a bestselling author who writes across multiple genres, including mystery,
thriller, suspense, horror, and fantasy. He is the author of the popular
Dominic Grey series, as well as other works of fiction. His novels have been
optioned for film, nominated for multiple awards (including a finalist for an
International Thriller Writers award), and have reached #1 on numerous genre
lists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. His latest Dominic
Grey novel, The Shadow Cartel, was a #2 overall bestseller on Amazon UK. Layton
is also the co-editor of International Thrills, the online magazine of ITW
(International Thriller Writers).
In addition to writing, Layton attended law
school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a
decade. He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in
Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets
of Brixton, a door to door phone book deliverer in Florida, and the list goes
downhill from there.
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I started with the idea of ‘what do I really
want to read?’ I love epic fantasy, I love fantasy novels that transport
characters from our world to another world, and I also love urban fantasy. I
decided to meld all three, and the world building—the alternate-reality New
Orleans—just sort of took off. After the brothers reach the new world and team
up with a dangerous adventuress and her band of mercenaries, The Brothers Three follows a classic
quest motif, a journey to an abandoned keep, and it’s the first in the series
(The Blackwood Saga). There will be five in total.
only all nights were this sultry, all moons so bright and clear. The tendrils
of Spanish moss dripping from the oaks whispered adventure in Will Blackwood’s
ear, made him long for gallant quests and fiendish dungeons and exotic,
practiced flair, Will threw his cape over his shoulder, pulled on his
gauntlets, and twirled his sword above his head. Then he shut the trunk of his
Honda Civic and trudged through the parking lot to the employee entrance of Medieval
Nights, a joust-themed dinner theatre in New Orleans.
make ends meet, Will spent a few nights a week engaging in staged battles with
a staff of fellow underachieving twenty-somethings. Once Will stepped into the
pennant-lined arena, the music started, and the crowd of children and bored
retirees screamed at the top of their lungs for blood and victory, he knew he
was as close to Middle Earth as he was ever going to get.
dispatching two trolls and a papier-mâché dragon, Will changed into a pair of
Carhartt pants and a T-shirt and headed to the House of Spirits, a funky little
joint where his brother Caleb tended bar.
would be the same routine: two draft Abita Ambers to take the edge off, a
little online gaming back at the apartment, and then asleep by midnight so Will
could wake up at six a.m. for his day job as a general contractor’s assistant.
like every other night, just like every other morning.
before he walked through the beaded entrance of the House of Spirits, Will felt
his cell buzz.
text was from his oldest friend, Lance Wesson, whose name Will envied for not
sounding like a hobbit’s.
had enlisted in the Marines after high school, then joined the New Orleans
Police Department after returning from active duty. Will’s history of severe
panic attacks, which had started after his father died, prevented Will from
joining any profession involving danger or stress. Lance was sympathetic and
let him ride along on calls he knew wouldn’t involve any risk.
his blond hair. What would be his next big vicarious adventure, staking out
always felt patronized when he rode with Lance, but he had trouble resisting
the siren call of potential excitement.
stepped outside to wait. His quick blue eyes roamed the darkened street, all too
aware that nothing truly mysterious lived in the shadows of New Orleans, or anywhere
else on Earth.
such potent imaginations?
fourth book in The Blackwood Saga
came upon writing a little bit by accident. While I was working as an attorney,
I set out to write a novel that I felt I needed to write. Not because I was a
novelist (I had never written a word of fiction, outside of my legal briefs),
but because I had a story I wanted to tell. During the process of fumbling
through that first novel, I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that writing
novels was what I had to do with my life. I think anyone who completes a novel
should feel like a writer!
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
five days a week.
and peck” with two fingers. It gives me time to think about what I’m writing.
you grew up?
with the readers?
for you to check out my work!