Hello, my lovelies. Today’s my stop on the BBNYA 2020 Ultimate Blog Tour for the 1st place winner The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King. An action-packed urban fantasy novel that sits in many genres.
As I already posted my review of The Lore of Prometheus in January 2021, I asked Graham if he wouldn’t mind answering a few questions. The fabulous fellow said yes!
What’s The Lore Of Prometheus about?
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Title: The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King
Series: Standalone Novel
Published by Fallen Leaf Press on 10 December, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Gildart Jackson
Length: 11 hours 27 minutes
No. of Pages: 320
John Carver has three rules: Don't drink in the daytime, don't gamble when the luck has gone, and don't talk to the dead people who come to visit.
It has been almost five years since the incident in Kabul. Since the magic stirred within him and the stories began. Fleeing the army, running from the whispers, the guilt, and the fear he was losing his mind, Carver fell into addiction, dragging himself through life one day at a time.
Desperation has pulled him back to Afghanistan, back to the heat, the dust, and the truth he worked so hard to avoid. But there are others, obsessed with power and forbidden magics, who will stop at nothing to learn the truth of his gifts. Abducted and chained, Carver must break more than his own rules if he is to harness this power and survive.
Review Format: eBook, Audiobook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Audible* ¦ Audiobooks.com*
I don’t usually choose to read books with military aspects or stories based around wars. However, being on a judging panel means reading genres outside of your usual choices. The Lore Of Prometheus was one of the books I read as part of the final judging process. It blew me away.
“I really enjoyed The Lore of Prometheus and couldn’t stop reading. It’s got everything that I look for in a 5-star story. Adrenaline pumping action scenes. Some social commentary about the effects of war on military personnel and civilians alike. A unique and gripping storyline that’s sprinkled with dark humour.“
And now onto my little Q&A with Graham Austin-King.
Flora Meets Graham Austin-King
Hi Graham and welcome to Flora’s Musings
Q: I read The Lore of Prometheus as part of the judging process for the BBNYA 2020. What made you enter the competition?
A: I have entered Mark Lawrence’s “Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO) competition a few times and greatly enjoyed it. That competition restricts itself purely to the fantasy genre and, although Prometheus is essentially an urban or contemporary fantasy, it could just as easily slot into any number of other genres too. Because of that I thought the BBNYA’s (which I’m unilaterally deciding to call the Boonya’s from now on) would be a good fit for the book. Other than that, I saw it advertised and talked about on Twitter and thought why not?
Q: I loved your novel and had to give it 5-stars! You had me hooked right from the opening scene. What was the inspiration for the story?
A: My writing history is kind of a mess. When I finished my first trilogy, an epic fantasy that has everything Viking invasions to a war with the fae, I was burnt out. I didn’t want to stop writing altogether, so I decided to have a play around with some concepts and write a novella.
It was supposed to be a light, easy, read (and write). A sort of mental palette cleaner. That novella turned into a 400 page chunk of some of the darkest writing I’ve ever produced.
Prometheus was much the same. It began as a fun experiment. I have a friend who mentioned he’d like to see a fantasy novel but written very much in the real world, and in modern times. Quite where the story itself came from I have no idea. I don’t tend to plan much when I write, so the stories develop as I go along. My characters, very often, are as much a surprise to me as they are to the reader. Carter’s ‘visitors’ are a good example of this because it wasn’t until Johnson spoke to Carter that I had any idea about them. Carter’s rules are much the same. There’s a fun spontaneity to this kind of writing. It does, however, drive my editor nuts.
Q: Every novel that I’ve rated 5-stars has had characters that engaged me. I feel invested in the protagonist’s journey and am keen to learn why they do the things they do. What are you looking for in a protagonist, Graham?
A: I think it’s the same, both as a reader and as a writer, that you want the protagonist to grow and to engage with you. I need a character to develop. For me it’s often more about the journey than the destination. I’m not interested in a character that starts out as a wizard, or a tech genius, or a detective… I want to know how they got there.
I’m also a huge fan of flawed characters. None of us are perfect, and flaws are something which can be very relatable. It’s something I played around with in my novel, Faithless. The main character in that book is a coward. When it comes right down to it, he will push you under the bus to save himself. And the thing is, if it comes right down to it, if nobody else is watching, deep down… most of us are similar to some degree. We might not like to admit it, but it’s probably true. Everyone has their tipping point. It’s little things like that which make a protagonist really shine.
Q: I was impressed with level of detail and scope of information in The Lore of Prometheus. It’s outside my area of expertise but it all felt believable. How much research did you have to do, and did you have any help?
A: I did a LOT of research for Prometheus. Details as small as, what does Kabul actually smell like? How much dust is in the air? What can you buy in the Bush Bazaar? I spent far too much time on Google researching things that nobody was going to notice, or care about. I have a constant fear of being called out by someone like the comic store guy from The Simpsons, and that’s why I tend to do this and over-compensate.
I did need help with the military procedures, terminology, and mind-set, and so I enlisted the help of a friend who used to serve in the British special forces. He helped a LOT, and also read early copies of the book to test-read things for me. My editor, and now fiancée, also helped with fact checking, and cutting out some of the things which were bogging the story down. Personally, I think that thing about the leopards should have stayed in, but there you are.
Q: I’m so pleased that I got the chance to read your novel, Graham. As a book blogger, I love finding new-to-me authors and supporting indie authors. Are there any tips you could share with new writers that have worked well for you?
A: The main challenge for any writer, once the book is published, is getting it in front of people. Don’t be afraid to do price promotions, giveaways, or anything else that gets the books seen. Your primary job though, and it’s something I lose sight of myself, is to write more books. The best way to attract readers is to release new work, and if you let yourself get caught up in advertising and marketing, then six months will have gone by, and you’ll only have written a chapter. Essentially, if you write it (and write well with all the things that go along with that) they will come.
Q: Immersing myself in a good story is not just my hobby, but it relaxes and entertains me as well. Keeping me sane. So, when you’re not writing, Graham, what do you do to relax?
A: I’m a nerd. In fact, now I’m an award-winning nerd, so I love reading and immersing myself in the things I write about. I binge-watch shows and lose myself in books as often as my horde of kids and fiancée will allow. I’m rapidly becoming a bit of a history nerd too, and so I enjoy going to Roman ruins, Viking festivals, castles, stone circles and anything else I’m lucky enough to live by.
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, Graham.
Keep reading for Graham Austin-King’s bio and as The Lore Of Prometheus is available in audiobook, the book’s narrator, Gildart Jackson. Plus I’ll explain the details about the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award.
Here’s Gildart’s bio.
And finally a little about what the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award is.
What’s the BBNYA?
BBNYA is a yearly competition where Book Bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors.
If you are an author and wish to learn more about the 2021 BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website (https://www.bbnya.com/) or our Twitter account, @BBNYA_Official. If you would like to sign-up and enter your book, you can find the BBNYA 2021 AUTHOR SIGN UP FORM HERE. Please make sure to carefully read our terms and conditions before entering.
If you are a book blogger or reviewer, you can apply to be part of BBNYA 2021 by filling out this form (also remember to read the terms and conditions before signing up)!
Sadly, my health has caused me to resign from my position on the judging panel for the BBNYA 2021. However, I can’t wait to see which indie books make the cut this year.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read this post. I’m not alone in loving The Lore Of Prometheus and many of us said it was a favourite read. Will you be tempted to pick it up? Have you read any other books by Graham Austin-King? Drop me a comment below.
Before you go, don’t forget to check out the other finalists in the BBNYA 2020.
Bye for now,