Published by CreateSpace on 6-2014
Genres: Epic Fantasy, Fantasy
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Imprisoned on the dead moon of Bina, trapped at the bottom of the cold Hixom Sea, locked in a cell in the flooded Desa and blinded & defeated in the Eastern Provinces, the ruling class of Darracia is defeated without hope.
In the stunning conclusion of the Darracia saga, V’sair, Tulani, Zayden and Reminda must dig deep and find both strength and faith to rise from the depths of the impossible and restore order to their home planet from Lothen, Staf Nuen and the evil armies of Geva.
Interview With Michael Philip Cash
Can you talk a little about what the book is about?
Risen is the conclusion to my Darracia series. I wrote it for my son who is obsessed with Star Wars. This book wraps up all the questions and pieces left in the first two of the series. I don’t want to give away too much… Darracia is a planet that is a war with the many species that reside there. Each one wants dominance and the voice of reason, young Prince V’Sair is trying to unite the varied populace, bringing peace and equality to all.
What makes your book unique?
This book is really a microcosm of our own culture. All the issues and problems are based on many of the world’s problems today. Religion, economics, and culture are all included along with a coming-of-age story.
Where did you get the idea for the book?
I am a huge Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Legend of Zelda and Avatar fan. Basically anything fantasy. Creating my own world and species was tremendous fun and a totally fulfilling experience.
Is there any message you want readers to get from reading the book?
It is ultimately a book about faith. We all have to learn to have faith that things are going to turn out the way they are supposed. Goodness is prevail.
How long did it take to write the book?
Who is your favorite character, or what character was the most fun to write?
I loved writing Bobbien. She straddles too worlds effortlessly and her all-knowing wisdom was a blast a write. I’d love to spend an hour in her company.
Can you talk about how you wrote it? Did you do any outlining? Did it take you in any unexpected directions?
I created a map that allowed me to piece the different puzzles together. By following the beats in Save the Cat by Blake Snyder, I was able to flesh out the story by using the map. The whole story was mapped out before I put my fingers to a keyboard. Of course, there were several main characters, so I had to keep a board to keep track of them, along with the names, characteristics and plot developments.
If you could go back and change anything in the novel, what would it be?
I’m so happy with the product, I wouldn’t change anything.
How did you come up with the cover?
My brother designs all my covers. He shares the same love of fantasy as me and I trust his creativity implicitly.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I started writing screenplays at 15. I wrote screenplays for many years. and then started converting them to novels. With the advent of createspace.com, my works are now seen all over the world.
What was the first story that you ever wrote?
I wrote a screenplay many years ago called Brood X. I entered it into a contest called scriptpipeline and came in 4th place out of 45000 entrants. It’s now being circulated in the entertainment industry as a possible film.
What is your favorite genre, and why?
I love fantasy, but I’m a sucker for great paranormal stories.
Are there any books you are absolutely inspired by?
The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles changed my life in more ways than you can imagine.
What are you working on next?
I’m knee-deep in another paranormal romance novel. I just finished a screenplay called Pokergeist. The name explains itself. I would like to write another fantasy series.
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t even bother with big publishing houses. Upload your material to createspace.com, market the hell out of yourself online, and create your own brand. Keep writing no matter how daunting it is. Read Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. It will teach you how to become an AMAZING storyteller.
How do you juggle writing with family time?
All my research and development is done throughout the day when my kids are in school. When they come home, its homework and dinner time. A few games of CandyLand or Angry Birds Star Wars, then they go to sleep at 7pm. Time with my wife until 8pm. Then between 8pm and midnight, I write until my eyes go.