Name – Neil Orr
Age – 44
Where are you from – Currently I’m in Goodyear, Arizona. A suburb of Phoenix.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect – I was 18 when I joined the United States Navy. I was given an Honorable Discharge for Medical reasons, ending my Military Career. I ended up in Law Enforcement, first in Nevada, then in Arizona, where I was forced to cut my career short, yet again. After surgery and a couple of years, I was forced to change Careers and start over
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Neil: My debut novel, Shad’rah hit Amazon on the 27th of November and I’m currently hammering out Hatchburrow, Book 2 of the Kiyor’lin Series
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Neil: The first short story I did was for a contest back when I was a kid.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Neil: Honestly. . . About 2 weeks ago.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Neil: You’re probably going to laugh at this, but here’s the story – I play World of Warcraft. I’ve made a few really good friends and one day, James Blamey was running his Warlock, Nymette, and I was running my Druid. We were shooting the breeze over Ventrilo (that’s a Voice Over IP program for party chat) and I just started coming up with some scenarios of how much of a bitch a female Warlock would be if real. One of those stuck with me and Shad’rah was eventually born.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Neil: Is First Person considered a style? All my stories are told from the first person point of view. To me, a Third Person PoV is like watching a movie inside your head, whereas a First Person PoV is like being IN that movie…as the lead.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Neil: That’s a very good question. I really have no idea. I was just trying to make it sound. . . different. . .
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Neil: If there’s a message in there, somewhere, it’s simple. Don’t stop believing in yourself.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Neil: Everything. . . well, except for the shape-shifting, the demons, the elves, the ogres, the trolls, the city in the trees. . . but the rest could happen. . . I think.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Neil: The only thing Shad’rah is based on is my warped, twisted imagination. Of course, I had a little help from the voices.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Neil: I would have to say Phantoms by Dean Koontz and pretty much everything Terry Brooks has ever written.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Neil: Terry Brooks, without question, has influenced me the most.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Neil: I currently reading Wothlondia Rising by Gary Vanucci
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Neil: Several, actually. Patrick O’Scheen, Elisabeth Wheatley, and I’ve really been keeping a close eye on Liz Fallon, who is currently working on her debut.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Neil: Currently, I’m working on Hatchburrow and Dog Catchers
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Neil: Entity?? Okay. . . well, outside of family members I would have to credit to Liz Fallon, again. She manages my fan page and helps promote my work. There’s been many others, as well, but you said one.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Neil: Writing isn’t a career for any of us. It’s a passion, a calling. . . it’s what we do because that’s who we are. I don’t write for the fans, I write for me, because it’s some that I have to. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate my fans more than you’ll ever know. But if I don’t enjoy writing the story, I can’t expect others to enjoy reading it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Neil: After reading it again, I’d have to say no. . . I wouldn’t change a thing.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Neil: Shhhh, don’t tell anyone. . . I like telling stories.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Neil: I’ll give you a small part of each
Kitora interrupted Shibi when she turned and shot an arrow at one of the dragons. In true fashion for Kitty, she hit her mark, causing the dragon to turn toward her. She loosed another one, giving it just enough pull to tap the dragon on his snout but not enough to really hurt it. The dragon turned and came at Kitora. She set one end of her bow on the ground and rested her elbow on the other while she stood her ground.
“Linasew!!” Kitora shouted, “unless you’re afraid to die, dragon.”
The dragon’s words echoed inside her head as he replied. “Puny elf girl, you know nothing of the Honor Battle. I shall feast on your bones.” He drew in a deep breath and exhaled. When nothing but white smoke poured from his throat, he became confused and angry. “What is this trickery?”
“It is my trickery.” Ahyendi’s voice bellowed from above. “You will honor the ancient code of Lĕisz etoñolo. You will fight the elf girl. . . to the death. You will only use one attack when it is your turn to do so. You may use any means to avoid your enemy’s attack, but you may not counterattack. There will be no winner until one of you is dead.” He turned to Kitora and added, “Mycrover, young elf fledgling, your challenge is accepted, what is your stipulation?”
“ASHTON!! Get your ass in here!” Director Manning yelled. It’s nothing new to hear him yelling for me to report to his office. I know he’s in a good mood, though. Whenever I’m in trouble, he calls for my dumb ass to his office.
I guess I should introduce myself. I’m John Ashton, Army Sergeant turned Federal Agent. Director Manning is my boss, obviously. He likes to make my life hell by giving me the toughest assignments. He says it’s because I’m the best at what I do; I think he just doesn’t like me.
“Yes sir,” I entered his office. I really like this office. It has a great view of D.C. He has a matching set of leather chairs facing his large Redwood desk. I took a seat in the closest one to the door, propping my feet on the corner of his desk. He gave me a look that said get your nasty feet off my freaking desk.
“I have a new assignment for you, big shot,” he said as I put my feet down off his desk. “I’m putting together a special team and I want you to head it up.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Neil: There’s a couple, yea. For instance, should there be a comma here somewhere? Oh, and research. . . I think that’s why I write fantasy, not a lot of research involved in making up your own shit. Except to check and see if someone else hasn’t already done so.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Neil: Terry Brooks is my favorite, but Patrick O’Scheen is quickly rising in the ranks. Really, you have got to read his work. He is truly an inspiration. He really knows how to make you connect with the characters.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Neil: Not yet. . .but I’m hoping to.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Neil: Joel Ferris of Bad Pineapple Studios. You can find him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/badpineapple – I’m working with him on a few other things, as well.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Neil: Staying on task. The hardest thing for me is to stay on task.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Neil: Well, I learned that I’m more twisted then I thought I was. Have you read it? My niece read some of it. . . she has nightmares about Demon Dogs, now. Sorry, Krystal.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Neil: Take your time and never give up. Don’t try to put out 6 or seven books a year. Do what you can without losing the quality of your work. Don’t ever let the naysayers get to you. It CAN be done, you CAN follow your dream.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Neil: Thank you. . .and buy Shad’rah, Book 1 of The Kiyor’lin Series. Give it as gift. . If you’re going to want it on Paperback, please purchase it from my website rather than Amazon.com. . . http://neilorr.wix.com/author
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Neil: Not really. . .I think it had something to do with Rainbows and Unicorns, though.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Neil: Gaming, Watching TV. . . that’s about it.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Neil: Arrow, Grimm, NCIS, Bones, Criminal Minds. . .as for movies, my favorites are the new Star Trek movies, anything Superman. . . well, pretty much all the superhero movies, to include the spoofs.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Neil: I’m a meat and potatoes kind of guy. Blue is my favorite color and I’m an old metal-head. . . Although, I do like Country music almost as much as Rock.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Neil: I did the Law Enforcement thing, already. . . maybe a rockstar?
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?