Please introduce yourself and tell us about your latest release.
My name is E.C. Fisher. I write fantasy and horror stories. Re:Camelot The Complete Edition is a fantasy novel; a re-telling of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It follows our modern-day Arthur as he is transported to the planet Avalon. He begins an adventure to bring together the sacred weapons to fight against an evil that has returned.
Let’s face it, there are tons of fantasy books out there, and more are released every day. Why should someone take a look at yours?
There are a lot of great authors and many, many fantasy books that bring the reader to a new world. I wanted to bring an old legend we all love to the fantasy world and depict it in a way that many readers would enjoy.
What are the most prominent influences on your writing? How do you incorporate those influences without being derivative?
I would read stories and think to myself, “I would have done that differently.” Or watch a movie and think, “That's been done before.” Re:Camelot is such a story for me. I love King Arthur and wanted to tell it in a way that would highlight the best of it while not taking away from the overall story. Writers are going back to old tales and throwing their own spin on it. I try to stay true to the foundation created by previous authors, but build the structure and interior my own way.
Many authors say marketing is one of their biggest challenges. What tactics have you found to be most effective for getting your name out there?
Sad to say this, marketing is the biggest challenge I face. I have found that using a newsletter and sharing information with those who sign up to be the best method of getting out there. Word of mouth still doesn't fall short in any form of marketing available.
How much do your audience’s expectations factor in to what you write? Does this ever cause you to hold back from experimenting?
I try to focus on the story. I write the words in my head to share with my audience. The audience doesn't influence anything. You like it or you don't, though I side more for liking it. When you write stories for the audience you end up with weak, half-worked pieces of the book that don't mesh well together. You try to incorporate all elements the audience likes and that makes plot holes or sidelines that don't end well and/or have nothing to do with the main storyline.
Name one newer and one older book you have read and enjoyed recently. (“Newer” meaning from the past year or so, and “older” meaning written before 1980.)
I truly enjoyed the Artemis Fowl series. I found the premise unique and a great read. I found myself reading past my bedtime on many nights.
Clive Cussler is one of my favorite authors. I enjoy his Dirk Pitt and Kurt Austin series. My dad was a fan and he got me hooked on him.