I’m interviewing Dallas Sutherland, author of MG fantasy novella “The Greying”. Enjoy the interview!
Q: Please tell us about yourself.
I live with my partner Kerri and our 8 year old daughter Ruby, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia. Yes, we do have a lot of sunshine here. Winter is almost done, and we are all looking forward to the warmer weather. I have 2 more daughters, Zoe who is off at University studying some kind of journalism, and Sylvia who is currently touring in France. And then there is my son Ben, who is finishing his last year in high school before going to University next year. That’s the extended family!
I like to be creative. It keeps me grounded. If I can’t be creative, then I think I would flounder. Most of my creative pursuits have been in fine arts, painting, sculpting, murals, painted effects, teaching etc., up until now of course, because I’m writing.
I’ve studied a lot of things such as graphic design, fine arts, literature, art history, adult education, and creative writing. These provide a good base for experimentation in writing.. My day job is in mental health.
Q: Tell us about your book.
Well, it’s about 13 year old Meah’s search for ‘self’. Upon the death of her mother, Meah is drawn to Landland, which is a fantasy world that reflects her state of mind. Here, she journeys through a world made cold, dark and grey from the ravages of the greying. She learns how to use the power of the thinking to defeat the evil Queen Berilbog and the Firbog. Meah battles lurking Homunculi and the many-headed-winged-thing on a quest to find the stolen black object, her mother’s Book of Colours, for this might be the key to saving all of Landland.
Of course you will find other things such as metafiction, slipstream, pastiche, and parody. And, there is also Celtic myth, Faeries, Pictish, a couple of dwarves, and a few strange beasts.. Oh, and some simple sounding names for towns, rivers, lands etc., just because I like that in a fantasy story.
Q: What inspired you to write The Greying?
I’ve always been a fan of the fantasy genre and I like faery tales as well.. These provided some of the inspiration. When I studied literature, and in particular children’s literature, I found that I liked writing about the books I was reading.; I liked being able to pull them apart, not physically, and find out what made them tick. So I like to put that into my writing as well, things that make the book tick.
The Greying is not a straight forward fantasy quest novella. It is a pastiche of the genre. It also parodies the genre. This means it’s poking fun at, just a little, but the main thing is the metafiction. I will explore more of this during the blog tour posts for those who are interested. Keep an eye out for metafiction on my blog dallasws.wordpress.com/
Q: How much time per week do you spend writing/editing your work?
At the moment, I’m finding it hard to find time to write because I spend most of my free time trying to market this book. But I am working on the second book in the series. It’s nearly done. So, I suppose 5 hours a week. I know that’s not a lot, but I’m giving myself some thinking time because I’ve arrived a crucial point in the story and there are some difficult aspects to deal with. It helps to think about it while you do something else.
Q: If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Tim Winton, but other than that, I’m not really sure. I’m not an author person. I think the books are the important thing. I can read a book and not even remember the author’s name.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
The second book in the Landland Chronicles series. It has a temporary title Book of Colours, but I think it will be called The Thinking in the end.
About the Book
Author: Dallas Sutherland
Genre: Fantasy Novella
LANDLAND CRIES OUT FOR A SAVIOUR… Upon the death of her mother, Meah is pulled across the boundary that separates this world and another time and place where the dog-like Firbog have brought the mists of the greying. Under the evil Queen Berilbog they threaten to claim all the lands. With her Mother dead and her Father missing – she is on her own! Can Meah learn how to use the power of the thinking? Will there be enough time to save both Landland and herself? Will Meah ever find her way home again? She must triumph over grief and sadness on her journey into a world made cold, grey, and colourless by the ravages of the greying. Meah travels into the depths of Bigriverland to find the mysterious sage, The Biggo. In the heart of Dead Wood, Meah meets Josh O’Tosh, the last of the warrior Pictish Priests. Battling lurking homunculi and the horrors of the many-headed-winged-thing, they set out to recover the only thing that will save Landland …her mother’s Book-of-Colours.
Over the last twenty-five years, the Author has exhibited a creative bent across a range of industries including graphic design, fine arts, and trompe l’oeil murals. He has lectured in fine arts and studied Art History, Literature, Adult Education, and Creative Writing. Works include play scripts and short stories. The Greying is his first published novella, with further books planned as part of the fantasy series. He draws inspiration from myth, legend, and fairy tales.
He lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia with his partner Kerri, and daughter Ruby.
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