JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Dan O’Brien, author of The Path of the Fallen
The world is broken. The coming of the Intelligence pushed the remnants of humanity deep into the tundra. What remained was a vast sea of ice and the machine city, Culouth.
E’Malkai Armen, descendant of the Fallen, has been a citizen of Culouth his entire life. A bitter betrayal, and the inception of a war that will destroy millions of lives, forces E’Malkai to confront the past and undertake a pilgrimage that is his by birthright.
As he travels to the cold tundra of the north, the realm prepares for war. The Path of the Fallen is a lonely and arduous path, but it must be walked for the sake of all mankind.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write “The Path of the Fallen“?
Dan O’Brien: I wrote “The Path of the Fallen” after a vivid dream I had. Over the course of six months, I wrote this story and its prequel, “Book of Seth”.
I have loved fantasy and science fiction for most of my life. As I grew up, the desire to become a writer only became stronger. Wanting to contribute something to the genre, I felt like “The Path of the Fallen” would add to the brilliant and vibrant catalog of books already available to readers.
JP: What sets “The Path of the Fallen” apart from other books in the same genre?
DO: “The Path of the Fallen” seamlessly mixes science fiction and fantasy, as well adding a philosophical and intellectual discussion to the nature of good and evil. This amalgamation of adventure and thoughtful prose makes it satisfying on multiple levels.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to “The Path of the Fallen” getting out to the public?
DO: Putting in the time and really engaging with my readers is what will lead me down the path of success. I have written a dozen novels, yet it is how I approach potential audiences that determines how successful I might be. I try to get my books in the hands of as many reviewers and readers as I can.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish “The Path of the Fallen“?
DO: Each book is a very different journey. “The Path of the Fallen” was written over the course of six months. Some novels take me a month; some take me a year.
I generally like to work with a kind of living outline and then let the story take me where it will. Like many authors, my characters begin to take on a life of their own, and I must change things about how I thought the story might go to accommodate the evolution of a protagonist (or antagonist).
JP: What’s next for Dan O’Brien?
DJO: I just recently put out a collection of five of my novels entitled “Juxtaposition”. In January, I will be releasing an updated version of “The Ocean and the Hourglass”. In February, I will be releasing “The Portent”. March will mark the release of “Book of Seth”, prequel to “The Path of the Fallen”. The follow-up to “Bitten” will hopefully be released in April 2013.
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