I’m hosting an interview with author Duncan M. Hamilton today, the author of fantasy novel “The Tattered Banner”. Thank you for appearing on my blog!
1) Please tell us about yourself.
I write fantasy novels, influenced by my interest in medieval and renaissance history. When I’m not writing I like to windsurf, cycle and ski, weather dependent. Not much else to tell!
2) Tell us about your book.
The Tattered Banner is the first book of the Society of the Sword trilogy. It’s a fantasy novel set in a world of city-states influenced by Renaissance Europe. It’s about a young man whose talents come to the attention of a wealthy patron. He gets to attend an academy that trains swordsmen, and his life is opened up to a range of new opportunities, but also a world of intrigue and danger that is completely alien to him.
3) What inspired you to write The Tattered Banner?
I’ve always been fascinated by various aspects of the Renaissance period of European history. I wanted to take all the aspects that fascinated me, develop them, and build a story around them. The Tattered Banner grew out of that project.
4) How many hours per week do you spend writing?
Writing has always been my hobby, so if I’m not doing something that needs/has to be done, I’m probably writing, or researching for something I’m writing. I have no idea how many hours that adds up to in a week. A lot!
5) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Alexandre Dumas and Rafael Sabatini are the first two that spring to mind, as they’re my favourite authors. Can’t think of a third!
6) What are you working on at the moment?
I usually have a couple of projects on the go at any one time, a first draft and a work in the editing phase. Right now I’m doing the final edits on the sequel to The Tattered Banner, and I’m also working on the first draft of another trilogy, the first part of which I hope to publish toward the end of next year. The final part of the Society of the Sword trilogy is sitting in the queue waiting to be edited once book two is finalised.
About The Tattered Banner
Author: Duncan M. Hamilton
Word Count: 124,000
ISBN: (paperback) 978-1481013222
Release Date: March 2013
Format: Paperback and e-book
Unique talent always attracts attention…
In a world where magic is outlawed, ability with a sword is prized above all else. For Soren this means the chance to live out his dreams.
Plucked from a life of privation, he is given a coveted place at Ostenheim’s Academy of Swordsmanship, an opportunity beyond belief.
Opportunity is not always what it seems however, and gifts rarely come without conditions. Soren becomes an unwitting pawn in a game of intrigue and treachery that could cost him not just his dreams, but also his life.
Duncan is a writer of fantasy fiction novels and short stories that are set in a world influenced by Renaissance Europe. He has a Masters Degree in History, and is particularly interested in the medieval and renaissance periods.
He doesn’t live anywhere particularly exotic and when not writing he enjoys cycling, skiing and windsurfing.